The Sigma Phi Epsilon Texas Alpha Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin
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Texas Alpha Remains Top Sigep Chapter

The start of the fall semester is upon us in all of its glory. The house is busy with 50 shiny new faces alongside a whopping 50 seniors, our largest senior class probably ever. Upperclassman retention is a perineal test of the health of any chapter. As one of the largest SigEp chapters in the nation, we excel with retaining our men better than any other chapter. That speaks volumes to the brotherhood, friendship and experiences our men have during their time at the Forty Acres. 

Collegiate Brothers Thrive Academically 

Officially, UT had us with 186 members last spring. The cumulative GPA was 3.353—that’s a lot of smart young men. We have found that they demand excellence from themselves in academics. The men had great summers with internships, trips abroad, and jobs at home. Recruitment finished with young men joining Texas Alpha from all the major schools in Texas, as well as Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and D.C. A typically fine class with a good number of legacies—keep sending us your sons! 

Texas Alpha Benefits from Alumni Support 

This summer, nine actives and five alumni went to Orlando, Fla., for the National Chapter’s Conclave. Once again, Texas Alpha brought home a Buchanan Cup in recognition of being one of the best chapters in the nation. Part of going to Conclave and the regional Carlson Academy is to expose the active members to leadership training, as well as getting to know SigEps from other chapters. Your donations and membership to the Skull & Crossbones Society make these trips possible. The chapter has no debt and no need for a capital campaign but does need your support to continue these leadership opportunities. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. I’ve seen firsthand the benefits that brothers get from these trips. It’s worth the investment. 

A Message to Texas Alpha Parents

 This fall, we are going to stress to active brothers the need to respect the chapter house not only as a place for fellowship but also as their home away from home. They’ll be hearing it from the officers and the local alumni board. Any encouragement you can give on your end will be greatly appreciated. We were able to replace the sound system in the pavilion and clean all the air ducts. We are looking for ways to improve the experience at 2500 Pearl, so suggestions are welcome. Finally, come stop by and visit when you’re in town, whether you’re an alumnus or a parent. We are proud of what Texas Alpha stands for and the men it produces. You will be, too!

HFF,
Lynn Butler ’88
AVC President

Founders' Day Info

Founders' Day will be taking part April 21-22. We'll Be honoring Roger Chapman '49, Tom Hicks '68, and Bruce Anderson '71.

A brief schedule of the weeken is as follows: 

Friday - Open

Saturday Morning - SigEp Golf Tournament

Contact Doug Jones ’05 to sign up at

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(512) 924-5570.

Saturday Evening

Cocktails 6-7 p.m.

Dinner 7-9 p.m.

RSVP to Jim Strickland: (512) 797-3643 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alumnus Offers $10,000 Match for John Tyler Balanced Man Scholarship

FOUNDERS’ DAY HIGHLIGHTS

Once again, Founders’ Day 2014 found alumni and actives coming together to celebrate with a casual gathering at the Terrace at 8th and Congress. All enjoyed the cool evening and the awesome sunset views overlooking the Texas Capital and UT Tower. After a casual dinner and drinks, Carlos De Ayala ’83 kicked off the evening’s agenda with a welcome and a shoutout to son Christopher ’17 followed by a short update by Chapter President Maclean Martin ’15.

Maclean, joined by executive council members and another dozen actives, thanked alumni for their ongoing support and reported that the active chapter is as strong as ever. Manpower levels remain at near 200 men, having invited 53 new members over the summer. The chapter holds an overall 3.2+ GPA, which is among the highest at UT, while remaining active in campus leadership, socials, intramurals, and philanthropy.

Lynn Butler ’88, AVC president, followed with a quick update and recognized Jerry Smith ’79, Bo Brackendorff ’75, Mark Kiester ’71, Gary Griffith ’69, Mark Johnson ’82, Steve Levatino ’88, Roger Chapman ’49, and Jim Strickland ’78 among many other brothers.

The new John Tyler Balanced Man Award and Scholarship, formed in honor of John Tyler ’63 and his long history of service to Texas Alpha at both the local and national levels, was presented to Dean Butler ’15. Dean is an engineering major and most recently served as chapter vice president. Led by Dick Vermillion ’67, a small circle of contributors quickly funded the scholarship (endowment at $35,000) recognizing a SigEp senior with a $1,500 annual award.

