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Volume 5, Issue 6
September 2015
In This Issue
Rush 2015
World Record Set
Tau Man of the Year
Honoring Chancellor Burck
South Texas Family Drama
 Rush 2015
Our deepest gratitude
to our Rush 2015 sponsors:  

Diamond Sponsor
James Askew
John F. Austin III
Denton Cooley Tau Classic Golf Tournament
Rob Lippincott, Guero's Taco Bar
James Mallia
Walt Schoenvogel
Tau Open Golf Tournament
Tito Beveridge, Tito's Vodka
Rick Warren, Warren Wildlife Gallery
Steven Foy
Gavin Garrett
Robert Kent
Brian Miller
John Kimball
Michael Rose
Mike Sharpe
Joe Bob Shirley
Stuart Stedman
Gregory Strong
Reggie Tuck
John Byrd
Casa View Chiropractic
Robert Davis
Kevin Grace
Bobby Greer
Steven Grubbs
Chris Heidrick  
Roy Markum
John Newberry
Martin Payne
Edward Taussig
Wyeth Wiedeman
Chris Bryan
Lester Clark
Tom Cravens
Robert Kelly Ettinger
Michael Glenn
Gene Henk
Chris Loper
Richard Lucas
Preston Munster
Philip C. Musgrave, Jr.
Joe Russo
Michael Sweeney
Bill Wittliff
John Wren
Kirk Vogeley
Bill Zwiener
Sharon Cozort

Thank you again for your generosity and support.  


Miller Gill '13
Tau Chapter Grand Master of Ceremonies

Jake Askew '13
Tau Chapter Grand Master of Ceremonies
Daddy-O's "Giant Justins" Set a World Record

Renowned artist Bob "Daddy-O" Wade '62 has scored another first for the Kappa Sig Taus -- an entry in the book of Guinness World Records.  

His 40-foot-tall cowboy boots that have stood proudly  at the entrance of North Star Mall in San Antonio since 1980 are now
officially "the world's largest pair of cowboy boots," as documented in Guinness World Records 2016 edition.

Wade created the boots in Washington, D.C. in 1979, in a vacant lot just three blocks from the White House that was provided as a work space to a select group of sculptors.  (See full story here.)

Other famous oversize sculptures by Daddy-O include the Giant Iguana, that for years sat atop the Lone Star Cafe in New York City and now resides at the Fort Worth Zoo, the Dancing Frogs at Carl's Corner Truck Stop near Hillsboro, and the New Orleans Saints Helmet, currently atop the Shoal Creek Saloon in Austin.  

Wade earned a BFA from UT Austin and an MA from the University of California, Berkeley. He has produced three books, received three NEA grants, and his work has been exhibited in biennials in Paris, New Orleans, and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York. 
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Rob Lippincott '67 Named Tau Man of the Year

Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation has chosen Rob Lippincott '67 as Kappa Sigma Tau Man of the Year for 2015. Lippincott will be honored on November 7 for his exceptional contributions to the Tau Chapter.  

"Rob incorporates all that Kappa Sigma stands for," said Tito Beveridge '81. "He is a man of zeal, yet humble, a great friend to all, a loving family man with a beautiful wife, and a successful businessman.  I'm proud to call him my friend."

Lippincott and his wife, Cathy, created Guero's Taco Bar in 1986, opening the original location on East Oltorf Avenue and then moving nine years later to their current location on South Congress Avenue. Inspired by the great cantinas of old-world Mexico, Guero's is beloved by locals and known for its authentic specialty dishes, oak garden live music venue, and its many celebrity sightings.  

One of Austin's most successful restaurants, Guero's became the anchor for the revitalization of South Congress Avenue, which was spearheaded by Lippincott.

"Rob personifies the Tau spirit of exceptionalism in all he has accomplished--not the least of which was having the good fortune to unite with his Life & Soul Mate, Cathy," said Joe Longley '63.  "Together they have created and established the iconic SoCo (South Congress) culture of Austin South-of-the-River that enriches the lives of all who visit."

Lippincott was the 2013 recipient of the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Award, chosen by the Tau Chapter for his many years of generous support and inspiration.  As a Kappa Sigma undergraduate, he served as Tau Chapter Grand Master in the spring of 1970.

Rob and Cathy have two daughters, Bette and Lyle, both who are actively involved in the family business.

November 6 & 7, 2015  

Look for more information coming soon.

Alumni News

Honoring the Extraordinary Life
of Brother Dan Burck '51

January 29, 1933 - September 12, 2015


At the request of Brother Burck, the Longhorn band played a medley of UT football classics following the funeral service.
Services for Brother Dan Burck were held on September 16 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, followed by a gathering for family, Kappa Sigma brothers, and friends at the Bauer House, home of the UT chancellor. Dan was laid to rest on September 17 at the Texas State Cemetery.  Obituary

Dan was a leader of leaders. His compassion and skills come along once in a lifetime. He
will never be forgotten.  

Joe Russo '52

Dan Burck was my brother, my loyal friend, and my mentor.  I am living proof that Dan lived by the Kappa Sigma code of loyalty: "All things being equal, do business with your brother."  He was a true gentleman, a leader of men, and blessed with a Midas touch. He managed with authority, diplomacy, and grace, setting an example for all of us to follow.
F. Hagen McMahon, Jr. '66

Dan was an outstanding Tau Kappa Sig, but - even more - he was a very special brother to all of us.  

