Calendar

May
3
Fri
Monthly Lunch: Prof. Jim Olson, TAMU @ Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen
May 3 @ 11:30 – 13:00

TxGC MEMBERS ALWAYS GET $5 OFF!

  • Advance purchase online: $30 ($25 for TxGC members)
  • Week-of-event & walk-ups*: $35 ($30 for TxGC members)
    • *if seats available
  • TxGC Member discount is provided by a discount code via member-only newsletter

MENU

  • Ice tea, water, soda, cash bar
  • Choice of Sicilian salad or Mama’s gumbo
  • Choice of entree
    • Chicken John Kim: grilled chicken topped in mushrooms, roasted peppers, white wine butter sauce
    • Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce: traditional penne pasta with Mama’s slow cooked meat sauce
    • Blacked Trout: filet topped with etoufee served with red-skinned mashed potatoes and vegetables
  • Choice of chocolate cake or cheesecake

Guest Speaker

James Olson

Professor of Practice, Texas A&M University

Professor Olson received his law degree from the University of Iowa. He is a professor of the practice at the Bush School at Texas A&M University, where he teaches courses on on intelligence, counterintelligence, and international crisis management. He served for over thirty years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was Chief of Counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Professor Olson has been awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several Distinguished Service Citations. He is the recipient of awards from the Bush School and the Association of Former Students for excellence in teaching. Professor Olson is the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying. Prior to his career in the CIA, he served in the US Navy, where he attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

May
17
Fri
NASA JSC Tour @ NASA Johnson Space Center
May 17 @ 08:30 – 12:30

This event is exclusive to TxGC members and their guests.  Link to purchase tickets requires a code and was made available via  member-only newsletter. If you’re a TxGC member, and did not receive the email with code, please contact Rick Bush at the email listed.

Private VIP Tour of Johnson Space Center

  • Tour includes behind the scenes, VIP access, stops at:
    • Sonny Carter Neutral Buoyancy Lab
    • Mission Control (ISS & Apolo)
    • Training Mock Up Facility/Vehicle Lab
    • Cost covers private shuttle bus
  • Optional lunch following tour at El Tiempo (Webster)

* PLEASE READ ALL OF THESE REQUIREMENTS BEFORE SIGNING UP

  • Must be age 18 to attend tour
  • Must be US citizen
  • Name provided at sign up must match ID
  • First come, first served, maximum 18 spots available
  • Must not have attended the 2018 TxGC tour of JSC
Webster/Clearlake “No-host” Lunch @ El Tiempo Cantina
May 17 @ 13:00 – 14:00

Informal “no-host” (pay on your own dime) lunch.

Come out and meet up with the TxGC Chapter, in the Webster/Clearlake area!  Network, drink a margarita, have some Tex-Mex, and start off the weekend early.

Please RSVP so we have a good headcount.

Jun
7
Fri
Monthly Lunch: Prof. Ric Stoll, Rice Univ. @ Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen
Jun 7 @ 11:30 – 13:00

TxGC MEMBERS ALWAYS GET $5 OFF!

  • Advance purchase online: $30 ($25 for TxGC members)
  • Week-of-event & walk-ups*: $35 ($30 for TxGC members)
    • *if seats available
  • TxGC Member discount is provided by a discount code via member-only newsletter

MENU

  • Ice tea, water, soda, cash bar
  • Choice of Sicilian salad or Mama’s gumbo
  • Choice of entree
    • Chicken John Kim: grilled chicken topped in mushrooms, roasted peppers, white wine butter sauce
    • Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce: traditional penne pasta with Mama’s slow cooked meat sauce
    • Blacked Trout: filet topped with etoufee served with red-skinned mashed potatoes and vegetables
  • Choice of chocolate cake or cheesecake

Guest Speaker

Richard J. Stoll

Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science, Rice University

Areas of Interest: Research interests include the study of international conflict, public attitudes on foreign and defense policy, and American national security policy. Professor Stoll’s current research encompasses a number of areas.  He is studying naval arms races from 1816 to the present.  In collaboration with other researchers, he is studying support for foreign policies that promote gender equality.  Finally, working with Professor Devika Subramanian of Rice’s Computer Science Department, he is exploring the use of social media (in particular Twitter) to tap public opinion.
In addition to being well known as one of Rice University’s outstanding teachers, Professor Stoll is an accomplished scholar of international conflict. He has used computer simulation techniques and statistical analysis to study topics such as arms competitions, comparative foreign policy, and political realism. Dr. Stoll recently participated in a ten university effort funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to collect data on militarized interstate disputes. Along with Devika Subramanian of Rice’s Computer Science Department, Dr. Stoll is engaged in an effort to create events data from online news sources and to predict the outbreak of serious international conflict. This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation.

Jun
11
Tue
Beaumont Lunch @ New York Pizza & Pasta
Jun 11 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Join us in Beaumont for our quarterly “no-host”, pay your own way, lunch.  Bring a friend.  Bring another Alumni, parent or even another service academy Alumni.  Meet your fellow Beaumont USNA Alumni.

 

Please RSVP for heard-count reasons, to John Augusto at m020234@2002.usna.com.