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Monday, April 30, 2012

Pizza and Public Policy: Tuesday, May 1st from 6-7:30 PM in Class of 1930 Room

2013s and 2014s -
Want to explore the possibilities of a Public Policy Minor?

Come and enjoy…Pizza and Public Policy

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

In the Class of 1930 Room, Rockefeller Center

For more information, contact Jane DaSilva, 646-2229

For more information regarding the Public Policy Minor, please contact Jane DaSilva at 603-646-2229 or Professor Ronald Shaiko at 603-646-9146 or via blitzmail. 
Or visit our website.

MLDP Recap: Stress Management

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.

This week’s MLDP Session was one that almost every Dartmouth student can relate to: stress and stress management. Most of us can probably relate more to the former than the latter, however after this week’s session, I can comfortably say all of the MLDP participants are feeling at least a little more empowered to take on their daunting task of surviving Midterm’s Week.
            Kari Jo Grant currently works as the Health Education Coordinator at the Student Health Promotion & Wellness Office here at Dartmouth. She quickly made a point to let us know that their offices have recently moved from Dick’s House to 37 Dewey, right next to Dick’s House. Throughout the session, Kari Jo used a variety of reflective questions to help prompt the group about different stressors and stress-relievers in our lives. She began the session by asking us a simple, and yet somehow complicated, question: “What are some examples of good and bad stress?” While most of us could easily list more than enough examples of bad stress, we found it incredibly difficult to think of “good” stress. For most of us, myself included, stress carries a negative connotation. How could we be happily stressed? Some of us mentioned things such as exercise. While that fits the physiological definition of stress, Kari Jo quickly pointed out that for many individuals, exercise is a point of emotional stress, much like midterms are for the rest of us. All in all, we were left kind of stuck on the topic of “good stress.”
            For the rest of the session, Kari Jo talked to us about symptoms of stress – difficulty sleeping, hyper-awareness of other’s emotions, fatigue, an inability to feel pleasure in the simple things. As she listed the symptoms, there was a quiet but steady murmur throughout the room as we all recognized the symptoms as fitting our lives all too well. We also discussed many of the stressor cues that allow us to realize we are stressed. These include things such as changes in appetite, body aches and pains, anxiety, and feeling out of control. We ended on a positive note, however, as Kari Jo showed us the Dartmouth website for Stress Management and Relaxation (see attached link), which contains several podcasts for meditation and relaxation. We all closed our eyes, breathed deep, and took a few quality minutes to let go. It was incredible realizing how almost everyone in the room truly benefited from the 8-10 min. of relaxation – I know I certainly did. One nap and stressball later (Kari was kind enough to bring some props with her to hand out!), I was ready to head to the dreaded Baker library where I worked away productively all night long on my upcoming midterm.

For more information about stress management, visit the Dartmouth Website for Relaxation here.

-Alyssa Perez '13

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Scholarship opportunity to attend computing conferences

The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) is offering scholarships for students to attend professional AACE conferences across the nation that focus on issues including e-media, information technology and higher education.

The AACE Student Scholarship awards $500 towards travel expenses and fees for conference registration and all workshops. 

The following scholarship application policies apply:

  • One application per person per conference.
  • Anyone with a current student ID may apply.  
  • Please include copy of student ID with application.
  • Up to three student scholarships per conference will be awarded or up to 15 scholarships per year.
  • Scholarships cannot be postponed or transferred to other conferences.
  • Awarded students are encouraged to attend workshops and sessions and submit a written summary about their experiences, within one month after the conference ends. Selected reports will be published.
Founded in 1981, AACE is a non-profit organization with the mission of advancing Information Technology in Education and E-Learning research, development, learning, and its practical application. 

AACE's next conference, EdMedia 2012: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, will be held in Denver, Colorado from June 24-28th.

For more information and to apply for a scholarship, click here.

Rocky Recap: Human Rights Activist Mike Kim Visits Dartmouth

Read below for a student's account of the Rockefeller Center's most recent public program. To learn more about our public programs click here or to register for an upcoming events click here.

