The Texas Exes regularly recognize alumni doing great things in the world. The Distinguished Alumnus Award, started in 1958, honors University of Texas alumni who have, yes, distinguished themselves with their professional accomplishments and service to the university. The award is given annually, usually to six recipients, at a ceremony and after party on a Friday night before a home football game.
The Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award goes to someone younger than 40 who has established him- or herself professionally. Many OYTEX winners go on to become DAAs.
Finally, the Jack Harbin Top Hand Award for Outstanding Service recognizes someone who has done extraordinary service to the Texas Exes and the University of Texas. This award, which was first given in 1967, is selected by the Association president and typically awarded in a surprise ceremony at a Texas Exes Council meeting.