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BEFORE BROWN

A SNIPER IN THE TOWER

BAD BOY FROM ROSEBUD

WORSE THAN DEATH

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Gary's Radio/Television Appearances and Major Presentations!

Gary Lavergne is known throughout the United States as an excellent public and motivational speaker. He has represented the United States in issues relating to college admissions policy, been a guest lecturer at some of the finest universities in the world, and he has done stand-up comedy on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. He has stunned audiences into silence with incredible stories of courage, good, and evil while relating his experiences researching and writing about mass murder for A Sniper in the Tower and Worse than Death, and serial killing for The Bad Boy from Rosebud. On other, lighter occasions, he has brought laughter to many thousands of people with funny stories from his youth and experiences as a Cajun from "the great state of Louisiana." At some events he has pulled out his guitar and educated audiences on the hilarious differences between Country and Cajun Music. Additionally, Gary is an award-winning educator who has riveted audiences of all types with observations from his rich experiences as a high school teacher and administrator on the district, regional, and state agency levels, and as a professional formerly employed by the American College Testing Program (ACT), the College Board, and presently as the Director of Admissions Research at The University of Texas at Austin.

Gary has also made many appearances on radio and television.  Listed below are just a few of his more memorable appearances.   

February 14, 2011 -- http://www.dralvinjones.com/ Gary was interviewed by radio personality Dr. Alvin Augustus Jones. The coverage was about his new book Before Brown.

January 27, 2011 Noon to 1:30pm Texas Union, Eastwoods Room 2.102 25th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights at The University of Texas at Austin. The symposium is coordinated by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and sponsored by several university departments. This is the 25th anniversary year of the symposium.  Gary M. Lavergne discussed, Before Brown: Heman Marion Sweatt, Thurgood Marshall, and the Long Road to Justice.  From 5:30 to 7:00pm John Hargis Hall (on the corner of Red River and MLK): A reception begins at 5:30pm honoring Gary M. Lavergne, Author, and the Sweatt family members assembled for this very special occasion. At 6:30pm, Lavergne will moderate a panel discussion entitled "The Sweatts: The Saga of an American Family" and will include several Sweatt family members.

January 27, 2011 -- KTBC TV (FOX), Austin TX. Gary appeared on the FOX Morning Show to promote his lecture at the Heman Sweatt Symposium.

January 26, 2011 -- KXAN TV (NBC), Austin, TX. Gary appeared in an "On the Porch" segment with Jim Swift. The topic was the Heman Sweatt Symposium.

January 25, 2011 - Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, Gary delivered a lecture to a graduate class on "Access to Higher Education in Texas: The Heman Marion Sweatt Story."

January 12-13, 2011 -- 4th Annual Invitational Symposium on College Readiness, Sponsored by the Southwest Region Office of ACT, Inc. Westin Galleria, Dallas, TX. On January 13th at noon Gary Lavergne delivered the closing keynote address based on his book Before Brown.

October 22, 2010 - Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, South Texas School of Law, Houston TX. Gary Lavergne presented on the topic of "Who is your client?" with particular emphasis on the SWEATT v PAINTER (1950) case. The Society launched a new continuing legal education series. This inaugural seminar, entitled "Current Ethical Dilemmas Grounded in History." Gary's co-presenter was Leo L. Barnes, Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs for the University of Texas.

October 10, 2010 - Gary Lavergne appeared before the Dallas Chapter of Sigma Pi Phi, a fraternity of distinguished African American leaders. The multimedia presentation was about his new book, Before Brown and was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dallas.

October 6, 2010 - Gary M. Lavergne was a featured author promoting the 2010 Texas Book Festival at an Austin, TX institution: The Metropolitan Breakfast Club, located at the University of Texas Club.

October 1, 2010 - Gary M. Lavergne took part in the 60th Anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The TMSL's Website describes its history: "The Thurgood Marshall School of Law, as well as the [Texas Southern University], was undoubtedly created as a consequence of a 1946 lawsuit brought by Heman M. Sweatt." Gary served as a panelist during a luncheon  in the President's Suite on the main campus sponsored by the Thurgood Marshall Law Review. The topic was "Reflecting on the Past, Moving Toward the Future: 60 Years of Sweatt v Painter."

August 1, 2009 -- Good Morning America, ABC News. Gary appeared on ABC News as part of ABC's coverage of the anniversary of the UT Tower Traqedy. Click here to see his appearance.

