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Volume 2, Issue 3              
                                                      June 2011
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Tau Open Report
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Parents Weekend
Upcoming Events

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The Tau 125 Campaign has been a huge success - but we're not there yet. 

Before we begin construction on the new Chapter House, we must reach our fundraising goal of $5 million. We're now only $1.7 million shy of reaching that goal in pledges.

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.

Denton A. Cooley, MD (Tau '38) expressed so well, "This is an opportunity for all alumni to pay our respects and our debt to Kappa Sigma."

Please take those words to heart and pledge your Tau 125 Campaign gift today.

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Dear Tau Trustees, Alumni & Chapter,

Jim PritchettMy first memories of Kappa Sig date back to the early 50s, visiting my three older brothers who were attending UT and living at 203 West 19th Street.  It was great fun being harassed by the Kappa Sigs, they were my heroes and I wanted to grow up to be just like them. 

Joining Kappa Sigma some 15 years later was one of the best decisions I ever made.  As most of you will agree, the bonds we create as Kappa Sigs serve us for a lifetime. 

Today, I'm honored to have the opportunity to give back to the Chapter, like so many before me who have served as Tau Alumni leadership.

I'm fortunate to have stepped into a very good situation. The Chapter, the Alumni, our communications program, our facilities and our relations with the University and with National are the best they've been in many years.

The challenges we faced this past year have forced us -- with the help of National -- to take a serious look at ourselves.  We have emerged stronger than before and our trajectory is impressive. 

We have an excellent Board assisted by many Alumni volunteers from across the state.  Tim Herman ('63 Austin) is there for us for any and every situation that arises; Hagen McMahon ('66 Austin) has done a tremendous job with the Chapter on a weekly basis and managing the construction of the Lodge. Michael Sharpe ('79 Ft. Worth) is working hard as treasurer to get our books in order and establish an efficient accounting system and Reggie Tuck ('69 Kerrville) not only pays for two active sons, he spearheads our new Alumni Speakers program.

Let's build on this momentum, finish our fund raising and help Tau Chapter become the best fraternity in the country. We are getting very close.

I encourage you to get involved.  The return is there.  I promise you will be impressed and that you will have fun with our activities, seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Jim Pritchett ('71 Houston)
President, Texas Kappa Sigma Education Foundation

Tau Open at Lakeway a Huge Success

Tau Open
Jack Doherty, Joe Bailey Jr., Lane Dodds, Matt Coscio


The 19 teams participating in this

year's Tau Open at Lakeway, held April 8 and 9, enjoyed beautiful weather and great fun.  


Congratulations to our tournament champions and our other placement teams listed below:  


Tournament Champions - Jack Doherty (Tau '03), Lane Dodds  (Tau '03), Matt Coscio  (Tau '03) and Joe Bailey, Jr. (Tau '03) 


First Place - Low gross - Drew Brown (Tau '05), Tom Browder (Tau '06), Brent Pickerell (Tau '05) and 

Chris Bailey (Tau '04)


Second Place - Low net - Reggie Tuck (Tau '68), Cody Tuck (Tau '07)
Travis Tuck (Tau '10)  and Russell Bailey (Tau '09)


Third Place - Low net - Jim Pritchett (Tau '71), Tom McCarthy (Tau '73), Jim Holley (Tau '78) and Matt Thanheiser (Tau '77)


Tentative plans for next year:

Location:  Lakeway

Dates:  Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28

Co-chairmen for 2012:  Jack Doherty, Lane Dodds, Matt Coscio and Joe Bailey, Jr.


We will award the green jackets at next year's dinner on Friday night, with plans for burgers or steaks in the newly remodeled Lakeway Live Oak Party Room immediately following the tournament. 


Thanks again for everyone's support and participation.  Best of luck to next year's tournament coordinators.  


Jay R. Houren (Tau '78)

Co-chairman, 2011 Tau Open

Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series  

Enthusiastically Received

The "Distinguished Alumni Speaker" Series is off to a great start. Denton A. Cooley, M.D. (Tau '38), internationally acclaimed heart surgeon, served as our inaugural speaker on April 11 and former Chancellor of The University of Texas System R. D. (Dan) Burck (Tau '51) followed on May 2.


