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Monday, February 19, 2007
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
LBJ School Student Lounge
Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 3
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
2315 Red River Street
Susan K. Rieff, executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and a graduate of the LBJ School, will be the first guest of a new lunchtime speaker series cosponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the LBJ School Alumni Association. The inaugural event will be held on February 19 at 12:15 p.m. in the LBJ Student Lounge. Ms. Rieff will talk about her work at the Wildflower Center and about the changes the center is undergoing after its September 2006 acquisition by the University of Texas at Austin as well as the relationship of the center to the LBJ School.
Located in Austin, the Wildflower Center is dedicated to educating people about native plants and to preserving and restoring the nation's natural beauty and biological richness. The center has more than 14,000 members nationwide, and its award-winning architecture and 279 acres of gardens and nature trails attract 70,000 visitors annually. Ms. Rieff was named executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in July 2004. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Wildflower Center's landscape restoration program, plant conservation work, and professional and family education programs.
Before joining the Wildflower Center, Ms. Rieff served as policy director for Land Stewardship for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the nation's largest member-supported conservation group. Ms. Rieff has also served as deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of the Interior, director of environmental policy for Texas Governor Ann Richards, assistant commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture, the first director of resource protection for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and an environmental legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas. She has been a part-time visiting professor of environmental policy at the LBJ School.
For more information about this event, contact Brendan Lavy at 512-232-4004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those people who would like to see the presentation but are unable to attend, the event will be webcast in real-time as well as available for later viewing online. Visit the LBJ School's screening room Web site, www.utexas.edu/lbj/webcasts, on the day of the event to access the webcast. You will need to have QuickTime installed to watch the streaming video.