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Alumni Board Update

Greetings from Austin! The house is alive and intact and the worldcontinues to revolve around West Campus—or at least that’s what its inhabitants think!

New Members’ Strong GPA

The fall semester ended well, as usual, with chapter manpower over 170. Our 53 new members enjoyed (?) their first season of Longhorn football with a blistering social, philanthropic, and academic schedule. UT grades are finally out. The new member class ended with a 3.25 GPA. Sixteen of these men had a 3.5 or higher, including four 4.0s. Our older actives averaged a 3.30. The chapter ranks sixth out of all fraternities at UT, but is second behind ZBT out of the large fraternities (we have 171 men).

Impressive Leadership in Place

We start the spring 2017 semester with a new slate of officers led by President Andrew Boyd ’17. The alumni board met with the officers several weeks ago to plan out the year. This is an impressive group of leaders who want to improve upon the work of the past officers. The chapter is going to concentrate on developing more programming for upperclassmen and continued improvement of the overall academic performance of the chapter.

Alumni Board Efforts

To that end, we are lucky to have two new additions to the alumni board—Daniel Liu, SMU ’08 and Ben Gooding, Arkansas ’15. Both bring fresh ideas and youth to an aging, stale board (present company excluded). Daniel is helping establish a residential learning center at the house with, hopefully, the involvement of UT faculty, and Ben is spearheading the chapter’s Balanced Man programing. This year, we took the officers to the regional Carlson Leadership Academy in Oklahoma City in February (http://sigep.org/the-sigep-experience/events/carlson/) and will take them to the national Grand Chapter Conclave in Orlando in August (http://sigep.org/the-sigep-experience/events/grand-chapter-conclave/). Both events give the officers the chance to improve their leadership skills as well as engage with the national breadth of SigEp. These trips are funded by your contributions to the Skull & Crossbones Society.

Recruitment Is Near

With the spring comes recruitment. Keep in mind, recruitment begins with the chapter’s Ranch Party in early March. If you have sons, grandsons, or other young men coming to Texas, send your recommendations to Jason Goolsby ’19 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

If you have any alumni news or contact updates, send those to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don’t forget to join our LinkedIn group atwww.linkedin.com/groups/3089903. Finally, the Founders’ Day banquet is April 22. We hope you can make it!

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

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