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Volume 5, Issue 7
    December 2015
In This Issue
Parents' Weekend in Photos.
Rob Lippincott '67 Honored
Tau Chapter Honors
Residence Hall Construction
Alumni News
A Fond Farewell
Parents' News
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Rob Lippincott '67 Honored as
Tau Man of the Year 2015
 
Rob Lippincott '67 and
Joe Longley '63
Austin entrepreneur and business developer Rob Lippincott was honored as Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter's Man of the Year on November 7 at the 2015 Tau Trustee Reunion and Parents' Weekend luncheon. A crowd of more than 350 Kappa Sigma brothers and family members attended the annual celebration held at the Kappa Sigma lodge.  

Lippincott was chosen by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation for his exceptional contributions to the Tau Chapter and his outstanding business achievements that have benefited the Austin community.  

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

Tau Man of the Year Rob Lippincott with wife Cathy, daughters Bette and Lyle, & brother Jack.
In accepting his award, Lippincott expressed his appreciation to his Tau brothers and the good fortune he felt to be a part of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. "I've had many great times and wonderful experiences as a Kappa Sig throughout the years," said Lippincott, "but nothing compares to standing here today being honored as Tau Man of the Year."

Tau brother Joe Longley '63 praised Lippincott, stating "Rob personifies the Tau spirit of exceptionalism in all he has accomplished."

Rob Lippincott '67 with former Tau Man of the Year recipients Rick Warren '78 (2012), Hagen McMahon '66 (2010), and Jim Pritchett '71 (2013).
Lippincott was the 2013 recipient of the Frank Erwin 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.
 
Tau Chapter Honors John Hempfling '90

John Hempfling '90 and Brad Eral '12
Tau Chapter actives chose John Hempfling as this year's recipient of the Frank Erwin Award. This honor is given annually to an alumnus who has provided exceptional support and leadership to the chapter. 
 
"John, to us, has always been 'Hempfling,'" said Tau Chapter Grand Master Brad Eral '12 in presenting the award. "He has been a friend, a mentor, and a leader for our chapter. Whether it is fraternity-related or not, he has always been there for our chapter to provide guidance. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his mentorship and leadership."
 
Earlier this year Hempfling was named Outstanding Alumnus Advisor, a national award presented at Kappa Sigma Fraternity's Grand Conclave.
 
Hempfling serves as Global Litigation Counsel for Whole Foods Market, where he is actively involved in all phases of litigation. 
 
As a Kappa Sigma UT undergraduate, he served as rush captain in 1991, Grand Procurator in 1992, and Grand Master in 1993.  He graduated magna cum laude in 2000 from South Texas College of Law and, after working in commercial litigation for several years in the Houston office of a national law firm, he returned to his home town of Austin in 2003. 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.  
 
null Frank Erwin, 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 in 1965 and again in 1980.  

Kappa Sigma Residence Hall Construction Now Underway

Tau Trustees held a groundbreaking ceremony on November 7, marking the official start of the new Kappa Sigma Residence Hall for the Tau Chapter. Construction is now in progress with completion scheduled for fall 2016. 

Breaking new ground for the Kappa Sigs are Reggie Tuck '68, Michael Sharpe '79, Danny Grant '79, Brian Miller '79, Jim Pritchett '71, Caroline Craddock, granddaughter of distinguished alumnus Denton Cooley, MD '38, Tau Man of the Year Rob Lippincott  '67, Hagen McMahon '66, chairman of the building committee, and Bob Ellis, owner/operator of Southwest Corporation Construction Services. Dr. Cooley's daughter, Susan Cooley, not pictured, also attended on behalf of her father.

Chapter News

Hayden McMurrey '12 Chosen for 2015 Philip Moore Award

Hayden McMurrey, a senior Business Honors and Finance major at the McCombs School of Business, is the 2015 Philip Moore Award recipient. Serving as Tau Chapter Treasurer for the past year, McMurrey has done an exceptional job of organizing the chapter's finances and creating a solid accounting system for future treasurers to follow.  While attending UT, he has held internships in several fields, including financial services, real estate, and healthcare. Since 2013 he has served as a peer career advisor at the McCombs School of Business, assisting students with resume writing, career search, and recruiting events. McMurrey's home town is Southlake, Texas.  

Philip Moore
Philip Moore is remembered for his outstanding leadership, service and loyalty to his Tau brothers. He died tragically in a car accident at age 29. The Philip Moore award is given each year by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation to a KS senior who demonstrates many of the attributes for which Philip Moore is remembered. 
 
Chad Baldwin '13 and Josh Notari '13 Selected as Gabe Higgins Award Honorees

The 2015 Gabe Higgins Award was this year presented to two outstanding young men, Chad Baldwin and Josh Notari. 

Baldwin is a Finance major from Dallas. As Scribe for the Tau Chapter, he has been an effective promoter to the Kappa Sigma Fraternity on behalf of the Tau Chapter, helping earn recognition for several outstanding chapter leaders. He has served as a community assistant for American Campus Communities, held a summer internship at Tri Global Energy, LLC, and is currently a research analyst for Christopher Frederick and Associates. In addition to Kappa Sigma, Baldwin is a Texas Cowboy, a member of the University Investors Association, and the Undergraduate Energy Finance Organization.  

Notari, a Finance major from Winnethka, IL, has served the Tau Chapter as Assistant Treasurer for the past year and, along with Treasurer Hayden McMurrey, is credited with helping organize the chapter's finances and implement a new accounting system.  Notari was recently elected Tau Chapter Treasurer to replace graduating senior McMurrey. He was inducted this past semester as a Texas Cowboy and is currently employed as a leasing agent at Housing Scout. 

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.  

Alumni News

"203 West 19th Street Boys" Celebrate Kappa Sigma Brotherhood at Annual Dinner 

Mac Thompson
Four years ago Mac Thompson '54 put together an impromptu dinner party for his Tau brothers -- most from the 1950s decade initiation classes -- who have remained close over the years. Joe Russo '52 named the group the "203 West 19th Street Boys" in honor of the no-longer-standing Kappa Sig house where they shared their UT years and the beginning of lifelong friendships.  

Joe Russo
This year's gathering on November 12 marked the third of its kind, held at the popular Houston restaurant Tiny Boxwoods. Twenty-nine distinguished alumni attended, including five former Tau Man of the Year recipients, George  Alcorn '53, Bobby Whilden '54, Bobby Stillwell '56, Clifton Morris '54, and Jim Pritchett '71.  

Others attending included: Kirby Attwell '54, Malcolm Baker '56, Charles Boyd '52, Lew Brazelton '59, Willie Carl '57, Tony Connelly '57, Jesse Edmundson '60, Ronnie Glauser '55, Joe Jaworski '54, Bill Joplin '57, Dick Kilday '54, Don Krause '53, Don Malouf '54, Tom McDade '55, Bill McDade '54, Bill Norman '58, John Roberts '56, Joe Russo '52, Ford Smith '58, Ross Stephenson '57, Harry Terry '56, Mac Thompson '54 (host), Mike Wells '56, and Jim Westmoreland '56.

All of these men have contributed significantly to the lodge, new residence hall, and to the legacy of a strong Kappa Sigma alumni brotherhood.  Another dinner is being planned for spring 2016.  

A Fond Farewell to 
Donald Peter "Pete" Gibbs '68
November 18, 1948 - September 18, 2015 

Donald Peter "Pete" Gibbs passed away on September 18 in Houston, following an extended illness. Gibbs pledged Kappa Sigma (Sigma Chapter) at Tulane University in New Orleans, later transferring to UT Austin and joining the Tau Chapter. He received a Bachelor of Science with Honors from UT in 1970.  

After graduation, Gibbs created and developed a highly successful plastics manufacturing business that he started in Austin and relocated to Houston. He is remembered by those close to him as a man of extraordinary intellect and good humor, with a deep devotion to family and friends.  

Read more about Pete's life here.

Pete Gibbs remembered: 

"When it came to hard work, Pete didn't know the meaning of the word "quit," and when it came to clothes, he didn't know the meaning of the word "clash."  He was a true character, one of the smartest guys I ever knew, and my best friend."  

Hugh Savage '68
Pledged Kappa Sigma at Tulane University, later transferring to UT and Tau Chapter.

Parents' News

Our Deepest Appreciation to the Parents' Association

The Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation and Tau Chapter send their heartfelt thanks to the Parents' Association for planning and hosting Parents' Weekend and Tau Trustee Reunion 2015.  It was a wonderful event for everyone who attended, thanks to the hard work of Co-Presidents Wendy Askew and Vicki Langner, along with their team of volunteers.  

Parents' Association Co-Presidents Wendy Askew and Vicki Langner