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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Public Service Fellows Program, Applications for Fall 2012 due July 13th

Sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service, the Public Service Fellows Program is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to learn more about the workings of government while developing valuable professional skills. 

Based in Washington, D.C., fellows are assigned work that support the Partnership's programs, events and projects that raise awareness and improve public attitudes about government service, advocate for civil service reforms, and promote discussion surrounding the workforce challenges in federal government. 

Fellows’ duties vary across the Partnership’s internal teams but often include event planning and execution, conducting research, writing and preparing correspondence, and conducting outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities. 

Fellows receive a stipend ranging from $800-1000 per month. Applications for the Fall 2012 term will open today, May 29th and are due on July 13th. 

To learn more about the program and to apply, click here.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

PRS Briefing to Gov. Lynch picked up by media outlets

Gov. Lynch taking notes during the PRS briefing.
As previously mentioned, following up on their testimony before the New Hampshire Department of Safety on March 8, 2012, Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students Amy Couture ‘14, Michael Danaher ’13, and Tina Meng ’14 traveled back to Concord on May 10, 2012 to brief Governor John Lynch on the findings they had presented to the Department of Safety in their PRS Policy Brief, “Performance Measurement for State Governmental Agencies: Comparative Case Studies.”

This was an exciting achievement in PRS history and was picked up by various local media outlets including The Union Leader, DartmouthNow, and The Dartmouth.

From DartmouthNow:

Students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop have become accustomed to interactions with lawmakers and legislatures. However, a recent trip to Concord, N.H., did prompt a “first” for the Policy Research Shop, as students met with the state’s governor for the first time.
As The Union Leader reports, the Policy Research Shop has produced 83 research briefs since 2005, but this is the first time that one of its studies has landed directly on the governor’s desk. Speaking to the relevance of the student’s research, Ronald G. Shaiko, the Rockefeller Center’s Associate Director of Curricular Programs and Senior Fellow, told The Union Leader, “We’ve had bills that have been amended because of our work. We’ve had bills that have been killed because of our work.”

Congratulations again to PRS!

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. To learn more about PRS, click here.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Care2 Campaigns & Causes Internships in California available for Summer and Fall 2012

Looking for a fulfilling off-term experience? Read the announcement below for an exciting opportunity with the Care2 campaign.

Care2 Campaigns & Causes Internships
Summer, Fall 2012
Redwood Shores, CA

       •       Summer Internships: May - August 2012
       •       Fall Internships: August - December 2012

With more than 19 million members, Care2 is the Internet's largest social network for people who want to make a difference. The Care2 campaign team empowers Care2 members to take action with action-oriented tools and content on and, enabling our members to rapidly pool their resources and produce lasting change. Care2 powers its members' activism via cause-driven education, activism and fundraising campaigns that benefit more than 1,000 of the world's best-known nonprofit organizations.

Interns will learn valuable job skills and gain knowledge about the nonprofit sector, social networking web sites, online advocacy and fundraising, while also interacting with professionals at nonprofit organizations.

Internship Responsibilities:
       •       Support the Care2 campaign team's efforts to provide fast and high-quality advocacy, membership recruitment and fundraising campaigns for nonprofit clients
       •       Research progressive legislation in Congress and urgent advocacy topics, monitoring breaking news, blogs and content partner sites daily for compelling campaigns;
       •       Write and copy edit Care2 action alerts, blog posts, and success stories;
       •       Monitor social media outlets to better understand how users are talking about and using Care2, and for which issues people are passionate about;
       •       Communicate with Care2 activist petition authors to help them promote their petitions;
       •       Have fun making the world a better place!
To make the internship a rewarding experience, each intern will work with the campaigns and causes team to develop and take the lead on a semester-long project that fits their unique skills and interests, above and beyond the daily tasks assigned.

Internship Qualifications:
       •       Student actively enrolled in coursework and seeking to complete school internship credit in a relevant field (such as journalism, marketing, political science, women's studies, environmental studies).
       •       Strong writing and editing skills.
       •       Knowledge of social networks and social media tools including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, StumbleUpon, and Digg.
       •       Proficiency in HTML and web graphics production using Adobe Photoshop and/or ImageReady.
       •       Knowledge of basic office programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
       •       Enthusiasm for Care2’s nonprofit issues and progressive campaigns.

