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Volume 3, Issue 4
November  2012
In This Issue
Tau 125 Campaign
New User-Friendly Profile Update
Pay Dues Online
Man of the Year
Frank Erwin Award
Philip Moore Award
Gabe Higgins Award
Tau 125 Campaign Phase II:  Please Make Your Pledge Today 
Tau 125


Dear Tau Trustees & Alumni,


Time is running out to reach our pledge goal of $1.5 million -- the amount needed to begin construction on the new Kappa Sigma House in 2013.  If we do not have pledge commitments by October 20 for the full $1.5 million, construction plans will be delayed.  


We appeal to you today to make your pledge to the Tau 125 Campaign so that Phase II -- the Kappa Sigma House -- can be completed on schedule.  


The Kappa Sig Lodge -- one of the finest fraternity facilities in the state -- is here for today's Tau Chapter and for future Chapters because you stepped up and honored your commitment to your Kappa Sigma brotherhood.  


We ask that you step up once again and make your pledge today.  Our contact information is below.  


Let's continue the proud Tau legacy for today's and tomorrow's UT Kappa Sigs.  


Thank you in advance for your support.


Joel Fontenot  Joel Fontenot
Fundraising Co-Chair 
Cell:  (214) 202-3876 



Bill Stubbs Bill Stubbs
Fundraising Co-Chair
Cell:  (832) 276-1964 

P.S.  The preliminary designs and specifications for the Kappa Sigma House are illustrated in this downloadable brochure.


New User-Friendly Page to
Update Your Profile
update profileNow One Simple Form for KS Alumni, Parents & Actives

To provide a more efficient way for you to update your contact information to receive Tau eNEWS and event notices, we have created a new Update Profile web page -- one simple form to be used by Alumni/Trustees, Parents and Actives alike.

When you access the page -- either through the button below or through the website -- you will be able to select the types of emails you would like to receive, with the option to choose any or all.  

This data collection system is secure and meets all current privacy laws and regulations.

Please update your information as needed, as you are a valued member of the Tau community and we want to make sure you get your news in a timely manner. We also encourage you to forward this eNEWS edition to fellow Kappa Sigs who haven't yet signed up to receive Tau eNEWs.  

Please send any questions or comments you may have to editor@KappaSigTauUT.org

Your Tau eNEWS
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Pay Your Dues Online 
Now you can pay your Tau Trustee dues  online!   

     Tau Alumni Dues $100:
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Trustees Pay Dues
Tau Trustees dues cover Tau Alumni dues, House Corp. stipend, summer rush contribution, KS Fraternity dues and contributions to KS Military Heros Campaign.

If you would like to pay your dues by check, please mail to:  

Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation / Tau Trustees Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 470061
Fort Worth, TX  76147
Attn: Field Lange  

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Please share the latest news in your own life for the "Alumni News" segment.  We welcome news and photos of your recent accomplishments, honors, recognitions and family news (e.g., anniversary celebrations, new babies, grand babies, special travel experiences, etc.).  Please send news and photos to
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Parents' Weekend
Rick Warren '78 Honored as 2012 
Tau Man of the Year


Rick Warren Honored as 2012 Tau Man of the Year
Tau Man of the Year Rick Warren '78 (center) 
with Tau Alumni brothers Joe Bailey '73 (l) 
and  Jay Chernosky '78 (r)
John R. "Rick" Warren, Jr. '78 was celebrated as this year's Kappa Sigma Tau Man of the Year by Tau Trustees, Alumni, the Chapter and family members during Fall Parents' Weekend on October 20.  


"Rick has done so much with his time, talent and treasure for the Tau Chapter of Kappa Sigma. He's extremely deserving of this award," said Jay Chernosky '78.  "We've had a great lifelong friendship and that's truly what Kappa Sigma is about," he added.  


After graduating from UT in 1981 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Warren helped build and expand his family's business of Caterpillar dealerships throughout Northwest and West Texas. With Warren as president, West Texas Cat enjoyed nine consecutive years of growth serving the governmental, construction and oil field industries.  


In 1990 he moved the headquarters from Amarillo to Midland to take a key management position in another family owned business, Compressor Systems, Inc., (CSI), today an industry leader in all phases of gas compression. 


In 1999 Warren moved his family to Austin where, among other pursuits, he became a professional day trader.  


