Phi Kappa Psi - University of Texas

Spring 2015 Newsletter

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

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spring 2015 ALPHA AVALANCHE T E X A S A L P H A T he Texas Alpha Endowment Fund (TAEF) is a charitable foundation established to enhance the education and experience of students at the University of Texas. The TAEF's mission is to support the students of the Texas Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi and students at the University of Texas through the sponsorship of educational scholarships, educational programs, and the encouragement of individual growth, scholastic excellence, community involvement and leadership. The TAEF provides students with access to educational programs, including tutoring, career mentoring and leadership training. This fund also provides grants to enhance and maintain educational spaces (libraries, study areas and computer labs, among other things) for the students of the Texas Alpha Chapter. Additionally, the TAEF board is establishing a lecture series that will provide seminars that benefit the students attending the University of Texas. Last year, the TAEF awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships that rewarded academic excellence, leadership achievements, and service to the University and the community at large, helping students address the ever-increasing costs of higher education. We are currently reviewing this year's scholarship applications. The TAEF is the sponsor of the Texas Alpha Founders Day Banquet and Golf Tournament to raise money for its scholarship programs. I'm excited to report that the Founders Day weekend saw more than 350 Texas Alphans attend one or more of the events. We are looking for volunteers that have pledged "to be generous, compassionate and loyal comrades" throughout their lives. The TAEF needs the following: mentors to assist undergraduate and graduate students; employers who can offer internships and jobs to undergraduate and graduate students; speakers to provide academic, life, and career advice; and sponsors for future seminars and lectures. Please contact me to join the TAEF in accomplishing its mission or for additional information on the TAEF or any of its activities. Amici, Mark A. Mayer '90 President, Texas Alpha Endowment Fund (972) 816-8563 The Texas Alpha Endowment Fund and How YOU Can Help InvestIng In texas alpha by DevotIng tIme to Its membershIp T he last year and a half for Texas Alpha Management Corporation (TAMC) has been exciting. We, along with the other Texas Alpha boards, dedicated alumni and undergraduate members, have been working hard to lay a solid foundation for the future of Texas Alpha. We are proud of the direction and culture of our brotherhood and would like to provide a brief summary of recent milestones. Texas Alpha has benefited greatly from the generosity of alumni who have given their time and resources. Texas Alpha, and particularly TAMC, has stronger alumni involvement and support than we have seen in many years. TAMC's leadership is comprised of seven alumni, two undergraduate members and a house advisor, all of whom have committed their time to assist in the day-to-day operations of Texas Alpha. Here are some of the major accomplishments at Texas Alpha: 1. Annual Officer's Retreat – The retreat is used to plan for the coming year and help incoming officers transition into their new roles. Scott Noble '81 has graciously hosted alumni leadership along with undergraduate officers and committee heads (incoming and outgoing) for a working retreat in Cabo for the last two years. 2. Campus Cooks, founded by a Phi Psi, currently manages and operates the kitchen at 2411 Longview. Meal service is integral to (Continued on page 2)

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