2016 Tau Chapter Officers
Grand Master: Michael Swayne
Grand Procurator: Chad Baldwin
Grand Treasurer: Josh Notari
Assistant Treasurer: Scott Dickey
Assistant Treasurer: Cy Obert
Grand Scribe: John Urmin
Social: Cole Morgan
Social: Darya Molavi
Social: David Malave
House Manager: Ethan Beasley
Risk Manager: Vincent Saldana
Philanthropy Chair: Ryan Stanton
Kitchen Liaison: Matthew Bertini
T-Shirt Designer: Eric Nichols
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
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
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
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|
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
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).
Fleet Admiral ($1000+)
The Grant Family
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Warren Wildlife Gallery
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:
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
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.
Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter
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, '11
Tau Chapter Grand Master
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
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
$175 per Active
$300 per Alumnus
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
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.
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.