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Letter from the President

Last fall was an exciting and productive semester. We instituted an Academic Mentoring Council (AMC) to facilitate and ease the transition from high school to college for our freshman class and to offer a chance for additional intragrade interaction. The AMC is composed of members from the sophomore, junior, and senior pledge classes with different majors who have excelled academically in their time at UT. 

We also established a Standards Board with members from every pledge class. The idea behind this group is not one of punishment, but one of accountability and camaraderie. Members of the Standards Board are tasked with going the extra mile and making sure their pledge brothers aren’t getting too distracted with unimportant things and are committed to their academic pursuits and remaining involved in extracurricular activities.

We have another exciting semester planned this spring. Our annual dodgeball tournament will benefit the Lone Star Paralysis Fund, and we will host a country concert featuring Parker McCollum, a spring Parent’s Weekend, and our signature safari party.

The men of Texas Alpha are euphoric with the success of the chapter, and we look forward to the continual refining of our culture of success. Because of our chapter’s unparalleled leadership, involvement, scholarship, and loyal alumni support, we will undoubtedly remain the most elite fraternity on UT’s campus for years to come. 

Thank you for your support, as none of the chapter’s success would be possible without your generosity. Please contact me at any time with questions or suggestions for our chapter. Have a great spring!

HFF,

Andrew Boyd ’18

President

(972) 762-2996

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Tailgate Season

As football season gets under way we wanted to send a reminder that all TXA alumni are invited to attend our pregame tailgates. All of these tailgates, with the exception of the Oklahoma State tailgate (more info will be posted on Linkedin,) will be held at the Sig Ep house. Tailgates typically begin about 3-4 hours prior to kickoff and go up until the start of the game. Barbecue, live music, and non-Keystone drinks will be provided at each one. We will try to have the parking lot as clear as possible so that y'all can stop by in a car, but the lot always fills up fast so it might be best to walk. Looking forward to meeting some of y'all at the tailgates!

Active Chapter Proud of Accomplishments

The men of the Texas Alpha chapter of Sig Ep are happy to welcome everyone back for another productive and fun spring semester at the University of Texas. The chapter is as strong as ever on all fronts, and I want to provide a short update on the status of the chapter.

 

ACADEMICS

The fall 2015 grade rankings are yet to be released, but we expect to maintain our strong position as one of the top fraternities on campus in terms of academics. Last spring, we were ranked #2 out of 27 fraternities on campus, with a 3.34 average GPA that topped the all-campus average of 3.21. Last semester, we had more than 10 active members earn 4.0 GPAs, and several dozen earned higher than a 3.6. The new EC is in the stages of beginning an academic counseling board of upperclassmen, designed to mentor and guide underclassmen, that will surely help put us in the #1 overall GPA spot.

 

SPRING & SUMMER RECUITMENT 

This year’s Rush Chair is Thomas Laidlaw (’18), a Dallas native that is excited to get things underway. As a reminder, we conduct our rush in the spring and early summer, so please forward any recommendations to Thomas sometime in the next couple of months so that we can assemble our rush list in a timely fashion and no one gets left off the list of potential new members. Thomas and the rush team will have fun picking ~55 of the most upstanding men coming to Austin next fall, and our chapter’s strong legacy is sure to be continued.

 

CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT 

Per usual, the Sig Eps have maintained the strongest on campus presence of any fraternity at UT. Our members are presidents of several clubs in McCombs, Cockrell and the Liberal Arts school, our involvement with IFC is strong, our revived intramurals are winning more than ever, and our members have maintained a deep involvement in student government and in Texas Cowboys and Silver Spurs.

 

CHAPTER EVENTS

Last fall we hosted a number of successful, fun events, including Parent’s Weekend, a concert by Shane Smith and the Saints, our signature fall parties, a philanthropic auction that raised several thousand dollars for the Boys & Girls Club of Austin and for the Bastrop community, and of course, several awesome tailgates.

Looking forward to this spring, we have another exciting semester. We will have our annual dodgeball tournament, which is sure to raise thousands of dollars for the charity, in two weeks. We will also be hosting a concert by Cory Morrow, a spring Parent’s Weekend, and yet another philanthropy event with another fraternity, with proceeds going to breast cancer research.

 

The men of Texas Alpha are euphoric with the continued success of the chapter, and we look forward to the continual refining of our culture of success far into the future. Because of our chapter’s unparalleled leadership, involvement, scholarship and continued alumni support, we will undoubtedly remain the most elite fraternity on UT’s campus for years to come. Thank you to all of y’all for the continued support, as none of the chapter’s success would be possible without your generosity and giving. Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or suggestions for our chapter. Have a great spring!

 

HFF,

Nick Lednicky, ‘17

President

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Texas Alpha Continues to Be among Strongest UT Fraternities

As summer and recruitment wrap up, we look forward to another exciting year here at the Sig Ep house. The chapter is in top shape – we just accepted a new member class of 54 outstanding young men from across the state and country, putting our total member count just above 180.  We have consistently outperformed every fraternity of remotely comparable size as well as campus-wide metrics in academics over the last several semesters, most recently having earned a 3.33 GPA for the Spring 2016 semester.

 

Of course, we are still thriving socially and athletically as well. The usual fall tailgate and party line up will get going at the beginning of the semester, and is sure to be yet another great time. We’ve also recently won an intramural basketball championship, and one of our new members (Matthew Merrick, ’19) is a quarterback for the football team.

 

As always, members of the Texas Alpha chapter have earned leadership roles across several of the most prominent organization’s on UT’s campus, from academic organizations in McCombs and Cockrell to university-wide clubs and philanthropic organizations.  Members will be participating in a number of philanthropic endeavors this upcoming year, and we will also have our usual new member fundraising effort that will raise several thousand dollars to donate to charity.

 

We here at the chapter are well aware and very thankful that the chapter’s existence is dependent on participation from our dedicated alum, and we hope to see y’all at tailgates this fall. Our tailgate for the Notre Dame game will be held at the house with Flatland Cavalry performing, and our Founder’s Day tailgate will be held on campus before the Baylor game. We will also be hosting tailgates for every other home game at the house.

 

Finally, as the year goes on, please let myself  (or any active) know of any job or internship opportunities that you may be able to provide to undergraduates. We have continued to extend bids to only the most high-achieving men on campus, and we have several brothers that would love to work with alum. On this front, we have paired with a member of UT faculty named Daniel Liu, who was a Sig Ep at TCU, as a career search mentor. We look forward to seeing all of y’all at tailgates this fall!

 

Hook ‘em,

Nick Lednicky, ‘17