On April 23, the Rockefeller Center hosted Mike Kim, a human rights activist and author of Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World’s Most Repressive Country. In a lecture entitled “North Korea – China: A Modern Day Underground Railroad,” Kim told the story of his work assisting North Korean refugees to navigate the underground railroad through China, gain political asylum, and escape sex trafficking. Kim first became inspired to help North Korean refugees on a two-week trip to China, where he met a young North Korean refugee who had fallen victim to sex trafficking. Vowing to return to the northeast region of China, Kim liquidated his successful business, bought a one-way ticket to China, and began to operate undercover leading North Korean refugees through China on an “underground railroad” to obtain asylum from South Korean embassies in Shanghai, China and Bangkok, Thailand. Kim himself made the 6,000-mile journey to Thailand with several North Korean refugees, facing dangerous, illegal border crossings and a host of other obstacles. After returning to the United States, Kim founded a nonprofit organization called Crossing Borders that provides humanitarian assistance to North Korean refugees and is based out of Washington, D.C. Kim’s book on the plight of North Korean refugees, especially those young women who have fallen victim to sex trafficking, has garnered international attention. Kim now works as a consultant to the U.S. government on trafficking in persons, and continues his humanitarian work by spreading the message of his organization and book.

-Caitlin Ardrey '13

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Palaeopitus Senior Society seeks 2013 Delegation, nominate by 4/29 and apply by 4/30

Are you a '13 interested in promoting dialogue between College administrators and students? Do you want to help enact change at Dartmouth as a campus leader? Palaeopitus Senior Society is now accepting nominations and applications for its 2013 delegation- read below for an announcement.

Palaeopitus Senior Society is now accepting applications from the class of 2013 for admission into the 2013 Palaeopitus Delegation as well as nominations from all Dartmouth College students who wish to nominate a member of the class of 2013 for Palaeopitus. 

What is Palaeopitus?
Palaeopitus is a senior society, founded in 1899, which unites campus leaders in service to Dartmouth College. Palaeopitus serves many purposes. It connects administrators and students. Its members advocate on behalf of students to high-level administrators. It host traditional events over the course of the year. Additionally, Palaeopitus serves as a space for student leaders from all corners of campus to keep one another informed about developments across the college, while proving them a way to coordinate their actions to address campus challenges.

Who is in Palaeopitus?

Palaeopitus has twenty-one members selected in their junior year on the basis of their demonstrated dedication to the College. Four of our members are ex-officio: the editor of The Dartmouth newspaper, the Senior Class President, the Intern to the President of the College, and the Student Assembly President (if he or she is a senior). The other seventeen members are selected by the previous year's delegation. 
Is Palaeopitus secret? Does is overlap with other societies?
Palaeopitus is classified as a senior society but membership is public knowledge, and thus we can have a larger impact on campus than if we remained secret. We also operate under the Dean of the College rather than ORL, allowing our membership to overlap with other senior societies.
Please visit our website for more information:

Members of the class of 2013 may apply using the online application found on our homepage:
The application deadline is Monday, April 30th at 11:59pm. 

Dartmouth College students who wish to nominate a member of the class of 2013 for admission into the 2013 Palaeopitus Delegation should fill out the nomination form found on our homepage:
The nomination deadline is Sunday, April 29th at 11:59pm. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

"The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism" with Theda Skocpol on Tuesday 5/1 at 4:30 PM

With the 2012 Presidential elections rapidly approaching, the political landscape is set for a showdown between President Obama and a Republican contender. The Republican Party, however, is currently one of transition, division, and doubt. Harvard Government and Sociology professor Theda Skocpol has studied and will speak to the emergence of the Tea Party and the new Republican Conservatism.

Ever since CNBC commentator Rick Santelli lambasted the Obama Administration in 2009 and called for “Tea Party” protests, America has seen thousands of conservative activists take to the streets. With votes and monetary efforts, their movement prompted many right-wing Republican electoral victories in 2010. Harvard’s Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson studied this movement and have written a nuanced portrait of the Tea Party.

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 2002-2003, 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).
Please join us for the Class of 1930 Fellow Lecture by Professor Theda Skocpol, “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism," at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm, May 1, 2012.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dartmouth Alums elected to Board of Trustees, Alumni Association

On April 14, the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees elected Nathaniel C. Fick '99, Richard H. Kimball '78, and Benjamin F. Wilson '73 as new members of the board following a nomination vote by alumni. Additionally, Gary L. Love '76 has been re-elected as First Vice President to the Association of Alumni. 

