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  • Steve Fontana ’79, after all his years ofsuccessful service as president of the GammaChapterhouse Association and alumni advis-er, has decided he must step down from thisrole as his business responsibilities and familyneeds no longer allow him the flexibility toserve in this capacity. Much like Bob Chase’59 and Jason Schiciano ’92, he has taken thechapter through many ups and downs andhas been a tremendous mentor to the under-graduates of Phi Sigma Kappa.

    It is hard for any organization to make aleadership change, particularly when oneindividual’s hand has guided the directionof the organization for so many years. Care-ful choice is necessary. Steve has chosen BillMiller ’73 to replace him in the role of pres-ident and alumni adviser. As an undergrad-uate, Bill managed alumni relations for thefraternity even before we had StewartHowe, and as house steward, he made surethat the kitchen not only served the needs

    of all brothers but also turned a profit duringhis tenure in the early ’70s. Along the way,he graduated from Cornell with honors, likemany Phi Sigs.

    That was a long time ago. Since then,his professional career has included workingas a chapter consultant for the Grand Chap-ter of Phi Sigma Kappa. In that role, headvised various chapters throughout thecountry on their chapter management,recruitment strategies, and long-term alum-ni involvement. The truth be known, it wasa tough recession in the early ’70s, and hefelt that a year of traveling the country gavehim a better understanding of where thebest opportunities might exist.

    When the recession passed, he was ableto enter the securities industry, which washis life-long dream. He spent the next 31years working in various capacities in thesecurities industry. Most of his activityinvolved managing bond trading units for

    ITHACA, NEW YORK FALL 2009

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    Phi Sigma KappaCORNELL UNIVERSITY

    Steve Fontana ’79 passes the torch to Bill Miller ’73

    The annual Phi Sig/Cornell Reunionreception was a smashing success thisyear. Almost 100 Gamma alumni, familymembers, and friends gathered on Satur-day, June 6, 2009. The strongest showingwas by the class of ’79, with eight broth-ers attending. Close behind were theclasses of ’84 and ’89, with six brothers

    each. For more photos, turn to page six.The reunion party is held every Satur-

    day afternoon of Cornell Reunion, so stopby the big white house when you comeback to Cornell.

    Steve Fontana ’79Gamma Alumnus

    AlumniDon Sutherland ’49Foster Kinney ’56Bob Chase ’59Tip Garrett ’59William Tafuri ’59Ken White ’69Bill Quain ’74David Roth ’75Steve Fontana ’79Jeff Ghizzoni ’79

    Larry Jordan ’79John Molander ’79Bob Vallone ’79By Widger ’79Roger Yerdon ’79Ed Stratton Jr. ’80Rob Sanders ’81Ted Clark ’84Jeff Gershenwald ’84Kevin Hunt ’84

    Dan Richards ’84David Utter ’84David Utter ’84Michael Whiting ’84Ken Dearden ’89David Feldman ’89Steve Greenberg ’89Jeff Hirschberg ’89Craig Lukin ’89Andy Mavian ’89Rob Mosher ’89Rob Dicks ’99

    Kyle Archie ’03Brian Donnelly ’04Gerren Faustini ’04Peter Tucker ’04Zak Dentes ’09Ryan Smith ’09

    UndergradsGreg Muenzen ’10Greg Mauro ’11Damon Gray ’11Mike Mascarenhas ’11

    Reunion 2009: Party on the Porch!

    Don Sutherland ’49 (left) and JohnMolander ’79 at reunion this summer.

    REUNION 2009 ATTENDEES

    various securities firms. Throughout theyears, Bill has always tried to send some-thing back to the Gamma Chapter of Phi Sigbecause he felt he learned a great many lifelessons while participating in the fraternity;not to mention that, of his best friends inlife, most are brothers from the chapter.

    At this time, Bill has chosen early retire-ment, which gives him the time to devoteto the Chapterhouse Association. While heis an MBA/CPA, giving us adequate com-fort as to his financial acumen to serve aspresident of the association, he prefers torefer to himself simply as the managingpartner of his family trading company,WCM Trading.

