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!
We are saddened to report the passing of Brother Randy Lankford this past Saturday, February 18th, in Galveston, Texas.
As reported in the Galveston Daily News, a Memorial Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm Saturday, February 25, 2012 at his residence in Galveston.
You can find Randy’s full obituary, a very colorful read, here: http://galvestondailynews.com/story/295126/
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editor’s note: Use the Donate button on Iotachapter.org to make a credit card donation, or mail a donation via check to Alan Haworth,Â 9135 Drumcliffe Ln., Dallas, TX 75231
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