The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences


Turning Your Passion Into Your Living with a Liberal Arts Degree

On Friday, August 4th, the Rockefeller Center hosted a one-day conference entitled “How to Make Your Passion Your Living with a Liberal Arts Degree.” The purpose of the conference was to help students learn how to translate their interests into careers that have meaning and impact.

Puja Devi ’19 values a liberal arts degree “because it encourages me to both delve into my interests as well as explore fields I might not favor as much.” Even though she is a government major, she has taken classes in sociology and women’s and gender studies, studied abroad in India, and is currently searching for research projects in geography.

The conference featured remarks from Rebecca Biron, Dean of the College, about the versatility of a liberal arts degree as well as six young alumni.

Rey Allie ’11 studied Government and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He has developed insights to help Uber expand into new markets across the world, expanded the scope and reach of Google’s Intelligence and Investigations team, and currently advises senior leaders on strategic initiatives and opportunities at OfferUp.

First-Year Fellow Mentor: Jennifer Chandler Hauge '82

The First-Year Fellows program is a unique opportunity for first-year students to engage meaningfully in public policy early in their Dartmouth careers. Each year, around 20 students are selected and placed in fellowships with Dartmouth alumni in Washington, D.C., who are willing to take on a significant mentoring role.

The Annual Student and Alumni Reception in Washington, D.C.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center hosted its annual Student and Alumni Reception in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Each year the occasion provides an opportunity for the Center’s First-Year Fellows, newly arrived to the city and ready to embark on their 8-week summer internships, to meet and network with their Dartmouth Alumni mentors.

“The First-Year Fellows program is a great example of the partnership between the Rockefeller Center and Dartmouth alumni, who find many ways to contribute to the education of each successive cohort of Dartmouth students,” noted the Center’s Director, Professor Andrew Samwick, during his brief remarks at the reception.

This summer, 23 First-Year Fellows, all members of the Dartmouth Class of 2020, are serving fellowships in a diverse range of host organizations with a Dartmouth alumni mentor.

The Class of 2020 First-Year Fellows in D.C.

The Class of 2020 First-Year Fellows arrived in Washington, D.C. this week and are currently participating in the Civic Skills Training (CST) component of the program. The Fellows have already completed four on-campus training sessions during the spring term and will now spend an additional five days of training in Washington, D.C. before their fellowships begin on Monday.

The CST curriculum covers everything from public speaking, networking, and advocacy writing to project management, team work, and professionalism and is designed to prepare the students for a successful internship experience and beyond. The week includes classroom sessions facilitated by Deputy Director Sadhana Hall and Program Officer Sam Williamson, workshops hosted by area alumni, and excursions around the city to familiarize the students with Capitol Hill and the surrounding area.

Leah Daughtry ’84 Honored for Distinguished Public Service

Leah Daughtry ’84, community organizer, two-time chief executive of the Democratic National Convention committee, and pastor of the House of Lord Church in Washington, D.C., returned to Dartmouth to receive the Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award.

Presented by the board of visitors of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, the annual award was established 1990 to honor Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30 for his dedication to service in the public and private sectors.

Curt Welling ’71, Tuck ’77, chair of the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors, said Daughtry, in her work as a pastor, organizer, leader, and political strategist, has demonstrated a depth of commitment to the same ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement that marked Nelson Rockefeller’s career. Welling presented the honor to Daughtry at a dinner hosted by the Rockefeller Center on April 28.

Public Program: "A Conversation with Eric Fanning ’90”

Many Dartmouth alumni reach high positions of leadership after graduation, leaving students wondering how they can fashion their paths to lead to such success. One of the most notable instances of alumni leadership in recent times has been slightly atypical, in that it comes in the form of civilian leadership of the armed forces. On Thursday, May 18 Dean Lacy, Professor of Government and Director of the Program in Politics and Law at Dartmouth, had a conversation with Eric Fanning '90 in Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall, titled “From Dartmouth to the Pentagon: A Conversation with Eric Fanning ’90.” This event was part of the Rockefeller Center’s 2017 Spring Term public programming, was co-sponsored with Alumni Leadership, and was open to the community.

Introducing the Class of 2020 First-Year Fellows

Since 2007, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center has offered first-year students and Dartmouth alumni a dynamic program called First-Year Fellows (FYF). This program provides first-year students the opportunity to engage in public policy early in their Dartmouth careers.

For students the program starts on campus during the fall and winter terms as potential participants are required to take PBPL 5: Introductory to Public Policy and a research methods course. They are also expected to participate in the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program. 

During the spring term, Fellows are selected through a competitive application and interview process and then matched with an alumni mentor and placement organization best suited to their academic and career interests.

2017 Law Day Celebration at the Rockefeller Center

In 2012, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta once warned that the United States is susceptible to a “cyber-Pearl Harbor,” citing the destructive potential of cyber-aggression. Years later, the premise of Secretary Panetta’s statement holds stable, as issues of cyber-security continue to make headlines. As the digital age has progressed, cyberspace has consistently proven to be a dynamic, open, and efficient platform for economic growth and the exchange of ideas. However, the very openness that makes this space so innovative has created critical vulnerabilities. Without setting off a single explosive, state and non-state actors can render infrastructure quiescent, steal/delete information, or even commandeer resources towards malevolent objectives in complete secrecy. Contemporary government policy is reluctant to take substantial steps forward in the realm of cybersecurity so as not to impede on privacy or the economic benefits of an open, fluid internet. Nonetheless, if the U.S.

Teevens '79 Presented The Class of 64's Outstanding Leadership Award

At the 2017 Football Awards Banquet on Sunday, April 3, 2017, the Class of 1964 presented its third Outstanding Leadership Award to Dartmouth Head Football Coach, Eugene F. “Buddy” Teevens III. The Class established the Outstanding Leadership Award at its 50th reunion in June of 2014 to honor those individuals who share the Class’s belief in the importance of developing young leaders to take on today’s challenges.

The Class of 1964 has contributed both personally and financially to support Dartmouth’s mission of educating students for a lifetime of responsible leadership, at the Rockefeller Center and Department of Athletics.

Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors' Spring Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened in April for their biannual meeting. Visitors, who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center, are all Dartmouth alumni and represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law.

Each year, at the conclusion of their first day of meetings, Visitors attend a reception held in Hinman Forum where they meet and talk with students involved with the Center.

The Reverend Leah Daughtry ’84, 2017 recipient of the Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award spoke on “Building the Bench: Educating and Training the Next Generation of Political Leaders” at a dinner hosted by the Rockefeller Center to honor Visitors, their guests, and the many campus partners that collaborate with the Center throughout the year.

The Board also heard from Sarah Han ’17, Priya Ramaiah ’17, Kevin Zhang ’17, and Alexa Sonnenfeld ’17 about their experience with the PBPL 85: Practicum in Global Policy Leadership course, which conducted an evaluation of civil society in Ukraine during the Fall term and then traveled there with Professor Ronald Shaiko for two weeks in December.


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