“What’s SPIA?” and Other Questions I’ve Answered About as Many Times as my 810

By Peyton Sammons “What’s SPIA?” and Other Questions I’ve Answered About as Many Times as my 810 As I embark on my 16th year of formal education, and 4th year

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My Only Regret

By Kimberlee John-Williams Everyone gets nostalgic in the months preceding graduation, and I am certainly not immune to feeling increasingly sentimental as my time in Athens comes to a close.

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How to Make the Most of Your SPIA Career

By Jesse Kerzner The fragility and value of time is often overlooked. Specifically, when it comes to the always too short, four-year, college career. So with that in mind, there

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One More Resume

By Peyton Sammons While many students spend the summer between their first and second years taking family vacations, or waiting tables at a local restaurant, I was running around my

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“Abbie, Yay or Nay?”

By Abbie Nash This past week in my Legislative Process class, we discussed what goes in to the decisions that members of Congress make. What influences the way certain lawmakers

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Law School Apps 101

By Chelsea Reese Thinking about applying to law school? It’s one thing to think about it- actually doing it is a whole different story! The process is long and is

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A Nice Home in South Africa

by Libby Ballou Kayamandi means “nice home.” If I had heard this before the summer of 2015, I would have pictured a mansion with many amenities. Yet, after my month-long

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What’s So Great about SPIA?

By Amaan Charaniya It’s not unusual for me to tell people I’m in SPIA and for them to quickly respond with, “what’s that?”  Unfortunately, even among UGA students, SPIA hasn’t

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The Importance of the Unfamiliar

By Jacquelyn Harms Two years ago, I traveled to the beautiful country of Turkey to be an intern for a non-profit that worked with children with disabilities. When people asked

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Studying in South Africa

By Grace Walker Since day one, my professors in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) have been teaching me vital lessons about the world and the way that

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My Reaction to the 2016 Election

By Grace Nelms This election season was long; I feel like I’ve aged a lifetime in the last year and a half. But, now it is over and now we

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Lessons in Applying to European Programs

By Olivia Haas The prospect of graduating is scary and, somehow, the semester is already almost over. And the feeling of approaching a finite end without a clear plan for

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Gaining Credit through SPIA for my Dream Internship

By Ariel Pinsky This summer I was able to receive 8 hours of class credit toward my Political Science major (with the help of my faculty advisor Dr. Josh Putnam)

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What I Wish I Knew as a SPIA Freshman

By Alex Corluyan Lots of students walk onto campus during orientation, look at the Arch, and can’t wait to finally walk under it 4 years later. That’s a mistake. Being at UGA

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Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

By Elijah Scott For my first thirty-six hours in Romania, I had met the national champion judo practitioner, realized that no one would accept US dollars or credit, was unable

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Teaching the Government how to Govern

By Elizabeth Holland Nestled behind the ancient oaks on North Milledge Ave. is a building where much of the behind-the-scenes action of Georgia government takes place. The Carl Vinson Institute

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MockDawgs

By Ryan Bolt As spring semester approaches here at the University of Georgia it marks the end of another great season competing with the undergraduate mock trial team. For those

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A Chance to Learn in Our Own Backyard

By Sara Beth Marchert The School of Public and International Affairs & the University of Georgia offer students an incredible opportunity to have a semester in Washington DC, interning in

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Happy Veteran’s Day

By Madison Turner As a nation, we take this day to observe, honor and recognize the bravest men and women in our country’s history– our veterans. From kindergarten to senior

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How SPIA Helped My Dreams Become Reality

By Rebeca Westmoreland Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a heroic story about a hardworking student that realized all of their dreams after years and years of failed attempts. Far

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SPIA: More than Just a Liberal Arts Degree

By Patrick Jameson Cunningham The School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia has an incredibly diverse student population. When I walk into a class, I never

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Creating a SPIA Identity

By Tyler Leigh Wow! I can’t believe that in a few short days, I will be in Sanford Stadium, cheering on the Bulldogs for my last season as a student.