    Bill indicated that he does not have anypredisposed agenda in accepting this posi-tion. “I feel that Steve has done a great job.I just realize that he can’t be expected toshoulder this responsibility alone forever.My hope is that I can use him as a resourceso that all his contacts in the local commu-nity can continue to be utilized withoutSteve having to be charged with the day-to-day interaction.”

    If you have questions or suggestions forBill, contact him at [email protected]

  • PAGE TWO GAMMA CONTACT

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    RS We would like to thank the following donors for their support during the 2008-’09 fiscal year, which runs from October 1,

    2008, to September 30, 2009.

    FOUNDERS CIRCLE($1,000 OR MORE)

    WILLIAM C. MILLER ’73PAUL E. ANDERSON ’75MICHAEL P. MOORE ’88

    LEADERSHIP CIRCLE(500-$999)

    DONALD C. SUTHERLAND ’49CLIFFORD F. EVANS ’53FREDERICK T. PEASE ’61RICHARD P. ALTHER ’62WILLIAM O. MOONEY JR. ’63THEODORE HOLLANDER ’86

    TRIPLE T CLUB($250-$499)

    WILLIAM G. STOOPS JR. ’57ROBERT M. QUENCER ’59ARTHUR KIRK FIELD ’60WILLIAM C. BROZOWSKI ’62RICHARD KEYSER BARDO ’63STEPHEN M. HOWARD ’63ROBERT J. JACOBSON ’63THOMAS N. MITCHELL ’77MARK L. ROULEAU ’78ALFRED ROBERT FLORIO ’79STEPHEN A. FONTANA ’79NATHANIEL C. MYERS III ’82GREGORY S. AZIA ’83ROBERT S. FISCHER ’83BRIAN A. BEWLEY ’84DAVID M. CYNN ’91JASON C. SCHICIANO ’92SEAN K. O’BRIEN ’01JOSEPH WILLIAM SOBOTA ’03

    PLATINUM MEMBER($150-$249)

    DONALD H. STANDIFORD ’47DANIEL G. TEAR ’48DOUGLAS A. YOUNG ’51DAVID G. MURRAY ’52JOHN M. CLARK JR. ’54JOHN L. HAYNES JR. ’55FREDERICK M. KUEHN ’55PAUL F. SNARE ’56ROBERT W. GEORGE ’57WILLIAM TAFURI ’59

    PAUL T. MCCARTHY ’61FRANK J. QUIRK ’62GLENN R. THOMAS ’63DOUGLAS A. MANG ’64

    IN MEMORY OF CARL D. ANDERSON ’67EDWARD B. ARENSON JR. ’67EUGENE M. WEBER ’72WILLIAM G. LONGHI ’75DOUGLAS F. JOHNSON ’78DALE S. OKONOW ’78JEFFREY A. GHIZZONI ’79JOHN C. MOLANDER ’79EDWARD L. STRATTON JR. ’80MARC C. LAREDO ’81CHARLES J. MURGIANO ’82JEFFREY GERSHENWALD ’84KEVIN C. HUNT ’84MICHAEL E. COE ’85STEVEN SCHWARTZ ’85ERIC P. BOBBY ’88KENNETH W. DEARDEN ’89ADAM P. KLAUSNER ’92ANDREW R. FOX ’95PETER J. MAJERANOWSKI ’98BENJAMIN P. FISHER ’06THOMAS A. MCGUIRE ’06

    GOLD MEMBER(100-$149)

    GEORGE M. WILKINS JR. ’44JOHN A. MITCHELL JR. ’48THOMAS M. POTTS ’49JOHN M. CUMMINGS ’52JAMES W. BRYCE ’59DAVID S. BURNETT ’61JOHN E. FRANZREB III ’64ROGER L. ECKHARDT ’65WARREN L. FISHER ’65WILLIAM J. WAYLETT JR. ’65THOMAS J. FARRELL ’66BRYAN J. WALLEY ’66RICHARD T. HOPPE ’67ALAN B. WEITBERG ’72ALFONSO J. FRESSOLA ’73JAMES P. AXFORD JR. ’74NICHOLAS D’AMBROSIO ’77LAWRENCE J. JORDAN III ’79STEVEN ROSS ’80STEVEN ROSENBERG ’81

