Sigma Nu Fraternity

Love, Honor, & Truth


Interested in Joining Sigma Nu Cornell?

Welcome to the Gamma Theta Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity chartered at Cornell University in 1901. Sigma Nu will be recruiting its next class of undergraduate brothers during the fall semester of 2021. Brothers will be able to live in the Chapter House beginning the fall semester of 2022.

Some information about our chapter:

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 fill out this form 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.



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

October 2021

Sigma Nu is back and with 14 new brothers! Our return to campus continues and the first formal recruiting effort since our suspension was a great success. Fourteen young men signed bids recently to join Sigma Nu during IFC’s formal Fall Recruitment Week. They will be a part of an expected much larger overall class once we complete spring rush, which is when the majority of Cornell Greek sign-ups occur. This large fall rush class is a very good sign for the future of Sigma Nu at Cornell as there was tremendous interest by students in the message being promoted of our chapter’s vision. Big thanks go to our outstanding partners at Sigma Nu National, who have one to three representatives in Ithaca to manage on-campus recruiting, including one representative living in the house the entire school year. Typically fall rush brings most houses only a handful of pledges. Gamma Theta will continue to recruit and offer bids this fall through the end of classes, and there are many interested prospects. In the meantime, we continue to rent Sigma Nu to undergraduate and graduate student tenants, and we have a larger tenant count this school year as the university moves 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 $127,000 in alumni donations to this program (as of October 12, 2021), which means that with the alumnus' $120,000 match, we are at $247,000 and past our initial goal of $240,000. You can join this effort today by making your own donation. We will continue to fundraise for additional restoration projects, such as the Great Hall flooring and walls.

Continued alumni financial support is critical as we need to offset gaps in our operating budget every year until the house is fully occupied and the dining program is fully operational. Sigma Nu alumni continue to rise to the occasion, and we successfully raised more than $100,000 during the 2020-2021 school year against our target of $100,000 in our Building a Bridge effort. 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 Foundation. We will again have to raise $100,000 during the 2021-2022 school year, and that effort is well underway as we have already raised $31,000. 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, along with giving updates for the exciting window renovation and broader restoration opportunity. We'll send you more details on all of the developments in our Sigma News newsletter which should be in your mailbox in November. 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 '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 jaanjanes@aol.com.

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 www.CornellBigRed.com
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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!







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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