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The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs mourns the passing of Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson on July 11, 2007. We fondly remember her life and contributions to the School and its students.
"The faculty, staff, and students of the LBJ School are deeply saddened by the loss of Mrs. Johnson," said Dean James B. Steinberg. "Generations of students have been touched by her vision and kindness—whether by her receptions at the LBJ Ranch, her frequent informal visits to the School, or her participation at the School’s graduation ceremonies, where for many years she personally presented the LBJ Award for Academic Excellence to the top graduates. Her commitment to public service will serve as an inspiration for generations to come."
A delegation of about 100 LBJ School faculty, staff, alumni, and students, led by Professor Elspeth Rostow and Dean Steinberg, attended the visitation of Mrs. Johnson as she lay in repose in the Great Hall of the LBJ Library and Museum. During the visitation they were taken aside by President and Mrs. Johnson’s daughter Luci, who thanked each of them for coming to honor her mother. In talking with students, Luci spoke movingly about the three things most important to her mother: first, nature as a source of beauty and its calming effects; second, the ideal of public service as a way to live and make a contribution to society; and, lastly, the LBJ School itself, which provides the means for preparing future generations of students for public service. As long as the School continued to fulfill its mission, Luci said, her parents’ spirit would always be alive.
Mrs. Johnson’s passing came just days after the University selected her to receive the prestigious Presidential Citation for 2007. The Presidential Citation was created in 1979 to recognize the extraordinary contributions of individuals who personify the university’s commitment to the task of transforming lives. Mrs. Johnson was nominated for the citation by Dean Steinberg of the LBJ School, Larry Temple, chairman of the LBJ Foundation, and Betty Sue Flowers, executive director of the LBJ Library. Mrs. Johnson was a distinguished alumna of The University of Texas at Austin, a life member of The University of Texas Ex-Student Association, and former regent of The University of Texas System Board of Regents. She joins the LBJ School’s Dean Elspeth Rostow and Admiral B. R. Inman, (ret.) as recipients of the honor.
The LBJ School is seeking an Alumni Affairs Coordinator to help improve and expand its alumni communications and programs. The ideal candidate can think strategically in promoting and developing a comprehensive and diversified alumni affairs program that includes class reunions, maintaining the alumni database and directory, leading alumni mentorship and recruitment initiatives, facilitating leadership training and committees, and helping improve communication and networking among alumni themselves.
The full position description is available on the University Jobs web site under the position posting number 07-07-25-02-8105.
After much consideration, UT’s Barbara Jordan Statue Advisory Committee has chosen artist Bruce Wolfe of Piedmont, Calif., to create a statue of Barbara Jordan, the first statue of a woman to be installed on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Jordan was the first African-American woman to serve in the Texas Senate and the first African-American woman from the South to be elected to the United States Congress. She served as a distinguished professor at the LBJ School for almost 20 years. The commemorative bronze statue will be placed at Battle Oaks near the Main Building and the unveiling is tentatively scheduled for spring 2009.
For years, members of the UT community sought greater ethnic and gender diversity in the statues and other prominent works of art on campus. Students took the initiative in 2003 by passing a referendum mandating that a $1 per student fee be collected to erect two statues on campus, representing a Latino and a woman who had made significant contributions to society. Student-initiated committees recommended that the statues be of two nationally recognized champions of civil rights: Jordan and civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez.
Two new LBJ alumni, Peggy O'Shea and Morris Peters (Class of 2007) have been named Governor Hugh L. Carey Fellowship in Governmental Finance fellows by the New York State's Division of the Budget. Fellows spend two years in Albany assisting in the development and implementation of New York State’s budget in a public policy area of particular interest to them. Six of the fourteen Carey Fellows chosen since the program began are graduates of the LBJ School. In notifying Dean James Steinberg, the fellowship organizer wrote, “Our managers and I were very impressed with the nominees from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Based upon the caliber of your nominees, it is clear that your school provides a premier educational and professional development experience for students.”
English at Work, an organization founded and run by Maile Broccoli-Hickey (LBJ alum 2006), recently received a $10,000 grant from the LBJ student-run Great Society Fund as well as a $60,000 grant from the Echoing Green Foundation. The non-profit provides English language classes to low-income employees at their workplaces. For more information English at Work, or to volunteer or donate, visit www.austinenglish.org.
Dean James B. Steinberg participated in a symposium focusing on “The Making of the National Security Council of Japan—Refining Strategy: Lessons Japan Can Learn from the U.S. NSC.” The event, organized by the Yomiuri Research Institute and cosponsored by the Office of Public Policy Seminar at Tokyo University Graduate School of Public Policy, was held in the Yayoi Auditorium’s Ichijo Hall at Tokyo University’s Yayoi Campus on June 19. The Yomiuri Shimbun covered the symposium. Access the coverage.
Dean Steinberg also appeared on PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as part of a group discussion concerning British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s visit with President Bush and future prospects for the bilateral relationship between the United States and Great Britain. See the Newshour clip.
Adjunct Professor Kenneth Ashworth was the focus of a feature story in the Cleburne Times-Review for his colorful and successful achievements, particularly his 21-year tenure as the Texas Commissioner of Higher Education. View the article at the Cleburne Times-Review.
A new National Public Radio program called “Tell Me More” features a segment called “The Barbershop” where four guests share their takes on current events. The June 15 show featured Professor Ed Dorn discussing immigration reform, the firing of Isaiah Washington from “Grey's Anatomy,” and observations about Father's Day. Listen to the show.
Assistant Professor Cynthia Osborne co-authored a paper entitled “The Effects of Welfare and Child Support Policies on the Timing and Incidence of Marriage Following a Nonmarital Birth” that was accepted by the recent Ten Years After: Evaluating the Long-Term Effects of Welfare Reform on Children, Families, Welfare, and Work conference. View the paper. Listen to a radio interview with Osborne.
The June 2 issue of the Austin American-Statesman contained LBJ student Carolyn Barker’s op-ed entitled “Mexicans' Quest for Cheap Tortillas Leads North.” Barker explains the current food problems in Mexico. View the Op-Ed.
The Dallas Morning News ran a letter to the editor by LBJ student John Losinger about the benefits of locating a presidential library at Southern Methodist University on June 15. Read the letter.
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.