We extend our congratulations to the appointees, especially those who have been involved in supporting the Rockefeller Center. Fick currently serves on the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors, while Love was a previous Board member. Wilson has been a featured speaker in the Rockefeller Center's public programs. 

To learn more about the appointees, read below.

Nathaniel Fick
Nate Fick 99 is chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security and an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. After Dartmouth, he served as a Marine Corps infantry officer in Afghanistan and Iraq, and wrote the bestselling book One Bullet Away about that experience. He is a director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, which provides access to higher education for the children of service members killed in action. Nate serves Dartmouth on the Board of Visitors of the Rockefeller Center and is a frequent speaker on campus. While at Dartmouth, he won a U.S. National Championship title in cycling. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Nate lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

Richard H. Kimball ’78
Rick Kimball ’78 is a founding general partner of Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), one of the largest growth equity/venture capital funds in the world focused exclusively on information technology. Over the course of a 16-year history, TCV-backed companies have held 50 initial public offerings. He is a member of the Dartmouth President’s Leadership Council, Trustees’ Investment Committee, and College Fund Committee and also serves as class agent. Rick played a major role in supporting the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center project. At Dartmouth he was a member of SigEp and majored in history. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Rick is the son of John Kimball ’43. He is married with a daughter and son and lives in San Francisco.

Ben Wilson ’73

Ben Wilson ’73 is managing principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., the nation’s largest environmental law firm. Ben litigates extensively in federal and state courts, and advises clients in complex business negotiations. He is lead counsel for major corporations and government agencies. Ben serves on the boards of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Environmental Law Institute. He is an adjunct professor at Howard University Law School and a graduate of Harvard Law School. At Dartmouth, Ben was vice president of his class and a member of the varsity football and track teams. After graduation, he founded a mentoring program to foster academic success by minority college students and has been active in fundraising activities. Ben’s three brothers (Harrison ’77, John ’80, and Richard ’84) also attended Dartmouth.

Gary Love '76 is a partner in the firm of the Hollis Group. He began his career at Salomon Brothers and retired from Kidder, Peabody as a partner. He was CEO of Morgan Confections, a national private label and brand manufacturer of chocolates. He earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Gary currently serves on Dartmouth’s President’s Leadership Council and the Alumni Awards Committee. Other activities have included the Alumni Council, the Rockefeller Center Board of Overseers, and his class executive committee. His awards include the Dartmouth Alumni Award and the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

Biographies courtesy of the Office of Public Affairs and Dartmouth Vox the Vote

MLDP Recap: Presentation Design for the User Experience

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.

This week’s session was to highlight the importance of presentation and how to achieve positive and successful results when making a presentation. Guest Speaker Dave Uejio shared his thoughts on PowerPoint and successful presenting strategies by demonstrating through his presentation why they worked. Dave’s presentation was engaging and entertaining, and to me, was one of the best presentations we have had so far.

            Dave highlighted a few important tips when creating a presentation: 1) Design for them – Design for your audience; they are giving you their time so you might as well not waste it and give them an engaging and worthwhile experience. 2) Design for you – you’re the one creating the presentation, so make sure it’s useful for you; don’t overcomplicate your slides, you must design for your sake and understanding. 3) Mindhacks (tips) – highlight your slides with good images; carry the presentation with a story; adding quotations gives you credibility; having a good color palette will draw attention to your slides.

            Dave also addressed what NOT to do when creating a presentation: don’t put in animation; don’t put in bad clip-art, avoid distracting fonts; don’t have too much text – a PowerPoint is to add to what you have to tell your audience, not take away from it; keep in mind the PowerPoint only takes you so far – it’s your presentation that your audience will connect with. When you are presenting, you should know what you’re saying and be well rehearsed. Take the time to do it well.

            Though Dave’s tips may seem inherent at first, he emphasized the reality about presentations – if you care for people to like what you are sharing, you should put in the time to make it worth their time to pay attention to you.  I thought that this was a very strong point when creating presentations. If the point of a presentation is to add to what you have to say, it should be well planned and practiced.

