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Volume 3, Issue 7
    June 2013
In This Issue
Graduating Class of 2013
A Wonderful Year
Nash Horne '10 Appointed to UT System Board of Regents
Distinguished Alumni Speakers Series
Spring Parents' Weekend
A Heartfelt Thanks to Elizabeth Horne
Congratulations to the Kappa Sigma Texas Tau Graduating Class of 2013!

Grads '13

David Ahmudy
Major:  Advertising

Austin Angelle
Major:  Finance

Orion Campbell
Major:  Mechanical Engineering

Kelton Carter
Major:  Finance
 
Wes Crotchet
Major:  Sports Management

Travis Hayes
Major:  Biology & Business Foundations

Bryce Healey
Major:  Finance

Spencer Klein
Major:  Finance

Marco Lagone
Major:  Finance with minor in Accounting

Jake Mitchell
Major:  Economics

Colton Moseley
Major:  Mechanical Engineering

Ryan Naiver
Major:  Advertising
 
Scott O'Neal
Major:  Business Economics

Jose Ordonez
Major:  Plan II & History Honors

Tom Peacock
Major:  Corporate Communications
 
Chris Primavera
Major:  Public Relations

Greg Pruss
Major:  Electrical Engineering

John Robinson
Major:  Psychology
 
Adam Seitzman
Major:  History

Mark Thorne-Thomsen
Major:  Government

John Wallace
Major:  Corporate Communications/Business Minor
UT Fireworks
 

 

From the Tau Trustees:
 
 ● The Tau Trustees wish to thank the former Executive Committee Officers and 2013 graduates for their service to the Chapter:

  

Bryce Healey, Grand Master
 
David Ahmudy, Grand Master of Ceremonies
 
Tom Peacock, Grand Master of Ceremonies
 
Mark Thorne-Thomsen, Grand Scribe

  

We extend our best wishes to all of the graduating class of 2013 as you pursue your careers and new lives.   

  

 ● Grand Conclave 2013
         July 24-28

  

The 69th Biennial Grand Conclave will be held in Las Vegas July 24- 28 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.  Several Tau Chapter officers and Trustees will be attending. 
 
If you would like to attend, please visit 
GRANDCONCLAVE for more information.   

● GMC Matt Stubbs will be reaching out to alumni this summer to give them an update about efforts to secure the fourth straight pledge class of more than 50 men.  Please take the time to visit with Matt if possible!
 "Heavy Lifting" Required
Rakes and shovels replaced laptops and text books for a group of industrious Kappa Sigs who volunteered their time on April 8 to clean up the trash-riddled vacant lot next to the Kappa Sig house and lodge.  Cans, bottles, discarded furniture, lumber and even the demolished remains of a car were among the debris cleared from the wooded area. 

Vagrants and drug users often congregated in this area because the thick underbrush allowed them to hide from street view.  The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, with the help of the Forestry Division, cleared out several acres of underbrush to discourage further use of this area as a haven for illegal activities.  
City of Austin Code Compliance officers were on hand to provide assistance and haul the trash away.  

 

"This was an outstanding effort by both the Chapter and the City of Austin to get this eyesore cleaned up and reclaimed from the vagrants and drug users," said Hagen McMahon '66, former TKSEF Board Chairman.  
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.

 

A.E.K.D.B.  

Joel Fontenot  Joel Fontenot

Fundraising Co-Chair 

Cell:  (214) 202-3876 

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Bill Stubbs Bill Stubbs

Fundraising Co-Chair

Cell:  (832) 276-1964 

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

 

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A Wonderful Year for the Tau Chapter

Dear Alumni & Parents' Association,

  

On behalf of the Tau Chapter, I extend to you our deepest gratitude for your encouragement and support this past year.  We are deeply humbled to be brothers in a Chapter that has produced so many outstanding alumni who have made their marks in the fields of medicine, education, the arts, business, law, politics and finance.  

  

Our opportunity earlier this year to see Bill Wittliff '59 honored as National Kappa Sigma Man of the Year was especially meaningful to us. We were fortunate not only to help celebrate Mr. Wittliff's extraordinary accomplishments, but also to witness first hand how Kappa Sig bonds really do hold Tau brothers together throughout their lives.  

To the Parents' Association, we appreciate more than words can say the wonderful Parents' Weekend events you organized and hosted last fall and this spring.  We also thank you for raising money to make improvements to the Kappa Sig living quarters and to enhance the lodge.  Thank you so much for your time and generosity.  

