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Student Discussion Groups

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Latrell Williams ‘16

Latrell Williams ’16 has been a co-facilitator of the Student Discussion Group VoxMasters now for two terms. However, he’s been participating in the group since his freshman year. “This is a nice job for something I like to go to anyways,” says Latrell. His favorite part of the job is helping people with their public speaking skills. “Recently we’ve had a lot of graduate students in the STEM field interested in improving their public speaking. In just a few months, they’ve improved a lot,” Latrell says. “It’s nice to see that VoxMasters has an impact.” 

“I can always count on Latrell to do exactly what he says he’ll do,” says supervisor Vincent Mack. “Latrell takes his responsibilities seriously, and never has to be corrected twice, or repeatedly asks to complete a task. I appreciate working with Latrell for his dependability, willingness to learn in his role, and integrity demonstrated in doing what he says.”

15F Voxmasters

This year, the Student Program Assistants are Dustin Sheehan '18 and Latrell Williams '16. Photo by Weijia Tang '18.

VoxMasters is a dynamic group of students brought together by a common desire to become more confident public speakers. The group meets every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rockefeller Center to practice extemporaneous speech. Each week, the group focuses on a specific type of public speaking, such as Introductions, Technical Speeches, and even how to use a Teleprompter.

At a typical meeting, students arrive and have dinner as the week’s topics is introduced. Before the actual practicing begins, the discussion leaders talk about best practices and tips on delivery for whatever that evening’s particular subject is about.

2015 Constitution Day: PoliTALK with Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School

On Thursday, September 17th, the Rockefeller Center hosted a PoliTALK student dinner with Professor Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School as part of Dartmouth's annual Constitution Day celebration. Professor Amar teaches constitutional law both at Yale College and Yale Law School, and has been favorably cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than 30 cases. 

VoxMasters Recap: Group Facilitation

VoxMasters allows students to practice impromptu public speaking in a comfortable and casual environment. At weekly, open meetings, attendees can speak extemporaneously on topics and get feedback from their peers. Read more about the Rockefeller Center's student discussion groups here.

VoxMasters is a dynamic group of students brought together by a common desire to become more
confident public speakers. We meet every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rockefeller Center to practice extemporaneous speeches on topics such as "Introducing a Speaker" or "Elevator Pitches." Furthermore, VoxMasters is a safe and friendly environment where students can receive constructive feedback on their public speaking skills. Last but not least, there is always free dinner!

VoxMasters Recap: Interviews with the Center for Professional Development

VoxMasters allows students to practice impromptu public speaking in a comfortable and casual environment. At weekly, open meetings, attendees can speak extemporaneously on topics and get feedback from their peers. Read more about the Rockefeller Center's student discussion groups here.

VoxMasters is a dynamic group of students brought together by a common desire to become more confident public speakers. We meet every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rockefeller Center to practice extemporaneous speeches on topics such as "Introducing a Speaker" or "Elevator Pitches." Furthermore, VoxMasters is a safe and friendly environment where students can receive constructive feedback on their public speaking skills. Last but not least, there is always free dinner!

RBEL - The Oil & Gas Industry

The Rockefeller Business Entrepreneurship and Leadership (RBEL) group is an organization dedicated to promoting, fostering and encouraging relationships between Dartmouth alumni and undergraduates who share an interest in business.

If you're interested in learning more about the oil & gas industry, join RBEL on Wednesday, September 17th from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m in Room 209 at the Rockefeller Center for free Boloco and a great discussion!

Joining RBEL for this discussion on the Oil & Gas Industry are the following alumni.

John Turro '12
currently works on the land team at Nearburg Producing Company.  Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in NYC for two years. Turro was a history major at Dartmouth and was co-captain of the Track and Field team.  He also worked at the Rockefeller Center and was the student coordinator for the Dartmouth Republican Debate in 2011.

RBEL Recap: Senior Policy Lecturer Charles Wheelan '88 speaks about his transformation into a journalist

This event was sponsored by the Rockefeller Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership (RBEL), a student discussion group that meets every Wednesday evening. For more information, click here.

Voxmasters Recap: PowerPoint Presentations and Visual Persuasion

 
As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read two student accounts of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.

This session of VoxMaster focused on designing and delivering effective Powerpoint presentations. Student discussion group leaders Shoshanna Silverstein ’15 and Sarah Ogren ’16 began the session by explaining the “do’s” and “don’ts” of successful Powerpoint slides. I learned that slides should summarize important points succinctly, use graphics to highlight essential ideas, and avoid excessive use of animation. When delivering a presentation, it is important to avoid blocking the projector, fidgeting, or simply reading off the slides. This part of the session underscored ideas discussed previously in the “Presentation Design for the User Experience” session of the Management and Leadership Development Program, such as the importance of catering a presentation to one’s specific audience.

Voxmasters Recap: Elevator Pitches: Getting to the Point

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read two student accounts of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.

The theme of this week's Voxmasters was the Elevator Pitch, which student leaders Sarah and Shoshana described as a situation where we only had two minutes to convey a pitch for a project or idea to a powerful individual.

Each participant in the group was given five minutes to come up with a pitch. The student leaders suggested that we be concise, animated and genuine in our pitches. Furthermore, they encouraged us to show why our pitches were important and explain how the individual could be beneficial to us. After putting together notes about our pitches, each of us went to the front of the room and presented our idea to the imaginary individual that we had chosen.

Voxmasters: Interview Preparations

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read a student account of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.

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