brothers in the canyon

Dave Pritchard ’75 retired early a few years ago from a more-than-30-year career in biopharmaceuticals. He has themed his retirement “Be with people you love and go to amazing places.” As part of that, he organized a weeklong Grand Canyon river raft trip in May 2019 with Sigma Chis Stan Gross ’75, Mort Bishop ’74, and Brian Beglin ’74. He says, “We had so much fun that we are considering expanding the group and doing another reunion trip next year!” Look him up in the alumni directory and get all the detail!

Young Alumni Celebrate Brotherhood in NYC

2012 NYC This spring, a group of brothers from the class of 2010 organized and hosted a young alumni semiformal in New York City. Approximately 70 guests attended the April 21 event at Linen Hall, a bar and restaurant in the East Village, including more than 40 Sigs (and three former Sweethearts) representing each of the past seven graduating classes of the Alpha Phi Chapter.

The party was a wonderful success and enjoyed by all in attendance; the evening also gave brothers an opportunity to reunite with former classmates and connect with fellow Sigs from a range of years for the first time. Given the strong attendance and positive feedback it received, it is our hope that this event will become an annual tradition of even bigger and better young alumni gatherings in the years to come.

Brothers in attendance:
Chuck Henry, Michael Annunziata, Brian Bailey, Neema Basri, Ben Bernstein, Joshua Bissinger, Andrew Brown, David Colucci, Adam Drooks, Benjamin Fama, Edward Finley, Eric Fisher, Curtis Fox, Peter Franz, James Harris, Stephen Heller, Chuck Henry, Jake Kalick, Jacob Kornreich, Adam Krotman, Brandon Lee, Max Leinweber, Alex Leonard, Peter Lynch, Shane Merriman, Corey Minerva, Lindsey Minerva, Dan Nolan, Thomas O’Connell, Rachel Quigley, Don Rauscher, Steven Reinstein, Jeffrey Reinstein, Alexander Ross, Matthew Stengel, Michael Strickland, Kyle Sullivan, Brett Sumpio, Eric Tremble, Zach Weale, Will Wolfson, and Chris Wong.

National Sigma Chi Conference

2012 conference August 2012 - Luke Grosvenor '14, Gregory Atamian '13, Noah Weitzman '14, Cameron Pritchett '15, and Dominic Neugebauer '15 attended the 2012 Balfour Sigma Chi National Leadership Conference. The three-day event was hosted at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Nearly 2,000 Sigma Chi brothers from more than 200 chapters gathered to participate in leadership workshops and renew their commitment to ritual. Our five attendees had a fantastic time meeting their brothers from all across North America. They look forward to returning to Cornell and sharing what they learned at the conference.

College Rankings 2012: Top Fraternities

Sigma Chi was listed as the number one fraternity in the 2012 College Rankings! Click here to see the Top 25 Fraternities who were singled out for their philanthropy efforts and successful alumni!

Alumni Say Goodbye to Favorite Haunt

John and Craig at the PalmsDid you know that the Palms, a Collegetown institution, closed down this past February? John Foote '74 and Craig Ewing '71 stopped into the old student haunt to have their final beers there before the establishment closed on February 29, 2012.

Are your old haunts still around town? When was the last time you visited them? Or even visited Cornell and Collegetown in general?

We'd love to hear stories from your college days or your return visits! Share them by returning a newsform, emailing news and photos to, or visit the Submit News Items page to fill out an online form.

Sigs Reunite in the Windy City!

Harry and Elle NashOn August 26, 2011, a number of Sigs from 1966 and 1967 met in Chicago for a two-day Reunion. For many, it was the first Reunion in 45 years. Sigs and their guests stayed two nights at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile and enjoyed dinner together both Friday and Saturday. At Friday’s dinner we each spent about five minutes summarizing our activities over the past 45 years and included comments about our families and favorite pastimes. At Saturday's dinner we each spent a few minutes telling about our two best memories at Alpha Phi. It was certainly amusing to recall some of those laughable events from years past. Harry Nash, chef during our years, and his wife, Elle Mae, were convinced to join the Reunion by Steve Gregg. Harry also shared a number of stories about his best experiences at the house. During the day on Saturday, everyone was free to visit the top attractions in Chicago and enjoy the great weather. At the end of the evening on Saturday, Andy Potash paid tribute to deceased Sigs from our class, gave an update on Greystone, and led the gathering in singing the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi song to our guests. It was a terrific reunion that everyone enjoyed. Click here to see photos

Congratulations, Class of 2011!

Class of 2011This past spring, the actives said good-bye to 15 brothers, while the alumni association welcomed 15 new graduates to its alumni ranks. The 2011 class photo at the left includes Brett Sumpio, Shane Merriman, Matthew Stengel, Scott Caldwell, Scott Brody, Adam Drooks, Stephen Heller, Zachary Weale, William Wolfson, Kyle Sullivan, Sam Leonard, Josh Bissinger, Tom Mott, Mike Annunziata, and Ben Fama.

Winter Rush 2011

Sigma Chi had a very productive rush program this year. We have one of the finest pledge classes on the hill.

2011 Pledge Class
Gregory Krikor Atamian
Elias Kurt Barber
Stephen Keith Fitzhugh Breedon
Eric Aaron Brown
Dan Benjamin Buchalter
Max Devin Ellison
Nicholas Taper Feldman
Luke Piatt Grosvenor
Daniel Wayne Hedgepeth
Alexander James Rodriguez Juszczak
Bennett Miles Kenyon
Murray Lewis Keogh
Samuel Asher Kuhn
Corey James Marsh
Benjamin Thomas Mirza
Harry William Podolsky
David Kolben Pritchard
Kurtis Rhee
Peter Jacob Schwartz
Jeffrey Ross Slavin
Riley Louis Taiji
Daniel Wesalo Temel
Thomas A Wasko
Noah Samuel Weitzman
Michael L Zaken
Alexander Michael Zeleny

Exemplary Alumni Service Award goes to Sigma Chi Alumnus John Foote

John & KristenJohn Foote and his wife, Kristen Ruppert, were honored with the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award on September 25, 2010, for their outstanding long-term commitment as Cornell volunteers within the broad spectrum of the university's various alumni organizations. John graduated in 1974 and has remained active with the Cornell community ever since. Among other things, he is currently the president of the Sigma Chi Alumni Association for our chapter. (11/2010)

C. Morton Bishop III '74 is elected as Emeritus Trustee

Bishop"The new emeritus trustees and presidential councilors have demonstrated a deep commitment to our university over an extended period," said Peter C. Meinig '61, chairman of the board. "I am delighted that my colleagues on the board have honored their service in ways that will keep them involved with their alma mater for years to come."

Added Cornell President David Skorton: "As the university approaches its sesquicentennial in 2015, our emeritus trustees and presidential councillors will play critical roles in reminding us of our unique history and enduring institutional values. We will continue to rely on their wisdom and vast knowledge in charting the university's future."

Mort, of Portland, Oregan, first served on the board as an alumni-elected trustee from 2002 to 2006. He was re-elected as a trustee-at-large for another four-year term. He was also recognized with Sigma Chi's Significant Sig Award. Mort Bishop is president of Pendleton Woolen Mills of Portland, Oregon. The company, six generations old, is a family apparel textile manufacturing, marketing, and retailing business. (09/2010)