SDSU Students to Spruce Up City of Lemon Grove in Sage Project

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San Diego State University, Hepner Hall. Photo by Chris Stone

When the City of Lemon Grove decided it needed help with its image, sprucing up some of its neighborhoods and tackling other issues, it turned to a group of San Diego State University students through the school’s Sage Project, the city and SDSU announced.

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Students from a variety of disciplines will tackle issues in Lemon Grove during the 2016-17 academic year, including an analysis of its urban areas, an infrastructure maintenance and improvement project, the development of a wall mural and branding images for the city.

“This year’s partnership will involve students from disciplines across campus,” Jessica Barlow, director of the Sage Project said. “The variety of projects provides students with an opportunity to make their mark in Lemon Grove and get involved in community events where they will be able to present their ideas and showcase their work.”

Participating disciplines will include graphic design, geography, public administration, criminal justice, city planning, political science, civil engineering, economics, communications and the arts, according to a statement released this week by SDSU.

“SDSU is committed to the success of all students through the strategic expansion of transformational opportunities such as service learning,” Eric Rivera, Vice President for Student Affairs said. “Through programs like Sage, students are exposed to local government and regional issues, which help them further develop the skills they learn in their coursework.”

“At the same time, local communities gain direct benefits through our students’ engagement,” Rivera said.

— City News Service

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