Alumni Reunion

2015 Sorensen Alumni Day
Aug 5 2015 - 5:19pm

Sorensen will host a day-long program for Sorensen alumni and their guests on Saturday, August 29th in Charlottesville focusing on "Virginia's Evolving Justice System."  Our 2015 Alumni Day is an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Sorensen alums while engaging with leaders in the justice system.

Alumni Day Schedule: Saturday, August 29th
11:30am - 12:30pm: Optional dutch-treat lunch at Brick & Mortar (18% gratuity included)
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Tour of Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail
3:30pm - 5:30pm: Meet at CitySpace for panel
     Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Victoria Cochran,
     Charlottesville Sheriff James Brown,
     Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy,
     Retired General District Judge Steve Helvin, and
     ACLU Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga

5:30pm: Adjourn for optional dutch-treat dinner at Café Caturra
 

Register:
The cost of attending is a tax-deductible $29.00 per person minimum contribution.  All proceeds will go to Sorensen's scholarship fund to support those in need.  Both steps must be completed for you to be considered registered for the event!  The deadline to register is Monday, August 24th.

Step 1: Paying your registration fee
Visit giving.virginia.edu/sorensen and input a contribution of $29.00 per person attending.
Click "Save and Continue"
On the Special Instructions page, in the "Special Instructions" box on the second half of the page, input "Alumni Day Scholarship"
Click "Save and Continue"
Fill out the Donor Information and Billing pages, review, and submit!

Step 2: RSVPing for the weekend's activities
Fill out our survey for the weekend.

 

Coordinate with other alumni:  Once you've registered, join the Facebook event for the Sorensen Alumni Day to coordinate rides, room shares, and schedules.

 

Lodging:
Sorensen has arranged for room blocks at two area hotels for those who wish to stay overnight on Friday, August 29th to make reservations.  There are limited rooms available, so book early!

The Graduate Hotel Charlottesville (located on The Corner)
Rate with two Queen beds: $189.00 + tax
Rate with one King bed: $179.00 + tax
Front Desk: 434-295-4333
Cutoff date: TBA
Ask for the "Sorensen Institute block"

The Cavalier Inn (University area)
Rate: $139.00 + tax (breakfast included)
Front Desk: 434-296-8111
Cutoff date: 8/21
Ask for the "Sorensen Institute block"

Charlottesville has many other hotels in the area if you prefer to book with an alternate location.  Other hotels include:
Charlottesville Omni (Downtown Mall); Rate: approx $269.00 + tax
Hampton Inn & Suites (The Corner); Rate: approx $214.00 + tax
Courtyard Marriott (The Corner); Rate: approx $239.00 + tax
Hampton Inn (29 Corridor); Rate: approx $159.00 + tax
Hilton Garden Inn (Pantops); Rate: approx $169.00 + tax

 

Questions? Email Bob Gibson at bob.gibson@virginia.edu

We look forward to seeing you on August 29th!

Sorensen Alumni Weekend, June 6-7 at Montpelier
May 1 2014 - 3:23pm

We are delighted to be hosting our first Sorensen Alumni Weekend, June 6 -7, at James Madison's Montpelier.

This event, modeled after a PLP weekend, begins with a tour of the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women on Friday, and wraps up on Saturday with a discussion with U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy and others, including a retired judge and a co-director of the Innocence Project. In between are many chances to meet and mingle with other alumni, and we expect friendly discussions about politics and policy will continue into the night.

This event is open to all alumni.  The cost is $125 per person. If you would like to stay overnight at Montpelier the cost will be an additional $75 (shared room) or $150 (private room).  

To secure your spot, please call Tracy Tanner Bond (434-982-4943) by Tuesday with your payment information.

Sorensen Alumni Weekend
June 6 – 7, 2014
James Madison’s Montpelier
Orange, Va.

Friday, June 6
Noon          Optional lunch
2 p.m.        Tour of the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women with Albemarle County Sheriff, Chip Harding (CTP ’06)
5:30 p.m.    Reception and heavy hors d’ oeuvres at Montpelier
7:00 p.m.    Alumni after hours gathering
 
Saturday, June 7
8:30 a.m.     Breakfast
9 a.m.         Volunteer debates
9:30 a.m.     U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Va., Timothy Heaphy (PLP 2005)
10:30 a.m.   Panel Discussion with: Judge Steve Helvin, retired Albemarle General District Court Judge, Deirdre Enright, Director of Investigation for the Innocence Project Clinic at UVA Law
Noon           Adjourn

SLIDESHOW: 2011 Alumni Picnic
Sep 22 2011 - 11:53am

Sorensen alumni and friends gathered at Bundoran Farm on Saturday, Sept. 17 for the 3rd Annual Sorensen Alumni Picnic. Photos courtesy of Cloverdale Photography.


You can view larger versions of these photos by choosing the fullscreen icon in the bottom right, or by clicking the Flickr logo to view the set on Flickr.

Reminder - 3rd Annual Alumni Picnic is Tomorrow!
Sep 16 2011 - 2:11pm

 With ticket sales ramping up and a beautiful weather forecast for tomorrow, this is your last chance to purchase a ticket for the Sorensen Alumni Picnic at the advance rates ($25). After 5pm today, you will only be able to purchase tickets at the event itself, for $35.

We will be holding the picnic at the same location as previous years, beside the airstrip at Bundoran Farm. The farm road to the site is Hightop Drive, located on the south side of Plank Road, just west of Route 29. Free parking will be provided. We will have some signage to help direct you to the gate.

