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November 12, 2019 5:48PM
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Written by Eliza Gallant for The Dartmouth

While the gulf between graduate and undergraduate students at Dartmouth can sometimes appear vast, the Tuck Mentors program at the Tuck School of Business — founded as the Dartmouth Professional Insight Network three years ago by Tuck students — aims to create a better relationship between Tuck and undergraduate students....

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November 11, 2019 2:56PM
Andrew Samwick Honored with award

Andrew Samwick Honored for Fifteen Years of Leadership as Director of the Rockefeller Center

Andrew Samwick ’64a was honored at the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors dinner on May 9, 2019 for his 15 years of leadership as director of the Center. Samwick’s term as director ended on June 30, 2019. The Class of 1964 presented Samwick with the Class of 1964 Outstanding Leadership Award for his work as director since 2004. The Class had adopted Samwick as a member of...

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November 11, 2019 2:45PM
Keynote Speaker Neal Katyal

At the heart of the Center’s strategy is a commitment to a connection between alumni, students, staff, and faculty. The Rockefeller Alumni Conference fulfilled that pledge. Over 150 alumni and students came together in May 2019 for “Finding Your Purpose: Leadership, Public Policy, What Matters and Why.” This conference brought the Rocky family together not only to celebrate each other and the mission of the Center, but also the 35th anniversary of the Rockefeller Center and the conclusion of...

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November 11, 2019 2:42PM
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Each year, the Rockefeller Center hosts a robust agenda of public programs to complement students’ learning. These programs offer a close look at public policy and policymaking through the lens of public officials, distinguished scholars, political figures, journalists and other civically engaged leaders and activists. Invited guests serve as an important part of the educational experience for students by often taking the time to visit classes while on campus. During these interactions, they...

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November 11, 2019 2:38PM
Dean Lacy at the lecture podium

Public policy issues are complex and multilayered, spanning multiple disciplines in the academic world. For this reason, the Rockefeller Center has an active program of support for faculty interested in a multidisciplinary approach to research and scholarly collaboration.

Faculty can utilize research grants offered through the Center to fund the beginnings of promising projects. In many cases, the Rockefeller Center’s funding program is able to fund initial research in its exploratory...

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November 11, 2019 2:34PM
D-Lab students at work

The liberal arts education at Dartmouth is the cornerstone, but not the extent, of leadership development. Problem-solving, persuasive communication, and the ability to work in teams are not optional. Faculty and staff at the Rockefeller Center believe these skills can and should be taught, and as President Hanlon has been known to say, deserve to be thought of more as “power skills” than soft skills.

Each of the leadership programs offered at the Rockefeller Center incorporates self-...

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November 11, 2019 2:28PM
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At the Rockefeller Center, academic courses are paired with experiential opportunities so students can put their abstract learning into practice. This integrated model gives students the intellectual framework and the hands-on experience they need to become effective leaders in the world beyond Dartmouth.

Most students start with Public Policy 5: Introduction to Public Policy, where they learn the fundamentals of policymaking. The course serves as a prerequisite to the First-Year...

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November 11, 2019 2:12PM
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     I came to Dartmouth 25 years ago because it aspires to be the best of both worlds: a major research university that pushes the frontiers of knowledge and a small liberal arts college that focuses on the education of undergraduates. I am honored and grateful to have had the opportunity over the last 15 years to serve as director of the Rockefeller Center and, along with a talented and dedicated team of faculty and staff, make the Center an integral part of Dartmouth’s aspiration. In 2012...

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November 07, 2019 10:20PM
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Dr. Lowell ''Chris'' Matthews embodies what it means to be an effective leader and an engaged global citizen. As an associate professor of Global Business and Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University, Dr. Matthews brought an academic research perspective on what it means to be an effective leader. More importantly, Dr. Matthews has a fascinating life story and well-developed trajectory as a leader.

On September 26, Dr. Matthews presented "Leadership Paradigm: The Good and The...

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November 05, 2019 11:00PM
Juan Quinonez '22

Juan Quinonez Zepeda '22 interned at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics during the 2019 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past summer I interned at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. During my time at the Initiative, I had many small-scale tasks such as a 2 page blog post about my personal experience as a freshman in college, brainstorming and finalizing critical questions...

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