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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



May 4, 2007

New E-Newsletter Updates Friends and Alums

Welcome to News@LBJ, a new electronic newsletter for friends and graduates of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. This e-newsletter will promote upcoming events at the School, provide updates on fellow alums, feature stories on exciting activities, and increase opportunities for networking and involvement of LBJ School alumni. If you have items or ideas you would like to see in News@LBJ, email LBJDeansoffice@austin.utexas.edu

"New-Look" LBJ School Web Site—Especially Alumni Upgrades
LBJ School Web site

Visit the newly upgraded LBJ School Web site, which is more attractive, easier to navigate, and offers new features and functions—especially for alumni. Among the new site features:

LBJ School Retains Title for 'Dillo Cup; Beats A&M 11-6
LBJ School softball team

The 'Dillo Cup will remain in Austin for another year thanks to an 11-6 win by the LBJ softball team over the Bush School in College Station. The win was a complete team effort as the LBJers scored early and used pitching and sparkling defense to shut down the Bushwhackers. The win leaves the Class of 2007 undefeated in 'Dillo Cup play as the LBJ streak goes to two following five years of futility in the rivalry. The win was a true team effort but performances of note were turned in by shortstop Alexis Garcia, third baseman/ coach Lewis Leff, first baseman Chad Spurgeon, and pitcher Greg Campion. Both teams came to play but LBJ clearly had the edge in team unity and crowd support. Unofficial attendance numbers had the visiting side at about 75 wearing burnt orange and 70 on the home side in maroon and white. Thanks to the team for practicing hard and playing a great game and to the fans for making the trip to College Station.

Senior Washington Correspondent to Provide Convocation Address
Bob Schieffer

One of Washington's most experienced broadcast journalists, Bob Schieffer, will be the commencement speaker for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs' convocation at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the Bates Recital Hall (map and directions) on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Some 90 students will receive their Master of Public Affairs or Doctorate in Public Policy during the ceremony on May 19. Tickets for the ceremony will be available through the Office of Student Affairs and Programs. For information on how to reserve tickets, email LBJDeansoffice@austin.utexas.edu.

Barbara Jordan Statue Concepts Unveiled
Barbara Jordan

The need for ethnic and gender diversity representation in statues and other works of art prominently displayed on campus has been under discussion for many years. Students took the initiative in 2003 by passing a campus-wide referendum mandating that $1 per student per semester and summer session be collected to fund the creation of a bronze statue of Barbara Jordan to be placed at Battle Oaks. A second national "call for artists" was announced in October 2006. From a pool of 83 talented applicants, a committee coordinated by the Texas Commission on the Arts chose four semi-finalists to produce maquettes and a design plan. The four semi-finalists under consideration are David Frech of Beacon, N.Y.; Thomas Marsh of Orange, Va.; David Newton of Dallas; and Bruce Wolfe of Piedmont, Calif.

The maquettes will be displayed until May 1. To help the committee make this selection, students, staff, faculty and the Austin community are encouraged to provide feedback about the maquettes. Two on-campus open forums, at noon, April 17, in the Multicultural Information Center and noon, April 25, in the Texas Union's Asian Culture Room, provided additional opportunities for offering feedback. A community forum was also held at the George Washington Carver Museum at 6:30 p.m., April 17. For more information visit the Barbara Jordan Statue Project.

LBJ School's Matwiczak named as UT's Graduate Adviser of the Year
Ken Matwiczak

Congratulations to Ken Matwiczak, who has been named as the University of Texas at Austin's Outstanding Graduate Adviser for 2007. Nominated by the LBJ School, Matwiczak received the award in recognition of his attentiveness and dedication to the students of the LBJ School, including recruiting and retaining high quality students, enriching students' professional and academic development, and his tireless work with faculty and other administrators on issues pertaining to graduate education at the LBJ School. "It is a tremendous credit to 'Dr. Mat' that he was chosen from among a well-respected number of graduate advisers across the University of Texas at Austin for this honor," said James B. Steinberg, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Matwiczak will officially receive the award at the Graduate School/University Co-op Awards Banquet in May 2007.

U.S. Department of Education Building Named for President Johnson
First Lady Laura Bush, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, President George W. Bush, and Lucy Baines Johnson in the Oval Office of the White House at the signing of the legislation naming the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington D.C. for President Lyndon Baines Johnson

President George W. Bush signed legislation naming the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington D.C. in honor of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his work to improve U.S. schools. President Johnson's children, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb and their spouses, their children and grandchildren gathered at the Oval Office for the signing that was not open to reporters. Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson was unable to attend the signing but listened from Texas through a conference call. "Education was at the heart of my father's career in public service. He felt that it was mankind's passport out of poverty and our greatest hope for tomorrow," said Luci Baines Johnson. President Johnson signed dozens of education-related bills, including a 1964 law that established Head Start; the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which provided assistance to underfunded school districts, and the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Alums Make Municipal Park a Reality
Children on a playground

A group of LBJ School alumni have joined together to volunteer to fulfill the dream of a municipal park for a growing working-class neighborhood in northeast Austin. Cost overruns and delays put the Gus Garcia Park in jeopardy until Alum Doug Whitworth brought together others to created the Friends of Gus Garcia Park organization and organized a contest for architects to put the project on track. Read the Story

On the Web. . .
Special Edition of the LBJ Journal Now Online

The most recent online edition of the LBJ Journal includes three perspectives about crisis pregnancy centers in Texas, reflections on the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings, and the beginning of a series of reflections on graduation made by the contestants for class speaker for the May 19 Commencement ceremony.

New Webcasts New Available

The presentation by David Gartner, policy director of the Global AIDS Alliance, about the global AIDS crisis on April 10, and the presentation on the role of nation building in American security policy given by Andrew Erdmann, former director for Iran, Iraq, and Strategic Planning from the National Security Council.

In the Media. . .

In his April 20 Op/Ed in the Wall Street Journal concerning the recent controversies surrounding the World Bank, Robert Holland, former U.S. representative on the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors from 2002 to 2006, credited Professor Frank Gavin and the Next Generation Project as a good example of “the kind of constructive critical thinking regarding the post-World War II multilateral institutions” that World Bank needs to be engaging.

Lecturer Sherri Greenberg’s Op/Ed arguing against proposals to move the Texas presidential primaries up earlier in the campaign season appeared in the April 21 Austin American-Statesman.

Professor Emeritus Terrell Blodgett was recently quoted recently in the Houston Chronicle. He commented on forms of local government in Texas and the United States in an April 6 story about the city charter election in Pasadena.

Professor Eugene Gholz’s recent CATO Institute Report "Energy Alarmism: The Myths That Make Americans Worry About Oil" which he co-authored with Dartmouth’s Daryl Press received attention from the Toronto Globe and Mail and the Dallas Morning News, for its analysis of the rivalries between China and the United tates oil to feed their economies.

An April 13 Austin American-Statesman article “TYC officials update lawmakers” featured Adjunct Professor Michele Deitch’s testimony before the Texas Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Texas Youth Commission that the state is putting too many minors in jail, which actually makes them more likely to commit future crimes.

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.