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Andrew SamwickAndrew Samwick (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Andrew A. Samwick, professor of economics, has been reappointed director of Dartmouth’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, for a second five-year term. Samwick has continued Rocky’s tradition of using the study of public policy to deepen the undergraduate liberal arts education and apply it beyond the boundaries of campus. Under his leadership, the center has expanded and enhanced the public policy minor, more than doubling its enrollments over the past five years, and introduced innovative programs like the Policy Research Shop and the First-Year Fellows Program. Thanks to a recent $5.6 million gift from Glenda and Fritz Corrigan ’64, the Rockefeller Center will introduce new courses focused on leadership and a co-curricular Management and Leadership Development program in the coming years. 


Dartmouth, the Town of Hanover, and various state agencies will host a simulated emergency training exercise on Thursday, September 3, from approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thayer School of Engineering.
The DartAlert notification system, which includes notices sent to Dartmouth office phones and Blitzmail as well as personal text and automated voice messages to those who registered to receive such warnings on their cell phone or other device, will also be tested.


Three Dartmouth graduate programs have won nearly $2 million in U.S. Department of Education awards to support graduate student training.
The awards were made under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program, which provides stipends and programmatic funding for doctoral training programs. Dartmouth’s GAANN award will support 12 fellowships in biology and mathematics, and 18 fellowships in physics and astronomy.

 

HelenHelen by Don Rains ’13

Don RainsDon Rains ’13 (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

In an August feature on Don Rains, a 45-year-old member of the Class of 2013, USA Today described his life as “full of battles that might bring even strong men to their knees.” His father was incarcerated and his mother, a heroin addict, was murdered when he was nine years old. But while serving seven years in the Navy, Rains read widely, preferring Proust and Shakespeare, and later reconnected with his Sioux heritage and a love of creating art. Connecticut gallery owner Jon Moscartolo ’63 introduced Rains to Dartmouth. “When I first came to campus in 2007, it felt like I was standing on top of the world when I walked across the Green,” says Rains, who moved with his wife, Ashley, to the Upper Valley from Stony Creek, Conn. “I focused all of my energy on [applying to] Dartmouth.” Click here for a video, images of Rains’s art, and links to stories in USA Today and Indian Country Today.


A new program agreement between Graduate Studies and the Tuck School of Business paves the way for Dartmouth PhDs to obtain an accelerated MBA degree, Provost Barry Scherr announced in August.
President Jim Yong Kim says of this dual degree program, “Dartmouth is positioned well to lead in this area of scientific business development. The Tuck MBA is leading the way in business management and new Dartmouth PhD/MBA graduates will be able to create new career tracks for themselves, prepared to succeed in any pursuit.” Read more.


Fitch Ratings recently granted a AAA rating to bonds issued on behalf of Dartmouth.
In an August press release, the company stated that, “The ‘AAA’ rating is supported by Dartmouth’s internationally renowned reputation for academic excellence, reflective of its strong student demand and highly selective admissions criteria; strong, though somewhat weakened, liquidity; diverse revenue base; strong fundraising capabilities; and limited future capital needs.”

Last Updated: 1/11/10