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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bethany Henderson, Michael McConnell Lecture Videos: Now Available on YouTube

Did you miss these winter 2011 public lectures?  Check out the full-length videos, available now:

Bethany Rubin Henderson
Founder and Executive Director
City Hall Fellows
"Engaging Millennials in Governing Cities."
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Michael McConnell
Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law
Stanford University
Director, Stanford Constitutional Law Center
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
"Whatever Happened to Freedom of Association?"
The Stephen R. Volk '57 Lecture
Co-sponsored with the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association

This completes the collection of winter 2011 public programs that will be accessible on YouTube.  We send DVDs of our public programs to the Jones Media Library, including some of the programs that we can not post online.  Please contact Sarah Morgan if you would like additional information about a past public program.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Rockefeller Center Direct Line - Spring 2011

I can hardly believe that it was four years ago this Memorial Day that Dartmouth welcomed then-Senator Barack Obama for a visit to campus that drew upwards of 5,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members to the courtyard outside the entrance to the Rockefeller Center.  We may never see a presidential election campaign as wide open as 2008 again in our lifetimes.  It was the first time in many decades that neither party had an incumbent president or vice president in the running.  The 2012 campaign will be more typical, with almost all of the activity expected to be in one of the major political parties, as Republicans use the primary season to nominate a challenger to President Obama.

As is always the case, the economy will play an important role.  Economist Ray Fair of Yale has been studying the link between economic conditions and electoral outcomes for decades.  His latest prediction, based on economic data and forecasts through November 2010, is:

If the recovery is robust, which my economic model predicts will begin to happen in the middle of 2011, Obama wins easily. If the recovery is only modest, the election will be close, with an edge for the Republicans. If there is a double dip recession, Obama loses by a fairly large amount.

Fair’s statistical model tells us what kind of headwinds the Republican challenger will be facing, but it does not presume to tell the whole story.  Another part of the story is to consider the backgrounds of potential challengers.  In the lifetimes of most Dartmouth students, there have been three presidential elections in which an incumbent was running for re-election.  In 2004, the Democrats nominated John Kerry, a well respected but uncharismatic senator to face President Bush.  He lost.  In 1996, the Republicans nominated Bob Dole, a well respected but uncharismatic senator to face President Clinton.  He lost.  In 1992, the Democrats nominated Bill Clinton, a governor from Arkansas with little national prominence but a whole lot of charisma.  He won.  The pattern is clear (and continues if we consider Senator Mondale in 1984 and Governor Reagan in 1980).

At this point in the Republican contest, we can at least point to the fact that none of the potential candidates being discussed in the media are well respected but uncharismatic senators.  In fact, they are almost all governors or former governors.  There are three who were factors in the 2008 campaign or election – Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, Sarah Palin of Alaska, and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.  There are some new possibilities as well – Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Mitch Daniels of Indiana, and Haley Barbour of Mississippi.  And there are others, like former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Congressman Ron Paul, who may take a road less traveled to the nomination.

Apart from the economic headwinds and favoring governors over senators, I think the biggest factor in this year’s Republican primary will be the extent to which the Tea Party movement, now two years old with a midterm election under its belt, can flex its muscles.  As usual, the Dartmouth community will have a unique vantage point, as New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary draws candidates to Hanover.  The Rockefeller Center will work with other offices on campus to coordinate candidate visits and connect the political season to the academic content of the Dartmouth experience.  We look forward to sharing what we observe with the larger Dartmouth community.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or at our blog and website.

Andrew A. Samwick is the Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving '72a, P'10 Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2003 and 2004, he served as chief economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Since joining the Dartmouth faculty in 1994, his scholarly work has covered a range of topics, including pensions, saving, taxation, portfolio choice, and executive compensation. Professor Samwick has been published in American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Journal of Public Economics, and a number of specialized journals and conference volumes. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He blogs about economics and current events at Capital Gains and Games.

