KS Banner
Volume 3, Issue 5
December  2012
In This Issue
Tau 125 Campaign
New User-Friendly Profile Update
Pay Dues Online
KΣ Man of the Year
2013 Denton Cooley Golf Classic
Alumni Featured Speaker
A Fond Farewell
Kappa Sigma 
Man of the Year Sponsors


Our deepest gratitude to our Tau brothers who are funding this 
very special event!

Diamond Sponsor  ($2,500)

Rick Warren

Platinum Sponsors ($1,000)

Dan Burck
Rob Lippincott
Mike Sharpe
Monk White

Gold Sponsors ($500)

Lew Brazelton
Pat Cagle
Tom Cravens
Joel Fontenot
Hagen McMahon
Robert Spellings
Bobby Stillwell

Silver Sponsors ($250)

Joe Bailey
Robert Borgers
Gordon McNutt
Steve Murrin Jr.
John Rogers
To be a Sponsor for the celebration 
honoring Bill Wittliff '59 as Kappa 
Sigma Man of the Year, please click 
the button below:


Sponsor Button  

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. Construction plans will be delayed until the full $1.5 million is committed in pledges. 


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


Your Tau eNEWS
Publications Team

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

     Tau Alumni Dues $100:
Dues Button      Tau Trustee Dues $500:*
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  

Please feel free to forward this email to KΣ friends. This list is protected and names are not sold or shared.
Quick Links
Send Us Your News
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
Written & Designed by M&M  
KS Logo 2
Dec Headder
Artist, Writer and Filmmaker Bill Wittliff '59 to be Honored January 12
Bill Wittliff The Tau Chapter will begin the new year in grand style with the January 12 celebration to honor Bill Wittliff '59 as this year's Kappa Sigma Man of the Year.  
The Austin Mayor's Office has issued a proclamation to mark January 12 as Bill Wittliff Day in Austin and invitations have been sent to Kappa Sigma alumni nationwide.  If you would like to be a sponsor of this historic celebration, I encourage you to sign on now.  We offer three levels of participation beginning at $250: Sponsorships
To purchase tickets for the Man of the Year event, simply click "Register Now" on our website's home page.  
We have secured a group rate of $149 per night at the four-star rated AT&T Hotel & Conference Center at 1900 University Avenue.  You can book your reservations online: Hotel Reservations. 
Whether you're an alumni, parent or active, your enthusiastic participation strengthens the bonds of this great fraternity and helps ensure a bright future for the Kappa Sigma Tau legacy.  I hope you'll join us for this very special Kappa Sigma celebration honoring a true Texas legend who is one of our own on Saturday, January 12.  
Jim Pritchett
Board Chairman 
Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation 

Dr. Cooley Photo 2013 Denton Cooley Golf Classic

February 19  
Memorial Park, Houston

We want the Sixth Annual Denton Cooley Golf Classic to be the best and most fun yet. We're asking each Kappa Sig player to invite a non-Kappa Sig to be his partner in what will be known as the "SIG-AM."  

You and your partner can play with another SIG-AM team to compete in the four-man scramble, all using your full handicaps (25 max).  Should you not be able to find a non sig partner, you can of course still play, but only three Sigs will play on one team. Simple enough!


Entry fees are $300 for a Sig/NonSig team or $175 for a single Kappa Sig. 


February 19 Schedule: 

Free Range begins at 10 AM

Lunch 11 AM

Tee Off 12:15 PM


Expanded prizes and awards to follow with great food and beer on the patio all day long.  



A $500 sponsorship package provides you free entry and PRINTED TEE SIGNS on the hole of your choice.  The signage can be for your business, restaurant or for your own personal recognition.  

Please call us to register:

             Jim Pritchett                                Chuck Berson

             Co-Chairman                               Co-Chairman

             (713) 515-0719                            (713) 979-8677


Cooley Filf Group

Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series 

Jay Chernosky
Jay Chernosky '78, managing director in the Energy & Power Investment Banking group at Wells Fargo Securities in Houston, was the featured Alumni Speaker at the Kappa Sig Lodge on October 18. 
Jay spoke to the Chapter about investment banking with a focus on the oil and gas industry, outlining in a PowerPoint presentation entry level positions and work expectations.  He also spoke about Wells Fargo Securities and recent activities within the firm.
Jay currently develops strategic and financial ideas and solutions for relationships he manages for the investment bank.  He also creates and executes public and private capital market activities, including equities, bonds, convertibles, private placements, loan syndications and advisory services.  His primary focus is on the upstream and midstream sectors. 
Jay Chernosky
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Jay was with the Energy Division of First City, Texas - Houston for ten years, ultimately serving as vice president and manager of the Western Group of the Petroleum and Minerals Department from 1989 to 1993.
Jay serves on the Regional Board of Directors of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.  He has served on the Board and as President of the Houston Energy Finance Group and on the Board of Directors of the Houston Producers' Forum.
Jay graduated from The University of Texas with a BBA and received an MBA from the University of Houston.  Jay is also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
Jay and his wife, Melinda live in Houston and have two grown children, Tommy, 24, who graduated from TCU with a degree in mechanical engineering and Ellie, 22, a UT graduate in Plan II.  
Rob Lippincott '67
is not only the proprietor of the popular restaurant, Guero's, he's a visionary who spearheaded the revitalization of South Congress Avenue, now known as SoCo, one of Austin's most successful and colorful retail and restaurant districts.  

