Center for Public Services Conferences


Promoting Excellence in the Nonprofit Sector

Panels included a roundtable of regional foundations, a study of 501(c)3 organizations in West Texas, service learning workshop. The featured speaker was Dr. Alana Conner, Senior Editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review who gave a presentation entitled "Think Like a Saint, Act Like a Scientist."

Download Nonprofit Sector in West Texas Presentation


Administrative Challenges to Economic Growth in West Texas

Six panels covered topics such as rural development, transportation, workforce development, bio and related technologies, and community leadership. Participants included representatives from the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Wes-Tex Resource Conservation Development Area, Ports-to-Plains Corridor Coalition, WorkSource Development of the South Plains, South Plains Association of Governments, as well as local and state elected officials and administrators.

Download the Ports-to-Plains PowerPoint presentation


Community Solutions for Challenges of Childhood Obesity

The featured speaker was Dr. Eduardo J. Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Other speakers included:

  • Dr. Patti. J. Patterson, M.D., MPH, Vice President, Office of Rural and Community Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
  • Debra Reed, Ph.D., RD, LD, Professor, Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University.
  • Jane Tustin, MSN, RN, NCSN, FNASN, Coordinator, Health Services, Lubbock Independent School District.

Download copy of Dr. Sanchez' presentation.

Download Presentation on Childhood Obesity (Windows Media File 76 MB).

This conference was co-sponsored by the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Office of Rural and Community Health


The Future of Water in West Texas

The featured speaker was Cornelia Flora, Ph.D. distinguished professor of agriculture and sociology at Iowa State University.

Other speakers included:

Steve Verett, Executive Vice President, Plains Cotton Growers Inc.
Gabriel Eckstein, J.D., Associate Professor of Law, Texas Tech School of Law
Jim Conkwright, General Manager, High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1
Ken Rainwater, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Water Resources Center, Texas Tech University