            After participating in this session, I now know and understand what it means to have an effective presentation, and how to achieve your desired outcomes when making a presentation.

-Maya Herm ‘13

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Abt Associates Offering Entry-Level Research Assistant Positions

For seniors interested in policy research and evaluation, Abt Associates is looking to interview candidates for several available entry-level Research Assistant positions in their Cambridge, MA and Bethesda, MD offices.

About Abt Associates
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates was ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms in 2011 and also named one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in nearly 40 countries.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Politalk and First-Year Forum Groups Collaborate to Offer Student Dinner Discussion about Florida's Stand Your Ground and Trayvon Martin on Thursday, 4/26 at 5 PM

From the PolTalk and First-Year Forum Student Discussion Group Leaders. 

Since the Trayvon Martin case, Stand Your Ground laws in a number of states are under scrutiny.
  1. Where should the limits of self defense be?
  2. Should there always be a "duty to retreat"? In homes? In public?
  3. Is there ever justification for the use of lethal force?
  4. And finally, how does the theory interact with the realities of the Martin case?

Background: article from NY Times

We will tackle these questions and more at this week's Politalk.
Drop by to share/hear great conversation.

Thursday (April 26)
Rocky (Morrison Commons)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Prepare for Upcoming Internships By Attending Training in Washington, DC This June - Application Deadline for CST is Thursday, 4/26

Wordle: What Supervisors Say About our Interns

We receive consistent feedback from our internship supervisors that students are well-prepared and ready to be a productive member of their internship host organization for 8 - 10 weeks.  Participating in skills-building workshops and trainings offered on campus are ways to build that capacity, and specific programs that the Rockefeller Center offers and recommends as you prepare for internships include our Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and our Civic Skills Training (CST).  Civic Skills Training is offered in June, and only available to first-year students.  This year, we will be in DC from June 11-15th.  Read more about CST here.

In addition to the 20 First-Year Fellows, the Center offers up to 10 more spots for first-year students to attend our Civic Skills Training in Washington, DC.  In order to attend CST, you are required to have an internship secured for the summer.  It does not need to be a public policy internship, and it does not need to be an internship that the Center is funding.  We know from past experience that interns in every field have found the topics we cover in the training to be beneficial.

The curriculum for each of the five training days builds cumulatively in order to provide a comprehensive, and coherent picture of the public and nonprofit sectors. You will participate in workshops on such topics as:
  • Public speaking
  • Networking
  • Messaging and communication
  • Goal setting and program management
  • Workplace skills and professionalism
You will also have the opportunity to meet with Dartmouth alumni and other professionals working in the civic sector. They will provide you with valuable contacts, insights, and perspectives. Below is a sampling of the types of organizations from which we draw our trainers:
  • Media and communications agencies
  • Think tanks
  • Lobby groups
  • The legislative and executive branches of government
The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 26th for the June 2012 program.  You can do so by completing the application online.  Please contact Robin Donovan if you have any questions.

Rocky Recap: Career Conversation with David Uejio of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

During this "Career Conversation" in an informal lunch setting with David Uejio, Lead for Talent Acquisition for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), students were able to discuss opportunities for both internships and full-time opportunities at CFPB. Read below for a student's summary of the experience and to learn more about Career Conversation events at the Rockefeller Center, visit our eventbrite page.

The recent lunch conversation with Dave Uejio was incredibly interesting and an awesome opportunity to meet in a small group setting and learn about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A relatively newer bureau in the government, it is responsible for a vast number of areas including rules for credit (credit cards, mortgages, student loans), transparency, clarity, and availability of financial information in markets, and the regulation of shadow economies. Their over-arching mission is to make markets work for consumers by taking both prospective initiatives to shift behavior and consumer education while also providing support through consumer response centers.

Importantly, Mr. Uejio highlighted the search for employment opportunities, particularly in the investigation and examining fields of the bureau. It is smaller than many of the older government bureaus, which allows for collaboration between many different tiers. Further, many prominent political and financial leaders are involved in the CFPB and are all passionate about the purpose and future changes the bureau is capable of establishing. Current projects the bureau is undertaking include initiatives for K-12 financial literacy, user-friendly interactive tools for better financial decision-making, and in-depth data analysis and investigation projects.