Registration is Open for Spring 2011 MLDP Special Sessions: Enhance Your Leadership and Communication Skills for Internships and More

The Rockefeller Center's Management & Leadership Development Program (MLDP) offers not only the one-term structured program that students apply for, but also several "Special Sessions" that are open to current and past participants of MLDP.  We also welcome students who are not affiliated with MLDP to register for these Special Sessions.  A simple registration is required, and is completed online.  All class years are welcome to attend.

The list of Spring term offerings include:
  • Tools & Techniques for Facilitating Group Leadership Discussion & Activities - Monday, 3/28/11 =OR= Wednesday, 3/30/11 at 5 PM
  • Thinking and Speaking with Precision - Friday, 4/22/11 at 4 PM =OR= Saturday, 4/23/11 at 10:30 AM
  • Etiquette Dinner - Friday, 4/22/11 at 6 PM
  • Pre-Internship Training - Saturday, 4/23/11 at 12:30 PM
  • Excel - Sunday, 5/1/11 at 1 PM
Students who would like to be a MLDP small group facilitator or a Rockefeller Center Discussion Group Leader must attend the "Tools & Techniques for Facilitating Group Leadership Discussion & Activities" session.

Students who would like to enhance their chances of receiving funding for an unpaid internship from the Rockefeller Center should attend the Pre-Internship Training, the Etiquette Dinner and ONE of the “Thinking and Speaking with Precision” sessions.

Students who receive funding for an internship, or just want to enhance technical skills, should attend the Excel session and ONE of the “Thinking and Speaking with Precision” sessions.

If you currently lead a campus group, or hope to do so in the future, we suggest that you attend ONE of the "Tools & Techniques for Facilitating Group Leadership Discussion & Activities" sessions.
Leadership and Innovation expert Darin Eich leads a session during the Winter 2011 term.
Please register only if you know that you can attend, as spaces are limited!  Room locations and reminders are sent out by email.  Please contact Danielle Thompson if you have any questions, and feel free to share this information with other students that you believe would be interested.

Public Policy Course Enrollments Top 400 Students for 2010-2011 Academic Year

Matthew Oatway '12 asks a question to guest, Bethany Henderson, in PBPL 48: Policy Analysis and Local Governance class, February 17, 2011.
For the first time in Rockefeller Center history, Public Policy classes have attracted more than 400 students during the 2010-2011 academic year.  Prior to the redesign of the Public Policy Minor curriculum during the 2006-2007 academic year, public policy courses never attracted more than 100 students a year.  In fact, for the decade preceding the curriculum redesign (from 1997 to 2006), an average of 63 students enrolled in public policy courses per year.  With the major redesign of the Public Policy Minor in 2006-2007, student enrollments jumped to 285 students.  Last year, a total of 380 students completed public policy courses. 

With spring enrollments set, the total enrollments during the 2010-2011 academic year stand at 410 students.  This year included the first offering of our new Foundations of Leadership and Followership class taught by Professor Barbara Kellerman; the course enrolled 57 students.  Our Introduction to Public Policy class taught by Professor Ron Shaiko, senior fellow and associate director for curricular and research programs, also continued to grow during the 2011 winter term with a record enrollment of 91 students.

For more information about Public Policy courses at Dartmouth and the Public Policy Minor, please visit our web site.  You can also monitor PBPL news here on our blog.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Political Campaign in Your Future? Dartmouth a Top College Pick for Gaining Experience

The recent blog post “10 Best Colleges for Aspiring Presidents” rightly names Dartmouth College and its Nelson A. Rockefeller Center as a great place for undergraduates to gain political experience.  The Center was founded to honor alumnus Nelson A. Rockefeller, who certainly set a good example for politically minded Dartmouth students: after graduating from the College in 1930, he went on to serve as the Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973 and then was selected by President Gerald Ford to serve as Vice President of the United States from 1974 to 1977. 

Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller (center) clapping during the GOP convention in Chicago, July 1960. 
Photo credit:  Ed Clark, LIFE
In this spirit, the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth has been working since 1983 to provide both education and experience to students who seek to study and maybe even try their hand at politics.  “Rocky,” as the Center is affectionately known on campus, coordinates a public policy minor, provides funding for students who work unpaid public policy internships, sponsors extra-curricular student groups such as the weekly “PoliTALK” dinner and discussion, and organizes a week-long intensive training in Washington, DC every summer to prepare first-year students for the professional world—to name a few things. 

Furthermore, Rocky helps to put New Hampshire and Dartmouth in the national spotlight every four years, as New Hampshire’s early presidential primary brings many hopeful candidates through campus frequently.  The Rockefeller Center, in keeping with the tradition of its namesake Nelson A. Rockefeller, is therefore in large part responsible for making Dartmouth, according to this blog post, “an excellent Ivy League college in which to plant your political roots.”

- Jessi Merry ‘12

Policy Research Shop Year Begins with Several Testimonies

Thus far in the 2010-2011 academic year, four groups of Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students have testified before state policymakers in Vermont and New Hampshire.  On September 9, 2010, Travis Blalock '12 of the Policy Research Shop (PRS) gave testimony before the Vermont Child Poverty Council at the State House in Montpelier, VT. The Council, chaired by Rep. Ann Pugh and Sen. Douglas Racine, is a working group composed of legislators, nonprofit leaders, and representatives from executive agencies who deal with child poverty issues in Vermont. Travis's presentation was part of the report by the Families in Deep Poverty Working Group of the Council, headed by Legislative Counsel Robin Lunge.

Travis's presentation outlined the characteristics of the deep poverty population in Vermont compared to the nation as a whole, and highlighted some of the challenges posed by its different characteristics. He then offered recommendations for reaching the deep poverty population, including addressing compounding issues and improving public transportation in rural areas. The presentation was based on the PRS Report “Poverty in Vermont: Reduction and Profiles: A Profile of Vermont Residents in Deep Poverty Prepared for the Vermont Child Poverty Council” written by Travis Blalock ’12 and David Lumbert II '12.

On January 13, 2011 three additional Dartmouth undergraduates from the Policy Research Shop provided formal testimony to members of the Vermont Child Poverty Council at the State Capitol Building in Montpelier, Vermont. Eric Yang '14, Austin Major '14, and Jae Hyuk Chang '11 presented the findings of their research, which evaluated the accessibility of data necessary to track a series of benchmarks created by the Council. The resulting policy report, "Tracking Child Poverty in Vermont: An Evaluation of the Vermont Child Poverty Council Benchmarks," includes a guide for finding available data on each of the Council's benchmarks, as well as suggestions for improving data collection in the future.

Students William M. Danaher '13, Katherine M. Schade '13 and Galen M. Pospisil '13 testify regarding their research on business tax practices before the New Hampshire Commission for the Study of Business Taxes.

On February 18, 2011, three students from the Rockefeller Center's Policy Research Shop testified before the New Hampshire Commission for the Study of Business Taxes. The Commission is comprised of seven NH State Legislators and private citizens who have expertise in finance, accounting, and/or business. The PRS students, William Danaher '13, Katherine Schade '13, and Galen Pospisil ‘13 presented their findings about New Hampshire's business tax climate and the connections between different tax structures and business growth.  

And finally, on March 29, 2011, two PRS students will testify before the New Hampshire Mental Health Caucus in Concord.  Caroline Buck ’13 and David Lumbert II ’12 presented the findings of the group project that analyzed the impact of state cuts in mental health service provision over the past decade.  The report, “Assessing the Consequences of a Decade of Funding Cuts to New Hampshire State Mental Health Service,” was also authored by Richard D'Amato ’13 and Roanna Wang '13 who are unable to present with Caroline and David.  The report will be available online during the spring term.

Several additional PRS groups are scheduled to present their policy briefs during the spring term.  Watch for updates on the Rockefeller Center web site and here on our blog.

The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Reflections of Past MLDP Participant and Candidate for Minnesota State Senate: Taylor Stevenson ‘10

“Politics is artful communication. It is finding the right words, meeting the right people, and quickly adapting to often difficult situations. Each day might mean meeting a hundred new people, writing a press release that will be scrutinized by thousands of voters in the paper, composing a letter to an organization or top donor asking for financial support – often with only your story and a name on an index card. These are nerve-racking situations, and they are all make or break in a political campaign. And all of these situations lay at the periphery of the MLDP coursework, yet bear direct connections to the core principles taught in each MLDP lesson.” – Taylor Stevenson ’10, in his reflection report on the role of MLDP in his recent election campaign
During the Fall 2009 term, Taylor Stevenson was invited to participate in the pilot group of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center’s Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP).  His experience in this program served as an effective bridge to life after Dartmouth, enhancing his skills and discussing tools for success.

Fall 2009 MLDP Participants - Stevenson is in the back row, center.
Winning the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) endorsement for Minnesota State Senate District 12, Taylor campaigned this past year in preparation for the November 2010 elections. Reflecting on this experience and his initial run for the DFL endorsement, Taylor contemplates the impact of his participation in MLDP on both of these campaigns:
“I think most of this applicability stems from what underlies the MLDP coursework: effective communication. Leaders, be they political, business, athletic, etc. have the unique ability to effectively communicate their “vision,” that is, exactly what it is they are thinking.”
Taylor cites this lesson of communication, along with numerous examples of exercises conducted in the MLDP sessions, as specifically aiding him in his campaign for the Minnesota State Senate.  For instance, he states that:
Many workshops dealt with conveying complex ideas. One I recall had us coming up with ideas for campus social activities and then finding a way to effectively market these to campus. This last exercise played on three levels of communication: translating an abstract concept in one’s own mind into concrete terms, finding agreement among competing concepts within a small group, and then bringing a consensus vision to a general body in a compelling way.
This process is almost exactly like creating a platform for a political campaign. In my own campaign, I needed to come up with positions on issues I cared about. Once I had wrapped my head around the issue and come up with an initial position, I needed to explain this and mesh it with close friends and political confidants around me. These discussions led to a honing of the idea and message crafting that we then ultimately would convey in what he hoped was a compelling way to the electorate.”
In addition, Taylor refers to various other ways that the skills and tools learned through MLDP were applicable to his campaign:
“Obviously, when MLDP participants go out into the real world, they are never going to get an exact replica of a workshop they completed during the MLDP coursework. But I cannot describe how many cold emails I had to write or tactful responses I had to compose to rude inquisitions where I drew on one particular class about electronic communication. Social dynamics in political campaigns are often highly volatile, and there were a number of instances where I found myself administering the principles of another workshop in conflict resolution. Still another workshop had me working on communication that gave me tips I used either explicitly or implicitly in my campaign. The list goes on and on.”
Finally, Taylor advocates that “MLDP has not only real-world application, but the principles it instills in its participants are far more applicable and wide-reaching than anyone can imagine…At the end of the day, excellence in any career path, even the most insular, depends upon one’s ability to communicate. That is the ultimate lesson MLDP teaches and one that was invaluable in my political experience.”

Taylor Stevenson '10 (in the striped shirt) with President Obama during a campaign visit in May 2007.
Taylor is among the growing number of Dartmouth students who have successfully completed the Management and Leadership Development Program, which is offered during the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms at the Rockefeller Center.  You can learn more about the program both here on the Rocky blog, and on the Rockefeller Center web site.

