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Austin Alumni Association

By Ginger Lowry (MPAff ‘85) President
Ginger LowryThe Austin Alumni Association continues to work with faculty, staff and student groups to reconnect alumni with the LBJ School. Together, we’re building a communications network to promote the LBJ School locally while building alumni/student career and social pathways.We successfully promoted the launch of the Google alumni global map on the LBJ School’s website. Alumni are encouraged to submit and update their information to make the map effective. Alumni volunteers continue making the alumni/student policy dinners a roaring success with more than 25 dinners (Fall 2011/Spring 2012) with topics like "The Apollo Project’s Tech Policy Potluck Dinner."

Looking ahead--Attend the 2012 Austin Alumni Association Leap Year Network Night! (Wednesday Feb. 29, 2012 at Hugo’s Restaurant, 300 S. Lamar. Free covered parking!).

Join us for a board meeting, and see if you’d like to become a board member. We’re recruiting now! Support the Association by volunteering at a career development or casual networking event. Please watch for our annual donor campaign notice arriving by mail and e-mail next month. This is your chance to support the Austin Alumni Association and the Spirit of LBJ Award. Each August we award a deserving student who embodies the spirit of LBJ and has completed his/her first year. The nomination process begins April 2012 and concludes in June. Visit us at for details on ways to donate online, “Get Involved,” see photos of past happenings and dates of future events!

Washington, DC. Chapter (WALSAC)Photo of alumni at DC winter celebration

WALSAC hosted the December 8 Holiday Season Celebration and Fundraiser event at the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities in Washington, D.C.

Admission fees benefitted the Ricardo Gomez Memorial Fellowship and the LBJ School of Public Affairs General Fund. Alumni provided a minimum donation of $40, all of which was directed toward endowing the Ricardo Gomez Fellowship or to support programming at the LBJ School. See photos from this successful event on the WALSAC Facebook page