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LBJ School Three-Day Homecoming Celebration Concludes with All-Day Alumni Open House, Presentation by New Dean Robert Hutchings

Event included Alumni Presentations: Judge Edward Emmet, DPSA Award Recipient, Class of 2005 Commemorative Tile Presentation

Admiral Bobby R. Inman, U. S. Navy (Ret.), Dean Robert Hutchings, Luci Baines Johnson, Former Dean James B. Steinberg, and University of Texas President William C. Powers at the building dedicationAUSTIN, Texas-- April 1, 2010-- The LBJ School of Public Affairs hosted an all-day open house on March 26, which ended a three-day Homecoming Celebration to honor the arrival of the School’s new dean, Robert Hutchings , to celebrate the completion of the School’s $19 million renovation, and to give alumni the opportunity to return to the School, catch-up with classmates and faculty, and to enjoy a special presentation by Dean Hutchings, which was followed by a reception hosted by the Dean and Mrs. Hutchings.

The Homecoming Celebration also included a formal building dedication on March 24 featuring Dean Hutchings, Luci Johnson, William C. Powers, Jr., president of The University of Texas at Austin, and James B. Steinberg, former dean of the LBJ School. Other events included 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.

On March 25, the Center also hosted the Hispanic Leadership Summit, “Education: the Key to Unlock our Future,” which featured Dean Hutchings, who participated in the second panel “The Role of Universities in Developing the Next Generation of Leaders,” and delivered the closing remarks. The Hispanic Leadership Summit was a daylong examination of emerging policy issues, bringing together academic and prominent leaders from across the country.

On March 26, the School hosted it’s all-day Alumni Open House with events that included group tours of the new facilities led by current students, an opportunity for alumni to take part in a stake-holders meeting of the Great Society Fund, and an informal conversation with Dean Hutchings.

Dean Robert Hutchings and Joe Laufer (‘05)Several alumni from the class of 2005 participated in a career services panel where they shared their work experiences, advice, and reminisced with students about their time as LBJ School students. Panelists from the Washington D.C. area included: Camellia Falcon, Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton; David James, Web Developer for Sunlight Labs; Eli Massey, Energy Industry Analyst, and Elizabeth Lien, program examiner at the Office of Management and Budget. Panelists from the Austin area included: Joe Siedlecki, Education Program Officer; Maddie Sloan, an Equal Justice Works Katrina Legal Fellow with Texas Appleseed, and Rachel Maguire, a research director at the Institute for the Future.

At 5:30 p.m., Dean Hutchings hosted a special presentation in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium. The presentation began with Joe Laufer (’05) presenting the dean with a special commemorative tile as a gift from the class of 2005. According to Laufer, the class of 2005 hopes that the tile will be inspiration to other classes to donate as well, eventually leading to a commemorative wall of tiles at the LBJ School.

Following the presentation of the tile, Darlene Lanham (’05), representative of the Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) committee, presented Judge Edward Emmet, Harris County Judge, with this year’s award.  

Dean Hutchings and students and alumni at the reception hosted by the Dean and Mrs. HutchingsFollowing the presentations, Dean Hutchings addressed the audience of alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends of the School, outlining his vision for the future of the School. Following his remarks, the dean took questions from the audience. The presentation was followed by a reception hosted by the Dean and Mrs. Hutchings.

The next opportunity to meet and mingle with alumni will be on April 9, when the Washington Area LBJ School Alumni Chapter (WALSAC) will host a happy hour mixer for 2010 admitted students on April 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. LBJ School Associate Dean Bob Wilson and LBJ School Clinical Professor Angela Evans will be present for the mixer. WALSAC encourages all LBJ School alumni and faculty who might be in the Washington DC area to drop by, meet the newly admitted students, and share their experiences at the LBJ School. The event will take place on the rooftop of the Marvin Bar and Restaurant ( located at 2007 14th Street Northwest (U Street Metro. Please RSVP to

For more information, contact Nicki Alam (‘07) at 202-907-9060 or at