On November 16, LBJ School Dean Robert Hutchings and Michelle Potter-Bacon, alumni affairs coordinator, hosted an alumni reception for alumni in Washington, D.C. Seventy alumni were in attendance along with special guests Lynda Johnson Robb, Former Dean James B. Steinberg, Professor Emeritus Ken Tolo and Assistant Professor Eugen Gholz.
Oct. 13 – TechNet announced an office expansion and the hiring of LBJ School alumnus John Horrigan (Ph.D. ‘96, MPAff ‘88). Horrigan will serve as the vice president for policy research for the company, whose focus is to promote the growth of technology and the innovation economy. Horrigan will leave the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where his role centered around the National Broadband Plan, setting the research agenda for the portions of the plan that focused on how to increase the rate of broadband adoption in the U.S.
Greg Pardo Featured as "Model for Intellectual Activism" in St. Mary University's Gold and Blue Magazine
If you asked Greg Pardo (B.A. '05, St. Mary's University, MPAff '10) to sketch a map of where he thought he'd be five years after graduation, it wouldn't have included places like Bangladesh or Burma, or even Washington, D.C. But that was before he experienced the Marianist spirit that permeates the St. Mary's campus.
From Making Money to Making a Difference
Public policy contributions, community service engagement, demonstrated leadership and commitment to promotion of the LBJ School are the defining characteristics of the annual recipient of the LBJ School Alumni Association's Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA). This year’s recipient, Courtney Brown, who graduated from the LBJ School with a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) degree in 1983, is no exception.
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Michelle Potter-Bacon as Alumni Affairs Coordinator.
Growing up, Laura Huffman spent many family vacations experiencing the beauty of state parks across the U.S., including several in her home state of Texas. She didn't know it then, but those trips helped prepare the Austin native for her current job as state director for the Nature Conservancy of Texas. Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is charged with protecting the world's most precious and ecologically sensitive landscapes.
On August 26 the LBJ School Austin Alumni Association hosted a welcome happy hour which offered a chance for incoming LBJ School students to mix and mingle with area alumni, as well as current students and faculty. The happy hour festivities also provided the perfect opportunity for the Austin Alumni Association to present this year’s Spirit of LBJ Award to current dual-degree student Leah Bojo, who is seeking her Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) and Community and Regional Planning degrees.
LBJ School Alum Robert Hamilton (’02) has been named an Outstanding Young Texas Ex in honor of his accomplishments since graduating in 2002 with dual MPAff and JD degrees by The Alcalde, a publication of the Texas Exes Alumni Association.
The 2010 LBJ School Summer Speaker Series in Washington D.C. is sponsored by the Washington Area LBJ School Alumni Chapter (WALSAC) and The Archer Center. The Summer Speaker Series features five weeks of prominent invited guest speakers who engage students and alumni from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, as well as University of Texas at Austin students, alumni, and friends on issues of domestic and international policy.
LBJ School alumnus Scott Hanna (’04) is lending a logistical hand to the historic effort to drill ice cores near the summit of Puncak Jaya in Indonesia, the only place in the tropical Pacific with glacial ice.
When President Barack Obama announced his Race to the Top program in the summer of 2009, the national conversation seemed to focus solely on one issue, teacher incentive pay. Journalists, politicos and academics rushed to the podium to throw their two cents in, some asking whether there should be teacher incentive pay and others asking how to do it.
Following the LBJ School’s Homecoming and Alumni Open House held March 24 through 26, the graduating class of 2005 had their 5 year reunion in Austin, Texas.
LBJ School Three-Day Homecoming Celebration Concludes with All-Day Alumni Open House, Presentation by New Dean Robert Hutchings
The LBJ School of Public Affairs hosted an all-day open house on March 26, which ended a three-day Homecoming Celebration to honor the arrival of the School’s new dean, Robert Hutchings, to celebrate the completion of the School’s $19 million renovation, and to give alumni the opportunity to return to the School, catch-up with classmates and faculty, and to enjoy a special presentation by Dean Robert Hutchings , which was followed by a reception hosted by the Dean and Mrs. Hutchings.
The Washington Area LBJ School Alumni Chapter (WALSAC) will host a happy hour for 2010 admitted students on April 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
LBJ School Alum Gabriel Fidel ('93) wsa interviewed by National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Public Administration (NASPAA) about his career in the public and private sector and why, as an international student from Argentina, he chose the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
LBJ School Alumni Discuss Work on Newly Published Nation-Wide Policy Research Report Focusing on Juvenile Transfer to Adult Court
LBJ School students who began work in 2007 on a nation-wide policy research project on juvenile transfer to adult court are now seeing their work come to fruition with the publication of the report "From Time-Out to Hard Time: Young Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System."
LBJ School Alum Answers Questions for the New York Times on How the Global Recession is Affecting the World’s Poorest Countries
LBJ School Alum Pedro Conceição (2000), director of the Office of Development Studies (O.D.S) at the United Nations Development Program, the leading United Nations agency in the fight against poverty, answers readers questions on how the global recession is affecting the world's poorest countries for the New York Times.
The Washington D.C. Area Alumni Association presented Kathleen Merrigan ('87), Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on July 7, 2009, at the Archer Center, part of the University of Texas system, as part of the 2009 LBJ School D.C. Summer Speaker Series, a series of rountable discussions that offer the LBJ School community access to a variety of Washington D.C. policymakers.
LBJ School Alumnus Named Executive Vice President of Governmental and Stakeholder Affairs for the DFW International Airport
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Alumnus Philip J. Ritter has been named Executive Vice President of Governmental and Stakeholder Affairs for the DFW International Airport.
Sharla Megilligan and Mehul Patel are among the distinguished alumni from the class of 2004 who are making a profound difference in the lives of children and coffee growers in the Dominican Republic.