Geography students to present Airport Community improvement data on May 19

Dr. Jennifer Helzer, an Associate Professor of Geography in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus and students in her urban geography course have been conducting an innovative and groundbreaking project with the Modesto Airport Community in an effort to help residents improve the quality of life in their neighborhood. The students will present their findings during a community meeting at the Airport Neighbors United, Inc. facility, 205 S. Santa Cruz Ave., in Modesto on Monday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Helzer and her students are working with Airport Neighbors United, Inc., and Habitat for Humanity in Stanislaus County to develop an "Asset Map" of the region that highlights the challenges faced by residents there and improvements that are needed. Inadequate local transportation that impacts the ability of residents to attend school and to access commercial services for fresh and healthy food choices has been identified a major issue.

The mapping efforts of the area by students to be presented will serve as supportive data for neighborhood representatives to request improvements at city and county government levels.

Helzer's students recently presented their work at the 62nd Annual Conference of the California Geographical Society at CSU Chico.

For more information, please call Jennifer Helzer at (209) 667-3010, or Julie Fox, Office of Service Learning, CSU Stanislaus, at (209) 667-3311.