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Tejas Club
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The Tejas Club is one of the oldest student organizations at the University of Texas at Austin. It was founded in 1925, and only has male members. The official purpose of the club is "to allow our members to live a more complete life by sharing their personalities, abilities and efforts to promote good fellowship and a high standard of conduct among ourselves and our fellow students, to encourage loyalty and usefulness to our school, and to further good scholarship."[1] The membership process of the organization is secretive and not open to the public.


The Tejas Club was formed in 1925 by Tom Renfro and Howell Cobb with the vision of establishing "a club on this campus composed of men whom we believe to be honorable."[2] In its early years, Tejas was associated with Theta Nu Epsilon (ΘΝΕ), a nationwide sophomore class society which also included such organizations as Skull and Bones at Yale University, The Phoenix – S K Club at Harvard University, and The Machine at the University of Alabama.[3]

On Campus

Tejas members have always been a highly involved and diverse group of men at the University of Texas. Members of the Tejas Club have served as student body presidents and vice presidents, head cheerleaders, Texas Cowboys, Silver Spurs, Texas Blazers, leadership within the Longhorn Band, chairmen of the University Union board of directors, and many other important roles on campus.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

The Tejas Club celebrated its 90th anniversary on September 5 and 6 of 2015.[11][12]

Since the early 1930s, the Tejas Club has hosted a weekly speaker series called Tejas Coffee. As is tradition, Tejas Coffees serve as an opportunity for students to interact with influential members of their community in an inviting setting, every Thursday evening. Recent speakers have included UT professor and actor Matthew McConaughey, Texas Longhorns athletics coaches Mack Brown, Rick Barnes, Shaka Smart[13][14], Tom Herman[15], and Augie Garrido; Founder of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Tim League[16]; Former World No. 1 tennis player, Andy Roddick[17]; UT professors Robert Metcalfe, H.W. Brands, and Larry Speck; current UT president Gregory L. Fenves [18]and former UT presidents William C. Powers and Larry Faulkner; former University of Texas System chancellor Mark Yudof; former Secretary of the Air Force Hans Mark; former National Security Agency director Bobby Ray Inman; Celebrity Chef, Tyson Cole [19]; Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey[20]; Cyclist Lance Armstrong[21], and Texas politicians Beto O'Rourke[22], Wendy Davis, James Talarico, Christi Craddick, Kel Seliger, and Carole Keeton Strayhorn among others.[23]


Many notable alumni of the University of Texas are Tejas Braves. The Tejas Foundation was created in 1953 to establish communication between former and current members of the club. To this day, the alumni of Tejas continue to be involved with helping the club provide housing, encourage scholarship, and organize various events.[24]

Alumni of the Tejas Club include:

See also


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  2. ^ "Tejas Club - History".
  3. ^ Theta Nu Epsilon
  4. ^ "Rady, Strickland elected Student Government president, vice president in tight contest".
  5. ^ "UT organizations rally to rename Student Activity Center".
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  8. ^ "Student Government Profile: Horacio Villarreal and Ugeo Williams".
  9. ^ "University Unions Board of Directors".
  10. ^ https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2019/03/08/camron-goodman-amie-jean-named-student-body-president-vice-president-by-overwhelming
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  13. ^ http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2019/10/18/freshmen-adjust-to-new-life-as-student-athletes
  14. ^ https://twitter.com/TejasClub/status/1182697066105102336?s=20
  15. ^ http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/02/24/hundreds-cram-into-tejas-houses-front-yard-to-see-tom-herman
  16. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/397452707873955/
  17. ^ http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2019/03/10/students-come-together-to-hear-from-tennis-player-andy-roddick-at-tejas-coffee
  18. ^ https://twitter.com/gregfenves/status/1118881145616257024
  19. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/B3PrWNKlDqU/
  20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/160219108249888/
  21. ^ https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2015/10/02/tejas-club-hosts-lance-armstrong-in-weekly-speaker-series
  22. ^ https://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/09/25/beto-orourke-tells-students-about-his-life-plans-for-immigration-reform
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  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-23. Retrieved 2013-10-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ "Texas Longhorns Athletics - Traditions: Hook 'em, Horns hand signal".
  26. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/21/obituaries/21DEDM.html
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  34. ^ "Chief Judge Royce C Lamberth". Archived from the original on 2010-07-07.
  35. ^ "Judge Royce C. Lamberth/Tejas Scholarship".
  36. ^ Austin Ligon
  37. ^ "UT College of Liberal Arts". 12 April 2016.
  38. ^ "To the Moon ‹ Life & Letters Magazine".
  39. ^ Steve Poizner
  40. ^ "Steve Poizner".
  41. ^ "Steve Poizner On Encore Career Institute". World News.
  42. ^ Rex Tillerson
  43. ^ Christopher Helman. "Rex Tillerson". Forbes.
  44. ^ "The Alcalde". November 2007.
  45. ^ "TU EX-Student Leader Jailed In Slaying; Malcolm E. Wallace Charged in Death of Golf Professional". Valley Morning Star. Harlingen, Texas. October 24, 1951. p. 1.
  46. ^ Jones, Garth (August 14, 1985). "Federal Official's Death Certificate Ordered Changed". The Victoria Advocate. Victoria, Texas. AP. p. 8A. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  47. ^ Dalton, Kyle. "Butler Pitch and Putt in Austin: Murder in the clubhouse, fun on the golf course". www.golftexas.com. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
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