Urban Planning Students Win State Award

Oct. 2, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association recognized University of Arizona Master of Urban Planning students for having some of the best student planning work in the state.

A project team in Professor Arlie Adkins' Spring 2019 Planning Projects course was awarded honorable mention in this year's student planning project category for their project, "Cobre Valley CHEER 5-4-3 Framework." The team of students—Anthony Aceves, Holly Barton, Jhentille Cargill, Chase Cushing, Monica Landgrave-Serrano, and Emma Thompson—worked with communities in the Globe-Miami region to craft a framework plan that focused on health, community, environment, connectivity, and economic growth.

Students tour the project area with Susan Hanson, Town of Miami councilwoman and local business owner.

The team partnered with various stakeholders including Gila County Health Services and the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC). The students worked with WRRC researcher Ashley Hullinger (MS. Planning 2015) who said of the team: 

"The students acted as a spark to provoke thoughtful, action-oriented discussion and were able to draw upon the passion of local citizens, highlighting the beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities in the region and creating feasible steps to protect and benefit from them."


APA Arizona's Awards Program is the stage for showcasing great achievements and outstanding contributors to planning in Arizona.


Students in the Urban Planning capstone course.