May 7, 2009 -- President's Award for Outstanding Service -- University of Texas at Austin, Student Union Ballroom. Gary received an award for outstanding service to the University of Texas at Austin. The Outstanding Staff and Supervisor Awards Program recognizes non-teaching UT Austin employees who have made outstanding contributions to the continuing success of the university. He was presented a plaque by President William Powers. See: http://www.utexas.edu/hr/awards/excellence/09recipients.html

November 17, 2008 -- UT Graduate School of Education, EDUC 364, Student Affairs Graduate Course. Gary spoke to graduate students about admissions policy and admissions research.

April 25, 2008 -- E! Entertainment Network -- In a special entitled, "Going Postal: 15 Most Shocking Acts of Violence," Gary appeared in the portion of the program dealing with the UT Tower Tragedy of 1966.

April 15, 2008, Lycee Henri IV, Paris, France. In what is considered the most prestigious high school in France, Gary participated in a roundtable discussion of admissions options for French higher education.

April 15, 2008, French Ministry of Higher Education, Paris, France. "The Texas Plan," a presentation by Gary M. Lavergne. Gary presented on the Implementation and Results of the Texas Automatic Admissions Law to French education ministry officials.

April 14, 2008, Sciences Po, Paris, France, Presentation entitled "Transformation of Elite Education in France," by Gary Lavergne and Saul Geiser of the University of California at Berkeley.

March 30, 2008 -- DATELINE NBC special on "Crimes Caught on Tape." Gary appeared on the segment on the UT Tower Tragedy of 1966.

March 26, 2008 -- 10:00am -- Texas News Watch, Austin, Texas. Gary was interviewed by Eugene Olazagasti on the Texas Top 10% Automatic Admissions Law.

November 12, 2007 -- 9:30am-12:00noon -- French American Foundation, Austin, Texas, University of Texas at Austin. Gary delivered a presentation on the history of admissions at UT Austin to a delegation of distinguished educators and administrators from France. His emphasis was on the results of the implementation of the Texas Top 10% Law.

July 19, 2007 -- 4:00-5:30pm -- Association of Contingency Planners, Austin, Texas. University of Texas Student Union, Gary delivered a multimedia presentation on the UT Tower Tragedy and what it taught us about law enforcement and institutional crisis management. Attendance is limited to members.

February 5, 2007 -- 10:15am -- Health Workforce Diversity Regional Conference -- "The Texas Top 10% Law--Separating Fact From Fiction," Westin Galleria Hotel and Conference Center, Dallas, Texas. Gary will be presenting research on the effects of the Texas Top 10% Law since its implementation in 1996. For more information call Dr. Lori Millner at 214-648-8338.

March 30, 2007 -- 9:15am -- UT Forum -- "The Criminal Mind in Fact and Fiction," Thompson Conference Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. Gary will be presenting his perspectives on real-life mass murders and serial killers compared to infamous fictional characters. For more information contact Jo Virgil of Barnes and Noble at 512-328-3652.

April 30, 2007 -- 1:15pm -- UT Sage Program -- "Adventures of a Crime Writer" Thompson Conference Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. Gary will be sharing stories and describing challenges he faced while writing three critically-acclaimed crime books for the University of North Texas Press. For more information contact Nancy Anderson of the UT Sage Program.

September 14, 2006 -- Texas Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education, Texas Legislature, TBA, Austin, Texas -- The Texas Senate SubCommittee on Higher Education will be conducting hearings on higher education issues, including the Texas Top 10% Law. Gary is listed as a possible expert witness.

September 20, 2006 -- The History Channel, True Crime Authors, 10:00am and 4:00pm. -- Gary Lavergne was the subject of a one hour special in a History Channel series called TRUE CRIME AUTHORS. Check your local listings.

October 13, 2006 -- Austin Police Department, Austin, Texas, UT Commons on Burnet Road, Austin, TX. -- Gary will be presenting a program as part of APD's professional development on how the UT Tower Tragedy helped to bring about the formation of SWAT.

November 14, 2006 -- French-American Foundation Conference on Immigration and Education Issues, New York University, New York City, New York -- Gary will be participating in a panel discussion entitled, "Assessing Color-Blind Alternatives to Affirmative Action in Higher Education." This conference will be attended by prestigious educators from all over the world.

