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Volume 6, Issue 9
    June 2016
In This Issue
Graduating Class of 2016
Residence Hall Update
2016 Tau Open Winners
Graduation Banquet Honors Kappa Sigma Seniors
Spring Parents' Weekends
Tau Legacy 2015 Campaign Committee
Campaign Chairman
Danny Grant '79

TKSEF Board of Directors
Jim Pritchett '71 
Mike Sharpe '79 
Reggie Tuck '69 
Brian Miller '79 
Tim Herman '63

Steering Committee
Rob Lippincott '67
Loren Singletary '67
Joe Bailey '73
Rick Warren '78
John Sarvadi '85
Campaign Team
Joe Russo '52
Johnny Cochran '61
Mike Rose '67
Roy Markum '69
Mike Doherty '72
John Kincade '79
Drew Kanaly '80
Joel Fontenot '81
Bill Stubbs '81
Johnny Byrd '83
Bryan Plater '84
William Boyce '85
Bill Jackson '86
Wyeth Wiedeman '86
Bobby McGehee '89
Vinny Pilegge '93
Avery Alcorn '06
Hayner Rude '06
Design & Construction Team
Dan Burck '51 (in memoriam): alumnus and former Independent Chairman of the Board of American Campus Communities
Bob Ellis: father of Robert Ellis ΄15, owner/operator of Southwest Corporation Construction Services
Tim Herman '63: alumnus, T.K.S.E.F. board director and law partner with Howry, Breen & Herman LLP 
Hagen McMahon '66: alumnus, business consultant, advisor to the T.K.S.E.F. Board and Chairman of the Building Committee

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Congratulations to the Kappa Sigma Texas Tau Graduating Class of 2016!

Web Beard '12 
Cliff Beasley '12
Alex Bennitt '12 
Barrett Black '12
Travis Bryan '13
James Chilcoat '12
Michael Cisarik '12
Matt Colwill '12
Jason Dimitriou '12 
Ryan Doyle '12
Wes Draper '12
Brad Eral '12
Zach Fugina '13
Joseph Galati '12
Eric Glenn '13
Zac Grogean '12
Tyler Hope '12
Tanner Horn '12
Nick Howard '12
Travis Lipscomb '12
Luke Little '12
Alan Loudermilk '12
Daniel Martens '12
John Masters '12
Hayden McMurrey '12
Claiborne Myers '12
Blake Naivar '12
Will Parsley '12
Ben Patterson '12
Austin Rampy '12
Jackson Simons '12
Josh Smith '13
Cameron Spence '12
Alexander Stewart '12
Chance Summers '12
Edward Taussig '12
Nathan Templeton '12
Will Tosch '12
Timur Tura '12
John Van Anglen '12  
Jake Wheeler '12
Tyler Zorn '12

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Dear Tau Alumni, Parents, and Actives:

Construction on the new Residence Hall remains ahead of schedule. Framing began on the third level (second floor) on June 1 and, as you can see from the photos and the webcam, it's an impressive structure.  

The sloping contour of the property allows for partial subsurface garage parking (10,000 square feet) on the the first level, which will also house laundry and storage facilities.  

The second level, or first floor, will offer both public spaces and living quarters.  As you enter the front door, you'll step into a 14-foot-wide hallway that extends all the way to the back door. The west side of the first floor will be living quarters (six bedrooms) and the house manager's office.  

The east side of the first floor will open up through double doors to a 3,000-square-foot grand room, accessible to four rooms, three to be used as meeting and study rooms, and one to be used as a chapter office.  

The north side of the first floor  will open  on to a spacious deck that spans the entire width of the building, rising 14 feet above the basketball court.  

The second and third floors will each house 15 bedrooms, combining with the six bedrooms on the first floor for a total of 36 bedrooms.  

This is an exciting time to be a part of the Tau Chapter family.  We should all feel great pride in what we've accomplished together and in knowing that our new Residence Hall will help us sustain this exceptional brotherhood for many years to come.  

I encourage you to give generously to the Tau Legacy 2015 Capital Campaign. Please contact me or one of the other alumni listed below and make your pledge today.  

Danny Grant '79              (713) 830-4515
Willie Madden '84             (713) 303-6446
Mike Sharpe '79                (817) 422-1108
Jim Pritchett '71               (713) 515-0719 
Tim Herman '63                (512) 474-7300

Thank you for your support.  

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

Alumni News

Two Graduating Seniors and Dads Win 2016 Tau Open 

Steve Black and Barrett Black '12 accept the trophy for the team.
The beautiful rolling greens of Lakeway's Yaupon and Live Oak Golf Courses were the settings for the 31st Annual Tau Open Golf Tournament, held April 22 and 23, in conjunction with the Tau Chapter's Father & Son Weekend. Alums, actives, fathers and brothers participated, with a total of 21 teams playing in the tournament and 125 players and guests attending the Friday evening banquet. 

This year's winning team are newly graduated senior Barrett Black '12 and his father, Steve Black, and newly graduated senior Will Tosch '12 and his father, Paschall Tosch.  

Tau Open tournament coordinator Richard Lucas '75 wishes to thank this year's sponsors, players, and guests for supporting the Tau Chapter through their participation and hopes to see everyone again at next year's tournament. 

2016 Tau Open champions are Steve Black (father), Barrett Black '12 (active/senior),
Paschall Tosch (father), and Will Tosch '12 (active/senior).

2016 Tau Open Sponsors

Guero's Taco Bar
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Phillip & Wesley Osborn
Stacy & Saxson Standridge
Steve Adger '69
2015 Tau Open Champions: Joe Bailey '73, Tom McCarthy '73, 
Pat Doherty '73, and Richard Lucas '75  

Chapter News

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 

Tau Chapter graduating seniors, along with Ernie Taliaferro and Dennis Fenn (front row) at senior banquet.

Parents News

Kappa Sigma Spring Parents  Weekends 2016 

Mother & Son Weekend
Tau Chapter moms and sons enjoyed a beautiful spring weekend gathering in Austin on April 8 - 10, beginning with a sunset river cruise and fajita dinner aboard a Lake Austin Riverboat on Friday evening.  

On Saturday, Kappa Sig moms toured the Lady Bird Wildflower Center and later joined their sons at  the Easy Tiger on Sixth Street  for a happy hour celebration and tribute to the graduating Kappa Sig seniors.  

On Sunday morning, moms and sons capped off a fun weekend with a SoCo brunch at the South Congress Hotel.  

Kappa Sig moms Ann Bridgeman, Mary Parker, Parents' Association co-presidents Wendy Askew 
and Vickie Langner,  and Susan Gilmore.

Enjoying the river cruise are Miller Gill '13, Nathan Langhenry '13, Sam Langner  '13,  Cole Bridgeman  '13,
Paul Langford '13, Jake Askew  '13, and Gibby Gilmore  '13.

Father & Son Weekend
Tau Chapter dads and sons celebrated their annual weekend gathering on April 22 and 23. 

On Friday, Kappa Sig golfers played in the Tau Open Golf Tournament in Lakeway. Both golfers and non-golfers were invited to attend the Tau Open banquet on Friday evening. 

On Saturday, those not playing in the tournament enjoyed a morning of trap shooting at Capitol City Trap and Skeet, followed by lunch. On Saturday evening, Bob and Gretchen Ellis hosted a catered father/son dinner at their beautiful home in Austin. 

Parents' Association co-presidents Wendy Askew and Vickie Langner planned and coordinated both weekend events. They wish to thank everyone who participated, with special thanks to Bob and Gretchen Ellis.