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Tau Chapter Honors John Hempfling '90

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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.

photoFrank 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.

Hayden McMurrey '12 Chosen for 2015 Philip Moore Award

photoHayden 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.

photoPhilip 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.

photoBaldwin 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.

photoNotari, 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.

photoGabe 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.

 

Tau Chapter Shines at Grand Conclave 2015

The Tau Chapter made an impressive showing at the 70th Biennial Grand Conclave in Las Vegas July 22 - 25, with honors awarded to both a Tau active and a Tau alumnus.

photoTau Chapter Grand Master Brad Eral '12 was selected as Outstanding Undergraduate for District 4. Eral is a finance and real estate major and works as a financial analyst at Capital Commercial Investments, Inc. As a Texas Cowboy, he serves on the Cannon Crew, Selections Committee, and Sensory Room Committee. He also serves on the Dean's Insight Program, as one of 10 students selected to serve as ambassador for the student body. Prior to being elected Grand Master, he served as a social chair for the Chapter. Eral is from Minneapolis, MN.

photoJohn Hempfling '90 was named Outstanding Alumnus Advisor. Hempfling serves as Global Litigation Counsel at Whole Foods Market, participating actively in all phases of litigation. 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.

Hempfling graduated magna cum laude in 2000 from South Texas College of Law and subsequently went to work as an associate in the commercial litigation and appellate sections in the Houston office of a national law firm. An Austin native, he returned to his home town in 2003 and joined a litigation boutique as a commercial litigator.

As a Kappa Sigma UT undergraduate, he served as rush captain in 1991, Grand Procurator in 1992, and Grand Master in 1993. He was also a Texas Cowboy and member of the Order of Omega (leadership honor society for fraternities and sororities).

photoThis year's Conclave was attended by Tau alumni Jim Pritchett '71, Hagen McMahon '66, Mike Sharpe '79, Rick Warren '78, and Willie Madden '84, along with actives Kevin Smith '11, Tyler O'Dell '11, Brandon Klinger '11, Dax Damrich '11, Brad Eral '12, Hayden McMurray '12, and Alex Bennitt '12.

Meeting in Grand Conclave - a tradition that goes back to 1876 -- gives all chapters of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity the opportunity to come together every two years to celebrate the brotherhood and its accomplishments and share ideas about how to make the chapters even better. Kappa Sigma currently comprises 319 chapters and colonies.

 

Man of the Year

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Dear Tau Brothers, Family & Friends,

photoOn March 28, we had the privilege to honor Dan Burck '51 as the 2015 International Kappa Sigma Man of the Year, the highest honor awarded by the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Thank you, everyone, who helped make this extraordinary event the success it was, with 325 Kappa Sigma brothers and supporters on hand to celebrate this great man and historic occassion at the beautiful Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Burck is the sixth initiate from UT's Tau Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity to receive the International Man of the Year award. Past recipients include artist, writer and filmmaker Bill Wittliff, financier Richard Rainwater, renowned heart surgeon Denton Cooley, MD, former Texas Governor (1947-49) Beauford H. Jester, and former American Airlines president Cyrus Smith, a second cousin to Burck.

This is a pivotal moment in Tau Chapter history, as we celebrate our Tau legends like Brother Burck and look to the future with a new chapter house - one that will be among the finest in the country - soon to be under construction.

Stay in touch for more exciting news ahead. Let's keep our momentum going.

A.E.K.D.B.,

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Jim Pritchett '71
Board Chairman
Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation

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International Kappa Sigma Man of the Year Award Presentation: (Left to right): Worthy Grand Procurator Derek Marchman, Worthy Grand Master Hugh Robert, Man of the Year Committee Chairman Hagen McMahon '66, TKSEF Board Chairman Jim Pritchett '71, 2015 Man of the Year Honoree Dan Burck '51, Worthy Grand Master of Ceremonies Toby Taylor, and Executive Director Mitchell "Mic" Wilson.

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Presentation of the Man of the Year Plaque to the Tau Chapter: (Left to right) Hayden McMurrey '12, Chad Baldwin '13, Tau Chapter Grand Master Brad Eral '12, WGP Derek Marchman, Wes Draper '12, Jake Askew '13, and Miller Gill '13.

 

Bobby Stillwell '56 Celebrated as Tau Man 2014

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TKSEF Board Chairman Jim Pritchett '71 congratulates
Bobby Stillwell '56 as the 2014 Tau Man of the Year.

