KAPPA SIGMA TAU CHAPTER University of Texas at Austin
The Tau Chapter of Kappa Sigma, founded at The University of Texas in 1884, is an elite brotherhood of young men who strive for excellence in leadership, personal growth, and service to others. The bonds of Kappa Sigma brotherhood are not for a college term only, but for life.
"The Star and Crescent shall not be worn by every man, but only by him who is worthy to wear it."
Kappa Sigma has a strong presence on the UT campus. Our members are active in leadership organizations, Texas Silver Spurs, and intramural sports. In addition, we proudly cheer on our Longhorn teams, participate in Round-Up, and enthusiastically celebrate Texas Independence Day. True to the Kappa Sig culture, we enjoy a vibrant social life.
The Parents Association hosts several parent/son events throughout the school year to celebrate the extended Kappa Sigma family, and raise funds to enhance the amenities of the fraternity house and lodge.
The Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation, organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes under the laws of the State of Texas.
The Tau Man of the Year is awarded annually by the Tau Trustees to an alumnus who has excelled in his professional pursuits, exemplified strong character, and provided exceptional support to the Tau Chapter brotherhood.
Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter recognizes outstanding leadership and service to others through annual awards and scholarships that are given to exceptional Tau Chapter undergraduates.
The Tau Chapter has produced more Kappa Sigma International Men of the Year than any other Chapter. Tito Beveridge, owner and founder of Tito's Handmade Vodka, is the most recent recipient, honored in 2017.
The Tau Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity was chartered on September 18, 1884, as one of the first three fraternities established on the University of Texas campus. The original fraternity house was the first fraternity house built west of the Mississippi.
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Tau Chapter Parents' Weekend and Tau Trustee Reunion were held November 3 and 4, continuing the annual tradition of celebrating one of the finest fraternities on the UT campus.
Parents' Night, with a Mexican theme, was fun, festive, and beautiful. Chapter awards were presented and the 2023 Pledge Class was introduced. Live music was provided by River Bend band and the silent auction offered unique gifts and services to bid on.
On Saturday, we honored Tau Man of the Year Pat Molak and enjoyed a post-game buffet at the Lodge.
The Tau Chapter honored Pat Molak as Kappa Sigma Tau Man of the Year on November 4. Pat owns the legendary Gruene Hall and several other notable properties in the area and is credited with the economic revitalization of the town of Gruene, located just north of New Braunfels.
"As a contemporary of Pat at the University of Texas, I can say, without reservation, that he is the living definition of a Kappa Sig; passionately entrepreneurial, loyal, generous, high energy, and dedicated to a life lived to the fullest!" said Wade Kilpatrick '67. "His accomplishments in business are "Legend" and his lifetime dedication to friends and family are without equal."
Pat currently has health issues that prevented him from attending the November 4 presentation. His nephews, Matt and Marc Molak, both Kappa Sigs, accepted the award on his behalf. Tim Herman, who served as Pat's pledge trainer in the Fall of 1965, presented the award. He spoke of the Kappa Sig bonds and close friendship he and Pat have shared since their UT days. "He's been a brother in heart throughout life," Tim said.
Pat and his wife, Susie, have been married 35 years and live in San Antonio. They have a daughter, Katie, a son, Jake, and four grandchildren.
Tim Herman '63 (center) presents the Tau Man of the Year Award to Pat's nephews, Marc Molak (left) and Matt Molak (right).
The Tau Trustees and Tau Chapter send a huge "Thank You" to Parents' Association president Kelli Blanton and her team of volunteers for planning and hosting Parents' Weekend and Tau Trustee Reunion 2023. Thank you also to House Director Ernie and his hard-working crew!
Warren Residence Hall Tour
Official residence of The University of Texas Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter
The bonds of Kappa Sigma brotherhood begin in college and last a lifetime. For the Tau Chapter, those bonds are celebrated and strengthened each year through the Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter Golf Tour. Our annual tournaments allow us to reconnect with old Kappa Sigs and meet new ones -- actives, their parents, and Kappa Sigma friends -- men and women from all over the country.
Golf is a game well suited to Kappa Sigs. It's challenging, competitive, social, and fun. And, like the Tau Chapter itself, our tournament tradition has endured through difficult times, facing rainouts, low turnouts, course cancellations, snow, and, more recently, the pandemic.
The Tau Chapter Golf Tour was launched in 1985 with its flagship event -- The Tau Open, a two-day, four-person scramble held in Lakeway, just west of Austin. More than 20 teams played in the inaugural tournament on the beautiful Yaupon and Live Oak courses, and that tradition has continued with team numbers increasing over the years.
In 2008, the Denton Cooley Tau Classic was added to the tour as a one-day, four-person scramble held in Houston. Dr. Cooley emceed the event and played every year until his passing in 2016. Since then, several of his family members have participated in his honor. The Cooley Tau Classic was first held at the historic Memorial Park golf course but is now played at Gus Wortham, the original Houston Country Club.