Iota Alumni Weekend 2019 Dedicated to Brother Gerald Sylvester

The Iota Alumni Association received word of the passing last week of Brother and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Gerald W. Sylvester, recently of Montgomery, Texas.

Brother Sylvester was initiated in 1957. He was the big brother of Jeff Allen. His son, Jim, also became a Kappa Sigma at Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State), initiated in the Spring of 1983.

Brother Sylvester was among a distinguished group of alumni who received Fifty Year pins during the Iota 125th Anniversary celebration in 2011.

In recognition of his lifeline dedication and support of the Iota Chapter, the Alumni Association will dedicate our gathering this year to Brother Gerald Sylvester.

Alumni Weekend 2019 is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 5th and 6th.

We received word from Gerald’s family that services will take place on April 6th. As we get further details, we’ll add them to this post.

SU Awards Iota Endowed Scholarships

The Iota Alumni Association is proud to announce that current active grand master, Dillon Betros, has been awarded both the Kappa Sigma Iota Endowed Scholarship and the Lori and Erik Harpst Endowed Scholarship.

Dillon is a Senior from Cameron Texas and majors in French.

The two endowed scholarships have enjoyed generous support from alumni and friends of the chapter. The Association sends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed to these funds since their inception.

The Kappa Sigma Iota Endowed Scholarship goes to deserving students with a financial need and helps cover tuition.

The Lori and Erik Harpst Endowed Scholarship goes to deserving students with a financial need and covers the cost of student housing — such as the rent paid to live in the fraternity house.

We invite you to make an end of year contribution to either or both of these funds through the Southwestern online portal.

To make a donation by mail, remit with specific instruction for either one to: Southwestern University, P.O. Box 770, Georgetown TX 78627-0770.

House Maintenance Weekend is August 11-12

This has truly become a summertime tradition. These gatherings are a big part of the Alumni Association’s continued stewardship of our beloved House. It’s an effort to start the school year off with our House in the best shape it can be. Erik, Pat, Russell, Blake, Norwood, Joe, Alan, so many others have made this an annual event. Thank you all!

How can you help?
Join the fun! Anytime during the day of August 11 and early on August 12.

What work can you help with?
Landscape maintenance, trimming of trees and bushes, floor molding following floor repair, interior paint

When again?
August 11 and 12

Anything else?
Yep, there’s always some fun events planned before and after the work.

Pat has the opportunity to host as many as 10 folks at the Round Rock Express game on Friday evening — with a Bob Schneider concert to follow. Just add a comment to this post or reach out to Pat if you’re interested.

If contributions of time and energy are not possible, consider a monetary donation of any amount. Just click on the Paypal link to the right.

It’s not ALL work…

There’s quite a group gathering (and a fun one too) for the upcoming workday at the House.

Come join for all or part of the day. Here’s the schedule for Saturday, August 5th:

– 7:00a.m. Breakfast at Monument Cafe
– 8:00a.m. Workday start
– 10:30a.m. Dedicate and bury time capsule from the 125th / group photo
– 1:00p.m. Lunch at House (sandwiches)
– 5:30p.m. Dinner at House (hamburgers)
– 6:00p.m. Wiffle ball game in the yard
– 7:00pm. Jam session

Note: a list of goals for the day and helpful tools to bring will follow this post soon.

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Got a used fridge to donate?

The House Corp and active chapter request any brothers or friends of the chapter who have a used fridge — preferably stainless steel or cream color and with no water dispenser or ice maker — and are willing to donate it to the House, to please let us know.

You can add a comment to this post, or via the Facebook group, or email me at jbgoodman@alumni.southwestern.edu.

Thanks!

Summer work weekends announced

We encourage all brothers and friends of the chapter to assist in summer house maintenance.

In advance of the work weekends, the House Corporation have engaged quality professionals to install a new roof, as well as new gutter screening east side gutter replacements. Having just replaced the 2nd floor HVAC system, the first floor HVAC system will also be done this summer.

How can you help?
Join one or both weekends: July 16 or August 6 from 8am to 5pm. Feel free to come down the Friday evening before and join in the prep work.

What work can you help with?
Landscape maintenance, trimming of trees and bushes, minor repair work to House, deep cleaning to floor restoration and painting/sheetrock work.

When again?
July 16 and August 6th, 8am to 5pm.

If contributions of time and energy are not possible, consider a monetary donation of any amount via Iotachapter.org. Just click on the Paypal link.

On Facebook? Let us know you’re coming here https://www.facebook.com/groups/2357739947/

John Roark, Distinguished Alumus, Passed Away

Brother Scott Hanson shared this news on the Iota Facebook group this morning:

John O. Roark, a distinguished alumnus of Iota Chapter, passed away yesterday. Services will likely be held in Temple, where he lived and practiced law for the past 42 years.

UPDATE 1/25 — Memorial Service:
A memorial service for Brother Roark will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Temple. A reception and visitation will follow the service in the Family Life Center of at First United Methodist Church.

