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The Sorensen Institute has confirmed that veteran Virginia journalist Gordon C. Morse, a Contributing Editor at the Hampton Roads Daily Press and former speechwriter for Governor Gerald Baliles, will be a speaker at our 2006 Blog Summit. Gordon will join the Saturday panel to discuss Blogging and Journalism.
Name: Michael Angelo Farruggio
Born: Born in Brooklyn, grew up in Freeport, New York of course.
Current Digs: Charlottesville!
Occupation: Police Sergeant of our Traffic Unit
Favorite part about the job? Riding a Harley Davidson Police Edition Road King wherever I am going.
First job ever? Besides delivering the newspaper (Newsday), it was working as a carpenter's assistant.
Favorite book? The Bible
Favorite movie? "A Wonderful Life"
Must See TV? Absolutely none.
Comfort food? Gin. Is that a food? Only kidding, any quality, well prepared food, especially Italian.
What's in your car CD player right now? A Contemporary Christian compilation.
Next journey? Camping in the Dolly Sods area of West Virginia.
One thing people might be surprised to learn about you? Not much, what you see is what you get.
Last gift you received? New camping equipment.
Best advice you ever got? My father used to tell me an ancient proverb: "make sure brain is engaged before putting
mouth into gear."
Whom do you admire and why? Any one who can plot a course, set sail and make good time, while balancing life's other priorities.
If you could have dinner with any one currently living, whom would it be and why? There is no one living that I know of that stirs my soul so much that I could make that determination.
Ambition, political or otherwise? To be the best father and husband I can be, and to help improve my community.
Describe a perfect day. Spring, late April, at home or on a vacation with family and friends, doesn't matter where really, outdoors, no rain, enjoying a great meal, with some great wine (red of course), talking about life, without any expectations or responsibility to compete with the atmosphere.
Two more speakers have been confirmed this morning for the Blog Summit. They will both speak about Campaign Finance Laws in Virginia and how those laws bear on political blogging:
The Sorensen Institute's 2006 Summit on Blogging and Democracy in the Commonwealth can confirm the following speakers:
Political scientist and commentator Bob Holsworth of Virginia Commonwealth University will deliver the kick-off keynote on the topic of Virginia politics in 2006 and beyond.
Blogger and Washington Post journalist Mike Shear ("The Richmond Report") will deliver the closing keynote on blogging and journalism.
Blogger and journalist Danny Glover, author of the National Journal's Beltway Blogroll will speak on the subject of "Blogging and Journalism."
Many other speakers are currently being confirmed and will be immediately announced here as they become available.
The Blog Summit will be held in Charlottesville on June 16-17. Click here for more details and to register to attend.
For any questions, please contact the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership will host its 2006 Summit on Blogging and Democracy in the Commonwealth on June 16 and 17 in Charlottesville.
The only conference of its kind in the nation, the Summit will bring together political bloggers from across Virginia to discuss the role, impact, and future of political blogging in Virginia. The Summit is open to veteran bloggers and newcomers alike.
The 2006 Blog Summit is sponsored by Verizon.
Name: Missy Neff
Born: I grew up in South Boston, VA
Current Digs: Richmond.
Occupation: Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources
Favorite part about the job? Doing something different everyday and working with so many skilled, intelligent people.
First job ever? Pricing baskets at the Faulkner and Lawson's drugstore in South Boston.
Favorite book? A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Favorite movie? Dances with Wolves or Napoleon Dynamite
Must See TV? I'm a big fan of Sunday nights on ABC: Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy. I'm also a sucker for Survivor. But my favorite is Meet the Press. I worship Tim Russert.
Comfort food? Anything tomato based (pasta, pizza, mexican)
What's in your car CD player right now? A Decade of Steely Dan
Next journey? I've always wanted to travel the Trans-Siberian Railroad. If things pan out, I plan to go to China with my friend Kate and then check out the railroad.
