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  • Monday, August 10, 2015 9:16 PM | Deleted user

    AUSTIN, TX — The Texas Lyceum, a premier statewide non-profit, non-partisan leadership group focused on public policy issues facing Texas, today announced it will convene its quarterly meeting in El Paso, Texas, on August 14, 2015 to discuss the hotly debated topic, “Have We Lost the War on Drugs?”

    “The Texas Lyceum aims to provoke thoughtful and informed discussions about important public policy issues facing Texas,” said Jane Cummins, president of the Texas Lyceum. “The war on drugs is a hot topic, with a wide range of opinions on all sides of this controversial issue and we aim to study, investigate and debate each one.” 

    At the day-long meeting, Lyceum Directors and their guests will hear from a wide range of El Pasoans, including journalists and judicial, law enforcement and political leaders who are well versed in these challenging issues. Throughout the day, panelists will address questions such as:

    • ·       Should our state be discussing the legalization of marijuana?
    • ·       Could legalization or decriminalization of marijuana be in Texas’ future?
    • ·       What have we learned from other states?
    • ·       How could this radical change potentially impact our economy and our legal systems?

    The El Paso quarterly meeting will delve into these important questions and will include varied perspectives on the war on drugs. In addition, we will provide an exclusive view of how law enforcement agencies deal with the drug trade as it enters the country through our Texas borders.

    We have assembled a number of expert panelists, which consist of current law enforcement (E.P.P.D., FBI, DEA, Sheriff) along with a number of Federal, local Judges and elected officials that will provide their views on these controversial issues.

    The meeting will include the following panels:

    ** Morning panels held at the UTEP Undergraduate Learning Center Room 128**

    8:45 a.m.         The Battle on the Streets: Law Enforcement Perspective

    Moderator: Estela Casas, News Anchor, KVIA Channel 7 ABC affiliate

    Speakers: Greg Allen, El Paso Chief of Police; Jaime Esparza, District Attorney for the 34th  Judicial District of Texas; Douglas Lindquist, FBI Special Agent in Charge, El Paso; Will Glaspy, DEA Special Agent in Charge, El Paso

     10:30 a.m.       The Courts and the Price of the “War on Drugs”

    Moderator: Patrick Schaefer, Executive Director, Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, The University of Texas at El Paso

    Speakers: Judge David Briones, United States Senior District Judge for the Western District of Texas; Judge Miguel Torres, United States Federal Magistrate for the Western District of Texas; Judge Diane Navarrete, State District Judge, Criminal District Court 1; Jim Darnell, Criminal Defense Attorney El Paso; Rafael De La Garza II, Criminal Defense Attorney Dallas

     **Afternoon panels to be held at Southwest University/Chihuahua Stadium, Durango Street entrance, WestStar Bank Area **

    12:45 p.m.      Excerpts from “Kingdom of Shadows”

    Speakers: Alfredo Corchado, Mexican Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News; Bernardo Ruiz, Founder, Quiet Pictures

    2:15 p.m.        Marijuana: Legalization, Decriminalization, and Alternatives to Prosecution

    Moderator: Angela Kocherga, Border Bureau Chief, KHOU

    Speakers: Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sheriff; Colt DeMorris, Executive Director, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), El Paso Chapter; Joe Moody, State Representative, District 78 D-El Paso

    The Lyceum meeting is closed to the public, but media interested in covering the event, are welcome to attend, but must RSVP to Jenifer@SarverStrategies.com or 512-577-9099.

    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum 


  • Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:19 AM | Deleted user

    AUSTIN The Texas Lyceum, thepremier statewide non-profit, non-partisan leadership group focused on public policy issues facing Texas, today announced that Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush would join members of the Texas Lyceum in Panama City, Panama for a three- day visit.

    “The Texas Lyceum aims to provoke thoughtful and informed discussions about important public policy issues facing Texas,” said Jane Cummins, president of the Texas Lyceum. “The expansion of international trade and the role ports play in our diverse, vibrant economy are critical to Texas’ future. By taking a firsthand look at the Panama Canal Expansion, we will forge important bonds with our Central American neighbors, andenable our members, guests and state officials to best prepare Texas for future growth and economic opportunity.”

