Five Westminster Sigma Chi Alumni Named Significant Sigs From 2019 to 2021

The Sigma Chi International Fraternity Council awarded five Westminster Delta Tau chapter Sigma Chi alumni with the prestigious Significant Sig Award between 2019 and 2021.

Robert Aulgur, ‘76, Brian Boatright, ‘84, Ted Briscoe, ‘84, P.K. Holmes, ‘73, and Ken Murer, ‘87, will officially receive recognition at the fraternity’s Sig 2020 celebration, which will take place during Alumni Weekend, April 8-10, 2022.

One of the fraternity’s highest honors, the five Significant Sig Award recipients join the ranks of a mere 1 percent to receive the award ― a recognition that has been given annually to about 2,000 Sigma Chis out of 300,000 initiated members since 1935.

Significant Sig awardees are nominated by their peers and selected by the Significant Sig Selection Committee, a subcommittee of the fraternity’s Executive Committee.

To be eligible for consideration, a Sigma Chi alumnus must meet the highest level of achievement in any profession, occupation, or philanthropic endeavor.

Aulgur ― who Westminster Monthly featured in 2019 ― explains that all Delta Tau chapter award recipients are excellent examples of Sigma Chi’s ideals.

“Our colony, Sigma Chi Tau, has a great legacy to uphold in the future,” he says.

Read about each 2019-2021 Significant Sig Award recipient below.

The Honorable Bob Aulgur, ‘76 ΣΧ

After graduating summa cum laude from Westminster in 1976 with a degree in History, Bob Aulgur received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979. Most recently, Aulgur served as Municipal Division Judge for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Columbia, MO, for three terms before his retirement in 2017. His judicial appointments followed a long career in private legal practice, as General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Revenue, and as both First Assistant and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Boone and Cole counties. Aulgur was named Missouri Prosecutor of the Year by the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in 1983. He has authored several articles and co-authored The Missouri Prosecutors Casebook. Aulgur has served on a number of civic and community boards and committees. In addition, he was an adjunct professor of Business Law at Westminster College for four years. He also has been a part of the College’s Alumni Council, Alumni Association, and President’s Club. He resides in Columbia with his wife, Dr. Linda Aulgur, Professor Emerita of Education. They have three children and six grandchildren.

The Honorable Brian Boatright, ’84 ΣΧ

The Honorable Brian Boatright was appointed Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court in August 2020 after nearly a decade serving as a justice with the Colorado Supreme Court. Boatright previously served as a district court judge in the First Judicial District for more than a decade. Prior to his post as district court judge, Boatright was a deputy district attorney for nearly 10 years. He earned a degree in Accounting from Westminster College prior to receiving his law degree from the University of Denver in 1988. Boatright lives in Arvada, CO, with his wife of 28 years, Kara. The couple have two children: Ty, 23, and Jordyn, 21.

Ted Briscoe, ‘84 ΣΧ

Ted Briscoe is the CEO of Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners (SNP), where he leads a platform of John Deere dealerships across Missouri and southern Illinois. Prior to SNP, Briscoe had a long career in building high-growth technology businesses in emerging markets. He previously worked as a managing partner for Nidus Partners and was the founding CEO of PierianDx. Briscoe served as CEO of Vibe Solutions Group, as president and CEO of Ask Jeeves, and as president of the Personal Storage Division of Iomega. He also spent eight years at Apple Computer, where he served as Assistant to the President of Apple USA, Director of Sales and Marketing for Apple’s Personal Interactive Electronics Division, and led sales teams in building the K-12 and higher-education business. Briscoe began his career with IBM in 1984 after graduating from Westminster with a degree in Economics.

The Honorable Paul “P.K.” Holmes III, ’73 ΣΧ

P.K. Holmes is a district judge for the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Arkansas in Fort Smith. Holmes was nominated for his position by former President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2011. He served as Chief Judge from 2012 to 2019. Holmes served as a U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas from 1993 to 2001. He worked as a partner in private practice at Warner Smith & Harris, PLC, in Fort Smith, AR, from 2001 to 2011 and from 1978 to 1993. Holmes received his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. Prior to attending law school, he earned a degree in Economics from Westminster. Throughout his legal career, Holmes has belonged to a wide variety of professional associations and currently serves on the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Ken H. Murer, ‘87 ΣΧ

Ken H. Murer is the founder and CEO of MiRealm.com, a new lifestyle development platform that provides consumers with a safer, more private way to conduct internet business. Prior to founding MiRealm.com, Murer was the founder and CEO of APC Integrated Services Group, Inc., a post he held from 2000 to 2019. Murer also founded and sold three major corporations throughout the last 30 years. Most recently, he served as CEO of Automotive Product Consultants Integrated Services Group. A longtime supporter of the College, Murer is a former member of the Westminster Board of Trustees, is a Churchill Fellow for America’s National Churchill Museum, and serves on the restoration committee for Westminster’s Sigma Chi house. He is a published poet, certified scuba diver, Level 200 Licensed Alpine Ski Coach, past president and board member of the Hidden Valley Ski Team, recipient of the Boy Scouts’ Golden Knot Award for years of service and philanthropy, and past president of the Moolah Shriners Ceremonial Cast. Murer’s father, Fred E. Murer, is a 1963 graduate of the College. His mother, Linda Murer, and sister, Laura, graduated from William Woods University in 1961 and 1991, respectively. Murer’s son, Erik, is a senior at Westminster and the founder of the new Sigma Chi Colony.

Another recent national Sigma Chi recognition went to David Gantt, ’88, who received the William T. Bringham Best House Corporation Officer Award in 2020. Do you have fraternity or sorority award news? Please email your information to Westminster.Monthly@WCMO.edu.

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