All over the world, Longhorns are living, working, and leading. They are making the change they want to see and driving innovation across every field. It’s an exciting time to be a Texas Ex.
At your alumni association, we are proud to connect 570,000 Longhorns and help them be a force for good. The following is an overview of the impact the Texas Exes has made over the past year. We launched exciting new initiatives, doubled down on our support for Longhorn entrepreneurs, tapped into the power of our collective personal and professional networks, and as always, gave back to the place that changed our lives forever. We also announced ambitious goals to support the university’s What Starts Here Campaign, including an interactive exhibit at the Alumni Center that will showcase the greatness of our alumni.
As we rebound from such challenging times, the big takeaway from this past fiscal year is that the association was able to support Longhorn Nation with more scholarships, programming, benefits, and services than ever before.
And even though we’ve been at this now for more than 135 years … we like to think we’re just getting started. We've known it since the very beginning, and it's more true every year:
It wouldn’t be Texas without the Exes.
BBA ’86, Life Member
Executive Director & CEO
Membership powers the programs that strengthen UT, enhance the student experience, and keep alumni connected. Thank you everyone who answered the call by joining the Texas Exes this year or upgrading to Life Membership!
Texas Exes chapters are located across the globe and serve the needs of more than 570,000 alumni. Each year, they provide scholarship support to hundreds of the best and brightest students from their local areas.
Texas Exes networks are made up of Longhorns who share a common bond. These volunteer-led groups create a way for alumni to connect around shared interests, UT experiences, or affiliations. Each year, they provide scholarship support to deserving students who share those same bonds.
The above totals include Opportunity Scholarships, which were awarded to 109 deserving students this year and fall within every scholarship category. Established by alumni, these scholarships provide transformative funds for students from traditionally underrepresented groups, challenged geographic regions, and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
In 1996 the Texas Exes launched the Official University of Texas Class Ring. More than a piece of jewelry—the ring is a physical reminder of a Longhorn’s time on campus, the hard work put in to earning a degree, and the indelible impact UT has made on their life. To date more than 55,000 Longhorns have participated in the class ring tradition making it one of the largest programs in the nation.
TILES & PLAQUES
The Etter-Harbin Alumni Center is home on campus for alumni of The University of Texas at Austin. The surrounding tile and plaque pavilion is a picturesque, on-campus testament to the proud legacy of the university’s alumni. In 2021–22, more than 590 alumni and friends took part in the tradition.
TEXAS FIGHT RALLY
The Texas Fight Rally & Parade is held every year before the Texas vs. OU game. This year the celebration included special guests Coach Sarkisian, Texas Football, ROTC, UT Cheer & Pom, the Longhorn Band, Hook ‘Em, BEVO, and the Austin community.
In 1917, Governor Jim Ferguson vetoed the university’s appropriation fund, cutting off the very lifeline that funded the young university. The Texas Exes led the charge in opposing the governor and, as a result, Ferguson was impeached. Since then, the association has protected UT’s interests at the state and federal levels through the UT Advocates for Higher Education program. UT Advocates volunteers stay well-informed on higher education issues and work to make sure our alma mater is strongly represented with lawmakers and key decision-makers in Texas and Washington. The pinnacle event from 2021–22 was Longhorns on the Hill.
Since our founding in 1885, we’ve told the UT story. Today we continue to bring the most compelling news about alumni and the university to an even broader audience through the Alcalde magazine, video storytelling through Alcalde Docs, TexasExes.org, and our social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok.
Each spring and fall semester, the Texas Exes transforms the lives of incoming students through experiences like Camp Texas, fostering connections with other students, professors, administrators, and UT traditions. The 2021 Summer Session was scheduled for August with 785* students registered to attend, but it was unfortunately canceled due to COVID. The Spring Session, held in January 2022, was the first in-person Camp Texas in two years with 11 students. Through it all, CT alumni, counselors, and new students were able to connect and keep spirits up! The extraordinary challenges of the pandemic made it clear how invaluable this program is to the Longhorn community.
Photos: Happy Campers — Photo Essay by a Camper
Since 1961, more than 25,000 alumni and friends have traveled with the Flying Longhorns. Our renowned trips set the stage for participants to reconnect with UT, deepen their relationship with Texas Exes, make new like-minded friends, and continue learning.
Read: Way Out West
HookedIn is the official networking platform for UT Austin alumni and students. Texas Exes and Texas Career Engagement partnered with UT Austin colleges and schools to offer alumni, students, faculty, and staff this powerful online networking and career-boosting community. In 2021, the burnt-orange networking platform grew to 20,000 users in 58 countries.
Every year, thousands of alumni make an additional contribution beyond membership to the Texas Exes. Their gifts are put to good use and further our efforts to strengthen UT. Together we positively impact the university and its community.
LONGHORN BUSINESS NETWORK
We continued to evolve the suite of services under the umbrella of the Longhorn Business Network to support alumni-run businesses. From a growing Shop Longhorn business directory and a business membership to the launch of a new speaker series targeted to business needs, the Longhorn faithful can now shop and support one another.
Learn more: Connect with the Longhorn Business Network
President and Chair
Immediate Past President
Robert A. Estrada
Treasurer & Finance Chair
J. Coley Clark
Audit Committee Chair
Investments Committee Chair
Scholarship Advisory Committee Chair
UT Faculty Representative
UT Executive Officer
Frank Erwin III