    Texas ports provide jobs for 1.4 million Texans and contribute $2.4 billion in state and local taxes. Texas leads the United States in goods exports and waterborne commerce, which expands the Texas brand globally. Ports are vital to the economic strategy of Texas and maintaining a competitive edge is essential in long-term economic opportunity for Texans. The Panama Canal is currently undergoing substantial expansion to increase traffic flow and lower shipping costs across the globe. The expansion will double the Panama Canal’s current capacity, allowing larger ships (1,200-foot vessels) that carry cargo three times as great as previous trips.

    “The Texas economy is greatly influenced by international trade and our extensive port system,” said Secretary Cascos. “Texas should be preparing today for the opportunities that will come with the Panama Canal expansion tomorrow.”

    "The Panama Canal has played a key role in international trade for morethan 100 years. The new expansion will double the Canal's capacity,” Commissioner Bush said. "More shipping means more business opportunities for Texas, and we have to be ready to capitalize on it."

    Members and guests of the Texas Lyceum will address two key questions over several days of meetings, presentations and site visits to both the existing and newly expanded sections of the canal. First, do Texas ports have the infrastructure to deal with the larger vessels? And second, how can Texas partner with Panama to increase shipping traffic between Texas and Asia?

    In addition to panel discussions with leaders from Texas businesses andports, Lyceum directors are pleased to welcome statewide officials to Panama for the visit. Secretary Cascos and Commissioner Bush will both lead “fireside chats” with guests on subsequent evenings of the trip. The fireside chat is a long-standing Texas Lyceum tradition, in which invited speakers deliver remarks in a casual format that encourages discussion, debate and the thoughtful exchange of ideas, consistent with the organization’s mission.

    The trip, which runs from June 11-June 14, 2015 is open to Texas Lyceum directors, guests and sponsors. Sponsors of the meeting in Panama City include AT&T, SureScore, the Port of Houston Authority and the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation.

    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six- year term while under the age of 46, andhave demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum


  • Friday, May 01, 2015 5:01 PM | Anonymous member

    (AUSTIN) The Texas Lyceum, the premier statewide non-profit, non-partisan leadership group focused on public policy issues facing Texas, today announced the group will award $35,000 in scholarships to seven exceptional Texas students.

    “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 35th anniversary than by giving $35,000 worth of scholarships to deserving Texas students,” said 2015 Lyceum President Jane Cummins. “The Lyceum helps cultivate leaders in the State of Texas and there is no better time to invest in future leaders than as they begin their academic career as a Texas college student.”

    Lesley Briones, Vice President of Leadership for the Texas Lyceum, oversaw the selection process this year. She added, “These seven young leaders represent the bright future of our great state. They all have outstanding academic and civic achievements and a deep commitment to their communities and schools. These scholarships are meant to empower the next generation of Texas leaders by helping them achieve their dreams through higher education.”

    A record number of more than 900 high school students applied for the 2015 Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarships. Each of the following honorees will receive a $5,000 scholarship to go toward a Texas college or university:

    * Shelbyville High School senior Altobeli Caporali of Center. Mr. Caporali, who plans to attend Texas A&M University to study chemical and biomedical engineering, was the first Hispanic to advance to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) in the history of Shelbyville High School. He had the highest ACT score among his peers, received STARR testing Advanced Academic Performance in all of his areas of his coursework and is active in his church as an usher and church band member.

    * James Taylor High School senior Ishani Desai of Katy plans to attend Rice University to study biochemistry and neuroscience. Ms. Desai, a National Merit Scholar, has earned numerous debate awards including serving as a finalist in the National Forensic League Tournament for Policy Debate.  Ms. Desai was an intern for the Indian Red Cross Society and founded a Red Cross Club at her high school.

    Brackenridge High School senior Richard Martinez of San Antonio plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington to study film and media. Mr. Martinez is the class Salutatorian, the captain of the tennis team and has been awarded the Harvard Alumni Association Book Award.  He has also been involved in numerous volunteer programs including the San Antonio Food Bank, H-E-B /Valero Co Kids Challenge event, and the Special Olympics Youth Program.

