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Volume 3, Issue 9
December  2013
In This Issue
2014 Denton Cooley Golf Classic
2014 Tau Open
Tau Chapter Raises $20,000
A Fond Farewell
Founders Day in Houston
 Save the Dates!
 2014 Denton Cooley 
Golf Classic 
Dr. Cooley Photo
February 18
Memorial Park, Houston
(more information coming soon)

Tau Open 2014
April 18 & 19
Lakeway Country Club


(more information coming soon) 


Please let us know of your interest as soon as possible so that we can plan the dinner venue.  If you don't have a full team, please contact us and we'll get you paired with others.  


Steven Caruselle '03
Cell:  (281) 830-5741

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Tau 125 Campaign Phase II:  Please Make Your Pledge Today 

Tau 125


Dear Tau Trustees & Alumni,


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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Tau Chapter Raises $20,000 to Benefit SEAL Legacy Foundation
Country Music Artist Bri Bagwell Plays Benefit Concert in Austin 
SONY ATV Artist and Austin native Bri Bagwell performs "Who You Are," a song she wrote and dedicated to the Navy SEALs.
Texas Female Vocalist of the Year Bri Bagwell played to a standing-room-only crowd at Antone's on November 8 at a concert sponsored by the Tau Chapter to benefit families of fallen or wounded United States Navy SEALs. 


"We were proud and honored to show our support for these outstanding men and their families and to express our gratitude for the huge sacrifices they have made to defend our country," said Alex Amato, Tau Chapter philanthropy chairman.  "They truly are American heroes." 
U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Mark McGinnis expresses appreciation to the Tau Chapter for its support of the Foundation.


The SEAL Legacy Foundation is dedicated to supporting the United States Navy SEAL community and to preserving the SEAL Legacy of NO ONE LEFT BEHIND. 


The Tau Chapter raised $20,000 for the Foundation through concert ticket sales and an online fundraising campaign.  The Chapter extends its deepest thanks to everyone who supported this very worthwhile campaign, with special thanks to past Kappa Sigma WGM Kevin Kaplan, Bri Bagwell, Commander Mark McGinnis, and Rob and Cathy Lippincott.  
Left to right: Tau Chapter Philanthropy Chairman Alex Amato, Chapter President Hayden Witte, TKSEF Chairman Jim Pritchett, country music artist Bri Bagwell, TKSEF Trustee Hagen McMahon, Worthy Grand Master Hugh Roberts and 
U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Mark McGinnis.

A Fond Farewell to a Beloved Kappa Sigma Brother


James Andrew (Andy) William Ivins

March 19, 1949 - November 13, 2013
London, Texas 

Andy was my little brother in Kappa Sigma and a lifelong friend for 45 years. He was one of the funniest, most quick witted and intelligent persons I've ever known.  He was a true friend to so many people.  At least 10 people got up and spoke about Andy at his funeral, not because they were asked to, but because they all considered themselves to be his best friend.  He was a loving father and recent grandfather who kept his kids and wife in stitches right up until the end. He fought his battle with cancer with grace, determination and humor and never once complained. He was one of a kind and is already so dearly missed by so many. 

Reggie Tuck '69

Alumni News

Kappa Sigs Celebrate Founders' Day
Honoring 144 Years of Brotherhood


December 10 is a day celebrated the world over by Kappa Sig brothers as the anniversary of Kappa Sigma Fraternity's genesis. On this day in 1869, Stephen Alonzo Jackson and four other students from the University of Virginia founded the National Fraternity of Kappa Sigma, adopting the traditions of their Renaissance forbearers of the University of Bologna in Italy, dating back to the 15th Century.  


Several Tau brothers joined their Kappa Sig brothers from University of Houston, Baylor, Sam Houston State, and Texas A&M to celebrate the 2013 Founders' Day anniversary on December 10 at the Cottonwood in Houston. 

Wade Kilpatrick
Distinguished Alumni Speakers' Series Features Wade Kilpatrick '69 
Wade Kilpatrick -- attorney, savvy real estate investor, lead singer for a vintage rock and roll band, and one of the Tau Chapter's strongest supporters and most effective fundraisers -- was the featured alumnus speaker on October 28 at the Lodge.
Kilpatrick was instrumental in the Kappa Sigma House move to its present location and has been a generous financial contributor throughout the years.  He has been a leader in the Tau 125 Campaign to raise funds for the Lodge and future Kappa Sigma House, served two terms as TKSEF president and was chairman of the Building and Design team for the Lodge.  
During his years at the University of Texas, Kilpatrick served two terms as social chairman and as Grand Master his senior year.  He has been an active Tau Trustee since the late 70s.  For more than 27 years, he has been an enthusiastic fundraiser for rush and chapter activities, hosting annual receptions for alumni in his home. 
Kilpatrick graduated from UT in 1970 and earned his JD degree from The University of Houston Law School.  
He and his wife, Melinda, have three grown children:  Gaines, Brian and Kelly.  They divide their time between their Houston home and their Hill Country ranch in Sisterdale. They serve on two prominent Land Trust Boards, The Cibolo Conservancy and The Galveston Bay Foundation, through which they work to protect and preserve environmentally sensitive lands and habitats.  
Since 2000, he has been the lead singer for the vintage rock and roll band "Mid Life Crisis and the Hot Flashes."  The band has played numerous prestigious events over the years, including inaugural events for President Bush and President Obama.  

Chapter News

  Congratulations to the Newly Elected Tau Chapter Officers for 2014

President:  Matt Stubbs    Letter   


Vice President:  Dax Damrich    Letter   


Treasurer:  Ryan Lord    Letter  
Assistant Treasurer: Hayden McMurrey    Letter
Scribe:  Wes Draper    Letter
Social:  Ryley Caton      Letter  
Social:  Brad Eral      Letter  
Social:  Blake Naivar    Letter   
House Manager:  Ryan Shaffrey      Letter  
Philanthropy Chair:  Alex Amato      Letter  
Kitchen Liaison:  Tyler Hope     Letter