November 20, 2006 -- Current Issues in College Admissions Research and Policy Analysis, The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate School of Education, Austin, Texas -- Gary will present  to a Student Affairs Graduate-level class on his recent research in the area of college admissions. He will also talk about how he balances a writing career with his professional responsibilities at UT Austin. ("I don't sleep much.")

July 28, 2006 -- Fox News 7, Austin, Texas, Morning Show, approximately 8:40am -- Gary will be appeared in a morning talk show interview as a promotion for a half-hour special Fox News 7 has for the 40th Anniversary of the Texas Tower tragedy.

July 24-August 1, 2006 -- News 8 Austin, Austin, Texas, Series on the 40th Anniversary of Texas Tower Tragedy -- Gary appeared on a series of segments on a special on the 40th Anniversary of the Texas Tower Tragedy. Check your local listings for the airing of the individual segments and the broadcast of the complete special.

March 1, 2006< -- "Diversity, Admissions and Enrollment Management-Focus on Policy Analysis," UT Austin Graduate School of Education, Sanchez Hall rm. 364. 9:00am11:50am--Gary lectured on his experiences as a policy analysis related to issues like affirmative action, the Texas Top 10% Law, and data-centered policy analysis.

March 3, 2006 -- Texas State Historical Society, Austin, Texas, Renaissance Hotel, Austin, TX. 10:3011:50am--Gary was part of a panel discussion entitled "Crime and Punishment." He spoke of how certain criminals have changed Texas law and law enforcement practices.

April 1, 2006 -- Texas Institute of Letters Annual Awards Banquet, Marriot Austin, Austin, Texas. 7:00pm--Gary presented  the Stanley Walker Award for Best Work of Newspaper Journalism Appearing in Newspaper or Sunday Supplement. For more information see: http://www.wtamu.edu/til/

October 11, 2005 -- Freshman Interest Group, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas -- Gary spoke  to this group about his writings, with a particular emphasis on his book A Sniper in the Tower.

October 21, 2005 -- Ever Ready Lodge #506 PHA and Friends Banquet, Missouri City, Texas, 7:00pm. -- Gary accepted the  the "Trailblazer's Award" for charitable work he did in cooperation with the group.

November 21, 2005 -- Current Issues in College Admissions Research and Policy Analysis, The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate School of Education, Austin, Texas--Gary presented  to a Student Affairs Graduate-level class on his recent research in the area of college admissions. He also talked about how he balances a writing career with his professional responsibilities at UT Austin. ("I don't sleep much.")

April 15, 2005 -- BIOGRAPHY, A&E, 7:00pm Gary appeared in a one-hour episode about Charles Whitman, the University of Texas Tower Sniper. Parts of the episode were filmed in Gary's home in Texas. 

April 25, 2005 -- The University of Texas, Sage Program, Thompson Conference Center, 3:00-4:30pm; Gary discussed his writing career and will be focusing on his latest book, Worse Than Death.

April 30, 2005 -- Texas Institute of Letters, Induction of New Members, Stephen F. Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas, 3:00pm followed by banquet at 6:00pm. Gary was inducted into the most prestigious writers' group in Texas. The TIL was founded by J. Frank Dobie and other literary giants in 1939.

July 22-24, 2005 -- The University of North Texas, Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, Literary Non-Fiction Writers Conference of the Southwest, Hilton DFW Lakes, Grapevine, Texas, Tentative Sunday morning presentation, Gary will be discussed Storytelling, his writing career,  and how he chooses the topic he writes about. 

November 19, 2004 -- American Justice, The A&E Network, 12:00pm and 6:00pm -- Gary appeared in a rebroadcast of "Free to Murder Again" as the author of "Bad Boy From Rosebud: The Murderous Life of Kenneth Allen McDuff." 

February 7th and 11th, 2005 -- True Crime Authors, The History and Biography Channels. Gary Lavergne was the subject of a one hour special in a History Channel series called TRUE CRIME AUTHORS. 

February 17, 2005 -- Louisiana Association of School Supervisors, The Hotel Acadiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, Luncheon.  Gary was the luncheon speaker. His address was entitled "From Church Point to Hollywood: The Real World of Writing." He discussed his experiences as a published author and whether it related to current writing assessment practices.

February 25, 2005 -- Louisiana Association of Professional Engineers, Shreveport Chapter, Shreveport Country Club, Shreveport, Louisiana, Dinner.  Gary will be the after dinner speaker. His address is entitled "College Admissions Today." He will discuss his experiences as a native of Louisiana, a published author, and an admissions officer for a flagship university. 

