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Events

Panel on NoVA Tech Issues and Politics This Wednesday
Oct 3 2011 - 10:54am

You can still sign up to join us this Wednesday for a great Sorensen panel discussion about regional technology business issues and current political trends. Breakfast will be provided. This event is sponsored by AOL and Micron.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 8.00am to 9.30am
Where: AOL Dulles Campus, 22000 AOL Way, Sterling

Panelists
Jim Corcoran
President & CEO, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

Tom Davis
Director of Federal Government Affairs, Deloitte
President & CEO, The Republican Main Street Partnership
Former Member, United States House of Representatives

Todd House
Government Affairs Manager, Micron Technology

Jim Sheaffer
Vice Chair, Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)
President, North American Public Sector, CSC

Suresh Shenoy
Executive Vice President, Information Management Consultants, Inc. (IMC)
Former Member, Fairfax County Information Technology Advisory Committee

RSVP
Reply to rachel.casebolt@virginia.edu to secure your place at this event.

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.


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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.

SLIDESHOW: Legislative Wrap-Up at CNU
May 27 2011 - 7:04pm

Over 40 Sorensen alumni and friends attended yesterday evening's Legislative Wrap-Up at CNU, co-hosted by the Sorensen Institute and CNU's Wason Center for Public Policy. Panelists Del. Kenny Alexander, Del. Lynwood Lewis, Sen. Tommy Norment and Sen. Frank Wagner took questions from moderator Bob Gibson and the audience on regional issues and the recent General Assembly session. The State Farm-sponsored event will be rebroadcast on Norfolk public radio station WHRV at noon Thursday, June 2.

 


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May 26: Hampton Roads Legislative Wrap-up
May 24 2011 - 4:05pm

This Thursday, May 26, the Sorensen Institute and the Wason Center for Public Policy will host a Legislative Wrap-up with members of the General Assembly from Hampton Roads. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Washington Room of CNU's David Student Union. We encourage all Sorensen alumni and board members to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. We will kick off the evening with a reception sponsored by State Farm from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Confirmed panelists include Sen. Tommy Norment, Sen. Frank Wagner, Del. Robin Abbott, Del. Kenny Alexander and Del. Lynwood Lewis.

May 25: Northern Virginia Legislative Wrap-up
May 23 2011 - 10:52am

This Wednesday, May 25, the Sorensen Institute will host a Legislative Wrap-up with members of the General Assembly from Northern Virginia. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Fairfax City Council Chambers. We encourage all Sorensen alumni and board members to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. We will kick off the evening with a reception sponsored by State Farm from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Confirmed panelists include Del. David Bulova, Del. Tag Greason, Del. Kay Kory, Del. Bob Marshall and Del. Vivian Watts.

Media Legislative Wrap-up TONIGHT in Charlottesville
May 16 2011 - 11:57am

Sorensen and Piedmont Virginia Community College will host a public discussion tonight, May 16, "A look back on the 2011 General Assembly and a look forward in Virginia politics."

The event will be held tonight, May 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dickinson Building on PVCC’s campus at 501 College Drive in Charlottesville. We encourage all Sorensen alumni and board members to attend this event, which is free and open to the public. We will kick off the evening with a reception from 6 to 7 p.m.

From the redistricting process to issues of transportation, education, and health care, audience members will engage in a Q&A with some of Virginia’s most senior political journalists including Chelyen Davis of The Free Lance‑Star, Christina Nuckols of The Virginian‑Pilot and The Roanoke Times, Adam Rhew of NBC 29, and Anita Kumar of The Washington Post. Bob Gibson, long-time political writer and current executive director of the Sorensen Institute, will moderate the panel.

This event is sponsored by State Farm.

We hope to see you at PVCC tonight!

Hurt and Deeds Attend Charlottesville Alumni Event
Apr 29 2011 - 5:07pm

Robert Hurt with constituent Tom McCrystal of Charlottesville at Siips

Last night's event at Charlottesville's Siips Wine and Champagne Bar was a great success. Congressman Robert Hurt (PLP 2000) served as "celebrity bartender" for more than 55 alumni, friends and Charlottesville locals.

Chris Fairchild (PLP 2008), Chair of the Charlottesville Regional Alumni Chapter, organized the event during which 10% of the venue's revenue went to the Sorensen Institute.

State Senator Creigh Deeds also attended.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Sorensen!

 

Featured Alumni

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    Jesse Ferguson

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2004

    Jesse serves as the Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    He was Brian Moran's Chief of Staff during Moran's tenure as Democratic Caucus Chairman in the Virginia House of Delegates and was also the communications director on Moran’s Democratic primary campaign for Governor. Jesse is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a co-founder and former Executive Director of Virginia21.