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The Capital at dusk
Sep 12, 2019

Congress is Back in Town

Congress is back from its August recess, and lawmakers face public demands for action on issues as varied as health care, infrastructure, gun safety and trade. Legislators face at least one set of “must pass” agenda items: 12 spending bills that need to be enacted into law by Oct. 1 or the federal government will shut down.

Kathryn Babbin
Sep 12, 2019

Alum Spotlight: Kathryn Babbin

For Kathryn Babbin (MPP ’19), the Batten community cannot be underestimated. Babbin who graduated last May with a master’s of public policy was drawn to the Batten School for a variety of reasons, mainly because it offered what seemed like a tight-knit community of students, faculty, and staff, where she felt she could make a real impact.

Blue Ridge Mountains
Sep 09, 2019

Impact Investing in Action: Appalachia

Driving through Southwest Virginia, Richard Tadler, a venture capitalist and UVA graduate, was able to see firsthand some of the challenges that Virginia’s rural communities are facing; but more importantly, he was struck by the opportunities they present both for impact investors interested in facilitating economic growth at a time of transition, and for UVA students to learn about all the exciting sustainable economic development going on in their own backyard.

Batten Cares
Aug. 28, 2019

Batten Cares, Batten Serves, Batten Builds

As University students savored their last day of summer earlier this week, Batten students skipped the pool and instead dedicated their last day of break to serving others. Batten Builds, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on Monday, Aug. 26, is a student-led community service initiative that allows Batten students, faculty, and staff to give back to the Charlottesville community.

Eric Ramputh
Aug 22, 2019

Alum Spotlight: Eric Ramputh

Eric Ramputh (BA ’19) applied to the Batten School on a whim. Ramputh, who transferred to UVA and into the Batten School in 2017, recalls how he discovered the school and why it ultimately was the right fit for him.

Evelyn Immonen
Aug 15, 2019

Alum Spotlight: Evelyn Immonen

Working on issues related to rural poverty may not be as glamorous as other high-profile policy issues, but for Evelyn Immonen (MPP ’18), the margin of good that can be done in just one small town is worth the effort and commitment