March 8 and 10, 2005 -- Cedar Park High School, AP Night, Cedar Park, Texas, 7:00pm.  Gary will be addressing students, parents, and teachers of Cedar Park High School about the importance of taking a rigorous high school curriculum in order to prepare for college.

October 24, 2004 -- Cowtown Crimesolvers, 4:00pm, Borders Bookstore, I-20 and S. Hulen, Fort Worth, Texas. Gary spoke about his three books with a particular emphasis on WORSE THAN DEATH and how it brought about a change in Texas law.

October 30-31, 2004 -- Texas Book Festival, State Capitol Grounds, Austin, Texas. Gary was at the University of North Texas Press Booth greeting visitors and signing copies of all three of his books. Also, he moderated a panel discussion on Sunday, October 31 at 2:00 - 2:45pm entitled "Mind of a Killer" with Michael McGarrity, Slow Kill, David Lindsey, The Face of the Assassin, in the House Chamber of the Texas Capitol.

November 8, 2004 -- Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, San Antonio, Texas Gary presented a concurrent session on "Affirmative Action in College Admissions." 

September 28, 2004--BIOGRAPHY, A&E Network, 7:00pm and 11:00pm. -- Gary will be appeared  in a one-hour episode about Charles Whitman, the University of Texas Tower Sniper. Check your local listing for time and channel.

October 4, 2004 -- The University of Texas at Austin, College Student Personnel Administration, Graduate Class, EDA 391P, Sanchez Hall, Room 364, 4:00pm -- Gary and Deputy Director of Admissions Augustine Garza spoke to a graduate class on the admissions process at UT-Austin. Gary will focused on admissions, affirmative action, and survey research. Limited to enrolled students only.

October 5, 2004 -- ACT High School Educators Workshop, University of Texas at Austin, Thompson Conference Center, Room 2.110, 9:3011:30am -- Gary delivered a welcoming to high school counselors and teachers from throughout central Texas

October 13, 2004 -- Barnes and Noble, Denton, Texas, 2201 I-35 East South, Space N01B, Denton, TX 76205 3:00pm -- Gary signed copies of his book WORSE THAN DEATH. 

October 13, 2004 -- The University of North Texas, Union Programs, Student Union, Lyceum, Level 3,  7:30pm -- Gary addressed students, faculty and staff of the University of North Texas. His topic will be "Investigating and Writing About Good and Evil."

September 4, 2004--True Crime Authors, The History Channel, 10:00am. Gary was the subject of a one hour special in a History Channel Series called True Crime Authors.

September 22, 2004--Texas International Education Specialists, Austin, Texas. Gary presented a program on the history of the University of Texas Tower. The meeting was held in the elegant Academic Room of the Main Building.

September 16, 2004--Temple High School, Temple, Texas. Gary will be presenting to selected faculty of Temple High School on "What Colleges Want?" from their entering freshmen.

June 13, 2004 -- "Agents, Agents, Agents," Conference,  Writers League of Texas, Omni Downtown Hotel, Austin, Texas   9:0010:45am, Room Austin S--Gary presented a concurrent session entitled "From Sinners to Saints."  

June 17, 2004 -- "University Press Night" sponsored by the Texas Writers League. Barnes and Noble, Westlake, Texas  7:00-9:00pm--Gary Lavergne was a featured author for The University of North Texas Press and  joined Ron Chrisman, UNT Press Director, in a discussion of the role of University Presses in the book market today. 

July 15, 2004 -- Greater Dallas Crime Commission Breakfast, Renaissance Hotel, 2222 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas.  Gary was the keynote speaker at the GDCC's monthly meeting. He spoke about crimes that change our laws, with particular emphasis on the subject of his newest book, WORSE THAN DEATH. 

August 1, 2004 -- KVUE 24 News, Austin, Texas. 8:00am hour--Gary was interviewed by Quita Culpepper on the anniversary of the University of Texas Tower Tragedy.

August 7, 2004 -- Barnes and Noble, Frisco, Texas, 4:00pm--Gary signed copies of his new book WORSE THAN DEATH. 

May 2, 2004 -- TRUE CRIME AUTHORS, The History Channel, 11:00am-Noon -- Gary appeared in this one-hour special about his career as a true crime writer. The program  featured newsreel footage about the cases Gary has written about. 

