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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

MLDP Recap: Building for Leadership

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information about MLDP, click here.
Darin Eich, Ph.D. kicks off the Management and Leadership Development Program with a session on facilitation techniques.

From the first anecdote, Darin Eich shared that we all have the ability to do “it” – whatever it may be.  In this opening session of MLDP, we pushed our personal boundaries and made new and interesting connections with our fellow students. Our facilitator, Darin Eich of the University of Wisconsin (founder of ProgramInnovation.com and author of Root Down and Branch Out:  Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs), imparted networking skills through simulations that kept the audience excited and intrigued about what he would pull out of his hat next.  The techniques and icebreakers not only worked to connect our new group, but also gave us new ideas for our own extracurricular groups.


In the end it all came together.  Darin reminded us that we all want to do something.  And we can do it - by focusing on what we need, how we can improve, and how we can utilize our peers and networks.  We took our great leadership challenges and broke them down into more approachable parts.  Steve Prager ’14 said “It was a great way to introduce
us to the program while getting us to know and network with each other.”  I couldn’t agree more!  What a great kick-off to an exciting new term, and new growth as leaders.


- Amber Porter ’14

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring 2012 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 17, No. 3 -- Spring 2012


The Rockefeller Center electronic newsletter is published at the beginning of each term, and is a summary of news and notes.
Kali Montecalvo '13 completed an internship with the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of International Organization Affairs in Geneva, Switzerland during winter 2012 with funding support from the Center.

"[The Rockefeller Center's] core strength is our ability to integrate a student’s in- and out-of-classroom experience, to further Dartmouth’s liberal arts mission by engaging students in public policy and developing their capacity for leadership." 

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick writes that "Higher education is going online, and if it can be online, there is no reason why it cannot be global." In his Spring 2012 Direct Line, Prof. Samwick shares thoughts on the use of technology and the globalization of education.

What you might have missed during Winter 2012:


What to look forward to during the Spring 2012 Term:
  • Undergraduate research supported by the Center. Eleven members of the Dartmouth Class of 2012 received funding to support their Senior Honors Thesis Research in Social Sciences. Read more...
  • Upcoming Public Programs this spring include the Class of 1930 LectureTheda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, will discuss “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism” on May 1st.  See the full list of Spring 2012 public programs here, and on the Rocky Calendar.



  • The Public Policy Minor continues to grow!  In 2011 - 2012, over 440 students enrolled in PBPL classes throughout the academic year.  Read more...
  • Rockefeller Center introduces "Rocky Special Ops" - stand-alone opportunities to enhance skills, explore career opportunities, and meet special guests.  No application or long-term commitment is required!  Students can review current options and sign up at our Eventbrite page.
  • Curent Dartmouth Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) Fellow, Jeremy Kaufmann, analyzes K-12 testing integrity and will present his findings at upcoming Conference in Washington, DC.  Read more...
  • We profile Public Policy Minor and Rockefeller Center Leadership Fellow Amrita Sankar '12Read more...
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Rockefeller Center Direct Line - Spring 2012

Khan Academy.  MITx.  MBA@UNC.  Higher education is going online, and if it can be online, there is no reason why it cannot be global.  When Ben Wildavsky visited campus last month as part of the Leading Voices in Higher Education lecture series, he said, “My real argument is that globalization is a real opportunity. It’s not really something to worry about. That’s fundamentally because it’s not a zero-sum game.” 

He was right.  Just think about other times when the technology of delivering education changed.  Mass production of books over the past centuries allowed education to spread cheaply and efficiently.  What we discovered over that time is that the knowledge contained in books is not a substitute for a college education but a complement to it – it creates opportunities for colleges to further develop and distribute that knowledge to broaden and deepen the educational experience.  There is no reason why the innovation of prefacing education with online or global cannot have the same effect.
The three ventures linked above are different ways to present, organize, distribute, and convene educational content that is similar to what is delivered in thousands of lecture halls and seminar rooms on college campuses.   The question we should ask ourselves is now that such material and experiences can be delivered adequately, if not superbly, online and globally, what does this free us up to do in the on-campus environment?

