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Volume 4, Issue 2
    June 2014
In This Issue
Graduating Class of 2014
A Wonderful Year
Distinguished Alumni Speakers' Series
Kappa Sig MD
A Farewell
2014 Tau Open Champions
Spring Parents' Weekend 2014
Congratulations to the Kappa Sigma Texas Tau Graduating Class of 2014!

Charly Aberg 
Jake Boydston 
Britt Brandon   
Evan Breeland 
Tanner Brown 
Sami Darouiche
Evan Douglas 
Thomas Dowlearn 
Branden DuPont 
David Elkin
Joel Fontenot
Conan Gammel 
Chris George 
Jim Gibson
Trevor Green 
Alec Heger 
Austin Heller 
Nash Horne
John Jackson 
Jake Johnson 
Chris King 
Ryan Korthauer 
Collin Masters 
Hunter McAfee
Brax McCarthy
Paxton Oliphant 
Collin Ramsey 
Max Renneker 
Stuart Reynolds   
Grant Richardson 
John Sager   
Zach Scott 
Chris Sewell
Chad Smith  
Will Stringer
Johnny Tabor 
Clark Thannisch
Luke Trowbridge 
Travis Tuck
Keith Tura       
Craig Valenta
Jud Webre
UT Fireworks


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Kappa Sigma Fraternity's 2014 Leadership Conferences
Kappa Sigma will host the East and West Leadership Conferences this summer in Las Vegas and New Orleans.  These conferences will provide undergraduates and alumni with leadership skills needed to maintain Kappa Sigma's status as the Most Preferred College Fraternity in North America.  
East Leadership Conference
July 18-20, 2014
New Orleans

West Leadership Conference
August 1-3, 2014
Las Vegas
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 Celebrates Another Great School Term  

Dear Tau Alumni & Parents,

As another fantastic school year comes to a close, we could not be more thankful to and proud of our great Kappa Sig brothers, both active and alumni.  We survived finals and another academically challenging school year, the selection of a new football coach, and even Roundup. We had an extremely successful year in the Chapter as we brought up a great new pledge class and said goodbye to our graduated seniors. 

We will have a busy summer as well.  Our Grand Masters of Ceremonies for spring and fall, Will Parsley and Claiborne Myers, will work together to raise money for our rush efforts so that we can have another successful rush season. 

We are enthusiastically working to make our Chapter the best it can be and look forward with great anticipation to its future.  Our accomplishments would not be possible without the support of you, the Tau alumni and parents.  We appreciate everything you do for us.  

Matt Stubbs
Matt Stubbs '11
Tau Chapter Grand Master

Alumni News

Distinguished Alumni Speakers' Series 
Features Nick Kralj '62

Legislative consultant Nick Kralj spoke to the Tau Chapter as guest alumnus speaker on April 7 at the Kappa Sig lodge.  
Kralj began his political career soon out of college as an aide to Ben Barnes during his terms as Texas House Speaker and Lt. Governor.  Always moving with ease and agility among political operatives, he took his career in another direction in 1972, creating what soon became the legendary Quorum Club, known in its day as the premier social gathering spot for top ranking state legislators, A-list lobbyists, power brokers and those who were lucky enough to be in their orbit at the time.  
After closing the Quorum Club in 1985, Kralj returned to hands-on politics as a legislative consultant.  He has worked closely with the Texas Trial Lawyers Association for the past 23 years. His firm, Kralj Consulting, Inc., has an impressive and diverse list of clients, including economic and industrial developers, municipalities, environmental entities and an Indian tribe.   
In addressing the Chapter, Kralj lamented today's political climate of rigid partisanship and divisiveness that serves only well-funded special interests, and reminisced about the days when lawmakers would reach across the aisle to pass legislation that served the public interest of everyday Texans.  
But no matter how tough the political climate, Kralj is known for his effectiveness.  Tau brother Joe Longley '63, his long-time friend, confidant, and godfather to his daughter, spoke warmly of his loyalty and tenacity, stating "You don't bring a knife to a gun fight -- you bring Nick!"  
Kralj was honored as Tau Man of the Year in 2000.  He graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1965. 
A Galveston native, he has participated in delegations to Cuba to promote cooperation on hurricane preparedness, environmental protection, and trade issues.  
He and his wife, Lynne, live in Austin and have two grown children, Elliot and Nicole, who also live in Austin. 
Left to right: Joe Longley '63, Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11, featured speaker Nick Karlj '62, 
and TKSEF director and speakers' series coordinator Reggie Tuck '68.

