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Alumni of Sororities or Fraternities

Stay Involved

Here are just a few ways for alumni to stay involved with fraternity and sorority life:

  • providing information about events;
  • giving that can make a difference in the lives of students, faculty and communities;
  • being a Chapter Advisor, and
  • connecting with Alumni Advisory Councils who provide valued services to members and a place to get involved.

Cornell's Greek system has four alumni advisory councils that assist the undergraduate executive councils and provide programming and resources to all fraternities and sororities. These councils include alumni, faculty members, and university officials who are all dedicated to exploring Greek-related issues on campus and in the Ithaca community. These include issues that impact relationships, conduct, and the health and safety of our fraternity and sorority system.

Fraternity and Sorority Giving Opportunities

The generosity of students, alumni, parents, and friends is essential to the development of quality programming and community-wide leadership activities. Many of these initiatives are supported solely by the undergraduate members of the system. If you are interested in supporting a particular program, please indicate this information with your correspondence.

  • Chapter Live-In Advisor Support  Beginning in Fall 2021, each sorority and fraternity must have its own LIA whose primary residence is in the chapter facility during the academic year. To support the expenses associated with this new requirement, we welcome the generosity of our alumni community. If your chapter is not listed on this giving page, please add a note about your intention (ie “Delta Chi Advisor”) as an “other” designation and a new fund will be created.
  • Associate Dean’s Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Fund (fund number 538610)This fund supports the overall Greek System and the Interfraternity, Panhellenic, and Multicultural Greek & Fraternity Councils.
  • Robert G. Engel Memorial Endowment (fund number 908318)This fund supports Greek Life programming and student leadership training.
  • Robert G. Engel Associate Dean and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (fund number 655112)The Engel “Associate Dean” endowment supports the staffing and programming of the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life.
  • Jarett F. ’80 and Younghee Kim Wait Fund for Greek Excellence (fund number 0001390)An endowment fund to support the professional and leadership opportunities for fraternity and sorority members, promote faculty involvement with Greek organizations through intellectual and cultural activities, develop collaborative and multicultural programs within the fraternity and sorority community to foster a greater awareness and respect for diversity, and to co-sponsor student-initiated programs to encourage civic responsibility both on and off campus.
  • Robert W. Selander ’72 Emerging Leaders Fund (fund number 0000479)This program endowment fund was established in December 2003 through a gift from Robert W. Selander ‘72 (Sigma Chi) to support leadership development initiatives. This program includes an annual Emerging Leaders’ Retreat.
  • Multicultural Greek & Fraternity Council Gift Fund (fund number 333521)Established in 2001 to allow alumni to provide financial programming assistance to the Multicultural Greek & Fraternity Council.
  • Order of Omega Gift Fund (fund number 0012262)The Order of Omega is Cornell’s only Greek Honor Society and seeks to honor fraternity and sorority leaders while creating and implementing programs that promote the overall development of members from the entire fraternity and sorority community. The society has over 100 active members and continues to execute meaningful and effective educational programs and presentations.
  • Anthony B. Cashen Associate Dean of Students Fund (fund number 0008906)This fund is a $1 million 1:1 matching gift endowment by an anonymous donor in recognition for all Tony Cashen has done to make the Cornell fraternity and sorority experience superb. The appointed position will focus on the betterment of chapters; assist those facing challenges to reach their full potential, and help high-performing chapters maintain excellence. In addition, this positon will provide advisement and mentorship to the Interfraternity Council.

If you would like to contribute to one of these funds, please send donations to Cornell University, Box 37334, Boone, IA 50037-0334.

If you have questions about any of these funds, please contact Kara Miller, Cornell University, 538 Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, email ksm39@cornell.edu or (607) 255-2310.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cornell University Pi Kappa Alpha receives Prestigious Award from International Fraternity

At the 2019 Pi Kappa Alpha Academy, Beta Theta Chapter was recognized with the Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award. The Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award recognizes overall chapter excellence. Chapters that win this award are among the best on their campuses and Pi Kappa Alpha's most competitive chapters.

The chapter was recognized for its 3.43 cumulative GPA, contributing nearly 2,000 service hours and raising over $53,000 for the chapter's philanthropy, and ranking first place in fraternity intramurals.

The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity is proud to honor Beta Theta Chapter with the 2019 Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award.

Additionally, the chapter was recognized for the Scholarship Plate for its academic achievement.

The Academy is just one of the nine PIKE University events held annually across the continent with over 3.500 annual participants. PIKE University is the combined banner for all Pi Kappa Alpha leadership programs and educational curriculum. The mission of PIKE University is to develop and provide educational programs aimed at fostering leadership, management and personal development skills in order to prepare college men for success in life.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

The original home of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at 421 North Albany Street, Ithaca, NY has been added to the list of historical places by the Preservation League of New York State. The list is meant to raise the awareness of endangered historic places so that they can be appreciated and revitalized. The property was recognized by the City of Ithaca as a historic landmark in April 2015. Norman Dennis, an African American mason, built the house in 1868.

Alpha Phi Alpha is the first African-American fraternity in the United States. In 1906, Charles Cardoza Poindexter started a literary social group of African American students and rented the space as a social space before developing into Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Alpha Phi Alpha wants to claim, restore and revive this building that was essential to their founding.

Alumnus Award

Donna Green Barsotti (Beta Lambda – Georgetown College) was the recipient of Order of the Emerald which recognizes extraordinary service to Kappa Delta and is given to those who have exhibited selfless devotion to the sorority.

Donna has been faithfully serving the Omega Chi chapter for the last 36 years. She has served on both the chapter advisory board and house corporation, and currently serves as chairman of both. Under her leadership, the chapter has won many awards including Outstanding Chapter, which they have won eight times. Donna also serves as president of the Alumnae Panhellenic Advisory Council, and she is a member of the Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Council. Alison Ewing had this to say, “Donna has been all things to all people, a trusted advisor to some, a capable partner to others, and to all, a friend and a sister. She has a way of pulling you in, partnering with you and making you better than you could have imagined by yourself. No one could ever replace her. She is the heart and soul of the Omega Chi chapter.”