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 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.Â 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.
Softball. Grilled meats. Family. Tim. Friends. Brothers. Southwestern. Old stories. Power tools. Russell. Pledges. Musical instruments. Marshal. Green grass. Norwood. Composites. New memories. Pat. The San Gabriel river. Fire. Sausage links. Erik…
This news item, like so many, comes from Brother David Wilson, who came across an article about Brother Ben Aderholt in the Texas Bar Journal:
Ben L. Aderholt, a member in Looper, Reed & McGraw, P.C., received the 2012 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from the University of Houston-Downtown.Â Aderholt has taught a commercial law course at the university for more than a decade.
As promised, here’s the schedule of events of this weekend, Iota’s 39th Alumni Weekend.
Friday, March 30:
7:00 p.m. – late: Â Alumni and Guests Welcome Gathering at the House
Saturday, March 31:
11:00 a.m.: EC Meeting of Active and Alumni
12:00 p.m.: Â Lunch
12:30 p.m. General Meeting
1:30 -4:00 p.m.: Â Softball Game (played again this year at the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park softball fields, directions from campus here)
5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.: Â Cook out / fire at booties (burn ban is lifted, its a rare opportunity!)
9:00 p.m. – late: Walburg / House Fun
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.
We learned this week of the recent passing of Brother Roger Davidson.
Iota Centennial, 1986
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.
FINAL WORK WEEKEND – Don’t miss your chance to leave a lasting (positive) impression on the on the house. Saturday, August 6th will be the next, and hopefully final, work weekend at the house. We still have a lot to do to ensure the house is ready for the new school year.
For those of you artsy folks, we have lot of paint prep work that needs to be done, but if the outdoors is more your thing, we have a lot of earthwork and gardening too. I’m sure we can find something up your alley!
Work will be going on all day, you can’t get there to early, and you can’t get there too late. Any time at all you can contribute will be greatly appreciated.
If you like working with your own tools, we can always use extra shovels, paint brushes, rollers, sand papers, blue painting tape, steel wool (various grades), water blaster or pressure washer, pruning tools, wire cutters, and strong backs. Be sure to label your tools before arrival.
There has already been a lot of volunteers who have already given a lot of their time and energy, it would be great to see you there.
Why: The remaining tear work to be done includes: the head (another layer of sheetrock and flooring need to be removed), flooring in the kitchen needs to be removed, the carpet and possibly the subfloor in the old house mothers room needs to be removed,and a new deck put down. We need to do general ground works, etc.
We have started work on the Chapter house that was built in 1961.
Last weekend on May 21st we tore out the head (major leaks, and plumbing problems}; we also tore out the tile and some of the cabinets from the kitchen. We cleaned the grounds, chunked old couches, tore up sheetrock, old walls, and discovered more problems but none of them are structural. The old house is solid! Unbelievable!
We have a written contract with a contractor, reputable and on the spot. We’re redoing the head, the kitchen, replacing the North and South double doors, repairing all exterior doors upstairs and downstairs, fixing or replacing all the upstairs interior doors. We are putting new tile down with new sub flooring in the head and the kitchen. Repairing the fire suppressant system, and re-finishing the parquet floors.
We are having another work weekend on the 4th of June, all alumni and current Sigs are invited to come and help. The things we need to do is more work in the head (another layer of sheetrock and flooring need to be removed), flooring in the kitchen needs to be removed, the carpet and possibly the subfloor in the old house mothers room needs to be removed, and a new deck put down. We need to do general ground works, etc.
So please if you can come, come.
[For questions] Contact Norwood Williams, he is the project manager for the remodel for the alumnus and the contractor Joe Gilbreth. I think we have an opportunity to get the young guys involved and maybe get some of their input and help during the project. We want to get this thing done by August 1st to have it ready for the fall semester and the 125th. We will have a painting weekend to do sometime in July when the contractor finishes the major work.