Alumni Happy Hour – Dallas Area

We will be having the annual Alumni Happy Hour in the Dallas Area on Friday, February 23rd in the same place as last year, Sidecar Social 5100 Beltline Rd, Addison, TX. We will kickoff at 5:00pm and below is the link to the map. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Sidecar Social Map Directions

2023 Composite

The 2023 Composite has been completed and should be hung in the House soon. What a handsome group of men and a beautiful Rose.

National Leadership Institute (NLI)

Congratulations to Gamma Tau #1 Blake Cornejo in attending the National Leadership Institute in January. NLI is the premier education training for Kappa Alpha Order presidents from all active chapters. These young men come out of this training with a clear idea of how to lead their chapters for success. Picture is Blake with Knight Commander King V. Aiken

Fall Initiation

Congratulations to the 14 new members of Kappa Alpha Order – Gamma Tau chapter who were initiated on November 11th. A great group of guys that will make the chapter stronger on their first days as active members.

From L to R: Jimmy Chantakhoun, Jake Everett, Jake Kilander, Joseph Medellin, Michael Koch, Khire Cooper, Tristan Getgood, Chris Womack, Noah Ortiz , Kyle Nash, Winston Kibler, Carsen Luna, Michael Fox, Matthew Ortiz

Sam Houston 79 – Business Awards Luncheon

On Friday, November 10, the Sam Houston Alumni Association and it’s Sam Houston 79 honored the fastest growing alumni businesses. Gamma Tau chapter was excited to have two of our alumni honored at this event: Jeff Pruski ’83 owner of Joint and Spine Center located in Huntsville, TX and Travis Lacox ’00 with his wife Tracy, owners of TNT Security Solutions located in College Station, TX. There was a rigorous nomination process and vetting to identify these top ranked growth businesses. Congratulations to them and all SHSU alumni who received awards.

Requisite KA Brothers Picture
From L-R: Tracy Hoffart ’84, Award Winners Jeff Pruski ’83 (Joint and Spine Center) and Travis Lacox ’00 (TNT Security Solutions)

From L to R – Tracy Hoffart, Teresa Hoffart, Tracy Lacox, Travis Lacox, Dr. Marlon Gibson, Jason Warren

Community and Belonging Session

On Wednesday, November 8th, Sam Houston State University featured our very own Dr. Marlon Gibson, Director of Community Engagement for Kappa Alpha Order’s National Office. Sponsored by the FSL (Fraternity and Sorority Life) office of SHSU, Dr. Gibson delivered an interactive presentation on “Community and Belonging”. The presentation was well attended by all of the four different councils which are represented by the FSL Office: Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council.

Thanks to Dr. Gibson and to show their appreciation the Gamma Tau chapter of KA held a dinner after the presentation at the Kappa Alpha Mansion.

Dr. Gibson at the Presentation on campus

Dr. Gibson and Gamma Tau chapter at the after dinner

Dr. Gibson and Rose Laura Bradford

Homecoming King!

Congratulations to our very own Zacarey Mocci, Kappa Alpha Order President on winning King at Homecoming on November 4th. Pictured with Zac is Maci Cummings (ADPi) who won Queen. Way to go Zac and Maci!

Alumni Meetings at Homecoming

Saturday November 4th at 9:00am we will have the Alumni Chapter Meeting then followed by the Housing Corporation Meeting. All Alumni are encouraged to attend and have a voice in the meetings.

Passing of Brother Joe Sustaita

It is with saddened hearts that we notify of the Passing of our Brother Joe Sustaitia (initiated in 2019). Joe at only 22 year old, passed away on Friday, October 13th, and had been diagnosed with a rare thyroid cancer only a month ago. This very aggressive cancer took Joe way too early from his family and ours. Our prayers go out to them. Unfortunately Joe passed on a trip to Colorado and a Go-Fund Me has been setup to help offset the cost of getting Joe back home. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-bring-joe-home-lay-him-to-rest?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&mibextid=Zxz2cZ

The chapter held a candlelight vigil in Joe’s honor at the KA Mansion on October 18th. He will be sorely missed.

Tennis Complex Groundbreaking

Congratulations to Gamma Tau alumni Chuck Beckner ’71 and his wife Wanda on the Groundbreaking of the Chuck and Wanda Beckner Tennis Complex. The September 28th event included Sam Houston President Alisa White and other SHSU dignitaries. Kappa Alpha is proud to have such generous alumni donors who are leaving a great legacy for all future SHSU students. Several other Gamma Tau alumni attended the event to congratulate Chuck and Wanda.

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