How to Apply:
Please email your cover letter, resume, and persuasive writing sample to and specify "Campaigns and Causes Internship" in the subject line. Care2 is an equal opportunity employer.

The position is located in Redwood City, California. Dates and hours of the internships are flexible. Each internship pays $10 per hour.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

2012 CST Participants meet on campus for networking session

The 2012 Civic Skills Training Participants, including this year's First Year Fellows class, attended a dinner session on Sunday May 20th.

Keneisha Grayson, the creator of "The Art of Applying" admissions consulting, first presented a networking session titled "The Power of Ask."

A graduate of Pomona College and Harvard Business School, Grayson is self-employed and works full time running "The Art of Applying." Grayson has extensive background in both the private and public sectors working for private companies such as Nestle USA and the Sylvan Learning Center and non-profit organizations such as the River City Youth Foundation and CollegeBound. Grayson is also a writer who focuses on issues of self-help, dating, lifestyle and career advice.

Participants of the 2012 Civic Skills Training Program were then able to discuss the themes from Grayson's presentation with members of the Class of 2013 who were recently selected as the next class of Rockefeller Leadership Fellows.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CGI U 2012 sponsors new college competition

Read below for an exciting announcement from the Clinton Global Initiative U about a new college competition that will launch this year.

The CGI U 2012 meeting featured the announcement of a new college competition. "Up To Us: Students Taking Action for a Better Fiscal and Economic Future" is an innovative, year-long campus competition that will engage students at colleges across the U.S. on an issue that is critical to their future -- America's long-term fiscal and economic challenges. Over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year, up to 12 student teams will launch campaigns to raise awareness about fiscal sustainability, drawing connections to critical issues such as economic opportunity, resources available for future investments, and other domestic and global concerns.

Teams will be given the flexibility to craft their own goals, messaging, and tactics for the campaigns, which could include new technology and social media or more traditional tactics such as rallies, teach-ins, and grassroots organizing. The campaigns will be judged by a panel of experts based on their effectiveness at raising awareness and inspiring action on campus. The winning team will be announced at CGI U 2013 and recognized by President Bill Clinton.

For more information, visit the competition's website. The competition is a joint project of CGI U, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and Net Impact. 

To see photos from the CGI U 2012 meeting, click here. Event webcasts can be viewed on the CGI U website, and additional video features can be seen on CGI's YouTube channel.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rocky Alum Echo Brown '06 reflects on Dartmouth experience

Echo Brown '06 was recently featured in a May 20 article in The Plain Dealer, the major daily newspaper of Cleveland, Ohio. 

Courtesy of Challenge Day
Brown, who was a part of The Plain Dealer's "Senior Standouts" Class of 2002, describes her transition from urban Cleveland to Hanover ten years later.

From the article:

"It was a huge adjustment," Brown says. "I had only been around poor people and black people and there I was in this whole new world that I had no idea existed."
But with the help of campus support groups, she says, Dartmouth turned out to be an incredible place for her to learn, grow and go to college. 
Brown, a Government major, was actively involved in the Rockefeller Center during her time at Dartmouth. Brown was a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow, attended Civic Skills Training in Washington, D.C. in June 2005 and received the McClory funded internship in the summer of 2005 and worked in the D.C. office of former U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Brown currently works for Challenge Day, a non-profit organization and presents on issues such as diversity, expression and bullying to high schools across the country.
The Rockefeller Center extends its congratulations to Brown on her recent achievements.

MDLP Recap: Power of Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking

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.

I was excited about this session, as I had often heard about systems thinking, and the importance of strategic planning for companies. I was interested in finding out how Marty Jacobs '82, President of Systems in Sync, would break down what I considered to be a difficult concept to master.    
After her introduction, Ms. Jacobs opened the session by giving us a brief overview of strategic planning. According to her, strategic planning is a dynamic and collaborative process with one's client. In order to be an effective strategic planner, one needs to think in systems; to note that change in one part of a system affects the entire system. To illustrate this concept, she divided us up into groups so as to take part in a "change exercise".  Our work involved keeping balloons in the air, as they were introduced into our system "one after the other".  One student particulary appreciated this exercise. She said it highlighted, "How we think on our feet, and how we adjust to change."

