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

Elected Officials and Candidates

Young Voters in the NH Primary

“Part of the reason I chose to come to college in New Hampshire was to be able to participate in democracy through the primaries and, being a swing state, we’ve had so much access to political candidates from both parties,” Rockefeller Center First-Year Fellow Charlotte Blatt ’18 tells the BBC in a video about the New Hampshire primary and what young voters like Blatt and her fellow Dartmouth students are looking for in the candidates.

Read the full story and watch the video, published 2/4/16 by the BBC.

Dartmouth Students Size Up Potential Presidents

Exerpted from Bill Platt's original article published in Dartmouth Now on Feb 4, 2016.

Every four years, Dartmouth students get an early look at the field of Republican and Democratic candidates for president in the run-up to the New Hampshire primary.  Election season offers the College community an unparalleled opportunity to participate in retail politics and serves as an extension of the classroom, says Professor Ronald Shaiko.

This video offers a quick look at the Upper Valley political events leading up to the Feb. 9 New Hamsphire primary vote.

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Visits PBPL 5: Intro to Public Policy Class

On Friday morning, January 29, 2016, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) visited the Public Policy 5 class of Professor Ron Shaiko at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.  Senator Ayotte spoke to the class of approximately 100 students about how she is working with her colleagues in the Senate to adopt more evidence-based processes of selecting and evaluating new and ongoing government programs.

Senator Ayotte presented several examples in which the federal government programs that are either duplicative or are not based on any measureable metrics to judge the success or failure of such programs.  She pointed out that an Afghanistan Economic Development Task Force was provided with an $800 million budget by Congress to create sustainable economic growth opportunities for the Afghan people. In the end, the limited programming that did result from the programming neither served to produce sustained economic growth nor to engage the Afghan people in such programs. 

Town Hall Meeting with Gov. John Kasich

Governor Kasich was the fourth speaker in the series, America’s Economic Future, featuring presidential primary candidates. He spoke on Monday, January 18, 2016, from 3:30pm-4:30pm, in the Georgiopoulos Classroom, Raether Hall to a crowd of about 200. The event, co-sponsored by the Tuck School of Business and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, was Kasich's second visit to Dartmouth since he joined the Republican primary contest.

The governor jumped into the town hall exchange after brief opening remarks by Matthew Slaughter and Andrew Samwick. He took questions and conversed with students and members of the community well after the host, former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, called time. Lynch, a senior fellow at Tuck’s Center for Global Business and Government, has been instrumental in organizing the series, which has also hosted Republican presidential hopefuls Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former New York Gov. George Pataki, as well as Democrat presidential candidate former Senator Hillary Clinton.

Marianne Schnall talks about "What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?"

Marianne Schnall speaking to students in
Collis Commonground.

This event was partially funded by the Rockefeller Center Mini-Grants Program. For more information regarding Mini-Grants, click here.

On Tuesday, January 28th, activist and interviewer Marianne Schnall visited Dartmouth College for a packed afternoon engaging with students, faculty, staff and community members. Schnall was a guest in Janice McCabe’s Sociology of Gender course where the group engaged in an hour-long discussion on Schnall’s most recent book, What Will It Take to Make A Woman President? Conversations about Women, Leadership and Power. The class discussed the importance of having female role models in thinking about how to inspire young women and girls to pursue careers in the public sector and to look towards the American presidency as an opportunity to address social imbalances.

Dartmouth to Host a Public Input Session on Proposed Rules to Federal Food Safety Law #fsma #vt #nh #ag

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Listening Session
 with officials from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
August 20, 2013 Alumni Hall Auditorium at the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College
9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. 

Jointly hosted by
the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food and the VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. 

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a 2011 law to reform our nation’s food safety laws. FSMA aims to ensure that the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.  The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for implementing the law and has proposed two rules to begin this implementation.  As drafted, the two rules may have far reaching impacts that could threaten small farms in New England and our growing sector of farmers markets, co-ops, and other local food venues.

Happy Birthday Nelson A. Rockefeller! Rocky's Strong Dartmouth Ties

This week commemorates Nelson A. Rockefeller's birthday.  Born on July 8, 1908, Nelson A. Rockfeller committed his life to public service.  The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College was founded in 1983 to commemorate the contributions of Nelson A. Rockefeller '30 to the life of the nation.

After working in business and government, Nelson A. Rockefeller '30 was elected governor of New York, serving for four terms.

Throughout his entire life and career, he especially relied on his Dartmouth peers for trusted advice as his inner circle.  You can read more about Nelson Rockefeller's Dartmouth alumni ties here in a recent Dartmouth Alumni Magazine article.

Establish your own vibrant Dartmouth alumni and student inner circle by joining the Rockefeller Center LinkedIn group!

Q&A with Former NH Governor John Lynch

Governor Lynch was elected in 2005 as the 80th Governor of New Hampshire; he served in this role for four consecutive terms until 2012. Under Gov. Lynch, New Hampshire was named the “Most Livable State” in the nation, as well as the “Safest State” for three years in a row.

NH Governor John Lynch and State Senator Bob Odell Visit PBPL 45 Class

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D) and NH State Senator Bob Odell (R) visited with students in Professor Ron Shaiko's PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class.  Governor Lynch began the class with a discussion of two bills that became laws in New Hampshire in recent years through the efforts of the Governor.  Students were asked to identify stakeholders and to identify key sources of research and analysis that would shed light on the two issues:  1) raising the age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18, and 2) prohibiting the writing of text messages while driving.  These two case studies allowed the students to view the state policymaking process through the overtly political lens of Democrats and Republicans working in the legislature as well as to understand the role of objective policy research in the policy debate. Governor Lynch then responded to general questions about state government from the students.

NH Executive Councilor Ray Burton and Grafton County Commissioner Mike Cryans Visit PBPL 45 Class

On Tuesday evening, October 9, Ray Burton, one of five members of the New Hampshire Executive Council, and Mike Cryans, one of three members of the Grafton County Commission, met with students in Professor Ron Shaiko’s PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class over dinner to discuss the unique characteristics of New Hampshire state, county, and local governments.  New Hampshire is unique in its establishment of the Executive Council or Governor’s Council.  The state does not have a lieutenant governor; rather it has a five-member council with powers far greater than those of lieutenant governors in other states.  Dating back to 1679 the Council was adapted from the privy council model in place under the British monarchy at that time.


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