The third recipient of the Buffkin-Felker Brotherhood Award and $1,000 scholarship was Joey Reynolds ’16. He was recognized by his brothers for his record of service and leadership and carries a 3.4 GPA while majoring in corporate finance. Joey has represented the chapter as an IFC officer, a Reading Aces mentor, and golf tournament organizer supporting Boys and Girls Clubs.

It can’t be said enough—many thanks to Doug Jones ’05 for organizing another great social gathering and reunion.

SUPPORT A TEXAS ALPHA SCHOLARSHIP

Each scholarship is independently funded and accepts directed contributions at any level. Recipients are identified by the active chapter for their leadership, brotherhood, and service and approved by the education foundation with a preference for financial need. Dick Vermillion is currently offering an additional $10,000 in matching funds for contributions to the John Tyler Balanced Man scholarship. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please send your gift to SPE Education Foundation of TXA, P.O. Box 22025, Houston, TX 77227-2025.

The Skull & Crossbones Society supports the Texas Alpha Education Foundation, which, in turn, supports the costs of the active chapter leadership training and the Texas Alpha endowment.

The foundation is pleased to recognize and thank Steven Covey ’73 as a charter lifetime member of the Skull & Crossbones Society with his recent $10,000 contribution. Lifetime memberships to the society begin at the $5,000 donation level. Annual dues are $240 and include two complimentary passes to Founders’ Day.

HFF,

Carlos A. De Ayala '83
Education Foundation President

Plenty of Opportunities to Reconnect with Texas Alpha

The summer of 2014 is nearly over and the house is still standing! That’s a relief for all of us. Recruitment effectively concluded with a new pledge class of 53 young men. The class is comprised mostly of Texas freshmen, but we have a handful from out of state, including California, Missouri, and Washington, D.C. Of the 53, eight are legacies. And, yes, that means more DeAyalas in the house! These young men come from strong academic backgrounds, are socially skilled, and, shockingly, slightly confident. However, they are nowhere near as good looking as we used to be. From the looks of it, though, the traditions will continue with this class of 2014.

We recently received great news regarding the chapter’s academic performance last spring. Keep in mind we are one of the largest fratertnities at UT with 180 men on our roster. Our chapter G.P.A. came in at 3.2205. That’s higher than the all-IFC, the all-undergraduate men, and all-undergraduate G.P.As. While our men enjoy themselves during the semesters, they are also hard at work getting their education.

With football season almost here, there are plenty of opportunities to reconnect with Texas Alpha. The house will be open for game day festivities, with all of the details posted to the newly improved website at www.texassigep.org. We will have our 2014 Founders’ Day weekend on October 17 and 18 (Iowa State home game). Formal invites will be mailed soon.

Finally, I encourage all of you to join the Skull and Crossbones Society formed to support the Texas Alpha Educational Foundation. The Foundation funds the active chapter’s attendance at leadership events throughout the year, as well as educational presentations to the active chapter at the house. Plus you get in free to Founders’ Day!

When you have the chance, come by and meet the chapter. They’re doing great and will make you proud to be part of Texas Alpha.

For that, they should be congratulated.

AVC President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HFF,

Lynn Butler ’88

Chapter President Report

Throughout the past fall semester, Texas Alpha once again set the standard for excellence in the fraternity system at UT. We’ve continued to maintain one of the highest average chapter GPA’s on campus while boasting some of the largest manpower: more than 200 members. We’re committed to continue that same degree of excellence for the current spring semester.

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Texas Alpha Alumni Organizations and Officers

  • Education Foundation
  • Housing Corp
  • Alumni Volunteer Council

SPE Education Foundation of TXA

Carlos De Ayala President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bo Brackendorff Treasurer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Greg Barra Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Texas Alpha Housing Corp

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Trent Watkins Vice President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Craig Casselberry Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Texas Alpha Alumni Volunteer Council

Lynn Butler President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jeff Loomis Treasurer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Joey Leak Chapter Counselor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.