Dallas Special Event: An Evening with Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. and Ambassador Ron Kirk

Join in a special opportunity on Friday, February 12th to hear from Dr. Holmes as he reflects on his fifty plus years of ministry, service and activism. He is a former Board of Regent for the University of Texas System. Ambassador Ron Kirk is a 1979 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Law School.  He is a former United States Trade Representative (2009 – 2013), Mayor of Dallas (1995 – 2002), and Secretary of State of Texas (1994 – 1995).

BEST is a Silver Sponsor for this event. For more information and tickets, visit zwhjcoc.org or call 214-324-4443.


Houston Crawfish Boil

Mark your calendar for the Annual Crawfish Boil on Saturday, April 9th at Prospect Park (3100 Fountain View Drive Houston, TX) from 1:00 pm-6:00 pm.

For more information, contact Jessica Henderson. This years event is sponsored by Urban Camp Weekend and HEB.


Scholarship Volunteers 

Would you like to help evaluate scholarship applications for the BEST Scholarship Program and/or the Dallas area Texas Exes? You can and your voice is important! To signup, send an email to info@blackexes.net and state any preference you may have for evaluating applications.


Homecoming 2016

This year we will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the first African American undergraduate students at the University of Texas. Plan to join us in Austin on September 8-11, 2016.

The Precursors will also be hosting events during the weekend starting on Thursday. Precursors are those who attended UT at least 40 years ago. If you are in that legacy or know someone who is, connect them the group by contact Col. Leon Holland via email.


Innervisions Gospel Choir

IVGC is hosting a Benefit Concert on Saturday, February 29th starting at 6:30 pm at  Greater Union Baptist Church (2939 Pecan Springs Road). This concert will support the College Day planned for Saturday, April 16th. For more information or to support this effort email texasivgc@gmail.com.


Student Engagement

Do you have an interest in being more actively engaged with the current student body and events on campus? Then you can get involved with the Black Alumni Network Student Engagement Committee by contacting Lori Lewis Conerly.

There is an upcoming event on campus, State of Black UT, to present the results of a 2015 survey analyzing the climate of culture of UT. This event will highlight the results and continue the discussion. Alumni are invited to join the discussion.


Scholarship Program

BEST Scholarships are awarded annually to deserving students at the University. The program also supports endowment efforts to support future scholars as well as contributing to other scholarship programs.

You can contact Terra Pierre to join the scholarship committee.

The John Saunders Chase Legacy Scholarship was established by the Texas Exes Black Alumni Network in September 2012 to honor John Saunders Chase, who passed away on March 9, 2012. The hope is to present the endowed scholarship to the University and the family during the Legacy Celebration of Black Alumni Homecoming Weekend.  Our goal is to find at least five hundred African American alumni to donate a minimum of $100.

As with the Duren Scholarship, we will honor those who give $250 or more with a special gift.  Please help us honor the memory of another of our trailblazers and plan now to join us as we add John Saunders Chase’s portrait to the honorees in the Alumni Center’s Legends Room.  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated! To make a donation by check for this endowment, please contact: Ms. Tiffany Gonzales, The Ex-Students’ Association Scholarships Coordinator at gonzales@alumni.utexas.edu or  (512) 471-8095.