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Welcome to the State of the Union Newsletter

The official alumni newsletter of the University Unions at The University of Texas at Austin.


July 2010 Edition:


by Alumni Relations

For over 40 years, the State of the Union has sought to provide alumni and friends of the Union with up-to-date information on the building, the events and the people that create a family community on The University of Texas campus. We are excited to announce the online newsletter The State of the Union blog!  With this format, you will receive an email with the headlines of each of our stories.  Then you will be invited to visit our website to read more about the University Unions.  This e-newsletter will be sent on a more frequent basis in order to update you with stories and information as pertinently as possible. We...

by Alumni Relations

As we first announced to you in the 2008 State of the Union newsletter, we will be opening a second building on campus so that we can better serve student life and activities.  In January of 2009, the dream of a second building began to take shape when ground was broken at the location just north of Gregory Gym on the East Mall.  The construction is right on schedule for a grand opening on January 17, 2011.

The Student Activity Center is a manifested student initiative.  Its main purpose is to serve the students of The University of Texas, support a diverse array of student...

by Alumni Relations

Since the mid-1980s, the African American Culture Room provided a space in the Texas Union that represented African American culture through artworks, paintings and reading materials.  As art was added and moved throughout the years, the time came to make significant changes to enhance the mission of the room.

The idea for these changes stemmed from the various art pieces the Texas Union had on display in the room. Fran Chapman, former Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, had planned to refurbish the art in the room.  She kept in mind that her predecessor, Patricia Teed, had found...

by Alumni Relations

When the Texas Union opened its doors in 1933, the idea was to create a space on campus where students could gather to study, discuss, relax and hold events. Seventy-six years later, the Texas Union continues to be a place for students to unwind, hold high-quality events, and develop the skills they need to become leaders on campus and in the community.  However, as the years wore on and the university greatly expanded in number, it became clear that additional space would better suit the needs of the student body. Thus, after much time and effort, the Student Activities Center (SAC) was born.  With the task of managing two buildings, it was...