- Kali Montecalvo ‘13

Nine Public Policy Interns Funded by the Rockefeller Center for Spring 2011

The Rockefeller Center is one of several Dartmouth Centers that grants funding support for unpaid internships to undergraduates.  Rockefeller Public Policy Internship Grants are designed to enable students to work in an unpaid non-profit or governmental agency on issues of public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, or activities that help shape and determine public policy - whether at the local, state or national level. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to students through a competitive application and interview process each term.

Congratulations to the 9 interns funded by the Rockefeller Center, and working in a variety of host organizations during the Spring 2011 term. 

TIP:  Expand the slideshow above to full-screen (the button on the bottom right), then click "show info" to view the student's bio.

Did you know that we post a variety of internship opportunities for students to consider?  Click here to see all posts related to internships, or stop by 101 Rockefeller Center to speak with Suzanne Todd, our Internships and Trainings Coordinator.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Dartmouth Professors Glick and Laws to Offer New Gateway Course on Law and Public Policy

Our two Rockefeller Center post-doctoral fellows, Professors David Glick and Serena Laws are offering a new gateway course in the Public Policy Minor during the Spring 2011 Term.  The course, PBPL 28: Law, Courts, and Public Policy, will serve as the first course to be taken by public policy students seeking to track in law and public policy. 

According to Professors Glick and Laws, “Critics see judges as ‘legislators in robes.’ Others see judges as ‘policymakers.’ We will investigate the role that legal institutions play in public policymaking.  What roles do practical considerations play? How can groups use courts to pursue change?  How much impact do courts have?  Can courts make good policy?  Applications will include educational funding, tobacco regulation, and campaign finance.” 

Professors Glick and Laws are serving in their second years as post-doctoral fellows in the Center.  Both Glick and Laws earned Ph.D.'s in political science; Glick from Princeton University, and Laws from the University of Minnesota.       

Meet the Current Rockefeller Leadership Fellows: Learn About the Program and the Application Process

Are you a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2012?

Would you like to know more about the Rocky Leadership Fellows (RLF) Program?

“Meet the Fellows”
Thursday, March 31 @ 6:00 PM
The Class of 1930 Room
Rockefeller Center
Refreshments will be served

Come to meet the current Fellows from the Class of 2011
and learn more about the RLF program, including the application and selection process.

As a reminder...
RLF Application Deadline:
Friday • April 8, 2011
4:00 PM
  • Applicants must be from the Class of 2012.
  • Applicants should be Dartmouth campus leaders.
  • All majors are encouraged to apply.
Applications are available online at:
Go to: “How to Apply”

For more information, email RLF.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Winter 2011 Management and Leadership Development Program: Wrap-Up and Small Group Presentations

Professor Julie Kalish ’91 of Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric again joined MLDP for its final session of the term. Professor Kalish began her session by reviewing the memos that MLDP students submitted that presented an evaluation of MLDP. She discussed the various strengths and weaknesses of the memos that students submitted, and emphasized the characteristics of an effective memo.

Professor Kalish then turned it over to MLDP participants for presentations of the projects they had been working on in small groups all term. Students created resources to improve MLDP —whether through offering databases of past MLDP participants for networking purposes, or the creation of a promotional video to attract new participants. A full summary of the MLDPers’ projects—in their own words can be found here. Danielle Thompson and Sadhana Hall, the creators of the program, concluded this final session by asking students for their feedback about the program as a whole and by reflecting on the skills students have learned. Sadhana Hall encouraged students, “Thank you so much for taking the time to invest in yourselves, and we hope you encourage your friends to do the same and participate in MLDP.”

-- Kristen Clifford '13

Each small group submitted a summary of the project that they completed during the winter term.  We were really impressed with their work and look forward to keeping in touch with these student leaders in the future.

Group A

MLDP Group A hoped to discover why Dartmouth students choose to join MLDP, and whether the skills from the program served them both in leadership on campus and in the workplace. We surveyed MLDP alumni on the following topics:
1. Why did you decide to do MLDP?
2. Since graduating from MLDP have you utilized the skills learned in the program? If so how?
3. How has MLDP enhanced your leadership on campus?
4. Do you feel better equipped to handle an internship? (Yes or No)
5. Have you used any of the skills learned in MLDP on the job? If so how?
From these results Group A believes that MLDP will have empirical evidence to prove the efficacy of its program as well as assess which aspects of MLDP participants find helpful later on.