May 11, 2004 -- KDFW FOX4 News, Dallas, Texas, 9:00pm -- Emmy Award winning reporter Jeff Crilley did a retrospective piece on the Dallas Night Club Murders of June 29, 1984, which was the subject of Gary's book WORSE THAN DEATH. Gary appeared along with witnesses and a survivor of the horrific crime.

May 15th, 2004 -- A&E Network, American Justice with Bill Kurtis, 7:00pm and 11:00pm CT -- "Free to Murder Again" was one of the highest rated episodes in the history of American Justice. It featured Gary and many of the investigators of the case of Kenneth Allen McDuff--the subject of Gary's book BAD BOY FROM ROSEBUD.

April 5, 2004 -- TRUE CRIME AUTHORS, The History Channel, 7:00-8:00pm and 11:00pm-midnight  Gary will be appearing in this one-hour special about his career as a true crime writer. The program will feature newsreel footage about the cases Gary has written about. 

April 16, 2004 -- College of Communications, UT Austin -- CMA 4.128, Austin, Texas, 9:0010:00am  Gary will be speaking to staff of the College of Communication. He will make a multimedia presentation about his three books.

February 17, 2004 -- The University of Texas -- Rhetoric 309K -- 12:301:45pm  Gary shared his experiences as the author of SNIPER IN THE TOWER with UT students.

February 19, 2004 -- Writers' League of Texas -- Barnes and Noble, Westlake, Texas, 7:00-8:15pm  Gary was the featured speaker for the monthly meeting of the Writers' League of Texas. 

February 21, 2004 -- Austin Liars Club, Barnes and Noble, Westlake, Texas, 2:00pm  Gary was a one of the judges for this fun event featuring Central Texas storytellers.  

March 20, 2004 -- Plano Book Festival, Haggard Park, Plano, Texas, 10:00am-5:00pm  Gary was a featured speaker on his new book WORSE THAN DEATH.  

March 26-27, 2004 -- Best Southwest Book Fest -- UNT Dallas, Desoto, Texas. Concurrent Session 11:0011:50am  This event was sanctioned by the Texas Book Festival and sponsored by the public libraries of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster, Texas along with the UNT Dallas Campus library. Gary will presented a session entitled "From Saints to Sinners: Writing About Good and Evil in Non-Fiction."  

January 17, 2004 -- Barnes and Noble, 801 West 15th, Plano, Texas, 2:00-4:00pm Gary will be signing copies of his new book WORSE THAN DEATH. For more information contact Lauren Goode at 972-422-3372. 

January 17, 2004 -- Barnes and Noble, 3634 Irving Mall, Irving, Texas, 5:00-7:00pm Gary will be signing copies of his new book WORSE THAN DEATH. For more information contact Debra Joyce at 972-257-8320.

January 22, 2004 -- Cedar Park High School, Cedar Park, Texas, 7:00-8:00pm. Gary will be a featured speaker for CPHS's Advanced Placement Night. He will discuss the importance of taking a rigorous high school curriculum in preparation for college. The public is invited.

January 27, 2004 -- Cedar Park High School, Cedar Park, Texas, 7:00-8:00pm. Gary will be a featured speaker for CPHS's Advanced Placement Night. He will discuss the importance of taking a rigorous high school curriculum in preparation for college. The public is invited.

February 9, 2004 -- Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO) -- Radisson Plaza Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas, 10:3011:45am.  Gary will be presenting a concurrent session on Current Issues in Affirmative Action in College Admissions. Attendance is limited to registrants.

November 7-9, 2003 -- 2003 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas--For the third time Gary was a featured author for the Texas Book Festival. For more information about Gary's appearances, see http://www.garylavergne.com/TXBookFest2003.htm 

November 15, 2003 -- Barnes and Noble, 2201 Preston Road, Plano, Texas, 4:00-6:00pm--Gary will be signing copies of his new book WORSE THAN DEATH.For more information contact Cody McMahon at 972-612-0999.

October 20, 2003 -- Memorial High School, Spring Branch ISD, Houston, Texas, 8:0010:00am--Gary conducted an inservice for faculty and staff on "Improving Teacher-Made Tests." This event was limited to Memorial High School faculty and staff only. 

October 17, 2003 -- C.E. Byrd High School, Shreveport, Louisiana. Morning.--Gary conducted an inservice training for the faculty and staff on "Teaching and Assessing Writing in the Classroom." This session was limited to faculty and staff of Byrd High School.

