Alumni Board Committees

Mu Chapter of the Sigma Pi Fraternity of the United States, Inc.

The alumni board has created a committee structure to provide for more active directors and interested alumni serving on committees overseeing the operation of the house. The committees will do the work that several individuals have done heretofore. We are always looking for new participants, so if you are interested in becoming involved, please email Jarett Wait at jwait@jfwaitadv.com.

Committee assignments are made based on the following criteria:

  • Preference of the board member or alumni as to the committee he preferred.
  • Consideration of required professional knowledge or equivalent experience.
  • Desire to have a larger participation on committees of a general but important nature (Brotherhood, History and Alumni Relations).
  • Membership determined by the by-laws of the fraternity (Executive).


Executive Committee

The Executive committee consists of the officers of the corporation and the chair of the legal committee. The Executive Committee serves as an advisory group to the president. When necessary the Executive Committee may act on behalf of the board.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Wait (chair), Rasmussen, Novo, Haggerty, and McNamara


Facilities

This committee is responsible for the state of the fraternity house. They will be expected to visit the facility often enough to be aware of physical problems and see that remedial action is taken. The members should be capable of recognizing problems. The chairman is responsible to monitor and supervise the activities of the hired services performing maintenance. The committee will be responsible for identifying future expenditures to maintain the building and furnishings and advise the board of such needs. Membership on this committee will require visits to Ithaca.

FACILITIES COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Rusu (chair), Morrison, Haggerty, Frey, Keene, and Wright


Insurance

This committee is responsible for monitoring the insurance coverage of the corporation. They must be able to certify that systems are in place to insure insurance is adequate, premium payments are made on time, and to advise the board of any special conditions that could compromise coverage. The corporation currently pays a retainer to an Ithaca insurance agency senior agent to assist in this work.

INSURANCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS: D'Orlando (chair)


Legal

This committee advises the board as to legal concerns that may arise. This committee also insures that all notices, filings, fee payments, etc. necessary to maintain the active status of the corporation with the State of New York.

LEGAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS: McNamara (chair), Ryan, and Frey


Development

This committee will work to facilitate adequate fundraising activity to insure the financial needs of the fraternity. The alumni board as a whole will determine the financial goals of the fraternity. In the past, fundraising has been initiated in response to specific needs such as the Heritage Foundation to help pay for the building we now occupy, the McGraw Place Project and the Beach Project, the Poet Laureate appearance, and the Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize. A new fund, The James H. Keene III, Class of 1957, Sage Endowment Fund, has recently been set up to subsidize the Sage to live in the house. The Development Committee will also now be responsible for increasing alumni support of the Heritage Annual Fund.

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Wait (chair) and Haggerty


Alumni Relations and Philanthropy

This committee will be responsible for monitoring the overt actions of the fraternity to connect with its alumni including the Muse, the Mu Chapter website, and use of the Emerald. The committee will work to see that certain actions are traditional and predictable, including traditional practices such as Homecoming and Reunion. The committee will also oversee and assist the undergraduate philanthropic activities and coordinate with the Mu Chapter Educational Foundation as appropriate. Significant interaction with the active chapter responsible members will be necessary to carry out the mission of this committee.

ALUMNI RELATIONS AND PHILANTHROPY COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Rasmussen (chair), White, Dewey, Pens, D'Orlando, Vernick, and Rocklein


Brotherhood

This committee will assist the president in insuring that undergraduates take responsibly for the fraternities action particularly rushing, pledging, and initiation. Currently, there is a committee of board members and undergraduates called the Committee of Seven that is performing this function.

BROTHERHOOD COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Pens (chair), Morrison, Haggerty, Rasmussen, Finneran, Dewey, and Keene


History

The Committee has been formed to research and compile the history of Mu Chapter and its members. Anyone wishing to help with this project should let his interest be known. The goal is to publish a coffee-table book that reports on events that occurred and that tells the story of Mu Chapter, of the culture of the times over the 100+ years we have been in business, and of the personalities that gave life to the fraternity and continue to sustain it. The goal is to publish the book in the fall of 2017, the 104th year of our existence and the centennial of our chapter’s association with Sigma Pi as Mu Chapter.

HISTORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Keene (chair), Frey, Finneran, Haggerty, Rawitz, Alvarez


Nominating

The Nominating Committee is tasked with identifying and recommending candidates for the alumni board. The committee will seek potential interested directors through discussions with other board members, members of the alumni, and active members and will make recommendations to the board concerning plans for succession for both executive and non-executive directors.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS: McNamara (chair), Pens, Rawitz


Career and Mentoring

The committee will support undergraduates in career planning, internships, and job placement in an attempt to provide more structured and programmed activities to help undergraduates gain greater access to alumni.

CAREER AND MENTORING MEMBERS: Novo (co-chair) and Silver (co-chair)


Kitchen and Dining

The committee will work with the house steward on the overall food and beverage strategy for the house, including the meal service plan, overseeing the house cook’s role and performance in partnership with the RA, and monitoring the kitchen infrastructure.

KITCHEN AND DINING MEMBERS: Pirozzi (co-chair) and Finneran (co-chair)


Technology and Social Media

The committee is responsible for managing the Mu Chapter web site, social media, multimedia, and technology infrastructure, with a priority focus on enhancing interaction between undergraduates and alumni through technology.

TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA MEMBERS: Vernick (chair), Silver


Special Purposes Committees

The board and/or the president will identify special needs from time to time for special purposes. Such committees will include members of the board and may also include non-board members. An example of such a committee is the Centennial Committee.




 

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