University of Texas System Regent Robert L. "Bobby" Stillwell '56 was honored as the 2014 Tau Man of the Year on November 8 at the Kappa Sigma Lodge.

More than 350 Kappa Sig brothers and family members attended the brunch celebration to honor Regent Stillwell, where he was lauded by Tau brothers Dan Burck '51, Bill Norman '58, Robert Spellings '60, Ford Smith '58, and Nash Horne '10 for his outstanding contributions to the Tau Chapter and the UT System.

"Bob has served on the UT Board of Regents for almost six years now, during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of UT Austin," said Dan Burck, a former UT System Chancellor. "In the face of some misguided and rogue regents, Bob has held firm in his support of the delivery of the highest quality education for the students at UT Austin. We all owe Bob a debt of gratitude for his unwavering support during these difficult times. Thank you, Bobby."

Nash Horne, who served as Student Regent on the Board of Regents from June 2013 to May 2014, spoke with admiration of Stillwell's gracious manner and skilled leadership. "He is a true servant of the UT System and it is through his service that so much has been accomplished," Horne said.

Appointed to the Board of Regents in 2009, Stillwell serves as Chairman of the Health Affairs Committee. He also serves on the board of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), is a Regental representative to the M.D. Anderson Services Corporation Board of Directors, serves on the Texas Medical Center's Board of Directors and is an Athletics Liaison.

photoHe has served on UT Austin's Task Force on University Excellence and Productivity and the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council Executive Committee.

As a trustee of the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, Stillwell helped direct $700 million of educational, scientific, and health care gifts to nonprofit organizations, including gifts to UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center and UT Dallas.

Stillwell earned a Bachelor's degree in Business from UT Austin in 1959 and a Juris Doctor from UT Austin School of Law in 1961.

He and his wife, Gail, have five grown children: Cathy Stillwell, Susan Barrow, Bobby Jr, Kevin Knight, and Laurie Knight (plus several spouses) and seven grandchildren. The four oldest grandchildren are students at UT Austin.

 

Tau Chapter Honors Tito Beveridge '81

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Tau Chapter Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11 and Tito Beveridge '81

Tito Beveridge is the 2014 recipient of the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Award. Tau actives present this honor annually to an alumnus who has provided exceptional support and inspiration throughout the years.

"Tito's an amazing entrepreneur who's built a hugely successful global brand, and yet he's still one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet," said 2014 Tau Chapter Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11. "Even with his demanding schedule, he always shows up for his Kappa Sig brothers. We appreciate his generosity, support, and inspiration more than words can say."

Creator of Tito's Handmade Vodka, Tito began as an amateur, making his craft-distilled spirits to give as Christmas gifts to close friends. Encouraged by those who tasted his vodka, he decided to turn pro, but prospective investors -- predicting that he would never be able to get permits or distribution -- turned him down. Undeterred, Tito used his personal savings and 19 credit cards to put himself in business.

He engineered and built a production still and served as a one-man production, sales and marketing force. After several lean years, an invitation to the World Spirits Competition proved to be the game-changer he needed. Tito's entry not only placed first, it won the double gold medal, beating out 72 competitors from around the world.

Tito's numbers are impressive (850,000 cases were produced last year), but it's his Kappa Sig loyalty, positive attitude, and generous spirit that his Tau brothers appreciate most.

Tito graduated from UT Austin in 1984 with degrees in geology and geophysics. He and his wife, Lori, have three children.

photoFrank C. Erwin Jr., 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 both in 1965 and 1980.

 

Matt Stubbs '11 Chosen for 2014 Philip Moore Award

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Philip Moore honoree Matt Stubbs '11 and TKSEF Board
Chairman Jim Pritchett '71

Matt Stubbs, known for his positive attitude, strong work ethic, and ability to excel at any task he takes on, is the 2014 recipient of the Philip Moore Award.

Stubbs just completed his term as Tau Chapter Grand Master 2014 after serving as Grand Master of Ceremonies in 2013, and launching the successful "Diamonds in the Rush" fundraising campaign. He received the Gabe Higgins Award in 2013.

Stubbs was awarded "Outstanding Fraternity President" in spring 2014 by the Interfraternity Council. He is a music business major from Houston.

photoPhilip Moore is remembered for his outstanding leadership, service and loyalty to his Tau brothers. He died tragically in a car accident at 29 years of age. The Philip Moore award is given annually by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation to a KS senior who demonstrates many of the attributes for which Philip Moore is remembered.

