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Volume 1, Issue 2
October  2010
In This Issue
KΣ Parents' Club Officers
Alumni News
Parents' Activities
Tau Chapter Executive
Committee 2010

President       
Carl Thorne-Thomsen '07    
ctt@thorne-thomsen.com

Vice President   
Matthew Ziemnicki '08        mziemnicki@mail.utexas.edu

Treasurer       
Sean Hoyle '07            seanhoyle@mail.utexas.edu

Asst. Treasurer   
Jonathan Evans '08        jonathan.evans@bba08.mccombs.utexas.edu
                       
GMC North  
T.J. Cardone '08            tcardone8@mail.utexas.edu

GMC South       
Ernest Hotze '08            ehotze@mail.utexas.edu

Scribe       
Chan Tysor    '08            rtysor@mail.utexas.edu

House Manager   
Ryan Kattchee '07        ryan070489@mail.utexas.edu

Social Chairs   
Seth Koslov    '07            seth101@sbcglobal.net  

Reilly Ettinger '07        robertrettinger@yahoo.com
Kappa Sigma Parents' Club
2010-2011 Officers

President
Julie Tysor Taetz

Vice President
Lisa Clayton

Treasurer
Cynthia Walters

Asst Treasurer
Barbara Koslov

Alumni Liason
Cynthia Walters

Directory/E-Mail Chair
Patricia Redman

Senior Class Chair/Chair of Parents Weekend
Margaret Regan

Senior Class Reps
Stacy Wilkirson
Debbie Papageorge
Julie Powers
Candy Munster

Junior Class Reps/Spring Parents Weekend
Jane Evans
Susan Reeves
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If you have not yet contributed, please accept the challenge to raise your class's level of participation and pledge your gift today. Your gift will help Kappa Sigma continue its legacy as the premier fraternity at the University of Texas.

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A Special Thank You!
Chris Bailey Photography

The beautiful photographs of the Lodge appearing in this newsletter and on the Tau Trustees website are the work of professional photographer Chris Bailey (Tau '04)  of Houston. Chris also photographed the 2010 KS undergraduates as well as this year's pledge class.  Thank you so much, Chris!
Dear Tau Trustees & Alumni,

On behalf of the Tau Chapter, I would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for the spectacular new Lodge, made possible by your vision, generosity and hard work. 

KS LodgeThe Lodge has exceeded our expectations in every way as a great place to study, dine and socialize.  We feel very fortunate to be the first under- graduate Chapter to enjoy its amenities.    

This year also marks one of the most successful rush years in Chapter history.  We pledged 51 young men who I anticipate will accomplish great things as they take on leadership positions in the coming years.

My favorite weekend of the year, Parents' & Tau Trustees Weekend, is coming up soon and I know everyone is looking forward to honoring this year's Tau Man of the Year, Hagen McMahon.

I look forward to seeing all of you for this very special weekend.

Carl D. Thorne-ThomsenSincerely,
Carl D. Thorne-Thomsen
Carl D. Thorne-Thomsen
Tau Chapter President
Alumni News

Lonesome Dove Lives on in the Grand Room of the Lodge

Wittliff PhotoThrough the generosity of Bill Wittliff (Tau '59), writer and executive producer of the epic miniseries Lonesome Dove, the Grand Room now displays a beautifully framed print of a photograph entitled "Stolen Horses," taken by Mr. Wittliff on the movie set of Lonesome Dove, widely regarded as the greatest western movie ever made. 

"Stolen Horses" is part of the permanent collection of The Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography at Texas State University in San Marcus. 

In his "Foreword" to Wittliff's A Book of Photographs from Lonesome Dove, author Larry McMurtry writes: 

"Bill Wittliff is, to an unusual degree, professionally ubiquitous.  He is a first-rate book designer and publisher and an extremely competent screenwriter and producer.  And, as this volume splendidly illustrates, he's an amazing photographer.

But which craft or art is his first love?

I think these extraordinary photographs, made on the various sets of Lonesome Dove, answer that question.  Photography is Bill Wittliff's first love -- here his talents are seen at their richest.  Here we see the artist rather than the craftsman."

Wittliff PhotoOn behalf of the Tau Trustees and the entire Tau Chapter, we extend our most sincere gratitude to Bill Wittliff for this beautiful work of art to be enjoyed now and for many years to come. 


Former U.S. Navy Captain & Soviet Specialist Pens Award-Winning Novel

Cameron Book CoverAuthor Cameron Hoover (Tau '52) is earning international acclaim for his recent novel, A Zhukov Evening, winning one of the top honors in the Thriller/Adventure category of the 2010 International Book Awards. 

The plot involves historical twists and wide ranging action, with the national interests of China, Russia, Japan, and the United States set on a collision course. Tensions increase, as does the threat of nuclear war.
 
Reviewers' comments have been favorable and can be read online at Amazon.com. 

A Soviet specialist and Arabic linguist, Mr. Hoover was involved in intelligence operations and analyses for more than 25 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Cold War and retired with the rank of Captain in 2006.  He was later engaged by national agencies and other organizations as a consultant on intelligence and related national security issues.

