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Volume 4, Issue 8
    September 2014
In This Issue
Rush Campaign Success
Parents' Association Officers
Parents' Weekend Dates
Tau Man of the Year 2014
Alumni News
New Pledge Class
Ice Bucket Challenge
Fall Parents' Weekend
a BIG Success


Dear Tau Trustees, Alumni & Parents,
Thank you for making this year's rush campaign one of the Tau Chapter's most successful ever.  We send our deepest gratitude to our 2014 rush contributors listed below:  

Diamond Sponsor 

James Askew

John F. Austin 


Jimmy Mallia

Michael Sharpe

Rick Warren

Denton Cooley Tau Classic Golf Tournament 

Rob Lippincott, Guero's Taco Bar 

Tau Open Golf Tournament




Jack Browder

Les Clark 

Gavin Garrett

Danny Grant 

Curtis Gunn

Wade Kilpatrick

John (Mike) Rose

Joe Bob Shirley

Gregory Strong

Matthew Thanheiser

Reggie Tuck


Pat Appel

Jim Bettis

Steve & Heidi Black

Chad Blackwell

Johnny Byrd

Craig Clayton

Robert Davis

Steven Grubbs

Gene Henk

Tim Herman

Nash Horne

Jeff Horton

Bob Kent

Howard Lederer

Jay Lesok

Richard Lucas

Roy Markum 

Hagen McMahon

Philip C. Musgrave

Martin Payne

Bryan Plater

John Riddle

Joe Russo

John Sarvadi

Robert Stillwell

Bill Stubbs

Edward Taussig II

Bob White

Bill Whitliff

Herbert Yates


Justin Akin

J. Ryan Alcorn

Eric Annestrand 

Charles S. Boyd

Barrett Bruce

Chris Bryan

Steve Cahill

Tom Cravens

Kevin Grace 

Andrew Gray

Greg Guarino

Byron Heineman

William H. Holstien

Paul Langford

Wayne Leake

Tom Lockwood

Donald J. Malouf

John Martin

Charles Moncrief

Clifton Morris

Preston Munster

Stephen Murrin

William Nantz

Mitch Provosty

John C. Roberts

John Ross 

Brent Shirley

Michael Sweeney

George Thompson

Kirk Vogeley

Duer Wagner

John L. Wren

Loyd Wright


Drew Brown

John & Suzanne Caram

Earl Cox

Jack Doherty

Sterling Jones


Thank you so much for supporting the Tau Chapter!  



Will Parsley

Will Parsley

Grand Master of Ceremonies (Spring 2014)

Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter


Claiborne Myers

Claiborne Myers

Grand Master of Ceremonies (Fall 2014)

Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter


Tau Open to Celebrate 30-Year Anniversary in 2015
Next spring will mark 30 years since Kappa Sigma's first Tau Open was held in 1985. The tournament is scheduled to return to Lakeway's Yaupon and Live Oak golf courses next year on April 17 and 18.  

We hope to make this a very special event by recognizing those who helped start this wonderful tradition that has been enjoyed by hundreds of Kappa Sigs over the years.  We will also add a new twist to next year's Tau Open with an invitation to Kappa Sig wives or girlfriends to participate as members of foursomes.  

Please mark your calendar for what promises to be a fun and memorable Kappa Sig weekend.

Steve Horn '73
2015 Steering Committee Director

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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2013 Parents' Association Officers

Co-Presidents:  Heidi Black 
                          Jill Parsley

Treasurer:         Dawnelle Doughtie

Directory:          Mary Taussig

Texas Area Reps for 
Parent Gatherings

Austin:              Elizabeth & Steve         

Dallas:              Nancy Langhenry

Fort Worth:       Vivian Norment
                         Cindy Smith

Houston:          Jan Whealdon
Austin Hotels
Look for your Parents' Weekend invitation in a few weeks and book your reservation now!


Suggested hotels in Austin:

AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center 


W Hotel, Austin

Hampton Inn & Suites @ University/Capitol 


Courtyard Marriott Downtown 


Doubletree Guest Suites 


Four Seasons Hotel 


Holiday Inn Town Lake 


Hyatt Regency 


La Quinta Inn Capitol 


Omni Hotel 


Inn at Pearl Street B&B

Carriage House B&B

Radisson Hotel on Town Lake 

Kappa Sigma Parents' Weekend  
Tau Trustees & Alumni Reunion 
November 7 & 8, 2014
Bobby Stillwell '56 Chosen as 2014 Tau Man of the Year

The Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation will honor University of Texas System Regent Robert L. "Bobby" Stillwell as Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter's Man of the Year on November 8, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the Tau Chapter and the University of Texas System. 

Regent Stillwell has served on The University of Texas System Board of Regents since 2009 and is Chairman of the Health Affairs Committee.  

