Sigma Pi - Cornell University

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Mu Chapter of Sigma Pi at Cornell University, Educational Foundation

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Summer 2017 S I G M A P I • M U C H A P T E R MU CHAPTER OF SIGMA PI EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION M idway through the Educational Foundation's 10th anniversary year, I am pleased to report the progress and impact the organization has had on leadership and educational programs within the Sigma Pi brotherhood and the Ithaca community. The Foundation's consistent support over the past few years towards educational and infrastructure initiatives such as the Cahoon Tech Center and the Entrepreneur Conference have helped pave the way for the Foundation to make a significant donation to the development of the new Learning Commons (part of the Dining and Learning for the 21st Century project), which will be completed as part of the kitchen and dining room renovation. The continued focus on education, combined with the efforts of the brotherhood, has helped generate a chapter cumulative GPA of 3.57, the highest ever for the Mu Chapter. The Foundation also continues to play significant leadership and support roles for our flagship program, College Mentors for Kids. Mu Chapter will have 23 brothers participating as "big buddies." Additionally, the president, treasurer and other leadership positions within the organization will be held by Mu Chapter brothers—the most ever from Sigma Pi. The long-term focus on education and community has contributed to solid results that provide a base for growth. Sigma Pi was recently recognized as the winner of the prestigious Outstanding Chapter and Outstanding Service to the Community awards at the Susan H. Murphy Sorority and Fraternity Awards ceremony in April. Congratulations to all the brothers, who are extremely proud of their 3.57 GPA, which ranked Sigma Pi third among fraternities with 30 or more members. Clearly, Mu Chapter is making significant progress towards achieving the vision of Bert Harrop '61, the Foundation's founding patron who helped establish the organization 10 years ago. The brotherhood was proud to honor Bert at a dinner at the Statler Hotel in April, which was attended by virtually the entire brotherhood, foundation members, other esteemed alumni as well as some of Bert's friends and family who traveled long distances to share the event with him. As we look forward, the Foundation will build upon these results. Upon completion of the Dining and Learning for the 21st Century project, we envision greater use of the house for collaboration and study. We also look forward to seeing the impact of College Mentors for Kids on Ithaca schools as program participation grows. We thank all who have supported the Foundation during the past year with generous donations. This year was a very successful year, as 55 brothers and alumni contributed $63,130. We are encouraged about the Foundation's future and are thrilled to see its impact grow. Fraternally, Tom Silver '81 President | (914) 582-1604 Undergraduate Brothers Fulfill the Foundation's Vision Prioritize Community Involvement, Academics O n April 22, the Carrier Ballroom at the Statler Hotel in Ithaca was filled with more than 110 Sigma Pi brothers, old and young, to publicly thank Bert Harrop '61 for helping create the Educational Foundation that has made the College Mentors for Kids program possible at Cornell University. Many people spoke about the positive impact of the Educational Foundation on the quality of life at the chapter house through the Dick Cahoon Technology Center, the access to alumni in the workforce, the upgraded library study area, the planned learning commons, and the mentor program. The evening ended with the undergraduate brotherhood serenading Bert and fellow alumni with a classic Sigma Pi themed song. Fraternally, Sandy True '78 The Foundation Honors Founding Patron Bert Harrop '61 See more photos from the Educational Foundation dinner on page 2. Guest of honor Bert Harrop '61 with his daughters, Rachel Wells and Sarah Berel-Harrop, at the Mu Chapter Educational Foundation dinner in April.

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