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2019 Tau Chapter Officers
Grand Master: Ben Broughton
Grand Procurator: Cooper St. Clair
Grand Treasurer: Jed Vick
Grand Scribe: Noah Trapolino
Grand Master of Ceremonies: Marco Dizon
Grand Master of Ceremonies: Eren Baysal

Graduation Banquet Honors Kappa Sigma Seniors

Tau Chapter graduating seniors were treated to a special evening of fine dining and celebration at the Lodge on May 17. Grilled steak and shrimp dinners and fine wines were served by Ernie Taliaferro, chapter chef, and his sous chef, Dennis Fenn.

Together, they serve more than 400 Kappa Sig meals every day, Monday through Thursday - along with the legendary "Breakfast of Champions" each Friday - on regularly scheduled class weeks throughout the fall and spring semesters.

"On behalf of the Tau Chapter, I want to send a huge shout out and thank you to Ernie Taliaferro and Dennis Fenn. We appreciate not only the consistently great food they prepare for us, but also the warmth, humor, and support we know we can count on from these two very talented gentlemen and great guys."


Michael Swayne '13
Grand Master
Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter


Kappa Sigma House Construction Ahead of Schedule

Dear Tau Alumni & Parents,

The construction of the new Kappa Sigma Residence Hall is three months' underway and we couldn't be more excited. With four stories providing 40,000 square feet of living space, including 36 bedrooms, the new living quarters will be one of the largest and finest fraternity houses in the country.

On behalf of the Tau Chapter, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to all alumni and parents whose generous donations are making this new house possible. The construction process is amazing and I encourage all alumni and parents to visit the property to witness the magnitude of this alluring structure.

I'm pleased to report another successful fundraising year for our philanthropy cause, the SEAL Legacy Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support to families of wounded and fallen U.S. Navy SEALS.  We doubled ticket sales in our most recent campaign, raising $5,000 more than the previous year, for a total of $45,000 in contributions. We continue to coordinate events with the organization in the fall and spring and encourage everyone to donate to this great cause.

I'm also very proud of the chapter's academic ranking within the Interfraternity Coucil. We achieved an overall GPA of 3.234, placing us 7th among the 27 fraternities on the UT campus.

As Tau continues to prosper, we remain humble and focused on our goals. With an outstanding rush team, the lodge and new house, we expect this year to be the most successful rush season in Tau history. The recently elected Grand Masters of Ceremonies for spring and fall, Ben Sarvadi '14 and Conner Rambin '14, are already working hard to launch this year's rush fundraising campaign. Rush-related events are scheduled for late April in Houston and Dallas and all alumni and parents are invited. More updates to follow in the  upcoming months.

In closing, I want to again thank all alumni and parents. Your participation, guidance and support play a huge role in our success and we will be forever grateful.




Michael Swayne '13
Grand Master
Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter

Dear Tau Brothers and Kappa Sigma Family,

We received the heartbreaking news of Tau initiate Calvin Stewart's death just as the final edits were being made to the Spring 2016 Tau eNEWS edition. Profound sadness has this week replaced the usual light-hearted mood at the lodge as the Chapter mourns the loss of a brother who left them much too soon.

The Chapter held a candlelight vigil in Calvin's honor Monday evening. His memorial service will be held Saturday, April 2, at 2 P.M. at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. Our deepest condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.




Jim Pritchett '71
T.K.S.E.F. Chairman

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 Chapter Grand Master

Tau Chapter Pledge Class 2015


Matt Anderson Corpus Christi
Zach McCabe Denver, CO
Austin Askew Houston
Shane Missimo Plano
Jake Ballard Rockwall
Charley Mooz Houston
Jordan Beyer New Braunfels
Noah Moss Frisco
Derek Brook Flower Mound
Taylor Murray Dallas
Parker Brown Kerrville
Wesley Osborn Dallas
Robert Brown Houston
Harrison Petrovich Southlake
Blaise Bucey Houston
Connor Rennick Dallas
Paul Bushong Houston
Jack Roberts Houston
Andrew Dalton Dallas
Jacob Roschmann Kerrville
Brian Dentry Celina
Tyler Samsill Fort Worth
Alex Dimitroff Houston
Spencer  Shaw San Antonio
Parker Donaldson Houston
Anthony Smith Houston
Peter Driscoll Austin
Ben Smith Kerrville
Chandler Dugan Houston
Saxon Standridge Plano
Andrew Faulk Houston
Calvin Stewart Plano
John Gentempo Houston
Grady Sullivan Southlake
Blake Grote Sugarland
Stephen Swacker Southlake
Justin Hollenberg Houston
Ryan Tanoury  Plano
Matt Huffsticker Frisco
Grayson Taylor Dallas
Sean Kelly Flower Mound
Kevin Tura Houston
Cameron Krajeck Frisco
Drew van Norman Houston
Cameron Kurzner Dallas
Gabriel Vasquez Spain
Mills Lemaire Sugarland
Will Wakefield Dallas
Spencer Magnum Cypress 
Nick White Wayzata, MN