He serves on the Board of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), is a Regental representative to the M.D. Anderson Services Corporation Board of Directors, serves on the Texas Medical Center's Board of Directors and is an Athletics Liaison. 

He has also served on UT Austin's Task Force on University Excellence and Productivity and the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council Executive Committee.  

A retired partner of Baker Botts LLP and former legal counsel to T. Boone Pickens, Mr. Stillwell joined with Mr. Pickens as an original director of Mesa Petroleum Company in 1964.  He continued his directorship for Mesa Petroleum and Pioneer Corporation until 2001 and was a principal with TBP Investments management from 2001 to March 2013.  As a trustee of the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, Mr. Stillwell helped direct $700 million of educational, scientific, and health care gifts to nonprofit organizations, including gifts to UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center and UT Dallas.

Mr. Stillwell earned a Bachelor of Business from UT Austin in 1959 and a Juris Doctor from UT Austin School of Law in 1961.  


Alumni News

Dan Burck '51 Honored on Wall Street for 
Outstanding Leadership 

Dan Burck and his wife, Penny, at the 2014 Inaugural Leadership Awards ceremony in New York on June 19.
Dan Burck was honored at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Governance Services Inaugural Leadership Awards ceremony on June 19 as a top finalist for Nonexecutive Board Chairman of the Year.  

Nominees for this award are selected for their "passion for advancing principles of good governance throughout the organization, the ability to objectively solve the most difficult boardroom challenges, and the experience to offer independent, sound guidance when the company faces both hurdles and opportunities." 

Burck is Independent Chairman of the Board for American Campus Communities (NYSE), a position he has held since 2004. Among his many other achievements, he served as Chancellor of The University of Texas System, held a top-ranking management position with Getty Oil Company for 29 years, and helped create and launch ESPN, the first cable TV sports network.  

The red carpet event featured cocktails on the NYSE floor, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. "It was a wonderful evening, a great honor, and a very enjoyable opportunity to interact with leaders from other companies," said Burck.  

 "R.D. Burck/American Campus Communities" as it appears on a Wall Street banner announcing the 2014 NYSE Governance Services Inaugural Leadership Awards.


Dan Burck '51 Chosen for McCombs School 
of Business Hall of Fame

R.D. Burck
Dan Burck will be inducted into UT Austin's McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame on November 7. This honor is bestowed upon "former students, faculty and other dedicated supporters who have made outstanding professional contributions to the business community and who, by their exemplary civic, philanthropic, and educational activities, have advanced humanity." 

Burck is a former Chancellor of The University of Texas System. He now serves as Independent Chairman of the Board for American Campus Communities (NYSE), a position he has held since 2004.

For a guy who grew up gazing at the UT tower, dreaming of the day I could go to school there, this is a very humbling experience.                             
                             Dan Burck '51
Burck was the first advisory director appointed by The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), a nonprofit corporation created by the UT Board of Regents to manage investment of all assets over which the board has fiduciary responsibility.  

A top-ranking executive with Getty Oil Company for 29 years, Burck managed its worldwide holdings and oversaw the construction of its 36-story headquarters in Los Angeles. In 1979, he helped create and launch ESPN, the first cable TV sports network.  

He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the University of Texas System Chancellor's Council and on numerous other advisory and community boards.  He is a former board member of the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation and was honored as Tau Man of the Year in 2001. As a Tau Chapter active, he was twice elected Grand Master.  

He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from UT Austin in 1956 and attended South Texas School of Law in Houston.  


Chapter News

Tau Chapter Welcomes 57 New Pledges 

 Dear Tau Alumni, Parents & Actives:  

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Thank you for helping us make this year's rush one of our most successful of all time! Our GMCs, Will Parsley and Claiborne Myers, did an incredible job with fundraising and coordinating rush activities and we appreciate your support of their efforts.  

We have 57 guys pledging Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter this season, all of them class acts.  They are:  

Ben de Alavarez, Houston
Matt Bertini, Houston 
Chance Brewster, Dallas 
Chandler Chappel, Longview 
Mitchell Clarke, Dallas 
Will Cook, Southlake 
Jack Cozort, Houston 
Grant Curran, Clear Lake 
Scott Dickey, Southlake 
Wes Dooley, Kingwood 
John Elder, Austin 
Ryan Fraissinet, Kingwood 
Nick Garza, Dallas 
Chas Golson, Austin 
JP Goyne, Coppell 
Harrison Grant, Houston 
Travis Groos, Richardson 
David Harris, Houston 
Drew Hillhouse, Round Rock 
James Horton, Houston 
Justin Johnson, Plano 
John Kellagher, Houston
Bryce Keller, Richardson
Clay Kelly, Aubrey 
Chase Lansdale, Flower Mound
Chandler LeMaire, Sugarland
Thomas Loudermilk, Cupertino, CA
Adam Luna, San Antonio
John McAnalley, Dallas

Austin Michaels, Houston
Darya Molavi, Houston 
Davis Moore, Dallas 
AJ Nelson, Houston 
Eric Nichols, Richardson 
Cy Obert, Richardson 
Joey Parker, Houston 
Austin Perryman, Ft. Worth 
Tommy Price, Southlake 
Conner Rambin, Dallas
Austin Reeves, Plano
Alex Reynolds, Southlake 
Matt Roberson, Houston 
Shane Rowley, Lufkin 
Vince Saldana, Kingwood 
Ben Sarvadi, Houston 
Stephen Schneider, Austin 
Thomas Schwab, Austin 
Stuart Stedman, Houston 
Blake Swonke, Houston
Michael Timte, Houston
Edward Toohey, Dallas 
Kevin Tovson, Coppell 
John Urmin, Dallas 
Sam Veatch, Dallas 
Adam Vinall, Houston
Ryan Weidner, Cypress 
Andrew Wheeler, Houston 

We look forward to another exciting semester working to keep our chapter among the finest fraternities on the UT campus.  We appreciate all that the alumni do for us and know that without you we would not be the great chapter we are today. We welcome any alumnus to join us for tailgate parties during football season and look forward to seeing you during Parents' Weekend in November. 


As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.
Matt Stubbs'11
Grand Master
Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter
Cell:  832-231-0554
Kappa Sigs Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 

In the true spirit of Kappa Sigma brotherhood, the Tau Chapter responded to the ALS ice bucket challenge last month in honor of Debbie Glauser, who has been diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.  Debbie, who was a Kappa Sig Little Sister, is married to Tau brother R.G. Glauser.  Her brother, John Fosdick, and brother-in-law, Billy Doherty, are also Kappa Sigs.  The Tau Chapter extends its best wishes to Debbie and R.G.

Kappa Sig Ice Bucket Challenge
Taking the challenge:  Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11 (center), along with (left to right) Drew Cossu '11, Grand Procurator Dax Damrich '11, 
Jeff Brooks '11, John Menefee '11, House Manager Ryan Shaffrey '11, 
Grand Treasurer Brandon Klinger '11, Brock Humphrey '11, Jim Sallans '11 and Andrew Reisdorf '11.

Tau Chapter Leadership Attend National Kappa Sigma Conference 

"Leading in full force" was the theme of this year's Kappa Sigma East Leadership Conference, held July 18 -20 in New Orleans.  More than 1,500 Kappa Sigma brothers attended.  Kappa Sigma is the fastest growing fraternity in the world, with chapters established on 315 college campuses throughout the United States.  
Conference attendees (Left to Right): Tau Trustee Hagen McMahon '66, TKSEF Board Chairman Jim Pritchett '71, Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11, Pledge Educator Ryley Caton '11, Grand Procurator Dax Damrich '11, and Grand Treasurer Brandon Klinger '11.

Parents News

Dear Kappa Sigma Families,


Welcome to another great year with the Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter! The Parents' Association supports the Kappa Sigs in so many ways, including the organization of two Parent Weekends (fall and spring), fall hometown gatherings, distribution of a directory, and fulfilling chapter "wish list" purchases through funds raised and donations given during parent events.


This year's Fall Parents' Weekend will be November 7th and 8th. Friday evening will be a party at the Kappa Sigma Lodge. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. Saturday will include brunch or lunch (determined once game time is announced), introduction of the new pledges, the "Tau Man of the Year" presentation with the Tau Trustees and Tau Alumni, and the UT-West Virginia football game. An invitation, schedule of events, registration, and list of volunteer opportunities will be sent to all very soon. In the meantime, make your hotel reservations and plan on a fun weekend with your sons!


Auction GFX Please consider putting together a gift basket, donating seats for a football game, or possibly donating a weekend getaway for our silent auction to be held during Parents' Weekend. (See below for an abbreviated list of items the Parents' Association has purchased in recent years.)


Please remember to sign up to receive your Tau eNews and Kappa Sig Parents updates by clicking on the green "Update Profile" button on the left. We use this website to communicate and distribute all messages/information from both the Parents' Association and the Tau Chapter - we don't want you to miss anything!


We look forward to seeing everyone on November 7th and 8th! Please feel free to contact either one of us if you have any questions.



Heidi Black and Jill Parsley

Parents' Association Co-Presidents



Items and Services the Parents' Association have Provided to the Chapter in Recent Years:

    • Purchased 4 leather couches for the Lodge
    • Purchased 3 washer and dryer sets for the Chapter House
    • Carpeted the floors in the Chapter House
    • Installed sprinkler system on property
    • Purchased a drink cooler for the Lodge
    • Purchased a commercial convection oven for the Lodge
    • Purchased 5 wooden benches for the front porch of the Chapter House
    • Added stone walkway/stairway to house from parking lot
    • Refinished flooring in the Lodge