-Anjalie Christie '14

Rocky Recap: Spring 2012 Ettiquette Dinner

Read a student's account of our most recent Rockefeller Center special opportunity. To learn more about upcoming events and student workshops, visit our eventbrite page.  

Robert A. Shutt shares with students techniques from his Business Dining Etiquette presentation.
             From the beginning of the Etiquette Dinner, students knew that they were in for a treat. Aside from the gourmet catered meal, they were given the opportunity to be taught dining etiquette from Robert A. Shutt, etiquette expert and author of the critically acclaimed dining manual, “Shine While You Dine”. 
The dinner began with a networking session, in which Mr. Shutt gave pointers for engaging in polite conversation. “Keep it small” was important, as well as staying away from people that you do know in order to meet new people. Students also learned a very important tip- the nametag always goes on the right side as opposed to the left. One of the key themes throughout the evening was that the conversation is the first priority, and the food second. The meal is really just a venue for conversation and, in an interview setting, a way to learn more about the way a candidate behaves and carries herself.
Mr. Shutt was entertaining, and provided several historical anecdotes that explained the origins of many of today’s etiquette practices. Etiquette began in the Middle Ages chiefly as a way to prove that there were no concealed weapons or poisons present at the table – and has evolved ever since.
Overall, the most important takeaway was to follow the leader’s pace in all aspects of the dinner, from the setting of the napkin into the lap to the eating of dishes. During a professional meal, if the leader of the dinner is eating slowly, it is important not to eat too quickly, as it can come off as rude or disinterested. Throughout the evening, Shutt covered virtually every aspect of a dinner, and made sure to share stories as well – one story even involved the termination of an employee who had poor table manners (After all, if you can’t manage your own food order, how can you manage a budget?). Students were definitely taken aback by the importance of business etiquette and shocked at the level of subtlety at work at the dinner table. All left with their appetites satisfied and their manners polished, and better equipped for meals in the workplace – a great life skill.

-Will Lowry '13

"Democracy at the Local Level" with Brian Walsh '65 on Friday 4/27 at 4:30 PM

Do you ever wonder what actually motivates and influences politicians? Most political decisions today happen in exclusive meetings, behind closed doors, leaving those who stand to be affected wondering what the real motivations were. Is policy-making a political chess match between rival parties, or is it public servants attempting to serve their constituents how they see most beneficial?

Brian Walsh, former Chairman of the Board of Selectman in Hanover, has more than 25 years of experience in public service, and intends to speak to what he learned in office and what motivates decision-making. From his experience, he will analyze the past, as well as ponder the civic future of the nation and the state.

In his business career, Brian Walsh was the founder and original CEO of three technology start-ups, including Fujifilm Dimatix (originally Spectra, Inc.) of Lebanon, NH. Currently,
he is a Director of Americans for Campaign Reform and the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. Walsh has an AB (1965) and BEng (1966) from Dartmouth College and an MS (1968) in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Please join us for Brian Walsh’s talk, “Democracy at the Local Level: 25 Years of Lessons and Some Questions,” at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm, April 27, 2012.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Rockefeller Center's 2012 NH State of the State Poll Garners Multiple Media Mentions

In this presidential election year, analysis of public opinion is constant.  Our recently released 2012 New Hampshire State of the State poll is named in the following list of media mentions:
The report was also featured on the home page of SlideShare on April 19, 2012.

If you have noticed additional media mentions not listed above, please leave a comment with more details and a link if possible. Thanks!

Reminder: Summer 2012 Funding for Unpaid Internships - Application Deadline Wednesday, April 25

Wordle: What Interns Say about Our Program

The above are some of the comments we received from Dartmouth students who received funding support from the Rockefeller Center during their unpaid public policy internship in 2010 - 2011.

We value the opportunities that internships play in giving students a chance to learn about public policy, the social sciences, and "life after Dartmouth".  The importance of these experiences can be long-lasting.  For example, here's a short conversation with a Dartmouth alum we recently had on Twitter:

What will be your life changing experience?