    RICHARD M. CHEMELLI ’82KURT E. HOLSTEIN II ’82DAVID S. CHABON ’83CHARLES W. ASTOR ’86RONALD R. BROWN ’87STEVEN L. GREENBERG ’89BRIAN J. DRUMM ’96MICHAEL J. WEISS ’06

    CONTRIBUTORS($50-$99)

    WOODWARD H. WARRICK ’39GEORGE D. CROFTS JR. ’43ARTHUR J. WIDMER JR. ’44CHARLES P. FOOTE ’49HAROLD P. HECKEN JR. ’49DOUGLAS W. ANDERSON ’50ROBERT A. HEUERMAN ’50BRUCE HOITT ’50FRANK R. FORTHOFFER ’52JOHN H. WHITE ’53ANDERS J. KAUFMANN SR. ’55GAINES POST JR. ’59DAVID JORDAN ’62PAUL A. HOEBEL ’63ALLEN K. JONES ’69JOHN A. LEON JR. ’71ALAR E. ARRAS ’72RICHARD F. KROCHALIS ’72JOHN T. WILLIAMS ’74DAVID B. ROTH ’75CARLTON L. GEER ’76WALTER A. MILANI ’78BRUCE A. BLACKER MD ’79JEFFREY R. MARGOLIS ’79ROBERT P. VALLONE ’79WALTER D. PEEK II ’80R. CRAIG STEWART ’82JONATHAN W. CHAPMAN ’83MICHAEL D. WHITING ’84JEFFREY S. EARLE ’92GEORGE KONTOGIANNIS ’95KENNETH R. P. OLSEN ’97ANDREW PAUL DEMIDOWICH ’03OZAN OSMAN VAROL ’03ERIC C. ABIS ’05MATTHEW J. BARNARD ’05SCOTT AUSTIN LORD ’08

    As the students return to East Hill, the Gamma Chapterhouse Association wrapped up a successful summer of work projects. This yearwork included:

    Although the $80,000 that the undergraduates pay in rent this year to the alumni association covers most of our expenses, your dona-tions to the Gamma Chapterhouse Association directly support our efforts to keep Gamma safe and competitive. Thanks for your help.

    Steve Fontana ’79Gamma Alumnus

    Summer Renovations Total $50,000

    Patch, prep and paint all the first and second floor exterior surfaces that have not been covered with vinyl sidingSafety-related repairs to meet City of Ithaca Building and Fire Department codes

    Renovation of the house’s six bathroomsNew boiler for the basement level of the house

    TOTAL REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS

    $25,211$10,425$8,401$5,391$49,428

  • FALL 2009 PAGE THREE

    Gamma Chapter House Association Statement of Activities

    10/08 - 09/09 10/07 - 09/08 10/06 - 09/07 10/05 - 9/06

    20,180

    74,500

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    14,324

    204

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    3,978

    288

    31,898

    2,400

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    34,586

    5,275

    10,331

    15,606

    0

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    191

    23

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    8,821

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    27,495

    69,000

    2,366

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    144

    99,005

    13,090

    254

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    5,251

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    11,926

    10,898

    22,824

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    125

    518

    27,776

    8,520

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    23,953

    69,000

    2,134

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    78

    95,165

    11,515

    193

    71

    1,235

    2,475

    975

    4,440

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    5,787

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    13,178

    13,178

    272

    10,374

    122

    499

    27,195

    9,016

    321

    66

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    24,953

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    81

    92,034

    9,069

    225

    80

    1,770

    1,335

    1,075

    1,813

    1,462

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    120

    4,470

    3,971

    32,837

    36,808

    775

    9,381

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    499

    26,473

    9,792

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    Membership Dues

    Chapter Rent

    Chapter Reimb. for Maint./Repair

    Prior Year’s Mortgage Ins.

