Sigma Nu Fraternity

Love, Honor, & Truth

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

Chapter Leadership Update  July 2021

Sigma Nu is on the move! We continue to make great progress after our reinstatement on campus. Sigma Nu National is leading the way in our recolonization effort and we were allowed to talk with undergraduates during the spring semester. We will be allowed to offer bids to join Sigma Nu when the fall semester starts and we'll have our first class of new undergraduate brothers. We expect these first brothers and those we recruit during the 2021-2022 school year to live in the house starting in the fall semester of 2022. In the meantime, we continue to rent Sigma Nu to undergraduate and graduate student tenants, and we expect to have a larger tenant count this fall as the university (and all of us) move toward a more "normal" world.

We are delighted to let you all know that a Sigma Nu alumnus has made a very generous gift to Sigma Nu as he will match dollar for dollar any giving up to $120,000 in total against a very important renovation project. We are going to move ahead now and renovate literally every window in the house in preparation for the fall of 2022. The current single-pane wood windows (more than 100 of them) are original to the houses' construction in 1910 (111 years old!) and we are going to replace them all with thermal aluminum windows with screens. The window design and color will maintain the architectural style of the house and dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our house while also allowing for easy ventilation. Plus, all the leaded glass windows will be maintained and sealed in clear tempered glass.

We have already raised $53,000 in alumni donations to this program, which means after the alumnus' $53,000 match, we are at $106,000 and nearly halfway to the total goal of $240,000. You can join this effort today by making your own donation.

Continued alumni financial support is critical as we need to offset gaps in our operating budget every year until when we have a house full of brothers living and dining there. Sigma Nu alumni continue to rise to the occasion and we have already raised more than $100,000 this school year against our target of $100,000 in our Building a Bridge effort. Thank you to all the alumni who have given. You can join them today by paying your dues and, if possible, making an additional contribution to the Gamma Theta Property Association or making a donation to our Fall Creek Leadership FoundationWe will again have to raise $100,000 during the 2021-2022 school year, and are starting that effort now..

There is still plenty of work ahead and we will continue to post updates on our progress on campus, along with giving updates for this exciting new window renovation opportunity. We've sent you more details on all of the developments in our Sigma News newsletter which should be in your mailbox in early July. 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!

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!

If you'd like to be featured here, reach out to Jaan Janes '85 at

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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In Memory of Charlie Moore ’51: a Cornell, Sigma Nu, and Olympic Legend

Sigma Nu lost one of its most beloved brothers when Charlie Moore ’51 passed away on October 8, 2020. As noted on the Cornell Athletics website, “the impact on his family, the Big Red, and the sporting and business worlds will long be told.” The same is true of his impact on our chapter, because Charlie was not only an esteemed alumnus but continued to be a staunch supporter of the chapter. He coined the “Building a Bridge” phrase for our current fundraising effort while attending our annual property association meeting in the fall of 2019. A fierce competitor on the track, Charlie never lost a race in the 400-meter hurdles during his outstanding career, which included a gold medal in the 1952 Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. More information on Charlie’s life and legacy can be found at
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Remembering Rich Shaffer '77

In the summer 2020 Sigma News, we memorialized the passing of Tom Paddrik ’77, 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 1977 and who all joined Sigma Nu and stayed in close touch after graduation. Unfortunately, we must report we have lost another member of the Jamestown 5 when brother Rich Shaffer ’77 lost his 18-month battle with abdominal cancer on March 30, 2021.

Gamma Theta extends condolences to his wife, Natalka Bukalo Shaffer, the entire Shaffer family, and his many friends in and out of Sigma Nu. Memories of “Shafes” shared here are from his wife of 41 years, Natalka, and one of the brothers who knew him best, another member of the Jamestown 5, Tom Swanson ’77.
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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.

Check out the pix.

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.

Check out all the pix!

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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