After the exercise, Ms. Jacobs emphasized mission, vision, and values as the key concepts for strategic planning. She then summarized seven steps in the strategic planning process: starting with a shared vision, assessing the current reality, engaging stakeholders, brainstorming possible goals, prioritizing goals, developing action steps, and developing and implementation and evaluation plan. Indeed, Ms. Jacobs emphasized the need to set up an evaluation plan and timeline, so as to ensure that one meets the goals set, while knowing how to improve on the system.

Finally, Ms. Jacobs reminded us that change is the only constant. Additionally, she asked us to ensure that our actions remained legal, ethical and prudent.  Strategic planning may be a messy process, but we can "get there". 

-Miriam Kilimo '14

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Benefits of Alumni Networking: At Dartmouth and Beyond

 2011 Rockefeller Center Summer Networking Reception in Washington, D.C.

When pursuing an internship or beginning an entry-level position in a new city, connecting with Dartmouth alumni in the area is a great step to building a professional network. Local clubs often host events, gatherings, lectures and other opportunities to meet fellow Dartmouth students and alumni.

To find a Dartmouth alumni club near you, click here.

For students and graduates who will be in the Washington, D.C.-area this summer, this year's Rockefeller Center Summer Networking Reception will be held on Thursday June 14th from 6:00-7:30 PM at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. The reception is a wonderful opportunity to meet the 2012 First-Year Fellows and other students interning in Washington, D.C. and around the country. Come mingle with DC alums, Rockefeller Center friends and the Center's Director, Professor Andrew Samwick. To RSVP for this event, visit our Eventbrite page.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sustainable development internship in Ecuadorian Amazon

Fundación Runa, a non-profit organization in Ecuador focused on sustainable development, is seeking students to intern and volunteer in the Amazon jungle. Read the announcement below for more information.  

Runa is an innovative social enterprise which markets Guayusa, a natural, delicious tea that provides a source of energy and nutrition straight from the Amazon jungle. Runa works alongside Fundación Runa, it's non-profit counterpart in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Fundación Runa provides tools and resources to indigenous communities and farmers' associations working towards their vision of sustainable development in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We focus on three core areas: social empowerment, community development, and environmental management.

We run a volunteer and internship program which provides the perfect opportunity for students with interests in areas such as international business, sustainable development and environmental/ecology, to gain firsthand experience in a fast-paced NGO in Latin America.

To view a recent documentary featuring the work of Runa, click here.

For more information about Fundación Runa and to apply for an internship or volunteer opportunity, click here. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Seneca International women's rights group seeks student chapter leaders, app due June 15th

Read the announcement below for an exciting leadership opportunity with Seneca International, a student-run women's rights organization based at the University of Pennsylvania.

Seneca International is an organization dedicated to promoting the international civil, economic, and human rights of women. As a student-founded, student-run campus network, we are based at the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Philadelphia nonprofit Women’s Campaign International. We advocate for their programs in the field through awareness and fundraising campaigns, with the long-term goal of making equal rights a priority for the next generation of leadership.

We are currently accepting applications to establish chapters for our launch in the coming fall semester. We're looking for passionate student leaders from across the U.S. to serve as the presidents of select founding chapters. We encourage men to apply, as Seneca emphasizes the importance of male as well as female leadership.

Application form
Introduction - Seneca International

Friday, May 18, 2012

Get Your Thesis Published by the Huffington Post

A quick reminder that Friday, May 18th is the spring deadline for members of the Class of 2013 to apply for a grant to support research for your senior honors thesis in the social sciences. 

Seniors - read below for an announcement from the Huffington Post College division. 

