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.
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.
Tau Chapter Honors Patrick Scott '06 in 2012 Longhorn Run
The Kappa Sigs were a strong and enthusiastic presence in this year's Longhorn Run held April 14. The event is organized by UT Student Government and features both a 10k and two-mile course starting and ending around 21st and Speedway near Gregory Plaza.
Matthew Ziemnicki '08, former Tau Chapter Grand Master, organized a Kappa Sig race team that ran in memory of Patrick Scott '06 who passed away following a car accident last year.
"We were honored to run this race in memory of Patrick Scott and as a tribute to him and his family. It was a special day for keeping Patrick in our memories and hearts," said Ziemnicki.
Tau Chapter House Manager Nash Horne '10 serves on the Student Government executive board and helped organize this year's run. Proceeds from the race benefit the Excellence Fund, a Student Government endowment dedicated to student projects and programs.
KS Run Team
The Kappa Sigma Race Squad following the April 14 Longhorn Run.
Top Row L to R: Chris Redman '09, Michael Mahoney '10, David Ahmuty '09, Grant Richardson '10, Will Stringer '10, Ryan Lord '11 and Shane Kruger '10.
Middle Row L to R: Jonathan Evans '08, Austin Heller '10, KevinSmith '11, Wynn Doughtie '11, Scott O'Neil '09, Clark Martinez '10 and Michael Guenther '11.
Bottom Row L to R: Matthew Ziemnicki '08 and Tyler Rush '09.
Congratulations to Tau Open Winners
This year's winning team: Craig Valenta, Hayden Witte, Brax McCarthy and Cory Miller.
The Tau Open was held April 27 & 28 at Lakeway Country Club near Austin.
It has been more than six months since the Tau Chapter has been removed from probation and after much hard work and effort, our relationship with nationals is in good standing. We have rewritten our policies on scholarship, philanthropy, alumni, ritual, pledgeship, and risk management programs so we can avoid any future violations of national policy.
At the 68th Biennial Kappa Sigma Conclave in Las Vegas, Tau chapter was commended as the 10th best pledge class in the nation, and we look to improve this year. With the lodge in full use for meals, education purposes, and relaxing, as well as the sports court, Tau has one of the best fraternal properties in the country. This past fall we initiated 53 men into Kappa Sigma Tau, making the fraternity the strongest it has ever been.
This past November, the Tau Parents/Alumni Weekend was the most successful it has ever been, with over 500 people coming out. Wade Kilpatrick (1969) was honored as Tau man of the year and played a great show with his band that everyone seemed to enjoy. In addition, Charles H. Bankhead (1957) was honored posthumously as man of the year.
Kappa Sigma again made it to the finals in intramural football before losing a close game. Our soccer team won the intramural championship for the first time in many years. Basketball is looking to continue to be solid and look to compete for a Greek championship, making Kappa Sigma one of the top fraternities in intramurals.
Our philanthropy continues to grow as we strive to raise money for the Military Heroes Campaign as well as participating in community service events. This past fall we had many actives and pledges attend a cleanup for the victims of the Bastrop fires. The volunteers were out there for four hour shifts on the weekend and found the experience very rewarding. In addition, Kappa Sigma finished 2nd in money raised for "Movember", a pledge to grow a mustache during the month of November to raise awareness and money for prostate cancer.
I believe Kappa Sigma is currently the strongest it has ever been and we are excited about the future as it only seems that things will continue to grow.
Bryce Healey '09
Tau Chapter Celebrates Texas Independence Day
The Tau Chapter honored Texas Independence Day with celebrations at the Lodge on March 2 and 3. The Chapter has a longstanding tradition of celebrating the state's historical declaration of independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836, to create the Republic of Texas. Chapter members constructed the cannon shown here and displayed the six flags that have flown over Texas, along with the famous Texas Revolution battle cry "Come and Take it."
Tau Chapter Active in "Movember" Campaign
to Fight Prostate Cancer
Mustaches were the fashion this November at the KS House with dozens of Kappa Sigs sporting newly grown facial hair to help raise funds and awareness to fight prostate cancer and other cancers that strike men.
No-shave November, known as "Movember" is an international campaign that raises funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, LIVESTRONG and the Movember Foundation.
Matthew Ziemnicki (Grand Master, Tau '08) and Adam Seitzman (Tau '10) were interviewed by Austin's Fox 7 News about their efforts to support the Movember campaign. Ziemnicki explained how he and others used Facebook to spread the word, posting frequent photo updates throughout the month showing the growth of their mustaches to encourage friends and family to support the cause.
To learn more about the Movember campaign, visit us.movember.com.
Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter 2011
2011 pledge class
Tau Chapter Executive Committee 2013
Asst. Grand Treasurer
Grand Master of Ceremonies