    Interest Income

    Total Income

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    Administrative

    Accounting

    Housekeeping

    Repairs and Maintenance

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    Total Expense

    Net Income/Loss

    105,184

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    87,266

    11,739

    82,568

    12,597

    101,107

    (9,073)

  • PAGE FOUR GAMMA CONTACT

    A Chapter Update from the Undergraduate President

    Brothers of Gamma Chapter,Greetings from the undergraduate

    brothers of the Gamma Chapter of PhiSigma Kappa! My name is Michael Mas-carenhas, and I am the current president. Iam an applied economics and managementmajor and Spanish language minor.

    With a relatively small new-memberclass last semester, we have taken great ini-tiative to increase the awareness of ourbrotherhood on campus. To start thesemester off right, we held a major philan-thropy event and awareness campaign forthe Special Olympics on North Campus dur-ing the first week of school. This event,appropriately deemed ESCAPE (we still hadthe normal ESCAPE event as well, don’tworry), raised about $500 in donations forthe Special Olympics, as well as gathering alist of potential volunteers for the SpecialOlympics that we will revisit in the spring-time. We worked with the sisters of TriDelta to help make this event a success.This event also included a pie-eating con-test, a home-run derby, and a football toss.Many thanks to Philanthropy Chair Dan Sat-nick ’12 and Vice President Ryan Tompkins’11 for designing and running the event.

    The brothers, led by Rush Chair GregMuenzen ’10, have made many strides in

    promoting rush, even now in the fallsemester. In addition, the brotherhood hasplanned several unofficial events to help putthe Phi Sig name out there. Many of theyounger brothers volunteered as orientationleaders and teaching assistants to meetmembers of the freshman class. We lookforward to giving good news with regard torush in the next Gamma Contact.

    The brothers of the Gamma Chapterhave also worked hard on strengtheningthe bond between the Interfraternity Coun-cil (IFC) and the chapter. We sent severalmembers to the semiannual conferencesthis year, which were themed around pro-moting diversity on campus. The brothers ofthe Gamma Chapter are considering hostinga chapter from the Multicultural GreekCouncil in their house so they can have oneof their philanthropy events.

    The newly appointed academic chairhas also brought a lot to the chapter. Sincethe IFC has imposed very strict rules con-cerning new member GPA drops duringtheir pledging semester, the academic chairis beginning to work with the inductor tofoster a more academically savvy environ-ment during the spring semester. Someideas include upperclassmen tutoring andmandatory library hours.

    Our house also saw some major reno-vations this summer, mainly to the exteriorof the building. The entire paint part of theexterior of the house was painted. Thisincludes the porches and fire escapes, aswell as the Triple T’s on the chimney over-looking University Avenue. Additionally,some patchwork inside the house occurred,along with the replacement of many of thebathroom sinks.

    While Phi Sigma Kappa is thriving, Iwould like to take the time to acknowledgeone chapter that has suffered a great lossthis semester. The brothers of Zeta Beta TauFraternity suffered a great loss in the deathof a member, Warren Schor ’11, due tocomplications of the H1N1 virus. Pleasekeep him in your thoughts and know thatall the brothers of Phi Sigma Kappa arehealthy and taking the necessary precau-tions to keep the brotherhood safe.

    I hope this Contact finds you all in goodhealth and gives you a clear picture of whatlife is like for the undergraduates. I look for-ward to your comments and input over thenext year and hope to continue along ourcurrent path of success.

    Damn Proud,Michael Mascarenhas ’11Undergraduate President

    Alumnus Spotlight on Art (aka, Kirk) Field ’60

    When Art Field first set foot on Cornell’scampus, he was a just another freshmanwith plans to achieve a degree in animalhusbandry and become a dairy farmer. Bythe time he left, he had been president ofPhi Sig, completed a masters degree inmicrobiology, and met and married hiswife, Marcia. The plans for a dairy farmwere distant memories.

