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.
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.
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
August 11 and 12
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.
Details to come… but you know the drill. Show up. Bring your favorite tools. Hang with your brothers old and new.
1) Come to Greek Weekend, April 7-8
2) Register by Sunday, April 2 online. It’s a free weekend. SU needs a headcount for food and such.
3) Alumni vs. Active Softball will take place Saturday afternoon as it does every year. Details and location to follow.
See you there!
The House Corp and active chapter request any brothers or friends of the chapter who have a used fridge â€” preferably stainless steel or cream color and with no water dispenser or ice maker â€” 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 youâ€™re coming here https://www.facebook.com/groups/2357739947/
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 â€”Â 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.
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.
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.
- 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 4â€™ 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.Â Home Depot, McCoyâ€™s and McIntireâ€™s gift cards are another avenue of support.
We’re lucky to have an amazing group of volunteer leaders â€” 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!
11am: Alumni and Active meeting at the House
Noon: lunch provided by the Alumni Association
Softball (weather permitting) until 4pm
Field location to be provided by the actives.
To all Friends and Brothers of Iota –
Please save the weekend of April 10, 11 and 12 for the 42nd Annual Iota Alumni Weekend.
Full agenda to follow including details for Saturday lunch and active and alumni softball.
We hope to see you there!
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 withÂ gatherings, reunions, and events.
A few to note on Saturday, November 8th:
- 11:00am – Celebrating Southwesternâ€™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.Â Kappa Sigma House
- 2-5:30 Tailgating at GISD Birklebach field
- 6pm – Southwestern vs. Trinity
We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!
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.
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: Planning your Alumni Weekend 2014
- Saturday, April 5th
- 8:30am: coffee and donuts
- 10:30am: Â 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
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.
Congratulations Brother Aderholt!
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
Sunday, April 1:
Coffee. Donuts. Depart.
See you at the House!