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College of Environment and Design to recognize faculty, students, distinguished alumni

Athens, Ga. – The College of Environment and Design will announce more than $106,000 in student scholarships April 6 at 2 p.m. at the Jackson Street Building at an annual awards presentation during the college’s alumni weekend.

Forty-one students will receive scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. This includes 21 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 in the areas of academic achievement, research, internships and study abroad.

In addition, the college will present two awards for excellence to distinguished alumni Lucy Lawliss and Doug Allen, and three awards for outstanding teaching faculty.

Lawliss will receive the Dean’s Award of Honor, which recognizes a prominent individual, firm or organization that has advanced the mission, vision and reputation of the college through achievement and support for academic programs, faculty and students. Lawliss, who received a bachelor of landscape architecture degree in 1979 and a master of landscape architecture degree in 1992, is a National Park Service superintendent for the George Washington Birthplace National Monument and Thomas Stone National Historic Site. In her 22-year park service career, she helped develop the cultural landscape inventory and guidelines for cultural landscape reports, both of which are used nation-wide.

Allen will receive the Distinguished Alumni Medal, the highest honor given by the CED Alumni Association. It recognizes CED alumni for outstanding professional achievement and for substantial contributions to the reputation and well being of the college alumni association. Allen, a 1971 graduate, is a professor emeritus and former dean of architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Allen has served on the jury for the International AID Housing Competition in Hyundae, Korea as well as on professional awards juries for the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. His portfolio includes several award-winning projects including the Perdue Garden in Atlanta, which was featured in the book “Contemporary Trends in Landscape Architecture,” by Stephen Cantor.

Alfie Vick, an associate professor, will be given the Outstanding Faculty Award, which is chosen by alumni from a slate of candidates recommended by the faculty and the dean. He started a three-week field course, The Plant Communities of the Cherokee Landscape, which combines the study of the native plants of the Southern Appalachians with Cherokee ethnobotany, history, and culture. As the course progresses the class moves east to west along the Trail of Tears visiting significant sites, meeting with scholars and camping along the way. Additionally, Vick’s research interest in green building and sustainable design has led him to offer a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification course every spring, which is open to all UGA students. So far, more than 150 students from five schools and colleges across campus have registered for the course, successfully completed the exam and been introduced to sustainable design and leadership.

Douglas Pardue, an assistant professor, and Marianne Cramer, an associate professor, will receive the Dean’s Award for Teaching Innovation. The award recognizes faculty who have inspired and created a unique learning environment or opportunity for students. Pardue was honored for his student project in China. Cramer was honored for her efforts spearheading “Drawn from the Garden,” a local student art that will be on display in the Jackson Street Building’s gallery until April 26.

More information about the honors and awards presentation and its honorees is on the college’s website,