Huffington Post College wants partner with students, universities and colleges around the world to publish annotated versions of their thesis projects this May. And we want YOU to participate!
Your thesis summaries will be presented together on a specially-designed page on one of the largest websites on the internet, boasting monthly numbers of 40 million unique users and more than a billion page views. You will benefit from state-of-the-art engagement tools that would send your work far and wide through Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. You will also have the ability to see instant audience response through our commenting platform -- which averages close to 200,000 comments per day.
Interested? Email us with thesis abstracts limited to between 800 and 1,000 words.
Please include a headshot and a two-sentence biography with your submissions.
For more information, click here. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Get Involved with the Campus Progress Initiative

Campus Progress, part of the Center for American Progress, works to help young people—advocates, activists, journalists, artists—make their voices heard on various political issues. 

Campus Progress is currently seeking students for various opportunities including:

  • Writing for Campus Progress as a Freelance or Staff Writer
  • Hosting an event on your campus or in your community
  • Students can also apply for a local activism or student journalism grant. 

To learn more about these opportunities and about Campus Progress, click here.

Rocky Board Member to be honored by LA African American Women's Political Action Committee

Rockefeller Center board member Crystal Crawford '87 will be one of the 2012 honorees of the Los Angeles African American Women's Political Action Committee. 
Courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relations.

On behalf of the Rockefeller Center, congratulations Crystal!
Crystal Crawford received her A.B. from Dartmouth College (1987) and J.D. from New York University School of Law (1992). Currently, she is Chief Executive Officer of the California Black Women's Health Project (CABWHP), the only statewide organization solely devoted to improving the health of California’s Black women and girls through policy, advocacy, education and outreach.
Prior to joining CABWHP in 2000 as the organization’s first Director of Public Policy, Ms. Crawford gained advocacy experience as an associate with premier corporate law firms in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York. After spending several years as a litigator with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, she decided to transition to the non-profit, public interest sector. She served as Legal Director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, where she had been a volunteer attorney during her law firm years. In that capacity, each year Ms. Crawford provided legal services for hundreds of South Los Angeles children and families impacted by poverty on issues including foster care, special education, and access to healthcare.
Under Ms. Crawford’s leadership over the past eleven years, CABWHP: (1) hosted 23 town hall meetings; (2) published nearly 30 Issue Guides on key health issues impacting Black women and girls; (3) convened 11 annual Policy Summits in Sacramento; (4) created a Black Women’s Mental Health PSA which airs regularly on network television in Los Angeles; (5) developed a Young Women’s Initiative; and (6) trained more than 150 health policy advocates through the innovative Advocate Training Program.
A native of Harlem, New York, during her years at New York University School of Law Ms. Crawford received the Moot Court Advocacy Award and Chancellor’s Service Award. She also served as a staff editor of theJournal of International Law & Politics, a Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, and Chairperson of the Black Law Students Association. She is admitted to the bar in California, New York, and New Jersey. In 2009, Ms. Crawford received the Advocates’ Award from the Western Center on Law & Poverty, California’s leading advocacy organization fighting for statewide systemic change for low-income Californians.

To learn more about the Rockefeller Center's Board of Visitors, click here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Get Your Voice Heard: Help the Independent Sector with the Initiative for Nonprofit Talent and Leadership

On May 15, the Independent Sector held a Town Hall meeting on their Initiative for Nonprofit Talent and Leadership. 

According to their website, The Initiative for Nonprofit Talent and Leadership aims to prioritize leadership as one of the most effective means to catalyze transformational results for thriving communitiesThe initiative's vision for the future is for communities to be thriving, healthy, sustainable, and fueled by a diverse network of inspired and innovative leaders. According to the initiative, valuing nonprofit talent and leadership through focused investment of time, attention and resources is one of the most effective ways to catalyze transformational results for thriving communities. The Independent Sector hopes to achieve their goals within three years.

White House Forum on Nonprofit Leadership at the Red Cross in DC, 15 November 2011, where the initiative was launched. Graphic recording captured by Alicia Bramlett of The Value Web.
The Independent Sector is asking YOU to share your ideas about this important initiative by answering the following three questions: 

  1. How would you describe high-quality leadership development?
  2. What models, promising practices, or existing programs can we identify and elevate?
  3. What strategies and results-driven indicators would advance our progress toward these goals?  