 

Will Parsley '12 Selected for 2014 Gabe Higgins Award

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Gabe Higgins honoree Will Parsley '12 and TKSEF Board
Chairman Jim Pritchett '71

Will Parsley, a focused, get-things-done young man with a warm personality, is the 2014 recipient of the Gabe Higgins Award.

Parsley was Grand Master of Ceremonies in 2014, coordinated the successful 2014 "Diamonds in the Rush" fundraising campaign, and was Houston rush captain in 2013.

A UT Silver Spur, Parsley is a Plan II Honors and business finance major from Houston.

photoGabe 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.

 

Thomas Dowlearn '10 Chosen for 2014 Michael O'Connor Award

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Michael O'Connor honoree Thomas Dowlearn '10
and 2014 Grand Master Matt Stubbs '11

Thomas Dowlearn, a gracious young man, proven leader, and aspiring physician, was chosen by the Tau Chapter as the 2014 recipient of the Michael O'Connor Award, presented annually to honor the senior who has best exemplified the spirit of Kappa Sigma brotherhood throughout his years as a Tau Chapter active.

Dowlearn served as Grand Master of Ceremonies in 2012 and as head rush captain in 2012 and 2011. He received the Gabe Higgins Award in 2012.

Dowlearn, a Houston native, was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a focus on pre-med studies in 2014.

 

Jim Pritchett '71 Chosen as Tau Man of the Year

photoThe Tau Trustees & Alumni Association honored Jim Pritchett '71 as 2013 Tau Man of the Year on November 2 at the Kappa Sig Lodge. Tau Man of the Year is the Tau Chapter's most prestigious alumnus award presented for outstanding contributions and service to the Chapter.

"Jim is a visionary, an outstanding leader, a devoted Kappa Sig and always the consummate gentleman," said Hagen McMahon '66, who served on the selection committee. "There's no finer role model for our actives and pledges and no one more deserving of this award."

Pritchett has served on the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation's board since 2010 and is currently Board Chairman. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Frank C. Erwin award, an honor bestowed by the Tau actives.

As a Kappa Sigma undergraduate, he served the Tau Chapter in numerous roles, including Grand Master in 1974. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1974, he earned his MBA in marketing from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business in 1976.

He has held key leadership positions in multiple high-tech companies in the oil and gas, aerospace and healthcare industries. He served as Chairman and CEO of Petris Technology, a global leader in enterprise software for technical data management in the upstream oil and gas industry, until the company was sold to Halliburton in August 2012.

He now has a consulting practice for high-tech companies and serves as CEO of Dynamic Health Strategies, a benefit value-optimization and management company that provides health care data analytical tools to self-insured employers, enabling them to control health care costs and improve employee well-being.

He lives in Houston, with his wife, Mick. They have three grown children: Jennifer, James and Melanie. Jennifer and her husband, Kyle, are expecting their first child in December.

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Tau Man of the Year 2013 Jim Pritchett '71 (center)
with Hagen McMahon, Jr. '66 (left) and Tom McCarthy '73 (right).

 

Posthumous Tau Man Honor Awarded
to Former Governor

photoMan of the Year during his lifetime. To correct this oversight, TKSEF this year honored the late governor with a posthumous Tau Man of the Year award, presented to his daughter, Joann Jester Berry, and grand daughter, Janet Dundas, both of Houston.

As governor, Jester is remembered for the extensive education reforms he implemented to provide Texas school funding. Prior to becoming governor, he is most recognized for his service as Chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents. During his tenure, he promoted a UT building program that null included the tower of the Main Building, Hogg Auditorium, the Texas Union, Memorial Stadium, Gregory Gymnasium and the expansion of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.photo

Governor Jester died in office of an apparent heart attack on July 11, 1949. In 1968, Jester Center on the UT campus was named in his honor.

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Left to right: Worthy Grand Master Hugh Roberts,
Tau Trustee award presenter Joe Bailey '74, Janet Dundas,
Joe Bailey, Jr. '03, Joann Jester Berry,
and Kappa Sigma Executive Director Mic Wilson

 

Tau Chapter Honors Rob Lippincott '67

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Tau Chapter Grand Master Hayden Witte '10
and Rob Lippincott '67

This year's Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Award was presented to Rob Lippincott in appreciation for his outstanding contributions to the Chapter. This annual award is given by the Tau actives to an alumnus who has provided exceptional support and inspiration throughout the year.

"Rob's level of dedication, loyalty and generosity to his Kappa Sig brothers is truly amazing," said Grand Master Hayden Witte. "He's played a huge role in our Chapter's success and we're very grateful to him for all that he does."

