Georgetown, TX – The Active Chapter has announced that Alumni Weekend will be held over the final weekend in March, the 30th and 31st. The schedule for meetings, softball, and other weekend activities will be announced soon. Save the date!
Brother Larry Rydell, a lifelong resident of Williamson County, died today at the age of 75.Â Larry was a 1960 graduate of Southwestern.
Visitation will be Friday, February 10th from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor.Â Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 11th at 3:00 P.M. at Hutto Lutheran Church in Hutto.
Editor’s Note: thanks to Brother David Wilson for sharing the news of Brother Rydell’s passing.
Greetings Iota Brothers,
We are Douglas Thayer and Stephen Brown, Iota Fall ’10 pledge class, and we’d like to help you with your next technical project. We’re both artistically as well as very technically inclined: Stephen is a third year computer science major with a background in software development and web-design, and Douglas (a senior) is a top-notch graphic designer with experience in a range of print and digital media. Our experience working together closely through the chapter means we can accomplish your project to your specific needs within a reasonable timeframe.
We have a particular reason for appealing to the brothers of Iota for your business – both of us are at Southwestern on a combination of loans and scholarship and are having trouble paying our chapter dues. The proceeds from our work would given entirely to the chapter treasurer in order to pay our dues in full and allow us to remain active members of the chapter. We’re open to any kind of project, but here’s a list of some of the things we do well:
-Web design (personal or business oriented)
-Graphic design and corporate Logos
-IT work and computer repair
-Custom computer construction
-Mobile and tablet application development
-Home and business network setup
This list is by no means comprehensive! Our primary goal is to, by any way possible, pay our dues to the chapter and be in good standing. Please contact us if you have any project (technical or not) in mind and we can work it out – we’d be glad to do some landscaping too! We have a portfolio available upon request if you are interested.
We look forward to meeting all of you that we haven’t yet at the 125th next month!
4109197945 or browns at southwestern.edu
8057045575 or thayerd at southwestern.edu
We learned this week of the recent passing of Brother Roger Davidson.
Roger was well known and loved by brothers of every generation.
Brother Alan Haworth reflected, “I remember, Roger came down in the summer of â€™07 and helped us paint the house.Â I think he was 83 at the time. Flew down from Colorado to be there, helping rebuild the house.Â He was also John Towerâ€™s roommate and best friend. He was at the Tower tree dedication in the early â€˜90s when the Tower library was dedicated.Â Roger was a great man, a faithful brother, and steadfast in his dedication to Kappa Sigma. He will be missed but never forgotten!”
You can read Roger’s obituaryÂ from The DailyÂ SentinelÂ of Grand Junction,Â ColoradoÂ here:Â http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gjsentinel/obituary.aspx?n=roger-edward-davidson&pid=154010417
Please feel welcome to add your good words to in the comments to this post.
I hope this letter finds you well on this October 12, 2011, the 125th birthday of The Iota Chapter of Kappa Sigma. We have a grand celebration planned for the weekend of November 4-6.
We are getting concerns and complaints that Iotaâ€™s Celebration is too expensive.
We are adding two categories to the registration to make it more affordable. There is no memorabilia included in either one. The alumni â€œBasicâ€ is $85. The guest â€œBasicâ€ is $75.
The new registration form has these additions. If you have already registered and have sent in your package and would like to change, let us know and we can do that.
Memorabilia will be for sale at the event on a first come first serve basis.
Our celebration is 3 weeks away. Southwestern will order food for the banquet depending on the numbers we give them. We will order our refreshments on the same numbers so help us out and donâ€™t delay.
I hope this letter will help clarify any doubts and lead to a successful gathering of the brothers and their friends on November 4-6. Events like these come once every 25 years so call your worthless pledge brothers and make sure they will be there. Iota Chapter has a totally remodeled house just waiting for a celebration! Letâ€™s give it one that will be remembered for years to come!
Happy Birthday Iota!
