Alumnus Eagle to Soar Again in Harrisonburg
Jul 5 2006 - 11:27am

Political Leaders Program Class of 1999 graduate Rodney Eagle was just re-elected Mayor of Harrisonburg on July 1.

"I'm just tickled to death," Eagle told the Daily News Record. "I think we have a great group of people here and we have a lot of good opportunities and challenges ahead of us."

Click here for TV news coverage of the election.

Congratulations Rodney!

BREAKING NEWS: Alumnus Heaphy Celebrates Baby Girl
Jul 5 2006 - 10:54am


Tim Heaphy, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, and his wife Lori celebrated the arrival of their third child during this past holiday weekend.

Margaret Fudeko Heaphy ("Maggie") arrived safe and sound, healthy and happy on July 2, weighing in at an impressive 8 lbs, 10 oz. Both mommy and baby are doing well.

Tim is a Partner with McGuire Woods.

Congratulations to Tim and Lori and the entire Heaphy family! And welcome Maggie!

PLP's Haskins in RTD
Jul 2 2006 - 1:39pm

Conaway Haskins, a member of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006, was one of the political bloggers showcased in an article in today's Richmond Times Dispatch-- an article that explores the rapidly growing blogosphere here in Virginia.

Click here to read the article.

Arulgnanendran Accepts New Position
Jun 29 2006 - 10:32am


Congratulations to Noeline Arulgnanendran, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005. Noeline has just accepted the position of Associate Political Consultant with Dresner, Wickers, and Associates.

Based in San Francisco, Dresner and Wickers is a national Republican consulting firm specializing in strategic communication, survey and focus group research, and media production and placement. Their clients include Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and numerous other Governors, Senators, and elected officials across the country.

Blog Summit 2006: Photos Are Posted
Jun 28 2006 - 1:50pm

Photos from the 2006 Summit on Blogging and Democracy in the Commonwealth have been posted to the Sorensen Blog.

Click here to view the photos.

Thanks again to everyone who attended, helped to organize, and spoke at the Summit. Your contributions made it a great success.

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CLP Grad Aaron Jennings
Jun 28 2006 - 9:49am


Aaron Jennings, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005, is profiled in the new edition of the University of Virginia publication Arts and Sciences Online.

The article also discussed the impact of the Sorensen Institute's College Leaders Program, a nationally unique program working in the Jeffersonian tradition to prepare young people for a career in government and politics.

Click here to read the article.

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    Mike Taylor

    Candidate Training Program

    Class of 2006

    The first person to graduate from three Sorensen programs, Mike was elected Sheriff of Pittsylvania County in November 2007. He is also a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006 and the Danville-Southside Leaders Program Class of 2005.