Volume 3, Issue 6 March 2013
In This Issue KΣ Tops in IFC Grades Tau Open Tau Chapter Earns Top Rankings Brax McCarthy Shines Man of the Year Recap "Smokesax"...on Its Way Denton Cooley Tau Classic Parents' Las Vegas Weekend
Fall 2012 Interfraternity CouncilGrade Rankings NEW MEMBERS#1 KΣ 3.28G GPA AVERAGE
ACTIVES#4 KΣ 3.276 GPA AVERAGE
CHAPTER#2 KΣ 3.279
This year's Tau Open will be heldFriday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20,at Lakeway Country Club's Live Oak Course and Yaupon Course.
Shotgun begins at 1 P.M. on both days.Four-man scramble format.Entry fee will be $300 per player.
Entry fee covers: two rounds of golf; dinner and Calcutta after golf on Friday; souvenir hat with Tau Open '13 logo.
After your team is assembled, please send one email that includes the information requested below for all four of your team members to Kappa Sigma Tau Open:
Player name:Email address:Cell phone number:Active or alumnus:Initiation year:Handicap:
Please also indicate Team Captain who will be the primary contact for your team. After you send your team's information, you will receive a reply email with instructions on how to pay your entry fees.
We hope you will join us for what promises to be a fun and exciting Kappa Sig weekend on the greens in Lakeway. If you have any questions, please contact one of the following:
Craig Valenta: (281) 844-7698Chip Miller: (361) 946-3000Hayden Witte: (940) 390-4517
Editorial Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013Burck: Higher education deserves careful selectionsBy Dan BurckFrom secretary of state to alcoholic beverage commissioner, Gov. Rick Perry has hand-selected the individuals who bear responsibility for how much of Texas' state government runs. Perhaps more than any other appointment, a selection to the role of regent of one our state's six university systems carries with it a tremendous responsibility and burden for the future of our state.Our institutions of higher education don't just educate - they generate research and development, attract new businesses and industry and help create knowledge that will propel our state forward in the future. The role of regent is one that requires thoughtful and engaged oversight - and a commitment to take the long view, respecting the legacy of the institutions while promoting a future that serves the complex and growing needs of our diverse state.University systems are vast enterprises that require tremendous skill, dedication and commitment to govern effectively. As a former chancellor of the University of Texas System, I am keenly aware of the daunting task of managing one of our state's most important entities. The UT System is a tremendous economic engine for the state of Texas, and with its six health institutions, nine academic campuses, more than 200,000 students, over 18,000 faculty members and nearly 70,000 employees, it has an important role in charting the course for our state's future.I have become increasingly concerned about the current debate over the direction and future of higher education in the state. Texas has worked over many decades to earn a reputation for quality that is helping us attract world-class teachers and students to our universities. The businesses that seemingly flood into our state, helping create jobs and buoy our economy during a time of a national recession, do not just come here for the tax incentives and pro-business climate we have engendered. They come to Texas - many to Austin - for the human capital that germinates around our world-class teaching and research institution, and the subsequent innovation, research and development and industry it generates.Historically, the members of the Board of Regents have been champions of the system's flagship campus in Austin. Yes, challenging the institution to be more effective and efficient, and addressing issues of concern, but also praising its leaders and their efforts, and supporting them publicly when unfairly criticized. However, some of the most recent regents selected by the governor have worked to dilute, undermine and even attack the mission that they swore to protect.In fact, Brenda Pejovich, a current member of the UT System Board of Regents is also a board member of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a privately funded interest group with a record of criticizing UT-Austin and recommending reforms that would undermine the quality of the institution, repel talented faculty and researchers, and have a chilling effect on critically-needed philanthropy - philanthropy that is increasingly crucial as state funding continues to shrink.The terms of 17 regents of Texas public university systems expired last week. Three of those members are from the University of Texas System. In its handbook for public university systems, the American Association of Governing Boards provides a number of "hallmarks" for effective boards, cultivated over years of experience. For example, an effective board:* Understands and respects the vital difference between governing and managing;* Always balances the institution's interests and welfare, with the needs and priorities of the state;* Nurtures and enhances the legacy of the institution;* Balances advocacy and oversight.It is my hope that when the governor makes his appointments, he will chose individuals who reflect these important hallmarks and who commit to strengthening and supporting our institutions - not tearing them down.Texas is a diverse state whose population deserves a diversity of high-quality higher education opportunities. We need a wide range of educational options to meet these diverse needs, from low-cost, broad access institutions to Tier One research universities with the very highest standards of quality and excellence. And we need regents who respect the diversity of those interests and support the institutions in their quest to achieve their missions.