Hoover lives in New Mexico with his wife, a music critic and poet, and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.  He's currently at work on another novel which he hopes to complete later this year.

The Tau Chapter congratulates Mr. Hoover on this impressive first novel and wishes him continued success in his writing career. 


Doug McLeod Honored by Galveston's Prestigious Artillery Club
Doug Mc Celebration
Doug McLeod flanked by his beautiful wife Joan and their youngest daughter, Joanie McLeod Bowman, at the Founders' Day celebration.


Doug McLeod (Tau '60) was the toast of the Galveston Artillery Club as its Founders' Day honoree at a recent black-tie gala -- the largest sit-down dinner served in the Club's history since its founding in 1840.  This spectacular evening was part of a three-day celebration enjoyed by three generations of the McLeod family and a large circle of friends.



Doug Mc Family
Pictured from left are Doug McLeod's daughter, Alex McLeod, niece Kim McLeod Lang, honoree Doug McLeod; daughter Joanie McLeod Bowman; daughter Lindsey McLeod and friend Blake McCrory at the Friday night fiesta.


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The Glitterati turned out in designer gowns and tuxedos or tailored Artillery Club uniforms to honor the former legislator and attorney with an elegant introduction and award presentation by club historian, Jim Earthman," reported Lifestyle contributor Frances Powell in The Daily News of Galveston County. 

Congratulations,Doug McLeod, on this well-deserved and highly esteemed award! 


Parents' Club Updates

Dear Parents of Kappa Sig Actives and Pledges:
 
Fall is in the air and committees are busy hosting gatherings for Kappa Sig parents in several different locations.  We want all of you to have an opportunity to get to know the families of your sons' friends, and the Alumni who give them invaluable guidance throughout their college years and who will serve them as mentors for years to come. 

Directory Forms & Dues
directoryIf you haven't done so already, please send in your Kappa Sig Parents' Club dues and directory forms. The information you provide enables us to create a parents' directory of contact information.  The dues are used to pay for directory printing and to organize Parents' Weekends in the fall and spring. 

Many thanks to Patricia Redman who has worked tirelessly to compile the directory, and thanks to all of you who have responded to her.

Thanks also to Cynthia Walters and Barbara Koslov, who are collecting your dues and providing accounting services for the Parents' Club. 

Parents' Club Gatherings

HoustonHouston Area:  Carolyn Campbell and Alice Peacock, together with their fellow Sophomore mothers hosted a beautiful evening for 25 or more Houston area ladies who gathered to share great food and drink.  We all got to know each other, learn about volunteer opportunities, and generally share info about our fine boys.

DFWGreater DFW Area:  Kathy Pruss and Ruth Moseley will be hosting a gathering on Monday, October 25, at Maggiano's NorthPark.  They look forward to sharing pointers with Freshman moms, and gathering to discuss the upcoming year.

AustinHill Country Area Elizabeth Horne, Candy Munster and Christy Beverly  will host a gathering on October 30 at 3 PM at the Kappa Sig Lodge.  Those who would like to stay and watch the UT/Baylor game televised at the Lodge will be in for a real treat, as the new hi-def televisions -- combined with the amazing sound system -- provide virtual stadium experience!

A huge thank you to the many parents who are organizing and participating in these gatherings, providing a great opportunity for parents to get to know each other!

KS BB CourtFall Parents & Alumni Weekend
The big event of the season, Parents Alumni Weekend, will be November 12 and 13, in conjunction with the UT/OSU home game in Austin. 

Margaret Regan and her committee are putting together a wonderful gathering spanning two days at the newly opened Kappa Sig Lodge. 

Margaret is seeking volunteers for both Friday night and Saturday, to work shifts for set up, check in and during events.


Please contact Margaret at mmr@mmregan.com to volunteer at our Friday Night Kickoff or Saturday Awards/Pledges/Tau Man event.  Three volunteers are needed on Friday afternoon for the 6:30 set up, then two each half-hour from 7 PM - 10 PM.  On Saturday (at a time to be announced) four volunteers are needed for set up, then three to four volunteers for each half-hour during the event. 

Thanksgiving at the Kappa Sig Lodge!
ThanksgivingKΣ Chef Mike Coughlan will provide Thanksgiving Day lunch at 11:30 AM at the Lodge for Kappa Sigs and family members. 

You'll receive an e-mail in a few weeks with information on how to make your reservation and the cost per person. 

UT A&MThe UT/A&M game is scheduled for 7 PM.  The Lodge provides a perfect game watching venue with its four new 55" television screens and surround sound speaker system. 

Thanks so much to Elizabeth Horne for spearheading this fun event, along with Hagen McMahon (our Tau Man of the Year) and Chef Mike. 

Please do make plans to be a part of these activities.  Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.  I'm simply the messenger for the many hard working volunteers making all of this happen.

I look forward to seeing you Parents' Weekend!

Julie Tysor Taetz
President, KS Parents' Association