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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

March 7, 2007

Speaker Will Discuss NGO Accountability

Ford Foundation Deputy Director Lisa Jordan, the next speaker in the RGK Center's Global Civil Society Speaker Series, will talk about accountability in the NGO sector at a noon lecture on Thursday, March 8, in SRH 3.109. Jordan will provide a donor's perspective on the NGO sector and draw from her recent book on NGO accountability. For more information, contact Josh Busby at busbyj@austin.utexas.edu.

US Security Interests in Africa Topic of Strauss Center Talk

The Robert S. Strauss Center will welcome Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Theresa Whelan to speak about "African Security and U.S. Interests: The Problem of 'Ungoverned Spaces'" on Wednesday, March 7, at 5 p.m. in the Brown Room on the 10th Floor of the LBJ Library. Whelan has 15 years of experience in defense policy, twelve of which have emphasized African issues. For more information contact Mistelle Barnes at mabarnes@austin.utexas.edu.

Congratulations to LBJ Service Award winners

Three LBJ School staff are being recognized for their years of service to the University of Texas at Austin as part of the 2007 UT Staff Recognition Program. Gale Ashley (30 years), Debra Moore (10 years), and Lori O'Neal (10 years) will be formally recognized during a President's Reception on May 3, from 2-4 p.m. in the Texas Union Ballroom. The University of Texas at Austin Staff Service Awards recognize the contributions of loyal and committed staff to the continuing success of the university and is based on length of service. Please extend your appreciation and congratulations to Gale, Lori, and Debra.

On the Web. . .
New Webcasts Posted on LBJ Screening Room Web Site

Now you can watch recent guest lectures at the LBJ School, including "Leadership and Service for the Future," by David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; "Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell," by Karen DeYoung, associate editor of The Washington Post; and "How Silicon Valley Was Made," by Christophe Lecuyer, principal economic analyst at the University of California's Office of the President.


Lady Bird Johnson Plaza Renovation Design Plans Available on Web

If you want to see what all the scaffolding and construction currently on the LBJ Plaza will look like, visit the School's Web page. The new plaza will be a tribute to the life and works of Lady Bird Johnson. The current fountains will be replaced with a set of three elevated knolls demonstrating the landscape of the Hill Country (as indicated in the architectural drawings on the site).


In the Media. . .

Both the Austin American Statesman (March 3) and the Daily Texan (March 5) noted the appreciation luncheon for donors who helped create the Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security at the School. The event was held at the LBJ Library Friday.

Admiral Bobby R. Inman was featured in an article in the San Diego Union Tribune for a speech he gave to the Next Generation Project, hosted by the University of California San Diego's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Inman spoke on how Russia is trying to use its oil wealth to become a superpower again.

Eric Thronson's op-ed, "Would Wal-Mart at Northcross Really Lead to Downfall of Neighborhood?" was printed in the Feb. 28 Austin American Statesman.

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.