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Happy New Year

By Caroline Paris Paczkowski Dear Students, Parents, Alumni and Friends: Happy New Year to you and your families.  As we enter 2015, I remain extremely optimistic about SPIA and its

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2015 Legislative Fellowship Program with Rep. Spencer Frye

By Paul Welch The Legislative Office of State Representative Spencer Frye seeks highly motivated undergraduate students, graduate students, law students and recent graduates to join our team and take part

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Lessons from Abroad

By Olivia Haas As a student of international affairs and history, past and current political and social climates have always fascinated me.  I felt my education of the subjects could

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Using Faculty Expertise to Your Advantage

By Rachel Surminsky The University of Georgia has innumerable resources for its students but its most prominent is a strong and dedicated faculty. Faculty members make a student’s college experience

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Call for Applications: SPIA-Senator Isakson Public Policy Fellowship

By Paul Welch The Office of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia offer SPIA undergraduate and graduate

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Class Notes for August

By Caroline Paris Paczkowski J. Lee Weems (M.P.A. 2004) has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. 

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“Model African Union” this Fall via the African Studies Institute at UGA

By Paul Welch The African Studies Institute is offering a new class under the Critical Issues in Contemporary Africa course number AFST 4200/6200 which will give students credit for preparing

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Class Notes for July

By Caroline Paris Paczkowski  SPIA alumnus, Joshua Jones, is the president and CEO of Red Clay Communications, an Atlanta-based firm that advised the Dave Brat campaign for the Virginia Republican

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New Intro Classes in International Affairs Added for Fall: 1100, 3200 & 3300

By Paul Welch The Department of International Affairs has added new sections of INTL 1100 “Intro to Global Issues,” INTL 3200 “Introduction to International Relations,” and INTL 3300 “Intro to

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What’s An Elective? NMIX 2020 “Intro to New Media”

By Paul Welch Another in a continuing (and apparently sporadic) series of blog posts about good elective choices. Here we have a class from the Grady College of Journalism concerning

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Class Notes for June

By Caroline Paris Paczkowski SPIA alumnus, Don L. Pruitt Jr., was featured in the Athens Banner-Herald for his dedication to saving lives as a paramedic captain with National EMS. Read

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New INTL Courses Added to Fall Schedule: 4230, 4640, and More!

By Paul Welch The Department of International Affairs recently opened several new courses on Athena for the fall term: INTL 1100H “Introduction to Global Issues (Honors)” 9:30-10:45 TTH in Candler

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New INTL 4770 Added for Fall: “International Security Cooperation”

By Paul Welch Special Topics Course: International Security Cooperation taught by Allison Shelton   This course synthesizes the IR sub-fields of international conflict and cooperation by examining how (and how

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Welcome to Summer!

By Stefanie A. Lindquist Many of our students and several faculty members are abroad studying in South Africa, Italy, China and Japan.  Meanwhile, in the Dean’s Office, we are looking

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Class Notes for May

By Caroline Paris Paczkowski Congratulations class of 2014 for becoming SPIA alumni! Don’t forget to fill out an alumni profile letting us know where you will be next year! Lauren Pinson

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The New Face of SPIA

By Stefanie A. Lindquist Welcome to the newly renovated website for the School of Public and International Affairs!   We think that you will enjoy reading about our faculty, students, and

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Class Notes for March

By Janet Recent MPA graduate Vasil Jaiani pens op-ed for Forbes about the West’s response to the situation in Ukraine. Jaiani now serves as senior management analyst for the District

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Southern Education Foundation Internships

By Paul Welch The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), http://www.southerneducation.org, is reaching out to tomorrow’s leaders through the 2014 Southern Education Leadership Initiative. Since 2004, SEF has placed over 165 students

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Russell Library to Host Nuclear Threats Panel This Week

By Paul Welch The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies will host an event showcasing selected scholars discussing nuclear threats on Thursday, Mar. 6th from 5:30-7 p.m.

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Pi Sigma Alpha (PoliSci) Honor Society hosts a meet & greet on March 4th

Pi Sigma Alpha, the honor society for political science students at UGA, will host a “Meet & Greet” for all students on Wednesday March 4th at 4 pm in Baldwin

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