Monthly Archives: September 2012

IM Sports Recap: Week 2

The Batten Ballers have completed their second week of the regular season. Our football game on Sunday unfortunately did not go in our favor, as the other team had quite a bit of height and experience over us. We didn’t let that get us down though, because no team is a match for our enthusiasm and spirit! Scott had an incredible interception in the final moments of the game, returning it for 80-yard touchdown. We plan to carry that momentum into our next game and hopefully we’ll bring back a win!

Batten continued our legacy of frisbee dominance tonight despite the chilly autumn air with an 5-3 win.  Aaron and Max had some great handling, and Scott and Kelly made some stellar defensive plays. Patrick and Ismael scored close points down the line. We’d also like to mention all of the newcomers that came out to play this week, we couldn’t have done it without you! And a special shout out to Gina and Luke for representing the first year MPP classes!

– Post by Kaitlin Brennan


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Batten Fall 2012 Internship Fair

The first internship fair hosted by the Batten School took place last Friday in Garrett Hall. This was a great opportunity for incoming MPP first year and undergraduate students to mingle and learn about past experiences (and hardships) of the internship hunting process from the current second year MPPs. Talking to the first years reminded me of how demanding the entire process was last year. The uncertainty and competitive nature of internship applications make the entire process even more stressful.

As I was sharing my experience with people who stopped at my “booth,” I could not help but reflect on my summer internship experience with the World Wildlife Fund’s Corporate Relations department. I miss working and the luxury of leaving work and having the time to do things that I enjoy – cooking dinner, going to the occasional happy hour after work with the Batten crew in D.C., watching TV, playing ultimate Frisbee games with the summer recreational league that I joined, or simply strolling the city.

Working at WWF in Washington, D.C., was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Being a “Panda” over the summer further confirmed my interest in working with businesses on sustainability. My coworkers and the executives I was able to meet really inspired me to continue to develop my career in environmental policy and corporate sustainability. I could not have asked for a better summer internship experience, and best of luck to all the first year MPPs in finding an internship that they will love, enjoy, and learn from!

– Post by Katy Lai, MPP’13

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This past weekend, the Batten School hosted Governor McDonnell and his cabinet in our very own Garrett Hall. Read more about it here in UVAToday.

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September 18, 2012 · 2:14 pm

Batten Fall Elections

Following some tiresome weeks on the campaign trail making speeches, shaking hands, and kissing babies, the many Batten Council candidates efforts have finally come to fruition.  After this highly contested election for such revered positions, the ballot boxes for the 2012 Batten fall elections closed earlier this evening.  We had a record turnout with over 75 percent of Batten students casting their vote.  The Batten Council is pleased to welcome our 6 new representatives.

Post Grad ’13 – Annie Rorem

Post Grad ’14 – Alex Dumitriu and Grace Pardo

Accel ’14 – Jeremy Murray and Jessica Rizzuto

Student Council Representative – Kelly Connors

Here is your 2012-2013 Batten Council –

President – Aaron Chafetz

Secretary – Maddie Bergner

Treasurer – Katy Lai

Engagement Chair – Kaitlin Brennan

Special Events Chair – Amanda O’Malley

StudCo Rep – Kelly Connors

UJC Reps – Colleen Farrell and Melissa Rickman

Honor Reps – Nate Daugherty and Melina Schoppa

Post Grad ’13 Rep – Annie Rorem

Post Grad ’14 Reps – Alex Dumitriu and Grace Pardo

Accel ’14 Reps – Jeremy Murray and Jessica Rizzuto

-Post by Aaron Chafetz

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IM Sports: Week 1 Recap

After its first week back playing IM sports, the Batten Ballers started off the season right with a 1.000 batting average. Last Sunday, the Ballers played flag football against the rag tag RJ’s PLAYAS.  The Ballers won by forfeit since the PLAYAS lacked women, but Kaitlin and Kaycie help field their team so we could play a friendly game (which was lucky since the refs didn’t know any of the rules).  We had three all-star quarterbacks – Alex, Patrick, and Eva – and a great line of receivers.

