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Former Board of Visitor, Leah Daughtry '84 chosen as Convocation Speaker

Dartmouth opened its 241st year with a convocation that featured an address by Leah Daughtry '84, a former member of the Rockefeller Center's Board of Visitors.  Shown here with Center Director Andrew Samwick and Center Associate Director and Senior Fellow Ron Shaiko, Daughtry encouraged the Class of 2014 to learn with "mind, body, and spirit engaged." 

Rockefeller Center Updates Online

“The Rockefeller Center seeks to educate, train, and inspire the next
generation of public policy leaders” - Andrew Samwick, Director

Welcome to our newest tool to share updates about the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College.

We look forward to sharing more stories about the work we do at the Center; profiles of our students, faculty, alums and staff; opportunities - on campus and off - including events and internship opportunities; and the Rockefeller Center resources that are available to students, alums and the community beyond Dartmouth.

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"The Direct Line"- Winter Term 2009

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. 

As we begin a new year, our nation finds itself with an odd juxtaposition of ideas. We recently the electorate to propel a relatively new face on the political scene into the White House. But in the closing two months of the campaign, it became painfully evident that financial markets and economic activity were contracting, suggesting that our expectations of what will be possible in the near future should be diminished. What is to be done about this conundrum?

"The Direct Line"- Fall Term 2008

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 Direct Line"- Spring 2008

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 Direct Line"- Winter 2008

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.

Consistent with the mission of the College, the Rockefeller Center seeks to develop students' potential for leadership. With a broad range of programs, we are focused on leadership skills and experiences both in and out of the classroom, on and off campus. One framework we use is asking students to assess their own strengths andweaknesses, moving on to considering how they would work well on a team, and concluding with a discussion of the way teams work within and across organizations. The Rockefeller Center is no different than other organizations in this respect. Its success over the years has been based on the teamwork of many people who have worked here, and its future success depends heavily on maintaining a staff of talented and dedicated people.

"The Direct Line"- Fall 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.

In my spring 2007 “Direct Line,” I noted that the 2008 Presidential primary season was off to an unusually early start, with many of the candidates in a crowded field visiting campus. I particularly enjoyed visits by Senator Barack Obama, who captivated a crowd of several thousands assembled in the courtyard outside the Rockefeller Center on Memorial Day, and by former Governor Mike Huckabee, who delighted the group of students who took a study break during finals to hear him in the Center’s Class of 1930 Room.

"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.

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