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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.

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.

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.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

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.

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.

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!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Apply for the Senior Honors Thesis Grants Program, due May 18th


Apply now for the


For the Social  Sciences!

To apply for awards of up to $1,000, students must submit:

1.      A cover letter that identifies the honors thesis project and the amount of funding to be requested;

2.      A copy of the thesis proposal or similar documentation acceptable to the student’s home department;

3.      A letter of support from the honors thesis advisor; and

4.      A detailed budget that outlines the activities and the associated costs to be covered by the grant.

5.      An autobiographical statement (one paragraph - 150 word limit)  for website publishing, if your application is approved.
Friday, May 18, 2012

All completed applications must be received in
203 Rockefeller Hall by 4:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Ron Shaiko in the Rockefeller Center at 603-646-9146 or via blitzmail. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Participate in MLDP in the Fall - Registration Deadline on May 11

Are you currently involved in campus organizations or athletics which call for management or leadership skills?  Are you interested in honing these skills with intention?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, register now for the Rockefeller Center’s Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) in the Fall 2012 term.

MLDP focuses on management and leadership principles common in the professional workplace, enhancing participants' knowledge, experience, and competency through weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings throughout the term.

MLDP sessions are led by a wide variety of expert speakers and involve an array of interactive and experiential learning techniques to strengthen students’ skills in such topics as communication, professional writing, decision making and negotiation, analytical and critical thinking, group facilitation, cultural competency in a globalized world, and strategic planning.

Winter 2012 participant Ayushi Narayan ’14 on MLDP: “After attending sessions for the MLDP program this term, I have seen some real benefits to taking part in the program. I have learned about different components of being an effective group leader or manager through lectures and have also had the opportunity to practice these skills through small group activities.”
MLDP is also a fantastic networking opportunity for all participants.  The diversity of MLDP participants’ academic majors and experiences is a core strength of the program, and students have plentiful opportunities to interact with each other throughout the term.  What emerges is a common thread uniting each group:  All participants are self-selected campus leaders taking their skills to the next level by focusing on their leadership skills and developing these strengths.

There are additional benefits to participating in MLDP.  Students who successfully complete MLDP are eligible to apply to be a student assistant or student discussion leader at the Rockefeller Center, and strengthen their applications for internship or mini-grant funding through the Rockefeller Center.  Students with a higher-level of participation in MLDP as determined by the program requirements may complete "with distinction".  This distinction will be noted if applying to become a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow. The certification can also be listed on your resume as a professional skills development program.

All rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to register.  The Fall 2012 deadline is MAY 11, 2012.  Invite your house members, teammates, and fellow peers to register as well!

To visit our blog featuring all posts tagged with MLDP, click here. Find even more information available on our Rocky webpage. Session photos are available at our Flickr site.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

"The Solicitor General: From the Japanese-American Internment to Health Care" on May 7th at 4:30 PM

In America’s system of checks and balances, the Supreme Court stands as the final judge of Congressional and Presidential actions; their rulings serve to direct American society and legislation. Instrumental in influencing the Court’s decision is the Solicitor General, the President’s highest legal representative in America’s highest court.

Georgetown Law School Professor Neal Katyal, boasting several Supreme Court victories of his own as Acting Solicitor General, has examined the integral role of the Solicitor General in defending the constitutionality of government interests in the Supreme Court. Professor Katyal will discuss the Solicitor General’s role in some of America’s landmark cases, from Japanese-American Internment during World War II, to the current constitutional battle be waged over health care.

Neal Katyal, the Paul Saunders Professor at Georgetown University, focuses on Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Intellectual Property. He has served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States, where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Most notably, Katyal victoriously handled the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld Supreme Court case, a case that challenged the policy of military trials at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba; the outcome had far-reaching implications for presidential power in military affairs. He attended Dartmouth College and Yale Law School.