One thing people might be surprised to learn about you? I did musical theater all through high school and college. I absolutely love it.
Last gift you received? I just found out I was approved to adopt a puppy. I've been wanting to adopt a dog for a while. So it was a welcome gift. :)
Best advice you ever got? Pick your battles. My dad constantly told me that, and he's right. If I fought all the battles I wanted to, I'd be exhausted.
Whom do you admire and why? I admire my Dad. He taught me a lot about what it takes to be a good person: both a good friend and a good business person. Even though he died when he was 49, he accomplished a lot in his life. It always makes me proud when I meet someone who knew him.
If you could have dinner with any one currently living, whom would it be and why? I would like to have dinner with the President. Perhaps we could eat at the White House! I'd like to understand a little more about what he bases his decisions on. And if that didn't pan out, I bet we would at least have a funny time.
Ambition, political or otherwise? I want to make a positive difference in the lives of people. Whether that is my friends and family, the people I work with, or people that I don't know.
Describe a perfect day. Sleep in, go on a hike with my friends, sing some songs, and eat some good food.
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is proud to announce the very latest numbers regarding the achievements and status of our alumni.
Political Leaders Program
Of the 408 graduates of the Political Leaders Program, 63 have served in elected office around the Commonwealth, including 10 Delegates and one state Senator; more than 40 have been appointed to state boards and commissions. Of our graduates, 380 still live and work in the Commonwealth.
Candidate Training Program
Of the 178 graduates of the Candidate Training Program, 43 have served in elected office around the Commonwealth, including six Delegates; 21 have been appointed to state boards and commissions. Of these CTP alumni, 152 still live and work in the Commonwealth.
PLP and CTP Alumni
40 people have participated in both the Political Leaders Program and the Candidate Training Program. Of those double-alumni, 11 have been elected to office including three members of the Virginia House of Delegates; nine have been appointed to boards or commissions.
College Leaders Program
Of the 137 graduates of the College Leaders Program, over 20 have served as Student Body President or Class President at their Universities. 23 of these alumni now work in public service (including in the Governorâ€™s Office and in the White House), one is a Rhodes Scholar, eleven have served as Governorâ€™s Fellows, and two have been appointed to state boards or commissions.
High School Leaders Program
Of the 62 graduates of the High School Leaders Program, 28 are still in school and 36 have graduated. 30 of those 36 graduates have gone on to Virginia colleges and universities, including the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, the College of William & Mary, James Madison University, George Mason University, the University of Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mark Your Calendars Now!
The 2006 Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Alumni Reunion will be on Saturday, October 14, 2006 in Richmond. This year's event will be characterized by a number of "firsts" -- of which we are very proud.
* In response to numerous requests by alumni who must travel from other parts of the Commonwealth to attend our annual Reunion, this will be the first year we will hold the event on a Saturday night (as opposed to a Friday night right after work). This will make it much easier for more of our alumni to attend, so we are looking forward to seeing all of you there!
* This will be the first year the event will be held at the historic Jefferson Hotel.
* This year we will launch our 1st Annual Sorensen Alumni Golf Tournament. The golf event will be held during the day at the Hunting Hawk Golf Club.
* This will also be the first year we will hold a Silent Auction at the Alumni Reunion.
The Reception and Silent Auction will begin at 5:30pm. Dinner will start at 6:30. Speakers to be announced.
The Dinner event is free to all Sorensen alumni. There will be a $35 charge for guests.
Room blocks are now available under the name "Sorensen Institute" at the Richmond Marriott and the Jefferson Hotel. We want to encourage everyone who plans to attend this year to please reserve a room EARLY.
More details regarding the 2006 Sorensen Institute Alumni Reunion will be announced here on the Sorensen Blog as they become available. Meanwhile, if you would like to participate in our 1st Annual Alumni Golf Tournament or would like to sponsor an item for the Silent Auction, please contact Kim Hutchinson.
We look forward to seeing you in Richmond!
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