October 12, 2002 -- Sisters in Crime, Austin-area, LCRA Hancock Building Meeting Room, Austin, Texas. 2:00-4:00pm--Gary delivered a multimedia presentation on the research and writing of his three books, SNIPER IN THE TOWER, BAD BOY FROM ROSEBUD, and WORSE THAN DEATH. 

October 11, 2003 -- Barnes and Noble, Round Rock, Texas, 2:00pm.--Gary signed copies of his new book WORSE THAN DEATH. 

October 3, 2003 -- Texas Foreign Language Association, Renaissance Hotel, Austin, Texas  Gary delivered the keynote address on the role of languages and diversity in college admissions. He also shared his thoughts about "growing up Cajun" and why he feels the best writers are bilingual. 

September 29, 2003 -- The University of Texas at Austin, College Student Personnel Administration, Graduate Class, EDA 391P, Sanchez Hall, Room 364, 4:25-6:15pm--Gary and Deputy Director of Admissions Augustine Garza spoke to a graduate class on the admissions process at UT-Austin. Gary will focused on admissions, affirmative action, and survey research.

September 26, 2003 -- "From Brown to Grutter: Affirmative Action and Higher Education in the South" Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana--Gary joined some of the nation's leading college admissions officers and lawyers for a two-day symposium on affirmative action and college admissions. He participated in a panel discussion entitled Practicalities: The New Admissions Paradigm.

September 16, 2003 -- The University of Texas at Austin, Rhetoric 309K, Sanchez 380, 11:00am12:15pm--Gary spoke to this sophomore-level class on his experiences as the author of three crime/criminal justice books. Attendance was limited to UT students registered for that particular class.

July 22, 2003 -- Southern Methodist University/TACAC Summer Institute on College Admissions, 4:15-5:15pm--Gary presented a program entitled "College Admissions Testing" to the participants of the SMU/TACAC Summer Institute on College Admissions. The program was about how the ACT and the SAT are used in the College Admissions Process. For more information see: http://www.tacac.org/html/events.html#summer 

May 28, 2003 -- The University of Texas at Austin, International Teachers' Assistants, 9:00-30am, SZB 370--Gary presented a multi-media program entitled "Who Are UT Students?" For more information contact Dr. Ghslaine Kozuh at 512-2371772.

May 23, 2003 -- Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting, P.M. Concurrent Session, New Orleans, Louisiana. Gary  joined Rebecca Rich-Wulfmeyer of the Austin History Center in a presentation entitled, "Remembering the Charles Whitman Mass Murder Tragedy."

February 26, 2003 -- Texas Association for Institutional Research, El Paso, Texas, 4:30-5:30pm. Gary presented a concurrent session entitled, "Validating Tests After Atkinson." It was based on a report of a Task Force on College Admissions Testing at The University of Texas at Austin.

February 11, 2003 -- Texas Assessment Conference, Austin, Texas -- 2:30-3:30pm. Gary participated in a panel discussion entitled, "Guidelines For Using College Board Assessments." 

January 23 and 28 , 2003 -- Cedar Park High School, Cedar Park, Texas -- Gary spoke to parents and students about the importance of taking rigorous high school courses to prepare for college.

January 19, 2003 -- Literary Council of Fort Bend County, Sweetwater Country Club, Sugar Land, Texas -- Gary was the guest speaker at the Book and Author Dinner during a weekend of events to raise funds to support the Literacy Council's efforts to teach thousands in our area to read.  He will also be signing books during the event. For more information about the Literary Council of Fort Bend County see www.ftbendliteracy.org/ or call 281-240-8181.

January 8, 2003 -- The University of Texas at Austin -- Gary presented to International Teaching Assistants on the topic "Who are UT Students?" For more information contact Dr. Ghlaine Kozuh, 512-2321772.

November 17, 2002 -- The Texas Book Festival -- 11:00am12:00 noon -- Book Reading Tent -- Gary was the emcee for readings by two of the festival's featured authors. Diana Lopez read from her book Sofia's Saints. Baine Kerr read from his book entitled Wrongful Death.

October 21, 2002 -- WBEN Radio, Buffalo, New York -- Gary was interviewed by morning hosts John Zach and Sue Rose about the Washington, DC-area sniper.