Mac Thompson '54

Tau Chapter actives and pledges pay their respects to the Burck family at the close of
Brother Burck's funeral.
Tito Beveridge '81 and Roscoe. dogsmakeeverythingbetter.com

Tito's "South Texas Family Drama" Premieres in Austin

What do you do in your spare time while building a world-class vodka brand that continues to grow by leaps and bounds every year?  If your name is Tito, you write a play -- or a dramatic comedy to put a finer point on it.  Tito Beveridge's newest creation, This Side of the Dirt, premiered in Austin September 17 - 20 at the Scottish Rite Theater, playing to a sold-out audience at each performance.  

"When I read Tito's play, This Side of the Dirt, I immediately knew this was my kind of story -- a story whose characters were quirky, off kilter and all too familiar," wrote Ty Roberts in his director's statement.  "I knew these folks like I knew my own family.  And with Tito being the character he is, I couldn't deny my love for this project. Soon after, we decided to give it everything we had to make one of the funniest, character driven, Texas-to-the-bone plays this side of the Brazos."  

Tito's Handmade Vodka committed to donating 100% of the premiere performance  proceeds to the Austin Creative Alliance, stating "We believe in ACA's mission of advancing, connecting, and advocating Austin's arts, cultural and creative communities."  

Chapter News

Tau Chapter Shines at Grand Conclave 2015

The Tau Chapter made an impressive showing at the 70th Biennial Grand Conclave in Las Vegas July 22 - 25, with honors awarded to both a Tau active and a Tau alumnus.  

Tau Chapter Grand Master Brad Eral '12 was selected as Outstanding Undergraduate for District 4. Eral is a finance and real estate major and works as a financial analyst at Capital Commercial Investments, Inc. As a Texas Cowboy, he serves on the Cannon Crew, Selections Committee, and Sensory Room Committee. He also serves on the Dean's Insight Program, as one of 10 students selected to serve as ambassador for the student body. Prior to being elected Grand Master, he served as a social chair for the Chapter. Eral is from Minneapolis, MN.  

John Hempfling '90 was named Outstanding Alumnus Advisor. Hempfling serves as Global Litigation Counsel at Whole Foods Market, participating actively in all phases of litigation. Before joining Whole Foods Market, he tried numerous bench and jury trials, first-chaired arbitrations, and has participated in appeals before the Supreme Court of Texas.  

Hempfling graduated magna cum laude in 2000 from South Texas College of Law and subsequently went to work as an associate in the commercial litigation and appellate sections in the Houston office of a national law firm. An Austin native, he returned to his home town in 2003 and joined a litigation boutique as a commercial litigator.  

As a Kappa Sigma UT undergraduate, he served as rush captain in 1991, Grand Procurator  in 1992, and Grand Master in 1993. He was also a Texas Cowboy and member of the Order of Omega (leadership honor society for fraternities and sororities).  

This year's Conclave was attended by Tau alumni Jim Pritchett '71, Hagen McMahon '66, Mike Sharpe '79, Rick Warren '78, and Willie Madden '84,  along with actives Kevin Smith '11, Tyler O'Dell '11, Brandon Klinger '11, Dax Damrich '11, Brad Eral '12, Hayden McMurray '12, and Alex Bennitt '12.  

Meeting in Grand Conclave - a tradition that goes back to 1876 -- gives all chapters of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity the opportunity to come together every two years to celebrate the brotherhood and its accomplishments and share ideas about how to make the chapters even better. Kappa Sigma currently comprises 319 chapters and colonies. 
Tau Chapter Welcomes 50 Pledges

Dear Tau Alumni and Brothers,
I am excited to announce that we have finished our most successful rush season in recent history. Our rush captains, Killian Regan and Matthew Vondrak, worked tirelessly to secure an extremely solid group of guys. Our goal this summer was to focus on quality over quantity. That said, Tau added 50 new members this year without sacrificing quality to reach this number.
It was an interesting year for rush since we no longer have a house. However, I am excited to see the momentum the new house will provide our chapter. As Texas Tau continues to build on our success, we would like to thank our alumni for their continued support.
I am happy to see that the true spirit of Texas Tau remains the same. This new pledge class holds the same values and morals that I saw in the seniors when I was a freshman, continue to see in my own pledge class, and have seen in our alumni.
As we work to continue the tradition of Texas Tau, I ask you this: what was the most valuable lesson/trait you learned while pledging Kappa Sig that you would like to see our new members learn this year?  Please email me your response and I will share it with the chapter.  

Brad Eral '12
Tau Chaper Grand Master

Tau Chapter Pledge Class 2015

Matt Anderson
Corpus Christi

Zach McCabe
Denver, CO
Austin Askew

Shane Missimo
Jake Ballard

Charley Mooz
Jordan Beyer
New Braunfels

Noah Moss
Derek Brook
Flower Mound

Taylor Murray
Parker Brown

Wesley Osborn
Robert Brown

Harrison Petrovich
Blasie Bucey

Connor Rennick
Paul Bushong

Jack Roberts
Andrew Dalton

Jacob Roschmann
Brian Dentry

Tyler Samsill
Fort Worth
Alex Dimitroff

Spencer  Shaw
San Antonio
Parker Donaldson

Anthony Smith
Peter Driscoll

Ben Smith
Chandler Dugan

Saxon Standridge
Andrew Faulk

Calvin Stewart
John Gentempo

Grady Sullivan
Blake Grote

Stephen Swacker
Justin Hollenberg

Ryan Tanoury 
Matt Huffsticker

Grayson Taylor
Sean Kelly
Flower Mound

Kevin Tura
Cameron Krajeck

Drew van Norman
Cameron Kurzner

Gabriel Vasquez
Mills Lemaire

Will Wakefield
Spencer Magnum

Nick White
Wayzata, MN