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February 20, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- More than 150 area high school students will learn about public service and leadership at the second annual John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Forum at Southern Methodist University on Saturday, Feb. 24. The students will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, 3140 Dyer St.

Named for a former Texas Attorney General and Secretary of State, the Shepperd Forum is a program of the University of Texas at Permian Basin held at various Texas colleges and universities to introduce goal-oriented young people to public service. Students learn how to influence their communities by becoming educated voters, volunteers with service agencies, members of civic boards or elected public officials, among other things.

The SMU Leadership Consultant Council, the student organization that organized the forum, has invited Norm Lyons, vice president of community development for the Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars and Mesquite Rodeo, along with panelists including Vectrix Inc. CEO Mark Lynd, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Mary Poss, Chase Manhattan Bank Senior Vice President of commercial banking Jorge Calderon, and Cary M. Maguire Professor of Ethics William F. May to speak at this year's forum.

The day's activities include the following:

  • 8:30 to 9 a.m. Norm Lyons opens with a speech on public stewardship and the responsibility of citizens to give back to their communities.
  • 9:10 to 11:55 a.m. Students in groups of 10 to 15 will participate in leadership, communication and goal setting sessions, led by SMU faculty and administrators and Dallas civic leaders.
  • 11:55 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. Students will gather for a working lunch and hear from panelists.
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Students will develop a community service plan.
  • 3:10 to 4 p.m. Closing session in which students will receive certificates for their attendance.

SMU alumni who have helped organize the Shepperd Forum are Nate Crain, Dallas technology entrepreneur and past president of the SMU Young Alumni Associates, and Dan Stansbury Jr., vice president of Lively-Stansbury Management Corporation and past president of the SMU Young Alumni Associates.

High schools participating in the forum are: A Maceo Smith, Booker T. Washington, Bryan Adams, David W. Carter, Dallas Christian Academy, Greenhill Academy, Jesuit and Highland Park. Also participating are Lake Highlands, Lakehill Preparatory, Moises Molina, St. Marks, Seagoville, South Oak Cliff, the Ursuline Academy, W.W. Samuel, Woodrow Wilson and W. T. White.

For more information about the Shepperd Leadership Forum at SMU, call (214) 768-2494 or (214) 768-4434.