UGA is Flying High in Washington, DC

March 06, 2015
by Jere W. Morehead, President

Last week, the University dedicated Delta Hall, our newest residential learning facility in Washington, DC.  For more than 15 years, UGA has been offering superb experiential learning opportunities to students in our nation’s capital.  Delta Hall will not only enhance the quality of these experiences but will also make them more accessible and more cost-effective for our students. 

During the dedication program, we heard from Torie Ness, a senior political science major, who is interning with Senator Johnny Isakson as part of UGA’s Washington Semester Program.  Torie described her residency in Delta Hall and her internship with Senator Isakson as valuable preparation for a career in public policy.  She referred to her experience in Washington, DC as life-changing, and I am certain that her peers who are living alongside her in Delta Hall share this same sentiment. 

After the dedication ceremony, Senator Isakson hosted a dinner in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building.   He made remarks during the event and reminded all of us of the significant role UGA has played in his life and career.  Senator Isakson has been one of the strongest supporters of UGA in Washington; he has provided outstanding internships to our students every year since the establishment of the Honors in Washington Program in 2002.   During the dinner event, we also heard from Washington Semester Program (WSP) alumna Sharon McCoy.  Sharon told a captivating story about the positive impact that the WSP has made on her life.  She now serves as a Press Assistant in the Office of Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Beyond its role as residential learning facility, Delta Hall will also stand as a compelling tribute to UGA’s loyal and generous alumni and friends.  The $12 million facility was funded without a single state dollar.  It was brought to life by private gifts alone, including a $5 million grant provided by the Delta Airlines Foundation in support of UGA in Washington.  Delta Hall is named in honor of that gift, which will allow the University to establish an engaging lecture series and to create prized internships for our students. 

I am pleased to say that, going forward, when we think of the world-class learning environment offered at the University of Georgia, we will think not only of our facilities in Georgia or our facilities in England, Italy, and Costa Rica.  Now, we also will think of Delta Hall, our newest facility, located in the heart of Capitol Hill.