Welcome Reception for Coach Shaka Smart

The Texas Exes Black Alumni Network is hosting a welcome reception for Shaka Smart, our new men’s basketball head coach on Friday, June 26th at the Alumni Center.

Space is limited. Register now!

Parking will be available in the San Jacinto Garage (2490 San Jacinto Blvd) with shuttle service to the Alumni Center provided by Austin Cab Co.

Contact Brian Peterson or call (512) 840-5616 for more information.


Homecoming: Battle of the Decade Captains

BEST Austin is looking for team captains for the Battle of the Decades. The Captains help to make sure your decade is represented at Homecoming!

The team with the largest percentage of participants will be honored at the Legacy Dinner on September 18th. The committee will recognize the 2nd and 3rd place runner ups. If you would like to volunteer to be a team captain for your specific decade please contact Spencer Iwatjue or call (512) 822-2014 for more information.


BEST San Antonio Meeting

Do you live in the San Antonio area? Come out to hear the latest and get involved with BEST San Antonio. There is a General Meeting on Saturday, June 27th at 11:45am. The meeting will be held at CAFE COLLEGE (Room 4 – 131 El Paso St).

Contact Lorraine Flakes for more information.


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.