Russell Zwiener, MD, to begin Pediatric Fellowship Program in June 2015

Dr. Zwiener with wife, Jaime, 
and daughter  Emmaline.
Dr. Russell Zwiener '01, soon to start his last year of pediatric residency at The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa program, is happy to report that he has been accepted into the LSU-New Orleans Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellowship program.  He is scheduled to begin June 2015.  His wife, Jaime, a New Orleans native, is delighted at the prospect of returning to her home city.  Dr. Zwiener sends a heartfelt "thank you" to his family, Kappa Sig brothers and friends for their support, along with a "Hook' em Horns" to UT Austin.  

A Fond Farewell to a Tau Brother
Laurence Danielly Sikes Jr. '54

Larry's Kappa Sig name was "Tree" and he was a giant tree while in Austin and back to Houston. He will be missed but not forgotten. The Sigs will retire the name "Tree" since few could meet that test again.  He was a truly good guy.  
                                                                                   Joe Russo '52


July 3, 1936 - May 2, 2014 

Chapter News

2014 Tau Open Champions (left to right) are Ben Beverly '09,  
Chris Sewell '11, Craig Valenta '10, and Cory Miller '09.
Active Team Wins Tau Open  

The 2014 Tau Open playoff came down to two alumni teams and one active team, with the actives claiming victory in the final round.  The annual tournament was held April 25 and 26 at Lakeway Country Club's Yaupon and Live Oak golf courses.  The format was a four-man scramble that began with a shotgun round each day. In keeping with tradition, the Calcutta dinner was held the first evening of the tournament at the Iguana Grill on Lake Travis.  

Actives Cory Miller '09, Craig Valenta '10, Ben Beverly '09, and Chris Sewell '11 went on to win the first playoff hole by making a putt for birdie, closing out the tournament. 

Steven Caruselle '03, Luke Hotze '03, Bruce Hotze '01, and Russell Zwiener, MD, '01 were this year's tournament organizers.  They wish to thank everyone who participated.  

The 2015 Tau Open is scheduled for April 17 and 18, marking its 30th year as an annual tournament for the Tau Chapter.  

Parents News

Spring Parents' Weekend 2014 
A Night in Monte Carlo 
Following a beautiful dinner and senior presentation, parents and actives enjoyed themselves at the gaming tables on the lodge terrace. 
The Tau Chapter celebrated Spring Parents' Weekend with a gourmet banquet and a Monte Carlo casino night theme at the Kappa Sig lodge on April 12.  It was a wonderful evening for both parents and actives, with a special toast and gift presentation to the Kappa Sigma graduating senior class of 2014.  The menu featured filet mignon, Caprese salad, eclairs and creme puffs, and a cosmopolitan drink fountain.  
Tau Chapter Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11 and Parents' Association President Dawnelle Daughtie welcome parents to this year's Spring Parents' Weekend celebration dinner. 
This spectacular evening was the result of many hours of planning and hard work by Parents' Association officers and volunteers. Left to right (standing): Parents' Association President Dawnelle Doughtie and Spring Parents' Weekend Coordinator Cheryl Simons. Left to right (seated): Heidi Black and Leigh Stubbs.

Graduating senior Nash Horne '10, who will complete his term as Student Regent on the UT System Board of Regents on May 31, with his parents, Ed and Elizabeth Horne. Elizabeth is past President of the Parents' Association and currently serves as Treasurer. Elizabeth and Ed have been extremely generous to the Tau Chapter through the years, contributing countless hours to help organize Kappa Sig events and donating materials to improve the Kappa Sig house.