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

November 2022

The school year is off to a strong start for the new brothers of Sigma Nu! We've got 25 brothers this year, with 19 living in the house. All brothers dine at the house, and they are loving the food of our great cook, Cindy. You can check out our photo gallery to see what move-in week was like in August.

Homecoming tailgate with Jaan Janes '85, Jose Davila '87, Jim Spaller '86, Zach Shulman '87, Mark Wolcott '83 and Michael Wolcott '15.
Go Big Red! Chul Ahn '25, Hyung Ahn '22 and Jim Spaller '86.

We had a wonderful time in September at Cornell Homecoming with many alumni dropping by the house for our alumni reception, attending the Gamma Theta Property Association annual meeting and going to the football game against Yale. Visit the Homecoming photo gallery to see who was there. Also, back in June we had about a dozen brothers staying in the house for Cornell Reunion. No better way to visit Cornell than to stay at 230 Willard Way in the same room as your undergraduate days!

Our work to restore and improve our chapter house continues and the results are fantastic. We are bringing to a close the windows renovation project which has replaced about 100 of our original wood-frame windows with modern window technology while maintaining the architectural style of the house. This included keeping all the stained glass windows and encasing them in protective glass. The windows project was driven by a Sigma Nu alumnus who made a very generous gift as he matched dollar for dollar the first $140,000 in giving and we raised a total of $323,393 for this important project. Thank you to all the alumni who contributed.

In the meantime, we have also done some upgrades to the Great Hall as an anonymous alumnus funded improvements included new Sigma Nu crests around the fireplace and re-upholstering furniture, including the high-backed settees. We also were able to re-felt the pool table and acquired a new conference table and chairs for the library. Our work continues and we’ll shortly have news about another significant renovation and restoration effort! Again, all of this happens because of the time invested and giving by our alumni to support our undergraduate brothers.

New windows give Sigma Nu a new look!
Fantastic new table and chairs make the library a great place to study!

“The house is unrecognizable from last spring, so I can only imagine how it’s going to be for those coming back to visit,” said Drew Scacchi ’23, last year’s rush chairman, who did an outstanding job recruiting our new brothers. “The house is absolutely amazing. I keep saying that I feel like I’m living inside of a painting whenever I look out of my window! Everyone’s hard work really seems to have paid off.”

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 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 November 21st 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 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 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, 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
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