June 29, 2022

Overseas Adventures

Bethany Farrell '11 is one of 21 UMW alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps.

Stephen Farnsworth Co-Authors Research Paper

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, was co-author of a research paper entitled, “Authors’ Response: Improving News Coverage in the 2012 Presidential Campaign and Beyond,”  which was published in the August 2012 issue of Politics & Policy.

Stephen Farnsworth Publishes Research Paper

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, was co-author of a research paper entitled, “Scientific Assessments of Climate Change Information in News and Entertainment Media,” which was published in the August 2012 issue of Science Communication.

Stephen Farnsworth Talks Politics on Radio Programs

On Thursday, July 19, Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies,will be a featured guest on Richmond’s Morning News with Jimmy Barrett on 1140 WRVA. The interview is scheduled to air at 7:05 a.m.

Farnsworth was a featured guest on WMAL on Friday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 17 and on Voice of Russia on Saturday, July 14.

He also was quoted in the Associated Press article “Romney: No Role in Bain Management After 1999” on Friday, July 13.

Steve Farnsworth Featured in Regional Media

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, was a featured guest on a CTV News segment on Friday, July 6.

On Sunday, July 8, he was quoted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch article “Democrats, Republicans Using Health Care Ruling to Raise Funds”  and in the Washington Times article “Goode’s Third-Party Run: Bad News for Romney in Virginia.” Farnsworth also was a source in the Washington Times article “Obama Leads Romney in Polls in Va. as Both Swing Through” on Tuesday, July 10.

 

 

 

UMW Students & Alumnus Attend Sorensen Institute

At the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership’s College Leaders Program, party lines are set aside. Participants are not allowed to disclose their political affiliations to each other.

From left: Sean Simons, Meghan Hobbs and Brendan Oudekerk

“It bonds everybody together,” Brendan Oudekerk said. “It is really refreshing to get along with everybody…and know we are working toward common goals. Each person brings different qualities to the table.”

Oudekerk, a 2012 graduate of the University of Mary Washington, and UMW seniors Meghan Hobbs and Sean Simons are among 18 college students or recent graduates who were selected for the four-week-long summer program held at the University of Virginia.

The College Leaders Program, now in its eighth year, brings together youth leaders from across Virginia with a focus on ethics, bipartisanship, public policy and civic engagement. The Sorensen Institute was founded as the Virginia Institute of Political Leadership in 1993 in hopes it would identify and bring together Virginia’s emerging political leaders. More than 1,200 Virginian students have graduated from the Institute.

For Oudekerk, who is working toward a career in economic development, the program is a chance to network and learn more about Virginia politics.

“As a graduate, I’m using it to be more well-rounded,” he said. “It helps to come together with people from different backgrounds.”

The 18 program participants are divided into three groups – economics, higher education or transportation – to develop policy proposals. The groups will present their findings at the end of the program, in hopes a Virginia legislator will want to adopt the proposal.

One of last year’s groups actually got a bill passed, Hobbs explained.

“That’s everyone’s aspiration,” she said.

Hobbs, an international affairs and political science major, plans to attend law school after graduation, but also is interested in politics.

“I have been wanting to get a look into state politics,” she said, “so this program is really helping me with that.”

On Tuesday, June 12, the students met with Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Jim Webb at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Simons, chair of UMW’s Legislative Action Committee and an intern in President Richard V. Hurley’s office, got to introduce the senators to the group: “It was an honor to have that privilege,” he said.

When the program ends on June 23, Simons says the experience of a respectful, bipartisan atmosphere will stick with him.

“A lot of issues are played in the media as being very polarizing, but people, especially my age, are much more willing to compromise and come together to find solutions,” he said. “I have a greater appreciation for what I think our generation can do.”

Stephen Farnsworth Lectures at Boys’ State

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, delivered the lecture “Virginia’s Candidate Selection Process: Examining Recent Primaries and Conventions” at the American Legion Boys’ State of Virginia in Lynchburg on Monday, June 18.

Stephen Farnsworth Featured in National Media

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is featured in numerous regional and national media outlets, including the Associated Press, The Washington Times and WTOP.

In the Monday, June 11 article “In Hawaii, Republican Senate Hopeful Targets Channel Surfers with Campaign Cable Channel” featured in the Associated Press, Farnsworth discusses the potential effectiveness of former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle’s campaign cable channel.

In the Tuesday, June 12 articles “Independents are the Apples of Allen’s Eye in Virginia Race” in the Washington Times and “Voters Head to Polls in Virginia” on WTOP Farnsworth analyzes the races in Virginia’s primary election.

Stephen Farnsworth Featured in Regional Newspapers

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies Stephen Farnsworth’s op-ed “Coming Distractions: Pinocchio Politics” appeared in the Sunday, May 20 edition of The Free Lance-Star. In the op-ed, Farnsworth argues that although personal attacks have long been a feature of American politics, the 2012 election discourse will be worse than past years.

Farnsworth discusses Gov. Bob McDonnell’s time in office in The Washington Post article “Social Issues Cloud McDonnell’s Ups and Downs.” The article appeared in the Monday, May 21 issue of the newspaper.

Stephen Farnsworth Featured on CTV News Channel

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, was a featured guest on CTV News on Monday, May 14.

In the segment, available online at http://watch.ctv.ca/news/#clip678653, Farnsworth discusses the implications of Newsweek’s recent cover with the headline “The First Gay President.”