Chapter News

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 '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 '84
Director of Alumni Relations & Capital Campaign



2015 Tau Chapter Officers

Grand Master: Brad Eral

Grand Procurator: Wes Draper

Grand Treasurer: Hayden McMurrey

Assistant Treasurer: Ethan Beasley

Assistant Treasurer: Josh Notari

Grand Scribe: Chad Baldwin

Social: Joe Galati

Social: Steven Pashin

Social: Brandon Goldberg

House Manager: Alex Bennitt

Philanthropy Chair: Cliff Beasley

Kitchen Liaison: Alex Stewart


Navy SEALs Fundraising Campaign
Reaches $40,000 Goal

Tau Chapter is #1 Fundraiser Among Kappa Sigma Chapters

Dear Kappa Sigma Alumni and Parents,

Thanks to your support, the Tau Chapter raised $40,000 that will directly benefit fallen Navy SEALs and their families through the Navy SEAL Legacy Foundation.

The Tau Chapter hosted its second annual Horns for Heroes live music event to benefit the foundation on November 12. Country music star Pat Green -- playing to a sold-out crowd at downtown Austin’s Rio Club -- made a $200,000 donation pledge to the foundation on stage. What a night it was!

Thank you for making this campaign the most successful fundraising effort in the Tau Chapter’s history and thank you even more for helping hundreds of Navy SEAL families who have sacrificed so much for all of us. Your contributions will make a world of difference in making their lives better and their futures brighter.


Alex Amato '11
Philanthropy Chair

Country music entertainer Pat Green on stage at Austin's Rio Club.
Kappa Sigs and country music singer Pat Green present
$40,000 check to Navy SEALs Legacy Foundation director
Mark McGinnis (fifth from left).

Individual Donors:

Fleet Admiral ($1000+)
Tyler O'Dell
James Askew
Bill Stubbs
John Hempfling
Stuart Stedman

Captain ($500)
Cliff Beasley
Craig Clayton
The Grant Family
James Horne
Jay Chernosky

Hagen McMahon
James Byrd
James Cisarik
Jim Casey
Kurt Simons
Stephen Adger
Tom Lockwood

Jeanne Hood
John Kincade
John McFarland
Lee Anderson
Philip Kline
Philip Musgrave
Richard Lucas
Robert Harrell
Robert Kline
William Arnot

Corporate Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Silver Sponsors:
Rodeo Austin
Warren Wildlife Gallery
Bronze Sponsors
Guero's Taco Bar
Crown & Anchor Pub


Tau Chapter Welcomes 57 New Pledges


Dear Tau Alumni, Parents & Actives:

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. Thank you for helping us make this year's rush one of our most successful of all time! Our GMCs, Will Parsley and Claiborne Myers, did an incredible job with fundraising and coordinating rush activities and we appreciate your support of their efforts.

We have 57 guys pledging Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter this season, all of them class acts. They are:

Ben de Alavarez, Houston
Matt Bertini, Houston
Chance Brewster, Dallas
Chandler Chappel, Longview
Mitchell Clarke, Dallas
Will Cook, Southlake
Jack Cozort, Houston
Grant Curran, Clear Lake
Scott Dickey, Southlake
Wes Dooley, Kingwood
John Elder, Austin
Ryan Fraissinet, Kingwood
Nick Garza, Dallas
Chas Golson, Austin
JP Goyne, Coppell
Harrison Grant, Houston
Travis Groos, Richardson
David Harris, Houston
Drew Hillhouse, Round Rock
James Horton, Houston
Justin Johnson, Plano
John Kellagher, Houston
Bryce Keller, Richardson
Clay Kelly, Aubrey
Chase Lansdale, Flower Mound
Chandler LeMaire, Sugarland
Thomas Loudermilk, Cupertino, CA
Adam Luna, San Antonio
John McAnalley, Dallas
Austin Michaels, Houston
Darya Molavi, Houston
Davis Moore, Dallas
AJ Nelson, Houston
Eric Nichols, Richardson
Cy Obert, Richardson
Joey Parker, Houston
Austin Perryman, Ft. Worth
Tommy Price, Southlake
Conner Rambin, Dallas
Austin Reeves, Plano
Alex Reynolds, Southlake
Matt Roberson, Houston
Shane Rowley, Lufkin
Vince Saldana, Kingwood
Ben Sarvadi, Houston
Stephen Schneider, Austin
Thomas Schwab, Austin
Stuart Stedman, Houston
Blake Swonke, Houston
Michael Timte, Houston
Edward Toohey, Dallas
Kevin Tovson, Coppell
John Urmin, Dallas
Sam Veatch, Dallas
Adam Vinall, Houston
Ryan Weidner, Cypress
Andrew Wheeler, Houston