Lippincott and his wife, Cathy, created the renowned Guero's Taco Bar on South Congress, a favorite venue for Kappa Sigs, as well as celebrities and former world leaders when visiting Austin. He was also instrumental in launching the revitalization of South Congress Avenue, now known as SoCo, one of Austin's most successful retail and restaurant districts.

Rob and Cathy have two daughters, Bette and Lyle, both who have recently moved back to Austin after living in Chicago.

photoAbout Frank C. Erwin, Jr: 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 both in 1965 and 1980.

 

 

Hayden Witte '10 Chosen for 2013 Philip Moore Award

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TKSEF President Rick Warren '78
and Hayden Witte '10,
2013 recipient of the Philip Moore Award.

Always ready with a smile and a kind word, Hayden Witte is known for his calm demeanor and his willingness to step up and handle tough situations with grace and maturity. He's widely regarded by alumni leaders as one of the most respected and effective chapter presidents in recent Tau history. For these reasons and more, he is the 2013 recipient of the Philip Moore Award.

In addition to serving as Grand Master, Hayden is also Inter fraternity Council Executive Director. A native of Denton, he is majoring in sport management and economics.


photoPhilip Moore is remembered for his outstanding leadership, service and loyalty to his Tau brothers. He died tragically in a car accident at 29 years of age. The Philip Moore award is given annually by the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation to a KS senior who demonstrates many of the attributes for which Philip Moore is remembered.

 

Matt Stubbs '11 Selected for 2013 Gabe Higgins Award

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Matt Stubbs '11, 2013 recipient of the
Gabe Higgins Award, and TKSEF Director
Reggie Tuck '69.

A natural leader and hard worker with a positive spirit and warm personality, Matt Stubbs, this year's Gabe Higgins Award honoree, radiates enthusiasm for all things Kappa Sig. Matt serves as Grand Master of Ceremonies and led the very successful "Diamonds in the Rush" 2013 fundraising campaign this summer. He is a music major and a Houston native.


photoGabe 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.

Bryce Healey '09 Chosen for Michael O'Connor Award

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Bryce Healey '09 and Grand Master Hayden Witte '10.

Bryce Healey is the 2013 recipient of the Michael O'Connor Award, an award that honors the graduating senior who best exemplifies the spirit of Kappa Sigma brotherhood during his years as a Tau Chapter active. Healey, a finance major, graduated in 2013 and served as Tau Chapter Grand Master his senior year.

 

Even More Reasons to Celebrate Being a Tau Chapter Kappa Sig!

badgeThe Tau Chapter garnered an overall GPA of 3.279 in 2012, earning a second place ranking by the Interfraternity Council among 23 fraternities on the UT campus.

Tau Pledges earned the Number One Interfraternity Council ranking among New Members, with a GPA of 3.285.

The Tau Alumni Chapter was awarded Kappa Sigma Fraternity's "Alumni Chapter of the Year" at the 69th Biennial Grand Conclave in Las Vegas, Nevada held July 24 - 28. This is the second year in a row that our Alumni have been chosen for this esteemed national honor.

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Grand Conclave 2013: Kappa Sigma Fraternity's Supreme Executive Committee presents "Alumni Chapter of the Year" award to Tau Chapter. Left to right: WGP Derek Marchman, WGM Hugh Robert, Tau Chapter GM Hayden Witte '10, TKSEF Chairman Jim Pritchett '71, past WGM Christian Nasimento, Tau Chapter active Travis Tuck '10, WGT Adam Apatoff, and Endowment Fund Trustee Greg Hunt.

The Tau Chapter made Kappa Sigma Fraternity's "Top Ten Chapters in Recruitment" for the third year in a row.

The Tau Chapter -- 217 members strong -- is now the second largest chapter in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the largest college fraternity in the world.

Kappa Sigma -- the first southern fraternity to extend a chapter north of the Mason Dixon line -- has more than 17,500 members on 314 campuses throughout the United States and Canada.

Five Tau Chapter Alums have earned the national honor of Kappa Sigma Fraternity Man of the Year:

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Cyrus R. Smith 1937
Beauford H. Jester 1947
Denton A. Cooley, MD 1964
Richard E. Rainwater 1996
Bill Wittliff 2012

The original Tau Chapter house, then located on West 19th Street, was the first fraternity house to be built west of the Mississippi River.

The Star and Crescent, Kappa Sigma's ideals, are centered on four pillars: Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service.

