Five U.Va. students shared a stage Saturday with former President Bill Clinton and received a $10,000 check for winning a nationwide competition to engage and educate college students about the federal government’s long-term debt.
The students, (left to right) Amara Warren, Alan Safferson, Ryan Singel, Josh Lansford and Lena Shi, were flanked by Clinton on the left and Peter G. Peterson, a philanthropist and founder of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which co-sponsored the six-week Up to Us competition, which challenged 10 university teams to bring the debt discussion to their peers through independently designed campaigns.
This U.Va. Today article tells all about the competition and how the U.Va. team won.
UVA Today’s Rebecca Arrington reports:
Six faculty members from across Grounds gathered in Newcomb Hall Theater on Feb. 26 to share their thoughts on the role of liberal arts at a research institution. Student Council sponsored the event, called “Ed(You)Cation: Liberal Arts at a Research Institution.” (Check out the “fun” promo here.)
To see what McIntire School of Commerce Dean Carl Zeithaml, associate vice president for research and associate professor of architecture Bill Sherman, Curry School of Education professor Ellie Wilson, School of Engineering and Applied Science professor Robert Kelly, College of Arts & Sciences’ biology professor Claire Cronmiller and Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy professor Eric Patashnik had to say, along with student audience members, watch the video after the break. (There’s a table of contents in case you don’t have time to watch it in its entirety).
Tomorrow night, PBS’ “Virginia Home Grown” will feature U.Va.’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and a short interview with dean Harry Harding as part of a segment focused on the school’s interior plantscapes, created by Buckingham Greenery. The plantscapes enhance the school’s new home in Garrett Hall, which recently received LEED “Gold” certification for historic renovation.
“Virginia Home Grown” is a live, monthly television program that “explores the delights and challenges of gardening and growing in Virginia,” according to the show’s website. The show will air at 8 p.m. on PBS channel 23 in Richmond, channel 41 in Charlottesville, on the PBS cable network and streaming live at www.ideastations.org/vhglive.
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| Monday, March 26th | By: Dan @11:27 am |
Earlier this week, Slate presented three cool interactive graphs under the header “Where Do Leaders Come From?”
It’s best to let them explain: “We’ve compiled a database of 1,410 prominent Americans — business leaders, thought leaders, legislative leaders, and more — and mapped where they were born, where they went to school, and where they live now. We’ve also charted the distance they’ve traveled from their birthplaces to college, and from college to their current residences. Finally, you can take a look at where our leaders go to school — how many attended Harvard and how many got their degrees at state universities.”
Particularly cool for Wahoos is the last map, which shows that U.Va. seems to have particularly flavored the leadership of the executive and judicial branches.
With the maturation of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, I’d love to see these charts again in a generation or two.
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| Friday, November 18th | By: Dan @4:18 pm |
We’re sure a lot of returning U.Va. students will have interesting summer stories to tell. Here’s just one of them:
Evan Vahouny, a rising fourth-year student, spent six weeks working full time alongside Sen. Jim Webb’s legislative staff, according to a note we received from Webb’s office.
Evan is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences, and he will become a fifth-year student at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, hoping to complete his master’s in 2013.
He has focused his studies on social law in psychology and American politics. As a graduate student in the Batten School, he will pursue campaign finance reform, border security and criminal justice reform issues. which has been one of Webb’s legislative priorities.
There were dozens of applicants for the summer internship program. “As a Virginian, it is an honor to intern for Senator Webb,” the Fairfax County native said. “His proposal for criminal justice reform is a model that I admire and hope to see passed in the coming years.”
Arts & Sciences
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| Wednesday, July 20th | By: Dan @5:12 pm |
A couple of weeks ago, we posted the first two installments (here and here) of a student blog from a January Term course in Panama. We didn’t hear from them again until this week, so below is the catch-up. As a refresher, Borna Kazerooni is a fourth-year student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy who was among six students working under the supervision of engineering faculty members Deborah Johnson and Ed Berger. (Pictured above: Headquarters of the Panama Canal Authority.)
Jan. 12 – Today, we initially spent some time at the Panama Canal Authority library looking at documents and doing some extra research. In the afternoon, one of our researchers, Daniel Saboe, a fourth-year civil engineering student from U.Va., arranged a meeting for us with a local documentary filmmaker.
Frank Batten Sr., a 1950 alumnus of the College of Arts & Sciences, generous benefactor to U.Va. and several other educational institutions and former chairman of Landmark Communications, died early this morning in Norfolk. He was 82. The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot has the obituary.
Batten may be best known at the University for two major entities that bear the Batten name. In 1999, he gave $60 million to the Darden School of Business to establish the Batten Institute, and then in 2007 gave $100 million — the largest gift in University history — to establish the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
UVA Today will have a complete story later today.
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| Thursday, September 10th | By: Dan @10:16 am |
At this afternoon’s opening convocation in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, Tom Faulders of the Alumni Association announced some pretty astounding numbers:
- This is the highest percentage participation in Reunions. Ever.
- This is the greatest number of attendees. Ever. 4,230 registered as of Friday morning. (Tom expects the final number will be greater.)
- 996 volunteers helped with the arrangements, the highest number. Ever.
- As of Friday morning, registrations were up 28 percent over last year.
- 12 percent of all classes are attending: 2,522 alumni.
- So far, these reunion classes have made $23.5 million in gifts. (You have until June 30, by the way.) The class of ’79 got the awards for the largest total ($10 million) and the greatest percentage of participation
During his welcoming remarks, President Casteen noted that — despite the recession — the $3 billion capital campaign has reached 64 percent of goal with 66 percent of the time elapsed. Only about two weeks behind schedule, he said.
He highlighted several initiatives that are proceeding, despite tighter budgets: the Jefferson Public Citizens track, the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and recently announced Arts Awards.
Casteen also noted the growth in the AccessUVA program. total need-based aid for undergrads has gone from $37 million in 2003-2004 to $59 million this year. And, the president added, in a tough economy, education is even more important.
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, On Grounds
| Friday, June 5th | By: Dan @7:23 pm |
C-Ville Weekly has a short Q&A with Harry Harding, introduced recently as the new dean of the Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy. He discusses his definition of leadership, his vision for the school, and why he thinks Thomas Jefferson would have been a major supporter.
| Tuesday, February 10th | By: Dan @10:33 am |
The founding dean of the Frank Batten Sr. School of Leadership and Public Policy. He is Harry Harding, described as “one of America’s preeminent China scholars.” He comes to U.Va. after 10 years as dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. (See the official press release here.)
More after the break.
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| Friday, January 30th | By: Dan @5:42 pm |