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Thursday, April 21, 2011

What are NH Voters Thinking About? Dartmouth Students Complete 2011 Rockefeller Center State of the State Poll

Rockefeller Center Completes 4th Annual New Hampshire State of the State Poll on Politics, Economic Issues, and Social Policies.

During the week of April 11-14, 2011, more than three dozen students from The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College conducted the 4th Annual Rockefeller Center State of the State Poll, a telephone survey of registered voters in New Hampshire. Drawn from a statewide data base of New Hampshire registered voters, the sample survey respondents were asked a wide range of questions relating to the current political, economic, and social state of affairs in New Hampshire and the country as a whole. 

In addition, respondents were asked to select candidates for President in trial heats of the 2012 election.  The 43-question survey took between eight and ten minutes to complete.  Calls were made between the hours of 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm on Monday through Thursday evenings. Additional call-backs were made during daytime hours on Thursday, April 14 when specified by poll participants. 

Over the course of the week, student callers made three attempts to contact each of the registered voters drawn in the sample.  A total of 426 survey interviews were completed during the four-day calling period, yielding an error rate of +/-4.8 percent at a 95 percent confidence interval.

Headlines from the 2011 Rockefeller Center State of the State Poll include:
  • Voters pessimistic about economic future.
  • Trump trounced, Romney and Powell victorious in hypothetical matchups against Obama.
  • NH voters prioritize balancing the state budget over building the economy.
  • Less than one-quarter of voters approve of the job performance of the NH Legislature.

The results of the survey can be found in the full report now available online.  Poll results were also the subject of an Associated Press article that has been picked up by several news outlets, and mentioned by others writing about the next NH Presidential Primary.  Do you have a media mention to add to this list?  Please leave a comment to let us know.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Alumni Networking Reception - Washington, DC: JUNE 16th 6:00 - 7:30pm

We hope to see you in June!

Email us with any questions, and look for the official invitation to come via email later by early May.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Public Policy Interns funded by Rockefeller Center Share Positive Experiences With Dartmouth Community

One of the many student opportunities offered at The Rockefeller Center is the chance to receive funding to cover some of the direct costs associated with unpaid public policy-related internships.  
Joshua Kornberg '13 during his Winter 2011 Internship in Washington, DC, funded by Rocky.  Kornberg wrote an opinion article in The D about the importance of investing in internships.

Two of our recently funded interns - both from the Winter 2011 term - shared their experiences with the greater Dartmouth community last week.

As part of the "Why Go To Dartmouth?" video series, Maia Matsushita '13 talks about her internship at the American Society for Muslim Advancement, in New York, NY.  She was funded by a Rockefeller Center Internship award. 

The second mention was from Joshua Kornberg '13, who completed an internship at The Nixon Center, in Washington, DC with funding support from The Rockefeller Center.  Joshua authored an opinion piece in The Dartmouth, "Investing In Internships", that was published on Friday, April 15th. 

The Rockefeller Center funds unpaid internships all four terms of the Dartmouth academic year in a selective process.  The next application deadline is April 27, 2011, and is for Summer 2011 funding consideration.  Students who have completed the Rockefeller Center Management and Leadership Development Program and/or the on-campus Pre-Internship Training workshops are strongly encouraged.

Kate Hilton '99 Leads MLDP Session on Motivating Others to Join In Action

Kate Hilton ’99, consultant at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, led this session entitled “How Do Leaders Motivate Others to Join Them In Action: The Art of Public Narrative.” Kate engaged the group by telling her own story of coming to Dartmouth and later traveling across the country in a Volkswagen van to examine community-based conservation projects. She used this story to introduce the three types of stories: a story of the self (who am I, what is my background, where do I come from, and a call to leadership), the story of us (how do we work in a community, why and how do we all affect each other, shared values and experiences), and the story of now (why is an issue pressing, important, why should we get involved, and what our strategy and action will be). The linkers between these three stories are purpose, urgency, and community. Kate stressed the need to have a specific image related to your own story so that the audience will remember it, and not only hear your words, but also feel and imagine them. Through this method, you can control your own story because if you do not tell your own story, then someone else will tell it for you and you will be lost.

We then broke into small groups and each gave a try at telling a story using Hilton’s method. Even after just the beginning of the presentation, students began to see a difference in how they told stories and captured attention. Said Dylan Payne ’13, who spoke about tutoring and working towards better teaching and education, “I was more focused in what I said and could tell that the others listening to me were not simply hearing me, but were rather connecting with me.” In addition, because the MLDP program has only just started this term, breaking into small groups and telling personal stories gave the participants a chance to get to know each other much better. Following this, Hilton invited Patricia de Lucio ’12 up to share her story about her involvement with the Book Buddies program and she invited everyone to give back and make a difference in the lives of others. Hilton urged the group that when asking others to join you, one must be specific and give a clear path. For example, “I’d like you all to join me here at this time do this.”