We look forward to another exciting semester working to keep our chapter among the finest fraternities on the UT campus. We appreciate all that the alumni do for us and know that without you we would not be the great chapter we are today. We welcome any alumnus to join us for tailgate parties during football season and look forward to seeing you during Parents' Weekend in November.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

photo Matt Stubbs'11
Grand Master
Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter
Cell: 832-231-0554


Active Team Wins Tau Open

2014 Tau Open Champions (left to right) are Ben Beverly '09,
Chris Sewell '11, Craig Valenta '10, and Cory Miller '09.

The 2014 Tau Open playoff came down to two alumni teams and one active team, with the actives claiming victory in the final round. The annual tournament was held April 25 and 26 at Lakeway Country Club's Yaupon and Live Oak golf courses. The format was a four-man scramble that began with a shotgun round each day. In keeping with tradition, the Calcutta dinner was held the first evening of the tournament at the Iguana Grill on Lake Travis.

Actives Cory Miller '09, Craig Valenta '10, Ben Beverly '09, and Chris Sewell '11 went on to win the first playoff hole by making a putt for birdie, closing out the tournament.

Steven Caruselle '03, Luke Hotze '03, Bruce Hotze '01, and Russell Zwiener, MD, '01 were this year's tournament organizers. They wish to thank everyone who participated.

The 2015 Tau Open is scheduled for April 17 and 18, marking its 30th year as an annual tournament for the Tau Chapter.


Grand Master Update

Dear Alumni & Parents,

March was an exhausting but fun-filled month for the Tau Chapter. Our Executive Council and the entire Chapter put lots of work, effort and enthusiasm into making this year's Round Up successful and, by all accounts, it was. The Kappa Sig lodge was definitely "the place to be," as we had a huge turnout of people join us for our weekend-long festivities.

On March 3, Tau alumnus Hagen McMahon was our featured speaker and gave an enlightening presentation about his career as a banker, business owner and lobbyist. Also, in March, a third of our Chapter attended an IFC Risk Reduction Seminar, which I can say firsthand was both educational and enjoyable.

April will be a busy and productive month for us as well. Our Chapter hosted its second annual Kappa Sig Masters on April 5, which is our philanthropy putt-putt golf event. On April 12, we look forward to opening our lodge to our families with our Spring Parents' Weekend "Night in Monte Carlo" dinner. On April 25 and 26, many of us will participate in the Tau Open golf tournament in Lakeway, open to both actives and alumni.

Thank you, everyone, for your continuing support of the Chapter and please know that I'm always just a phone call or email away.

Matt Stubbs
Matt Stubbs, '11
Tau Chapter Grand Master
(832) 231-0554


Brax McCarthy Plays Strong in Inaugural Spring Tournament

The Tau Chapter's Braxton McCarthy '10 turned in an impressive performance for the Longhorns at The Amer Ari Invitational Golf Tournament at Waikoloa Kings' Course in Hawaii on February 8. A redshirt junior, McCarthy helped his UT men's golf team tie for seventh place in a field of 20 teams competing.

McCarthy earned his first top 10 ranking in college golf last year after holding the lead for two straight days at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship in Houston. A Fort Worth native and Marketing major, McCarthy's father is Tom McCarthy '73.

Brax McCarthy '10 (center back row) was cheered on in
Hawaii by friends and family (left to right) George Cox '70,
father Tom McCarthy '73, mother Julie McCarthy, godmother
Mick Pritchett and godfather Jim Pritchett '71.


