Campus News 2009

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2009

Water & waves Final Water Symposium on
March 12 at Schreiner University
Schreiner University will host the fourth and final in this year's series of symposia and forums about water issues in Texas at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center on the Schreiner campus. The topic will be "Forging Partnerships to Address Complex Water Issues in Texas: Obstacles, Perspectives and Solutions."

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“These events have been held throughout the Hill Country for the past two years and drawn hundreds of citizens to come together to learn and ask questions,” said Tom Arsuffi of Texas Tech University and Hill Country Alliance. “Clearly people care and want to be informed and engaged in decisions that effect water resources for future generations.”
The panel of experts includes, Bill Ross, Schreiner University’s Wilson Fellow, who has more than 25 years of experience in public policy issues, including 10 years as a public official for the state of Alaska. Prior to founding Ross & Associates, he culminated his public sector career as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Since 1987, he has been president of Ross & Associates and has led the firm in establishing a national reputation for assisting public sector agencies in addressing critical emerging environmental and natural resource issues. The firm assists clients in all realms of environmental programmatic arenas and provides expert assistance ranging from information management and analysis, to policy and program development, to stakeholder engagement and mediation. The firm is committed to helping clients find more effective, efficient, and inclusive ways of improving and sustaining environmental and public health protection.

A. L. "Curg" Starkey III is the great-grandson of a founding father of Kerr County. He graduated from Tivy High School and attended Angelo State University. After college, he returned to Kerrville where he was a successful homebuilder in the Hill Country for more than 18 years. He currently manages commercial real estate investments, in addition to managing the 6S Ranch located in Kerr County, where he continues to pursue his interest in ranching and game management. Always eager to improve his community, Curg is a past president of the Upper Guadalupe River Authority, past member of the Guadalupe Blanco River Trust Board, and past member of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. He has also served on the City of Kerrville's Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee and is currently serving on the Zoning Ordinance Input Committee for the City of Kerrville.  He and his wife, Monica, live in Kerrville where they have raised two sons.

David K. Langford served as executive vice president of the Texas Wildlife Association from 1990 until retirement in 2002. He currently serves as vice president emeritus, working on water issues, property tax concerns, eminent domain threats, and other special legislative and educational projects.

The Texas Wildlife Association is a statewide organization—whose membership controls many, many millions of acres of wildlife habitat— that is devoted to the perpetuation of wildlife, wildlife management, water for wildlife, hunting, and private property rights. TWA also participates at the national level on these issues with groups dedicated to similar missions.

The annual Texas Water Symposium series is co-sponsored by Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance.

These events are free and open to the public. All of the water forums are taped and aired on Texas Public Radio.

For more information about the series, check the Web at  or contact Bob Hickerson or Dr. Tom Arsuffi at 325-446-2301, or; or Amy Armstrong at 830-792-7405 or

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