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Chair of the Rockefeller Board of Visitors Curt Welling D '71, T '77 Joins the Tuck School of Business

This afternoon, Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business announced that former AmeriCares president and CEO Curt Welling D '71, T '77 join Tuck's Center for Global Business & Government and the Center for Business & Society as a senior fellow. Welling assumed the joint appointments on the first of the year following his 11-year tenure at the non-profit global health and disaster organization.

Welling has maintained several ties to Dartmouth, including serving as the Chair of the Rockefeller Center's Board of Visitors. He also facilitates a session on "How We Process and Make Decisions" for the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows.

"Nothing Hard About the Math; It's All About the Politics" Faculty Panel Recap

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read a student account of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.  

Andres Ramirez '14 Launches New Collis Consulting Group

Andres Ramirez '14 was recently featured in an article by The Dartmouth about his new student-run organization, The Collis Consulting Group. The group aims to establish guidelines for executive transitions in student organizations and teach groups about available resources. Additionally, the group wants to assist student groups unfamiliar with administrative tasks, such as budgeting and sending proposals to the Council on Student Organizations.

This term, the group will offer assistance to a few select organizations before expanding in the spring by consulting groups upon request. Andres plans on recruiting students with professional experience in consulting, finance, non-profit organizations and event-planning, as well as those involved in student organizations on campus. Selected members will remain in the group until they graduate, adhering to a dynamic similar to COSO's. In the long term, Andres would like the group to become an “umbrella organization” by consulting for campus religious groups and Greek organizations. Ultimately, the group wants to consult for companies in Hanover and the surrounding area. 

Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein to give talk, "Free by Default," on 1/23/14 @ 4:30 PM

When is it appropriate to fill in the gaps of incomplete legal contracts with default rules? More importantly, how do personalized default rules compare to impersonal ones? In the fast-paced U.S. economy, contractual agreements are being found to work to the benefit of individuals, in essence ‘freeing’ them, in a number of interesting ways. Find out exactly how next week with Mr. Cass Sunstein.

Amanda Brown '07 Named 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy by Forbes Magazine

Amanda Brown '07 has recently been named 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy by Forbes Magazine. 

As a Dartmouth undergraduate, Amanda major in Sociology and interned for then-Senator Barack Obama in Fall 2005. She started working on his presidential campaign in 2007 before serving in the White House as Assistant to the Director of Political Affairs Patrick Gaspard and as the Advisor for Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Read the brief excerpt Forbes wrote about Amanda, now the National Political Director of Rock the Vote:

MLK Community Faith Celebration, Sun. Jan. 19th @ 3:00 pm, Rollins Chapel

The William Jewett Tucker Foundation is hosting the annual Community Multi-Faith Celebration honoring the life and works of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 19th, 2014 at 3 pm in Rollins Chapel. 

Father Greg Boyle, of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California and NY Times Bestselling Author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, will be a featured speaker. The celebration will also feature special musical performances from the Dartmouth Community, including the Dartmouth Rockapellas, Dierre Upshaw ’09 and Evelyn Ellis, VP for Institutional Diversity and Equity. 

For more information about the celebration, as well as other MLK events, please click here.

Please join us at the Community Multi-Faith Celebration at 3:00 pm. After the celebration, there will be a reception at the Hanover Inn in the Hayward Room.

5th Annual Student Forum for Global Learning, Mon. Jan. 20th @ 11:30 am

 On Monday, January 20th, the nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his efforts towards securing a better future for all Americans. After 50 years, his famous words "I have a dream" still ring true in the ears of many.

Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff will come together on Monday for the Student Forum on Global Learning, which will be held from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm in Kemeny Hall. The opening address will be delivered by President J. Hanlon '77 in Kemeny 008. Afterwards, 14 different drop-in presentations will occur between Noon and 3 pm followed by the Closing session with Evelyn Ellis of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

The forum provides students with a channel for expression and reflection on cross-cultural experiences, including but not limited to global and domestic internships, fellowships, research, service trips, and study abroad programs. Classes will be canceled, allowing students the opportunity to attend.

Several student presenters have current or past ties with the Rockefeller Center, such as:

MLDP Recap: Leadership and Followership with Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center

Who are the campus leaders at Dartmouth? Why are they identified as leaders? What kind of leaders are they? These are just some of the questions that MLDP participants were asked to discuss during the session on Leadership and Followership. Dr. Gama Perruci, who serves as the Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center at Marietta College, opened the session by asking us questions about the painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” Mr. Perruci asked us to give reasons for why Washington appears to be the leader in the painting, and in doing so, helped us see that many of our preconceived notions about what makes a leader are in fact, only a small part of the story. 

Following this fun and interactive case study, Mr. Perruci discussed the various components of leadership and followership, including Rocky’s own definition of leadership. He emphasized something that I had never really thought about before: leadership is not only about the leaders, it is about leaders and followers working together toward a common goal.

Faculty Panel, "Nothing Hard about the Math; It's All about the Politics" at Rockefeller 003 @ 4:30 pm, 1/16/14

For more than a decade, the U.S. has been experiencing a cycle of unsustainable budget deficits contributing to a staggering national debt. As key federal programs threaten to become insolvent, what can be done to steer the budget to a more sustainable trajectory?

For members of Dartmouth's faculty will address this question in the panel, "Nothing Hard about the Math; It's All about the Politics." The panel will discuss how everyone is in agreement - more or less - to what needs to be done, but there is no political will to do so. What needs to be done is completely opposite of what every candidate promises during the campaign. How do we stop the cycle?

Rockefeller Center Funds 11 Students for Winter 2014 Public Policy Internships

The Rockefeller Center is one of several Dartmouth Centers that grants funding support for unpaid internships to undergraduates. Rockefeller Public Policy Internship Grants are designed to enable students to work in an unpaid non-profit or governmental agency on issues of public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, or activities that help shape and determine public policy - whether at the local, state or national level. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to students through a competitive application and interview process each term. The deadline for Spring 2013 consideration is Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

Congratulations to the 11 interns funded by the Rockefeller Center, working in a variety of host organizations during the Winter 2014 term. 


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