To learn more about the initiative and to respond to the questions and contribute to this meaningful dialogue, click here.

Work for State Governor John Lynch (D-NH)

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch's office is seeking candidates interested in working on the Governor's staff beginning this summer and finishing at the conclusion of his term in office in January 2013.  The positions will involve interacting with the public, working with state agencies to address citizen concerns, and traveling to public events with the Governor, among other duties.  Successful candidates will be flexible, self-directed, and be able to think on their feet.  An interest in politics and public policy is a plus.

For more information or to apply for a position, please contact:

Jamie Richardson
Policy Director
Office of Governor John Lynch
Phone: (603) 271-2121

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Institute for Writing & Rhetoric Speech Contest on May 17th will feature Rocky students

On May 17th at 4PM in Kemeny 105, the Institute for Writing & Rhetoric will sponsor the annual Benjamin F. Barge and Class of 1866 Prizes for Oratory Speech Contest. 

This year's contestants include several students who are involved in many Rockefeller Center curricular and co-curricular programs.

Sebastian DeLuca '14, who will be presenting "Humanizing Organizations with Social Media," volunteered for the Rockefeller Center this past fall with the Republican Presidential Debate.

Malcolm Leverett '14, whose speech topic is titled "A Personal Walk with Immigration," is currently a Spring participant in the center's Management and Leadership Development Program.

Ben Schifberg '13 will present "Arrested Democracy" is a Public Policy minor and is involved in the Policy Research shop. Schifberg was also a Summer 2010 Rockefeller Center-funded intern, MLDP participant in Fall 2010 and MLDP small group facilitator. Schifberg was also a 2011 Speech Contest finalist.

Jeremy Kaufmann '12, who will present "New York's Justice Courts: A Disturbing Oxymoron," is a Public Policy minor and current Rockefeller Leadership Fellow. Kaufmann was also the 2011-2012 Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Fellow, Winter 2010 participant in MLDP, and involved in PRS.

Best of luck to all!

To learn more about the Oratory Speech Contest, click here.

Paid Online Innovation Internships with MoveOn Labs

Interested in political action or online media? Have experience in web design or creative writing? Read the announcement below for an exciting internship opportunity with MoveOn Labs, one of the nation's largest Political Action Committees. is looking for creative, hardworking, and self-motivated Online Innovation Interns to join MoveOn Labs, a small team with one clear, ambitious charge: Figure out the next big online organizing breakthrough by running a series of tech-enabled experiments that could truly transform MoveOn—and help us win big—on the Web, on mobile phones, and via social media. No idea is too bold or crazy. No new technology is out of the question to experiment with. No project proceeds without some metrics to measure whether it's working or not. And nothing is limited by how we've always done things.

As an Online Innovation Intern, you would dig into new, experimental projects to find ways to engage millions of people in politics and elections. Your skills will help determine the projects you'll undertake.
  • If you're a great organizer, you might help figure out how to distribute our online ballot guide via Web ads and social media, or draft emails to recruit volunteers for a get-out-the-vote experiment.
  • If you've got strong tech skills, you might create new Web tools and make them intuitive and easy to use, like creating a great UI for our local progressive ballot guide, building games to engage new people in our campaigns, or designing mobile tools to help get out the vote.
Location: Anywhere. We have a virtual office and collaborate online.

Timeframe: Each internship will run for three months from start date (but may be extended if it works out).

If you're interested: Please send a cover letter, PDF resume, and either a writing sample or a link to a website or Web application you designed to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. MoveOn is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information, click here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

MLDP Recap: Problem Solving, Decision Making and Negotiation

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.

Rose Wang '14 shares her ideas on the systematic process of negotiation.
Alexander Matthey '14 demonstrates efficient problem solving and negotiation in action.

This week’s MLDP session “Problem Solving, Decision Making and Negotiation” led by Professor John Garvey was about how to identify and understand all types of problems we are facing every day, how to dissolve them in a constructive decision making process and how to take advantage of basic tools to be more successful in negotiating.

