Clubs and Organizations

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Four candidates in the competitive race for 1940-41 student-body president pose with some of their supporters. Donald Wood (back row, far right) would go on to win in a run-off election.

The number of clubs and student organizations at San Antonio Female College expanded as the college enrollment grew. During the early years of the San Antonio Female College, most of the clubs were related to students participating in the fine arts or bonding over shared hometowns. In 1916, the University of Texas recognized the San Antonio Female College as an accredited junior college which gave the college an added layer of educational credibility. This accreditation may have assisted the large influx of students attending the school during the late 1910s. After the introduction of male students in 1932, the number and variety of organizations offered to the student population on campus expanded further. 


The SPURS Sorority began in 1932 and is still an active part of campus life today. Can you think of any other organizations on campus that have been around that long? 

These newer clubs included more sports- based organizations, a larger co-ed student government, and Greek Life organizations, such as the SPURS that are still an active part of student life today. As more male students began to attend Westmoorland, they began to fill leadership positions in organizations that female students had previously led. This change of leadership roles may have also influenced the amount of organizations that were created during this time. This influence over leadership can be seen through the creation male only organizations such as the Engineers club, as well as more male students being elected to student government than their female counterparts. 

Along with the SPURS sorority, there are several clubs today at Trinity University that are similar to some of these ancestor organizations. These clubs have transformed to fit the current student life at Trinity. Examples of this are the former Religious Council (1926) and the current Chapel Spiritual Life Fellows, as well as the Education Club (1930) and today’s T.E.A.C.H. organization . Here is a look at what student life was like for students then and what life is like for students currently at Trinity University.

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This is The Wands' yearbook entry for the Religious Council of 1926. Can you think of any similarities between this club and a current Trinity University club?

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This is the Education Club's yearbook section of The Wand in 1930. What kind of "education problems and experiments" do you think they talked about?


This is the El Latigo yearbook picture for the Engineers club in 1940. What do you notice about this image?