OUTPUT: Surveymonkey data (forthcoming)

Group B

Every MLDP session, speakers come from different places and backgrounds to share their expertise. These speakers are an excellent resource to participants, both in terms of knowledge of their fields and personal experience. For the project, Group B interviewed MLDP speakers Sadhana Hall and Danielle Thompson about their personal insights on leadership, working with MLDP, and the advice they had to offer participants.

OUTPUT: Powerpoint slideshow with speaker profiles

Group C

Our project is a compilation of interviews from MLDP participants. We asked participants to share why they participated and what their favorite part of the program.  We also gave them the choice to answer additional questions speaking to their experience in the program. The goal of our project is an outreach publication for MLDP. We feel that students are the best way to advertise this program, because they can genuinely express the multitude of ways MLDP has positively impacted their experiences at Dartmouth. Our group learned the about leadership in many ways. Indeed, we learned that leadership comes in many forms. Throughout the project we all filled a leader role in different ways. While some group members were integral to developing the project idea, others ensured that our project was executed properly and in a timely manner.  Undoubtedly, our project is the result of our collective efforts.

OUTPUT: Created a MLDP Student Outreach blog, which can be found at

Group D

Calling all campus leaders! Our group has created an advertisement specifically aimed at leaders on campus. We have highlighted skills such as meeting facilitation and strategic planning that are particular important to being a leader. Our hope is that by participating in MLDP, leaders will be able to further improve their groups’ successes on campus. This advertisement differs from the media already available about the Management Leadership Development Program because it is in an easy-to-read format that can be used as fliers across campus.

OUTPUT: Outreach ad

Group E

Group E decided to prepare a Power Point presentation of the MLDP program. Group E members enjoyed the program and wanted to give something back to the program because it has given a lot to us. We wanted to make the Power Point so that it could be used as a marketing tool for MLDP. It could be used in an informational session for MLDP, and/or it could be emailed to professors and student groups to advertise the program to their students.  We feel that this project is important because in order to keep attracting a talented and diverse group of students, MLDP needs to continue finding new and attractive ways to advertise itself.

OUTPUT: Powerpoint for use in MLDP info session

Group F

Since MLDP sessions are limited by time, in many cases the students leave the sessions wondering about the background of the speakers. Some questions I find myself asking include: What influences have shaped their career? How exactly did they get involved in this field? Who helped them start? Did college have a big impact on their life/career choices? All of these questions are sometimes as important as the lessons taught by speakers.  Because, ultimately, if we want to become leaders ourselves we need to go through the same experiences. As a result, my group decided it would be beneficial to do a mini case study on one of our speakers in order to answer some of these questions.  We interviewed Marty Jacobs who spoke to us last week about strategic planning and systems thinking. As a Dartmouth graduate, her interview was even more beneficial because she spoke to us about her time here at Dartmouth, where she ended up after graduation, how she shifted careers, and how she started her own business. Hearing how a leader was created was just as interesting and pertinent as the lessons she taught in her session.

OUTPUT: Notes from speaker interview (forthcoming)

Group G

Based on our individual participation in groups and departments on campus, we are going to create a handout on "How can we collaborate with other departments, academic classes, or student organizations. What groups might really benefit from this training experience? What additional opportunities can we suggest for MLDP participants once they have completed this program?" In project planning, we learned how important it is to be clear about group goals and the important of keeping on task. We learned that in any group, it is important to have a clear and reasonable goal for the time and scope given, and that everyone should have some opportunity to be able to contribute equally to the group.