Professor Garvey opened the session by pointing our attention towards the current big public discussions and in which manner they are discussed in the media- mainly with anger and accusations on either side. At the same time, a fruitful dialogue would be a much more promising approach, but how can we get to a point where shared and opposed interests are aligned in a fashion that allows us to reach an agreement? The key is to gather as much information about the cause and the people involved as possible, weigh the pros and cons and then commit to a decision that promises to leave most options open for the future (“best choice”).  As an example, Prof. Garvey showed a clip about President Obama’s decision making regarding the operation leading to Osama bin Laden’s execution last year.

With more real life examples as well as two more activities, one being an all-or-nothing negotiation game and the other being a small group exercise about putting yourself in another person’s shoes, we learned that it is crucial to know your Best Alternative To an Negotiated Agreement (“BATNA”) when designing our negotiation strategy in order to maximize our benefit. The more aware we are of our BATNA and the other person’s view and intentions, the more successful we can build a feasible bridge and reach an outcome, that both leaves us in a good standing and gets us where we want to be.

-By Alexander Matthey '14

Sunday, May 13, 2012

PRS Students testify before NH Dept of Safety and brief Gov. John Lynch

Policy Research Shop students Michael Danaher ’13, Tina Meng ’14, and Amy Couture ’14 brief New Hampshire Governor John Lynch and his senior policy staff in the Executive Council chambers in the Capitol Building in Concord.
Following up on their testimony before the New Hampshire Department of Safety on March 8, 2012, Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students Amy Couture ‘14, Michael Danaher ’13, and Tina Meng ’14 traveled back to Concord on May 10, 2012 to brief Governor John Lynch on the findings they had presented to the Department of Safety in their PRS Policy Brief, “Performance Measurement for State Governmental Agencies: Comparative Case Studies.” After the PRS testimony before the senior staff of the Department of Safety, Commissioner of Safety John Barthelmes contacted Governor Lynch to make him aware of the work of the PRS students on strategic planning models and performance measurement in governmental agencies.  Governor Lynch then requested that the PRS students brief him on their findings.  
Policy Research Shop students Michael Danaher ’13, Amy Couture ’14, and Tina Meng ’14 pose with Governor John Lynch following their briefing. 
The PRS students met with the governor as well as his senior policy staff and representatives from the Department of Safety and the Department of Environmental Services in the Executive Council chambers to discuss the wider application of their findings across all state agencies and departments. Ben Schifberg ’13 co-authored the PRS Policy Brief with Danaher, Meng, and Couture, but was unable to attend the meeting with the governor.      

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. To learn more about PRS, click here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

RLF Parker Phinney '12 seeks to raise money and break World Record

D. Parker Phinney

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow Parker Phinney '12 will attempt to construct the world's longest Barrel of Monkeys chain in the Hopkins Center's Top of the Hop on Sunday, May 13 at noon

Phinney's world record attempt will serve as a fundraiser for Child's Play, a charity focused on providing toys to children in hospitals. Phinney hopes to raise $5,000 through the event- one dollar for each monkey. The Rockefeller Center wishes Parker the best of luck in his attempt!

Parker Phinney '12 is from Los Angeles, California and attended Chadwick School. At Dartmouth, Parker founded Hacker Club, which famously brought back the Student Assembly course guide and builds and maintains other free web applications for the Dartmouth Community. He is a member of Casque and Gauntlet Senior Society and a Computer Science major. Outside of Dartmouth, Parker has served on the Board of Directors for Students for Free Culture, a global student activist organization that uses the internet to increase sharing and openness. He also founded the Release Our Data project, which makes public domain images more accessible to educators. He's interned with Open Source Social network OpenHatch, Creative Commons, and Google. He plans to start his own company or nonprofit that uses the web to empower people.

To read more about Phinney's record-breaking attempt, read the DartmouthNow article and to learn more about the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program, click here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tonight: PoliTALK Debate at 6:30PM in Rocky 002

DEMS/REPUBLICANS DEBATE tonight, Thursday May 10th!