Ben Wildavsky suggested a way to answer this question when he encouraged us to “not just embrace the rhetoric of globalization with a lot of platitudes,” but to first answer the question, “What are our core strengths?”  It is an easy question at the Rockefeller Center: our core strength is our ability to integrate a student’s in- and out-of-classroom experience, to further Dartmouth’s liberal arts mission by engaging students in public policy and developing their capacity for leadership. 
For example, we offer a First-Year Fellows program that links our introductory public policy course for the Public Policy Minor to summer internships under the mentorship of Dartmouth alumni in Washington, DC.  The experience is strengthened by an intensive Civic Skills Training program to help students be more effective in their internships.  The Center is also home to the Policy Research Shop, in which the real-life policy challenges of state and local government entities in New Hampshire and Vermont form the basis of class projects in two of our research methods courses.  Students work in teams on policy briefs that are often presented as testimony to state and local policy makers.  The Center has developed two leadership programs, the Management and Leadership Development Program and the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program, that help students connect their liberal arts education to leadership challenges both at Dartmouth and in the world beyond.

Dartmouth is no ivory tower in which we seek shelter from the world.  It is and must always be a thriving educational community that is fully engaged with the world.  As the director of the Center that developed each of these unique programs, it is not daunting but exhilarating to think about the ways that they could be enhanced by utilizing online technology and a more global consciousness in support of Dartmouth’s mission.  We have already begun to experiment in those directions, and I look forward to reporting on our progress in the years to come.

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, politics, and current events.

Public Policy Minor Continues to Grow in 2011 - 2012

As the spring term begins, we are now able to tally all of the course enrollments for the 2011-2012 academic year.Once again, student enrollments in public policy courses has reached new record with over 440 students taking summer, fall, winter, and spring classes. Also, enrollment in our gateway class taught by Professor Ron Shaiko—PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy—reached an all-time high during the winter term with 101 students completing the class.

At the conclusion of the public policy minor, 38 graduating seniors will complete their degree requirements with minors in public policy, including six students graduating with engineering majors modified with public policy, also an all-time high. More than half of the students who enrolled in PBPL 5 as first-year students four years ago have completed five additional courses in public policy are graduating with minors in public policy this year.


On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, Dr. Peter Orszag discusses his experiences as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama with Professor Ron Shaiko’s PBPL 5 class.  Dr. Orszag focused a great deal on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which he helped to create.

In additional to the growth in enrollments, we have had several new courses to the public policy curriculum during this academic year. During the winter term, Professor Tim Ruback, a visiting assistant professor of public policy at the Rockefeller Center, offered a first-year seminar, PBPL 7: Leadership in Foreign Policy Decision-Making. Former Center Director and professor of government, Linda Fowler, also offered a new course in our leadership track during the winter term—PBPL 52: Leadership in Political Institutions.

During the spring term, Professor Benjamin Cole, one of our post-doctoral fellows who co-manages the Policy Research Shop, will be offering PBPL 10: Statistical Analysis for Public Policy.  We are also bringing back a course we offered several years ago as part of the methods sequence in the public policy minor—PBPL 41: Writing and Speaking Public Policy. Professor Julie Kalish, a faculty member in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, is teaching PBPL 41. These new and returning courses, along with numerous courses that are offered annually by the Center, bring the total number of courses offered in the public policy minor by the Center in 2011- 2012 to 15 — another all-time high.

Theda Skocpol to Give Class of 1930 Lecture on May 1st - “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism”


Plan to join us on May 1, 2012 for the Class of 1930 Lecture, which will take place 4:30-6:00 pm in Room 003, Rockefeller Center.

“The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism”
Theda Skocpol
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University

On February 19, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli delivered a dramatic rant against Obama Administration programs to shore up the plunging housing market. Invoking the Founding Fathers and ridiculing "losers" who could not pay their mortgages, Santelli called for "Tea Party" protests. Over the next two years, conservative activists took to the streets and airways, built hundreds of local Tea Party groups, and weighed in with votes and money to help right-wing Republicans win electoral victories in 2010. In this penetrating new study, Harvard University's Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson go beyond images of protesters in Colonial costumes to provide a nuanced portrait of the Tea Party. What they find is sometimes surprising.

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. At Harvard, she has served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2005-2007) and as Director of the Center for American Political Studies (2000-2006). In 1996, Skocpol served as President of the Social Science History Association and, in 2002-03, she served as President of the American Political Science Association. Skocpol has also been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. Her work covers a broad spectrum of topics including both comparative politics (States and Social Revolutions, 1979) and American politics (Protecting Soldiers and Mothers, 1992). Her books and articles have been widely cited in political science literature and have won numerous awards. Skocpol's research focuses on U.S. social policy and civic engagement in American democracy. Her most recent books are Health Care Reform and American Politics, 2010 (with Lawrence R. Jacobs), Reaching for a New Deal: Ambitious Governance, Economic Meltdown, and Polarized Politics in Obama’s First Two Years, 2011 (co-edited with Lawrence R. Jacobs), and The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, 2011 (with Vanessa Williamson).

