Alumni and Fellow Greeks,
Sigma Phi Epsilon has made some great strides over the last five years. We have gone from a chapter of 20 men with significant financial troubles to having a manpower that rivals the top chapters on campus, a solid GPA, and for the first time in a long time, financial stability. This change could not have happened without the help and moral support of a number of people. The relationship we have developed with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs has allowed to easily and seamlessly integrate ourselves back into the Cornell Fraternity and Sorority community. Furthermore, the open relations we have with a number of chapters both on and off campus have allowed us to learn a number of best practices to improve our brotherhood.
However, none of this would have been possible with the tremendous support of our Alumni and Volunteer Corporation. While David Roman (President of our A&VC) and Kevin Baradett (VP for Finance of our A&VC) have been the leaders of this group, the contributions of Ron Ronsvalle (member at large), Harry Elliot (member at large), Walt Geggis (member at large), Tony Egner (member at large), and our recent graduates Matthew Freeman and Greg Mezey, cannot go without praise. All of these men have dedicated a significant amount of time to reestablish Sig Ep as a presence on campus. From improving our fraternity house both inside and out to holding monthly meetings to improve the leadership skills of the undergraduates, these alumni have done it all.
Finally, the undergraduate body has done a great job of striving to be the best. While the current undergraduates have the luxury of basking in the glow of our accomplishments, everything we have now is due to the vision of those recruited five years ago by the National Fraternity. We have worked hard as a brotherhood to create an environment for undergraduates to develop themselves in academia, improve their leadership skills by running an organization, and still enjoy the life of a college student.
Moving forward we will again focus on the vision our brothers had five years ago. We will continue to grow and mature into young adults. Regaining our charter was not the culmination of our work, but the first step. Now we will strive to get a Buchanon Cup, an award given to only the most select Sig Ep chapters in the nation. With the help of the University, our strong alumni base, and the determination of our brotherhood this goal is well within our grasp.
With Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love,
President Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity