School of Public and International Affairs

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech fosters interdisciplinary initiatives, by building cooperative arrangements among units within the School and University, and by partnering with organizations external to the university.

Websitespia.vt.edu/ Also Department of Political Science
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Jane Curran

Sophomore: Political Science Major and Communications Minor at Virginia Tech
Curator: Virginia Elections Hub

Politics has always been a passion of mine which has been enhanced with my early major related classes. In today’s digital society there are numerous outlets to learn about the election process. However, many of these outlets are driven by profit or political gain.

Elections onAir provides a valuable non-biased forum for Virginia citizens and I look forward in assisting the organization with my proficiency in social media, interpersonal communication skills and passion for politics.

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Email: janecur@vt.edu
Location:  Blacksburg, VA

State Delegate - Chris Hurst
State Senator - John Edwards
US CongressMorgan Griffith

Maria Liberi

Sophomore: Political Science Major at Virginia Tech
Curator: Virginia Elections Hub

I am currently a student at Virginia Tech studying political science with a concentration in National Security and Foreign Affairs. I am intrigued by politics multi-dimensions and want to enhance my knowledge of local, state, and federal government.  I am also seeking to challenge myself to network and apply my education in the professional world.

Receiving the opportunity to work for Elections onAir serves as the perfect vehicle to aid my passionate pursuit of Virginia politics. I am thrilled at to be able help the non-profit organization achieve their goals of engaging the Commonwealth of Virginia's constituency to learn, discuss and vote.

Rubye Egley, VT

Junior: Virginia Tech with a major in Public  Relations and a minor in Business Leadership
Curator: Virginia Elections Hub

I am very passionate about Virginia politics and hope that my partnership with Elections onAir will give me experience informing the public about local politics as well as creating dynamic political content.

Emailerubye1@vt.edu
Location: Blacksburg, VA

Curating: US House District 6
US Congressman - Morgan Griffith

Ariadne Manikas, VT

Junior: Virginia Tech, majoring in Multimedia Journalism and minoring in Political Science
Curator: 5th Congressional District

I am passionate about Virginia State politics and educating the public on candidates and their voting rights. I am studying to become a professional political communicator and am excited to put my skills to good use and gain experience in my field.

Social Media: LinkedIn

Email: atmanikas@gmail.com
Location: Richmond, Va.

Representatives:
State Delegate - Chris Hurst
State Senator - John Edwards
US Congressman - Morgan Griffith

School of Public and International AffairsSchool of Public and International Affairs

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech fosters interdisciplinary initiatives, by building cooperative arrangements among units within the School and University, and by partnering with organizations external to the university.

Websitespia.vt.edu/ Also Department of Political Science
Email: Contact Form
Address:
Phone:

 

Summary

Websitespia.vt.edu/ Also Department of Political Science
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The School’s goal is to focus Virginia Tech’s expertise in government, public administration, international affairs, planning, public policy, and urban affairs to help individuals and communities across the world understand their most critical problems and most promising solutions.

History

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) was approved by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors in 1996 as a collaboration of five departments and programs in two colleges to develop interdisciplinary instruction, research and outreach initiatives related to public policy, planning, and administration and globalization and international development.

SPIA is one of four schools in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS). SPIA houses three programs:

  • Government and International Affairs (GIA),
  • Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP),
  • Public Administration and Policy (CPAP)

Departments

Center for Public Administration and Policy

The Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) has three locations in Blacksburg, Alexandria, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia. CPAP integrates the challenges of governing with the scholarship of public administration and public policy. CPAP offers doctoral and master’s degree programs as well as graduate certificates. The majority of CPAP students take classes on a part-time basis, while working full-time in a wide variety of federal, regional, and local government positions, as well as positions in consulting and the non-profit sector. CPAP offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Ph.D. degrees. Certificates are available in three fields:Homeland Security; Local Government Management; Public and Nonprofit Financial Management.

Urban Affairs and Planning

The Urban Affairs and Planning program has locations in Blacksburg and Alexandria that offers an interdisciplinary, comparative, hands-on approach to instruction and research in two undergraduate degrees (B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs and B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning), an accredited masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), and a doctoral program in Planning, Governance & Globalization (PGG).

Government and International Affairs

The Government and International Affairs program has locations in Blacksburg and Alexandria that offers a Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) and a Ph.D. in Governance and Globalization with an international affairs and cultural geo-politics focus. The MPIA is a 36-credit academic-oriented master’s degree with a focus on international politics, critical geopolitics, international political economy, and cultural identity politics.

CLAHS Affiliated Departments

Affiliated Departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS):

  • Political Science,
  • Geography,
  • International Studies,
  • Science and Technology Studies (joined in 2000)
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics (joined in 2000).

Research

In research and outreach, SPIA members lead a number of interdisciplinary centers and institutes:

  • Institute for Policy and Governance
  • Metropolitan Institute
  • Virginia Center for Housing Research

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Jane Curran 1Jane Curran

Sophomore: Political Science Major and Communications Minor at Virginia Tech
Curator: Virginia Elections Hub

Politics has always been a passion of mine which has been enhanced with my early major related classes. In today’s digital society there are numerous outlets to learn about the election process. However, many of these outlets are driven by profit or political gain.

Elections onAir provides a valuable non-biased forum for Virginia citizens and I look forward in assisting the organization with my proficiency in social media, interpersonal communication skills and passion for politics.

Social MediaLinkedIn

Email: janecur@vt.edu
Location:  Blacksburg, VA

State Delegate - Chris Hurst
State Senator - John Edwards
US CongressMorgan Griffith

Summary

Politics has always been a passion of mine which has been enhanced with my early major related classes. In today’s digital society there are numerous outlets to learn about the election process. However, many of these outlets are driven by profit or political gain.

Elections onAir provides a valuable non-biased forum for Virginia citizens and I look forward in assisting the organization with my proficiency in social media, interpersonal communication skills and passion for politics.

Social MediaLinkedIn

Email: janecur@vt.edu
Location:  Blacksburg, VA

State Delegate – Chris Hurst
State Senator – John Edwards
US Congress – Morgan Griffith

Jane CurranEducation

Virginia Tech
Political Science Major, Communications Minor (2017 to present)
Deans List Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Relevant completed courses: Intro to Political Science, World Politics, Intro to Political Theory, Intro to Communications

Virginia Tech Student Government (Student Outreach Committee)
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority

Dominion High School
Advanced Studies Diploma

Student Government Officer

Writing Center founder & tutor

Varsity Lacrosse Captain

Virginia Elections Projects

Posts Curating

US House District 9

Morgan Griffith

Anthony Flaccavento

Aircast Interviews

Studio Aircasts

Other Projects

Courses Fall 2018

Research Methods of Political Science

Theoretical Approach to Global Order

Intro to Public Speaking

 

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Maria Liberi with Virginia State Senator Richard Black.PNGMaria Liberi

Sophomore: Political Science Major at Virginia Tech
Curator: Virginia Elections Hub

I am currently a student at Virginia Tech studying political science with a concentration in National Security and Foreign Affairs. I am intrigued by politics multi-dimensions and want to enhance my knowledge of local, state, and federal government.  I am also seeking to challenge myself to network and apply my education in the professional world.

Receiving the opportunity to work for Elections onAir serves as the perfect vehicle to aid my passionate pursuit of Virginia politics. I am thrilled at to be able help the non-profit organization achieve their goals of engaging the Commonwealth of Virginia's constituency to learn, discuss and vote.

Summary

I am currently a student at Virginia Tech studying political science with a concentration in National Security and Foreign Affairs. I am intrigued by politics multi-dimensions and want to enhance my knowledge of local, state, and federal government.  I am also seeking to challenge myself to network and apply my education in the professional world.

Receiving the opportunity to work for Elections onAir serves as the perfect vehicle to aid my passionate pursuit of Virginia politics. I am thrilled at to be able help the non-profit organization achieve their goals of engaging the Commonwealth of Virginia’s constituency to learn, discuss and vote.

Education

Virginia Tech
Political Science Major
Deans List Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Relevant completed courses: Intro to Political Science, World Politics, Intro to Political Theory, United States History, Comparative Government

  • 3.8 GPA: Virginia Tech-Dean’s List
  • VT Student Government Executive Committee (Liaison to Local, State, Federal Government)
  • Virginia Tech Kappa Delta
  • Special Olympics Coach
  • Social Media Chair for VA DECA
  • Young Republicans Club
  • High School Lacrosse Captain
  • Middle School Mentor
  • Club Soccer Captain
  • President of largest chapter in The Virginia DECA Association
  • French Club President

Experience

Virginia DECA State Reporter: 2016-2017 Elected to lead over 14,000 business students across Virginia in business, marketing, finance and hospitality. Led state-wide Veterans Community Service Campaign; Winner of International DECA Impact Award.

DECA Competitor: 2013-2017 School Based Enterprise: Top 10 International Finalist, First Place State Conference. Learn and Earn, Public Relations: 2nd Place State Conference. Financial Literacy Promotion: Top 5 State Conference. 4 Time International Competitor. Served as Project Chair for four state-winning projects. 

Vineyard Vines Retail Associate 2016-2017

Fundraising Intern: Every Citizen Has Opportunities May 2018-August 2018 Raised money, collected donations, planned
and implemented two successful charity events raising over $100,000, liaison between non-profit, donors and local/state representatives, worked in finance department.

Summer Intern: Worked alongside Senator Dick Black analyzing/interpreting data and creating a presentation on the Virginia Defense Budget.

Virginia Elections Projects

Posts Curating

US House District 9

Morgan Griffith

Aircast Interviews

Other Projects

Courses Fall 2018

Research Methods of Political Science

Theoretical Approach to Global Order

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Rubye Egley, VTRubye Egley, VT

Junior: Virginia Tech with a major in Public  Relations and a minor in Business Leadership
Curator: Virginia Elections Hub

I am very passionate about Virginia politics and hope that my partnership with Elections onAir will give me experience informing the public about local politics as well as creating dynamic political content.

Emailerubye1@vt.edu
Location: Blacksburg, VA

Curating: US House District 6
US Congressman - Morgan Griffith

Summary

I am very passionate about Virginia politics and hope that my partnership with Elections onAir will give me experience informing the public about local politics as well as creating dynamic political content.

Emailerubye1@vt.edu
Location: Blacksburg, VA

Curating: US House District 6
US Congressman – Morgan Griffith

About

Currently a junior Public Relations major at Virginia Tech, I spent my childhood and adolescence on a military base in Stuttgart, Germany. There, I was given the opportunity to travel all over Europe and some of Asia, where I learned about different cultures. I now spend my summers in Reston, Virginia and the rest of my time in Blacksburg during the school year. I currently serve as the Vice President of Public Relations for my co-ed marketing and sales fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon, at Virginia Tech. PSE allowed me to gain valuable skills posting and marketing on various social media sites, including snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and twitter. My experience also includes working as a part-time fellow for the Chris Hurst for Delegate campaign in Fall 2017. There I became versed in the “in’s and out’s” of the local election scene, including canvassing and attending political events and speeches.

Education

Virginia Tech (2016-)

Major: Public Relations
Minor: Business Leadership

Experience

Buffalo Wing Factory, Reston, Virginia (May 2017-present)
Server, Host
My first job in the US allowed me to gain valuable people skills through greeting and serving customers as well as answering the phone and keeping a friendly demeanor during stressful work.

Chris Hurst for Delegate Campaign (September 2017-November 2017)
Part-time Fellow
I traveled door to door canvassing throughout my candidate’s district while informing potential voters about his policies. I showed up to events around the county in support of my candidate.

Hethwood Market, Blacksburg Virginia (August 2017- January 2018)
Bookkeeper, Cashier, Cook
Sometimes the only employee in the store, I handled weekly bookkeeping of recipes, invoices, catering orders, and expenses.

Campus and Community Service

Business Horizons Volunteer (September 2016)
Volunteered at Virginia Tech’s largest business fair, met recruiters along the way and greeted people

The Big Event (April 2017)
Mulched, raked, and worked with others to help a community member in need

Activities

Pi Sigma Epsilon (September 2016-present)
Regionals Board Member (2017)
Vice President of Public Relations (2018)
A coed marketing and sales fraternity, PSE, allowed me to serve as the board member for the Regionals Committee as well as Vice President of PR on the executive board. I helped the fraternity maintain a good public image and ran recruitment/marketing campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram during my time as VP of PR.

Virginia Tech Young Democrats (September 2016-April 2017)
VAYD Convention Attendee
Phonebanked for Ralph Northam in the Governor’s race, attended the statewide convention, and gained contacts in the local political scene

Accounting Society (September 2016-May 2017)
Met and listened to recruiters from small and large accounting firms

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Ariadne ManikasAriadne Manikas, VT

Junior: Virginia Tech, majoring in Multimedia Journalism and minoring in Political Science
Curator: 5th Congressional District

I am passionate about Virginia State politics and educating the public on candidates and their voting rights. I am studying to become a professional political communicator and am excited to put my skills to good use and gain experience in my field.

Social Media: LinkedIn

Email: atmanikas@gmail.com
Location: Richmond, Va.

Representatives:
State Delegate - Chris Hurst
State Senator - John Edwards
US Congressman - Morgan Griffith

Summary

I am passionate about Virginia State politics and educating the public on candidates and their voting rights. I am studying to become a professional political communicator and am excited to put my skills to good use and gain experience in my field.

Social Media: LinkedIn

Email: atmanikas@gmail.com
Location: Richmond, Va.

Representatives:
State Delegate – Chris Hurst
State Senator – John Edwards
US Congressman – Morgan Griffith

About

Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Bachelor’s Degree, Multimedia Journalism and Political Science
2016 – 2020

Experience

Fellow at Chris Hurst for Delegate (2017)
● Campaigned for the candidate on campus
● Recruited other students as volunteers and fellows
● Attended campaign events and networked with significant figures in Virginia
state government

News Writer at The Collegiate Times (2017-present)
● Pitch three stories a week to editors and fellow writers
● Write about the university and surrounding areas
● Find and interview sources for every story

Manager at The Gourmet Basket (2017-present)
● Write invoices for large-scale catering orders
● Manage money and transactions
● Run store without assistance

Intern at Wellness Corporate Solutions (Summer 2016)
● Performed tasks vital to the organization’s continuation
● Facilitated health screening events
● Networked with individuals in the corporate health world

Extracurricular Activities/Community Involvement

Virginia Tech Young Democrats (2016-present)
● Fundraise for the club
● Attend statewide convention
● Network with political figures

Pan-Icarian Brotherhood of America (2016-present)
● Compiled oral history of the organization which was featured in the annual
album
● Attended national convention with over 1,000 fellow Greek-Americans
● Meet monthly to discuss the future of the organization and how to further help
Greeks in Greece
● Perform service activities as a group to give back to the local community

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