Elizabeth Lazor, Tuna Shankar to lead Student Government Association
Ballots in last week’s Student Government Association election have been cast and counted, and Virginia Tech undergraduates have selected their president and vice president for the 2014-15 school year.
Elizabeth Lazor of Centreville, Va., a junior majoring in finance in the Pamplin College of Business, is president-elect. Tuna Shankar of Rockville, Md., a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences is vice president-elect.
Lazor received 56.2 percent of the vote for president; Shankar received 93.3 percent of the vote for vice president.
Lazor is currently serving as Student Government Association treasurer and as Class of 2015 treasurer. She is a resident advisor for West Eggleston Hall, a member of the Pi Sigma Epsilon Professional Marketing Fraternity, and is a member of the Student Alumni Associates.
Shankar is currently serving as the Class of 2016 female member at large officer and the Student Government Association director of membership development. She is also a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, a Hokie Ambassador, and is a member of the Student Alumni Associates.
The Student Government Association is the voice of undergraduate students at Virginia Tech, and is advised by Student Centers and Activities within the Division of Student Affairs. It is structured similarly to the federal government, with executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The association also has directors for different issues, such as directors of transportation and sustainability. These directors work with their university counterparts.
Aside from meetings of the judicial branch, all meetings are open to university students. Undergraduate students may also serve in the Senate, or in the House of Representatives, which is comprised of one representative from each of the more than 700 registered student organizations.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.