Chicago may be more than 1,000 miles from Austin, but that didn’t stop the Texas Exes Chicago Chapter from getting the inside scoop on the University last week when Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds and Texas Exes CEO Leslie Cedar flew out for a Tuesday evening reception with Chicago-area alumni.
The reception, held at Mesirow Financial, drew about 47 alumni—a great crowd considering how far-flung Illinois is from the Lone Star State.
Chapter president Sherry Rollo, BS ’01, Life Member, says the reception drew a different crowd than the usual chapter staples of happy hours and football watch parties.
“We saw a lot of new faces,” Rollo says. “We saw a lot more older alumni, as well as people attending their first chapter event.”
After alumni mixed and mingled, Cedar spoke about how vital alumni chapters are to the Texas Exes’ mission. Dodds talked about UT Athletics, giving a positive forecast for the football season. He also stuck around for a lengthy Q&A that gave alumni the chance to ask anything about Texas sports, including how Dodds got Mack Brown to commit to coaching at Texas (answer: a hotel conversation that wooed Brown’s wife as much as the coach himself).
“I’m still getting emails from new people who enjoyed this event,” Rollo says. “It definitely renewed interest in our chapter.”
Chicago alumni with DeLoss Dodds. Photo courtesy Sherry Rollo.