Hilton then showed a quick presentation on body language, which led to a rousing discussion about knowing your audience and having the ability to change what you’re doing on a moments notice if your audience is not captivated and at attention. Next, Hilton showed clips from Barack Obama’s 2004 Keynote Speech at the Democratic National Convention. The group then discussed what Obama does so well as a speaker, specifically not speaking much about oneself, but rather connecting it to a part of a larger movement and progressing from a story of self, to a story of us, and finally to a story of now. Obama clearly motivated the audience by painting a picture and laying out a strategy.

The small groups met once again and using the new techniques learned from the Obama speech and non-verbal expression presentation, improved their stories from before and gave feedback to each other. Hilton ended the session by thanking the group for its attention, enthusiasm, and participation.

-- Sam Lewis '13

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Robert Burka '67 is Guest Speaker at Rocky Student Discussion Group: One of Four Weekly Offerings

Photo credit: Maggie Rowland / The Dartmouth Staff
Law, Life,  and Leadership - one of four Rockefeller Center Student Discussion Groups - was happy to host Dartmouth Alum Robert Burka '67 at this week's dinner discussion.

Burka's discussion forced the participants to examine many facets of the current political situation in America and recognize the parallels that can be drawn between this and previous eras in American history. As noted by a student attending the discussion, "By recognizing these similarities, we can try to learn from our past mistakes and better handle issues such as whether senior government officials are obligated to criticize the administration's policies in a time of war, be it the war against terror or our involvement in the situation in Libya." 

You can read more about the discussion in this article in The Dartmouth, published on April 12, 2011.  This spring, discussion groups run until the week of May 23, 2011.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Clarity, Correctness, and Concision" - Prof. Julie Kalish '91 Leads MLDP Session about Writing in the Workplace

Spring 2011 Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) Participants
Last week MLDP welcomed Professor Julie Kalish ’91 for a session about “Writing in the Workplace”. Professor Kalish is a Vermont attorney and lecturer in Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. To start off the session, Professor Kalish summarized the 3 C’s of good writing – “clarity, correctness, and concision.” She presented surveys completed as part of the development of the Management and Leadership Development Program indicating that employers greatly value good writing and gave students the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences writing in the workplace.

Towards the latter half of the session, the students’ small groups participated in an exercise where they took real life situations and drafted written responses to the different circumstances. Each small group had the opportunity to share and discuss their responses with Professor Kalish and the all of the MLDP participants.

The MLDP participants enjoyed the event and found it very helpful. Will Hernandez ’13 said that the session taught him that workplace communication should be “quick, straight to the point, correct, and formal.” Patricia de Lucio took away that “being clear to the cause and appropriate to what you are saying is most important.”

-- Julius Bedford '12

Monday, April 11, 2011

Jeremy Kaufman '12 selected as Rocky’s 2011-2012 CSPC Fellow

Each year the Rockefeller Center works with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) in Washington, D.C. to enable one student from Dartmouth to participate in a unique fellowship program. CSPC Fellows attend two conferences during the academic year. At these policy workshops, Fellows discuss national issues with scholars and are briefed by senior government officials and nationally recognized public policy experts.

The Rockefeller Center has selected Jeremy Kaufman to be a CSPC Fellow in the 2011-2012 academic year. Jeremy grew up in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, and is a member of the Class of 2012. His earliest political memory is watching President Clinton’s impeachment in awe, fascinated by the notion of the most powerful person in the country being threatened with a loss of their job. At Dartmouth, Jeremy is pursuing a major in
Economics and a minor in Public Policy, emphasizing institutions and organizations. Last spring, he studied on the Government Department’s off-campus program in Washington DC interning at a lobbying firm and policy think tank working on a project involving electronic privacy rights. As well, he interned for the Lebanon District Court, writing a how-to manual for pro-se divorce litigants. On campus, he serves as the President of the College Democrats of New Hampshire and is a voting member on the NH Democratic Party Steering Committee and serves as a War & Peace Fellow. Last year, he testified before the NH House Elections Committee regarding third party ballot restrictions as part of the Policy Research Shop and works as a Presidential Scholar in the economics department on a project involving Indian village growth. He hopes to pursue economic policy after graduation and will be interning at the New York Fed this summer.

The CSPC fellowship requires that each student research, write, and present an original paper on an issue of the modern presidency. Students have online access to the Center's award-winning
Presidential Studies Quarterly and are eligible to participate in two essay contests, competing for publication in the annual anthology of the best Center Fellows' Papers. The Center provides professional mentors drawn from the public policy community and government to help the Fellows define their proposals. Mentors also guide their fellows in writing and editing of a paper that is brought to publishing standards during the academic year.

