This is the first installment of the Absolute Texxas blog. We’ve chewed on the idea of starting this for a while now, and we’re excited to say that we are finally taking the plunge into the blogosphere! This will chronicle all of the events we have throughout the semester and serve as a sneak peek into what it’s like to be a member of AT to our family, friends, potential new members, or anybody who happens to stumble across this page!
This first post is dedicated to taking a look back at our recently completed Spring 2014 semester. If you’re reading this, you are probably already familiar enough with us to know that all of our activities and events fall into one of three categories: Spirit, Service, or Social. Here’s a recap of all the fun we had this Spring 2014 semester in each category:
As always, AT continued to show strong support to all Longhorn teams. One of the highlights of the semester was the young and exciting Longhorn basketball team. AT was consistently well represented in the stands as we had a blast supporting Coach Barns and company.
As well known as we are for our football tailgates, we also couldn’t resist from firing up the grill one time to host a tailgate for a baseball game. Looking back, we don’t know of anything we could have been doing that Friday night that would have been more fun than hanging out with friends, enjoying some food fresh off the grill, and playing in/watching a few competitive wiffle ball games before we headed off to the game!
Look no further than the intramural diamond for our proudest moment of the semester. After coming up short the last two years, our co-ed softball team finally took home the championship this spring! With more fans in the stands than we’ve ever seen at an intramural game, our team strolled to an easy victory in the tournament finale to claim AT another spot on the Gregory Gym Wall of Fame! What a great way to wrap up the semester!
We are fortunate to be able to serve several amazing charitable organizations and initiatives. Just as every semester is, this spring schedule was loaded with several fun service events! Here’s a look at just a few of the events we participated in:
- Neighborhood Longhorn Program– For years, we have teamed up with Zavala Elementary School to tutor 4th graders and help in preparation for their yearly standardized exams. Our members visited the classroom for an hour every Wednesday to work through workbook problems , but more importantly, to mentor the young students.
- Helping Hands Home– It’s often a debate whether our members or the kids have more fun at HHH. We hosted two field days at the HHH home this semester where we played games and hung out with the foster children. We really value the awesome opportunity we have to just be kids again and play sports and games with all the HHH kids!
- Pease Park Conservatory– We spent several weekend mornings down the street at Pease Park, working on various projects under the supervision of the conservation team. Whether it’s pulling weeds, planting trees, or doing whatever the Pease Park guys can have us do, we’re more than happy to do our part in keeping the park our members frequent in beautiful condition!
While we love these events, the spring semester is also home to our very own Absolute Texxas Volleyball Classic. Always a highlight of the semester, ATVC is a 20 team sand volleyball tournament that we put on, where all proceeds are sent directly to the great St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! This year we had a full bracket, some intense competition, and a beautiful day to enjoy it on. We are proud to say an AT team took the title (Turtle Squad, where ya at?), and even prouder to say the event raised $5000 dollars for St. Jude! The event was held at Aussie’s Grill and Beach Bar. If you are ever looking for a place to eat or hang out in Austin, be sure to stop by Aussies and give them a quick thanks. Danny, their owner, has been gracious enough to offer up the place to us at no cost the past several years. We couldn’t do it without him!
Our social events have never failed to be fun and memorable. This Spring was certainly no exception to this as we freshened up our lineup of events by making a few minor changes and adding some awesome new events!
A staple of AT social events, our annual Neon party, was as fun as ever! Complete with neon decorated black walls, black lights, and even glowing drinks, the night was a blast for all of our members and our friends who were lucky enough to score invites to the event!
For the first time in AT’s 10 year history, we split up our guys and girls to mix with the other awesome spirit organizations on campus. As we are always trying to continue improving our presence on campus, we felt this would be a great opportunity to strengthen our relationships with the other organizations on campus. The mixers were an absolute hit- our members loved them, new friendships were formed, and many memories were made! We are very excited to continue mixing with other groups this upcoming Fall!
We definitely saved the best for last this spring. Our final event of the semester was our formal. This year we changed things up a bit and went with a “Beach Bum Formal” theme in Port Aransas, Texas! Our members and their dates enjoyed a two night stay on the beach– a welcomed mini-vacation to cap off the recently completed final week of class. The weekend featured hours well spent at the beach, a crawfish boil out by the pool (300 pounds of crawfish!), a night out on the town, and a banquet on the final night to wrap up the semester. This was without a doubt one of the best formals we have ever had!
As you’ve seen, this semester was definitely one to remember. We’re excited we were able to share it with you on our new blog and we hope you’ve gained a better idea of what AT is all about! Family and friends- We will be trying to update this every month or two throughout future semesters to keep you in the loop of everything we have going on.
If you are looking into joining Absolute Texxas, keep an eye on our website and social media pages throughout the summer for recruitment information! Also be on the lookout for our table during orientation and in front of Gregory during the first two weeks of class in the Fall!
We hope you have a great summer!