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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!

 

April 26 & 28 Legislative Wrap-ups Postponed
Apr 22 2011 - 3:43pm

Because the General Assembly leadership remains uncertain about when the legislature will finish up its work on redistricting, we are postponing our State Farm-sponsored Legislative Wrap-ups from next week until the last full week in May.

The Tuesday, April 26 event in Fairfax is rescheduled for Wednesday, May 25. 

The Thursday, April 28 event at Christopher Newport University, co-hosted by the Wason Center for Public Policy, is rescheduled for Thursday, May 26.

April 28: Hampton Roads Legislative Wrap-up
Apr 21 2011 - 10:00am

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 on Tuesday, April 28 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. Board members from the Hampton Roads region are especially invited to attend. We will kick off the evening with a reception sponsored by State Farm from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

April 26: Northern Virginia Legislative Wrap-up
Apr 21 2011 - 9:53am

This coming Tuesday evening the Sorensen Institute will host a Legislative Wrap-up with members of the General Assembly from Northern Virginia. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 26 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. Board members from Northern Virginia are especially invited to attend. We will kick off the evening with a reception sponsored by State Farm from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Emily Couric Leadership Forum Honors Woman
Mar 23 2011 - 8:49pm

On Thursday March 24, 2011, the Women's Leadership Forum will award of $60,000 in scholarships to local high school students and present their 2011 Women's Leadership Award. This year, the award will honor Ms. Melanne Verveer. Ms. Verveer currently serves as Ambassador-At-Large for Global Women's Issues and is co-founder of Vital Voices. The mission of the Woman's Leadership Forum is to encourage all women to be active in government, public issues, and policy debates concerning their community. Ms. Verveer will deliver a keynote address and will then present the Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship to an outstanding female high school student. Those students from Albemarle County and Charlottesville are invited to apply.

The Scholarship's name-sake, Emily Couric, served as a two-term Virginia State Senator. In addition to this, Ms. Couric was a member of the Sorensen Institute's first Political Leaders Program Class in the Spring of 1994. A rising star in Virginia Politics, Ms. Couric was in the midst of her campaign for Lieutenant Governor when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Emily passed away in October of 2001 as a result of her disease.

 

SLIDESHOW: 5th Annual General Assembly Reception
Feb 8 2011 - 2:37pm

Over 100 Sorensen alumni and friends gathered in Richmond Wednesday evening for a reception honoring our seventeen alumni in the General Assembly.

Earlier that day, nearly 60 General Assembly staffers and interns joined us for a lunch held in appreciation of their hard work and dedication.


 

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Congratulations CTP Class of Winter 2011
Jan 31 2011 - 6:39pm

Congratulations to the Candidate Training Program Class of Winter 2011, which graduated this past weekend.

GALA 2011: Get Your Tickets Now
Jan 18 2011 - 3:19pm

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership will host its annual Spring Gala on Tuesday, April 5 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Speakers will include Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, and Speaker of the House Bill Howell.

You can have your organization sponsor a table. Contact Colleen Smith at 434-982-4910.

Visit sorensengala.com for directions, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities.

EVENT: Fifth Annual General Assembly Reception
Jan 13 2011 - 12:14pm

You Are Invited!

What
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
Fifth Annual General Assembly Reception

When
Wednesday, February 2
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Where
The SunTrust Building, 24th Floor
919 East Main Street, Richmond

RSVP
By Friday, January 21
rachel.casebolt@virginia.edu

This event, which has become a must-attend gathering in the Richmond political social calendar, honors our alumni serving in the Virginia General Assembly. There will be a total of seventeen Sorensen graduates serving in the Assembly this year.

This event is free and open to all Sorensen alumni, supporters, and members of the Virginia General Assembly.

Sorensen wishes to thank our Event Sponsors:

Advantus Strategies
Alliance Group
Capital Results
Kemper Consulting
National Filter Service
Norfolk Southern
SunTrust
Vantage Consulting
The Vectre Corporation
Virginia Association of Health Plans
Williams Mullen

EVENT: School Boards: Are They for You?
Jan 10 2011 - 4:17pm

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and Sorensen's Charlottesville regional alumni are co-sponsoring a panel discussion Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 with the League of Women Voters and the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the NAACP as part of the Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

School Boards: Are They for You?

Tom Smith, former Fluvanna County school superintendent; Leah Puryear, chair of Charlottesville's School Board; Brian Wheeler, former Albemarle County School Board member; and Virginia School Boards Association director Barbara Coyle will discuss how to be a positive force, an activist, or a school board member; and how to run for a school board. There will be sufficient time for questions from the audience.

The event is set for Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 7:00–8:30 p.m. at the media center of Burley Middle School at 901 Rose Hill Drive in Charlottesville.

If you are interested in participating in your community, attending school board meetings or running for a school board, come join us for this important discussion. There will be at least three vacant seats on both the Charlottesville School Board and Albemarle County School Board in 2011. We encourage you to attend this lively community discussion about education.

Contact: Bob Gibson
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
bob.gibson@virginia.edu
(434) 982-4998

Featured Alumni

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    Ashley Boyd Diette

    College Leaders Program

    Class of 2004

    Ashley is government teacher at Hampton Roads Academy and a former director of alumni development at Christopher Newport University. She previously served in both Governor Mark Warner's and Governor Tim Kaine's administrations. She also serves on the Sorensen Institute's Hampton Roads Regional Advisory Board.