Dr. Cooley provided a delightful and inspiring video Dr. Cooleypresentation sharing great memories of his days as a Kappa Sig active and insightful comments about his career and personal life since.  Summing up his philosophy about the choices we make in life, he recited the following poem, which is inscribed in the foyer of the Texas Heart Institute: 

"A Bag of Tools"


Isn't it strange

That princes and kings

And clowns that caper

In sawdust rings,

And common people

Like you and me

Are builders for eternity?

Each is given a bag of tools,

A shapeless mass

A book of rules;

And each must make

Ere life has flown

A stumbling block

Or a stepping stone.


American Poet R. L. Sharpe


Dan Burk

May's featured speaker, Dan Burck, is currently Chairman of the Board for American Campus Communities (NYSE) and serves as a special advisor to The University of Texas System.  Prior to his work with the University, Burck was a major force in the private sector in both the national and international worlds of business.


The actives listened with great interest as Chancellor Burck talked about his experiences managing Getty Oil Company's worldwide holdings and the exciting days of launching ESPN, the first cable TV sports network, which Burck helped create.   


On behalf of the Chapter and Alumni, I extend my deepest gratitude to both Dr. Cooley and Chancellor Burck who truly define the term "distinguished" and who exemplify the best of the Kappa Sigma traditions of honor, excellence and contributions to humanity. 

Reggie Tuck (Tau '68)

Board Director

Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation



Spring Parents' Weekend 2011


Picture perfect weather set the stage for a wonderful Kappa Sig Spring Parents' Weekend held April 1 and 2 in Austin.  



The weekend began Friday evening, with 140 moms and sons gathering to enjoy a Mexican dinner buffet at Serrano's, a festive hill-country-stone terraced restaurant on Red River.  A gorgeous sunset followed by an outdoor ambiance illuminated with twinkling treetop lights provided the perfect setting for presenting the graduating senior Kappa Sigs and their mothers.  Many of the seniors talked about their future plans as well as regaling the group with some of their favorite memories as Kappa Sigs.  


What a treat it was for us moms to enjoy such a special evening with our sons -- each of whom are unique, fascinating, talented and great young men.  


On Saturday, Kappa Sigs gathered with their dads at Abel's on the Lake for a hearty lunch and then headed off to UT to watch the Longhorn Baseball team defeat Missouri in a nearly-sold-out game.  Several greek groups were in attendance and the Kappa Sigs sported colors for the event.  


KΣ Cooking ClassFor the moms, Chef Mike provided a Saturday morning cooking class in the Lodge's kitchen to share recipes and cooking tips for several of our sons' favorite dishes. 



Spring Parent's weekend is a great opportunity to meet our sons' friends and families, see old friends and make new friends.  And because we don't have to coordinate events around a football schedule as we do in the fall, it offers a more relaxed pace to enjoy our time together. The Kappa Sig Parents' Club thanks everyone who helped make the weekend a success, and we hope to see you in the fall.  Stay tuned for next year!  




Julie S. Tysor Taetz





Our Condolences to the Family of Patrick Scott


Only a few days after writing this recap of Spring Parents' Weekend, we learned the tragic news of Patrick Scott's death.  On behalf of the Parents' Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to his parents, Joy and Steve Killam, and to all of his family and friends.  Our hearts go out to you and our thoughts and prayers are with you.  


Julie S. Tysor Taetz



Upcoming Events in 2011



HoustonHouston Tau Chapter Alumni

Social Get-Together

Wednesday, June 8

4 - 7 pm

Ciao Bella, 5161 San Felipe (near Sage)



Actives, rush captains and officers will be in attendance; hors d'oeuvres will be served.  (No alcohol)


DFWNorth Texas Tau Chapter Alumni

Social Get-Together
Thursday, June 23
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Hotel Palomar Residences (south entrance, on northbound service road, to property located at southeast corner of Mockingbird & Central)  Michael Sharpe will provide a capital campaign/construction update; Chapter officers will provide a rush update.  (No alcohol)   

Please RSVP shaag@realtyamericagroup.com.