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November  2013
In This Issue
Man of the Year
Man of the Year
Frank Erwin Award
Philip Moore Award
Gabe Higgins Award
Michael O'Connor Award
Navy SEALs Legacy Foundation 

Dear Tau Alumni, Parents and Actives,


The Navy SEALs Legacy Foundation directly supports the spouses and children of Navy SEALs who have been killed or disabled while defending our country. The Tau Chapter has set a fundraising goal of $20,000 to contribute to this very worthwhile cause.  


SEALS Legacy Foundation director, Commander Mark McGinnis, was our guest at the Kappa Sig Lodge on October 28.  An impressive and gracious man, he expressed deep appreciation to the Tau Chapter for our support of the foundation.  He shared a video with us featuring 52 SEALs who died in the line of duty to their country, all of them leaving children behind.  To make the most positive impact we can for these families of fallen heroes, please donate generously to this effort. 


Alex Amato '11
Philanthropy Chair 
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Good Times at the 
Kappa Sig Lodge 
Wade Kilpatrick's band, Mid-Life Crisis & the Hot Flashes, played to an enthusiastic crowd at the Parents' Weekend Frat party on November 2
Thank you, Wade and band!  You were terrific.  


Tim Herman '63 and Chris Heidrick '76.
TKSEF Director Reggie Tuck '69 and Parents' Weekend Co-Chair Rhonda Tuck with daughter Mason.
Grand Master of Ceremonies Matt Stubbs '11 (center) with parents Leigh Stubbs and  
Bill Stubbs '81.
Tau Man of the Year Jim Pritchett '71 (center) with Mike Sharpe, Past TKSEF Director (left) and  
brother Phil Pritchett '60 (right).
Left to right: Bill Zwiener '73, Greg Genitempo '73,  Steve Horn '72, and Charlie Stoddard '72.

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.   


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.


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Jim Pritchett '71 Honored as 

Tau Man of the Year 2013  


The Tau Trustees & Alumni Association honored Jim Pritchett '71 as 2013 Tau Man of the Year on November 2 at the Kappa Sig Lodge. Tau Man of the Year is the Tau Chapter's most prestigious alumnus award presented for outstanding contributions and service to the Chapter.  


"Jim is a visionary, an outstanding leader, a devoted Kappa Sig and always the consummate gentleman," said Hagen McMahon '66, who served on the selection committee. "There's no finer role model for our actives and pledges and no one more deserving of this award."  
Tau Man of the Year 2013 Jim Pritchett '71 (center) with Hagen McMahon, Jr. '66 (left) and 
Tom McCarthy '73 (right).
Pritchett has served on the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation's board since 2010 and is currently Board Chairman.  In 2011, he was the recipient of the Frank C. Erwin award, an honor bestowed by the Tau actives.  
As a Kappa Sigma undergraduate, he served the Tau Chapter in numerous roles, including Grand Master in 1974.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics in 1974, he earned his MBA in marketing from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business in 1976.  
He has held key leadership positions in multiple high-tech companies in the oil and gas, aerospace and healthcare industries.  He served as Chairman and CEO of Petris Technology, a global leader in enterprise software for technical data management in the upstream oil and gas industry, until the company was sold to Halliburton in August 2012.  
He now has a consulting practice for high-tech companies and serves as CEO of Dynamic Health Strategies, a benefit value-optimization and management company that provides health care data analytical tools to self-insured employers, enabling them to control health care costs and improve employee well-being.  
He lives in Houston, with his wife, Mick.  They have three grown children: Jennifer, James and Melanie.  Jennifer and her husband, Kyle, are expecting their first child in December.   
Six former Tau Men of the Year congratulate this year's Tau Man, 
Jim Pritchett. Left to right: Tim Herman '63 (1974 honoree); 
Steve "Cowboy" Murrin '59 (1986 honoree); 
Rick Warren '78 (2012 honoree); Jim Pritchett '71 (2013 honoree); 
Hagen McMahon '66 (2010 honoree); 
Wade Kilpatrick '69 (2011 honoree); and Joe Bailey '74 (2005 honoree).

Posthumous Tau Man Honor Awarded 

to Former Governor    



Beauford H. Jester, the 36th governor of Texas, was awarded National Kappa Sigma Man of the Year in 1947, but never received the honor of Tau Man of the Year during his lifetime.  To correct this oversight, TKSEF this year honored the late governor with a posthumous Tau Man of the Year award, presented to his daughter, Joann Jester Berry, and grand daughter, Janet Dundas, both of Houston.  

As governor, Jester is remembered for the extensive education reforms he implemented to provide Texas school funding.  Prior to becoming governor, he is most recognized for his service as Chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents. During his tenure, he promoted a UT building program that null included the tower of the Main Building, Hogg Auditorium, the Texas Union, Memorial Stadium, Gregory Gymnasium and the expansion of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. 

Governor Jester died in office of an apparent heart attack on July 11, 1949.  In 1968, Jester Center on the UT campus was named in his honor.  
Left to right: Worthy Grand Master Hugh Roberts, Tau Trustee award presenter Joe Bailey '74, Janet Dundas, Joe Bailey, Jr. '03, Joann Jester Berry, and Kappa Sigma Executive Director Mic Wilson.

Tau Chapter Honors Rob Lippincott '67

Tau Chapter Grand Master Hayden Witte '10 
and Rob Lippincott '67.
This year's Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Award was presented to Rob Lippincott in appreciation for his outstanding contributions to the Chapter. This annual award is given by the Tau actives to an alumnus who has provided exceptional support and inspiration throughout the year.  

"Rob's level of dedication, loyalty and generosity to his Kappa Sig brothers is truly amazing," said Grand Master Hayden Witte.  "He's played a huge role in our Chapter's success and we're very grateful to him for all that he does." 

Lippincott and his wife, Cathy, created the renowned Guero's Taco Bar on South Congress, a favorite venue for Kappa Sigs, as well as celebrities and former world leaders when visiting Austin.  He was also instrumental in launching the revitalization of South Congress Avenue, now known as SoCo, one of Austin's most successful retail and restaurant districts.  

Rob and Cathy have two daughters, Bette and Lyle, both who have recently moved back to Austin after living in Chicago.  

null 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. 


Hayden Witte '10 Chosen for 2013 Philip Moore Award
TKSEF President Rick Warren '78 and  Hayden Witte '10, 2013 recipient of the  Philip Moore Award.
Always ready with a smile and a kind word, Hayden Witte is known for his calm demeanor and his willingness to step up and handle tough situations with grace and maturity. He's widely regarded by alumni leaders as one of the most respected and effective chapter presidents in recent Tau history. For these reasons and more, he is the 2013 recipient of the Philip Moore Award.  
In addition to serving as Grand Master, Hayden is also Inter fraternity Council Executive Director. A native of Denton, he is majoring in sport management and economics.  


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.  


Matt Stubbs '11 Selected for 2013 

Gabe Higgins Award 


Matt Stubbs '11, 2013 recipient of the Gabe Higgins Award, and 
TKSEF Director Reggie Tuck '69.


A natural leader and hard worker with a positive spirit and warm personality, Matt Stubbs, this year's Gabe Higgins Award   honoree, radiates enthusiasm for all things Kappa Sig.  Matt serves as Grand Master of Ceremonies and led the very successful "Diamonds in the Rush" 2013 fundraising campaign this summer.  He is a music major and a Houston native.  



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. 


Bryce Healey '09 Chosen for
Michael O'Connor Award 

Bryce Healey '09 and Grand Master Hayden Witte '10. 

Bryce Healey is the 2013 recipient of the Michael O'Connor Award, an award that honors the graduating senior who best exemplifies the spirit of Kappa Sigma brotherhood during his years as a Tau Chapter active. Healey, a finance major, graduated in 2013 and served as Tau Chapter Grand Master his senior year.


Parents' Weekend:  Celebrating Kappa Sigma Families and the Brotherhood

Dear Kappa Sigma Parents, Tau Trustees, Actives and Pledges,
Thank you so much for making Fall Parents' Weekend 2013 such a wonderful celebration of brotherhood, families and friends within the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  
Parents' Association volunteers 
Jan Patterson and Amy Peck.
A special thank you to Elizabeth and Ed Horne, Rhonda and Reggie Tuck, and Laura Pang and Bill Wheeler, who spent many, many hours behind the scenes to make Parents' Weekend the first-class event that it was.  Elizabeth, Rhonda and Laura served as co-chairs and were truly a "dream team" to work with.  Thank you also to the awesome volunteers who helped set up for the event and register guests.  
We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Leigh Stubbs, who creates and manages the Parents' Directory, a much needed resource for staying in touch.  
Left to right (standing): Parents' Weekend Co-Chair Laura Pang and Parents' Association President Dawnelle Doughtie.  Left to right (seated): volunteers 
Sally Rohrbach and Lynne Hefner.
The Silent Auction was a huge success! Thank you, everyone, who donated or bid on auction items.  The money raised will help provide household
improvements and repairs for the Kappa Sig Lodge and dormitory.  
Congratulations to our Tau Man of the Year 2013, Jim Pritchett, a man whose character and accomplishments reflect the highest standards of Kappa Sigma in every way.  I feel so fortunate that our sons have men such as Jim to look up to as stellar examples of the Kappa Sigma legacy.  Thank you, Tau Trustees and Alumni, for making this legacy possible for our sons.  
Thank you, Chapter President Hayden Witte, Actives, and Pledges, for helping prepare the grounds and Lodge for the event.  The painting, scrubbing and cleaning were noticed and appreciated.  Everything looked fabulous!
Kudos to Chef Ryan and the Kappa Sig household team for the wonderful food and service.  You were great!  
It was such a pleasure to be a part of this occasion! 
Dawnelle  & Lee Doughtie
Parents' Association