See a listing of all upcoming Spring 2012 Public Programs here.

Eleven Members of the Dartmouth Class of 2012 Receive Funding to support Senior Honors Thesis Research in Social Sciences

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center provides grants twice a year of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences. For the Class of 2012, we awarded eleven students from five different departments a total of $7,497.29 in grants. 

The research projects ranged from addressing the problem of implementing public welfare systems in three Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, and Peru, to the work private American foundations did to help rebuild Western Germany after World War II.

The grant application deadlines for the graduating Class of 2013 are Friday, May 18, 2012 or Friday, October 12, 2012.

2012 Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipients

Recipient                                 Department                             Advisor                            

Christian Brandt                     ANTH                                     Lourdes Gutierrez Najera

Jessica Drazenovich                HIST                                       Annelise Orleck

Elizabeth Faiella                      HIST                                       Annelise Orleck

Orli Kleiner                             SOCY                                     John Campbell

Sanela Muharemovic               GOVT                                     Benjamin Valentino

Caitlin O'Neill                         HIST                                       Udi Greenberg

Rocco Pallin                            HIST                                       Annelise Orleck

Anastassia Radeva                  HIST                                       George Trumbull IV

Nina Skagerlind                      GOVT                                     John Carey

Jenny Thapa                            ENVS                                     Richard Howarth

Kelsey Woerner                      GOVT                                     Benjamin Valentino

Rockefeller Center Student Profile: Amrita Sankar '12

We meet and get to know a number of Dartmouth students over the course of the academic year. Students involved with the Rockefeller Center don't fit a particular mold - they have a broad variety of interests and passions. The following is a snapshot of one of those students.
Learn more about Amrita Sankar, Class of 2012
Sankar, with Alexi Pappas and Madeline Sims, at Civic Skills Training in June 2009
"When I first came to Dartmouth, I was unclear what to expect. I had applied to Dartmouth after hearing peripherally of its prestige and reputation as a top-notch undergraduate institution and through the anecdotes of respected acquaintances who had relished their time here. I only cemented my decision to attend this college however after my open-house session at the Rockefeller center during accepted students weekend. I was greeted by Professor Shaiko and informed of the grass-roots public policy experience a student could undergo during their time here. Coming from an extensive background in service as a Girl Scout, I was inspired by the myriad ways a student could bring about positive change through understanding the public sector, constructing public policy to implement legislative change, and honing leadership skills to go forth in the world.

From the time I heard about the “Rocky Track” I was hooked. I took Public Policy 5 my freshmen winter and had the distinct privilege of being accepted as a “First Year Fellow” the summer going into my sophomore year. This program for twenty lucky students was formative in my Dartmouth experience. I had a crash course in necessary civic skills and interned at “The Center for Comprehensive Reform” under the guidance of Abner Oakes ’81 in the heart of this nations capital. I learned professionalism on site and explored the numerous sectors that interact to form the world we live in. But I also forged life-long friends: we saw the Fourth of July fireworks at the Lincoln monument. We cooked homemade meals together. And during my Dartmouth tenure, these public policy comrades would be in future classes and life endeavors with me. 

My real world experience delving into the public sector did not end there. Thanks to the Rockefeller Center, I was granted the distinct privilege of being an ‘FSW intern’ at a small non-profit agency in Bridgeport, CT. My takeaway from my internship at FSW was an observation of the best in civil society. From the Board of Directors who volunteered their invaluable time and expertise to steward the organization, to the case managers who dedicate their lives to the Bridgeport community, I was honored to work with some of the most impressive individuals I have ever encountered. What most struck me during my internship was how all of FSW’s staff referred to the individuals they served as their “clients”. The organization considered themselves a privatization of social service, and like any corporation, their objective was to best serve their client. These people defined the discrepancy between “charity” and “service” for me: a sympathetic offering for someone less fortunate versus empathetic collaboration to enhance a fellow man’s quality of life. FSW focuses, and excels, at the latter.

Since First Year Fellows, I was sold as a Public Policy Minor. I have taken a number of classes at the Rockefeller institute, ranging from “Leadership in Civil Society” to “The Economics of Public Policy”. Each of these classes has required not only a fundamental understanding of the theory of public policy but a nuanced appreciation of its application. Introduction to Policy Research guided me through the process of how an issue is researched and documented to then be manifested as legislation. My senior seminar Healthcare Reform required a quantitative application of exploring how differences in hospital management affect rates of death. 