  • If Republicans actually get the votes to "Repeal and Replace" the health care act, what will they replace it with?
  • How do the Democrats plan to cut the deficit while preserving the social safety net?
  • How would both parties react to Isreali military action against Iran?
Get the answers to these questions and more at the PoliTALK debate on Thursday! The College Democrats and Republicans will be there to duke it out, moderated by our very own Professor Shaiko! Come listen, or ask questions. With the election coming up in November, this should be an exciting exchange of ideas between the two groups.
If you'd like to submit questions, submit by email to the PoliTALK account.
Rocky 002
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"The Fine Line Between Science and Politics" on May 14th at 4:30 PM

Is there a role for science in politics? In legislative debate, elected officials often draw on scientific evidence to reinforce the perceived necessity and legitimacy of their policy initiative. As debates over global warming have taught us, reliance on scientific data is potentially hazardous; science is complicated, and is often purposely or accidentally misconstrued when used in the political realm.

As a magazine reporter and International Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Samiha Shafy has researched how scientific knowledge is translated into action, and the challenges and hurdles that exist in the translation. Specifically, she will explore the role of science and public health in international development and how the United Nations and NGOs can contribute.

Samiha Shafy has worked as a science reporter for Der Spiegel, the German newsmagazine, since 2007, covering new developments in the fields of science, environment, energy, water, climate, public health, and their political and social implications. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, where she studied biomedicine, aquatic systems, sociology, and environmental economics. Currently, she is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Please join us for Samiha Shafy’s talk, “The Fine Line Between Science and Politics,at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm, May 14, 2012.

Visiting Professor Charles Wheelan '88 offers advice to graduating seniors

In an essay published last month in the Wall Street Journal, Charles Wheelan '88 offered straightforward and practical advice to graduating seniors, including "Some of your worst days lie ahead" and "Don't try to be great."

Wheelan is a senior lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and is a visiting assistant professor at Dartmouth in the public policy and economics departments.

This summer, Professor Wheelan will be teaching Public Policy 40: Economics of Public Policymaking (10A). In the fall, Wheelan will be teaching Public Policy 20: Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy (10A).

Course changes for the summer term will be from May 10-May 31 and course registration for the fall term will be from May 9-May 17.

To listen to a recent interview from NPR with Professor Wheelan, click here. 

To learn more about the Rockefeller Center's Public Policy course offerings, click here. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spring Public Policy Interns Share "Notes from the Field" on Rocky Facebook Page

Visit our Facebook page to read about the experiences of our Spring Rocky interns who are currently pursuing internships across the nation We've asked public policy interns funded by the Rockefeller Center to provide updates while they are still working.  Our goal is to share tips from our interns, to highlight the organizations that are hosting our interns for learning opportunities outside of the academic classroom, and to shine a spotlight on the students that will become our next generation of leaders.

The first student to be featured this term in our Facebook Notes section is Anna Roberts '14, who is currently an intern in the Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand '88 (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. 

Interns have submitted replies to prompts, including the following questions:
  • What specific projects have you worked on during your internship so far?
  • What has been a challenging experience during your internship? 
  • What was a rewarding experience during your internship? 
  • What have been some practical lessons you’ve learned in the day-to-day life of your internship?
  • How would you describe your employer?

Spring 2012 interns will be highlighted for the next few weeks.  To see the newest entries, you can "like" us on Facebook, or subscribe directly to the Notes section of our Facebook page - which is where we will post these items.

"How Do Leaders Motivate Others to Join Them in Action?" Workshop, Friday May 11th 3:30-5PM

 Listen to any inspirational figure in any setting, in any time, and you will hear it being practiced and refined.  It puts emotion into words, moves us to act, and solidifies our resolve.  It’s the Art of the Public Narrative.  Learn what it’s all about and practice your skills at our upcoming workshop. 

How Do Leaders Motivate Others
to Join Them in Action?
The Art of Public Narrative
Friday, May 11th
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Class of 1930 Room, Rockefeller Center

Share your passions with others by telling a story of self, a story of us, and a story of now.  This conceptual framework has been used in countless times past, and has allowed our greatest leaders to connect with their audiences to spur them into action. 

In this interactive and thought-provoking workshop, you will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of numerous leaders who have inspired others to act.

Registration required.  Sign up now!