Please join us for Georgetown Law School Professor Newal Katyal’s talk, The Solicitor General: From the Japanese-American Internment to Health Care,at Silsby 028 at 4:30 pm, May 7, 2012.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Project Z Conference this Saturday, May 5th 2-5 PM

Read the announcement below about an exciting new student-organized conference co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Center.

A Conference- This Saturday May 5th 2012

Event Details:

Saturday May 5th from 2-5 PM
Rockefeller Center (Rocky 001, 002, 003)
Food will be served!

Jim Coulter: Co-Founder of private equity firm TPG Capital
                   Marc Tessier-Lavigne: President of The Rockefeller University
Tillman Gerngross: Co-founder and scientific advisory board chair, GlycoFi, Co-founder and CEO, Adimab, and Co-founder and President, Arsanis

Sydney Finkelstein: #1 Bestselling Author in the U.S. and Japan, Why Smart Executives Fail and Professor at Tuck

Gregg Fairbrothers: Founding President of Samson International, Founding Director of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Tuck

      Bill Nisen: Technology Entrepreneur and Director at Hybrid State

Ron Adner: Associate Professor of Business Administration at Tuck

Hannah Kearney '15: Olympic Gold Medalist Mogul Skier 

David Brooks '15: Former Marine

Riley Ennis '15: CEO Immudicon LLC

Sponsored by The Rockefeller Center

Other Sponsors: GlobeMed, the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, the Kairos Society, the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Society, the Quantitative Finance Society, Mitosis Inc, Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering, the Dartmouth Law Journal, Beta Alpha Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Xi Delta, and Kappa Delta.

MLDP Recap: Developing a Global Mindset

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.

On behalf of the Dickey Center for International Understanding, educator and academic advisor Christiane Hardy Wohlforth taught the MLDP group about “Developing a Global Mindset”. The presentation focused on cross-cultural experiences and the affect they have on developing a comprehensive state of mind.
Wolfforth gave us three substantial points to think about when dealing with being a cultural “outsider.”  The first objective concentrates on the importance of developing an understanding for global mindsets and how it enhances your effectiveness. The second was the ability to recognize cross-cultural experiences and associating them with learning. Lastly, the importance of creating a customized map that will assist us in cross-cultural management.
With these objectives in mind Malcolm Leverett ’14 remarks, “The presentation was very helpful; it had me thinking about what type of global mindset I would adopt when going on my FSP trip to Madrid”. I could not agree more with Malcolm’s sentiment on global mindsets. The world we live in has been growing increasely smaller because of modern technology and new modes of transportation. Because of such we experience a new hypersensitivity for the different cultures surrounding us. We have a responsibility to embrace these backgrounds and use them to cultivate out experiences. These results can be only be achieved through actively learning the language, traditions and practices of such culture. We need to leave behind denial, ignorance and the ridiculous notions of cultural supremacy. Only then can we truly expand our modes of thinking and develop a global mindset.

 -Alicia Rodriguez ‘14

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"The Separation of Powers and the Executive's Defense of Congressional Enactments" with U.S. Solicitor General Donal Verrilli this Thursday May 3rd at 4:30 PM

The 2009 Affordable Healthcare Act or "Obamacare", one of the most groundbreaking pieces of legislation in American history, will have its ultimate fate decided by the Supreme Court; charged with defending the bill’s constitutional viability is U. S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli will draw upon his personal experiences in office to discuss the delicate balance existing between the divided branches of government. He will speak to the role of the Executive Branch, specifically the Solicitor General, in defending Congressional enactments when their constitutionality is called into question by the third branch, the Supreme Court.

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. is currently serving as the 46th Solicitor General of the United States. Verrilli previously served as Deputy Counsel to President Obama and as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to his government service, he was a partner for many years in Jenner & Block, and co-chaired the firm’s Supreme Court practice, where he handled numerous cases in the Supreme Court and courts of appeals.

Please join us for U. S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s talk, The Separation of Powers and the Executive's Defense of Congressional Enactments,” at Rockefeller 3 at 4:30 pm, May 3, 2012.

Introducing Our Spring Student Staff at the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth

Rockefeller Center Spring Student Staff

Our student staff is an integral part of our daily operations at the Rockefeller Center, working on a variety of projects from leading our student discussion groups to promoting our wide variety of student opportunities and public programs. Read below to learn more about our student assistants for the spring term.

Brandon DeBot '14 was born and raised in Stevens Point, WI and graduated from iQ Academy High School as Valedictorian, National AP Scholar, and Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist. At Dartmouth DeBot is pursuing a major in Government with a minor in Public Policy. He is a recipient of the Andrew Warden Edson Memorial Prize for Excellence in American Government. In addition, DeBot competes on the Dartmouth Men’s Varsity Tennis Team in singles and doubles, and received the J. Clarence Davies Award for Sportsmanship in 2011. DeBot graduated from the Management Leadership and Development Program with Distinction and now works as a Rockefeller Center Program Assistant for MLDP. He also works in the Policy Research Shop and as a Research Assistant in the Government Department. Last summer DeBot participated in the Rockefeller Center’s First Year Fellows Program, interning at The Charles Group, LLC, in Washington, D.C. He hopes to pursue a career in policy or law after graduation.

Bridget Golob '14 is from Los Angeles, California and graduated Cum Laude from Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California. She was inducted into the Cum Laude Society and the National French and Spanish Honor Societies. She served as the captain of her state championship-winning cross-country team. She was also a representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. At Dartmouth, Bridget is a Geography and Romance Languages (French & Spanish) major. She is the coordinator of mentorship for the women’s group Link Up, a Diversity Peer Advisor, a student assistant at the Rockefeller Center, and a Head Usher at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. She also works with the DOC Trips program and serves as the Alpha Phi Sorority Director of Chapter Events and Director of Sustainability. During her freshman summer, she was a water-sports instructor in California. Bridget spent her sophomore winter on a Dartmouth study abroad program in Paris, France. She hopes to work abroad, focusing on international policy and development.

Molly Hassell '13 attended Philips Exeter Academy, where she was awarded the prestigious Classical Diploma awarded to 5.8% of the graduating class. While there, she held numerous leadership roles, notably in Student Council where she served as Secretary, class representative, and chair of several committees. She also captained two of her three varsity sports teams, and won a number of awards including three prizes in history, two in debate, the senior prize for the study of Latin and Ancient Greek, The Compton Scholarship for contributions to the school, and a Religion prize. On campus at Dartmouth, Molly is a Presidential Scholar, a Project Assistant at the Rockefeller Center, and a sister at Delta Delta Delta sorority. Off campus, she has worked as a Litigation Clerk at Davis Polk & Wardwell, an intern in U.S. Senator Kay Hagan's office, a U.S. House Page, a N.C. Senate page, and a N.C. Governor's Page.

Sam Lewis '13 is from Dobbs Ferry, New York and graduated from Riverdale Country School in Bronx, New York. At Dartmouth, Sam is a History major modified with Economics and a Public Policy Minor. He is the current President of the Dartmouth College Democrats, a student assistant at the Rockefeller Center a Senior Editor for the Dartmouth Law Journal, and a member of the Club Baseball team. He is also the Social Chairman of Phi Delta Alpha Fraternity. Sam will be working in Washington, D.C. this summer at a management-consulting firm. This past fall, Sam worked in New York City as a strategy communications intern. He also spent his sophomore winter on a transfer term at the University of Sydney in Australia. Previously, Sam also interned at an environmental lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. during his freshmen summer.