    When Art and Marcia left Cornell, theymoved to California where Art continuedhis education in virology and immunology.He completed his PhD in 1965 at UC Berke-ley and was promptly hired by Merck andCo. He and Marcia moved back east, set-tling in North Wales, Pennsylvania. For thenext 21 years, Arthur worked for Merck,putting his PhD to good use studying virus-es and developing therapeutic drugs.

    By 1986, Art had grown quite comfort-able in the Philadelphia area. He and Marciahad two children, Karen and Rick, whowould follow their parents’ footsteps andattend Cornell and join Alpha Phi and Phi

    Sig, respectively. However, Art’s time atMerck had run its course. He left the com-pany to develop and head up the virologydepartment at Squibb Corp. He stayedthere for six years, surviving the merger, butleft Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1992 for a smallbiotech startup called Hybridon, Inc. inWorcester, Massachusetts.

    Working for a small company suitedArt, and he did very well for the company.In his time there, he traveled worldwideraising money for its research and develop-ing therapeutic drug candidates. He helpedthe company grow tenfold and launch itsinitial public offering. After four years, heretired briefly, moving back to North Wales.

    In 1999, Art and three colleagues fromUMass Medical School started another smallbiotech company, Microbiotix, Inc., todevelop medications to combat infectiousdiseases, primarily antibiotic-resistantstaphylococcal infections. Still living inPennsylvania, Art was installed as presidentand would commute weekly to central

    Massachusetts, a schedule he didn’t particu-larly enjoy. In 2003, he hired his replace-ment and turned over day-to-day control ofthe company operations. He remains on theboard of directors.

    Now retired, Art has been working hardin the community where he and Marciahave lived for 40 years. His most recentproject has been to build a modern libraryfor the region. After helping to raise morethan $1.3M, Art reports that renovationsare progressing well on a 10,000-square-foot building that should open for librarybusiness in early 2010. Along with his com-munity service, Art also practices wood-working, working with Marcia to createperiod furniture for friends and family. Theystill live in North Wales, although theyspend a lot of time traveling to visit theirchildren and grandchildren, who all live onthe West Coast.

    Damn Proud,Matt Hagen ’10

  • Phi Sig Alumni Report Their News From Far And Near

    FALL 2009 PAGE FIVE

    “I had dinner with Andy Kaufmann ’55in Vancouver in March 2009,” reportsRobert “BG” George ’57. “I moved fromN. Vancouver to Bellingham, Washington,in April.” Find out more from BG at 22Marigold Dr., #25, Bel l ingham, WA98229.

    “My wife, Lucy, and I had a very enjoy-able visit here at home in Natick, Mas-sachusetts,” writes Frederick T. Pease’61, “with Ron ‘Obie’ Obermeyer ’60and his friend, Carol Smith. Obie and Ivowed that we would meet again soonand try to include as many PSKers of ourvintage as possible in a mini-reunion ofBoston-area brothers. Lucy and I havebeen traveling quite a bit: Vermont, PaloAlto, Los Angeles, Durham. We will visitFour Corners country in October. I amlucky to be in good health, and this helpsme when I try to keep up with my sixgrandchildren! Any and all contacts frombrothers are welcome.” Catch up withTed at 66 Pilgrim Rd., Natick, MA 01760;[email protected]

    Alan B. Weitberg ’72 writes, “I occasion-ally see Gene Weber ’72, but if anyonefrom my class is in the Newport-Provi-dence area, please stop by. In addition tobeing chairman of medicine at RogerWilliams Medical Center in Providence,Rhode Island, I am also an assistant deanat the Boston University School ofMedicine. Any brothers applying to theBU School of Medicine should contactme.” Get in touch with Alan at 218America, Newport, RI 02840, or bye-mail at [email protected]

    “Elaine, Andy, and I are still living in thegreater Ithaca area,” writes David B.Roth ’75. “We moved here from Detroitfive years ago when I was transferred byBorgWarner. I am a senior technical ana-lyst with our engine systems groupdoing engine R&D. This summer, we willbe joining the Cheperaks (Neil ’75) andthe Dionisios (Paul ’75) on a Caribbeancruise. This will be the fourth get-togeth-er of members of the class of ’75 for asummer cruise—dubbed ‘Sigs at Sea’ by

