By Ross Willis
University of Georgia
Connecting UGA and Georgia communities"The regional award is recognition by other institutions of higher education that the University of Georgia is a national leader in development of a more effective platform to tie community needs to higher education resources," said UGA Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Art Dunning. "The Archway Partnership demonstrates UGA’s commitment to create and sustain a new way to connect the work of faculty and students from across the entire campus to the needs of communities throughout the state." “The Archway Partnership really enhances student education as well as community-based research,” said Garber. “It is truly a vehicle without limits in furthering economic development in Georgia’s communities, student education and faculty involvement from virtually all academic disciplines and areas of research. The APLU is a voluntary, non-profit association of 186 public research universities, including 74 land-grant institutions and 27 state university systems that enroll more than 4.7 million students.
Honor bestowed in SeptemberThe Archway Partnership, and the other three regional award programs, will be showcased during the National Outreach Scholarship Conference Sept. 28-30 at UGA. The Magrath award winner will be selected during the conference, with the winner being announced during the APLU annual meeting Nov. 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The Outreach Scholarship and Magrath University Community Engagement awards recognize four-year public universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement functions to become productively involved with their communities. The Magrath Award is named for C. Peter Magrath, president of NASULGC, now APLU, from 1992-2005. Magrath was a leading advocate for public universities embracing the concept of outreach and community engagement. For additional information about the APLU, the 2009 Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award, and the Outreach Scholarship and Magrath University Community Engagement Award, see www.aplu.org.