Will Lowry '13 is from Needham, Massachusetts, where he attended Needham High School. He is pursuing a double major in Economics and Music, with focuses in international trade and piano performance, respectively. His activities on campus have included serving as Director of the Dartmouth Aires a cappella group, Vice President of the Green Key Society, a staff writer for The Dartmouth newspaper, a leader of DOC First-Year Trips, a starter on Men’s Club Volleyball, and Programming Chair of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. He is also an active pianist, placing in Dartmouth’s Tracy Piano Competition in 2010, and is currently conducting research through the Digital Music Graduate Department concerning the hierarchy of timbre and rhythm in audio perception. Will spent his junior winter interning at a management consultancy and will be spending the summer as an analyst intern at Goldman Sachs. In the future, he hopes to gain more consulting experience before pursuing an MBA after Dartmouth.
Diana Ming '14 is from Morristown, New Jersey. At Dartmouth, she is pursuing a major in Government and a minor in French language. Diana is a staff writer and news editor for The Dartmouth, Dartmouth College’s independent student newspaper. She is also an admissions tour guide and Student Communications Assistant for the Rockefeller Center. Diana graduated as Valedictorian of her class and a National AP Scholar from the Academy of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ where she was captain of the St. Elizabeth’s Mock Trial Team, Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper SEAnopsis, Student Council Class President and President of the French National Honor Society. Last summer, Diana participated in the Rockefeller Center First Year Fellows program interning for Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand ’88 (D-N.Y.) in Washington, D.C. Diana also spent last winter in Lyon, France on the French Language Study Abroad program and will be attending the Government Foreign Study Program in London this coming fall. She is interested in political theory and international relations and hopes to pursue a career in law. 

Isabella Price '02 grew up working summers full time since the age of seven in the Merchant's CafĂ©, the oldest restaurant in Seattle. She studied German and Modern International History as an undergraduate at Dartmouth, and spent leave terms in both Berlin and Paris. She also took Public Policy at Dartmouth and researched for the Policy Research Shop. After Dartmouth, she lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a year where she studied business and accounting, and traveled with a university organization to Puerto Rico many times. In teaching Sunday School and collaboratively writing reports and correspondence for an engineering firm, she realized her professional interest in combining favorite aspects of the two fields—analytic thinking and the altruistic profession of educating youth. She returned to school in the Eastern Washington country where, in post-baccalaureate studies, she majored in secondary mathematics education. She has taught Kindergarten in a Waldorf school, science, writing, and mathematics. She is a Dartmouth graduate M.A.L.S. creative writing candidate, is a member of VOX Masters public speaking club, and has worked for the Physics Department, Undergraduate Admissions, and the Rockefeller Center in communications and leadership trainings. She actively homesteads in the country with her family.

Joshua Schiefelbein '14 graduated from Bethel High School in Spanaway, WA. At Bethel, he was President of the Debate Team and qualified for the WA State Debate Tournament in three different categories. He also was a part of the Yearbook group, Cross Country team, Track team, Choir, Band, and AFJROTC. At Dartmouth, Josh plans to major in Computer Science or Russian with a minor in Digital Arts. He was President of the College Libertarians and volunteered as a student leader for the Republican Presidential Debate held on campus. He is a member of the Dartmouth Film Society, Marching Band, Sports Business @ Dartmouth, Native Americans @ Dartmouth, and is the Campus Ministry Coordinator for the Edgerton Episcopal Center. After graduating, Josh hopes to work in politics and public policy.

Anna-Kay Thomas '12 is from West Palm Beach Florida. She attended the A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, majoring in Fine Art and concentrating in drawing and photography while also studying dance. She is now a senior at Dartmouth College, majoring in Neuroscience. She is a member of the Dartmouth Women's Club Lacrosse Team and works for Dartmouth's E.E. Just Program and the Rockefeller Center. Anna-Kay also serves as Continuing Education Chair for Tri Delta sorority, President of Soul Scribes, Dartmouth's Slam Poetry Team, and as a Moderator for Palaeopitus Senior Society. Anna-Kay loves to travel, cook, and hang out with her friends in her spare time.