Summer 2012 Internship Funding Application Deadline across campus is on Wednesday, April 25th.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Humanitarian Activist Mike Kim to Speak - “North Korea-China: A Modern Day Underground Railroad” at 4:30 PM on Monday 4/23

A human rights crisis is ongoing in North Korea, and while Americans claim to champion human rights domestically and abroad, the plight of North Korean refugees has remained largely ignored. In attempting to escape the oppressive North Korean government, refugees endure grueling escape attempts and risk severe punishment or rejection once they reach the border.

NGO Founder Mike Kim felt morally obliged to forgo his life of luxury as the owner of a financial planning business and devote himself to helping North Korean refugees. While undercover as a student of taekwondo in North Korea, Kim helped North Korean refugees reach China through a modern underground railroad. Mike Kim will speak of his experiences in North Korea, the ongoing humanitarian struggle, and his nonprofit, Crossing Borders.

Mike Kim is a humanitarian activist, author, consultant, NGO founder, and North Korean specialist based in Washington D.C. He founded Crossing Borders, a nonprofit dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance to North Korean refugees. He has testified at a U.S. Congressional hearing and has been a long-time contributor to the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report.

Please join us for Mike Kim’s talk, “North Korea-China: A Modern Day Underground Railroad,” at Rockefeller 3 at 4:30 pm, April 23, 2012. Mr. Kim will be signing his book, Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World’s Most Repressive Country, after the lecture.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sunlight Foundation's 2012 TransparencyCamp to be held April 28-29

Read below for an announcement about the 2012 TransparencyCamp held April 28-29 in the D.C. area and sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation.
Transparency Camp is an “unconference” for open government: an event where, each year, journalists, developers, technologists, policy-makers, government officials, students, academics, wonks, and everyone in between gather together to share their knowledge about how to use new technologies and policies to make our government really work for the people -- and to help our people work smarter with our government.

As an "unconference," Transparency Camp emphasizes the important contributions that each and every attendee brings with them into the sessions, workshops, and conversations associated with this event. In fact, attendees are brought into the process of making the schedule for the conference with the organizers and are encouraged to step up and lead sessions themselves.

The Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens. This year's conference will be held in Arlington, VA and tickets cost $10-20. To learn more about the event, click here. To register, visit the conference's eventbrite page.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Adventures in Leadership: Developing High Functioning Teams Workshop with Dartmouth Outing Club Offered Saturday 4/28 at 12:30 PM - Sign Up NOW!

You have a map, compass, and several team members who you’ve never met in this outdoor workshop.  Are you up for the challenge?

Developing High Functioning Teams
Saturday, April 28th
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Co-sponsored with the Dartmouth Outing Club

Join us for this adventure where your goal will be to organize yourselves as quickly as possible, bring together your expertise, and beat the other teams in a race to find all of the clues.  Go with speed or use your wits, it’s your choice!  How you organize yourselves, pool together your knowledge, and work together will result in whether you’re able to outsmart and outstrategize your opponents.   
Eventbrite - Student Workshop: Developing High Functioning Teams

* Highly encouraged for anyone looking to practice and apply their leadership and management skills in a novel setting. *

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rockefeller Center Funds 9 Students for Spring 2012 Public Policy Internships

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. The deadline for Summer 2012 consideration is Wednesday, April 25th.

Congratulations to the 9 interns funded by the Rockefeller Center, and working in a variety of host organizations during the Spring 2012 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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Completes 5th Annual New Hampshire State of the State Poll on Politics, Economic Issues, and Social Policies

The Rockefeller Center’s fifth annual New Hampshire State of the State Poll surveyed a sample of New Hampshire registered voters (N=403) on April 2-5, 2012 to get voter opinions on policy issues, elected officials, and the state of the economy in New Hampshire and in the United States.

Highlights from the poll include the following:
  • Voters less pessimistic about the economy and economic future.
  • Romney leads Obama by slim margin—NH remains a "battleground" state. 
  • "Building a strong economy"—most important issue for NH government.
  • Voters split on expanded gambling and voting eligibility of college students. 
  • Voters support same-sex marriage and cell phone ban while driving.
  • Voters oppose allowing guns on state college campuses, reduction of tobacco tax, and allowing employers to refuse to provide contraceptive health benefits. 
  • Less than one-quarter of voters approve of the job performance of the NH legislature.
See the full report online and on SlideShare (embedded below).

