Sigma Nu Fraternity

Love, Honor, & Truth

Where Are They Now? The '1 and '6 Alumni

For the second straight year, we won’t be able to gather again in Ithaca in June for Cornell Reunion because of coronavirus. But the spirit of Sigma Nu is alive and well in our alumni, who continue to do great things in their careers, families, communities, and more. Check out these profiles of our Reunion year alumni, and send them an email to say Hello!

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Reunion Year Alumni Profile: Jack Reardon '96

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Reunion Year Alumni Profile: Alex Krakoski ’16

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Reunion Year Alumni Profile: Steve Gettins ’96

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Reunion Year Alumni Profile: Matthew Doneth ’16

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Reunion Year Alumni Profile: Matt Altomare ’06

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Snakes, Memes, and Musk

For the last two years, Max Tave ‘15 and Alex Krakoski ‘16 have been working part-time with Dot Capital, a NYC-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies globally.

Dot Capital’s founder and managing partner Joe Saviano, father of Brett Saviano ‘17, launched the firm in 2012 after previously serving as a partner at Baker Capital, a private equity firm that backed companies such as Akamai, which helped develop the first forms of global Internet and networking infrastructure that evolved into what powers the digital economy we live in today. Joe  attended Lehigh University and is a Kappa Sigma, which is why he supports the persistence of a strong brotherhood like we have at Gamma Theta at Cornell. […read more]

Remembering Tom Paddrik ’77

Sigma Nu lost a brother to COVID-19 on May 26, 2020, when Tom Paddrik passed away in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Tom was born on May 5, 1955, and was one of the “Jamestown 5,” five high school friends from Jamestown, New York, who all went to Cornell’s engineering school as freshmen members of the class of ’77, and they all joined Sigma Nu and stayed in close touch after graduation. […read more]

Photo at left: The “Jamestown 5” during a Sigma Nu holiday mixer in 1973 while they were rushing the house. Left to right: Tom “Pads” Paddrik ’77, Rick “Truck” Turner ’77, Tom “Swannie” Swanson ’77, Rich “Shafes” Shaffer ’77, and Russ “Cuze” Cusimano ’77.

Reunion 2019

Cornell Homecoming 2019

Sigma Nu alumni returned to campus to take part in many activities including our Property Association annual meeting, tailgating (thank you Mark Wolcott '83 and family for hosting many of us), football against Georgetown, fun at the "Creeker," and a post-game alumni reception at the house.

You can click on the pix to check out who was there!

House Tour 2019

Sigma Nu House Tour Fall 2019

What does Sigma Nu look like today? In many ways our chapter house has stood the test of time and looks much like it did decades ago. And we've been able to invest in upgrades and renovations in recent years to keep the house looking fresh and up to code. Of course, like any home, we need to continue to do improvements over time.

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Reunion 2019

Cornell Reunion 2019

Sigma Nu was a very busy place during Cornell Reunion 2019 in June. We had great turnouts from the classes of '84 (35th Reunion) and '69 (50th Reunion), and about a dozen members of the class of '84 stayed at Sigma Nu.

It was a great chance for those alumni to relive their time living at 230 Willard Way and we'll look to continue this at future Reunions. Our brothers could be found on the Cornell golf course, touring campus, at the tent parties on the Arts Quad, having fun in Collegetown, and spending time at our chapter house, including late night fire pits in the backyard.

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Our Fraternity

Sigma Nu embodies a brotherhood of men, defined by the fraternity’s core principles of Love, Honor, and Truth. The national organization was founded in 1869 at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, and today comprises 166 chapters and colonies, spanning the United States and Canada. It has initiated more than 235,000 members, with famous brothers, to name a few, including Harrison Ford, Archie and Eli Manning, Al Michaels, Glenn Miller, Charles Schwab, Joe Buck, and Pat Riley. Sigma Nu National is considered in the elite when one discusses Greek life across the country.

Sigma Nu at Cornell occupies a beautiful house, overlooking both the gorge and Cayuga Lake, and our alumni are grateful for their years in the house. The brotherhood here believes in maintaining a strong mind, body, and soul, as evidenced by our outstanding performance in academics, athletics, and service. In addition to participants in varsity football, Sigma Nus today are also members of the Red Key Honor Society, ROTC, Cornell EMS, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Cornell Outdoor Education, the Cornell Hedge Fund, Pi Sigma Epsilon professional business fraternity, Cornell University Sustainable Design, Cornell Ski Team, eLab student start-up accelerator, ILR Ambassadors, and Orientation Leaders.

But what makes Sigma Nu unique is the tightness of the brotherhood. Once a candidate becomes an active brother, he is invited to live in the house until he graduates from Cornell. This creates an atmosphere where seniors, juniors, and sophomores live together, enjoying the good times and helping one another through the hard times. The house of 65 is also kept closely knit by gathering together each night for dinner, and our brotherhood grows to 90 plus members with each spring’s new brother class.

Cornell Sigma Nu alumni stay in close contact with the house, attending functions such as Reunion, Homecoming, and our annual New York City holiday dinner, and they provide career networking assistance and job opportunities to the undergraduates. Our chapter’s living alumni include leaders in their professions and communities, including corporate CEOs, physicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, Wall Street financiers, NFL players, and Olympic gold medalists.

Your Generosity Matters

Alumni dues go a long way to enhance 230 Willard Way, and recent improvements include a new paved backyard parking lot, basketball hoop, and new bedroom flooring.

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