Dear Kappa Sigma Pledge Parent: 

As Chairman of the Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation, aka the “Tau Trustees,” I congratulate and welcome you and your family to the Tau Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Texas. 

Your son’s pledge class is an exceptional array of 42 young men from across the U.S., with outstanding records of academic, athletic and leadership accomplishments. 

This past Saturday, several Tau alumni leaders met with the 2019 Tau Chapter pledge class. Our alumni are very proud of our fraternity and its membership. We work diligently to help our brothers have a successful and enriching college experience and provide post-graduate career guidance as well. 
Kappa Sigma has remained in the top tier of UT’s social fraternities since 1884, with an active alumni base of more than 1,500 members residing throughout Texas and beyond. Today’s Chapter has more than 125 members. 

The entrepreneurial spirit has guided the success and achievement of our members and endures as our legacy. Currently, Kappa Sigma maintains a collective GPA of 3.2, one of the highest among UT’s large fraternities. We also bring focus to leadership and involvement in student and service organizations such as Student and Fraternity Government, the Silver Spurs, and many other service, philanthropic and academic organizations within the University and Austin community. 
Kappa Sigma is one of UT’s oldest and most prestigious fraternities. Tau Chapter has produced an unprecedented number of distinguished alumni, seven of whom have been recognized as the International Kappa Sigma Man of the Year, more than from any other Kappa Sigma chapter: Cyrus R. Smith, Beauford Jester, Denton Cooley, Richard Rainwater, Bill Wittliff, Dan Burck and Tito Beveridge. 

Five legendary Tau alumni, Frank Erwin, Beauford Jester, Harry Ransom, Denton Cooley and Thomas U. Taylor, have had UT buildings named in their honor. Two Tau initiates, Harry Ransom and Dan Burck, have served as Chancellor of the UT System, and Frank Erwin as Chairman of the Board of Regents.

Tau alumni have excelled in every conceivable profession and endeavor, including serving in the offices of governor, senator, university chancellor, regent and jurist, and earning international recognition in the fields of medicine, the law, investment banking, the arts, and as chief executives in entertainment, oil and gas and software development. 

The Tau Trustees and National Fraternity strictly forbid hazing and have mandated numerous restrictions regarding alcohol and controlled substances. We have also implemented other risk-management policies to help the Chapter members navigate a safe fraternity life experience. 
The Tau Trustees are committed to providing the very best facilities on campus. The TKSEF, managed by a five-member alumni board, owns the Kappa Sigma campus in Austin and runs the Alumni Association. If you’ve not yet seen the property, we invite you to come take a tour. 

We welcome your feedback on fraternity-related matters and encourage your involvement in the Parents’ Association, which supports our Chapter with many enjoyable and meaningful events, such as our annual Parents’ Weekend, Moms’ Weekend, and father/son golf events. 
Please visit our website  for a variety of information about the Chapter and our Capital Campaign. Your email address has now been added to our database so that you will receive electronic news about upcoming fraternity activities. You can update your contact information any time through the website by clicking “ Update Profile .” 
Our annual Parents’ Weekend is scheduled for November 8 and 9. On Saturday, November 9, parents, sons, alumni and family members will gather to celebrate and honor Tom Chambers of Fort Worth as this year’s Tau Man of the Year. The November 9 schedule will be posted after kickoff time for the UT vs. Kansas State game is announced. I look forward to seeing you there. 
Best regards,
Bill Zwiener 
Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation