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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



September 6, 2006

Dean Steinberg to Speak at Wednesday Brown Bag

Dean James B. Steinberg will be the guest for the first LBJ School Brown Bag Speaker Series of the 2006-07 Academic Year at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 6 in the Student Lounge. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.

Former Senator John Glenn to Speak

Former Ohio Senator and Gemini Astronaut John Glenn will deliver the Elspeth Rostow Distinguished Lecture for Public Policy Leadership on Friday, September 8, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Bass Lecture Hall . Glenn will discuss his life of public service, including his time in the U.S. Marines Corps, his achievements at NASA, and his four terms in the U.S. Senate. A Q&A with students, faculty, and staff will follow. This event is limited to LBJ School students, faculty, and staff. For more information, contact Brendan Lavy at 232-4004

Plaza Restoration Construction Delayed

The Office of Facilities and Planning recently announced that the renovation of the LBJ Plaza would be postponed until at least November after the Texas Historical Commission asked to review the project.

As many of you know, the University and the National Archives and Records Administration had been planning to replace the plaza and fountains on the west side of the building with a garden amphitheater which will start downstairs where the current basement hallway faces Bass Lecture Hall and gradually rise north to the knoll that leads to the Thompson Conference Center. During construction, we have been told, the level of noise on the west side of the building may be disruptive.

The previous schedule would have shut down the LBJ Auditorium and the Bass Lecture Hall in September. The revised construction window is from November 1, 2006 through mid-January 2007, meaning that the auditorium and lecture hall are available for use through at least mid-October. The Office of Facilities and Planning has suggested that there is a good chance that these construction dates could continue to slip further into 2007, pending the resolution of the concerns. If you have questions, please contact the Dean's Office at 471-3200.

More New Faces

The Office of Student Affairs and Programs will have a new manager starting September 11. Megan Murphy spent 14 years as the Director of Admissions at St. Edward's University in Austin, managing the undergraduate recruitment, marketing, and enrollment planning for the 4,000 students enrolled at the university. She brings tremendous energy and acuity to the job, having come to the LBJ School after serving as Director of Volunteer Services at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, where she served with LBJ School alum and Wildflower Center Executive Director Susan Rieff.

The LBJ School also wants to welcome Dr. Joshua Busby as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer. Busby is a Fellow at the Center for Globalization and Governance in the Woodrow Wilson School. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled States of Grace: Moral Movements and Foreign Policy. Busby was previously a postdoctoral research fellow with Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the International Security Program. In 2003-2004, he served as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Foreign Policy Studies program. Busby earned his doctoral and master's from Georgetown University.

About News@LBJ

"News@LBJ" is a regular electronic newsletter distributed by the Dean's Office to keep faculty, staff, and students informed about news and events at The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. We encourage everyone to share their news, events, and suggestions with us via e-mail to kerri.battles@mail.utexas.edu.