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Kappa Sigmas are taught to live their lives by the Star and Crescent, which are the symbols of the Fraternity that make up the official badge: "The Star and Crescent shall not be worn by every man, but only by him who is worthy to wear it. He must be a gentleman... a man of honor and courage... a man of zeal, yet humble... an intelligent man... a man of truth... one who tempers action with wisdom and, above all else, one who walks in the light of God."

Click here to read more about the Kappa Sigma legacy:
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Nash Horne '10 Appointed to UT System
Board of Regents

photoTau Chapter active Nash Horne has been appointed by Governor Perry to serve as student regent on the UT System Board of Regents. Nash, a political communications major who previously served as the external financial director for UT Austin's Student Government, was sworn into office on June 1 at the Secretary of State's Office.

"I'm cast with a huge responsibility of bringing a student voice to the Board of Regents over the next year and I am excited to hear from all the institutions within the system about what the student issues are," said Nash.

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Dan Burck '51 and
Hagen McMahon '66
with newly sworn-in
student regent Nash Horne.

"As student regent, Nash has the tremendous responsibility of representing around 215,000 students from 15 campuses in The University of Texas System. Having knowledge of his many achievements in recent years, I have no doubt that he will bring fresh ideas and significant contributions to the board during his tenure. We are very proud of Nash."

Dan Burck '51
Former Chancellor of
The University of Texas System

photo"Student regents serve a valuable function on the board, offering insights that only current students could have," wrote UT President Bill Powers in his monthly blog Tower Talk. "I'm proud of Nash and look forward to watching his service on the board."

Nash was sworn in by family friend, Jim Schwertner, with his parents, Ed and Elizabeth, at his side.

Nash's term as student regent is for one year. The Texas Legislature created a student regent position in 2005 to provide a student voice for each university's governing board.

 

Tau Chapter & Pledge Class Earn Top Rankings for Academic Achievement

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Top ranked KΣ 2012 Pledge Class
Photo by: Stan Martin

Dear Alumni, Parents & Actives,

It's with great pleasure that I congratulate our Tau Chapter on their outstanding academic performance. The Fall 2012 Interfraternity Council Grade Reports -- released by the Office of the Dean of Students -- rank the Tau Chapter second out of 23 Fraternities on the U.T. campus, with a GPA of 3.279. In the same report, Tau New Members garnered the Number One ranking, with a GPA of 3.285.

This impressive academic showing illustrates the quality of young men the Tau Chapter is attracting and is evidence of a Chapter culture that values initiative, hard work and persistence in working toward one's goals.

On behalf of the entire Tau alumni, I commend our Chapter on a job well done.

A.E.K.D.B
Jim Pritchett
Board Chairman
Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation

 

Screenwriter, Filmmaker & Publisher Bill Wittliff '59
Honored as Kappa Sigma National Man of the Year

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More than 240 Kappa Sigs and family members gathered on January 12 to pay tribute to Bill Wittliff as National Kappa Sigma Man of the Year for 2012 -- the highest honor awarded by Kappa Sigma's National Fraternity. The celebration and award ceremony were held at the Tau Chapter's Kappa Sigma Lodge.

As a screenwriter and producer, Wittliff's credits include The Perfect Storm, The Black Stallion, Legends of the Fall and Lonesome Dove, among others. Cofounder, with his wife, Sally, of the highly regarded Encino Press, Bill Wittliff is a past president and Fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters, a recipient of the Texas Book Festival Bookend Award and the Texas Medal of Arts. He is also a member of the historic Texas Philosophical Society and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Wittliff is a distinguished photographer and writer whose photographs have been exhibited in the United States and abroad and are the subject of three books.

Worthy Grand Master Christian Nascimento, Kappa-Eta, Widener '93, presented the award to Brother Wittliff. Executive Director Mic Wilson, Beta-Nu, Kentucky '78, opened the ceremony with introductions and Worthy Grand Master of Ceremonies Derek L. Marchman, Lambda-Xi, Georgia College '85, provided the invocation.

Wittliff is the fifth initiate of UT's Tau Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity to receive the National Man of the Year award. Past recipients include former American Airlines CEO Cyrus Smith, Texas Governor (1947-49) Beauford H. Jester, renowned heart surgeon Denton Cooley, M.D. and financier Richard Rainwater.

The Austin Mayor's Office issued a proclamation marking January 12 as Bill Wittliff Day. Wittliff is a 1959 initiate of the Tau Chapter at the University of Texas and lives in Austin.