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

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International History Group Fosters Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Hosting regular meetings at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, the International History Group provides faculty from Dartmouth’s History, Government, and Economics departments the opportunity to share their interdisciplinary perspectives on global events. 

“It’s an opportunity for faculty, students, and post-docs to exchange ideas with some of the globe’s most interesting and distinguished international historians,” says one of the group’s conveners, William C. Wohlforth, Daniel Webster Professor of Government. “This is important not just because of the intrinsically fascinating nature of the research these visitors present, but because it helps build bridges between history and other international fields, including political science, public policy and economics.  Every policy problem has a historical dimension and most of the data we use to test conjectures are historical in nature.”

The group not only features distinguished Dartmouth faculty, but also invites leading scholars from other universities to share their knowledge of the political, economic, intellectual, and cultural histories of global issues.

Rockefeller Center Holiday Reception

The Rockefeller Center hosted its annual Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 1st in Hinman Forum, located at the heart of the Rockefeller Center. Faculty and staff from the social sciences and others from centers and departments across campus joined together to kick off the holiday season. Rocky staff had transformed the space into a winter wonderland decked out with beautiful lights and ornaments, but most of all, good cheer. The catered event took place from 4:30pm-6pm.

Job Shadow Day at the Rockefeller Center

On April 5th, 2016, the Upper Valley Business & Education Partnership coordinated Job Shadow Day at the Rockefeller Center for two eighth grade students interested in government and public policy. Shira Hoffer from Crossroads Academy and Tallis Diehn from the Indian River School spent the day at Rocky. Several staff members took the time to talk with the students about their particular roles and how their jobs impacted the day-to-day operations of the Center in fulfilling its mission.

“Job Shadow Day allows the Rocky staff to engage with young students from throughout the Upper Valley in thinking about leadership qualities, and what public policy means to them,” says Public Programs Officer Joanne Needham. The Rockefeller Center has a history of participating in Job Shadow Day, and upon hearing that it would participate again in 2016, Program Officer Robin Frye said, “I am so excited. I love this program.”

Campus Connections Gathering

On Friday, April 22, 2016 the Rockefeller Center, the Undergraduate Deans Office, and the Center for Professional Development hosted the semiannual Campus Connections Gathering at the Rockefeller Center in Hinman Forum. This event is open to all students as a casual opportunity to chat with Dartmouth faculty and staff members from all over campus about academic and professional opportunities. The intent is for students to leave with a better understanding on how to pursue their goals.

Social Sciences Holiday Party

The Rockefeller Center hosted their annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 2nd in the Hinman Forum, located at the heart of the Rockefeller Center. The guest list included faculty and staff from a variety of departments across campus. The Center’s staff worked hard to transform Hinman Forum into a winter wonderland decked out with lights, ornaments and other decorations. There was a great turn out and the room was filled with good conversation and delicious food. The party was scheduled from 4:30pm-6pm but lasted well beyond this. It was clear that the guests had a good time.

Charles Wheelan '88 on the Republic Debate

Charles Wheelan '88 commented on the Republican debate in a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece.

“If we treat politics as entertainment, we should not be surprised when we get entertainment,” says Charles Wheelan ’88, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow at the Rockefeller Center, in a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece about the October 28th Republican debate.

Introducing Lynn Spencer, the Rockefeller Center’s new Finance Manager!

In her role as Finance Manager, Lynn Spencer handles the Center’s day-to-day budget and financial matters, stewardship, purchasing, as well as the oversight of the Center’s facilities. Prior to coming to the Rockefeller Center, she worked as a CPA for Ernst & Whinney, a public accounting firm; as an Accounting Supervisor for Bolt, Beranek and Newman, an acoustical consulting company; as financial analyst for Fleet National Bank; and, most recently, as Purchasing and Cost Manager for the facilities department at Kimball Union Academy, a private high school. Lynn holds a B.S. in Accounting from Boston College, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Introducing Tatyana Bills, the Rockefeller Center’s new Co-Curricular Program Coordinator!

In her new position as a Program Coordinator for Co-Curricular Programs at the Rockefeller Center, Tatyana will be primarily supporting the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program and the logistics for the public policy course PBPL 43/ECON 77: Social Entrepreneurship.

Rockefeller Center Program Coordinator for Co-Curricular Programs Tatyana Bills. Photo by Tim Serkes.

Prior to joining the Rockefeller Center, Tatyana worked at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, where she advised students on international internships, fellowships, funding opportunities, and career paths. She created and oversaw the post-graduate Lombard Fellowship Blog, maintained various social media accounts, and conducted marketing assessment surveys of the Dickey Center events.

Rockefeller Center Conducts a Manuscript Review for Faculty Member Janice McCabe

On February 2nd, faculty and staff members from Dartmouth and beyond gathered at the Rockefeller Center to discuss the current research of Janice M. McCabe, an Assistant Professor of Sociology whose area of expertise includes gender, education, and youth studies. With a focus in research that investigates youth culture and social networks, Janice McCabe recently completed a manuscript tentatively titled, "Friends with Academic Benefits: Networks Matter During and After College." Andrew Samwick, Professor of Economics and Director of the Rockefeller Center, facilitated the three-hour discussion, which intended to offer constructive criticism of the manuscript at the pre-publication stage.
 

Rockefeller Center Congratulates Robin Frye on her promotion to Program Officer

This term, Robin Frye moved into a new position at the Rockefeller Center as a Program Officer for co-curricular programs. In this new position, Robin is responsible for coordinating one of the Center’s largest programs, the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP). MLDP runs three terms a year, impacts over 100 students each year, and embodies the experiential learning aspect of co-curricular programming to its core. During weekly sessions, students engage with one another and expert guest speakers on topics ranging from innovation and collaboration to networking and crafting a public narrative, and expand upon their skills as managers and leaders by practicing and reflecting upon key leadership competencies. "The one message that I hope students take from this program," Robin recently reflected, "is if you can live your life with a high standard of integrity, and acute situational and self-awareness, people will look to you as a leader."

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