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Rocky and Me: Niamé Daffé '18 Senior Reflection

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

Notes from the Field: Rachel Favors '18

Rachel Favors '18 interned with the U.S. Department of State Office of West African Affairs for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the U.S. Department of State Office of West African Affairs. The U.S. Department of State advances U.S. foreign policy priorities and represents the interests of the American people by working to shape a more peaceful, stable, and democratic world. As an intern on the Nigeria desk in the Office of West African Affairs, I supported U.S. engagement with the Nigerian government and people to strengthen democracy and good governance in Nigeria, to support the country’s economic growth, to advance peace and security in the areas besieged by Boko Haram and ISIS West-Africa, and to promote widespread opportunity and development in Nigerian society.

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors' 2018 Spring Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened in May for their two-day biannual meeting. The BoV is comprised of Dartmouth College alumni who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center. Drawing from a wide range of backgrounds, the members represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law. The newest member to the Board is Monica Higgins ’86 Tu’90.  

One highlight of the meeting was a student panel comprised of four students who had participated in the PBPL 43 Social Entrepreneurship course: Archer Chapin ’19, Sarah Kennedy ’19, Cindy Li ’18, and Colleen O’Connor ’19. The students shared with the Board their course projects, how the course fit into their broader plan of study, and what lessons they took from the experience. 

Following the formal part of Friday’s sessions, Members joined students who are involved in Rocky courses and programs for a reception in Hinman Forum.  

The Dartmouth Aerospace Engineering Club at the First Annual Ivy Space Conference

The Dartmouth Aerospace Engineering Club helped organize the First Annual Ivy Space Conference that took place on April 7th at Yale University. Henry Burns​ '19 shares his experience attending the conference alongside 20 other Dartmouth students. 

The conference featured a full day of guest speakers from many different sectors of the aerospace industry. The keynote speaker was Dr. Fuk Li from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who discussed the Mars 2020 mission which will send a new rover to research the planet and search for signs of life. We heard from many other notable industry leaders from both the private and public sector. These included Dr. Jonathan Arenberg, the program manager and chief engineer respectively of the James Webb Space Telescope. The JWST will launch in 2020 and is designed to help answer many important questions about our universe; it will be able to observe light from the beginning of time and search for distant exoplanets that may have atmospheres suitable for life.

Notes from the Field: Annabelle Bardenheier '19

Annabelle Bardenheier '19 interned at the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles (MOEO) for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During this past winter term, I had the opportunity to intern at the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles (MOEO) which takes action to help individuals overcome barriers to economic security and success. The Office’s foci include re-entry of formerly incarcerated persons, veterans, homelessness as well as workforce development, and affordable housing. The majority of my projects pertained to the Office’s primary concern: the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. Working on a newly formed and highly prioritized policy area in the Mayor’s Office allowed me to work on exciting projects and to witness the hopeful beginnings of many new initiatives to fight homelessness in the city.

Introducing the Class of 2021 First-Year Fellows

The First-Year Fellows program is uniquely designed to be much more than an internship. Prior to their placement, Fellows take two academic courses—one on public policy and one on statistical methods—and participate in the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program. 

During the spring term, Fellows are selected through a competitive application and interview process and then matched with an alumni mentor and placement organization best suited to their academic and career interests.

At the end of the spring term, the students begin Civic Skills Training (CST) which provides them with additional instruction in public speaking, networking, workplace writing, project management, and professionalism. In June, Fellows reconvene in Washington, D.C. for an additional five days of training the week before their 8-week fellowship begins.

Afro/Black Paris Symposium: Exploring the African Diaspora in France

On April 27 and 28, 2018, numerous accomplished and inspiring scholars and artists traveled to Hanover, NH to participate in the Afro/Black Paris Symposium. This Conference was convened by Professor Keaton of Dartmouth’s Africa and African American Studies department with support from numerous other departments from all around campus, including the Rockefeller Center.

The Symposium was open to both students and community members and provided foundational knowledge about people of African descent in Paris as a lead up to this summer’s inaugural Foreign Study Program entitled, Afro/Black Paris: The African Diaspora and the City of Light, in Paris, France. A film series exploring the African diaspora also accompanied the Symposium.

Rocky and Me: Kaina Chen ’18 Senior Reflection

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

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Testimony, April 16, 2018


On Monday, April 16, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop student Christopher McCorkle '20 traveled to Concord, NH to testify before the New Hampshire Commission to Study the Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana, an active statutory committee made up of legislators from the NH House and Senate, a public member appointed by the governor, the NH Attorney General, and representatives from the NH DHHS, DOS, DAMF, DRA, Banking Department, Medical Society, and Association of Chiefs of Police.

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

For the fifth session of the Rockefeller Professional Preparation Program (RP3), the Rockefeller Center invited Mary Nyhan, Assistant Director for Health Improvement at The Student Wellness Center, to speak on Emotional Intelligence and Awareness in the workplace. Mary focused her session on allowing participants to reflect and discuss what emotional intelligence actually means and how they can use mindfulness in their every day as well as professional lives.

Mary started the session with a partner activity where participants practiced listening to their partner introduce themselves. She then explained how people can respond more thoughtfully to others when they are aware and in the present as they listen. She opened the entire group to a discussion on what emotional intelligence means and how it can be broken down into five crucial skills - recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions. In pairs, participants shared their ideas on how each skill can be applicable to certain work environments.


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