Sigma Nu Fraternity

Love, Honor, & Truth

Sigma Nu – Back Home at Homecoming

Thanks to all the alumni, brothers, family and friends who visited 230 Willard Way during Cornell Homecoming in September. We had a great turn-out for all our events including the Gamma Theta Property Association annual meeting, the football game vs. Yale (thanks to the Wolcott family for hosting many of us at your tailgate!) and the post-game alumni reception. You can click here to see who was there in our Homecoming photo gallery.

Chapter Leadership Update

December 2022

Our first semester back on campus has been a great success and we are excited to report a new effort to renovate and restore the Great Hall. We finish the semester with 27 brothers as we added five new brothers during the fall and are looking forward to spring recruitment in January. All brothers dine at the house, and they are loving the food of Cindy, our fantastic cook. You can check out our photo gallery to see what move-in week was like in August.

Commanders join the fun at New York City holiday party in December - Mike Kelly '92, Arthur Wayne '23, Rich Owens '91 and Kevin Kilgore '90.
Great Hall project will continue restoration and renovation efforts.

Because of the wonderful support of so many alumni, we are expanding our efforts to renovate and restore our chapter house with a new project while finishing another one. We are now launching an important new program to raise $150,000 to update the Great Hall with new flooring and wood paneling, as well as update the staircases to the second and third floors. This new effort has been jump started by Glenn Dallas ‘58, who has pledged to match dollar for dollar the first $50,000 in alumni giving. And, we’ve already raised $10,000 against the match program (as of December 12th)! You can click here today to donate to the new initiative.

Our window renovation project has been 99% completed as we replaced more than 100 original wood-frame windows with modern, energy-efficient aluminum windows while also restoring and sealing in tempered glass all of our stained and leaded glass windows. This program raised more than $383,000 anchored by a $140,000 dollar for dollar match by an alumnus. The Gamma Theta Property Association leadership team, our Chapter Advisors and the undergraduate brothers would like to express their gratitude to all the alumni who contributed to the windows effort through their time and donations.

Sigma Nu brothers continue to connect and we had a very strong turn-out on December 2nd at our New York City holiday dinner. Some of our undergraduate brothers made the trip down from Ithaca to join the holiday fun and you can check our photo gallery to see who was there.

New windows give Sigma Nu a new look!
Go Big Red! Chul Ahn '25, Hyung Ahn '22 and Jim Spaller '86.

We are glad that so many alumni were able to visit the house this year during Cornell Reunion in June and Homecoming in September. The door is always open to alumni so please stop by 230 Willard Way anytime you are in Ithaca!

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 this school year until we go through this year’s spring recruitment cycle and have a larger total brotherhood numbering 50+. Our Building a Bridge effort again seeks to raise $100,000 during the 2022–2023 school year to offset that gap, and as of December 12th we have raised $23,350. 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, including the Great Hall restoration project, via e-mail and in our newsletter. If you want to get more involved or have any questions, reach out to GTPA President Bob Linden '71 at Thanks for your support of Sigma Nu!

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

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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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.

· 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 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 and contributions go a long way to enhance 230 Willard Way, and recent improvements include new windows in the entire house, Great Hall furniture restoration and new kitchen storage and refrigeration equipment and appliances.

Pay alumni dues online
and contribute to Sigma Nu today!

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