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    November 2014
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Tau Open to Celebrate 30-Years
Bobby Stillwell '56...Celebrated as Tau Man 2014
Tau Man of the Year Honorees, Past and Present
Tau Chapter Honors Tito Beveridge '81
2014 Philip Moore Award
2014 Gabe Higgins Award
Michael O'Connor Award
Parents' Weekend Photo Gallery

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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2014 Highlights
Bobby Stillwell '56 
Celebrated as Tau Man 2014
Top Honor Awarded by Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation

TKSEF Board Chairman Jim Pritchett '71 congratulates Bobby Stillwell '56 as the 2014 Tau Man of the Year.
University of Texas System Regent Robert L. "Bobby" Stillwell '56 was honored as the 2014 Tau Man of the Year on November 8 at the Kappa Sigma Lodge.  

More than 350 Kappa Sig brothers and family members attended the brunch celebration to honor Regent Stillwell, where he was lauded by Tau brothers Dan Burck '51, Bill Norman '58, Robert Spellings '60, Ford Smith '58, and Nash Horne '10 for his outstanding contributions to the Tau Chapter and the UT System.  

"Bob has served on the UT Board of Regents for almost six years now, during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of UT Austin," said Dan Burck, a former UT System Chancellor. "In the face of some misguided and rogue regents, Bob has held firm in his support of the delivery of the highest quality education for the students at UT Austin. We all owe Bob a debt of gratitude for his unwavering support during these difficult times. Thank you, Bobby." 

Nash Horne, who served as Student Regent on the Board of Regents from June 2013 to May 2014, spoke with admiration of Stillwell's gracious manner and skilled leadership. "He is a true servant of the UT System and it is through his service that so much has been accomplished," Horne said. 

Appointed to the Board of Regents in 2009, Stillwell serves as Chairman of the Health Affairs Committee.  He also 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 served on UT Austin's Task Force on University Excellence and Productivity and the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council Executive Committee.  

As a trustee of the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, 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.  

Stillwell earned a Bachelor's degree in Business from

UT Austin in 1959 and a Juris Doctor from UT Austin School of Law in 1961.  


He and his wife, Gail, have five grown children:  Cathy Stillwell, Susan Barrow, Bobby Jr, Kevin Knight, and Laurie Knight (plus several spouses) and seven grandchildren. The four oldest grandchildren are students at UT Austin. 


Tau Man of the Year Honorees, Past and Present
The Tau Man of the Year is chosen by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation in recognition of his accomplishments among his fellow men and his loyalty to Kappa Sigma and the Tau Chapter. This year, seven past Tau Man honorees were on hand to congratulate current Tau Man of the Year Bobby Stillwell '56.
Left to right: George Alcorn '53 (2009); Hagen McMahon '66 (2010); Robert Spellings '60 (1972); Jim Pritchett '71 (2013); Bobby Stillwell '56 (2014); Dan Burck '51 (2001); Joe Bailey, Sr. '74 (2005); and Doug McLeod '60 (2004).


Tau Chapter Honors Tito Beveridge '81 

Tau Chapter Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11 and Tito Beveridge '81

Tito Beveridge is the 2014 recipient of the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Award.  Tau actives present this honor annually to an alumnus who has provided exceptional support and inspiration throughout the years.  


"Tito's an amazing entrepreneur who's built a hugely successful global brand, and yet he's still one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet," said 2014 Tau Chapter Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11.  "Even with his demanding schedule, he always shows up for his Kappa Sig brothers. We appreciate his generosity, support, and inspiration more than words can say." 


Creator of Tito's Handmade Vodka, Tito began as an amateur, making his craft-distilled spirits to give as Christmas gifts to close friends. Encouraged by those who tasted his vodka, he decided to turn pro, but prospective investors -- predicting that he would never be able to get permits or distribution -- turned him down.  Undeterred, Tito used his personal savings and 19 credit cards to put himself in business.  


He engineered and built a production still and served as a one-man production, sales and marketing force. After several lean years, an invitation to the World Spirits Competition proved to be the game-changer he needed. Tito's entry not only placed first, it won the double gold medal, beating out 72 competitors from around the world.  

Tito's numbers are impressive (850,000 cases were produced last year), but it's his Kappa Sig loyalty, positive attitude, and generous spirit that his Tau brothers appreciate most.  


Tito graduated from UT Austin in 1984 with degrees in geology and geophysics. He and his wife, Lori, have three children.  

nullFrank C. Erwin Jr., 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.  


Matt Stubbs '11 Chosen for 2014 Philip Moore Award

Philip Moore honoree Matt Stubbs '11 and TKSEF Board Chairman Jim Pritchett '71 
Matt Stubbs, known for his positive attitude, strong work ethic, and ability to excel at any task he takes on, is the 2014 recipient of the Philip Moore Award.  

Stubbs just completed his term as Tau Chapter Grand Master 2014 after serving as Grand Master of Ceremonies in 2013, and launching the successful "Diamonds in the Rush" fundraising campaign. He received the Gabe Higgins Award in 2013. 

Stubbs was awarded "Outstanding Fraternity President" in spring 2014 by the Interfraternity Council. He is a music business major from Houston.  


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.  


Will Parsley '12 Selected for 2014 Gabe Higgins Award

Gabe Higgins honoree Will Parsley '12 and TKSEF Board Chairman Jim Pritchett '71

Will Parsley, a focused, get-things-done young man with a warm personality, is the 2014 recipient of the Gabe Higgins Award.  

Parsley was Grand Master of Ceremonies in 2014, coordinated the successful 2014 "Diamonds in the Rush" fundraising campaign, and was Houston rush captain in 2013.  
A UT Silver Spur, Parsley is a Plan II Honors and business finance major from Houston.

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. 


Thomas Dowlearn '10 Chosen for 2014 Michael O'Connor Award
Michael O'Connor honoree Thomas Downlearn '10 and 2014 Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11

Thomas Dowlearn, a gracious young man, proven leader, and aspiring physician, was chosen by the Tau Chapter as the 2014 recipient of the Michael O'Connor Award, presented annually to honor the senior who has best exemplified the spirit of Kappa Sigma brotherhood throughout his years as a Tau Chapter active.  

Dowlearn served as Grand Master of Ceremonies in 2012 and as head rush captain in 2012 and 2011. He received the Gabe Higgins Award in 2012.  

Dowlearn, a Houston native, was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a focus on pre-med studies in 2014.  


Thank You, Parents' Association! 


The Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation and Tau Chapter send their heartfelt gratitude to the Parents' Association for planning and hosting a wonderful 2014 Parents' Weekend & Tau Trustee Reunion! 
Parents' Association Co-Presidents Heidi Black and Jill Parsley