Past Special Events
On March 20, 2019, Clydia Williams-Bowser and her husband John Bowser, on behalf of the alumni of Odessa’s Blackshear Junior-Senior High School, donated a collection of presidential artifacts to the Presidential Archives. The donation will provide additional materials related to several recent presidents, especially President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Ms. Williams-Bowser, who graduated from U.T. Permian Basin with a Master of Arts degree in counseling, has been collecting memorabilia for some time and stated that she was “delighted that some of my collection will be useful in educating the public.” Mr. Bowser noted that the Blackshear High School alumni association regularly visits the Presidential Archives during its reunions.
Items donated included several collectible figures of the Obamas, along with t-shirts, yard signs, photographs from the White House, and news publications from Obama’s presidency. President Obama’s books Dreams of My Father and Audacity of Hope, Michelle Obama’s Becoming, and My Life by President Bill Clinton were also donated to be included in the John Ben Shepperd, Jr., Memorial Library, located in the Presidential Archives.
“We are grateful to the Bowsers for this generous gift,” said, Clay Finley, who oversees the Presidential Archives. “The Bowsers have significantly increased our collection of contemporary presidential memorabilia, allowing us to continue telling the stories of those who have served our nation in this role.”
In addition to the Bowsers, the presentation was attended by Rose Mary Hammond, Morris Nelms, Barbara Finley, Celestine Rand, Joyce Williams, and Idell Tatum, all of whom graduated from Blackshear High School. Also in attendance was Mari Spivey Willis, who attended Blackshear Junior High School and currently represents District 5 on the Odessa City Council.
On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted the Texas Supreme Court for a Court Day at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center.
Beginning at 9:00 AM, the Court heard two cases; following the hearings, the Court took questions from the audience.
This was a free event, open to the public, and a unique opportunity for all of us in the Permian Basin to view our state’s highest court in action.
The cases argued were:
17-0151 JBS CARRIERS, INC. AND JAMES LUNDRY v. TRINETTE L. WASHINGTON, SOPHIA RENEE LENZY, THOMAS CHARLES LENZY, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ESTATE OF MARY L. TURNER, DECEASED; from Bexar County; 4th Court of Appeals District (04-15-00463-CV, 513 SW3d 703, 01-11-17)
17-0463 GLASSDOOR, INC., DOE 1 AND DOE 2 v. ANDRA GROUP, LP; from Dallas County; 5th Court of Appeals District (05-16-00189-CV, SW3d , 03-24-17)
Details of the cases are available through the Court’s website, http://www.txcourts.gov/supreme/.
Thanks to the Texas Bar Foundation and Odessa Arts for their financial support to make this event possible!
On Tuesday, February 27, from 7:30 to 8:30, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted visiting Fulbright Scholar Haytham Nawar. Dr. Nawar teaches at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and was serving as a visiting scholar at UCLA. A reception was also held in his honor preceding the event.
On Monday, February 19, 2018, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a reception in the Presidential Archives celebrating Presidents Day! Dr. Bob Brescia spoke about humorous facts and anecdotes from the lives of the Presidents.
On December 13, 2017, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute and the Ellen Noel Art Museum held a joint Christmas party featuring Judy Pancoast. Photos are available here.
On October 25, 2017, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted the HuffPost “Listen to America” bus tour. Photos are available here.
On October 16, 2017, U.S. Representative Mike Conaway donated more than forty volumes of presidential papers and related works to the John Ben Shepperd, Jr. Memorial Library in the Presidential Archives. The Odessa American‘s coverage of the donation is available here.
On September 7, 2017, the John Ben Shepperd Public leadership Institute hosted the U.T. Permian Basin Honors class of freshman students as they took the oath to become deputy voter registrars in Ector County.
On December 7, 2016, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a Christmas party for Institute donors.
On May 11, 2016, the JBS Public Leadership Institute hosted a luncheon welcoming the president of the Daughters of the American Revolution as she visited the Permian Basin as part of a national tour.
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On April 6, 2016, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a town hall meeting for U.S. Representative Mike Conaway.
On December 22, 2015, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a Christmas Party for Institute donors.
October 20, 2015: The John Ben Shepperd Leaders Luncheon at the Odessa Country Club was hosted by the City of Odessa. Ray Perryman was the keynote speaker, Odessa Mayor David Turner read a proclamation honoring John Ben Shepperd, and President Teddy Roosevelt was a special guest.
On October 19, 2015, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a 100th Birthday Party for John Ben Shepperd, welcoming many family and friends of our namesake for a special evening, including birthday cake and the unveiling of a new portrait. Click here for more photos.
October 18, 2015: As part of the celebration of John Ben Shepperd’s 100th birthday, a 5K Walk / Run on the UTPB campus walking path. Start time was 2:00 PM at the Presidential Archives building. A “Who was JBS” flyer was provided and a JBS exhibit was available. This event was free and open to the public.
On September 17, 2015, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute and the Daughters of the American Revolution held a joint press conference in honor of Constitution Week, honoring the United States Constitution. Speakers included Dr. Robert Brescia, executive director of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, Mr. Charles Cotten, and Judge Susan Redford. Gail Loving Barnes, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, also spoke briefly about the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the significance of that document to our country’s history. Click here for photos of the event.
On June 16, 2015, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a 240th birthday celebration for the United States Army. Photos are available here.