    * Pasadena Memorial High School senior Jacob Lee Minter of Pasadena will attend Baylor University where he plans to study biology. Mr. Minter participated in varsity football, track and powerlifting and is the recipient of the Pasadena ISD Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship. Mr. Minter is also active in his church where he volunteers for Houston area organizations that assist the homeless.

    * Valle Verde Early College High School graduate Adriel Morgan of El Paso will attend The University of Texas at Austin to study business management and internal relations. Ms. Morgan was elected State Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America, the fourth office she held with this national organization. She has also been active in anti-human trafficking efforts at home and abroad and plans to devote her career to international advocacy work in this arena.

    * Carnegie Vanguard High School (CVHS) senior Mai Pham of Houston plans to study economics at Rice University. Ms. Pham was elected the first female student body president at CVHS; founded a group to support underserved youth in Vietnam (her parents’ birthplace), Botswana and Malawi; volunteered at M.D. Anderson and Memorial Hermann hospitals and served as a summer youth counselor at Rice University.

    * Juan Diego Academy Catholic Regional High School senior Janay Lari Rocha of Rio Grande City plans to study biology at Baylor University. Ms. Rocha, who travels 100 miles a day to attend her high school, served as a People to People Student Ambassador, was elected a 4–H Starr County voting delegate, and served as student council president. Ms. Rocha participated in a medical summit summer program at Johns Hopkins University and dreams of becoming a cardiac surgeon.

    The Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarship recipients are evaluated on the basis of leadership, academic record, honors, personal essays, letters of recommendation and financial need. Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarship applicants must be Texas residents and have a minimum average 3.5 GPA.

    These scholarships support students who are entering a Texas college or university. For more information about the Texas Lyceum Leadership Scholarship please go to www.texaslyceum.org and see "scholarships."

    About The Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum


  • Friday, March 06, 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Statewide Leadership Group’s Public Conference Brings Together Experts on Texas’ Most Pressing Policy Concerns: Infrastructure, Education, Water and More; Event Kicks Off Texas Lyceum’s 35th Anniversary

    AUSTIN—The Texas Lyceum, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, today convened state leaders and policy experts to discuss short and long-term challenges affecting Texas’ ability to remain a top competitor in the ever-changing global market. “Keeping the Miracle Alive: Ensuring Texas’ Competitiveness” included panel discussions with experts in the fields of water policy, infrastructure, workforce, education and energy, as well as a luncheon keynote featuring Texas business leaders.

    “Making public policy accessible to every Texan is a key priority for the Texas Lyceum,” said Jane Cummins, Texas Lyceum President. “A more engaged electorate is also critical to the future prosperity and success of our great state.”

    “Our Texas Lyceum Public Conferences aim to elevate the public discourse and awareness of the key issues facing our state,” said Megan Woodburn, Lyceum Director and Conference Co-Chair. “Keeping the Miracle Alive is an acknowledgment that Texas must address short and long-term challenges that could impact our state’s ability to remain a beacon for job creation, investment and continued economic growth.”

    Featured speakers and policy experts from a wide range of public policy sectors led panel discussions and took questions from conference participants. Speakers included: Leslie L. Ward, AT&T Texas, and Texas Economic Development Corporation; Greg Flores, San Antonio Water System; Kathleen Jackson, Texas Water Development Board; Robert R. Puente, San Antonio Water System; State Senator Charles Perry; Jeff Moseley, Texas Transportation Commission; Phil Wilson, Lower Colorado River Authority; Jeff Austin, Austin Bank, and Texas Transportation Commission; John Langmore, Capital METRO Board; Randy Bowman, MW Logistics; Gerald Daugherty, Travis County Commissioner; Michael Williams, Texas Education Agency; Dr. Raymund Paredes, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Andres Alcantar, Texas Workforce Commission; Dale Craymer, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association; Arcilia Acosta, CARCON Industries and Construction; Gail Warrior, Warrior Group and Gay Gaddis, T3.

