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

Faculty and Staff

Campus Connections Gathering

On Friday, April 22, 2016 the Rockefeller Center, the Undergraduate Deans Office, and the Center for Professional Development hosted the semiannual Campus Connections Gathering at the Rockefeller Center in Hinman Forum. This event is open to all students as a casual opportunity to chat with Dartmouth faculty and staff members from all over campus about academic and professional opportunities. The intent is for students to leave with a better understanding on how to pursue their goals.

Social Sciences Holiday Party

The Rockefeller Center hosted their annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 2nd in the Hinman Forum, located at the heart of the Rockefeller Center. The guest list included faculty and staff from a variety of departments across campus. The Center’s staff worked hard to transform Hinman Forum into a winter wonderland decked out with lights, ornaments and other decorations. There was a great turn out and the room was filled with good conversation and delicious food. The party was scheduled from 4:30pm-6pm but lasted well beyond this. It was clear that the guests had a good time.

Charles Wheelan '88 on the Republic Debate

Charles Wheelan '88 commented on the Republican debate in a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece.

“If we treat politics as entertainment, we should not be surprised when we get entertainment,” says Charles Wheelan ’88, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow at the Rockefeller Center, in a U.S. News & World Report opinion piece about the October 28th Republican debate.

Introducing Lynn Spencer, the Rockefeller Center’s new Finance Manager!

In her role as Finance Manager, Lynn Spencer handles the Center’s day-to-day budget and financial matters, stewardship, purchasing, as well as the oversight of the Center’s facilities. Prior to coming to the Rockefeller Center, she worked as a CPA for Ernst & Whinney, a public accounting firm; as an Accounting Supervisor for Bolt, Beranek and Newman, an acoustical consulting company; as financial analyst for Fleet National Bank; and, most recently, as Purchasing and Cost Manager for the facilities department at Kimball Union Academy, a private high school. Lynn holds a B.S. in Accounting from Boston College, where she graduated magna cum laude.

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.

Rockefeller Center Conducts a Manuscript Review for Faculty Member Janice McCabe

On February 2nd, faculty and staff members from Dartmouth and beyond gathered at the Rockefeller Center to discuss the current research of Janice M. McCabe, an Assistant Professor of Sociology whose area of expertise includes gender, education, and youth studies. With a focus in research that investigates youth culture and social networks, Janice McCabe recently completed a manuscript tentatively titled, "Friends with Academic Benefits: Networks Matter During and After College." Andrew Samwick, Professor of Economics and Director of the Rockefeller Center, facilitated the three-hour discussion, which intended to offer constructive criticism of the manuscript at the pre-publication stage.

Rockefeller Center Congratulates Robin Frye on her promotion to Program Officer

This term, Robin Frye moved into a new position at the Rockefeller Center as a Program Officer for co-curricular programs. In this new position, Robin is responsible for coordinating one of the Center’s largest programs, the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP). MLDP runs three terms a year, impacts over 100 students each year, and embodies the experiential learning aspect of co-curricular programming to its core. During weekly sessions, students engage with one another and expert guest speakers on topics ranging from innovation and collaboration to networking and crafting a public narrative, and expand upon their skills as managers and leaders by practicing and reflecting upon key leadership competencies. "The one message that I hope students take from this program," Robin recently reflected, "is if you can live your life with a high standard of integrity, and acute situational and self-awareness, people will look to you as a leader."

The Rockefeller Center bids farewell to team member, Thanh Nguyen.

Thanh Nguyen joined the Center in 2011 as the Program Coordinator for the Co-Curricular Internships Program and the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and more recently served as the Center’s first Design and Entrepreneurship Officer. In this role, he continued to facilitate MLDP into the sixth year of the program and assisted Professor Samwick as a Teaching Fellow to develop the PBPL 43/ECON 77: Social Entrepreneurship course which launched this past summer. His passion for leadership development, technology, and innovation will be sorely missed, not to mention the generosity in which he shared with the Center and colleagues his talents for photography, his knack with any kind of software or technology, and playful sense of humor.

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick - The Leadership Implications of 'Too Big to Fail'

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick was featured recently in an opinion piece in The New York Times. In the piece, Director Samwick discusses the leadership implications of the phrase "too big to fail.

Read the full article at the following link:

Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick

Director Samwick recently completed twenty years of teaching at Dartmouth and ten years of leading the Rockefeller Center. Under his guidance, the Rockefeller Center has witnessed the growth of its curricular and co-curricular programs and renewed its commitment to Dartmouth's mission to educate the most promising students and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and responsible leadership.

Recap: "Deficit Hawks vs. Civil Debtors" Politics and Policies of Our National Debt with Charlie Wheelan '88

Last week, the Rockefeller Center co-sponsored a panel on the national debt. This event was organized by a 2013 First-Year Fellow and also co-sponsored by The Concord Coalition, Campaign to Fix the Debt, The Josiah Bartlett Center, and Millenial Action Coalition.


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