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LBJ School of Public Affairs To Mark New Dean Arrival, New School Building Dedication with Three-Day ‘Homecoming Celebration,’ March 24-26

University of Texas President William C. Powers, Jr., new LBJ School Dean Robert Hutchings, Luci Baines Johnson and former LBJ School Dean James B. Steinberg to Participate in Wednesday, March 24 Building Dedication Ceremony  (download invite)
 

Signature Homecoming Celebration Newsmaker Events To Include: A Conversation with James Baker, III’, Former Secretary of State on March 24, and a Day-Long Hispanic Leadership Summit, March 25
LBJ Alumni To Gather For Special 'Homecoming' Events on Friday, March 26

Ambassador Robert Hutchings

AUSTIN, Texas-- March 4, 2010-- The LBJ School of Public Affairs is hosting a three-day “Homecoming Celebration,” March 24-26 to mark the arrival of the new dean, Ambassador Robert Hutchings, in addition to the official dedication of the newly renovated LBJ School building.

Over the course of the three days, events have been planned to allow prospective students, alumni and friends of the School to become acquainted with Ambassador Hutchings and the School’s dynamic new facilities. Additionally, the School will present high-profile, newsmaker events that exemplify the School’s mission to engage top public policymakers in thoughtful dialogue and debate.

James A.  Baker, III

The celebration begins on March 24 with the official LBJ School building dedication at 5:00 p.m. Participating in the program will be University of Texas President William C. Powers, Jr., new LBJ School Dean Robert Hutchings, Luci Baines Johnson and former LBJ School Dean James B. Steinberg. Following the 30-minute dedication will be a special evening with Former U. S. Secretary of State James Baker, III, interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO and Center for Politics and Governance Fellow, Evan Smith, in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium.

On March 25, the celebration will continue with the Hispanic Leadership Summit: “Education: the Key to Unlock our Future, ” a day-long examination of emerging policy issues, bringing together academic and prominent leaders from across the country, hosted by the Center for Politics and Governance. The summit will include panel discussions titled “Closing the Education Gap,” and “The Role of Universities in Developing the Next Generation of Leaders.” Events of March 24 and 25 are open to the public.

The formal three-day “Homecoming Celebration” concludes on March 26, with focus on LBJ students and alumni. Beginning in the morning, the School will host an “open house” for alumni who are invited throughout the day to tour the newly modernized LBJ School facilities. Current students will personally be conducting group tours as well. At noon, alumni from around the country will talk with current and admitted students about their experiences and careers working in various fields. The day culminates with a presentation by Dean Hutchings, to which the entire LBJ School community is invited, followed by the Dean’s reception, a “get to know you“ mixer hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Hutchings at the LBJ School.

Following is a detailed schedule of events.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 

building

Formal Building Dedication Ceremony
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
LBJ School of Public Affairs, First Floor Lobby, Sid Richardson Hall Unit III   

The LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance Welcomes Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium 

Evan Smith, CEO of the Texas Tribune and CPG Center Fellow, will interview the Honorable James A. Baker, III, Former Secretary of State, as part of the 2009-2010 Perspectives Series.  Smith plans to ask Secretary Baker about his views on international relations and his recent endorsement of Kay Bailey Hutchison for Texas Governor. 

For more information about Secretary Baker, please visit: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/cpg/event_detail.php?id=46 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance Presents the Hispanic Leadership Summit

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

As part of its Hispanic Leadership Initiative, the Center presents the annual Hispanic Leadership Summit in partnership with the Texas Exes and the Texas Politics Project.  The summit examines emerging trends and policy issues, bringing together academic and prominent leaders from across the country, and introducing undergraduates to the LBJ School and high school students to the University of Texas.

For more information including an agenda and list of speakers, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/cpg/event_detail.php?id=39 

Friday, March 26, 2010 

LBJ Students, August 2003 Convocation

LBJ School Alumni Open House – All Day
9:00 a. m. to 5:30 p.m. – Alumni invited to tour the newly renovated LBJ School building  

Alumni Career Panels
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bass Lecture Hall 

Two panels of LBJ School alumni from multiple nonprofit organizations, federal agencies and private companies will present information on their professional journeys and answer questions on how to prepare academically and personally for professional success.  Bass Lecture Hall


Presentation – Dean Robert Hutchings
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium

Reception – Hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Hutchings
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LBJ School Lobby/ Lady Bird Johnson Center

Celebrating Ambassador Hutchings’ first week as the dean of the LBJ School, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the School are invited to a presentation by the Ambassador, which will also include an opportunity for the LBJ School Alumni Association to honor the Distinguished Public Service Award recipient for this year, Judge Edward Emmett ('74), Harris County Judge, nominated by Linda  Cherrington ('74). For those outside of Austin, the presentation will be streamed live on the web. The evening will culminate with a reception hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Hutchings in the LBJ School Lobby and the adjoining Lady Bird Johnson Center immediately following his presentation.

Parking:

Parking will be available free of charge in parking Lot #39 located in front of Sid Richardson Hall Unit 3. Parking will also be available for a fee in the Manor Parking Garage located at 2017 Robert Dedman Drive.

Press

Dallas Morning News – Upgrade for LBJ School of Public Affairs – 03/24/2010

The Houston Chronicle – Upgrade for the LBJ School of Public Affairs – 03/24/2010

News West 9 – Expansion for LBJ School of Public Affairs – 03/24/2010