CLP Alumni News

CLP Grad Announces Graduate Plans
Apr 16 2007 - 5:48pm

Aaron Jennings, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005 and the University of Virginia in 2006, has written with exciting news:

I am glad to inform you all that this fall I will be furthering my
education at Washington University in St. Louis'
George Warren Brown
School of Social Work
. I am totally happy and blessed to have been accepted
into this institution. I will dual the MSW with a Master's in Divinity
from Eden Theological Seminary. This joint program focuses on Social Justice, which is my passion. I am grateful to be furthering my education in this

Aaron recently completed a graduate level CORO fellowship in St. Louis.

Congratulations Aaron!


Sorensen Grad Lands International Internship with UNICEF
Apr 11 2007 - 9:31am

THIS JUST IN: Catherine Bauman, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, is headed to Switzerland!

Following her graduation from the University of Virginia this spring, Catherine will intern at the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. She will attend sessions of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (the body responsible for developing policy to implement the Convention of the Rights of the Child) and create reports for UNICEF support field offices in countries around the world.  When the session is over in July, she will travel to New York where she will file reports on the meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Copeland to Michigan Law on Scholarship
Apr 9 2007 - 10:33am

Shonda Copeland, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006 and a Program Manager for the Youth Programs upcoming 2007 season, has been accepted to the University of Michigan Law School on scholarship. She will being her studies there this fall. Way to go Shonda!

Sorensen Grad is New VP at VCU
Apr 5 2007 - 7:00am

Congratulations to Emad Maghsoudi, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006. Emad was recently elected Student Body Vice President at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Click here to see his team's website.

CLP Grad Joins Administration
Mar 20 2007 - 3:00pm

Kimberly Bowers, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2003, has recently joined the Kaine administration as Director of Gubernatorial Appointments for the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Kimberly also worked as a Sorensen Youth Manager during the 2005 season. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Richmond, where she studied Political Science. Congratulations Kimberly!



CLP Alum Goes to Oxford
Feb 27 2007 - 10:12am

BREAKING NEWS: We have just learned that Maggie O'Brien, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005, has won a full scholarship to Oxford University for a summer of study in political science from the English Speaking Union.

Maggie is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University where she is studying political science and art. She will graduate in 2008.

Way to go Maggie!

CLP Alum Goes to D.C.
Feb 27 2007 - 10:00am

THIS JUST IN: College Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduate Brady DeRemer has accepted a position with the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington. Brady will be a Research Assistant for the International Business Division. He starts this week!

Brady graduated in December from the University of Mary Washington where he studied Political Science.

Congratulations Brady!

CLP Alumna Joins Media Matters
Feb 21 2007 - 3:20pm

THIS JUST IN from Washington: Katherine Ely, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, has recently joined Media Matters as a Media Relations Associate. Kat is a 2005 graduate of Old Dominion University where she studied Communications and Psychology. She worked most recently as the National Deputy Communications Director for America Votes.

Way to go Kat!

FLASH: Sorensen Announces Program Managers for 2007 Season
Feb 20 2007 - 8:00am

The Sorensen Institute announced today that it has hired three Program Managers to help oversee its College and High School Leaders Programs during the 2007 summer season. The new managers are Shonda Copeland, Martin Mash, and Kimberly McKay. All three are graduates of the Sorensen Institute.

Marc Johnson is the Director of Sorensen's Youth Programs. "We are honored that Shonda, Martin, and Kimberly will be joining us this summer to work with our students. They will each be powerful role models and experienced guides."

The Program Managers play a key role during both the College and High School programs, helping to ensure their success. They will also assist in program planning, marketing, and student recruitment.

Applications to the Sorensen Institute's 2007 Youth Program season are still being accepted. The deadline is February 25. Click here for more information and to apply online.

The 2007 Sorensen Institute Youth Program Mangers:

Shonda A. Copeland of Chesapeake, Virginia, will graduate in May 2007 from Norfolk State University as a Parsons Presidential Scholar with a degree in Political Science. At Norfolk State University, Shonda has served as President of the NAACP, President of the Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Club, Treasurer of the Pre-Law Club,  and participated in many other campus organizations. Highly active in community service, she has volunteered with the Share Food program, Habitat for Humanity, Big brother Big sister Hampton Roads, and as a peer tutor and mentor in local schools. Also at Norfolk State, Shonda served as the voter registration drive coordinator for the Political Science club. 

She has worked on campaigns on the state and local level, and this spring is interning in the General Assembly for Senator Yvonne B. Miller as part of the Virginia Capitol Semester program through Virginia Commonwealth University. Next on the agenda for Shonda is deciding what law or graduate study is best suited for her talents.

Shonda is a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006.

Martin Mash of Chilhowie, Virginia, will graduate from Radford University in May 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in English.  Martin currently serves as the student body president at Radford and as the student representative on the Radford University Board of Visitors and as Radford’s representative on the State Council on Higher Education’s Student Advisory Committee. Martin has previously served as a Senator in the Radford Student Government Association, chaired the Student Finance Committee, served on the Radford Presidential Inaugural Committee, and on the University/City Joint Commission.

Martin is a recipient of the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Leader Scholarship and the N. Eggleston Scholarship for University Service. He is a member of Virginia 21’s Steering Committee and has also interned for Congressman Rick Boucher.

Martin is a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005. He was elected by his classmates to represent them as a keynote graduation speaker.

Kimberly McKay of Charlottesville, Virginia will graduate at the top of her class from Virginia Tech in May 2007 with a double major in History and Political Science. At Virginia Tech, she has served the Greek community for two years as a Panhellenic Executive Officer. In her first year on the Panhellenic Council, she served as the Director of Panhellenic Relations and worked hard to bridge the gap between each of the four Greek governing bodies. In addition, Kim has worked with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences as a College Ambassador and volunteers in the Dean’s office twice a week.

Throughout her undergraduate career, she has had the opportunity to work with several different community service events, such as Relay for Life, Warm Hearth Bingo, and the Boys and Girls Club. She has been honored as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of Omega.

Kim is a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006

ALUMNI UPDATE: Lauren Stech, CLP 2006
Jan 24 2007 - 12:58pm


Lauren Stech of Chesapeake, a Senior at Radford University and a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2003, has recently landed an internship with the Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society working with Domestic Violence Cases.

Lauren is active with Virginia 21, Circle K, the Public Relations Society Student Association, the Political Science Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Alpha Delta.

Congratulations Lauren!

Featured Alumni

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    Maribel Ramos

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2007

    Maribel serves as a Legislative Assistant in the Washington office of U.S. Senator James Webb of Virginia. She previously served as a Policy Assistant to Governor Tim Kaine.