2006 College Leaders Program: Day 20
Jun 19 2006 - 9:31am

College Leaders Program Class of 2006
Blog Update: Day 20--June 15
Reported by: Lauren Stech of Radford University

Lauren Stech

    Thursday morning in Bice Hall started off with some very groggy Sorensen College Leaders. After we all stayed up very late on Wednesday night to work on our Culminating Projects, it was time to head to class. The morning began with Dr. Shields proposing discussions concerning our Len's Two information packets. As a class we tackled such topics as the government’s place in public policy issues and individual liberties.
    In terms of individual liberties, we looked at the issue of riding a motorcycle without a helmet. In Pennsylvania it is lawful, whereas in Virginia it is unlawful. Dr. Shields encouraged us to state our own opinions in regards to security and civil liberties issues as we examined Posner's article "Security Versus Civil Liberties". Students from Richmond Universities and communities aided us in our discussion on security cameras imposed in the alleyways of Richmond, VA.
    After lunch we reconvened as Emily Reijmers introduced Kelly Porell. It was fitting that Kelly address our group on Issue Advocacy as she works for Virginia 21. Virginia 21 is an advocacy organization for college-age Virginians that the whole class has either been involved with or heard from. Kelly offered amazing insight. It was refreshing to have one of our own peers speak to us about issues that effect us as Virginia college Students.
    After a short break Dr. Shields and the CLP focused on the impact of the Dillon Rule in Virginia. We considered in some detail the several ways that local governments work in the Commonwealth. We had a very productive day as the end of our third week comes to a close.
    On a side note, I would like to say thank you to my peers for their insight and knowledge as well as to the directors, faculty, and contributors that have made my experience at Sorensen an unforgettable one.

Kirwin Praised in Virginian Pilot
Jun 19 2006 - 8:39am

Brian Kirwin, a member of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006, was cited in an article this past weekend in the Virginian Pilot. The article dealt with the issue of moving Virginia Beach municipal elections from May to November.

Click here to read the article.

2006 Blog Summit Audio: Sorensen's Sean O'Brien
Jun 17 2006 - 2:54pm

The MP3 file attached to this post includes the concluding remarks given by Sean O'Brien, the Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute, at this year's Blog Summit. The remarks last just over three minutes.

2006 Blog Summit Audio: Washington Post Reporter Michael Shear
Jun 17 2006 - 2:51pm

Washington Post reporter and blogger Michael Shear
spoke today at the 2006 Sorensen Blog Summit. His comments, including
the complete Q&A that followed, are attached to this post as an MP3
file. Mike was introduced by Holly Mattocks of the University of
Virginia, a student in the College Leaders Program Class of 2006. This audio lasts approximately 40 minutes.

2006 Blog Summit Audio: Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling
Jun 17 2006 - 2:46pm

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling spoke at the 2006 Blog Summit today, June 17. His comments are attached to this post as an MP3 file. The Lieutenant Governor spoke for just over 29 minutes. He was introduced by Jarrett Ray of James Madison University, a student in the College Leaders Program Class of 2006.

2006 Blog Summit Audio: Attorney General Bob McDonnell
Jun 17 2006 - 2:40pm

McDonnell, Virginia's Attorney General, spoke on Friday, June 16 at the
Sorensen Institute's 2006 Summit on Blogging and Democracy in the

The Attorney General's comments are attached to
this post as an MP3 file. He spoke for just over 21 minutes. He was
introduced by Elizabeth Hooper of Radford University, a student in the College Leaders Program Class of 2006.

2006 Blog Summit Wraps up in Charlottesville
Jun 17 2006 - 2:30pm

The Sorensen Institute's Second Annual Summit on Blogging and Democracy in the Commonwealth, a two-day event in Charlottesville, wrapped up this afternoon. By every account the conference was a great success and offered something for everyone. We will be bringing you plenty of photos from the event in the coming days. Look for audio from a few of the speakers to be posted this afternoon.

Thank you to Verizon for supporting the event, as well as to all the speakers and participants who shared their time and expertise with others. Virginia is all the better for your efforts. We enjoyed having you all visit Charlottesville, and look forward to seeing you again soon. Please stay in touch!

BREAKING NEWS: Alumna Celebrates New Baby
Jun 16 2006 - 11:38am


Congratulations to Cathleen Grzesiek (shown left), a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, who recently welcomed a new baby girl into the world!

Caroline Mary Grzesiek arrived last Friday, June 9, 2006 at 3:57 p.m. She weighed 7lbs 8oz and was 19 1/4 inches long. Both mommy and baby and doing great, just getting some well-needed rest.

Welcome Caroline!

Barefoot Radio Update
Jun 16 2006 - 10:26am

The Sorensen Institute's Coy Barefoot recently interviewed Bob McDonnell, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, on his afternoon radio program Charlottesville--Right Now.

Click here to listen to the complete audio of the interview with the Attorney General.

On the same day, Coy also interviewed Larry Roberts, Counselor to Governor Tim Kaine.

Click here to listen to the complete audio of the interview with Larry Roberts

2006 College Leaders Program: Day 19
Jun 15 2006 - 8:33am

College Leaders Program Class of 2006
Blog Update: Day 19--June 14
Reported by: Bradley DeRemer of the University of Mary Washington

Bradley DeRemer of the University of Mary Washington

    The CLP class caught a lucky break today, thanks to the thoughtfulness of our program leaders and Sorenson’s Executive Director, Sean O’Brien. Due to our early rising yesterday and our busy schedule on and around Capitol Hill, they were kind enough to allow us some time to sleep in today.
    After catching up on our sleep, we had an informative and enjoyable session with Coy Barefoot, who taught us about the importance of media relations. We discussed a variety of ways to get our message across to various news sources, and the finer points of developing and maintaining relationships with reporters, bloggers, and producers. In addition to this beneficial knowledge, Mr. Barefoot was also kind enough to give us all copies of his new book, Thomas Jefferson on Leadership.
     After our session with Mr. Barefoot, we continued our discussion of public policy issues within the Commonwealth as part of "The Thoughtful Citizen," which was facilitated by Dr. Tom Shields. Today’s class focused on the process of crafting public policy, and the various lenses through which policies can be analyzed and supported. After a thorough discussion, we headed back to our apartments and worked on our group projects. We’ve all put a lot of effort into them so far, and it will be satisfying for us to turn in our overviews and literature reviews tomorrow morning. All in all, it was another fulfilling day at Sorenson.

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    The former Director of Development at U.Va.'s Miller Center of Public Affairs, Maurice is now the City Manager for the City of Charlottesville.