Initiation of Major General David Paul Glaser (Ret)

Gamma Tau was honored to initiate David Glaser on February 22nd in Huntsville as part of the Founders Day weekend. We had a tremendous Alumni presence for the initiation and look forward to his leadership with the chapter.

David Glaser is the Chief Strategy Officer for Sam Houston State University (SHSU) the best regional university in the State of Texas. After retiring as a Major General in 2021, he joined SHSU and joined the Babel Street Board of Advisors. He continues to serve on the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Homeland Security Policy Committee and has previously co-chaired the Army Protection Program Executive Board and served on the National Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Committee, NATO Chiefs of Police Executive Board, and the International Police Policy Board. Career highlights include Deputy Commanding General, US Army North (5th U.S. Army), Provost Marshal General for the U.S. Army overseeing global policing and corrections operations. Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Central (3rd U.S. Army), Executive Director, Defense Biometrics and Forensics Enterprise including criminal labs, biometric store, match, share program and forensic exploitation supporting contingency operations. Commander U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Command. Commander U.S. Army Corrections Command and Senior
Advisor to the Ministry of the Interior, Afghanistan. A graduate of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Development Program, Syracuse University – Martin J. Whitman School of Management (MBA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute. David has also been selected twice by Army leadership to serve as a Fellow with the Center for a New American Security and directly for the Chief of Staff of the Army conducting Strategic Studies. Opportunities of this nature allowed him to write and publish on topics ranging from creating an Army Experimentation and Innovation Command (Led to Army Futures Command), combating international criminal organizations in the western hemisphere, advising at the strategic (Ministerial) level, military police credentialing and in-transit physical security. He is instructor-certified in leadership curriculum, and the former Director of the Army’s Antiterrorism and Counter Drug Branches. Maj. Gen Glaser is an international presenter, lecturer, and consultant on a range of topics involving strategy, leadership development, innovation, crisis management, and security. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and past member of the FBI National Executive Association.

Passing of Fred Irvin (’85)

Fred Irvin passed away on Tuesday, February 27th. His Celebration of Life was held on Monday, March 4th, in Cypress, TX. Fred was my first cousin and was a lifelong friend to me. We went to SHSU together along with his future wife Mary Beth Lalonde, and together we all joined KA as Brother or as Little Sister. Fred was a giant, not only in stature at 6’6″ but also in personality as the gentle giant that everyone loved. I will miss him dearly, all of us will miss him dearly. May God bless Mary Beth and his 3 daughters Kayla, Marissa and Casey.

Be strong Brothers in the fight as we have lost a champion to lead us………….

We have setup a Go Fund Me page to help the family with his medical bills. Click to reach the page

Founder’s Day – March 23rd, 2024

Founder’s Day will kickoff on March 23rd with the Alumni Golf Tournament at 8:00 am at Raven Nest Golf Course. A KA Cookout will begin at 11:00am at the KA House. Due to high crawfish prices, this year we will have BBQ. Tickets for both are below. A 3rd Party will provide Beer & Wine from 11:00 – 3:00 (No outside alcohol during this time). There will be a silent auction throughout the day with an Alumni Meeting and Music provided by Caanan Bryce. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Golf Tournament Tickets ****** KA Cookout Tickets

Passing of Scott Fisher (’86)

Brother Scott Fisher (’86) passed away on February 24, 2024. Obituary below.

Celebration of Life: Friday, March 1st @ 10am Reception to follow at Los 3 Mexicanos in Willis. Address: 13731 FM 1097, Willis, TX 77318. Attire: Casual or come-as-you-are. If you knew my dad his go-to outfit was always a blue t-shirt and cargo shorts. Instead of dressing for a somber occasion, he would appreciate if everyone dresses as though they are attending a celebration. However, if you feel inclined to dress your finest, please feel free to do so.

A Go Fund Me has been setup to help with funeral expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/f/3y3ap-scott-fisher?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Obituary: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/conroe-tx/scott-fisher-11682049?fbclid=IwAR1-nI6z-nXPNdlvDh6AEOTWt9uYm7lI2c_ihllUuBy0iIMYe2j-WijfVg4

Gamma Tau KA Memorial Page

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