Tau Open 2014


Kappa Sigma Tau Open 2014
Golf Tournament
April 25 & 26

Lakeway Country Club

Four-man scramble format:
Friday, April 25: Yaupon Course
Saturday, April 26: Live Oak Course
Shotgun will begin at 1 PM each day

Entry fees:
$175 per Active
$300 per Alumnus

Click here to download registration form. Please email completed form to


Tau Chapter Welcomes 48 New Pledges


Pledge Class 2013

Eric Annestrand Gibby Gilmore  Trevor Peck
Jake Askew  Eric Glenn  Charlie Powers 
Chad Baldwin Brandon Goldberg Killian Regan 
Ethan Beasley Brett Harbin Trey Richardson 
Landyn Behn Ben Harkrider Chris Rohrbach
Tanner Brennan  Graham Hefner  Clay St. Clair
Cole Bridgeman  Alex Irion  Josh Smith
Travis Bryan  Paul Langford Drake Stacey 
Collin Caram Nathan Langhenry  Ryan Stanton
Duff Dean  Sam Langner Michael Swayne
Trask Disk David Malave Danny Tabor
Walker Drewitt Jake McDermott  David Uhr
Robert Ellis Cole Morgan  Matthew Vondrak 
Zach Fugina  Josh Notari Preston Weaver 
Justin Germani  Kendall Ocasio Connor Whealdon
Miller Gill  Steven Pashin Justin Williams 

Tau alumni held chapter orientation on September 13 and 14,
conducting pledge interviews and explaining in detail the
Kappa Sigma Fraternity's required code of conduct.


Tau Chapter Enjoying Spring Parents' Weekend:

Graduating Seniors 2013:   Top row (L to R) are graduating Seniors 2013:
John Robinson '10, Spencer Klein '10, John Wallace '09, Kelton Carter '09,
Bryce Healey '09, Chris Primavera '09, Orion Campbell '09, and Ryan Naivar '09.
Bottom row (L to R): Adam Seitzman '10, Wes Crochet '10, Mark Thorne-Thomsen '10, and Marco Lagone '10.


A Wonderful Year for the Tau Chapter

Dear Alumni & Parents' Association,

On behalf of the Tau Chapter, I extend to you our deepest gratitude for your encouragement and support this past year. We are deeply humbled to be brothers in a Chapter that has produced so many outstanding alumni who have made their marks in the fields of medicine, education, the arts, business, law, politics and finance.

Our opportunity earlier this year to see Bill Wittliff '59 honored as National Kappa Sigma Man of the Year was especially meaningful to us. We were fortunate not only to help celebrate Mr. Wittliff's extraordinary accomplishments, but also to witness first hand how Kappa Sig bonds really do hold Tau brothers together throughout their lives.

To the Parents' Association, we appreciate more than words can say the wonderful Parents' Weekend events you organized and hosted last fall and this spring. We also thank you for raising money to make improvements to the Kappa Sig living quarters and to enhance the lodge. Thank you so much for your time and generosity.

As a Chapter, we're very proud that a Tau brother, Nash Horne '10, has been appointed to the UT System Board of Regents to serve as its student representative for the entire University. Nash is well deserving of this appointment and I know he will serve us well as our student voice on this esteemed board.

I'm also proud of the entire Chapter for the academic ranking we achieved this past year within the Interfraternity Council. We garnered an overall GPA of 3.279, placing us second out of 23 fraternities on the UT campus. Tau Pledges earned the Number One ranking among New Members, with a GPA of 3.285.

This was a highly productive and rewarding year for all of us who have the good fortune to be a part of the Tau Chapter. We're forever grateful for your guidance, inspiration and support.


Hayden Witte '10
Grand Master
Kappa Sigma Tau Chapte



Brax McCarthy Shines in
Bayou City Collegiate Championship


Brax McCarthy '10, a Junior walk-on from Fort Worth who hadn't played competitive golf since his senior year in high school, took the lead on day one at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship and held it for two straight days, outplaying his five team mates, three of whom were defending national champions. McCarthy, son of Thomas McCarthy '73, began day three with a two-stroke lead, but bogeyed his first hole and ultimately tied for sixth place as an individual. Overall, an outstanding performance that helped Texas place first in the championship and earned McCarthy his first top 10 in college golf. The championship was played at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, TX, February 22 - 24.

See the ESPN story.


Tau Chapter Officers at Kappa Sigma Man of the Year Event
to Honor Bill Wittliff '59
January 12, 2013



59 Pledge Kappa Sig at UT this Fall

KS Tau Chapter 2012 Pledge Class


Tau Alumni host pledge orientation on September 9, conducting a full day of interviews and discussions concerning the Kappa Sig Fraternity's required code of conduct.