    The full-day conference in Austin also featured a “Texas Business Legends” panel moderated by Bill Hammond, CEO of the Texas Association of Business. Philanthropist and business executive Red McCombs, McLane Group Chairman and former owner of the Houston Astros Drayton McLane, Jr., and, Jack Martin, chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies offered their C-Suite experiences and insight.

    “For many years, Texas has been viewed as the envy of other states when it comes to our economic prowess, competitiveness and job creation,” said Aaron Seaman, Lyceum Director and Conference Co-Chair. “Now, with other states getting wise to Texas’ ways and embracing like-minded policies, the Texas Lyceum recognizes that we must be forward-thinking and consider solutions to our most vexing policy concerns.”

    “With the Legislature here in Austin now for their 140-day Session, raising awareness about their work and encouraging civic engagement has never been more important,” said Cummins. “We’re hopeful that the discussions from today’s Texas Lyceum event foster thoughtful dialogue among the media, public and state leaders as we map out the legislative and regulatory policies and laws that will impact Texans for years to come.”

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    About The Texas Lyceum
    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum




  • Friday, January 30, 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Texas Lyceum’s Quarterly Conference to Explore Protecting the Environment During a Time of Significant Economic Growth—Can It Be Achieved?

    JEFFERSON, Texas – The Texas Lyceum hosts its first meeting of 2015 – Protecting the Texas Environment in the Midst of Economic Growth – in historic Jefferson, Texas, from January 29 – 31.  The conference will explore the challenging balance between environmental stewardship and the ever-increasing demand for energy. 

    “This is an incredibly powerful topic for the Lyceum to tackle, and one with no easy answers,” said Lyceum President Jane Cummins.  “Balancing environmental stewardship with an ever-growing demand for energy is no simple task.  It requires the brightest minds in the field bringing their ideas to the table.  I’m thrilled the Lyceum could play a role in convening this critical discussion, and that we have been able to sustain that level of discourse for 35 years.”

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed stringent new standards for carbon emissions that could dramatically alter the future of power generation in Texas.  At the same time, the state’s economy has experienced a more robust recovery since the financial crisis than almost any other in the nation.  With this economic growth also comes population growth and the need to provide reliable power to an increasing network of homes, businesses and industrial facilities, resulting in Texas leading the nation in CO2 emissions.

    “This discussion is especially timely for the state,” said Alicia Knight, conference co-chair.  “The Lyceum has the great fortune to have some of the most well-respected environmental and energy experts from across the state and country as guests this weekend.”

    The conference will feature policy leaders and executives in a wide array of energy-related fields, including Brad Jones, Sr. Vice President and COO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT); Brian Bond, Vice President of External Affairs for Southwestern Electric Power Company; Jim Marston, Vice President of U.S. Climate and Energy for the Environmental Defense Fund; John Fainter, President and CEO, Association of Electric Companies of Texas; Kim Mireles, Vice President for Environmental Services, Luminant; Jeffrey Clark, Executive Director, Wind Coalition; and Rudy Garza, Vice President for CPS Energy.

    It will also feature welcoming remarks from State Rep. Chris Paddie, a keynote address from Christi Craddick, Chair of the Texas Railroad Commission and Lyceum alumna, and a Fireside Chat with longtime statewide leader and former Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff.

    The conference will explore various topics during the weekend in Jefferson, including: power generation and environmental compliance; environmental stewardship; alternative energy and innovation; and an analysis of regulation and competition models. 

    “We could not be more excited about this conference topic and to host it here in one of the most historic venues in Texas,” said Jeb Jones, conference co-chair.  “As important as the topic is, it’s also incredibly powerful for the leaders of our state to visit iconic locations like Jefferson.  There’s so much history here; I’m glad we’re taking the opportunity to enjoy it and learn from it.”

    About the Texas Lyceum

    The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group, is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. It is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.  The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org.

    Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum.

