Scope and Purpose
As The University of Texas at Austin continues to move forward singing "The Eyes of Texas” as its alma mater, The Eyes of Texas History Committee has been charged with chronicling and documenting the full history of the song, sharing that history broadly and providing context around its meanings, origins and roles during the past 120 years. The committee is composed of two dozen faculty scholars, students and alumni — including athletes and Longhorn Band representatives — who are participating in these efforts as part of the university’s commitment to fully own, acknowledge and teach about its school song.
President Jay Hartzell’s Charge to The Eyes of Texas History Committee
As The University of Texas continues to affirm that “The Eyes of Texas” will remain our alma mater, The Eyes of Texas History Committee has been established to document the full history of the song, share that history broadly and provide context around its meanings, origins and roles during the past 120 years. The committee will be chaired by Dr. Richard Reddick, Professor and Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement and Outreach in the College of Education. It will be composed of diverse alumni, staff members, faculty members and students, including athletes and Longhorn Band members, and will draw upon the expertise of historians and higher education scholars at UT. The committee will complete its work in early 2021, in response to these four charges:
Charge 1: Collect and document the facts of: the origin, the creators’ intent, and the elements of "The Eyes of Texas," including the lyrics and music.
Charge 2: Examine the university’s historical institutional use and performance of "The Eyes of Texas."
Charge 3: Chronicle the historical usage of "The Eyes of Texas" by University of Texas students, staff, faculty and alumni, as well as its usage in broader cultural events, such as film, literature and popular media.
Charge 4: Recommend potential communication tactics and/or strategies to memorialize the history of "The Eyes of Texas."
Dr. Richard Reddick, Committee Chair, is associate dean for equity, community engagement and outreach in the College of Education. He is also a Texas Ex, co-founder of Texas Blazers, and a member of the Silver Spurs, the group that takes care of Bevo. Reddick earned a bachelor’s degree from UT’s Plan II Honors Program and was named a College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Distinguished Graduate.
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**HW Brands, Professor of History
**Ricky Brown, Assistant Athletics Director, Director of T-Association
Don Carleton, Executive Director, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
**Rick Church, Longhorn Band alumnus
**Quan Cosby, Former Longhorn football player; President, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
**Jim Davis, Vice President for Legal Affairs
*Logan Eggleston, Longhorn Volleyball player
**Caroline Enriquez, Assistant Director of Recruitment Scholarships, Office of Admissions
**Cloteal Davis Haynes, President of The Precursors
**Yolanda Hall, President of Black Alumni Network
*Kathleen Holloway, Communications Director, Graduate Student Assembly
Peniel Joseph, Professor, Department of History and LBJ School of Public Affairs
Sharon Justice, Former Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
*Anagha Kikkeri, Student Government President
**Jim Nicar, Former Director, UT Heritage Society, and author of the UT History Corner
*Kyanna Richard, Longhorn Band member
**Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Professor of Journalism, Director of the VOCES Oral History Project
**Victor Saenz, Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Cherise Smith, Chair, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies
*Courtney SoRelle, Captain of Spirit Squad
**Ronnye Vargas Stidvent, Executive Director, Center for Women in Law
**Andrew Vo, Chief Human Resources Officer - Growth Markets at Accenture
**Jenn Wang, Senior Director of International Advancement and Principal Gifts
*current UT student, **Texas Ex
Ex Officio Member:
J.B. Bird, Director of Media Relations & Issues Management, University Communications