We are going to hold the bi-annual EC retreat at 11 a.m. on 8/13 at the newly renovated house. Please let me know if you can attendÂ via email or add a comment to this post. I’ve talked with the actives, and we should have nearly everyone.
We’ll have quite a few things to discuss. A rough agenda appears below. Let me know if you have any thing to add or remove.
– Updates on renovations
– New House policies/rental agreement
– Dates and Info
Please forward on to other alumni that would be interested in attending.
Photo credits:Â Kate Steinbach
From Brother Joe Abel:
This is a call to all the brothers of Iota to pony up for the remodel of our old House.
We are going to redo the Head, Kitchen, replace the Main Doors south and North, repair all the other exterior doors, replace some of the room doors upstairs, do some electrical work etc. We will have to rent a rolloff dumpster for the tear out on May 21st and have it there for the remainder of the job. We are going to have to bubble wrap the composites and store them in a climate controlled storage until we are done. Plus we will have to have a painting weekend sometime this summer to put the finishing touches on the house. We have a good contractor for the job and Norwood and I will supervise the activity, so we should not have any thing get past us.
We estimate the cost to be $ 75,000.00. This should cover the whole job. Believe it or not there is actually some stuff that has held up since the work in 2007. I have thrown is $2500 to get us started, so everybody who can afford to give something please do so.
Alan Haworth is the EC member responsible for fundraising for the House Corporation.
Iota Alumni News interviewed Brother Erik Harpst by email:
What’s the tear down all about?
“We will completely remodel the kitchen and upstairs bathroom among other things. We need all the hands that we can possibly get. All composites and historical items will be removed from the house and put in climate controlled storage. This will be the first of many work weekends until August. We have a contractor to handle the big stuff.”
When will it begin?
“We will begin tear out on Saturday May 21.”
Why are we doing it?
“Our old house is a half of a century old. It needs to be in the shape worthy of a chapter that is one of the oldest in the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and ready for a couple hundred brothers and their friends to attend a historical celebration.”
Who’s in charge?
“Joe Abel is the Committee Chair of remodeling and will supervise the effort.”
Where should we stay?
“Suggested hotels in Georgetown are Country Inn and Suites and Comfort Suites.”
UPDATE 4/15: Weekend Schedule
Friday Night: House is open for alumni & guests. No formal activities.
10:00 AM: Welcome – enjoy coffee & donuts at the House
11:00 AM: Alumni / Active Meeting, planning for Iota’s 125th, house improvements, state of the chapter, report from the alumni association
Noon: Lunch – please plan on making a contribution for lunch, suggested at $15.
2:00 PM: Softball (see link below)
8:00 PM: House open for alumni and guests.
The Alumni Weekend XXXVIII (38 for those who donâ€™t read Roman) is this weekend. April 15-17, 2011. We will start the ball rolling for the 125 Year Anniversary (November 4-6) and have tons of fun. Saturday as usual is the big day, great for the family, withÂ with BBQ, softball, and sunshine.
See you at the House!
See who’s coming on the Facebook event page for Alumni Weekend.
Softball Field: Southwest Williamson County Regional Park (Address:Â 3005 County Road 175, Leander, TX, 78641)
We have the privilege and honor to officially announce the 125th Anniversary Celebration for the Iota Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. The celebration will take place during the weekend of November 4-6, 2011 on the campus of Southwestern University in conjunction with the SU Homecoming festivities.
We have a full schedule of events planned, from casual to black-tie formal, from social to uniquely fraternal. Here’s a preview:
- Friday, November 4: Registration and Poker Tournament Fundraiser
- Saturday, November 5: SU BBQ lunch, Reception and Tower Tree Dedication, Awards & Memorabilia Receptions, Iota 125th Banquet, House Party
- Sunday, November 6: Model Initiation, Farewell Lunch, Time Capsule, Group Photo
As Fall approaches, look for emails from us with more details, additional activities, and calls for action. For now, we encourage you to do the following:
- SAVE THE DATE: Mark it on your calendar and tell your wife/significant other. An event like this only happens every 125 years.
