Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Tommy Getting Tugged at Trick-or-Treating on the Lawn


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October Faculty Spotlight: New Professor, Chloe Gibbs

Professor Chloe Gibbs


Name: Chloe Gibbs

Position: Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Education

Academic history: Ph.D., University of Chicago (2012)

M.P.P., University of Michigan (2003)

B.A., University of Notre Dame (2000)

Tell us something about yourself!

I grew up in Kentucky Wildcat country, and went to Notre Dame, so I am a big college sports fan. It seemed easy to incorporate the ‘Hoos and root for them too until Notre Dame joined the ACC recently, so now they will play each other!

What were the driving factors in your decision to join the Batten School faculty?

Having gone to policy schools for both my M.P.P. and Ph.D., I loved the idea of being in this new, up-and-coming policy school at a phenomenal institution. I wanted to teach M.P.P. students, and also felt like my research fit well here, especially with connections to Curry and the ed policy center. When I visited, I really enjoyed talking to the students, thought the faculty with whom I met would be great colleagues, and confirmed my expectations that this would be a wonderful place to be.

What’s your teaching philosophy?

I am still a bit in awe of the fact that I get to teach and work with M.P.P. students. I never would have imagined it 10 years ago, working away on my M.P.P. degree at the Ford School at Michigan. I think about the professors who taught me to think differently about a problem or helped me uncover the questions I was interested in pursuing and answering, or encouraged me to apply a different lens, consider an alternative, or reframe an argument, and I hope I can help students in those same ways. I also remember my post-M.P.P. job search—and those of many of my students in recent years—and want to equip students with skills that give them a competitive advantage in that search and in their careers. If I can help my students acquire and use the tools that will make them strong policy analysts, ready to tackle—critically and thoughtfully—the challenges and issues about which they are so passionate and knowledgeable, then I am happy.

Tell us about your research.

I study the impact and cost-effectiveness of early childhood interventions. I am interested in how we can best intervene—through policy and programs—in children’s lives to address early disadvantages. When kids arrive at school, where we have the most access and perhaps best opportunity to provide services and supports, they already exhibit sizable achievement gaps by socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity. I hope we can uncover, through strong social science research, the most effective ways to rectify those disparities early and set children on a path to success in school and beyond. And, in a world of constrained resources, I also think a lot about how we choose optimally interventions and their timing. On a related note, I am also very interested in the long-term impact of early childhood program participation, and how effects in adulthood relate to immediate impact.

Who inspires you (and what kind of impact do you hope to make with your research)?

I have been very fortunate to have amazing mentors who are involved and influential in important policy discussions, conduct high-quality research, are super smart, and are genuinely nice, wonderful people. I certainly aspire to their examples in my career. And, I know how this is going to sound, but I am most inspired by my two daughters. I want to give them the best opportunities and experiences possible, and I also see every day the amazing process of child development that is relevant to my research. It highlights for me the stark disparities in access to resources (even simple things we take for granted like books), high-quality child care, and preschool opportunities. I think we can get to a better place in terms of how we invest equitably and efficiently in children’s early lives, but we need good evidence to do that.

What are you looking forward to most with the Batten School?

I am really excited to be at a relatively new policy school that is growing and establishing its reputation. I look forward to contributing to that development and seeing it take form. It is fun to be a part of this endeavor with a fantastic faculty, talented, knowledgeable administrators, and wonderful students to boot!

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Batten Ball and Homecomings!

This year’s Homecoming Weekend events was truly an incredible way to celebrate the Batten School’s five year anniversary!  We kicked off the weekend with the Second Annual Silent Auction, which featured more than 30 donated items.  Students, faculty, staff and guests could bid on items such as themed dinners with Jill Rockwell (Belgian Bistro), Dean Harding (Chinese Dinner), Dean Warburg (Election Eve Prognosticators) or Professor Converse (Windy City Brunch); tickets to Bruce Springsteen; a Baseball Package with Howard Hoege; golf and dinner for 4 provided by Keswick Hall; multiple raffles from Duo and Harris Teeter; and so much more.  The auction itself raised over $3,000, almost three times the amount raised last year.  After the Silent Auction, we transitioned into the Batten Ball portion of the night with the delightful jazz band playing fun, upbeat songs that everyone was able to dance to. A huge thank you goes to Katharine Meyer for helping with catering for the event and to Jill Rockwell for finding donors and helping generate ideas. Thank you to Kaycie Gillette-Mallard for all of her work helping find donors and setting up the silent auction and Batten Ball, and Victoria Catanese and Emily Laser as well. Batten Council could not have put on such a successful event without all of your help!

Accelerated MPP Class of 2013

Following Friday’s events, the Batten Council hosted a Homecoming Tailgate on the terrace next to Garrett Hall!  We had AMAZING food catered by Rhett’s BBQ and enjoyed the gorgeous fall day.  Overall, planning these events was extremely worthwhile, everyone had so much fun over the weekend!

– Post by Amanda O’Malley, MPP’13

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October 23, 2012 · 12:03 pm

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Trump Vineyard

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Trump Vineyard

Batten students enjoy heading out of Charlottesville in the fall and experiencing the open country and its vineyards.

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October 8, 2012 · 4:15 pm

Batten Ballers Go Down with a Fight

After ending the regular IM frisbee season 2-1, the Ballers headed into their first postseason game Tuesday night with guns blazing.  Missing some of their hometown heroes (Max, Mindy, Kaycie, Solomon, Luke, Gina, Evan, and Scott), the Baller knew they were going to be under pressure. That didn’t stop the small crew from slowing down.  They went to the Park ready for a fight.

Knowing the Ballers’ plan of attack, IM sports took precautionary measures: they called in the SWAT team.  Despite their two sharp shooters, the Ballers battled long and hard, even with the ominous sky.  Byron and Ismael played unbelievable defense with a number of D’s between them. They had a lot of flow coming from the stack with great cuts and catches by both Kelly’s, Michael, Katy and Kaitlin. Patrick, Ismael and Maddie stepped it up and played some awesome points as handlers.

Taking half 3-2, the Baller looked like they were going to be able to shoot their way out of the Park, to live another day.  However, the SWAT team took the break in play to regroup and amend their tactics.  The Baller, unprepared for this maneuver, took three straight points to the gut.  Within 15 minutes, the skies had opened up and lightning struck.  It was all over. The reigning IM champions fell to defeat.


The Batten Ballers have another shot at glory, however.  They will be playing in the first round of IM football playoffs tonight at the Park at 8pm.

-Post by Aaron Chafetz

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Leaves, Breeze, and Pumpkin Seeds!

Welcome to October Batten! So many exciting events are coming up. Let us know if you are doing something cool for fall break — submit a post or send in your photos!

Make sure to save the date for Batten Ball (Oct. 12) and other homecomings festivities! We will be hosting a silent auction from 6-8pm following by desserts and dancing from 8-11pm in Garrett Hall. Get your tickets now!

Get excited for fall retreat in West Virginia, October 19-21! We have a wonderful weekend planned full of camping and outdoor events, with a great speaker lined up to present on “Leading Through Crisis.”

Plan your outfits for trick-or-treating on the lawn, where we’ll be handing out candy to tons of adorably dressed Charlottesville kids! See our post “Boos, Hoos, and Little Ones too” for photos from last year.

– Post by Kaitlin Brennan

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