Since its inception, the Center Fellows Program has developed leadership and scholarship skills in more than 1,000 students, providing 3 of the 32 Rhodes Scholars in 2006 as well as numerous Fulbright, Gates, Marshall, and other scholarship and fellowship winners. Alumni of the Fellows Program are Capitol Hill and White House staffers, award winning journalists, CEOs of corporations and non-profit organizations, senior military leaders, and university deans and vice-presidents. To learn more about the program, visit the
CSPC website. For application information, visit the Rockefeller Center’s CSPC page.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Betsy Winslow '83 from Tuck School of Business Kicks Off Spring 2011 MLDP

Last week, the Management and Leadership Development Program opened the spring term by examining leadership theory. Professor Betsy Winslow ’83, Associate Director of the MBA Program at the Tuck School of Business, led the session and challenged participants to consider “What makes a good leader”.  Participants engaged in active discussion and drew from their own experiences as they identified certain qualities and skills that embody “good leadership”. 

Throughout the session, Professor Winslow taught that different situations may require different leadership styles and encouraged students to identify their own personal leadership styles. After the session, participants identified many key “take-always”. Ryan Mei ’12 stated, “She [Winslow] really made me believe that anyone can be a leader and that there are different types of leadership.” Madison Rezaei added that, “the pieces of information about leading volunteers was really useful because that’s often a challenge that we face at Dartmouth.”

-- Julius Bedford '12

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dartmouth PRS Students Testify About NH Mental Health and Budget Cuts

Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students Caroline Buck '13 and David Lumbert '12 posing with Representative James MacKay,  Chair of the New Hampshire Behavioral Health Caucus, at the PRS Mental Health Testimony in Concord, NH on March 29, 2011.
On March 29, 2011, two students from the Policy Research Shop at the Rockefeller Center testified before the New Hampshire Behavioral Health Caucus, comprised of State Representatives, State Senators, and other stakeholders interested in behavioral health issues. The students, Caroline Buck '13 and David Lumbert '12, presented the results of an intensive study of the current status of mental health services in New Hampshire and the consequences of a series of budget cutbacks.

The students consolidated information from a decentralized system and highlighted some common challenges facing facilities across the state. Their work included interviews with directors of Community Mental Health Centers and synthesis of state data and other secondary research. They provided a comprehensive picture by focusing on direct internal effects on patients and employees as well as on indirect effects on emergency rooms, prisons, and shelters.  The report presented to the Caucus was also co-authored by Rick D'Amato '13, who was unable to attend the meeting as he is currently participating in a Dartmouth LSA Program in Barcelona, Spain.

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, April 2, 2011

Spring 2011 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 16, No. 4 -- Spring 2011

The Rockefeller Center electronic newsletter is published at the beginning of each term, and is a summary of news and notes.

"While the nature of your leadership changes in life after Dartmouth, those skills and values that helped you grow in this context will prepare you to make difficult decisions in your professional life." - Reflection of a current Rockefeller Leadership Fellow, after the RLF session with recent alums pictured above.

We're only one quarter into 2011, but it's already time to think about who might be visiting New Hampshire to test the political waters.  We're had one presidential hopeful visit the Center this year so far.  Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick discusses the upcoming political campaign season in his Spring 2011 Direct Line

In related news, the Rockefeller Center had a mention in a recent online article about top colleges for aspiring presidents.

The Policy Research Shop has been busy during the 2010-2011 academic year, completing testimonies and policy briefs for four projects.  Read more about the work of our Policy Research Shop here...

View videos from Winter term lectures, now on YouTube.

Upcoming Public Programs to look forward to this spring include Nazila Fathi, Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and Foreign Correspondent for the New York Times, who has been selected to give The Bernard D. Nossiter '47 Lecture.  Her talk, "Uprising in Egypt and Iran, Similarities and Differences" will take place on May 5th, at 4:30 PM in Rockefeller Hall, Room 3.  See the full list of public programs here, and on the Rocky Calendar.

This year marks a milestone for the Center:  Public Policy course enrollments have topped 400 for the first time!  Read more...

It's been a year since we opened the Management and Leadership Development Program to all Dartmouth upperclass students.  We profile one alum, Taylor Stevenson '10, who says that the concepts discussed in MLDP were useful during his recent political campaign.  Read more about his experience.  While at Dartmouth, Tay also received Rockefeller Center funding for a public policy internship.

This spring, students interested in law and public policy have a new course offering from Professors Glick and Laws.  This course is an entry point for students pursuing the PBPL minor track in law and public policy.  Read more about the class...

Save the Date to Learn. Reconnect. Reflect!  This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the Rockefeller Leadership Fellow Program. To celebrate, we will host a Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Alumni Conference in Hanover from August 19-21, 2011. The conference will offer sessions on management and leadership, and allow alumni to use their experiences to provide career advising for sophomore students. The Conference will also allow alumni to catch up with their classmates, form new relationships and reconnect with the Rockefeller Center.  Contact Kyle Krater at the Rockefeller Center for more information about the conference.

Rockefeller Student Discussion Groups begin on Monday, April 4th.  We have four groups that meet Monday - Thursday evenings each week at 6:30 PM.  Dinner and a casual forum to talk about politics, leadership, public speaking and Dartmouth current events provided.

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