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Volume 6, Issue 10
    September 2016
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Residence Hall Update
Alumni News
Denton Cooley Tau Classic
Chapter News
2016 Pledge Class
Parents News
Fall Parents' Weekend
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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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Thank You for Supporting Rush!
Our deepest gratitude to our Rush 2016 Sponsors:

Joe Bailey 
Denton Cooley Tau Classic 
Danny Grant 
Rob Lippincott,  Guero's Taco Bar 
Richard Lucas 
Hayner Rude
John Sarvadi 
Loren Singletary 
Tau Open Golf
Tito Beveridge,
Tito's Vodka 
Rick Warren   
Roy Markum  
Paul Moreton 
J oe Bob Shirley
Reggie Tuck

Patrick Appel 
Grant L. Amburn 
Jim Bettis 
Linda Brown
Chad Blackwell
Tom Cravens 
Gordon Earhart 
Bill Finnegan 
Bill Jackson  
Sterling Jones 
Dick Kilday 
Chris Larue 
Willie Madden 
Jim Matthews 
Kip Sowden  
Charles Stoddard 
Sage Walker  

Drew Brown
Barrett Bruce
Michael Donaldson 
Kevin Grace 
Steven Grubbs
Sandra Langford
Chris Loper
Gerald Mangum
Preston Munster
Neil Rambin 
Joe Russo
Mike Sharpe
Stuart Stedman 
Michael Sweeney 
George Thompson 
Loyd Wright  
Thank you again for your generous contributions.   
We look forward to seeing you 
this fall.


Ben Sarvadi '14
Grand Master of Ceremonies 
Cell:  (713) 553-5000

Conner Rambin '14
Grand Master of Ceremonies 
Cell:  (214) 534-4566
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Dear Tau Alumni, Parents, Actives, and Pledges:  

I'm delighted to report that construction on the new Residence Hall is on schedule. The elevation and roof are complete and plumbing is fully installed.  Electrical installation is 90 percent complete and has been green-tagged by the City of Austin as fully compliant with city code.

HVAC individual units have been installed in the second and third floors and we are awaiting city revisions on the first floor, with installation scheduled for completion by the end of September. Insulation and dry wall are 90 percent complete and sheet rock to enclose the insulation will be installed in a matter of days.  

The exterior walls -- about 75 percent finished -- are a smooth finish stucco surface and will have a customized swirl appearance in a color that complements the stonework of the Lodge.  

The front and back entryways of the first floor will be outlined in stone, with engraved Kappa Sigma and Tau letters displayed above the transoms.  

All concrete is complete, including ramp sidewalks and parking lot entrances.  Parking will be available on the east and west sides of the building in addition to the garage, for a total of 56 spaces.  

Landscaping will begin in a couple of weeks and interior final touches will be made in October.  Guided tours will be offered on November 12 during Parents' Weekend and Tau Trustee Reunion.  

As we approach the dedication of the new Residence Hall -- also scheduled for November 12  -- I encourage you to make a generous contribution 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, Capital Campaign Chairman          (713) 830-4515    
Willie Madden '84, Capital Campaign Co-Director     (713) 303-6446
Jim Pritchett '71, T.K.S.E.F. Chairman                        (713) 515-0719
Tim Herman '63, T.K.S.E.F. Secretary                        (512) 474-7300
Brian Miller '79, T.K.S.E.F Treasurer                          (432) 230-2990
Reggie Tuck '69, T.K.S.E.F Vice-President                (830) 739-2194

Thank you for helping sustain this great legacy that has served us all so well.  


Mike Sharpe '79
T.K.S.E.F. President
(817) 422-1108

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Kappa Sigma Parents' Weekend
      & Tau Trustee Reunion 2016
        November 11 & 12
          More information below

Alumni News

Duer Wagner Jr. '48 Named 2016
Tau Man of the Year

Duer Wagner Jr., president and owner of Duer Wagner Jr. Interests, a successful oil and gas company based in Fort Worth, will be honored as Kappa Sigma Tau Man of the Year for 2016. 

Chosen by Texas Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation for his exceptional contributions to the Tau Chapter, he will be awarded the Chapter's highest honor on November 12 during Parents' Weekend and Tau Trustee Reunion.  

Mr. Wagner pledged Kappa Sigma at UT Austin in 1947 and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1950.  He established his oil and gas company in 1956 and is still involved in all facets of exploration, development, and production, and approves all major workover operations.  

A longtime resident of Fort Worth, he also owns a ranch in Cresson, Texas, where he oversees all cattle operations.

Kappa Sig Golfers Kick Off Summer with Denton Cooley Tau Classic

Denton Cooley, MD '38 with players and guests at the
2017 Denton Cooley Tau Classic held on June 7.

More than 70 Kappa Sigs and friends gathered on June 7 for the 9th Annual Denton Cooley Tau Classic golf tournament and luncheon, held at Houston's historic Memorial Park Golf Course.  