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  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:54 AM | Anonymous member
    (HOUSTON)  On Friday, January 31, 2014, Texas Lyceum members will gather for a discussion centered on the future of our food industry in Texas.  From farming to safety to the plating of food, the Texas Lyceum will explore the current state of the food industry and how to support the success of the food businesses in Texas.  Panelists will delve into government regulation on the food and beverage industry, from inspection to taxes to immigration and beyond.  These lively panel discussions will begin at 10 am at The University of Houston Hilton, 4800 Calhoun in the Shamrock Ballroom.

    The conference will also address how the environment will affect the future of food production, and will look at the phenomenon of food as a trend: celebrity chefs, dedicated media, and specialty food and cooking stores.

    “The Texas Lyceum is thrilled to dedicate its first conference of 2014 to the food industry – a topic which touches every individual in our state,” said Roberta Schwartz, Texas Lyceum president.  “Our organization is proud to host discussions with such highly-esteemed professionals in all realms of food production, safety and governmental regulation.”

    “The Texas Lyceum prides itself on creating unique and timely conference topics and this one is no exception,” said Andrew Biar, president of Strategic Public Affairs, Inc. and Texas Lyceum conference chair.  “Attendees will be able engage with top-notch professionals as we delve into what the future of the food industry means for Texas.”

    “The Texas Lyceum is delving into a topic that remains a top priority for H-E-B: food safety,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs as well as a Texas Lyceum board member.  “As a company, H-E-B is committed to providing our customers with products they can trust for their families, and we are looking forward to exploring this topic at the conference.”

    Notable conference speakers will include: Sharon Wood, Director, Food Safety, Technical Services & Regulatory Affairs, H-E-B; Doug Brooks, Former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Brinker International; Richie Jackson, CEO, Texas Restaurant Association; Norman Garza, Associate Legislative Director, Texas Farm Bureau; Brian Green, President/CEO, Houston Food Bank and Staci Drilling, HR/Risk Manager, Goode Co. Many more will be discussing topics such as Food Safety, Opening a Food Business, the Future of Food Production and Workforce and Training Issues.

    Created in 1980, the Texas Lyceum is a non-profit, non-partisan group that serves as the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. Lyceum alumni include a United States President, a Cabinet Secretary, United States Senators, a Texas Governor, and many successful leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

    About the Texas Lyceum: Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group, is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org

    Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceumhttp://twitter.com/texaslyceum

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  • Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:00 AM | Anonymous member
    Statewide Leadership Group to Discuss “The State of Philanthropy” in Texas

    (DALLAS, TX) The Texas Lyceum is pleased to announce it will be hosting a daylong leadership conference on Friday, October 18, at Southern Methodist University to discuss a variety of issues and topics related to the subject of philanthropy.

    The “State of Philanthropy” conference will give Lyceum Directors and attendees an overview of philanthropy, its shifting trends, the intersection between philanthropy and public policy, and the pattern of smart, outcome-driven giving. Texans give more than $10.7 billion in philanthropy every year, making Texas the third most generous state in the union in terms of total contributions.

    “For the first time in our history, the Texas Lyceum will host a conference dedicated exclusively to the topic of philanthropy,” said Collin Cox, 2013 Texas Lyceum President. “The Texas Lyceum has a rich history of bringing together future leaders to discuss policy matters that are important to this state, and I am thrilled to see us discuss a topic such as this that touches the lives of almost every Texan.”

    Created in 1980, the Texas Lyceum is a non-profit, non-partisan group that serves as the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. Lyceum alumni include a United States President, a Cabinet Secretary, United States Senators, a Texas Governor, and many successful leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

    Notable conference speakers will include: Isabelle and Katherine Adams (ages 10 and 7), founders of Paper for Water; Dr. Melissa Berman, President & CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Author and The Economist New York Bureau Chief Matthew Bishop; representatives of the largest corporate and philanthropic entities in Texas including Exxon Mobil, HEB, AT&T, Meadows Foundation, and Communities Foundation of Texas; and The Honorable Margaret Spellings, President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, U.S. Secretary of Education 2005-2009, and Lyceum alumnus.

    About the Texas Lyceum: Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group, is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org

    Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum. ###
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