Although now a venture capitalist and world-traveling outdoor sportsman, he still devotes many hours to the Tau Chapter.  He was instrumental in launching the Tau 125 Campaign and has contributed immensely to its success.  


"Rick's tremendous generosity to the Chapter illustrates his deep commitment to the Kappa Sig brotherhood and to the Tau legacy. His gifts will benefit UT Kappa Sigs for many years to come,"  said Joe Bailey '73.  


Warren has two grown children, Trey, a chef in Miami, and Haley, who lives in Ft. Collins, CO.  


In 2010, he was chosen by the Tau actives to receive the Frank C. Erwin award for his outstanding service to the Chapter.  


Reggie Tuck '69 Chosen for Frank Erwin Award
Reggie Tuck '69 with Tau Chapter  
Grand Master  Bryce Healey '09
Each year the Tau Chapter selects an alumnus to receive the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. award, presented for exceptional guidance and contributions to the Chapter.  Reggie Tuck '69 was this year's honoree.  


"Reggie was the obvious choice for the Frank Erwin award," said Bryce Healey, Tau Chapter Grand Master.  "He's a great mentor who's always there to support and encourage us. The entire Chapter holds him in high regard and appreciates all that he's done for us.  He's a wonderful example of what it means to truly live the Kappa Sig brotherhood." 


Among his many contributions, Reggie coordinates the Tau Chapter's Distinguished Alumni Speaker series, a popular monthly get-together at the Lodge that offers the actives a chance to meet a featured alum and hear about his career and how being a Kappa Sig has helped shape his life.  


Reggie and his wife, Rhonda, are active in the Parents' Association and were co-chairs in planning this year's Fall Parents' Weekend events.  They are the parents of two Kappa Sigs, Cody '07, a UT graduate who now works for Sotheby's International Aspen/Snowmass Real Estate Co. in Aspen, Colorado and Travis '10, a UT Junior majoring in Liberal Arts.  They also have a daughter, Mason, a high school senior who hopes to attend UT Austin next year.  


Reggie is a partner in Ranch Enterprises LTD, a Kerrville, Texas-based company that develops and sells land and ranches in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.   


About Frank C. Erwin, Jr:   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 both in 1965 and 1980. 


Preston Key '09 Chosen for 2012
Philip Moore Award 
Preston Key '09 (center), 2012 Philip Moore award winner, with Tau Chapter officers Hayden Witte '10, treasurer, and Bryce Healey '09, Grand Master.
Preston Key '09 (center), 2012 Philip Moore award winner, with Tau Chapter officers Hayden Witte '10, treasurer, and 
Bryce Healey '09, Grand Master  
Preston Key '09, known for his engaging personality and devotion to his Kappa Sig brothers, is this year's recipient of the Philip Moore award. Preston, a corporate communications major from Dallas, is currently Tau Chapter vice-president and a member of the Texas Cowboys service organization.  


The Philip Moore Award:  Philip Moore is remembered for his outstanding leadership, service and loyalty to his Tau brothers. He died tragically in a car accident at 29 years of age.  The Philip Moore award is given annually by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation to a KS senior who demonstrates many of the attributes for which Philip Moore is remembered.  
Thomas Dowlearn '10 Selected for 2012 Gabe Higgins Award 
Thomas Dowlearn Selected for 2012 Gabe Higgins Award
Thomas Dowlearn '10, Gabe Higgins honoree for 2012, and Jim Pritchett '71, Chairman of Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation   


Gracious, thoughtful and a natural leader are fitting descriptions for Thomas Dowlearn '10, this year's recipient of the Gabe Higgins award. Thomas, a business management and premed major from Houston, served as GMC for Spring, 2012.  He is active in Texas CRU and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. 


The Gabe Higgins Award:  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. 
Parents' Weekend:  Celebrating Kappa Sigma Families and the Brotherhood
Enjoying Parents' Weekend: Matt Stubbs '11 with parents Bill Stubbs '81, Tau 125 Campaign Fundraising Co-Chairman, and Leigh Stubbs, a Parents' Association officer.

Parents' Association president Elizabeth Horne, Parents' Weekend planning co-chair Rhonda Tuck, and Melinda Kilpatrick were part of the hard-working team who made Parents' Weekend 2012 a wonderful event enjoyed by everyone who attended.

Tau Trustees Doug McLeod '60 and Tucker Willis '59  enjoying the Tau Alumni reunion.