Mu Chapter of Sigma Pi Educational Foundation


The Sigma Pi Mu Chapter Educational Foundation, founded in 2007, is a 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Service-approved organization and is dedicated to funding educational programs for the members of Mu Chapter, enhancing the learning infrastructure of the house, and supporting education-related programming that benefits the youth of the greater Ithaca community and provides mentorship opportunities for Mu Chapter brothers.

This is an exciting time for the Mu Chapter of Sigma Pi Educational Foundation, given the outstanding year and organizational growth that we have achieved. What follows is a report of this year’s highlights, including:

  • Continued our mission of outreach through our partnership with Cayuga’s Watchers and College Mentors for Kids
  • Significant enhancement to academic and study facilities in the house funded

Please visit the Educational Foundation’s web page for more information.

Review the Educational Foundation’s Annual Report for more details.


College Mentors for Kids:
The College Mentors program has chapters on 23 college and university campuses in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, and now its first chapter in New York. The Educational Foundation provided the initial seed money to establish the program at Cornell University, enabling Sigma Pi brothers and the Cornell student body at large the opportunity to give back to the community by mentoring local Ithaca children. For more information on the program please visit Sigma Pi Mu Chapter’s high-profile involvement and leadership in College Mentors for Kids at Cornell University helped propel the Cornell chapter to win the national 2015 Chapter of the Year Award.

Scholarships and Awards to Nurture a Culture of Leadership and Learning:
The foundation board is currently working to establish an annual scholarship for academic achievement and other programs to motivate brothers to excel in their studies. The need for new initiatives is illustrated by Sigma Pi’s latest fraternity grade-point ranking of 25th on campus. Additionally, the James H. Keene III, Class of 1957 Sage Endowment Fund will now be managed by the Educational Foundation to ensure that Sigma Pi can continue to incentivize undergraduates in their senior year to run for Sage and live in the Pi house.

James H. Keene III Sage Endowment Fund:
James H. Keene III Sage Endowment Fund initiative was formerly established at the January 2012 New York City dinner honoring Jim. The purpose of the fund is to raise permanent endowment to fund the cost of the upperclassman as Sage with living expenses while resident in the house. Jim, along with the directors of the Educational Foundation, have been vocal about the importance to having upperclass leaders (in particular the Sage) live in the house. The James H. Keene III, Class of 1957, Sage Endowment Fund also permanently recognize Jim Keene for his 50-plus years of service and leadership to the brotherhood of Mu Chapter. Make a donation to the James H. Keene III Sage Endowment Fund.

The Educational Foundation Board:

Tom Silver ’81 (President)
Connor A. Riser ’16 (Treasurer)
James R. Franz ’77 (Secretary)
G. Bert Harrop ’61
Tom Garr ’76
James Keene ’57
Aaron Klein ’12
Kurt Rasmussen ’80
Jarett F. Wait ’80
Sandy True ’78
Wayne Forman ’80

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