The UGA in Washington program and its new residential facility, Delta Hall, now have a more visual presence in Athens.
A recently created exhibit featuring Delta Hall is now on display in the Tate Student Center. The permanent display showcases the residential learning community that serves as home base for the academic and internship programs available to UGA students in Washington, D.C.
The university hosted a lunch and campus tour for members of the Delta Air Lines senior leadership team. The tour included a visit to the exhibit, where they were joined by UGA President Jere W. Morehead. UGA Foundation Chairman Kenneth G. Jackson also participated in the day's activities, along with other senior administrators from the university and members of the foundation.
The group also included several UGA students who recently resided in Delta Hall while completing a semester-long internship in Washington, D.C.
"We are deeply grateful for the generous support of the Delta Air Lines Foundation and pleased to have an outstanding facility in Washington that offers UGA students a world-class learning experience," Morehead said. "The Tate Center display is both a fitting tribute to Delta and an excellent visual representation of UGA in Washington for students who may be interested in participating."
The Delta Hall exhibit includes photographs, artistic works and other elements that offer a window into UGA's program and facilities in America's seat of government.
The opening of Delta Hall in January of this year represents an important milestone in the university's history. The facility sits in the heart of Capitol Hill and can house more than 30 UGA students each semester. These young scholars have the opportunity to intern for lawmakers and organizations, representing their interests before the White House, Congress and federal agencies.
The three-story, 20,000-square-foot building has classrooms and study space, common living areas, conference rooms, kitchens and suite-style rooms. Students living in Delta Hall are a short walk from the U.S. Capitol and Union Station.
The residential learning facility was funded by private gifts to the UGA Foundation's unrestricted endowment and involved no state dollars. To honor a $5 million grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation for the project, the university named the building Delta Hall. Total fundraising for the facility is nearing a final goal of $12.5 million.
UGA in Washington and Delta Hall currently serve as home base for the Congressional Agricultural Fellowship Program, offered through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; the Washington Semester Program; Honors in Washington and other opportunities available to UGA students.