Month: May 2018

Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies at University of Texas

 

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GPPES
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Duke Ligon is a seasoned executive in the energy sector who worked as the general counsel and vice president of Devon Energy in Oklahoma City until his retirement in 2007. An active member of the business community, Duke Ligon serves on the executive council for the Kay Bailey Hutchison (KBH) Center for Energy, Law & Business. The organization offers a variety of opportunities for students at the University of Texas (UT) School of Law, such as the Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies (GPPES).

Using UT’s authority in energy-related topics, the program provides students with an interdisciplinary experience designed to broaden their understanding on the energy sector. Students will learn how to address energy issues from an overall policy perspective and receive the necessary training to enhance their attractiveness to government agencies, nonprofit institutions, and the private sector. The GPPES enables students to create their own educational program by choosing from a wide range of energy-related courses and pursuing specific interest areas.

All GPPES students must also take Energy Technology and Policy, a gateway course that focuses on economic and environmental issues concerning emerging and traditional technologies. In addition, students attend weekly symposiums featuring presentations on concerns and developments in the energy sector. The program culminates with an energy-oriented research project.

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The Meaning of Bronze Stars

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Bronze Star Medal
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University of Texas School of Law graduate and highly-experienced energy sector executive Duke Ligon has resided in Oklahoma City for most of his life. Mr. Ligon is the CEO of Mekusukey Oil Company, a mineral management company he founded in Oklahoma City. Before beginning his executive career, Duke Ligon was a captain in the US Army and received a Bronze Star Medal in recognition of his service.

Bronze Stars are awarded to service members who perform acts of heroics or merit during military ground operations. The award was first instituted in 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Bronze Stars can be awarded directly to veterans of combat, to their families, or to soldiers of foreign armies who supported the US in a ground battle.

Bronze Stars have a distinct design. The striped ribbon contains the colors blue, white, and scarlet red. The medal itself is cast in bronze in the shape of a five-pointed star.