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WVU John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics to host open house event Sept. 16

The John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics will host its first-ever open house in WVU’s Wise Library on September 16, bringing together students, faculty, and staff from the School’s degree programs, as well as a special look at our political archives.

The open house begins with a noon tour of the West Virginia & Regional History Center on the 6th floor of the Wise Library with a glimpse at rare archival materials that document West Virginia politics from its founding to the present day.

At 1 p.m., the open house officially kicks off with a light lunch and remarks in the Library’s Robinson Reading Room. Join Provost Joyce McConnell, Dean Greg Dunaway, along with Rockefeller School Fellow, Jay Cole, and Congressional Papers Archivist, Danielle Emerling, who will discuss the School’s mission of advancing public policy development and the immense educational and research value of the Rockefeller senatorial archives.

Participants can visit with representatives from the School’s core programs and learn about the degree programs, departmental activities, and upcoming events. Student teach-ins on scholarship in public service will provide information about opportunities available outside the classroom.  Specific student presentations will include:

  • WVU Debate Team
  • WVU Model UN Delegation
  • Study Abroad Programs through Political Science and International Studies
  • Leadership Studies Milan Puskar Scholars
  • Fostering Fairmont Community Development Projects with Department of Public  Administration

The John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics is the only multi-disciplinary, degree-granting policy school linked to a robust political archives collection in the country. In November 2014, Senator Rockefeller and WVU announced the naming of the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics at WVU within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The School formally links the existing departments of Political Science and Public Administration and the degree programs in International Studies, Leadership Studies, and Legal Studies. Rockefeller also designated the WVU Libraries as the permanent home of the John D. Rockefeller IV Senatorial Archives and dedicated the John D. Rockefeller IV Gallery in the WVU Downtown Library in honor of the Democratic senator’s nearly 50 years of public service to the citizens of West Virginia. This collection joins in excess of two dozen congressional and political papers collections that document more than 150 years of West Virginia state and national history and represent U.S. congressional service from 1861 to the present.

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The John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics is a new unit within the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. By formally linking the existing departments of Political Science and Public Administration and the degree programs in International Studies, Leadership Studies, and Legal Studies, we aim to provide students with a top-quality education in these fields; to produce cutting-edge research with important prescriptive implications; and to work with partners in the university community and government offices to support the creation of wise public policies that will improve the quality of life for West Virginians and people around the world.

"Students will become tomorrow’s leaders and public servants. To do so, they will have to have a deep and abiding understanding that life is more meaningful if it is lived serving others. But they will also be thinkers, digging into a great range of issues with seriousness and a persistent pursuit of answers, solutions and bold new ideas.”
--- U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV

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