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Exhibit celebrates UGA student experiences with community partnerships

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Tianyi Jiang

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership and College of Environment and Design are celebrating the seventh anniversary of their collaborative relationship with an exhibit and reception Aug. 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the main hall of the Jackson Street Building, located at 285 South Jackson St. on UGA’s North Campus.

The annual Archway Partnership/CED Summer Internship Exhibit will be on display through Sept. 26. The exhibit will showcase the work and design recommendations of 18 CED graduate and undergraduate students who worked with Archway Partnership communities in Candler, Habersham, Hart, Sumter, Pulaski and Washington counties this summer.

The students worked on landscape designs, planting plans, building renovations, trail design, streetscape design, neighborhood and regional revitalization and master plans for government agencies, civic leaders and community members. Specifically, some examples of projects included signage for entryways, walking trails around downtowns, way finding signage for communities and playgrounds for neighborhoods.

“Because the College of Environment and Design is completely committed to the university’s Land Grant Mission to serve Georgia and its citizens, we are indeed grateful to the Archway Partnership for providing our students with several outstanding design and planning projects in a partnership communities,” says Dan Nadenicek, dean of the College of Environment and Design. “While those communities certainly benefit from the plans and designs created by our students, the students themselves are the real beneficiaries of important real world experiences and skills guaranteed to give them an essential advantage in the job market.”

Through this partnership, Archway and CED have worked to extend the university’s knowledge and expertise to Georgia counties facing significant issues related to economic and community development. To date, approximately 215 projects have been completed by more than 150 students.

“Archway’s relationship with CED exemplifies our mission to enhance teaching, research and service at the University of Georgia,” says Mel Garber, director of the Archway Partnership. “The students who work in Archway communities bring the best of what UGA has to offer to the citizens of Georgia-a key part of our responsibility as the land-grant university of the state. The experiential learning acquired by the students and the value of the work done for the communities are truly immeasurable.”

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the North Campus parking deck.

A Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, the Archway Partnership is an initiative that connects communities in Georgia with university resources to address the state’s most critical community, economic and development needs. For more information, see

More information about the College of Environment and Design can be found at