The capstone to my Rocky experience has been in my senior year. Having taken the Management Leadership and Development offered to all students hoping to enrich their professionalism skills, I was honored to be selected as a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow. Already in my short time in the Fellowship, my understanding of leadership, based on concentrated sessions assessing a facet of this subject, has been enhanced three-hold. Not only does each guest speaker present on the issues with expertise and extensive preparation, but the common-ground respect the other fellows have for one another and communal engagement we have dedicated to this program have enhanced the conversation and value of this program three-fold. Now as Vice President of the Dartmouth Student Assembly, I feel more confident and capable in delegating tasks, reflective of my decisions, and conscious of my interactions and engagements with others.

I am still unsure what direction my life will take. But regardless of the field or industry, Dartmouth has done more than direct my life pursuits: through the experiences I have been able to undergo through the Rockefeller Center, inside and outside the classroom, my character has been fundamentally molded. I have grown to be both the individual and leader I know that I can be, and through the skill-set I have acquired through the numerous Rocky programs I have participated in, I feel equipped with an arsenal to take on the world."
 
Amrita Sankar hails from Ridgefield, CT. Upon graduating from Ridgefield High School she was also selected as a National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2008. Sankar is a Government Major, Public Policy Minor with a concentration on Political Theory and Healthcare respectively. On campus, Sankar is extremely involved with the Dartmouth College Democrats at both the campus and state level, Co-chair of Diversity and Community Affairs within Student Assembly for the past two years, and President of her female a cappella group the Dartmouth Subtleties. She has had two Rockefeller internships, working at the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement in Washington, D.C. her freshmen year and FSW, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT her sophomore winter. Sankar hopes to specialize in leadership in the non-profit sector after graduation from Dartmouth, failing which she will find a varying capacity to be a proponent for positive change in the world.

Cheating to the Test: CSPC Fellow, Jeremy Kaufmann, Analyzes K-12 Testing Integrity, Will Present Findings at Conference in Washington, DC


Senior Public Policy Minor, Jeremy Kaufmann '12, selected as the representative of Dartmouth College to be a fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC), has completed his research on a controversial topic in the education policy sector—teacher/administrator cheating on standardized tests relating to adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)—and will be presenting his findings to the CSPC national conference in Washington, DC on March 28-30, 2012.

His paper, "Protecting the Veracity of Our Children's Test Scores: How Race to the Top Funding Can Spur Testing Integrity Reform," analyzes the recent waves of cheating by teachers and administrators in school districts across the nation and identifies patterns of cheating as well as possible remedies. He also challenges the Obama Administration and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to link future Race to the Top funding to demonstrated emphasis on testing integrity.

"Given the success that Race to the Top has had in encouraging states to tackle other challenging educational policy problems, there is no doubt that including testing integrity guidelines in the Race to the Top application would prompt schools to give this entrenched problem a second look. The truth is that this rather unpleasant problem of teacher cheating comes down to incentives and responsibility—without some type of reform, teachers will continue to have incentives to cheat and district administrators will continue to look the other way."

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dartmouth Policy Research Shop Reports Findings on Voter Identification to NH House

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, three Dartmouth students, Stephen Prager ’14, Manav Raj ’15, and Joseph Singh ’14, from the Nelson A.  Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to the New Hampshire  House of Representatives in Concord to testify before a special session of the House Committee on Election Law at the request of Chairman David Bates.

Policy Research Shop students, Stephen Prager ’14, Manav Raj ’15, and Joseph Singh ’14, report their research findings on voter identification to a special session of the House Committee on Election Law on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

The PRS team presented the findings of their research into the number of eligible voters in New Hampshire lacking government-issued photo identification, and analyzed the costs and benefits of several policy options for reforming the voting registration and identification requirements in the state.  In addition to their powerpoint presentation, the students provided committee members with their formal report, “Voter Identification Reform in New Hampshire: Options for Reforming Voter Identification Requirements.” 

After a fifteen-minute presentation, the students responded to questions and comments from members of the committee, as well as members of the audience. The team then enjoyed a tour of the NH House, Senate, and Executive Council chambers before returning to campus.

Policy Research Shop students, Stephen Prager ’14, Manav Raj ’15, and Joseph Singh ’14, discuss their testimony with the sponsor of their voter identification project, Chairman David Bates.

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.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Service Internships in DC - Deadline March 23 for Summer Program

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS) offers rewarding internships in Washington, DC’s non-profit sector, paired with coursework accredited by Georgetown University that allows students to immerse themselves in a spirit of volunteerism in the nation’s capital.