- CONTACT YOUR PLEDGE BROTHERS: Itâ€™s great to catch up with other bros and to see how the house looks, but nothing beats sharing warrior tales with the guys who helped get you through it.
- RESERVE A ROOM: Reserve your room now and encourage other bros to do the same. Take over a wing of a hotel and plan to have housekeeping earn their pay when you pull away on Sunday.
- CONTACT US: One thing that will really help us to know who knows about this is if we hear from you. Let us know you got this email, that you know the date, and let us know the best way to reach you.
- UPDATE YOUR INFO: Make sure you donâ€™t miss any important information by updating your contact info: https://iotachapter.org/alumni/
- ATTEND THE ALUMNI WEEKEND KICKOFF: The Alumni Weekend XXXVIII (38 for those who donâ€™t read Roman) is April 15-17, 2011. We will start the ball (barrel?) rolling with BBQ, softball, and social refreshments.
If you have questions or need assistance in making plans, or if you would like to assist, please contact Erik Harpst or Scott Hanson. We look forward to hearing from you soon and to seeing you in November (if not before).
Erik Harpst & Scott Hanson
P.S. As a reminder, we strongly encourage you to make hotel reservations now. If you havenâ€™t been back in a while, SU Homecoming draws a large crowd, so rooms are already going fast. Here are some hotel picks we’ve had good experiences with in recent years:
* Comfort Suites â€“ Ask for the SU Homecoming Discount â€“ 512.863.7544
* Country Inn & Suites â€“ Less expensive (and nice) than Comfort â€“ 512.868.8555
* Holiday Inn Express â€“ New property, not as conveniently located â€“ 512.591.7890
* This site claims to have 10 other Gâ€™Town Options: www.tripadvisor.com
Now save the save date.
We hope to see you at the House!
The annual meeting of the Iota Alumni Association will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Kappa Sigma House. We encourage all active and alumni brothers to attend.
Saturday,Â NovemberÂ 6th:
- 10 a.m.: Coffee & Donuts
- 11 a.m.: Homecoming Parade
- 11:30 -1:00: Lunch on the Mall (tix from SU)
- 3:00 p.m.: Active/Alumni Chapter Meeting
- 4:00 p.m.: Open House, The Sig House is 50 years old this year!
- 7:00 p.m.: Dinner at the House
- 10:00 p.m.: Homecoming Party for Alumni
Sunday, November 7th:
- 10:00 a.m.: Coffee & Donuts, before you head from home
Also, the actives have published a Fall Newsletter on the status active chapter: [Fall 2010 Iota Chapter Newsletter]
Join friends and fraternity brothersÂ for a final festive good-bye to our dear friendÂ Bruce W. Barrick.
This event will be:
Saturday October 23,2010
4:00 PM â€“ we run out of stories
ARTZ RIB HOUSE
2330 South Lamar
(close to Hwy. 71)
Information: Erik Harpst
ï»¿ï»¿We are trying to get a head count .Â Please email, text, or call ASAP. Forward this to anyone who might be interested. Erik’s cell:281-433-3198
We received word over the weekend from Brother Roger Davidson about the passing of Brother Frazer.
From Brother Davidson: “He was in school at the same time I was. He was on the football team, a good Kappa Sigma….attended homecoming in 2008.”
Our condolences go out to all of the family and friends of Brother Frazer on behalf of his Iota Brothers.
We’ll update this post with any links we can find on Brother Frazer and his obituary.
In an effort to cut costs for the Alumni Association of Iota, we are sending your invoice for the 2010 Alumni dues electronically. In the past three years since I took over fundraising for the chapter, I have gotten the actual mailing with stamps down to 100 brothers from 500.
If you have not already received an email or other notification, please print the attachment below.
Please open the attached document, print a copy, and put a check in the mail. Or, use the Donate link to the right. Dues are $100 per alumni. As I have said in the past, if everyone pays their fair share, then we donâ€™t need to ask for extra.