 

As a Chapter, we're very proud that a Tau brother, Nash Horne '10, has been appointed to the UT System Board of Regents to serve as its student representative for the entire University.  Nash is well deserving of this appointment and I know he will serve us well as our student voice on this esteemed board.  

 

I'm also proud of the entire Chapter for the academic ranking we achieved this past year within the Interfraternity Council.  We garnered an overall GPA of 3.279, placing us second out of 23 fraternities on the UT campus. Tau Pledges earned the Number One ranking among New Members, with a GPA of 3.285.  

 

This was a highly productive and rewarding year for all of us who have the good fortune to be a part of the Tau Chapter.  We're forever grateful for your guidance, inspiration and support.  

 

A.E.K.D.B.  

 

Hayden Witte '10 

Grand Master

Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter

 

 

 Feature Article

Nash Horne '10 Appointed to UT System Board of Regents

Tau Chapter active Nash Horne has been appointed by Governor Perry to serve as student regent on the UT System Board of Regents. Nash, a political communications major who previously served as the external financial director for UT Austin's Student Government, was sworn into office on June 1 at the Secretary of State's Office.  
 
"I'm cast with a huge responsibility of bringing a student voice to the Board of Regents over the next year and I am excited to hear from all the institutions within the system about what the student issues are," said Nash.  
Dan Burck '51 and Hagen McMahon '66 with  newly sworn-in student regent Nash Horne.
 
"As student regent, Nash has the tremendous responsibility of representing around 215,000 students from 15 campuses in The University of Texas System. Having knowledge of his many achievements in recent years, I have no doubt that he will bring fresh ideas and significant contributions to the board during his tenure. We are very proud of Nash."

  

Dan Burck '51
Former Chancellor of 
The University of Texas System
 
"Student regents serve a valuable function on the board, offering insights that only current students could have," wrote UT President Bill Powers in his monthly blog Tower Talk.  "I'm proud of Nash and look forward to watching his service on the board."  
 
Nash was sworn in by family friend, Jim Schwertner, with his parents, Ed and Elizabeth, at his side.  

Nash's term as student regent is for one year.  The Texas Legislature created a student regent position in 2005 to provide a student voice for each university's governing board. 

Alumni News

Distinguished Alumni Speakers Series
Joe K. Longley '63 is Featured Speaker on April 29 
 
 
Joe Longley shares Kappa Sig stories and career highlights with the Chapter at Alumni Speaker's Night on April 29 at the lodge.
Texas Legal Legend, collector and aficionado of vintage Cadillacs, former band mate to John Denver, great party host, co-author of the most important consumer protection law ever enacted in Texas, loyal friend and beloved Kappa Sig brother -- all of these descriptions apply to Joe Longley.  

At age 29, while serving in the Texas Attorney General's Office, Joe co-authored and was instrumental in passing the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act. When signed into law in 1973, it was among the strongest consumer protection laws in the nation and is today the state's primary consumer protection statute.  
 
In 1979, he established a private law practice with a focus on insurance bad faith litigation, deceptive trade practices and commercial litigation. He has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Texas, the Texas Court of Appeals and United States Courts of Appeals.  
 
In 2000, Texas Lawyer named him to its elite list of "100 Legal Legends" and, in 2002, recognized him as its "Number One Go-To Lawyer for Insurance Law" in the state.  In 2011, the State Bar Insurance Section honored him with its prestigious Insurance Legend Award.  
 
Anyone who knows Joe well would agree that he takes his work seriously, but not himself. He's as passionate about enjoying life and being with his family and close friends as he is about his career.  
 
"I met Joe in 1961, more than half a century ago, and we have been the closest of friends throughout," said longtime friend and Tau brother Nick Kralj '62.  "He has been my cohort, confidant, and Godfather to my daughter.  Besides that, he has been my lawyer, which is no easy task.  We have had many memorable experiences together; some quite scary, and some of them a lot of fun.  I am very lucky to have had him in my life."  

 

Joe and his wife, Maggie, live in Austin.  He has twin sons, Bill and Adam, and a daughter, Grace Ann. Grace Ann and her husband, Sean, are expecting their first child in June and son Bill and his wife, Meagan, are expecting their first child in July.
Enjoying Speaker's night: Nick Young '10, Hayden Witte '10, featured alumnus  speaker Joe Longley '63, and TKSEF Vice President Reggie Tuck '68.