"Entrepreneurship and the Future of the Global Economy" - Talk by Carl Schramm on April 19th at 5:15 PM

The American Dream, which our nation covets so dearly, depends on two core values: capitalism and entrepreneurship. These fundamental American ideals give any person with a creative idea and a motivated work ethic the avenue to succeed.

Carl Schramm is recognized as the leading authority on entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth. Dr. Schramm will share his expertise in entrepreneurship, as well as delve into the new opportunities arising through the future evolution of the global economy.

Carl J. Schramm served as president of the Kauffman Foundation for ten years, making it into the world’s premier organization dedicated to the development of high-growth firms and understanding the role they play in economic growth. Dr. Schramm currently serves as a visiting scientist at MIT and is a fellow at the Bush Institute. He is a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Schramm co-founded the Obama administration’s Start Up America initiative. He chaired the U.S. Department of Commerce Committee on Measuring Innovation during the Bush administration, and advises government leaders worldwide on economic growth including service on the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council chaired by the Prime Minister of Singapore.

Please join us for Dr. Carl Schramm’s talk, “Entrepreneurship and the Future of the Global Economy,” at Rockefeller 003 at 5:15 pm, April 19, 2012.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Become a staff member of Dartmouth Model United Nations, Applications due April 17th

Interested in international affairs and politics? Want to be a part of the team that plans Dartmouth's largest student-run conference? Dartmouth Model United Nations is currently accepted applications for staff members. Read below for more information.

Apply to be on the staff of next spring's Dartmouth Model United Nations Conference
 April 5th - 7th, 2013 (second weekend of 13S)

DartMUN has continued to grow and improve every year and brings together over 500 high school students from across the country for a weekend of cooperative debate and resolution.  


We are looking to staff the conference on all levels including:
The Secretariat: Join the team of 11 Dartmouth students who oversee the entire planning and organization of the conference.

The Dais Staff: Be a Committee Director or Assistant Director and help moderate and guide the flow of debate in your respective committee.

The Support Staff: Work with both members of the Secretariat and the Dais Staff to provide all and any logistical support before and during the conference.  

Applications are due on Tuesday, April 17 at 11:59 PM. 
 Interviews will take place shortly thereafter, throughout the day on Thursday, April 19th! 
For more information and to apply, email or click here to view web site.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Get Published: World Outlook seeks submissions, due April 26th

Read below for an opportunity to have your writing published in World Outlook, Dartmouth's undergraduate journal of international affairs.

If you've written an A-level paper related to international affairs, we want to hear about it. 

World Outlook Undergraduate Journal of International Affairs is now taking submissions. 

Relevant disciplines include GOVT, ECON, ANTH, SOCY, COLT, AMES, ENVS, WGST (and more!)

Papers should be between 12 and 30 pages long with adequate citations. 

Send submissions as attachments to their email address.

Deadline to submit is April 26.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Learn about Internship and Career Opportunities at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Tuesday, 4/17 Lunch

Career Conversation: Internship and Career Opportunities at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this Tuesday, April 17th @ 1:00 PM

Interested in consumer advocacy and ensuring equal and fair rights in commerce?  Join us for an informal lunch to learn more about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

During this “Career Conversation” students will learn about the CFPB and how their experiences and studies will be applicable to internships and career opportunities at the bureau over lunch with David Uejio, Lead for Talent Acquisition at the CFPB.  Also, students will be given a thorough explanation of the application process and what the CFPB looks for in applicants. RSVP requiredSign up now for the Career Conversation with Dave Uejio. 

About the CFPB
The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans – whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.

Project RightChoice's Spring Leadership Initiative Conference to be held on Sunday, April 15th

Project RightChoice will be hosting its Spring Leadership Initiative Conference on Sunday April 15 at 1:15PM in Rocky 001 featuring Coach Chris Wielgus, the Big Green Women's Basketball Coach and most winningest coach at Dartmouth. Hear what matters to Coach Wielgus while enjoying free Lou's Brunch!

