Sigma Nu Fraternity

Love, Honor, & Truth


Come Home to Sigma Nu in September!

All brothers, alumni, family, and friends are invited to attend Sigma Nu’s Homecoming events on Saturday, September 24, 2022. This will be our first Homecoming with brothers living at the house since 2018, and it is going to be a special day. Come check out all the latest improvements to the house, including the new windows, meet the new brothers, and rekindle relationships with alumni. Light refreshments will be served and no RSVP is required. For more information, connect with Jaan Janes '85 at jaanjanes@aol.com or Matthew Ye '24 at mdy25@cornell.edu.

Sigma Nu at Cornell Homecoming
Schedule of Events — Saturday, September 24

10:00 am–noon: Gamma Theta Property Association annual meeting (230 Willard Way)
2:00 pm: Homecoming Football vs. Yale (Schoellkopf Field)
5:00–8:00 pm: Alumni reception (230 Willard Way)

See you at Sigma Nu!




Chapter Leadership Update

September 2022

The school year is back, and so is Sigma Nu! We are excited to let you know that the newest class of undergraduate Sigma Nu brothers moved into the house, starting in mid-August. It's been more than three years since we last had brothers living in the house: a collective word of thanks to the chapter leadership and alumni who have worked tirelessly over those years to raise funds and to do the work needed to regain our spot as one of the top houses on the hill. You can check out our photo gallery to see what move-in week was like!

Sigma Nu brothers back in the dining room!
Keshav Goel ’25 and Tyler Angelica ’25 putting together Kesh’s room.

Restored furniture, including high-back settee benches and “shell” chairs are ready for the new school year.
We've done a tremendous amount of improvements on our chapter house this year, and the windows renovation project will continue into the school year by a few months. Virtually all of the new windows are in place already, and now, we are working on the interior finishing, re-installing the stained glass windows and even replacing the old neon Sigma Nu sign on the front of the house. A Sigma Nu alumnus made a very generous gift to Sigma Nu as he matched dollar for dollar any giving up to $120,000 in total, and then increased that amount to $140,000. We have already raised $183,393 in alumni donations to this program (as of August 22, 2022), which means that, with the match, we are at $323,393 and past our initial goal of $240,000. You can join this effort today by making your own donation. We are continuing to raise funds as additional monies will be used for other needs, such as Great Hall woodwork, staircases, and equipment needed in the kitchen and elsewhere. This has already included replacing the cooling compressor in the walk-in refrigerator, repairing the dishwasher, and getting new kitchen appliances ready for use by our great cook, Cindy Smith, who has returned to Sigma Nu.

Another alumnus has made an anonymous donation to update the Great Hall and other common areas. This has included new Sigma Nu crests around the fireplace and re-upholstering furniture, including the high-back settees, and things are looking great! Thank you to our donor for the generosity and time to take this on!

We had a wonderful turn-out of alumni back in June at Cornell Reunion, with about a dozen brothers staying in the house. We hope you can join us at Cornell Homecoming on September 24, because we have a full day of fun activities scheduled.

Strong showing from the early ’90s at Cornell Reunion, checking out the Chapter Room (left to right): Andy Hite ’93, Greg Greene ’92, Robert Cohen ’93, Mark Meulenberg ’93, Mike Sandler ’92, Greg Dinkin ’93, and Nat Wood ’92.

Continued alumni financial support is critical to our chapter’s success. We have set a great new foundation for our newest undergraduate brothers, and we want to ensure they have the best experience possible, as we all had. While we have new brothers living and dining in the house, we will still have an operating budget gap for another school year until we go through this year’s rush cycle and have a larger total brotherhood. Our Building a Bridge effort again seeks to raise $100,000 during the 2022–2023 school year to offset that gap. You can join other alumni today by paying your dues and, if possible, making an additional Building a Bridge contribution to the Gamma Theta Property Association or making a donation to our Fall Creek Leadership Foundation. Thank you to all the alumni who have given.

There is still plenty of work ahead, and we will continue to post updates on our progress on campus here on the website. We'll send you more details on all of the developments via e-mail and in our fall newsletter. If you want to get more involved or have any questions, reach out to GTPA President Bob Linden '71 at linden0552@yahoo.com. Thanks for your support of Sigma Nu!




Where Are They Now? The Reunion Year ’2 and ’7 Classes of Sigma Nu

Cornellians across the years gathered in Ithaca in early June for Cornell Reunion, the first in-person reunion since 2019 because of COVID-19. It was wonderful to see so many of our alumni back on campus and at the house for our alumni receptions, including about a dozen alumni who stayed at the house, some in their old rooms! You can check out who was there in our Reunion photo gallery. Plus, here are some profiles of what our Reunion year brothers are up to today.

Reunion Year Alumni Profile: RON CHRETIEN ’72

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Reunion Year Alumni Profile: JACK R. VINSON ’52

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Reunion Year Alumni Profile: ORION CORCILIUS ’97

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Reunion Year Alumni Profile: THOMAS DOUPÉ ’12

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Reunion Year Alumni Profile: PETER HUFNAGEL ’12

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Reunion Year Alumni Profile: JOE PIERIK ’17

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Alumni Giving to Sustain the Chapter

Alumni can support the chapter in three ways:

Click on the “Give to Sigma Nu” tab and use the drop-down menu for more information on the giving options and how to make your donation. Please consider giving to one, two, or all three pathways.

Status of Campaigns: The following chart shows progress in meeting our current campaign goals. The generosity of Gamma Theta alumni for stepping up to meet these goals is appreciated greatly.

Alumni Giving Update




Interested in Joining Sigma Nu Cornell?

Welcome to the Gamma Theta Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity chartered at Cornell University in 1901. Our chapter has a long, storied history at Cornell with more than 1,100 living alumni.



Mission
· To develop ethical leaders and perpetuate lifelong friendships.
· To foster personal growth of its members.

Central Values
· Love
· Honor
· Truth

Zero-Tolerance Policy
The Chapter has zero-tolerance for the following:
· All forms of hazing (physical and psychological)
· Sexual misconduct
· Use of hard liquor and drinking games
· Presence of alcohol in any form at New Member events
· Illegal drug use

Chapter Lodge

The Chapter Lodge, at 230 N. Willard Way, was built in 1910 using durable reinforced concrete construction. The Lodge overlooks Cayuga Lake and the property borders Fall Creek at the location of Ithaca Falls. For a photographic tour, click here.

If you are interested in joining Sigma Nu, please contact one of our officers and a member of the Sigma Nu team will be in touch with you!

To learn more about Sigma Nu Cornell and our brotherhood, including estimated costs for the 2022-2023 school year, please click here.




Gamma Theta in the 1940s – I was there!

Editor’s Note: Many thanks to Jerry Frost ’48 for sharing memories of his time at Sigma Nu, and his wonderful donation of $25,000 to the windows renovation project.

Yes, World War II did come to Cornell and Gamma Theta. I (and I presume thousands of others across the country) was allowed to enlist in the Navy and graduate from high school in three years. Thus, my high school class of ’45 graduated on a Monday night in 1944. The following Friday afternoon I was marching up the hill to Sage Hall to be issued uniforms, shoes, and bedding. Arms full, I was directed to my dorm, which carried the strange name: Llenroc. (I later learned that these fancy digs had been the home of Cornell’s first president and the word was Cornell spelled backwards.) All fraternity houses, as well as other facilities across campus, had been requisitioned by the Navy as housing for the V-12 Naval Officer trainees. […read more]




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.

Pay alumni dues online
and contribute to Sigma Nu today!



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