Alumni Weekend Will Be April 8th.

Save the dates, April 8 thru 10, for the 43rd Alumni Weekend! 

And, in unrelated news, enjoy a moment of holiday spirit here courtesy of the active chapter.

Work Weekend Returns This Weekend!

The ritual of Sigma summertime work weekends continues…

As Brother Pat Sparks describes, “progressive maintenance” entails upkeep of the grounds and the House itself.

Focus for this weekend:

  • Painting, a lot of it
  • “Spring” cleaning
  • Site improvements.

Recommendations, ideas, suggestions, questions are really appreciated.

Weekend schedule:

  • Friday 1pm – dark: Pat and Russell will be onsite getting this started
  • Saturday 8am: Start the day, divide and conquer Erik’s top ten list.
  • Saturday Dinnertime: the hungry bodies and congenial spirits find nourishment at a local spot.
  • Sunday 8am-3pm: Finish up and head home with the House and your own person better off for the effort!

Other ways to help and contribute:

  • we need a heavy duty vacuum cleaner like some cast off Kirby (preferably HEPA)
  • a large refrigerator/freezer up to 4’ or so wide,
  • repaired or replaced Chapter sliding doors,
  • stainless steel wall mount racking for the kitchen,
  • semi-permeable patio surface extension,
  • electrical work for lighting and outlets,
  • new weather tight doors on either side of the south main entry doors,
  • rain barrels to hold water away from the foundation and custom awnings over the doors on the south side.

Donations in materials or contributions to the general account are welcome. Home Depot, McCoy’s and McIntire’s gift cards are another avenue of support.

We’re lucky to have an amazing group of volunteer leaders — we need all the additional muscle and brains we can get.

Having more alums and active makes the time spent really fun.

RSVP via the Facebook group, add a comment below, or just show up!

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2014

UPDATE (11/7): There will be an active & alumni meeting at 1pm (after the picnic and before the tailgate).

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend is jam-packed with gatherings, reunions, and events.

A few to note on Saturday, November 8th:

  • 11:00am – Celebrating Southwestern’s 175th – Alma Thomas Theatre: a short program peppered with exciting announcements, a brief recognition of Alumni Award recipients (including two young Iota Alums) and entertainment from current students.
  • 1pm: Active/Alumni meeting
  • 2-3:30pm – A special reception for the Class of 1964. All brothers are invited. Kappa Sigma House
  • 2-5:30 Tailgating at GISD Birklebach field
  • 6pm – Southwestern vs. Trinity

We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

August 8 Starts Final Weekend for House Maintenance

It’s August in Texas, what better time to join your alumni and active friends and brothers and put some sweat equity into this summer’s house maintenance?

The crew will get started on Friday, August 8 and work through to Sunday.

On the to-do list:

  • Parquet floors patching, sanding and finishing
  • Patio stones, laying the base and top stones, and
  • Advanced work, e.g. overseeing the electrical work in the kitchen

More details to follow on specific help and tools we’ll need.

Join when you can.

See who’s coming on the Alumni and Friends of Iota Chapter Facebook Group, or just post a comment here and let us know you’re coming.

Floors In Focus For Summer Work Weekends, May 31, June 28

Preserving and protecting the parquet floor will be the focus for the first work weekend, beginning this Friday afternoon May 30 and concluding Sunday.

Brother Sparks has led this effort and will manage the work. Regarding the floors he writes, “This will be, and should be for all of us given proper future maintenance, the last major effort regarding this particular issue.”

It’s a big job. Come lend a hand in the set-up and prep or in the treating and varnishing as you can. All are welcome.

UPDATE: Alumni Weekend 2014 To Take Place April 5th

UPDATE: Planning your Alumni Weekend 2014

  • Saturday, April 5th
    • 8:30am: coffee and donuts
    • 10:30am:  active/alumni meeting
    • 11:30am: meet the Spring class
    • Noon-2pm: catered BBQ lunch
    • 2pm: softball (location: Round Rock Memorial Field)
    • 7pm: reservations for up to 45 at Walburg Restaurant
    • 10:30pm: back at the House
    • After that, it’s up to you…
  • Sunday, April 6th
    • 9am: coffee and donuts

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What you need to know about Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2013

UPDATE 10/19/13: The Homecoming weekend football game is against Austin College, not Trinity as previously posted. Thanks for the correction, Brother Tim Stapleton!

Watch for the full schedule of chapter-related events in the coming days. Here’s what you can plan for right now:

  • UPDATE: Homecoming and Reunion Weekend is November 1-3.
  • The Iota Alumni Association will host a tailgate tent ahead of the 1pm kick-off of Austin College vs. Southwestern football game. Game tickets are $8 and you can buy them as part of Homecoming registration.
  • New this year for Homecoming is a $5 registration fee. It goes up to $10 soon, so get registered.

Visit the Homecoming and Reunion Weekend website to register and answer any questions; and if you still have questions, please contact the Office of University Relations – Alumni and Parents by calling 800-960-6363.