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Alumni Spotlights and Events

Alumni Spotlights and Events

News May 6, 2019

Policy on Purpose: Policymaking in theory and practice

Austin Smythe (MPAff '80), who served as policy director to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) from 2015 to 2019, visited the LBJ School for a special Admitted Students Weekend session of the Dean's Distinguished Leaders Series.

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LBJ School Dean Angela Evans (left) with Austin Smythe (MPAff '80) during his visit to the school
News February 7, 2019

2019 LBJ School Alumni Weekend Dates Announced

The LBJ School and LBJ Alumni Board are proud to announce the second annual Alumni Weekend, continuing the tradition of hosting those classes celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, etc. reunion. The LBJ School Alumni Weekend reunion takes place one weekend early each fall semester, this year beginning on Friday, Sept. 20 and going to Sunday, Sept.  22.

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2019 LBJ Alumni Weekend
News February 7, 2019

LBJ students, alumni and state officials connect "Under the Dome"

LBJ alumni, students and government officials and their staff gathered in the Texas State Capitol on Feb. 5 for the LBJ School's biennial networking reception, Under the Dome.

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State Rep. Gene Wu (MPAff '04) speaks to Under the Dome audience
News November 8, 2018

November 2018 midterms: LBJ School alumni win big

Six of the eight LBJ School alumni who ran for local and state office in the November 2018 general election emerged victorious, and the outcome of one remains undecided as the votes are counted in Georgia, home to what is now one of the nation's most-watched gubernatorial races.

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LBJ School alumni who ran for office and won in 2018: DeBeauvoir, de Ferranti, Eckhardt, Goodwin, Hardy, Wu
News November 6, 2018

Meet the LBJ alumni running for office in 2018

LBJ School alumni will appear on ballots across the country on Nov. 6 as they vie for seats at the local and state level. One candidate is positioned to become the nation's first black female governor, four are incumbents seeking re-election, and all of them have diverse professional backgrounds and are carrying on the LBJ legacy of public service.

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The LBJ School alumni who ran for public office in 2018: Abrams, DeBeauvoir, de Ferranti, Eckhardt, Emmett, Goodwin, Hardy, Wu
News October 24, 2018

Call for LBJ Alumni Board member nominations

The LBJ Alumni Board invites any and all alumni to submit nominations, including self-nominations, for new Board members. The roles and responsibilities of Alumni Board members are outlined in the bylaws.

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News September 27, 2018

The LBJ School remembers Julius Whittier (MPAff ’76)

The University of Texas at Austin lost one of its historical figures, trailblazers and true Longhorn Legends with the passing of Julius Whittier on Tuesday morning.

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News September 21, 2018

Outstanding Alumni Awards reception kicks off first LBJ Alumni Weekend

LBJ alumni, their families and friends returned to the LBJ School Sept. 14–16 for the inaugural Alumni Weekend to reconnect with former classmates, celebrate alumni excellence and engage with current students. The weekend was kicked off by the Outstanding Alumni Awards reception, honoring the 2018 winners of the Distinguished Public Service Award and Rising Leader Award: Nancy La Vigne (MPAff ’91) and Rachel Hoff (MGPS ’14).

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LBJ students mingle with alumni at the Outstanding Alumni Awards reception in September 2018
News September 14, 2018

LBJ School honors alumnae Nancy La Vigne (MPAff ’91) and Rachel Hoff (MGPS ’14)

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ School Alumni Board are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Distinguished Public Service Award and Rising Leader Award. The winners will be honored at the Outstanding Alumni Awards on Friday, Sept. 14, at the LBJ School in conjunction with the LBJ Alumni Weekend.

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LBJ Alumni Award Winners Nancy La Vigne (MPAff '91) and Rachel Hoff (MGPS '14)
News March 12, 2018

LBJ School alumnus Joe Jenkins speaks at SXSW on veteran voices

LBJ School alumnus and United States Marine Corps veteran Joe Jenkins (MPAff DC Concentration '16) spoke on a South by Southwest (SXSW) panel, "Ending Political Football with Veteran Voices," on the potential for military veterans to change the narrative around contentious issues and be a unifying voice in society.

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LBJ School alumnus and Marine Corps veteran Joe Jenkins (MPAff DC Concentration '16) spoke on a SXSW panel