Acclaimed Filmmaker Joe Bailey, Jr. '03 Delivers Commencement Speech to UT Graduating Class

Encourages graduates to "advocate fiercely for those less fortunate" than themselves
 
Award-winning filmmaker and Tau alumnus Joe Bailey, Jr. delivered the commencement convocation speech to the Plan II Honors Program 2013 graduating class of the College of Liberal Arts on May 18 at the Hogg Auditorium.
 
As a 2005 Graduate of the Plan II Honors Program, Joe shared insights about the Plan II educational experience, including these thoughts:  
 

Plan II teaches by inspiration. It is a challenge: to progress, to never rest on what natural gifts you may have, but to get in the mix, to engage your peers, to challenge and to develop ideas. An abiding respect for scientific inquiry. A love of narrative, and the skills to craft a story out of just about anything, thereby drawing others into the discussion.

Conscience. Ethics. Purposeful thinking. An understanding of discipline, of dedication, patience, and craft. Moral courage to speak up, and the wisdom to engage, rather than merely debate.

 

These are gifts to share. They are essential ingredients to a functioning democracy, to a life well-lived; to teach your children, to share among family and friends. They are the makings of leadership, of invention, and they are good for their own sake. 

 

He concluded by encouraging graduates to "advocate fiercely for those less fortunate" than themselves and to "go forth to love and serve."  
 
Joe earned both a BA and a JD from the University of Texas at Austin.  Currently a research fellow at the UT School of Law's Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, Joe will offer a course entitled "Documentary & Civil Society" to Plan II Juniors in the upcoming 2013 fall semester.
 
More information about Joe's highly acclaimed work may be found on his website.
 
His film INCENDIARY:  THE WILLINGHAM CASE is currently featured in iTunes Movies.  

Dapper Attire Wins the Day for Knicker-Clad 
Team at 2013 Tau Open
Luke Hotze '03, Russell Zwiener '03, Bruce Hotze '01, and Stephen Caruselle '03 (not pictured) will now -- after 10 years -- have their names etched on the Tau Open trophy as the 2013 winning team.



In their tenth year together, the always best-dressed knicker-clad team Luke Hotze '03, Bruce Hotze '01, Russell Zwiener '03, and Stephen Caruselle '03 won this year's Tau Open, held April 19 and 20 at Lakeway near Austin. The outstanding shot of the tournament belonged to Luke Hotze, whose drive on the challenging 327 yard Par 4 Second at Yaupon landed two feet from the pin.  

 

The Tau Open, a two-day, four-man scramble with a second day calcutta, is held at Lakeway Country Club's Live Oak Course and Yaupon Course every year in April.  

Parents News

Tau Chapter Enjoying Spring Parents' Weekend:  

 

Graduating Seniors 2013:    Top row (L to R) are graduating Seniors 2013: John Robinson '10, Spencer Klein '10, John Wallace '09, Kelton Carter '09, Bryce Healey '09, Chris Primavera '09, Orion Campbell '09, and Ryan Naivar '09. Bottom row (L to R): Adam Seitzman '10, Wes Crochet '10, Mark Thorne-Thomsen '10, and Marco Lagone '10.
 

Our Heartfelt Thanks to OutGoing Parents' Association President Elizabeth Horne

 

E. horne The Tau Chapter and Alumni expresses its deepest gratitude to Elizabeth Horne for her outstanding efforts and many contributions to the Tau Chapter these past three years.  Elizabeth is always on the forefront to help organize and do the hands-on work that goes into making the Parents' Weekend and Man of the Year events spectacular for everyone who attends.  

 

For the past two years, Elizabeth has organized a silent auction held during Fall Parents' Weekend to raise money for needed items and repairs around the Chapter house and lodge.  Each auction takes a tremendous amount of work to plan and stage, but Elizabeth always makes it look effortless.  In addition to giving her time and talents to the Chapter, Elizabeth and her husband, Ed, have donated numerous items such as carpeting and paint to help spruce up the dormitory rooms of the Kappa Sig house. 

 

Elizabeth, you're a tremendous asset to the Tau Chapter and we'll be forever thankful to you! 

 

Spring Parents' Weekend Highlights

 

"Vegas Style" was the theme of this spring's Parents' Weekend celebration, held April 27, at the Kappa Sig lodge.  Kappa Sig seniors were honored, Vegas games were played until late in the night and great food and fun were enjoyed by all.  A special thanks to event coordinator Debra Wallace for making this evening such a sparkling event!  

 

Parents' Association outgoing President Elizabeth Horne introduces new  President Dawnelle Doughtie, along with her husband, Lee Doughtie, and son, Wynn '11.

 

This year's event garnered the largest attendance ever for Spring Parents' Weekend.