District 3 at Convention, Alumni Events, & McKetta Tribute (Oct. 2018)

Jon M. Sonsteby, PA B ’95, serves as a District 3 Director for Tau Beta Pi. He recently posted to the 2018 TBP Convention Facebook group an image of the District 3 attendees together at the Convention in Denver, Colorado.

The caption for the image read: “D3 represents! (Forgive my casual attire, I left immediately after this photo for the airport. Need to travel comfortably!).” Jon works as a software sales director for Aspera (an IBM company).


Check out the upcoming alumni gatherings of Tau Beta Pi members for October and into November. You can find the calendar with a list of all events here. A reminder that these events are open to all Tau Bates (alumni and student) from any chapter, unless otherwise stated. Find details below on upcoming events. Click here for a list of contacts for all 44 active TBP Alumni Chapters.

Richardson, Texas – Wednesday, October 24 (social/officer meeting)
New York City, New York – Thursday, October 25 (social)
Atlanta, Georgia – Saturday, October 27 (social hike)
Austin, Texas – Saturday, October 27 (social)
Stillwater, Oklahoma – Thursday November 1 (alumni chapter installation)
Dallas, Texas – Saturday, November 10 (networking social)
San Antonio, Texas – Saturday, November 10 (social)
Hoboken, New Jersey – Sunday, November 11 (alumni panel)


In September in recognition of his 103rd birthday, BrightStar Care of Austin and a local artist made a special gift to the University of Texas at Austin chemical engineering department. The bronze bust was a tribute to John J. McKetta Jr., Ph.D. (TX A ’36), “a foundational figure in chemical engineering education.”

Dr. Mcketta spent 40+ years at UT, mentored thousands of students, and served as dean of the College of Engineering. He has also served as energy advisor to four U.S. presidents. The UT department of chemical engineering is named after him. Watch the video celebration of his 103rd birthday here.


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