October 21, 2002 -- CBS News Channel 11-10:00 News-- Gary was interviewed by Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Riggs. Gary commented on the Washington, DC-area sniper.  Riggs also reported on Gary's next book, Worse Than Death.

October 18, 2002 -- CBS News Channel 11-10:00 News-- Gary was interviewed by Peabody Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Riggs. Gary commented on the Washington, DC-area sniper.

October 18, 2002 -- C.E. Byrd High School, Shreveport, Louisiana -- Gary did a faculty inservice on the topic "Infusing Higher Order Thinking Skills in Teacher-made Assessments."

October 16, 2002 -- MSNBC LIVE -- Gary was interviewed on the similarities and differences between Charles Whitman, the University of Texas Tower Sniper, and the Washington, DC-area sniper.  Nine days before the arrest of a suspect, Gary cautioned, "He kind of defies a lot of what you hear profilers saying."

September 9, 2002 -- ACT High School Educators Workshop, Omni Hotel, Austin, Texas -- Gary gave opening remarks to high school counselors and educators from throughout central Texas.

July 16, 2002 -- Rice University Institute on College Admissions -- The Use of Standardized Test Scores in the College Admissions Process -- Gary presented a program on how the SAT and the ACT are used in the college admissions process. 

May 29, 2002 -- The University of Texas at Austin -- Who are UT Austin Students? -- Gary described the demographic and academic makeup of entering freshmen of The University of Texas at Austin. He makes this presentation every fall and spring semester for the International Teaching Assistants of the University.

May 21, 2002 -- Association of Records Managers and Administrators, Austin -- Gary and Rebecca Rich-Wulfmeyer of the Austin History Center made a presentation on the Whitman Archives housed at the Austin History Center. 

February 15, 2002-- KENS-TV News, San Antonio -- In a piece by reporter Dayle Cedars, the Charles Whitman Case is reviewed with a special emphasis on the newly released Whitman File at the Austin History Center. Cedars interviewed Gary at his home office in Cedar Park, Texas.

January 27, 2002 -- Questors Class -- Sponsored by the University United Methodist Church of Austin, Texas. Gary made a presentation on his book on Charles Whitman.

August 17, 2001 -- DATELINE NBC -- "TOWER OF DEATH" was hosted by Stone Phillips and Jane Pauley and reported by Dennis Murphy. Gary appeared throughout the one hour special on the 1966 UT Tower Tragedy as the author of A Sniper in the Tower.

July 17, 2001 -- RICE UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE ON COLLEGE ADMISSIONS -- "Testing and Its Role in the College Admissions Process" Houston, Texas. The Rice Institute is one of the most prestigious institutes in college admissions in the United States. Each year Gary presents on the ACT Assessment and the SAT I: Reasoning Test.

May 10, 2001 -- KVUE 24 News (ABC Affiliate) -- Austin, Texas. Gary was interviewed as the author of Bad Boy From Rosebud about the theory that Kenneth Allen McDuff might have been involved in the Yogurt Shop Murders in Austin in December of 1991.

September 25, 2000 -- THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL -- The Prosecutors episode entitled Release Me was a docudrama about the murderous life of Kenneth Allen McDuff. Gary appeared as the author of Bad Boy From Rosebud.

August 18, 2000 -- INTERNATIONAL TACTICAL EMS ASSOCIATION -- Miami, Florida. Gary gave a general session presentation entitled "Where It All Began: A Sniper in the Tower."

August 16, 2000 -- A&E's AMERICAN JUSTICE -- "Free to Murder Again" was a one-hour special hosted by Bill Kurtis. It featured Gary as the author of Bad Boy From Rosebud.

July 22, 2000 -- WRITERS LEAGUE OF TEXAS -- Annual Agents and Editors Conference, Austin, Texas. Gary delivered the keynote address entitled "If Your Dreams Come True, Are You Prepared for Success?" Much of the text of this very popular address later appeared in The Austin Writer.

May 22-24, 2000 -- UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENTS SCHOOLS, Brussels, Belgium and Bitburg, Germany. Gary conducted three days of faculty and administrator inservices on strategies to raise college admissions tests scores.

April 27, 2000 -- SNIPERCRAFT, Inc., Miami, Florida. Gary delivered a general session/lecture on the 1966 UT Tower Tragedy.

February 5, 2000 -- AUSTIN WRITERS LEAGUE, Austin, Texas. Gary participated in a panel with authors Suzi Spenser and Spike Gillespie in a discussion entitled "Crafting the Story."