This summer’s application deadline has been extended to March 23, 2012 with scholarship funding still available.  Read the announcement below for more information.

 

**EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE**
Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
June 10 – August 4
Georgetown University, Washington, DC 

How will you choose to spend your summer?

Join the millions of volunteers, public servants and nonprofit professionals who heard the call to serve in the nation’s capital.

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service offers you a chance to put your talents towards affecting change. Spend your summer in service while getting a hands-on learning experience in Washington, DC.

This summer’s IPVS application deadline has been extended to March 23, 2012 with scholarship funding available.

You still have the opportunity to be placed in an internship that puts you on the front-lines of our nation’s recovery and renewal.  Spend your summer taking action and making an impact in the community. With IPVS you can: 

·      Provide families with educational programs that combat childhood obesity.

·      Help to advance public health by conducting intake interviews.

·      Facilitate enrichment opportunities for at-risk youth that encourage future successes.

·      Translate legal service documents and consultations for low-income immigrants.

·      Raise money and awareness for diseases that affect millions.

·      Provide direct emergency services to clients at a homeless shelter.

·      Research nonprofit policy and report on agency benefits.

·      Engage the local community in a park clean-up that revitalizes urban green spaces.

 Application Instructions

To take advantage of the extended application and scholarship deadline, please contact Mary Connell Stankus, Recruitment and Admissions Director or 202986.0384. We will work with you to help you complete your application and ensure that it qualifies for the extended deadline.

For more information or to start an application, please visit ourwebsite.

About the Program

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies and held at Georgetown University, IPVS is an eight-week academic internship program held in Washington, D.C. for undergraduate students interested in volunteerism and careers in the nonprofit sector. The Institute combines substantive professional experience for 30 hours a week with a challenging academic experience worth 6 credit hours from Georgetown University. All students are housed on campus in apartment-style dorms.

Choose to spend your summer in service with IPVS!

Friday, March 9, 2012

PRS Students Deliver Performance Assessment Testimony at NH Dept of Safety

Policy Research Shop students, Mike Danaher ’13, Amy Couture ’14, and Tina Meng ‘14, present the findings of their research on performance assessment to a team from the New Hampshire Department of Safety, on Thursday, March 8, 2012.

On Thursday, March 8, 2012, three PRS students, Mike Danaher ’13, Amy Couture ’14, and Tina Meng ‘14, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to the NH Department of Safety building in Concord, NH to deliver a presentation to Commissioner of Safety John Barthelmes and the directors of the Division of Motor Vehicles, State Police, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Fire Safety and Fire Marshal, Fire Standards and Training/EMS, Emergency Communications and 911, and Administration. 

Directors of New Hampshire’s Department of Safety listen and ask questions as PRS Student Mike Danaher ’13, presents research on performance assessment to them on Thursday, March 8, 2012.

The team summarized their findings from twenty-one case studies and many elite interviews, and synthesized this material by communicating “best practices” for the department and each division. They argued that effective performance measurement systems are driven by, and support, coherent strategic plans, are supported and implemented by strong executive leadership, and are improved through communication with the public. This presentation was the culmination of more than five months of cooperation between the students, NH DOS leadership, and professional strategic planning consultants. After the presentation the students responded to questions and comments from the Commissioner and the division directors, wherein they illustrated their findings using specific details from their extensive research, and engaged the leaders in an extended discussion of the best ways forward for the NH Department of Safety.

 
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.

For more information about the Policy Research Shop, click here.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Student Loan Forgiveness for Non-profit & Government Work - Info and Forms Now Available



"Student loan borrowers can earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness by making 120 of the right kind of payments, on the right kind of loans, while working in the right kind of job*.  But you also have to PROVE that you met all the requirements of the program." - Heather Jarvis, Student Loan Expert and YNPN guest blogger

Public Service Loan Forgiveness guidance is now available from the US Department of Education.  If you think you are currently working for a qualifying public service employer, or you might after graduation, you will want to review the guidance, print out the forms, and start getting all paperwork in order to qualify.  The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network had a recent post that was very helpful, and had a number of links to resources that you might find useful.

We'd love to hear from you if you have found other helpful resources about this topic.  Please leave us a comment.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rocky Recap: Dean Charlotte Johnson visits PoliTALK

Read a student's account of our PoliTALK event with Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson. For more information about our student discussion groups including PoliTALK, click here.
            
