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Class of 2007 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Front Row (left to right): Maryanna Quigless, Natalya Shulga, Whitney MacFadyen, Kirsten Murray

Back Row (left to right): Karan Danthi, DJ Wolff, Shala Byers, Nik Nartowicz, Alex Kehl, LaVon Morgan, Adam Shpeen, Sofia Faruqi, Jessica Chen, Amanda Brown, Rosie Hughes, Jack Groetzinger

"The Direct Line"- Spring 2007

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick provides commentary on a variety of issues in the Direct Line, which is published at the start of each term.

New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation Presidential primary generates both excitement and learning opportunities for Dartmouth students every four years. As Presidential candidates started arriving in the state this winter, we at the Rockefeller Center were quick to partner with both the College Democrats and the College Republicans to host candidate visits. No matter what their political persuasions, all Dartmouth students share in the unique opportunity to engage with emerging leaders as they come to campus.

"The Direct Line"- Winter 2007

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick provides commentary on a variety of issues in the Direct Line, which is published at the start of each term.

Two hundred members of the Class of 2010 flocked to the Center's fall Open House. Greeted by Rockefeller student leaders and staff, they were introduced to the many curricular and co-curricular offerings at the Center. It was a festive and informative event, but most exciting was the positive response of the 2010s to the new First-Year Initiative (FYI). Created and implemented this year to bring students interested in public policy to the Center earlier in their Dartmouth career, the FYI provides the opportunity for them to delve into a comprehensive plan of study and activity. Open House is a tradition at the Center, and it is one of my favorite days each academic year.

"The Direct Line"- Fall 2006

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick provides commentary on a variety of issues in the Direct Line, which is published at the start of each term.

For many years, the Rockefeller Center has offered opportunities to Dartmouth students to pursue their interests in public policy on- and off-campus, inside and outside of the classroom. Beginning with the Class of 2010, we seek to better integrate the curricular and co-curricular aspects of the Center's programming and to do so earlier in the student's time at Dartmouth.

Class of 2006 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Front Row: Cate Birtley, Kristen Wong, Allison Caffrey

Second Row: Oyebola Olabisi, Hema Mohan, Samuel Jackson, Jonah Kolb

Last Row: Zachary Goldstein, Jordan Enright-Schulz, Sophie Ryan, Sarah Ayres, Echo Brown, Dean Drizin, Jeffrey Burns Woodward, Russell Herman, Ali Amrhein

Not in the photo: Amanda Prentice

On a Path from Good to Great

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College was founded in 1983 to commemorate the contributions of Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30 to the life of the nation.

Through promoting multidisciplinary education, skills-training, and public policy-oriented research across the social sciences, the Rockefeller Center’s mission is to inspire and energize undergraduates to become effective leaders in their communities and to cherish and participate in democracy on the state, national, and international stages throughout their lives. By 2008, we seek to honor the centennial of Nelson Rockefeller’s birth and the silver anniversary of the Center by expanding the quality and quantity of its programs to implement a 4-year curricular and co-curricular experience that reaffirms our dedication to creating in each generation those young adults who tackle its unique policy challenges with confidence and compassion.

"The Direct Line"- Spring 2006

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick provides commentary on a variety of issues in the Direct Line, which is published at the start of each term.

Leadership development is one of the most important elements of student programming at the Rockefeller Center. It informs our choices of speakers for public lectures as well as the design of programs for discussion, training, research, and education. This spring, the Center is pleased to celebrate entrepreneurship and add entrepreneurial leadership to that set of ideas to which students are exposed in their time at Dartmouth. An entrepreneur is someone who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a new venture. We expect that all of the students will in their time after college show entrepreneurial leadership, whether in the private, non-profit, or public sectors.

"The Direct Line"- Winter 2006

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick provides commentary on a variety of issues in the Direct Line, which is published at the start of each term.

Like many people safely removed from the events, I watched the images of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and wondered how every layer of government could appear to have failed so resoundingly in serving the residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Many answers to the question of “What went wrong?” have suggested that an important part of the explanation is, in fact, that we have a layered government—our federalist system in which sovereignty is shared among the national, state, and local levels. As of this writing, a Google search for “Katrina federalism” generates over 250,000 results.

"The Direct Line" - Fall 2005

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick provides commentary on a variety of issues in the Direct Line, which is published at the start of each term.

The Rockefeller Center provides opportunities for Dartmouth students to become educated citizens and engage in public policy. During the last year, the Center has extended these opportunities off campus with the advent of five-day Civic Skills Training sessions in Washington, DC, to prepare students to make greater contributions to their unpaid, off-campus internships. At Civic Skills Training, students learn practical skills such as communicating with supervisors, writing concisely, and networking. They also gain experience with media relations, fundraising, and public speaking. These sessions have succeeded with the financial support of the Surdna Foundation and Friends of the Rockefeller Center and with the help of many Dartmouth alumni in the Washington area. These invaluable sessions are now expected to be a permanent program of the Center.

"The Direct Line" - Spring Term 2005

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick provides commentary on a variety of issues in the Direct Line, which is published at the start of each term.

At Dartmouth, we often remark that our students are “the leaders of tomorrow.” We make this prediction in part because our students arrive as first-years with a broad range of talents, but we also like to think that their time at Dartmouth helps prepare them for leadership roles in their communities, our nation, and the world once they graduate. How does the Dartmouth experience contribute to the development of our students as leaders?

At the core of everything that Dartmouth does well is the liberal arts education. The ability to lead depends critically on a person's capacity to understand his or her environment, to assess the likely consequences of a menu of options, to choose the most promising of those options, and to work in a thoughtful and independent manner to implement that choice. Each of these capacities is cultivated by a liberal arts education.

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