Phi Kappa Psi - University of Texas

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Texas Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at the University of Texas

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ALPHA AVALANCHE | TEXAS ALPHA | PHI KAPPA PSI | | SPRING EDITION 2020 Founders Day Weekend started with hundreds of "bangs" at the first annual FD Skeet Tournament. Thirty shooters enjoyed breakfast tacos and then went through the skeet course twice for a total of 50 clays. The UT Trap & Skeet Team administered the tourney while also giving some much needed coaching and shooting tips. The fellowship was outstanding and all participating brothers encourage more alumni to consider shooting in the planned expanded tournament for FD 2021. After skeet both alumni and actives retired to the fraternity house to lunch on Terry Black's barbecue and relax enjoying the new historic photo blow-ups recently installed in the great room. During the afternoon, about 50 alumni and undergraduates met in various groups throughout the house for our annual career talks featuring mentoring in law, engineering, finance, sales, and entrepreneurship. Thanks to the following alumni for lending their expertise: EVAN SMITH '91 – Recently Vice President Finance and CFO of CrossAmerica Partners (aka Circle K) TRENT PATTERSON '04 – Partner, The Dish Society restaurants BENNETT ROBERTS '77 – Attorney at Rash, Chapman, Schreiber, Leaverton and Morrison – oil and gas SCOTT MATNEY '90 – General Counsel at Fire Protection Services; attorney at Neel, Hooper and Banes MARK MAYER '90 – Attorney at Hammerle, Finley and Scroggins BRAD FISHER '90 – Corporate Accounts Strategy for SAPPI paper products ED FIGUEREDO '83 – Central Channel Sales Manager for Barracuda Networks ROB ZIVNEY '68 – Former VP Marketing and Business Development for Hirsch Electronics, currently Senior Consultant for Identification Technology Partners EVAN COX '07 – Mixed-signal Design and Verification, Apple BRIAN CROW '90 – Director of Product/Test Engineering, Silicon Labs Later that evening over 225 alumni, undergraduates, wives and dates gathered at the University of Texas Club at DKR Memorial Stadium for the annual banquet. The highlight of the evening was the bestowment of the Texas Alpha Private Sector Service Award, given to Dan Wilkirson '74 by pledge brother Steve Nowell '74. The award recognized Brother Wilkirson's outstanding career in the oil and gas industry. Brad Fisher '90 gave Texas Alpha's highest honor, the George Nelson Lytle Award, to pledge brother Mark Mayer '90 recognizing recognizing his outstanding lifetime service and dedication to Texas Alpha. A number of alumni chose to leave Austin late and enjoy some Texas Longhorn baseball Sunday afternoon. The Horns won the game against Boise State with a 10th inning walk-off home run by Cam Williams. A fitting end to great weekend of brotherhood! BROTHERS REIGNITE FRATERNAL BONDS AT FOUNDERS DAY 2020 Evan Smith '91 and Trent Patterson '04 lead discussion in entrepreneurship with undergraduate members. Steve Nowell '74, Kelly Fish '77, Dan Wilkirson '74. Award Winners: From left: Mark Mayer '90, Sam Duncan '18, Max Cortez '19, Will Ellis '17, Max Withrow '18 and Dan Wilkirson '74. (Not Pictured: Ben Austin '18 and Dillon Piegat '17)

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