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Tau Legacy 2015 Campaign Committee

Campaign Chairman
Danny Grant '79

TKSEF Board of Directors
Jim Pritchett '71
Mike Sharpe '79
Reggie Tuck '69
Brian Miller '79
Tim Herman '63

Steering Committee
Rob Lippincott '67
Loren Singletary '67
Joe Bailey '73
Rick Warren '78
John Sarvadi '85

Campaign Team
Joe Russo '52
Johnny Cochran '61
Mike Rose '67
Roy Markum '69
Mike Doherty '72
John Kincade '79
Drew Kanaly '80
Joel Fontenot '81
Bill Stubbs '81
Johnny Byrd '83
Bryan Plater '84
William Boyce '85
Bill Jackson '86
Wyeth Wiedeman '86
Bobby McGehee '89
Vinny Pilegge '93
Avery Alcorn '06
Hayner Rude '06

Design & Construction Team

Dan Burck '51 (in memoriam): alumnus and former Independent Chairman of the Board of American Campus Communities

Bob Ellis: father of Robert Ellis ?15, owner/operator of Southwest Corporation Construction Services

Tim Herman '63: alumnus, T.K.S.E.F. board director and law partner with Howry, Breen & Herman LLP

Hagen McMahon '66: alumnus, business consultant, advisor to the T.K.S.E.F. Board and Chairman of the Building Committee

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Duer Wagner Jr. '48 Honored as

2016 Tau Man of the Year

Oil and gas entrepreneur Duer Wagner Jr. '48 was celebrated as Tau Man of the Year on November 12 in a private gathering of alumni and family at DKR Texas Memorial Stadium during half-time at the UT vs. West Virginia game. 

Mr. Wagner has been a generous donor to the Tau 125 and Tau Legacy 2015 campaigns and has pledged another $100,000 as a legacy gift.  With his wife, Genevieve, at his side, he expressed gratitude for being a Kappa Sig. "I wouldn't have met my wife had I not been a Kappa Sig," he said. "My brothers have helped me in both my business and personal life.

Mr. Wagner pledged Kappa Sigma at UT Austin in 1947 and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1950. He established his oil and gas company in 1956 and remains involved in all facets of exploration, development, and production.

"No one could be a better choice than Duer for Tau Man of the Year," said Tau brother and lifelong friend Steve Gose '50.  "He rushed me and several other brothers I met for the Kappa Sigs as I was about to attend UT," he added. "He's one of the best friends I've ever had and he's always been Kappa Sig Fraternity to me."

Mr. Wagner has three grown children: Duer Wagner III, Bryan Wagner, and Sissy Roberts, and nine grandchildren.

A longtime resident of Fort Worth, he owns a ranch in Cresson, Texas, where he oversees all cattle operations.

The Tau Man of the Year Award is given annually by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation to a Tau initiate of Kappa Sigma Fraternity who has achieved noted commercial success or significant renown in his chosen avocation and given in a meaningful way (time and/or treasure) to Tau Chapter and/or the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation.

Michael Sharpe '79 Chosen for Frank Erwin Award

Tau Chapter actives named Michael Sharpe '79 as the Frank Erwin Award honoree for 2016. This award is given annually to an alumnus who has provided exceptional support and leadership to the Chapter. 

"On behalf of the Tau Chapter, I would like to express my gratitude to Mike Sharpe for everything he's done and continues to do on our behalf," said Michael Swayne '13, outgoing Tau Chapter Grand Master. "He gives an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and resources to Kappa Sigma and we're proud to honor him with this award for his outstanding leadership and contributions."  

Mike Sharpe, following a legacy established by his late father, John Sharpe, has served as a Tau Trustee for the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation for many years and has held several officer positions. He was elected Secretary in 2008, served as Treasurer from 2011 to 2013, Assistant Treasurer from 2013 to 2015, and was elected to his current position as President in January 2015.  

Following the Grand Conclave in 2013, Mr. Sharpe served briefly on the Kappa Sigma Fraternity's "A Greater Cause" Committee, organized to focus on philanthropy and community service. 

Mr. Sharpe retired from Citigroup in 2015 after 19 years of service to the company and its predecessor companies. He has now turned his focus to the nonprofit sector. 

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in History, and a teaching certificate in Education from UT Austin.  He and his wife, Jenny, live in Fort Worth and have two grown daughters, Morgan and Madison. 

Frank Erwin, Chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents from 1966 to 1971, was a devoted Kappa Sig who served as an alumnus advisor and a founding trustee of the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation.  He was honored as Tau Man of the Year in 1965 and again in 1980.  


Ethan Beasley '13 Selected for Philip Moore Award

Ethan Beasley, known for his warm personality, can-do spirit, and follow-through dependability, is the 2016 Philip Moore Award honoree. Beasley is credited for doing an outstanding job serving as the Tau Chapter House Manager this past year. A Dallas native, he is in the Master of Professional Accounting Program and pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.   

Philip Moore is remembered for his outstanding leadership, service and loyalty to his Tau brothers. He died tragically in a car accident at age 29. The Philip Moore award is given each year by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation to a KS senior who demonstrates many of the attributes for which Philip Moore is remembered. 


Ben Sarvadi '14 Chosen for Gabe Higgins Award

Newly elected Tau Chapter Grand Master Ben Sarvadi is this year's recipient of the Gabe Higgins Award. Sarvadi, known for his gracious demeanor, strong organizational skills, and leadership qualities, served as Grand Master of Ceremonies this past year. A Houston native, he is in the Liberal Arts Honors Program with a focus on Economics. His father is Tau alumnus John Sarvadi '85. 

Gabe Higgins is remembered for his calm and unassuming demeanor, his ready willingness to help a brother in need, and his good character. The Gabe Higgins award is given annually by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation to a KS junior who shares many of the good qualities for which Gabe Higgins was known.  

Upcoming Events:

The  32nd Annual Tau Open Golf Tournament

April 28 & 29, 2017
Yaupon & Live Oak Golf Courses
Lakeway, Texas

Tournament is open to Tau Chapter/Kappa Sig alumni and Tau Chapter actives and their fathers.

Online registration will be available soon.

For more information, please contact:  

Russell Zwiener
(713) 805-5737

Luke Hotze
(281) 630-2758

Steven Caruselle
(281) 830-5741


The 10th Annual
Denton Cooley Tau Classic Tournament

June 6, 2017 Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston

This year’s tournament is dedicated in loving memory to Brother Denton A. Cooley, MD ’38 (1920 - 2016).

Tournament is open to Tau Chapter/Kappa Sig alumni, Tau Chapter actives and their fathers, and non-Kappa Sig friends. Players over 65 will play from senior tees.  

Online registration will be available soon.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Pritchett
(713) 515-0719

Chuck Berson
(713) 979-8677

Willie Madden
(713) 303-6446


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