Monthly Archives: January 2014

Batten Ballers Update: Week 1

The Batten Ballers are back in action this season, with teams on both the basketball and volleyball courts. 

The Ballers were offered a last-minute spot off the waitlist for basketball, and managed to make a strong showing despite on 30 minutes notice. The team had some great shots, blocks, and passes, and kept the game tied right until the end, when the Chi Alpha team scored a buzzer shot three-pointer to win the game. The team had a strong court presence, however ragtag the last-minute additions may have been (thanks to all those who happened to be in the AFC and joined our team!). 

On the volleyball court, the Ballers put up a solid fight against the Medical School team. One baller endured a hip burn from a heroic dig to receive a pass, an injury which was immediately diagnosed by the doctors in training on the other side of the net. Every team member improved by the end of the game, and we look forward to many more games with many more faces!

Our basketball team has a week off for the Superbowl, and all team members are encouraged to spend their free time bulking up by enjoying a protein-rich smoothie from the AFC. 

Hope to see many more Battenites out there next week! Volleyball games take place Tuesdays at 7:15, and basketball games resume next Sunday at 6:30.

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Storytime at the Batten School

Blog post by Luke Handley, MPP 2014 and Batten Council Treasurer 

Batten Week concluded on Tuesday with Batten’s Best Stories.  The council thought we could strengthen the community by bringing together students and faculty in a no-pressure, no-lecture, relaxed setting.  Instead of gathering for a guest speaker to talk directly about leadership or policy, we sought faculty and administrators to deliver a lesson by telling a story.  The results were far greater than anything we expected.

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Professor Ruhm kicked off the afternoon by talking about his time on the Council of Economic Advisors during Clinton Administration.  One of his articles on medicare reimbursement rates picked up far more attention than he ever expected.
Dean Harding spoke of his day briefing President George HW Bush at Camp David — driving up to the White House; taking a ride on Marine One from the Pentagon; walking passed well-armed Secret Service; standing in front of a “who’s who” in national security.  It is a shame Dan Quayle never became president.
Professor Gibbs story began with her doctoral work when she wrote a paper on HeadStart, which received little (if any) attention.  Fast forward to 2013 when a Daily Show producer calls inquiring about the paper.  A few weeks later her work is referenced by Jon Stewart on air, and is again mentioned in a speech by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Dean Perry told of her research in Morocco.  For years she had been asked to teach a course in French for UVA’s study abroad program, but declined because it was outside the scope of her position.  Eventually she relented and made the trip.  She’s been back several times, is working on a research project on the Tuaregs, and even picked up a little of a local language.
Dean Hoege’s story seemed to just be about how he likes to coach baseball, but the whole audience quickly choked up when little Timothy in right field closed his eyes and caught the fly ball.  In the middle of the inning his teammates swamped him with hugs and high fives.  Watching a bunch of 8 year old ballplayers, including his son, rally around a struggling teammate gave Howard a unique lesson in leadership.
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Batten Council Prepares to Host First “Batten Week,” Jan 21-28

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