The Baller’s Frisbee team put up some big numbers last night for a big win.  With Tara (the birthday girl) and cheerleaders on the sideline, Batten was fired up even before the game started.  Scoring the first four points, our squad had a lot of momentum that followed through for the rest of the game.  Scott had some great hucks down field. Ismael had great catch for a score in the second half.  All the girls we had playing (Kelly C, Kelly A, Katy, Maddie, and Kaitlin) bossed out and were tearing up the field with their cuts, helping move the disc down field.  Evan had some awesome grabs. The crowd was roaring when Max skied the lanky guy on the other team for a massive score down field. Even when the other team came within a point of us to bring the score to 4-3, the Ballers stayed focused, leading to a 8-3 victory.

With a few days off for recovery, the Ballers will step it up into high gear when we play our football and Frisbee games next week. Will the Ballers win another IM championship? I think  its in cards, but we’ll keep you updated on how they play out.

Post by Aaron Chafetz

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Batten in Action Photography Contest

The first annual Batten Council photography contest came to a close on August 31. The theme of this year’s contest was “Batten in Action.” Students submitted photographs from their various summer experiences in the United States and abroad. Many great photos were submitted, leaving the panel of students to select the winners with a tough task. The winning photographs will be framed and hung in the Garrett Hall conference rooms and hallways.

Congratulations to our winners!

Top Three Photographs

Untitled – Mindy Adnot

Fruit Lady of Cartagena – Shiv Srikanth

Untitled – Elena Weissmann

Honorable Mentions

Taipei – Maddie Bergner

Changing of the Guards in Seoul – Emily Green

Untitled – Emily Laser

Chateau de Chillon – Melina Schoppa

Post by Kaitlin Brennan

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The Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge…

At the Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy, we like challenges. Most of these challenges are intellectual – welfare economics, regressions, memo writing, and cost-benefit analysis just to name a few. And all are necessary elements to becoming masters of public policy. But great leaders must also test themselves physically. Sometimes, all they need to reach that coveted “Master” level is a 10,000-volt shock to the leg.

Team Batten ready to go

This past Saturday, I participated in the Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder with a group of five other accelerated and post-grad students. The Tough Mudder has raised over $3 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project by challenging its participants’ mental and physical toughness, requiring teamwork and camaraderie to complete the 10.5 mile course. In short, it is a run through endless pools of mud (no big deal, right?). But, Frank Batten Sr. would only approve such a physical challenge if it included several ridiculous obstacles along the way. Twenty to be exact.

Obstacle: the log carry

In just under four hours, Team Batten crawled under barbed wire and over annoyingly painful rocks; Ran a mile in the mud; Climbed and helped fellow “Mudders” over ten-foot walls covered in muck; Ran a mile in the mud; Dashed up half-pipes, diving at the last minute to grab the muddied open hands of bodybuilders and senior citizens alike, ready to catch and pull us over the edge; Ran a mile in the mud and rain during a tornado watch; VOLUNTARILY jumped into tanks filled to the brim with 33-degree ice water; Slowly jogged a mile in the mud; And yes, yes, even sprinted through a never-ending stretch of dangling live wires prepared to knock you to the ground with up to 10,000 volts of pure pain – otherwise known as “Electroshock Therapy.” Luckily, I made it through relatively unscathed, and was only shocked once. However, two of my teammates, Kaitlin Brennan and Byron Furtick, were not so lucky, and experienced three of these bone-rattling jolts. In my opinion, they will make better leaders because of it.

Obstacle: climbing over hay bales

All in all, it was both a fantastic and miserable experience. Fantastic because of the teamwork and perseverance on display – watching a military veteran with two prosthetic legs marching through the same mud as I was an inspirational sight. Miserable because well…see above.

Team Batten

I’m not sure I would do it again, but it was a great escape from the everyday. It was also a great opportunity to act like a kid with a great group of friends.  Sometimes, it’s quite refreshing to close those statistics & research methods books for minute, put away our problem sets, and go run in the mud.

Post by Patrick Fitzsimmons, Acc ’13


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