January 22, 2000 -- KTSA Radio, San Antonio, Texas. Michael Black hosted a program featuring noted attorney Charles Butts and Gary as the author of Bad Boy From Rosebud.

January 10, 2000 -- KEYS News/Talk Radio 1440 AM -- In a segment hosted by Jim Lago, Gary was a guest as the author of A Sniper in the Tower and Bad Boy From Rosebud.

December 9, 1999 -- IRVING PUBLIC TELEVISION, Conversations. Pam Lange conducted a 30 minute interview with Gary about Bad Boy From Rosebud.

November 7, 1999 -- TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL, Austin, Texas. Gary participated on a panel discussing "Touch of Evil: Confronting Real and Imagined Demons" with Robert Draper and David Linsey.

October 30, 1999 -- TEXAS WRITERS PROJECT, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. Gary presented a general session entitled "Storytelling in Non-Fiction."

September 16, 1999 -- THE TODAY SHOW, NBC News. In a piece introduced by Katie Couric and reported by Jim Cummings, Gary appeared as the author of A Sniper in the Tower. The news item also appeared on MSNBC and CNBC.

September 15, 1999 -- SPECIAL EDITION, MSNBC. The Today Show newsperson, Ann Curry, hosted a half hour story which featured Gary as the author of A Sniper in the Tower.

September 6, 1999 -- NEWS8 AUSTIN (Time-Warner Cable News), Austin, Texas. Charlie Castello interviewed Gary in a news item about A Sniper in the Tower.

August 23, 1999 -- KEYE-TV (CBS Affiliate), Austin, Texas. Kimberly Ball interviewed Gary as the author of Bad Boy From Rosebud during the noon news show.

August 6, 1999 -- KEYE-TV (CBS Affiliate), Austin, Texas. Mark Olesh interviewed Gary for a two-part story about Kenneth Allen McDuff and the release of Bad Boy From Rosebud.

July 18, 1999 -- THE HISTORY CHANNEL, Tales of the Gun: Guns of Infamy, part 2. In this documentary of famous weapons used to carry out assassinations, Gary appeared as an historian and commented on the deaths of Huey Long, Robert F. Kennedy, and the UT Tower Tragedy.

June 18, 1999 -- NATIONAL COALITION OF AT-RISK CHILDREN, Texas Womens' University, Denton, Texas. Gary presented a general session entitled "Problems Predicting Violent Behavior in Adults."

January 4, 1999 -- TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF TACTICAL POLICE OFFICERS, Austin, Texas. Gary presented a general session lecture on the 1966 UT Tower Tragedy.

November 11, 1998 -- ROSEBUD PUBLIC LIBRARY, Rosebud, Texas.  Gary presented a presentation about his forthcoming book Bad Boy From Rosebud to the people of Rosebud. The event was sponsored by the Rosebud Study Group.

November 5, 1998 -- TEXAS COUNSELORS' ASSOCIATION, Amarillo, Texas.  Gary presented a concurrent session entitled "The Internet for Techno-Peasants."

October 5, 1998 -- THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN SAGE PROGRAM, Austin, Texas. Gary presented a lecture entitled "Inside the Mind of a Writer."

June 29, 1998 -- KEYE-TV (CBS Affiliate), Austin, Texas. Neal Spelce did a live interview with Gary during the 5:00pm news about his research on Kennth Allen McDuff. Later that evening and during the next day Gary was featured in a news item and interview by reporter Rosenda Rios.

November 11, 1997 -- TEXAS ASSOCIATION FOR SUPERVISION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, Houston, Texas. Gary presented a concurrent session on "Explaining the Difference Between the SAT and the ACT."

July 31, 1997 -- KEYE-TV (CBS Affiliate), Austin, Texas. Gary was interviewed about his forthcoming book A Sniper in the Tower at the UT Tower by reporter Cindie Brooks.

June 12, 1997 -- WJBO Radio, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Gary was the guest on the Ed Buggs Show. He appeared as the author of A Sniper in the Tower.

May 13, 1997 -- IRVING PUBLIC TELEVISION, Conversations. Pam Lange conducted a 30 minute interview with Gary about A Sniper in the Tower.

April 14, 1997 -- KEYE-TV (CBS Affiliate) Austin, Texas. Gary appeared on the noon show as the author of A Sniper in the Tower. He was interviewed by reporter Cindie Brooks.

 

 

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