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Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Peter Charalambous '20

Peter Charalambous '20 graduated from Chaminade High School in New York in 2016. At Chaminade, Peter led the Speech and Debate Team, served as editor-in-chief of Tarmac, his school's newspaper, and worked with children and adults with special needs. As a debater, he earned many regional awards, was one of the top Public Forum debaters in New York State, and received the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Great Communicator Scholarship.

At Dartmouth, Peter plans to major in Government and History and minor in Public Policy. He works as a staff writer for The Dartmouth, competes on the Mock Trial Team, and cooks for Students Fighting Hunger. He has also been an Aaron and Daniel Webster Scholar as well as the Build Chairman for Homecoming. Outside of the classroom, Peter loves the outdoors and is an avid carpenter.

Rocky Hosts a Student and Alumni Reception in Boston

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center hosted a Student and Alumni Reception in Boston, MA on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The occasion provided an opportunity for area alumni to meet the current cohort of Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) participants, who were in Boston for their off-campus cultural immersion experience.

“RGLP intentionally prepares students to be comfortable in situations and cultural circumstances unfamiliar to them and how to communicate effectively across cultural barriers,” says Sadhana Hall, Deputy Director.

Rockefeller Center Director, Andrew Samwick, attended the reception along with Deputy Director Sadhana Hall, Professor Herschel Nachlis, and Program Officer Tatyana Gao.

In addition to those students involved with the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program, the reception welcomed Dartmouth students currently interning in Boston and area alumni and friends with a connection to the Center.

The reception took place at Legal’s Harborside Restaurant. Over sixty guests were in attendance.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Julian Marcu ’18

This series introduces the 2017-2018 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

In our increasingly globalized world, what it means to be a leader in the 21st century is vastly different than what it meant in previous eras. Originally, the “ideal leader” was one that could efficiently organize and motivate a group around a common goal to achieve a desired objective. However, this conception would imply that the leader and the team exist in a vacuum. Today, as a global community, we realize that the independent actions of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, and governments can have far reaching effects on people all over the world.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Sunny Drescher '20

Sarah (Sunny) Drescher hails from Hinesburg, Vermont. After graduating from Champlain Valley Union High School in 2015, Sunny took a gap year to pursue professional equestrian showjumping. Throughout middle and high school, she balanced academics with a demanding equestrian training and competition schedule.

At Dartmouth, Sunny is pursuing a double major in Government and Quantitative Social Science as well as a minor in Public Policy. Since coming to Dartmouth, she has enjoyed being involved in the Dartmouth Endurance Racing Team, the Dartmouth Club Alpine Ski Team, and Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life.

Dartmouth's Chapter of GlobeMed Hosts Its 6th Annual Benefit Dinner

Lauren Mitchell '18 shares her passion for exploring health inquity by sharing her experience organizing GlobeMed’s 6th Annual Benefit Dinner.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Tim Holman '20

Tim Holman ‘20 hails from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Hawken High School. At Hawken, Tim was the President of Student and Faculty Government, the captain of the Men’s Varsity Soccer team, and earned numerous Speech and Debate awards at the local, state, and national levels, culminating as a Semifinalist at the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament.

At Dartmouth, Tim is pursuing a major in Government with a minor in Public Policy. He has continued his passion for student governance as an elected member of Student Assembly and the West House Executive Board. Additionally, he is a Dartmouth Tour Guide and a member of the Hill Winds Society. This Winter term, he is travelling abroad to Spain on a Dartmouth Language Study Abroad program.

UN Youth Assembly on Innovation and Collaboration

Colleen O'Connor '19, attended the 2018 United Nations Youth Assembly on Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable Future, and shares her experience here. 

The 2018 United Nations Youth Assembly on Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable Future allowed me to engage with student delegates from over 100 countries who all share one common interest: to make the world a better place. The three-day conference, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, welcomed students and esteemed guests for a whirlwind weekend of workshops, panels, keynote speeches, and networking.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: February 22, 2018


On Thursday, February 22, 2018, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students Nicole Beckman ’20, Hanna Bliska ’20, and Eliza Jane Schaeffer ’20 travelled to Montpelier to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Corrections and Institutions.  The students spent the fall and winter terms researching and drafting their report, “Medication Assisted Treatment Programs in Vermont State Correctional Facilities,” (PRS Policy Brief 1718-03) at the request of Committee Chair Alice Emmons and Vice Chair “Butch” Shaw. 

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Victoria Meyer '20

Victoria Meyer ’20 grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and graduated from BASIS Scottsdale as a National AP Scholar, having taken 19 AP exams. At BASIS, Victoria was Student of the Year in AP Calculus AB and AP Seminar. Additionally, she was president of Leadership Society, participated in Speech and Debate, and ran on the Track and Field team.

At Dartmouth, Victoria plans to pursue dual majors in Economics and Chemistry. She participates on the Parliamentary Debate Team, tutors peers in chemistry, and enjoys hiking in the surrounding area.

Marton Speaks About Mass Incarceration and Decarceration

Graduating in the Class of 2004, Janos Marton '04 attributes Dartmouth as the place where he got his “intellectual bearings and found a lot of [his] passions.” In an interview, he remarked that “When it comes to criminal justice, taking the raw emotional feelings I had behind it and translating that into an understanding of how the system works propelled me into a career that I have.”

Throughout his transitory careers, Marton noted that there has been a continuous focus on detail and aiding those directly impacted by the system. Evidently, he has pursued intellectual engagement with direct community impacts. The socioeconomic issues conflated with mass incarceration have since led to Marton’s involvement in JustLeadershipUSA, a national advocacy organization for decarceration. The organization is committed to cutting the correctional population in half by 2030 through the empowerment of communities most harmed by mass incarceration, including groundbreaking organizing efforts for those inside and coming from prison.


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