Tau 125 Campaign Phase II: Please Make Your Pledge Today
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.
A.E.K.D.B.Joel FontenotFundraising Co-ChairCell: (214) 202-3876
Bill StubbsFundraising Co-ChairCell: (832) 276-1964P.S. The preliminary designs and specifications for the Kappa Sigma House are illustrated in this downloadable brochure.
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Pay Your Dues Online Now you can pay your Tau Trustee dues online!Tau Trustee Dues $500:*
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Tau Trustees dues cover Tau Alumni dues, House Corp. stipend, summer rush contribution, KS Fraternity dues and contributions to KS Military Heros Campaign.
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Tau Chapter & Pledge Class Earn Top Rankingsfor Academic AchievementDear Alumni, Parents & Actives,It's with great pleasure that I congratulate our Tau Chapter on their outstanding academic performance. The Fall 2012 Interfraternity Council Grade Reports -- released by the Office of the Dean of Students -- rank the Tau Chapter second out of 23 Fraternities on the U.T. campus, with a GPA of 3.279. In the same report, Tau New Members garnered the Number One ranking, with a GPA of 3.285.This impressive academic showing illustrates the quality of young men the Tau Chapter is attracting and is evidence of a Chapter culture that values initiative, hard work and persistence in working toward one's goals.On behalf of the entire Tau alumni, I commend our Chapter on a job well done.A.E.K.D.B.Jim PritchettBoard ChairmanTexas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation
Top ranked KΣ 2012 Pledge ClassPhoto by: Stan Martin
Brax McCarthy Shines inBayou City Collegiate Championship
Brax McCarthy '10, a Junior walk-on from Fort Worth who hadn't played competitive golf since his senior year in high school, took the lead on day one at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship and held it for two straight days, outplaying his five team mates, three of whom were defending national champions. McCarthy, son of Thomas McCarthy '73, began day three with a two-stroke lead, but bogeyed his first hole and ultimately tied for sixth place as an individual. Overall, an outstanding performance that helped Texas place first in the championship and earned McCarthy his first top 10 in college golf. The championship was played at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, TX, February 22 - 24.
Honoree Bill Wittliff, Sally Wittliff, andKappa Sigma Executive Director Mic WilsonThe opportunity to honor Bill Wittliff '59 as the 2012 National Kappa Sigma Man of the Year was an event that we as Tau brothers will cherish for the rest of our lives. Many of you have heard me tell the story about Bill wagging his finger at me, clearly irritated when he learned that I had submitted his name for nomination. His reaction didn't surprise me. His life's work has been about putting the spotlight on others, while deflecting it himself. He's one of the most accomplished men I know, but also one of the most humble. After the National Committee announced that Bill was their choice, he slowly warmed to the idea and grew to embrace it. When the big day arrived on January 12, Bill had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye that never went away. He was honored to accept the award, but the real joy for Bill was being with so many of his Tau brothers to share great memories and appreciate how strongly those Kappa Sig bonds have held us together throughout the years.
Bill, you're everything that's good about being a Kappa Sig. There's no one more deserving of this honor than you.
A.E.K.D.B.Hagen McMahon '66
They tell you when they are rushing you that these are the guys who will be in your wedding, who you will travel with through life, and some who will be pallbearers at your funeral. I have found that to be exactly right, and I'm glad to have a body of friends like that. What a great joy.Bill Wittliff '59
Chapter Officers Jim Gibson '10, Grand Treasurer; Hayden Witte '10, Grand Master; Charles Denson '11, Grand Scribe; and Nick Young '10, Grand Procurator. Two Kappa Sigma Man of the Year awards were presented by the National Committee: the first one to Bill Wittliff, the honoree, and the second one to the Tau Chapter for permanent display at the Chapter House.