As with previous years, your picnic experience will be greatly improved by bringing:
1. Picnic blanket
2. Sun block and bug spray
3. BYOB.
4. Your best dessert item for our annual auction. Watch your secret family recipe bring in big dollars to continue the mission of the Sorensen Institute!

Discount tickets are available now. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Stanley (434-243-2844), or to purchase tickets, call Tracy Tanner Bond (434-982-4943). We look forward to seeing you and your family tomorrow!

 

Sorensen Family Reunion 2011 - Get Your Tickets Now!
Aug 18 2011 - 2:08pm




We here at the Sorensen Institute are pleased to announce the third annual Sorensen Family Reunion picnic! Join us on Saturday, September 17 for a full afternoon of food, music, and fun planned for everyone. Expect plenty of barbecue (and vegetarian options), great Virginia music courtesy of our alumni, bounce houses and more.

You have spoken, and we have listened. After a number of requests last year to make the event later in the day, we will begin this year's picnic at 4pm, going on until dark that evening. We will be holding the picnic at the same location as previous years, beside the airstrip at Bundoran Farm. The farm road to the site is Hightop Drive. The entrance gate to Hightop Drive is located on the south side of Plank Road, just west of Route 29, about 15 miles south of Charlottesville. Free parking will be provided. We will have some signage to help direct you to the gate.

As with previous years, your picnic experience will be greatly improved by bringing:
1. Picnic blanket (only a few tables and chairs will be available). Please bring a blanket to spread out on the ground.
2. Sun block and bug spray.
3. BYOB. If you want it, bring it.
4. Your best dessert item for the auction, the proceeds of which go to pay for the cost of the reunion and provide financial assistance to Sorensen program participants.

Discount advance tickets are available now— see details below.  If you have any questions, please contact Joe Stanley (434-243-2844). To purchase tickets, please call Tracy Tanner Bond at 434-982-4943. We look forward to seeing you and your family on the 17th!


Ticket prices are as follows (All advance tickets must be purchased by September 12th):

$25 per person in advance
$15 student price in advance.
All children 12 and under will be admitted FREE.
$35 per person at the gate on the day of the event: no exceptions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Reunion 2011: Save the Date
Aug 1 2011 - 11:43am

The PLP Class of 2009, proud winners of all three alumni awards at last year's Family Reunion: Most Generous, Most Philanthropic and Most Enthusiastic Sorensen Class.

The third annual Sorensen Family Reunion will be on Saturday, Sept. 17. We will gather on the Airstrip at Bundoran Farm in beautiful Albemarle County (less than a dozen miles south of Charlottesville) from 4 p.m. until dark.

Mark your calendars and get ready for food, fun, good music and good friends. More details will be posted as we approach the date.

Sorensen Family Reunion: Get Your Tickets Now!
Sep 13 2010 - 10:12am

A Delicious (and Bipartisan!) Entry from the 2009
Sorensen Family Reunion Dessert Auction

The Sorensen Institute's second annual Sorensen Family Reunion will again be held at Bundoran Farm in North Garden, just south of Charlottesville, on Saturday October 9, 2010 from 11am-4pm. We'll have a full day of food, music, and fun for all (including the kids)!

Click here to see the full invitation with all the details!

To get your discount advance tickets to the big event, please contact Rachel Casebolt by phone at (434) 982-5234.

Save the Date! 2nd Annual Sorensen Family Reunion
Aug 12 2010 - 10:50am

The Sorensen Institute is happy (and excited!) to announce that our 2nd Annual Sorensen Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010. We will gather on the Airstrip at Bundoran Farm from 11am until 4pm. Make sure you mark your calendars and get ready for food, fun, good music and good friends. More details will be posted as we approach the date.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Remembering Sorensen's First Year
Nov 11 2009 - 1:00pm

At the 2008 Alumni Reunion, two graduates from Sorensen's first year shared some of their memories: Nancy Finch,  a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of Fall 1994, and Roy McAfee, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of Spring 1994.

Click here to listen.

First Annual Sorensen Family Reunion a Great Success
Sep 23 2009 - 11:53am

The Sorensen Institute's first annual Family Reunion this past weekend in North Garden was a tremendous success. About 150 alumni, family and friends turned out at Bundoran Farm a few miles south of Charlottesville to see old friends and make new ones.

In the photo above, members of the College Leaders Program Class of 2009 enjoy the third hayride of the day through the Virginia countryside (photo by April Auger). The CLP 09 class was recognized as the Most Enthusiastic Sorensen Class of this year for their turnout at the Reunion! We also recognized the Political Leaders Program Class of 2001 as the Most Philanthropic and the Political Leaders Program Class of 2007 as the Most Generous. Look for a complete slideshow of photos from the big event to be posted here in the Newsroom very soon!

We would like to extend our thanks to the Hedges family which entertained us all with their talents, the volunteer alumni who helped us to plan and coordinate the event (especially Chris Fairchild, Hunter Fairchild, and Nancy Finch); and we'd also like to extend a special thanks to board member Fred Scott who so generously hosted the event at his lovely farm.

If you missed the Reunion this year, we hope you'll be able to join us next year!

Featured Alumni

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    Chip Harding

    Candidate Training Program

    Class of 2006

    A former Captain for the City of Charlottesville Police Department, Chip was elected Sheriff of Albemarle County in November 2007. Chip was recognized by Parade magazine as one of America's "Top Police Officers of 2007."