An association for alumni and supporters of The Daily Texan

Friends of The Daily Texan

An association for alumni and supporters of The Daily Texan

Friends of The Daily Texan

An association for alumni and supporters of The Daily Texan

Friends of The Daily Texan

Contact Information
Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc.
1401 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

[email protected]

Full agenda for Texan alumni weekend

The schedule is now finalized for the Friends of The Daily Texan inaugural Alumni Weekend, which features a private tour of the Watergate papers at the Harry Ransom Center, an afternoon of mentorship at The Daily Texan basement, lunch at Scholz’s, a Segway tour of campus and a tour of the new Belo Center for New Media at the College of Communications.

To register for any or all of these events, go to the below address and click on the link:

And for more information on Friends of The Texan, Inc. and alumni weekend, go to

The main event is the Texan Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Nov. 8.

The alumni group has selected 12 distinguished alumni, including the first editor and first female editor of The Daily Texan, and notable alumni such as Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers, Karen Elliott House and many others. The master of ceremonies will be Quin Mathews, a Texan alumnus who is a former Dallas TV news anchor who now makes documentary films.

Hall of Fame inductees were chosen based on the accomplishments of their post-Texan career and their commitment to the Texan, either while working at the newspaper or as an alumni.

Legacy winners include Walter Cronkite, Willie Morris, Liz Carpenter, Lady Bird Johnson, Fritz Lanham and Helene Wilke McNaughton.

2013 inductees include Karen Tumulty, Ben Sargent, Karen Elliott House, Bill Moyers and Dick Elam.

Rising star inductee is Bryan Mealer.

The dinner begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m.

There will be two tables of silent auction items as well as offer for sale the out-of-print “The Daily Texan: The First 100 Years,” by Tara Copp and Rob Rogers.

The dinner begins at 7 p.m.

In addition to recognizing the 12 Texan Hall of Fame inductees, current Daily Texan staff members will discuss their recent accomplishments.

The silent auction will stay open through the dinner.

Other events of the weekend:

Mentoring: Give back to The Daily Texan by participating in the alumni Day of Mentorship at The Daily Texan basement, 25th and Whitis streets, Friday, Nov. 8, 1-4 p.m. Alumni will be meeting with Texan staff and young alumni for 20-minute sessions.

Ransom Center Private Tour: Enjoy a private tour for alumni of the Watergate papers and the Magnum Photos exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center. This event is Friday from 2-3 p.m.

Hall of Fame Reception/Dinner:

  • 6 p.m.: Mingle with Texan alumni at a cocktail reception and silent auction to welcome Texan Hall of Fame dinner attendees at the Harbin-Etter Alumni Center at the University of Texas.
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Celebrate alumni at the Texan Hall of Fame awards dinner. We will recognize inductees to the Texan Hall of Fame and a Rising Star. We will also hear from The Daily Texan editors on their latest accomplishments

Running Tour: If you’re a runner, you will love our running tour of Austin. See the changes in downtown Austin and the University of Texas campus while getting some exercise. No need for speed, we’ll have multiple guides at a range of speeds. This event is Saturday, Nov. 9, 8-9 a.m.

Segway Tour: See UT atop an ultra cool vehicle. Riding instructions included. This event is Saturday, Nov. 9, 10-11 a. m., Capitol SegCity, 1718 Lavaca St.

Saturday Informal Lunch: Join us at Scholtz’s at noon for a casual meal and a chance to catch up with Texan friends from your era. Cash bar. This event is Saturday, Nov. 9, noon – 1:30 p.m., Scholtz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto St.

Belo Center/College of Communications Tour: Join us for a tour of the state-of-the-art Belo Center for New Media and the College Communication. This event is Saturday, 2-3 p.m. at the Belo Center, Dean Keeton and Whitis streets.