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2011 Reunion Weekend and 2010 Distinguished Public Service Award Ceremony

Friday, April 15 activities

All events take place at the LBJ School of Public Affairs

2 p.m.  Leadership Seminar "The Paradoxes of Leadership"

Do you ever feel pulled in different directions as a leader? Join us for a free leadership seminar with Dr. Barry Bales, assistant dean of professional development at the LBJ School, to challenge your thinking about expectations of leaders and explore strategies for enhancing your own leadership. 

3:30 p.m.  Alumni Career Panels

Alumni will make short presentations followed by Q & A with current students.

Kenneth Leonczyk (MPAff '77) has 30 years of public finance experience. Over this time, he has focused on the higher education and nonprofit, government and healthcare sectors. Ken has assisted his clients with a wide array of financing structures, including: taxable and tax exempt; fixed and variable rate with and without derivatives; unrated, borrower-rated and credit enhanced; new money and refunding; and public and private placements.

Karen Livingston
(MPAff '02) has been at the U.S. Department of Labor for eight years. Next month, she will move into a new position in the Wage and Hour Division to serve as the Director of the Division of Strategic and Performance Planning. Karen is the president of the LBJ School Alumni Association.

Business partners Mehul Patel & Sharla Megilligan (MPAff '04): Mehul is the owner of Dominican Joe Coffee Shop, a social enterprise committed to building responsible economic opportunities in the Dominican Republic.
Sharla is the founder of Makarios, a faith-based nonprofit organization that supports educational development in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and other impoverished areas of the world.

Kristen Reynolds (MPA ’05) serves as state director for Texas GEAR UP. As program manager for the Texas Education Agency's Office of College and Career Readiness Initiatives, Kristen also works with programs and initiatives related to dropout prevention and recovery, differentiated instruction, college readiness and preparation, educator quality, mentoring and P-16 collaboration.

José Rodriguez (MPAff '08) is a veteran K-12 teacher, now a parent liaison for Leander I.S.D., and recent Washington Teacher Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education. He will travel to Washington, D.C. on April 26 to plant a Texas native oak tree at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, sponsored by Chegg and American Forests.

Dana Williams (MPAff '99) is director of facilities services at Texas Facilities Commission and a former diplomat and Foreign Service officer with ten years of federal government administrative experience with the U.S. Department of State around the globe.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Alumni/Faculty/Student Reception (Atrium)

6:30 p.m.
  The LBJ School Alumni Association presents Courtney Brown (MPAff ’83) with the Distinguished Public Service Award.

Saturday, April 16 activities

Various Austin locations

10 to 1 p.m.
  • 10 to 11 a.m.  Park clean up with Austin Alumni Association and students
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Picnic and outdoor games

Clean up location:
Eilers (Deep Eddy) Park
Picnic Location
Mangia Pizza, next door to Eilers Park

7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cheer on students playing for the 'Dillo Cup in College Station

5 p.m. to ….

Happy Hour 

Michael Terrazas (MPAff ’91) is celebrating his 20th reunion in style by opening the doors of his club an hour early for his fellow LBJ School alumni.

Location: Club de Ville