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Hough, Kardos seek Batten Undergrad presidency

ROTC Squad Leader, Family Weekend Co-Chair claim experience, dedication to program

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The Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy is located in Garrett Hall, above.



“As part of the beauty of a developing organization, each one of us has the ability and the will to propel the extent of this program to new heights,” Kardos said. “That, of course, is very exciting.”

The Batten Undergraduate Council, though only started last spring, has garnered increased attention from the student body this year. In a sea of uncontested races for council leadership positions, third-year Batten students Stephanie Hough and Bryan Kardos are both seeking election to lead the organization next year

While Kardos looks to continue the work of the current Council president, Hough hopes to focus on the Undergraduate Mentor Program, which pairs an incoming third-year with a resident fourth-year for guidance in the two year program.

Hough hopes to lead the Council in forming a solid identity and assist the still-young Batten School in doing so as well. A current member of the Batten Undergraduate Council Internal Committee, Hough participates in Naval ROTC as a squad leader.

“I think that ROTC really helps me to have a direct role in leadership that not many other students have the opportunity to have at U.Va.,” Hough said. “As far as student leadership the most important thing I have learned is peer-to-peer leadership.”

Kardos, also a current member of Batten Undergraduate Council’s Internal Committee, served as the co-chair of the first-ever Ad-Hoc Batten Family Weekend Event.

“Since entering the Batten school, I have found a place to call home,” Kardos said. “The school is growing at an exponential rate and it is imperative that the organization mimics this behavior.”

Kardos said he hopes to emphasize the leadership component of the Batten program, and plans to encourage students to be passionate and proactive in the new term of Batten council leadership.

“As part of the beauty of a developing organization, each one of us has the ability and the will to propel the extent of this program to new heights,” Kardos said. “That, of course, is very exciting.”


Published February 22, 2014 in FP test, News

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