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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

March 17, 2008

Lodis Rhodes
Rhodes Wins 2008 SXSW Award for Community Technology in Action

Congratulations to Lodis Rhodes for the 2008 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award during the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival. Named for one of the original co-founders of the SXSW Interactive Festival, the award celebrates Winburne’s vision that technology can act as society's most effective tool to level the playing field between the haves and the have-nots.  Rhodes was awarded for his work as the founder and chairman of the Austin Learning Academy, his help in starting Austin Free-Net in 1995, and his role in securing grants from the National Science Foundation and others to strengthen ties between the University and community technology programs in East Austin. Another winner of the 2008 Dewey Award with LBJ School connections is LBJ Library and Museum Director Betty Sue Flowers, who was recognized as a pioneer in the use of broadcast media in the humanities.

Steve Alverez
Come Meet OSAP’s New Graduate Coordinator

The Office of Student and Alumni Programs is hosting a “Getting to Know You” breakfast for new graduate program coordinator Steve Alvarez. The breakfast is set for Wednesday, March 19 from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the OSAP offices, SRH 3.107. Steve joined the LBJ Nation after more than ten years at UT in the UT Admissions Office, the College of Communication's School of Journalism and Department of Radio-Television and Film, and the McCombs School of Business. He was awarded the James Vick Excellence Award for Academic Advising in 2002-03. Come by and get to know Steve.

King Corn Poster
Brown Bag Double Header This Week

The Brown Bag Committee has doubled its fun this week by doubling its speakers. On Wednesday, the Brown Bag teams up with the Sustainability Working Group to bring Scott Kellogg from the Rhizome Collective, an Austin-based urban sustainability and community organizing non-profit. On Thursday, Kurt Ellis, director of the documentary “King Corn,” will be showing a portion of the film and speaking about food policy. The documentary follows two grow an acre of corn and follow it through the food system as a way to exemplify a variety of food policy issues, including governmental farming policies, health issues, and the like. Both events will take place in the Student Lounge at 12:15 p.m. Lunch will be provided (maybe corn dogs and Fritos?).

Water Interruption Planned Tuesday Night

The School has been notified of a potential interruption of city water service to the Sid Richardson Building starting Tuesday, March 18 from approximately 11 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 19. The overnight work is anticipated to have minimal disruptive impact, but means that water service will not be available at during that time. If you have questions, contact the Dean’s office.

Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas
Authors Reflect on Bullock, and New Biography

The Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a book discussion celebrating the release of Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas by authors Jim Henderson and Dave McNeely on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Connally Ballroom of the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on the UT Campus.

The writers will be joined by former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby, former Speaker of the Texas House Gibson “Gib” Lewis, and State Senator Rodney Ellis to discuss the life, work, and impact of Lt. Governor Bullock on the State of Texas. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Paul Stekler, director of research studies for the center. A reception and book signing follows the panel discussion.

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.