"I've known Rob for 45 years and have seen him operate and grow his business in Austin for over 20 years," said Tim Herman '63, who introduced Lippincott to the Chapter at Alumni Speaker's night at the Lodge on November 12. "The most impressive thing about his career and business is the absolute absence of turnover in a business where employee turnover is a way of life. It illustrates the fairness and generosity with which he treats his employees - and enjoys their undying loyalty in return. His approach is key to a successful life and career."


Rob and his wife, Cathy, after living in Mexico for several years in the 80s, returned to Austin and opened the original Guero's in a former convenience store on East Oltorf. In 1995, looking to expand to a larger venue, they bought what was formerly the Central Seed and Feed Store on South Congress and created the iconic Guero's Taco Bar of today, a beloved neighborhood eatery and hang-out for the locals and a legendary destination restaurant for out-of-towners, including celebrities and world leaders.  Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are known to be avid Guero's fans.  
Inspired by the great cantinas of old-world Mexico, Guero's is famous for its hand-shaken margueritas with fresh-squeezed lime juice, a huge selection of Mexican beers, and specialty dishes such as caldo de pollo and tacos al pastor.  

Guero's Oak Garden is a popular live music venue and a favorite gathering place for Kappa Sigs.  


Rob and Cathy have two daughters, Bette and Lyle, both who now live in Chicago.  

Alumni News

Bob "Daddy-O" Wade '61 Brings "Cowgirls and Critters" to Fort Worth

Daddy'o NYT
Click to enlarge

Painter and sculptor Bob Wade's collection of work entitled "Cowgirls and Critters" was a featured exhibition at Fort Worth's William Campbell Contemporary Art gallery in November.  The 20-piece collection drew enthusiastic crowds and critical acclaim. Visit Bob Wade's work online at bobwade.com

Sharing some laughs with Bob "Daddy-O" Wade '61 are Keith Tura '11, Travis Hayes '10, Thomas Dowlearn '10 and Evan Breeland '10.

Rick Thielke Rick Thielke '04 Makes Forbes "30 Under 30" List 

Rick Thielke, a portfolio manager at SandRidge Capital in Houston, was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of its select "30 Under 30" outstanding achievers in the field of energy.  The online magazine reports that "Forbes editors and reporters worked with panels of expert judges to choose the fields's brightest stars under the age of 30" for its annual listing.  (Read more)

A Fond Farewell to Four Outstanding 

Kappa Sigma Brothers

As 2012 comes to a close, we remember four Tau brothers who added much to the tapestry of our Tau legacy.  We send our condolences to their families and appreciate the happy memories they leave with us today.  

John J.
John J. "Johnny" Allen '70 February 26, 1951 - October 2, 2012

Johnny loved to hunt, play golf and give advice. Pretty good card player and loved by all.  A man of many nicknames, most notably "Guido" and "the Count.

Jim Pritchett '71

Jeff Gray
Jefferson "Jeff" Scott Gray '68
August 3, 1949 -
November 15, 2012
Jeff's virtue was the epitome of what we, as parents and Kappa Sigma Brothers, strive to instill in our children with the hope that, as they grow into adulthood, they will exhibit the characteristics of the model citizen that Jeff was.  He was my Kappa Sigma Brother and my best friend.  
Jim Nash Scott '68 

Hilmar G. Moore '39
July 28, 1920 -
 December 4, 2012
Tau Man of the Year 
1970 & 1975

It was obvious to all who had the pleasure and honor to meet Hilmar that he was a unique, extremely accomplished and very bright man. Proud yet gracious, he was engaging and full of life.  Being elected as Richmond's mayor for life was no accident.  

Joe Bailey '73  

Jack Greer Taylor, Jr
Jack Greer Taylor '62
 "Cadillac Jack" 
November 27, 1941-
September 26, 2012 

"Cadillac Jack" and I wound up in El Paso at the same time.  Cadillac and his father Jack Taylor, Sr. were friendly faces to me in a town where I knew no one.  When Jack, Sr. would fly into El Paso from Houston, I was always included in the group.  In fact Jack, Sr. would slip us all a $100 bill, which covered my meals for an entire month.  I will always remember their kindness and friendship.

Hagen McMahon, Jr. '66