At Politalk, Dean Johnson opened up conversation about student issues on campus. Dean Johnson made a lot of good points about why certain issues are hard to solve. For instance, sexual assault is a huge issue on campus. The administration has been trying to implement changes since last year to reduce sexual assault and crack down on it harder. However, this has been harder than imagined. Dean Johnson told us about some of the suggestions that were made to add the writing on sexual assault, one suggestion being that witnesses will have to stand in front of the Committee on Standards if they are called for questioning. Dean Johnson explained that many students are opposed to this, but asserted that this should not be a problem if Dartmouth prides itself on being a community where everyone takes care of one another. Many comments like these came up again and again when we discussed issues like Hazing and making all Greek organizations co-educational. More issues were addressed such as LGBTQ belonging on campus, grade-oriented learning, and alternative social spaces. 


With all of these issues, Dean Johnson reminded us that in order to implement policies that work for the students, the students have to get involved in the decision-making process as well. This worked really well in relation to the discussion about alternative social spaces. Dean Johnson asked us to think about what makes a good a social space, what does a god social space have, and what can we add to the places on campus for alternative social spaces. Many people in the group contributed ideas and suggestions as to how to create social spaces on campus thereby making this discussion the most effective part of the session.

-Dieynabou Barry ‘14

MLDP Recap: Wrap Up and Writing Follow Up

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information, about MLDP, click here.

In tonight's session MLDP participants reviewed several concepts from the term and wrapped up this winter's session.

Julie Kalish, professor at Dartmouth College, guided the group through the analysis of the end of term SWOC (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Challenges) memo. In her opening, Professor Kalish reviewed the process of structuring a memo. As compared to the academic essay structure, the memo is focused on the efficient and succinct communication of information. The use of a summarizing introduction and specific feedback within subheadings helps the strength of the memo.

In the second portion of the session, Thanh and Danielle guided our group through their understanding of the SWOC memos. Going forward, they plan to specifically address the workshop's goals and explain the specifics of the time commitment of the program. They also emphasized the importance of growing and developing this program.
The third portion of the session focused on the findings from different group projects. There were a wide variety of subjects of the group projects this term. Topics for group projects this term included: the development of a MLDP LinkedIn Group, creation of MLDP posters, outlines of survey feedback guidelines, the creation of a campus survey on MLDP outreach, and analyzing the "dos and don'ts" for future speakers. This wrap up session allowed all participants in MLDP to share the outcomes of their work together.

Tonight's session was an effective and informative wrap up to an extremely engaging Winter 2012 MLDP session. Thanks to the MLDP staff for making the program so informative and effective!

-Catherine O'Sullivan '14

President of Kosovo Speaks at Dartmouth on 3/6 at 4:30 PM, Watch Online or in Moore Theater



On Tuesday, March 6 the Dartmouth community is honored to host a distinguished guest, Atifete Jahjaga, president of the Republic of Kosovo. You are invited to view a live online broadcast of President Jahjaga's public address, "The Kosovo Story: Challenges and Successes in State-Building Processes."

The lecture will be broadcast live from the Hopkins Center's Moore Theater at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) via: http://www.youtube.com/Dartmouth. In-person attendance at the event is open to the public with seating on a first-come basis.

President Jahjaga was elected to the presidency of Kosovo last April at the age of 35. She is the fourth person to be elected president of the new nation, following its fight for independence 13 years ago.

She will spend time during her two-day visit to Dartmouth meeting and discussing a variety of issues—including leadership and health care—with faculty, students, and administrators. The president will also attend an undergraduate class session on state creation.

Dartmouth has deep ties to Kosovo, beginning in 1999 when Dartmouth Medical School faculty and physicians from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., provided critical care to refugees after the war with Serbia. Two years ago, Dartmouth and American University in Kosovo formed a partnership through which Dartmouth works with Kosovo's only private nonprofit university on a number of initiatives.

Monday, March 5, 2012

PoliTALK hosts Dartmouth Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson at Final Discussion of Winter Term, Monday 3/5 at 5 PM

from our student discussion group leader:

PoliTalk will be hosting an event with Charlotte Johnson, Dean of the College, on Monday, from 5-6 in Rocky 1.

This should be a great opportunity to get a brief overview about the issues facing the College. She has also agreed to a Q and A session if you have any questions for her. I would HIGHLY recommend this event. This will also be the last one of the term for us.

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Dinner Discussion w/ Charlotte Johnson, Dean of the College
Monday (3/5) from 5-6 PM
Rocky 1
FREE DINNER PROVIDED
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ALL ARE INVITED