That being said, as weâ€™re starting the final push for the 125th anniversary, any extra will go toward that celebration.
If you are a recent grad or still in graduate school and need a payment schedule, please reach out to me via email. Our recurring payment system is down until further notice.
9135 Drumcliffe Ln
Dallas TX 75231
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Alan Haworth was selected in the Investments section of the 2010 Five Star Wealth Managers. The link below provides the re-print of the Texas Monthly article, highlighting the 2010 Five Star Wealth Managers for Dallas, Texas. This is on the newsstands now.
UPDDTE III, 7/20 – below
UPDATE II, 7/16 – below
UPDATE I, 7/15 – below
The Iota Alumni Association is saddened to report on the death of Bruce Barrick.
Available accounts report that he was found in his home in Austin today and appears to have died of natural causes.
We will keep this post updated as information on services becomes available.
I encourage everyone from our community of friends and brothers to add comments to this post. Share your memories as we all prepare to say a final goodbye to our Brother Bruce.
Here is the updated information on Bruce Barrick’s funeral:
Visitation:Â Wednesday, July 21, 2010Â Â 5:00-7:00 pm
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home
2620 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704
Funeral:Â Â Â Â Thursday, July 22nd, 2010Â Â 10:00 am
University United Methodist Church
2409 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78705
Visitation:Â Â Friday July 23, 2010Â Â Â Â 4:00-6:00 pm
George H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home
1010 Bering Drive
Houston, Texas 77057
Funeral:Â Â Â Â Â Saturday, July 24, 2010Â Â 10:00 am
Glenwood Cemetery (Grave site service only)
2525 Washington Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77007
UPDATE II – via Erik Harpst
Bruce’s service will now be at University Methodist Church, Brother Chuck Merrill’s church. In case you are unaware, Brother Merrill was a longtime pastor at this church and a huge supporter of Iota and all it stands for. Chuck passed away a few years ago, and after his death, Bruce began an SU scholarship fund in Chuck’s name.
Austin: Thursday July 22ndÂ 10:00 amÂ University Methodist Church on Guadalupe
Houston: Saturday July 24thÂ Â 10:00 amÂ George H. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home
The only possible change with the Houston date would be a time change from 10:00
to 9:00 am.We should have final updates by Monday.
I will be sending important info and updates to the official Iota web site at iotachapter.org . Check it out, there are great photos of Bruce and posts from brothers. Feel free to leave your own thoughts or memories of Bruce.
Brothers and friends,
There are two Barrick services TENTATIVELY planned. Bruce will attend both of them.
Austin: Thursday, July 22, 2010. 10:00 am, Â University Christian Church, at UT (see UPDATED II above)
Houston:Â Saturday, July 24, 2010. 10:00 am, George H. Lewis & Sons funeral home
Bruce requested a wake. Bruce’s 60th birthday bash was at a beer hall in Austin. Maybe a similar bash would be appropriate. When it gets cooler. Like September. Seriously.
We are looking for pictures of Bruce for photo boards to be displayed at the funerals. If you have some, please email them to this address ASAP.
Bruce deserves to honored in the same way that he insisted his deceased brothers were honored. He will get that, and more.
When details are confirmed it will be passed on.
UPDATE: 4/9 5:34pm Central See link below for directions to softball field.
When you arrive at the house, please register at the registration table where we will take your name, contact information, and $10 weekend contribution.
Friday April 9th
– Registration table opens on front porch @ 8:00 pm
– Friday evening there will be a casual gathering at the house.Â Come on by!
Saturday April 10th
– Registration table opens on front porch @ 9:00 am
– Active/Alumni chapter meeting @ 11:00 am
– Lunch @ noon
– Softball from 3:00-6:00 pm * (field: Leader-Cedar Park Youth League Park)
– Return to the house for Saturday evening fun
* Maps will be provided on Saturday to the field.
See who’s coming from Facebook.