OUTPUT: Document with targeted outreach opportunities and ideas for special topics for additional sessions

Group H

We devised a Google form to gather internship experience information from MLDP participants to create an active networking log. The utility of this document falls to students who are searching for internships in a given field or who can make higher quality connections within the MLDP network. Ownership of this document will be passed to the Rockefeller staff to make it sustainable beyond this class. Creating this project proved difficult as members of our group left the program or were not present. It also exposed us to the pitfalls of email based communication which often creates long stalls and prevents efficient progress. We also discovered that absent driving motivation or passion, our group attempted to settle for what seemed like the easiest and most useful option available, which taught us that only in the presence of passion can truly great feats occur.

OUTPUT: Google spreadsheet (forthcoming)

Group I

Although we had been planning to create a short video interviewing one of our speakers, after numerous technical glitches and scheduling conflicts we ultimately decided to change our small group project idea. We submit to you our "pocket reference," a 2 page document (that can be printed on the front and back of a single piece of paper!) that concisely lists the main take-away points of each of our sessions. Although our video project did not go as smoothly as planned, this was a very rewarding learning activity to demonstrate how a group can overcome obstacles in its path and persevere to accomplish our common goal of producing a final project. We hope that the MLDP participants can use our pocket reference to remind them of the important lessons learned and skills acquired during the 9 weeks of MLDP.

OUTPUT: Winter 2011 Pocket Reference for MLDP Sessions

Group J

For our final group project, we decided to make a video demonstrating some of the skills a student will learn in MLDP based on what we ourselves have learned throughout the term.  We address concepts such as blogging, negotiation, leadership, public speaking, and cultural understanding, all of which are necessary skills for students and adults who want to further their careers in leadership positions.  We feel that our project ended up the way we wanted it to and really enjoyed the process of working together as a group.  Our idea for our video project changed a bit throughout the term but once we finally brainstormed and delegated tasks, the process ran quite smoothly.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Policy Research Shop subject of article at Governing magazine blog

We're happy to report that the Policy Research Shop work with policymakers in New Hampshire and Vermont has received another mention in the media.  You can read more of this article in Governing.

The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

This mention was also noted in a recent Dartmouth Now post.  You can find a list of the most recent Dartmouth Now posts that have the "Rockefeller Center" tag in our blog sidebar and on the "About the Center" page at the top of our blog.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Videos from Winter Public Programs Now Available: Amini Kajunju and Fred Karger

Did you miss these winter 2011 public lectures?  Check out the full-length videos, available now:

Amini Kajunju
Executive Director
Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO)
"Education and Entrepreneurship: The Great Equalizer"
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
4:30 PM • Room 3, Rockefeller Center
Supporting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Annual Theme "Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere"
Lecture funded by a generous contribution from The Portman Entrepreneurial Leadership Fund

Fred Karger
Presidential Exploratory Committee
President, Rights Equal Rights
Wednesday January 26, 2010
"Where Have all the Moderates Gone?"
4:00 PM • The Class of 1930 Room, Rockefeller Center
Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth College Republicans and The Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Look for more videos to be posted in the coming weeks.  We also send DVDs of our public programs to the Jones Media Library, including some programs that we can not post online.  Please contact Sarah Morgan if you would like additional information about a past public program.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Four RLF Alums from Classes of 2005 and 2007 Close Out 2010-2011 Program with Panel Discussion

On the final regular session of the 2010-2011 RLF program Fellows had the special opportunity to meet with four alumni of the program in a casual and open environment.  They included DJ Wolff '07, an Associate in the International Trade and International Dispute Resolution practice groups at Crowell &  Moring, who talked about attending a professional school immediately after Dartmouth.  In addition, Adam Shpeen '07, a second year law student at Columbia Law, shared with Fellows his unique path from the Peace Corps to law school. 

Amanda Brown '07 described how she went from interning for then-Senator Barack Obama as a student to working for his campaign and eventually in the White House.  Finally, Krista Sande-Kerback '05 discussed her experiences working as both a consultant and as a strategist for the networking organization 85 Broads.

