The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Class of 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

We at Rocky want to give our graduating seniors a special congratulations! We'll miss you!

Rocky and Me: Chris McCorkle '20 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

When I came to Dartmouth, I had an open mind about what I might want to study in my time at the College. Aside from playing on the club hockey team, I really had no clue how I wanted to invest my time. I chose Dartmouth because of the strong sense of community and the ability to interact closely with my peers and professors. For me, this beneficial aspect of the Dartmouth experience was realized from the first class I took with the Rockefeller Center. As a sophomore, one of my close friends, also a Public Policy minor, suggested I take PBPL 45 – Introduction to Policy Research, the prerequisite course for the Policy Research Shop. However, I had not taken the required PBPL 5 course yet, as I did not think I would be a Public Policy minor at that point. However, Professor Shaiko was flexible and understanding enough to allow me to take PBPL 45 before taking PBPL 5, which set me on the path towards an incredibly fulfilling experience with Rocky. 

Rocky and Me: Sunny Drescher '20 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

While I will miss many things about Dartmouth upon graduation, I will undoubtedly miss the Rockefeller Center the most. I will miss the physical building, in which I have spent so much time over the years that several professors started referring to Hinman Forum as my “office.” I will miss the bustle of students coming in and out of classes and the opportunity to run into professors haphazardly. I will miss taking classes and learning more about how to effectively analyze various social and economic problems. I will miss the home base that the Rockefeller Center has provided me over my four years at Dartmouth, but I know that the friends, mentors, and memories I have made will continue to ground and support me in the years to come. 

Rocky and Me: Grace Sherrill '20 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

It is difficult for me to overstate the role Rocky has played in my development at Dartmouth. The Rockefeller Center has been the cornerstone of my intellectual and interpersonal growth over the past four years, and I will always be grateful to the Center for the outstanding opportunities it has provided me. I came into Dartmouth with a number of public policy interests, but I had not yet developed the skills or confidence to make a real impact. Through its outstanding coursework, faculty mentorship, and extracurricular opportunities, Rocky taught me what it means to engage with issues I care about thoughtfully, creatively, and rigorously.

Rocky and Me: Victoria Meyer '20 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

My introduction to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center is a bit peculiar, as I knew nothing of the center when I first arrived at Dartmouth. Dirt still clinging to my hair from rock climbing on First-Year Trips, I aimlessly wandering around the different booths at the Rocky info session, not realizing how large of an impact the center would have on my time at Dartmouth. 

Rocky and Me: Brandon Nye '20 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

As a high school senior, perhaps the greatest single factor in my decision to attend Dartmouth was the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center. I was impressed with the emphasis on experiential learning and career preparation to go along with the numerous academic opportunities. Now as a senior in college, looking back on my time at Dartmouth, I find that some of the most fulfilling and transformative experiences were a result of the Rockefeller Center. 

Rocky and Me: Soham Basu '20 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

My time at Dartmouth has flown by, and it is surreal to be approaching my last few weeks as a Dartmouth undergraduate (albeit via zoom!). A constant throughout my journey these past four years has been the programs, staff, and professors of Rocky. Stepping onto campus in the fall of 2016, my most vivid memory is being greeted by the smiling faces of Rocky staff at the events booth for freshman during orientation. I immediately felt welcomed and part of the Dartmouth community. My family was also set at ease seeing me interact with the Rocky staff. 

RLF Recap: Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

On October 24, the 2019-2020 cohort of Rockefeller Leadership Fellows welcomed The Rev. Dr. Nancy Vogele ’85 in an evening session titled “Naked Leadership.” Vogele currently serves as Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Goffstown, NH, continuing her 20 year-long history of commitment to Episcopal parish ministry. She was also previously the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the William Jewett Tucker Center at Dartmouth College. Vogele prides herself on building bridges with others, and combines her passions for the religious professions and social justice through spiritual leadership and strategic program development. 

RLF Recap: “Facilitative Leadership”

During the Fall Retreat, the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows enjoyed hearing from Jay Davis ’90 and learning about distinct styles for working in groups. Jay Davis’ 90 is an inspiring role model for many Dartmouth students – he directs the First Year Student Enrichment Program and the King Scholar Program, helping first-generation students and global student leaders transition and thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. Jay Davis has devoted his career to education; his previous work includes founding the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) for low-income high school students from under-resourced schools, and teaching in the Secondary Teacher Education Program for the Dartmouth Department of Education. 

RLF Recap: "Leadership Paradigm: The Good and The Bad"

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 Bad." Through the session, we learned what leadership means and how to become a leader. He used a storytelling method to describe his journey as a leader and how he handled obstacles along the way. Dr. Matthews emphasized the importance of making the most of every situation. He grew up on a pig farm in Tennessee and was the first in his family to attend college. Dr. Matthews made deliberate choices to take risks and grow, both as a person and as a leader. Whether it was moving to Japan, going onstage at a concert, or pursuing an academic career at Southern New Hampshire University, Dr. Matthews consistently challenged himself and grew as a leader.

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