On March 26, 2015, Teddy Roosevelt visited the Presidential Archives at the invitation of Dr. Bob Brescia, JBS Executive Director. During Roosevelt’s visit he posed with his own portrait, reminisced about a camp stool he had used during his trip to Africa, and paused to honor the memory of John Ben Shepperd, Jr. Click here for photos.
On December 5, 2014, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a Christmas party for Institute donors and University staff.
On November 14, 2014, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute and Students for Sensible Drug Policy cosponsored a panel discussion discussing the legal status of marijuana. Speakers included Judge Susan Redford, UTPB Chief of Police Tom Hain, Dr. Jan Murdock, and Jarrod Eicher.
On September 10, 2014, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a special pre-screening of the PBS documentary The Roosevelts – An Intimate History.
August 16, 2012: Shepperd Town Hall Series: “Dialogue and Dessert: Economic Development in the Permian Basin”
On August 16, 2012, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a town hall meeting entitled “Dialogue and Dessert: Economic Development in the Permian Basin.” Speakers included Morse Haynes from Monahans, Guy Andrews from Odessa, Wesley Burnett from Andrews, and Laura Roman from Midland.
On August 4, 2014, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a town hall meeting for U.S. Representative Mike Conaway.
On July 12, 2014, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted the JBS Fine Arts Leadership Revival at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center. This event combined music, performing arts, oration, and a discussion of leadership into a spectacular evening. In addition to featured guest Jerome “J-ROC” Harmon, participants included CBS7’s Jay Hendricks as moderator, the Jeffery Family, and Tim Curry. Click here for photos.
On August 23, 2013, JBS hosted a block party for new UT Permian Basin students, welcoming them to campus and introducing them to the Institute. Click here for photos.
On August 22 and 23, 2013, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a Jon Vroman, author of Living College Life in the Front Row, for an event with U.T. Permian Basin incoming freshman students entitled Falcon Formation ’13. Click here for photos.
On August 4, 2013, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted U.S. Representative Mike Conaway for a town hall meeting.
Click here for the Odessa American‘s coverage.
On July 29, 2013, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted the 2013 Texas Leadership Educators Workshop at the Dallas Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas. Speakers included Adam Goodman, Barbara Kellerman, and Robert Brescia.
July 28-29, 2013 marked the second year of the Texas Leadership Educators Workshop. Seats filled up fast for this important educational workshop held in Dallas. Attendees enrolled included Ph.D. students, faculty members, high school teachers and a few middle school educators who are all excited to learn how to mesh leadership into studies that are in place and to learn so much more. Speakers were Adam Goodman, Barbara Kellerman and Robert Brescia who engaged attendees with the means to enhance their knowledge about leadership and leadership curriculum ideas on a wide variety of topics
The networking opportunities for first time teachers of leadership classes were beneficial along with the shared knowledge of those that have taught for years. We hope everyone came away with a little bit of learning about how other professionals teach the same topics and how to enhance their own techniques. Interests in the topics were abuzz with excitement from those viewing the agenda for the workshop.
Our goal was to see the exchange of ideas between presenters and participants on various topics such as best practices; curriculum design and development; link between experiential learning and formal courses; and teaching activities and techniques. Thanks to those that attended, we did more than accomplish that goal.
On June 10, 2013, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted U.S. Representative Mike Conaway for a town hall meeting.
On November 28, 2012, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute cosponsored with UT Permian Basin’s Young America Foundation Club a public lecture by businessman Herman Cain entitled “Living the American Dream.” Click here for photos
On July 29, 2012, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted the 2012 Texas Leadership Educators Workshop at the Dallas Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas. Speakers included Craig Johnson, Peter Northouse, and Howard Prince.
Speakers: Sen. Kel Seliger, Rep. Tryon Lewis, Rep. Tom Craddick; moderated by Evan Smith. Click here for photos.
On March 22, 2012, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute hosted a dedication ceremony for the building in which it is located on the campus of U.T. Permian Basin, with the building being officially named in honor of former Texas Representative George E. “Buddy” West and his wife, Shirley West. Click here for photos.
Speaker: Hector Mendez – Superintendent, Ector County ISD; Steven Saldivar – Superintendent, Big Spring ISD; Ryder Warren – Superintendent, Midland ISD. Moderated by Karen Johnson, Associate Director of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute.
Speakers: Odessa City Manager Richard Morton, Midland City Manager Courtney Sharp, Andrews City Manager Glen Hackler. Moderated by Robert Burns, Director, John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute. Click here for photos.
Speakers: Dave Wedel, Publisher of the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Glen Hackler of Andrews. Moderated by Bobby Burns, Executive Director of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute. Click here for photos.
Speaker: Steve Hildebrand, deputy national campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Speaker: Cliff Angelo, Co-leader of Public Strategies, Inc.
Speaker: Shirley Green.
Speaker: John James, former chairman of the Democratic Party State Convention Organizing Committee and member of the Midland City Council.
August 7, 2008: Shepperd Summer Lecture Series: “Midland-Odessa: Into the New Millennium . . . Together”
Speakers: Odessa Mayor Larry Melton, Midland Mayor Wes Perry. Moderated by former Odessa Mayor Lorraine Perryman and former Midland Mayor Bobby Burns. Click here for photos.