Despite weeks of rain, the course was in great shape -- thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Memorial Park staff and grounds crew.

Dr. Cooley opened his namesake event with some light-hearted comments, jokes, and inspiring words.  Although he no longer plays in the tournament, he was the star attraction, and his presence was enjoyed by all.

The format was a four-man scramble with gross and net winners. Low Gross winning team players were:  Brax McCarthy '10, Robert Glauser '72, Bob Kelsey '72, and Jim Pritchett '71.  Low Net winners were Howard Lederer '72, Johnny Bailey '77, and two really good guest golfers: Chad Spencer and Brent Marshall.

Sponsorships make this event possible and are much appreciated -- and you get special signage.
Individual prizes for long drives and closest to the hole were awarded to Brax McCarthy '10, Steve Adger '69, Chad Spencer, Trey Burke '95, Web Beard '12, and Tom Lockwood '81.  

Tournament coordinators Jim Pritchett '71, Chuck Berson '67, and Willie Madden '84 wish to thank everyone who participated, with special gratitude to those who paid $500 sponsorship fees to underwrite the event. This year's sponsors include: John Kimball '69, Tito's Vodka, Oil & Gas Journal, The Warren Wildlife Gallery, Reggie Tuck '69, George Cox '70, Danny Grant '79, and -- in memory of Hal Finnegan '77 & Bubba Russell '75 -- Kevin Grace '75, Richard Hightower '75, Richard Lucas '75, and Loyd Wright '75.  

Next year's Cooley Tau Classic is slated for Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Chapter News

Tau Chapter Welcomes 2016 Pledge Class

Dear Tau Alumni and Parents:

On behalf of the Tau Chapter, I'm proud to welcome 46 new pledges to Kappa Sigma. This year's GMCs, Ben Sarvadi' 14 and Conner Rambin '14, did an excellent job of raising funds for rush and Darya Molavi '14, John Urmin '14, and Edward Toohey '14, our 2016 rush captains, organized several great social events to ensure a successful rush season.  As a result, we have an outstanding pledge class of young men who have shown the qualities and type of character we look for to help us build on our success as one of the finest fraternities at the University of Texas.  

I would also like to express our gratitude to the alumni and parents who have given us this wonderful opportunity to be a part of the UT Kappa Sigma legacy.  The new Residence Hall is just one of the reasons we are proud to call ourselves Kappa Sigs.  

I look forward to seeing you at Parents' Weekend and Tau Trustee Reunion in November.  Hook 'em horns!


Michael Swayne '13
Grand Master
Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter

Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter Pledge Class 2016

Patrick Betts, 
Nico Bianchi,
Ben Broughton,
Andrew Brown,
Jack Callaghan,
Morgan Carpenter,
Brenton Chandler,
Brandon Chi,
Soren Cobb,
Grayson Coker,
Will Connell,
Nicky Cumberland,
Aidan deLaunay,
Hayes Drewett,
Austin Fendley,
Brandon Ford,
Austin Frerichs,
Ben Heger,
David Jessey,
Chase Keller,
Mark Kilday,
Tyler Kirkland,
Pierce Kotarski,
London, England
Wilmington, DE
Lincoln, RI
Sugar Land
Flower Mound
Ben Kroencke,
Zach Landers,
Ben Levy,
John Limbaugh,
Matthew Minto-Sparks,
Will Moyer,
Austin Orgeron,
Josh Papermaster,
Evan Peters,
Stephen Price,
Mario Quintanilla,
Reed Rominger,
Luke Rowley,
Nico Salazar,
George Sarvadi,
Jordan Schirle,
Dallas Shook,
Cooper St. Clair,
Ben St. Martin,
Daniel Vasquez,
Jed Vick,
Jack Walsh,
William Wilson,
New Branfels
Menlo Park, CA
Miami, FL
Atlanta, GA
Barcelona, Spain

Parents News

Fall Parents' Weekend and Tau Trustee Reunion to be Held November 11 and 12

Fall Parents' Weekend and Tau Trustee Reunion is slated for November 11 and 12.  We hope you will be able to attend and encourage you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.

November 11:  Parents Association will host an evening social for Tau Chapter parents and sons on Friday evening at the Lodge.  (Time to be announced.)   

November 12 activities include:   
● Lunch or dinner (depending on kick-off time) for Kappa Sig parents, alumni,   
   actives, and pledges
● Tau Man of the Year Presentation
● Chapter Awards Presentations
● Dedication of new Residence Hall
● Tau Alumni Reunion

UT vs. West Virginia

Kick-off time TBA

If you are a Kappa Sig parent and would like to volunteer some time during Parents' Weekend, please contact us through one of our email addresses below.  

Look for more details and registration information coming soon.   


Suzanne Grant

Marquett Brewster