-- Karen Doster '11

Friday, March 4, 2011

Dartmouth Young Alums Share Excel Expertise with Students at MLDP Special Session

On Saturday, February 26th, MLDP held a special session focusing on Excel training. Drawing on their workplace use of Excel, Natalya Shulga ’07, a former Associate at the Parthenon Group and Strategic Planning Manager for Unlocking Potential, a non-profit school management organization, and Tom DeFalco ’09, a current Associate at the Parthenon Group,  taught session attendees the fundamentals of the program. Mr. DeFalco and Ms. Shulga introduced Excel theory and skills the group, using a comprehensive Excel workbook as a step-by-step guide to Excel functionality, with integrated practice examples. They highlighted the most pragmatic uses of certain Excel capabilities in a professional setting.

Students learned instrumental Excel skills such as spreadsheet navigation, writing mathematical and logical formulae, formatting, and database analysis. Mr. DeFalco and Ms. Shulga shared examples of spreadsheets they have created in their professional roles, and demonstrated the Excel functionalities on which they most heavily rely. They concluded the session by encouraging students that the best way to become proficient at Excel was simply to practice, and sharing that even they had a hard learning curve with their first on-the-job experiences with Excel.

-- Kristen Clifford '13

Turning Dreams Into Reality: The Power of Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking - MLDP Session with Marty Jacobs '82

Marty Jacobs ’82, president of Systems In Sync, a strategic planning and consulting firm, joined MLDP on their February 21st session to share her expertise on systems thinking and strategic planning. Ms. Jacobs began the session by showing systems thinking in action. She asked students to perform an exercise in groups that involved working as a team to keep a balloon in the air. By instituting a change to the system—the addition of a balloon weighted by a marble, students were forced to think critically and methodically. After this task, Ms. Jacobs engaged students in a more formal discussion of systems thinking and strategic planning. Ms. Jacobs encouraged students to explore the question, “Why systems thinking?” To this end, students offered motivations such as the ability of systems thinking to help one “think about a goal in a series of more manageable steps.”

Ms. Jacobs offered anecdotes from her own professional experience about the power of systems-thinking and strategic planning, such as their uses in remedying budget issues in a Vermont school district. She then walked students through the steps in the Strategic Planning Process and introduced several strategic planning tools to help guide the process. Ms. Jacobs asked students to put these newly-learned techniques to use as they analyzed the strength of three sample strategic plans. Students then were invited to devise their own case study of a problem that could be solved through use of the strategic planning tools introduced earlier in the session. Students applied strategic planning to scenarios ranging from solving the New Hampshire state budget crisis to founding an origami paper company. These examples, Ms. Jacobs emphasized, illustrated the versatility of a strategic planning approach in achieving a variety of goals. Ms. Jacobs concluded the session by further highlighting this point with a video clip that left MLDPers in hysterics.

-- Kristen Clifford '13

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dinner with Dartmouth Acting Dean of the College Sylvia Spears - TONIGHT at 6:30 PM - Rockefeller's Class of 1930 Room

Come discuss speech communication with Dean Spears over free Margaritas fajitas!

Rocky VoxMasters, Dartmouth's public speaking group, and Law, Life, and Leadership, the multi-perspective discussion group, will host a dinner discussion tonight, Wednesday, March 2nd. Acting Dean of the College Sylvia Spears, who received a B.A. in speech communication from the University of Rhode Island, will share her speaking-related experiences. Come for food, discussion, and a conversation with Dean Spears in a relaxed, non-administrative environment!  6:30 - 7:30 PM in the Class of 1930 Room at the Rockefeller Center.

 -- Nicole Yunger Halpern '11

Rocky VoxMasters and Law, Life, and Leadership are two of the Rockefeller Center's student discussion groups.  This is the last week of winter term dinner discussions.  Spring 2011 discussions will begin the week of April 4th.