Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Go Texan Memorial Edition

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

The Dons of South Texas: From the left, Professor Musselman, unidentified staff (?) member, Dean Bill Wilks, and Dean Sandra DeGraw, March, 1994.

Tomorrow, Friday, February 27, is Go Texan Day here in Houston. It's the day when 13 groups of trail riders converge on the city and head to Memorial Park to make camp. These groups have spent days and weeks traveling along cattle trails using the traditional equipment of the Old West. Their arrival in Houston signals the start of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. For those of us who didn’t go on a trail ride, we celebrate with Go Texan Day - a one day event where everyone in Houston is encouraged to break out their boots and take pride in our Texas and Western heritage.
In years past the South Texas Student Bar Association sponsored a chili cook-off to coincide with the rodeo. In March 1994, at the first annual chili cook-off, the “Dons of South Texas” took first place in the competition.  This Throwback Thursday post is bittersweet; it is dedicated to Dean Bill Wilks who passed away this past Tuesday, February 24.  Dean Wilks was a dedicated administrator, professor, and friend. His humor, quick wit, and ready smile will be dearly missed.