Rob Lippincott '67, Tito Beveridge '81 and Cathy Lippincott
John Cochran '61, Rolf Larson '59, Mike Goldstein, M.D. '61, Bill Wittliff '59, Jim Carroll '59 and Joe Howell '61
Hagen McMahon '66, Mike Sharpe '79,Jim Pritchett '71 and Reggie Tuck '69Tau Alumni Visit the Hallowed Grounds of the Original Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter House
On January 13, the morning following Bill Wittliff's Kappa Sigma Man of the Year celebration, a group of alumni and family gathered at the former site of the original Tau Chapter House. Located on what is now Martin Luther King Blvd., the house faced the UT campus, with a direct view north to the Tower. The gathering was a great opportunity to cap off the best Tau alumni reunion in recent history.
Artist Daddy-O Wade's "Smokesax"on Its Way to a New Gig"Sigs for Sax" Join Together to Support its FutureBob "Daddy-O" Wade's colossal "Smokesax" sculpture, the long-time landmark of Houston's Billy Blues Restaurant and Bar, made its 13-mile journey on February 28 from Richmond Avenue to its new temporary home at The Orange Show on Munger Street.Bill Gallagher '57 commissioned Wade '62, his good friend and Tau brother, to create the 70-foot-tall sculpture for his namesake restaurant in 1993. Constructed from a VW Beetle, oil field pipes, a surfboard and other recycled parts, the giant blue saxophone has been a folk art icon at this Galleria area site for 20 years. But Billy Blues has long since gone and it was time for "Smokesax" to move on as well. To ensure its preservation, the property owners donated "Smokesax" to The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.Wade oversaw the complicated and bittersweet process of watching one of his most acclaimed works of art be sawed into five pieces before it could be transferred to its temporary location. The Orange Show, a nonprofit organization, underwrote the cost to dismantle and transport the sculpture to an onsite warehouse, where it will remain until a site for its permanent display is selected.Several Kappa Sigs, including Dan Moody '60 and Bob Moor '64, have joined together to create an underwriting campaign they're calling "Sigs for Sax." Moody has donated $10,000 toward the funds needed for its preservation and future relocation to a new site.If you'd like to know more about "Smokesax" or other works by Daddy-O Wade, visit his website or send him an email.
In the News
Dr. Denton Cooley earned the nickname "Buckwheat" from his coach at the University of Texas, Jack Gray, who would not let the 6-foot-4 sophomore forward eat buckwheat pancakes before an NCAA Tournament game.
Renowned surgeon Cooley a smooth operator on, off courtBy Dale Robertson
March 17, 2013Long before he became a world-famous heart surgeon and Houston icon, Denton Cooley had a nickname.
Denton Cooley Tau Classic's Sig-AmFormat Adds a New Twist in 2013This year's Denton Cooley Tau Classic Golf Tournament, held February 19 at Houston's Memorial Park, attracted the largest number of players to date, with more than 90 golfers participating.The new Sig-Am format -- Sigs with non-Sig partners -- increased the number of players and added a new spark of fun as well.Players and guests enjoyed beautiful weather, a delicious lunch on the terrace and a relaxing happy hour to cap off a wonderful day.Guests included parents of current actives, old rushees who didn't pledge Kappa Sig but wish they had, Kappa Sigs from other chapters, including A&M, Ole Miss and LSU, and friends of Dr. Cooley and other Tau alums.
Congratulations to our winners: John Martin '79, Steve Casacia, Jim Widner '78 and Tom Lockwood '81.
Tournament directors Jim Pritchett '71 and Chuck Berson '67 extend a warm thank you to everyone who played and volunteered,with a special thank you to the Cooley Tau Classic sponsors: Tito's Vodka, (Tito Beveridge '81), Oil and Gas Journal (Roy Markum '68), Guero's Taco Bar (Rob Lippincott '67) and John Martin '79.
The seventh annual Denton Cooley Tau Classic is scheduled for February 18, 2014, so save the date!
Kappa Sigma's Tau ChapterSpring Parents' WeekendApril 27
It's Vegas, Baby!
"Vegas Style" is the theme for this year's Spring Parents' Weekend
Join us for a fun evening forKappa Sig sons and parentsfeaturing a dinner show and casino gaming.
Saturday, April 276 P.M.Kappa Sigma Lodge1002 West 26th Street
$75 Per personPlease RSVP by April 15, 2013
For more information, please contact: