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Volume 5, Issue 5
    June 2015
In This Issue
Graduating Class of 2015
Reunions by the Decade
70th Biennial Grand Conclave
Letter from Chapter GM
Senior Banquet
Cooley Tournament.
Tau Open Celebrates 30 Years
Regent Stillwell Awarded Presidential Citation
Spring Parents' Weekends
Congratulations to the Kappa Sigma Texas Tau Graduating Class of 2015!

Ryan M. Alexander '11
BBA Finance with Minor in Accounting

Nicholas A. Bradley '12
BBA Finance

Ryan M. Casey '11
BS Petroleum Engineering

Austin Clayton '11
BS Jackson School of Geosciences

Michael T. Connell '11 
BA Corporate Communications

Charles T. Denson '11
BBA Finance

W. Wynn Doughtie '11
BBA Finance

Michael J. Griffin IV '11
BBA Business Honors

William M. Grimes '11
BBA Corporate Finance

Robert Jake Hood '12
BBA Business Honors

Chase M. Hudson '11
BA Government

Brock C. Humphrey '11
BS Radio-Television-Film

James A. Jenkins '11
BBA Finance

Brandon E. Klinger '11
BBA Accounting

Shane T. Kruger '11
BS Mechanincal Engineering

John T. LaMond '11 
BS Petroleum Engineering

M. Hunter McAfee '11
BS Biology

James D. Notari '11 
BA Economics & Government

Micah T. Phenix '12 
BBA Supply Chain Management

Andrew R. Reisdorf '11 
BS Jackson School of Geosciences

William J. Siegfried '11 
BS Computer Science

Kevin C. Smith '11
BS Chemical Engineering

Graduated seniors (from left)  Ryan Alexander '11, James Notari '11, Charles Denson '11,
Clint Whitley '11, Jimmy Jenkins '11, and
Bain McNeil '11. They've been roommates since their sophomore year.
Reunions by the Decade

Old KS House  

1970s Decade Alumni Reunion

Saturday, September 12, 2015

1980s Decade Alumni Reunion
Saturday, September 19, 2015

1990s Decade Alumni Reunion
Saturday, September 26, 2015

If you're on the bubble, you can claim more than one decade!

We need decade chairmen and class captains. If you're interested in helping plan and organize, please contact Willie Madden.  

70th Biennial Grand Conclave


Kappa Sigma will celebrate another record-breaking biennium July 22-25 at the 70th Biennial Grand Conclave being held at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. 


R.D. Burck Dan Burck '51, this year's International Kappa Sigma Man of the Year, will be keynote speaker on Friday, July 24. 


Conclave is held every two years to complete the work of the Order, reflect on past successes while preparing for the future and to share in fellowship with Brothers from across North America.


All undergraduates and alumni volunteers should have received an email with instructions on how to register. You may also  click here to register. 

 Kappa Sigma International is Hiring
The Kappa Sigma Fraternity is hiring two staff positions to support the growing operations of the General Fraternity. These positions will operate from the International Headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia.   Alumni Advancement Coordinator Position focus: To build alumni affinity to the Fraternity among the 180,000 living Kappa Sigma Alumni across the world. To establish Alumni communities that will encourage local...

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Dear Tau Alumni & Parents,

We end this spring semester with profound gratitude to our Kappa Sigma brothers, both alumni and actives, who have made us so proud to be a part of this great fraternity.  It has been an extremely exciting time for the Tau Chapter.  We had the privilege to honor former UT Chancellor Dan Burck as International Kappa Sigma Man of the Year this spring, we raised $240,000 for the SEALs Legacy Foundation to benefit families of fallen Navy SEALs, and we have a new residence hall underway that will be among the finest fraternity houses in the country when it's completed in 2016.  

We have a busy summer ahead as well. Our Grand Masters of Ceremonies for spring and fall, Jake Askew and Miller Gill, will soon launch this year's rush fundraising campaign.  A successful rush season is crucial for us to ensure that we have a solid group of leaders and men among us when we open the doors to the new residence hall next year.  

We are enthusiastically working to make our chapter the best it can be today and for the future.  Our success would not be possible without the support of you, the Tau alumni and parents.  We appreciate everything you do for us.  

Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Brad Eral 
Brad Eral '12
Tau Chapter Grand Master

Senior Banquet 2015

Dear Tau Brothers & Parents,

On May 11, I hosted the First Annual Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter Graduation Banquet at the Tau Chapter Lodge. All seniors were invited to participate in the Kappa Sigma Passage Ceremony, signifying graduation from undergraduate initiate to alumnus status.  Each was presented a certificate signed by alumnus advisor John Hempfling and myself.  I explained to them the importance of initiating their roles as alumni immediately (not at some future date to be determined) and asked each to begin "restocking the woodpile" for those who will follow.  Seventeen graduates committed that evening to contribute at least $500 to the Tau Legacy 2015 Campaign.  My first Kappa Sig Little Brother, Bryan Plater '84, also attended.  It was a memorable evening for all of us.  

Willie Madden
Willie Madden '84
Director of Alumni Relations & Capital Campaign 

Alumni News

New June Schedule Proves to be a Good Move for Cooley Tournament
February's Weather Conditions Prompted Reschedule 

The 2015 Denton Cooley Tau Classic, held on June 2 at Houston's Memorial Park Golf Course, was one of the largest turnouts in the eight-year history of the tournament.  In years past, the Cooley tournament was held in February, but was rescheduled this year to June due to foul weather. 

In keeping with tradition, Dr. Cooley '38 opened the event with some thoughtful comments about the Kappa Sigs, some one-liners, and a quote that is now the Tau golfers' slogan: "Life without golf is like a brain without a heart."

Low Net and the winners in a scorecard playoff of the trophy went to Steve Forristall '68, Jot Couch '67, Howard Lederer '72, and Chad Spencer. Low Gross went to Luke Hotze '03, Will Richardson (son of Terry Richardson '73), Scott Serbo, and Jared Spain.

Other prize winners (for long drive and closest to the hole) were: Randy Wheless '50, Gary Tesch '83, Henry King '67, George Glauser, Tim Herman '63, and Tom Wimberly '69.  

The seven sponsors who made the event possible were: Guero's Taco Bar, Tito's Vodka, Warren Wildlife Gallery, John Martin, George Cox, PennWell Corporation and Loyd Wright '75 in memory of Hal Finnegan '77.

Given the history of snow and rain in February and the increased levels of player participation that resulted from rescheduling to a June date, the Cooley Tau Classic has now been moved to June indefinitely. Next year it is set for June 7.  

Tournament coordinators Jim Pritchett '71 and Chuck Berson '67 send their thanks to both sponsors and players for their participation.  

Tau Open Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary 

Dear Tau Brothers & Friends, 

2015 Tau Open winning team from left: 
 Joe Bailey '73, Tom McCarthy '73, 
 Pat Doherty ' 73, and Richard Lucas '75.
We deeply appreciate the Kappa Sigma alumni, actives and dads who participated in this year's Tau Open and its 30-year anniversary celebration. The tournament was a great success that fielded 108 players among 27 teams, one of the largest in its history. 


Short of a few light rain showers, it was a great weekend of competitive golf, highlighted with a wonderful dinner Friday night attended by 160 Kappa Sigs, dads, and spouses. Friday night's dinner featured a tribute to the original founders, George Cox '70 and Jim Pritchett '71, as well as committee members Tim Herman '63, Joe Bailey '73, Tom McCarthy '73, Mark Hablinski '73, Jeff Lyons '68, Loyd Wright '75, and Andy Ivins '69, complete with commemorative golf hats and a framed picture of the group now hanging in the Kappa Sigma Lodge.


Congratulations to Pat Doherty '73, Richard Lucas '75, Joe Bailey '73, and Tom McCarthy, the 2015 Tau Open Champions. The foursome won the tournament in spectacular fashion against three other teams on the first playoff hole with a birdie.


Finally, thanks to Mary Herman, Willie Madden '84, Brad Eral '12, Walt Schoenvogel '74, Jay Piper '73, Bill Zwiener '73, Charlie Stoddard '73, and Message & Media for their efforts in helping put this tournament together. 


See you next April.  

Steve Horn
Steve Horn '73
Bobby Stillwell '56 Awarded Presidential Citation

Robert L. "Bobby" Stillwell, immediate past UT System regent and retired partner of Baker Botts LLP, was awarded a Presidential Citation by UT Austin President Bill Powers on April 16.  The Presidential Citation honors those who have brought great distinction to the University and who have helped the University to achieve its mission.  

After earning undergraduate and law degrees from UT Austin, Stillwell joined T. Boone Pickens as an original director of Mesa petroleum in 1964, continuing his directorship until 2001. 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.  

During Stillwell's tenure on the Board of Regents, he chaired four committees and served on the Board of the University of Texas Investment Management Company.  

Stillwell was honored as Kappa Sigma Tau Man of the Year in 2014 by Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the Tau Chapter and the University of Texas System.  

Parents News

Kappa Sigma Spring Parents' Weekends 2015

Dear Tau Alumni, Parents, & Actives, 

This year marks the start of a new tradition for the Parents' Association. In years past, Spring Parents' Weekend was a single weekend event for both moms and dads of Tau Chapter actives. This year, moms and dads got their own special Kappa Sigma weekend to spend with their sons.  

Mother-Son Weekend 

Tau Chapter moms and sons gathered in Austin February 27 -  March 1 to celebrate Mother-Son Weekend, deemed as a huge success by all who attended in spite of the chilly weather.  On Friday night, mothers and sons gathered at the Kappa Sigma Lodge for a wine tasting presented by Fall Creek Vineyards, with light bites prepared and served by Tau Chapter's Chef Ryan. Kappa Sigma parent Michelle Guenther put together a wonderful senior slideshow, starting what we hope will be another great tradition. 

On Saturday morning, Linda Williams and the Austin area moms hosted a brunch for the Kappa Sigma mothers at Linda's home. Elizabeth Horne and Leigh Stubbs shared their insight on the spirit and legacy of Kappa Sigma and Bob Ellis and Hagen McMahon shared exciting information about the new Chapter House. We were thrilled to hear about the progress and see the proposed site plans, elevations, and floor plans.
Wendy Askew, Lisa Colbert, and Parents' Association Co-Presidents Heidi Black, and Jill Parsley.
On Sunday morning, mothers and sons met at Benji's Cantina on Sixth Street for a spectacular brunch and more quality mother-son time.

Many thanks to Mother-Son Weekend chairs Marian Cisarik and Dawnelle Doughtie for making the inaugural event such an enjoyable and memorable weekend.  We're glad so many moms could join their sons in Austin!  

Father-Son Weekend 

Tau Chapter fathers and sons celebrated their special weekend on April 17 and 18 in Austin. 

On Friday, a number of dads and sons played in the Tau Open Golf Tournament at Lakeway Country Club, with many non-golfing dads and sons joining the golfers for the tournament dinner that evening.  

Barrett Black '12, Steve Black, John Parsley, Will Parsley'12, Joe Galati, and Joseph Galati '12
The golf tournament continued on Saturday for many, while another group of dadsand sons headed over to Capitol City Trap and Skeet Club for a fun round of sporting clays. On Saturday evening, Father-Son Weekend Chairs Bob and Gretchen Ellis hosted a wonderful dinner and party at their beautiful home. It was a fun weekend for everyone!  Thanks so much, Bob and Gretchen, for organizing this fabulous and fun-filled weekend.  

We wish all of you a safe and happy summer. 

Heidi Black & Jill Parsley  
Parents' Association Co-Presidents