CLP Alumni News

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!

DeRemer Graduates Early from MWU
Dec 21 2006 - 11:10am


Brady DeRemer, an alumnus of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, has completed his studies at Mary Washington University and graduated a semester early. Brady studied Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy. Congratulations Brady!

CLP's Sizemore Graduates Early and with Honors from Tech
Dec 21 2006 - 11:00am


Congratulations to Michael Sizemore, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006. This past week he graduated from Virginia Tech—a semester early and with honors. Michael earned his degree in Political Science with a minor in Urban Affairs and Planning.

Way to go Michael!


Baum Headed to GMU
Dec 21 2006 - 10:57am

Evan Baum, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2002, has accepted a new position at George Mason University. Baum will be the new Director of Undergraduate Programs for the College of Humanities & Social Science. He will be responsible for coordinating the College’s recruiting, admissions, orientation, first-year experience and leadership programs for the undergraduate departments and special programs, as well as serving as the academic adviser for 50-100 undeclared students within the College. Congratulations Evan!

Copeland Lands Internship
Dec 11 2006 - 5:44pm


College Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduate Shonda Copeland will intern next semester with State Senator Yvonne B. Miller of Norfolk.

Shonda is a student at Norfolk State University where she is studying Political Science. She will graduate in the spring of 2007.

Walton Headed to Richmond
Dec 11 2006 - 12:38pm


Congratulations to Curtis Walton, an alumnus of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006. Curtis will be serving as a Legislative Intern in the offices of Senator Ken Stolle and Senator Harry Blevins during the 2007 General Assembly session. Curtis is studying Political Science and Economics at Old Dominion University.

Jones Goes to Elgin
Dec 11 2006 - 12:33pm


LaAndra Jones, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, has accepted a paid position with the City of Elgin, Illinois as a Graduate Intern for the City Manager's Office and the Department of Public Works. LaAndra is a 2006 graduate of Hampton University where she studied Political Science. She is currently at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb earning a Master's Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Political Leadership and Management.

BREAKING NEWS: CLP's Ray Elected to Lead VA's College Republicans
Dec 8 2006 - 9:37am


THIS JUST IN: College Leaders Program Class of 2006 alumnus Jarrett Ray of James Madison University has been elected Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Virginia.

The election took place at the Republican Party of Virginia's Advance held at the Homestead last week.

Jarrett writes, "I am looking forward to helping lead conservative college students across Virginia in the common goals of expanding the conservative presence on campus and electing Republicans to all levels of government.  The CRFV this year hopes to charter new clubs, expand the influence of existing clubs, lobby on behalf of policies brought up at the annual Virginia College Republicans Spring Issues Conference, and run grassroots campaigns to help elect Republicans to the General Assembly in the 2007 elections."

Jarrett  is the former Treasurer of the state-wide organization. He succeeds fellow CLP Class of 2006 graduate Andrew Lamar, who served as Chairman for the past two years.


Jones Lands Job at VA21
Nov 29 2006 - 3:10pm


Congratulations to Steven Jones, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2004, who recently landed the position of Membership Director at Virginia21.

"This is a fantastic opportunity," Jones told us. "I am honored to be a part of this organization that is doing so much to help engage young people throughout the Commonwealth in public affairs."

Jones graduated from Longwood University this past spring, and worked as a Programs Manager for the Sorensen Institute's College and High School Leaders Programs this summer.