Welcome to Texas Coach Strong

Join the Texas Exes Black Alumni Network as we welcome our new head football coach, Charlie Strong and his staff to the Forty Acres on Friday, March 28th, 6pm-8pm at the Alumni Center.  Attire is Burnt Orange Business Attire.  Donation is $20 for Texas Exes members and $25 for non-members. Register online or call Courtney Ratliff (Texas Exes Director of Engagement) at 512-475-9352.

Proceeds will benefit scholarships for currently enrolled students.  This is an adult only event. Registration will close on Sunday, March 23 at 11:59pm.

For out of town guests, room blocks are available at the following hotels: Crowne Plaza ($149/night), LaQuinta Hotel (call 512-443-1774. Discount code is “University of Texas”), Westin Austin at the Domain ($149/night).


Texas Relays 2014

Austin Renaissance’s Eddie Blackwell and Norm Watkins present “The Official Texas Relays Party 2014″ @ RIO (601 Rio Grande) 10pm-2am on Friday, March 28th. Exuding the ambiance of class and sophistication, reunite with old friends, expand your network, and create new memories while you party with Austin Renaissance…it’sThis IS Texas Relays!

Honoring their tradition as UT alumni, Eddie and Norm will contribute a portion of their proceeds to BEST’s scholarship fund on behalf of Austin Renaissance.  For VIP tables & bottle service, please contact Norm (512.413.4234) or Eddie (512.970.5695).



BEST Houston Crawfish & Catfish Funday



Alumni & Friends are invited out on Saturday, April 5th, 2pm-8pm for Crawfish & Catfish at Kung Fu Saloon (5317 Washington Ave).

 Presale tickets are available now!

Food, fun, music and drink specials! For more information, contact Beunkia.

This event is sponsored by HEB & Kroger.





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 students 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.