Project RightChoice members, including co-founder and Rockefeller Leadership Fellow Wills Begor '12 (center seventh from right).
Project RightChoice is a nonprofit organization founded by Dartmouth students in 2009 that promotes active community engagement by supporting and raising awareness for a new cause every year.

Recently featured in a DartmouthNow article, co-founder and current Rockefeller Leadership Fellow Wills Begor '12 describes his experience with the organization:  "With Project RightChoice, we are really just a fundraising and awareness organization and we thought our greatest impact could be made in that tenet of a nonprofit value chain. I’m incredibly surprised that it turned out to be this successful. We didn’t really have that goal when initially we went in. But it’s a testament to what a group of committed students can do when they set their mind to it."

Click here to learn more about Project RightChoice and the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

MLDP Recap: Writing in Workplace

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.

During this past Tuesday’s MLDP session, Professor Julie Kalish spoke with us about the importance of workplace writing.  While the word “writing” usually elicits a shudder from Dartmouth students, Professor Kalish immediately engaged us with a sample of professional writing accessible to everyone assembled—President Kim’s “Message on hazing and student safety.”  We had each received the email during spring break, and a few of us had taken the time out of our post-final slump to actually read it.  Professor Kalish prompted us to discuss the email and assess it from angles we might never have considered.  Who was this email targeting?  Was the timing of the email significant?  What was President Kim trying to accomplish in each paragraph?  We identified and annotated our hardcopy handouts of the email, and had a through discussion of each question.   The exercise gave us a clearer understanding of professional writing, and also helped us understand its capacity to convey purpose. 

Later in the program, we had an opportunity to put into practice what we learned.  We broke into small groups to discuss response strategies in different workplace scenarios.  This was, perhaps, the most rewarding part of the session.  Each member of my group had a different idea of what to say, and we discussed at length how to turn each phrase.  We began to realize how involved writing even one short email could be.  As we finished the final draft, we had gained a deeper understanding of the ways in which the wording of an email can craft our assumptions about its author, and had broadened our understanding of the power and importance of words in the workplace.

-Molly Hassell '13

MLDP Recap: What Makes a Good Leader?

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.

During MLDP’s second session this spring, Professor Elizabeth Winslow, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Director of the MBA Program at the Tuck School of Business, spoke about leadership theory. This lecture “What Makes a Good Leader? Vision, Confidence, Training and Commitment” focused on four components of leadership: personal excellence; situational mastery; motivating and developing people; and achieving outcomes. By integrating leadership theory lecture and group discussion time, this MLDP session became a great opportunity for each of us to reflect on a single personal leadership experience and to use various theoretical frameworks to gauge our performance and become critical about self-improvement.

It was wonderful to hear peers share their effective leadership experiences, from spearheading a campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research to leading temperamental middle schoolers at a summer camp. By continuously returning to a single personal leadership experience during the group break out sessions, each of us had numerous opportunities to self-assess and to increase self-awareness
about our own leadership skills. The message really hit home to me that leadership development is accessible to everyone and can be taught.  No one is innately born with a knack for leadership. By learning how to read both oneself and the situations one confronts, one develops both a deeper self-awareness and the critical skills vital for success.

-Maria Fernandez '14

Friday, April 13, 2012

12 Students Selected for Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange 2012-2013

Announcing the Accepted Students for the 2012-2013 Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program:

Harrison Weidner ’14
Yoon Ji Kim ’13
Laura Cressman  ’14
Jonathan Pedde  ’14

Amith Ananthram ’14
Hanh Nguyen ’14
Matthew Joyce ’14
Daniel Leder ’14

Ayushi Narayan ’14
Alejandro Gomez-Barbosa ’14
Tianhao Xu ’14
Jeffrey Gu ’14

The Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program provides an opportunity for up to four (4) Dartmouth undergraduates per term to enroll in Oxford's Keble College. As fully-integrated members of the Oxford community, students take pre-approved courses in the British tutorial system that count toward their major. A program of the Economics and Government Departments, the Dartmouth Oxford Exchange is administered jointly by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center and Off-Campus Programs, with assistance from the International Students’ Office.

For more information, contact Jane DaSilva, Program Coordinator, 603-646-2229, or visit our website.