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RLF Recap: Perception and Leadership with Curt Welling '71, Tu'77

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) program. RLF provides fellows with resources in leadership theories and practical skills. Selected their Junior Spring, these Seniors take part in the workshops, dinner discussions, and team-building exercises as they gain a better understanding of the qualities and responsibilities necessary for leaders and successful leadership styles.

Notes from the Field: Rebecca Rowland '16

Student Intern: Rebecca Rowland '16

Internship Organization:
United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Press Office

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York is the office of the federal prosecutor representing the US government for New York, Bronx, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester Counties. I work in the Press Office for current US Attorney Preet Bharara. The Press Office handles the press releases, press conferences, and press inquiries concerning the activities of federal prosecutions within the Southern District of New York.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

PRS Students Testify on Minimum Wage Bill

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, four Dartmouth undergraduates from the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop (PRS) traveled to Concord, NH to testify before the New Hampshire Senate Finance Committee on SB 261, a bill to raise the minimum wage in New Hampshire above the federal minimum wage standard of $7.25 per hour. The PRS students—Andrew Carothers '17, Sam Libby '17, Joby Bernstein '17, and Gabriel Lopez Low '15—provided an overview of the background and demographics relating to the minimum wage in New Hampshire, an excellent assessment of the extant economic literature on the employment effects of raising the minimum wage, including meta-analyses of economic research on the minimum wage, their own analysis of contiguous county employment data for New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont, as well as a stakeholder analysis and assessment of public opinion data in New Hampshire and nationwide on raising the minimum wage.

Notes from the Field: Eric Jung '17

Eric Jung '17 is the Class of 1971 Named Intern for the 2014-2015 academic year. He interned at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division during the 2015 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

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.

In the summer of 2014, she served as a Mandela Washington Fellowship Program Assistant in communication for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, helping to host the first cohort of 25 outstanding young African leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa here at Dartmouth.

Recognizing the Rockefeller Center's Student Program Assistants: Avalon McRae '15

In this series, the Rockefeller Center features our Student Program Assistants, student staff who contribute significantly to the success of the Center’s events, programs, and activities.

Public Program: Q&A with Dr. W. Chris King, Veterans Day Program Lecturer

This year’s Veterans Day Program Lecture featured Dr. W. Chris King, Dean at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Before his talk, "International Environmental Security: What in the World is Worth Fighting For?," Courtney Wong ’15 sat down with Dr. King for an interview.

Dr. W. Chris King serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the US Army’s Command and General Staff. He earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee, published more than 30 journal articles and scientific reports as well as two books, and lectured at more than 50 professional conferences. He is a founding member of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change. Dr. King retired from active duty after 34 years of commissioned service at the rank of Brigadier General.

D-LAB Session 5: Leadership in Practice

This ongoing series shares the experiences of participants and facilitators in D-LAB (Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors), a student-facilitated program designed for first-year students to discover the relationship between leadership and personal values.

D-LAB’s fifth and final session was titled "Leadership in Practice," and the goal of the evening was to help students identify programs and opportunities that would be their natural next steps in putting what they learned and experienced in the first four D-LAB sessions into action. Representatives from 18 different departments and centers, listed below, attended the session, and the format followed the World Café methodology of 15 minute rounds of small group conversations. There was enough time for participants to visit at least six areas of their choice.



Notes from the Field: Nushy Golriz '15

Student Intern: Nushy Golriz ’15

Internship Organization:
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a national umbrella organization composed of many local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights, and labor organizations and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues. NNIRR works to promote just immigration and refugee policy in the US and to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

Public Program: Q&A with Professor Bruce Nelson, Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement Panelist

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. For this year’s celebration of this momentous event, the Rockefeller Center explored Dartmouth’s connections to the Civil Rights Movement by hosting a faculty panel. After their talk, "We Were There…Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement," Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Bruce Nelson, a speaker on the panel, for an interview. This is the last interview in a series with each of the panelists.

J. Bruce Nelson taught US history at Dartmouth from 1985 to 2009. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and was jailed in Selma, Alabama in 1965, on the eve of the famous Selma to Montgomery march.

Professor Bruce Nelson

Courtney Wong (CW): What prompted you to become involved in the Civil Rights Movement, a movement that preached some vastly different values than the ones you grew up with?


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