    Neil. Any Phi Sigs in the Ithaca area cancontact me at [email protected] [email protected]

    “From September 2009-April 2010, I’llbe in Macau, China, as a productioncoordinator for the ‘City of Dreams’ showat a casino complex,” reports Walter A.Milani ’78. “Franco Dragone is directing(Celine Dion in Vegas), and I invite anybrothers traveling through to drop in fora drink. Hong Kong is an hour away byboat.” Take Walter up on his offer at 4Marina Dr., #2, Mahopac, NY 10541;[email protected]

    “Hard to believe I’ve been in the ’burgh12 years now,” muses Nathaniel C.Myers III ’82 (1299 Fox Chapel Rd.,Pittsburgh, PA 15238). “Hard to believeI’ve stayed in one place longer than mytypical four-year interval (vet school, fouryears; internship, one year; work, oneyear; residency, three years; teaching atICSV, three years). Proud of our StanleyCup Penguins—but for some reason, noone knows our ‘classic’ Lynah Rinkcheers. On a brief trip to Westchester,New York, in June, I was able to catch upwith Eric Kessin ’81 and Howard Waks-man ’84 and meet their daughter andson, respectively. Amazing how the guysI remember from Phi Sig could have suchnormal, well-adjusted, and bright kids.My 3.5-year-old, Benjamin Noah Myers,shows way too many characteristics simi-lar to his strange dad.” Drop Chip ane-mail at [email protected]

    “After more than 15 years in corporatelife and seven-plus years as a part-timeconsultant/stay-at-home dad (two boys,ages 10 and 15), I am moving on onceagain to embark on yet another career,”announces Craig Stewart ’82. “I will bestarting a credential program this sum-mer, and I will have my first classroomthis fall teaching algebra and geometry tolower-income kids in Oakland. I guessit’s about time I do something relevantto my (engineering) degree! I am lookingforward to teaching, and I hope to help afew kids along the way. The tough part is

    going to be trying to figure out how tokeep up with 200-plus miles per weekon my bike, which I have been fortunateto enjoy for the past couple of years.Thanks much for all your work in keepingPhi Sigs up to date.” Craig resides at 49Haciendas Rd., Orinda, CA 94563. E-mailreaches him at [email protected]

    Louis Musinski ’04 recently moved to94 Dale St., Waltham, MA 02451.

    “I am currently living it up in Port Huen-eme, California,” reports Thomas A.McGuire ’06, “just north of Malibu. Mywife and I are finally living in the samestate now that she is active USMC. TheNavy will have me here for most of thenext year, so call if you pass through!”Tom’s phone number is 703-915-6188.Send him snail mail at 1028 Oriole Dr.,Port Hueneme, CA 93041; e-mail [email protected]

    DECEASED

    We regret to announce the deaths ofthe following alumni:

    Woodward H. Warrick ’39April 7, 2009

    Frederick A. Schulte Jr. ’43July 25, 2008

    John S. Morgan ’45May 10, 2006

    Barry H. Robinson ’52March 14, 2009

    Ronald W. Fichtl ’57November 2, 2008

    Michael E. Nozik ’89May 12, 2009

    This newsletter depends, in part, on alumni participation. Please complete your newsform today and submit itto the address below. The Gamma Contact is published by the Gamma Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity atCornell University for alumni and friends. News and pictures are welcome and should be sent to AlumniRecords Office, Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, P.O. Box 876, Ithaca, NY 14851-0876.

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  • PAGE SIX GAMMA CONTACT

    Reunion 2009 Pictures: Party on the Porch!

    From left: Gerren Faustini ’04, Kyle Archie ’03,and Bobby V. ’04.

    From left: Ed Stratton Sr., Nancy Stratton’44, and Ed “Vito Strattoni” Stratton ’80.

    Ken White ’69 and guest.

    From left: Tip Garrett ’59, Bill Tafuri ’59, Bob Chase ’59,Foster Kinney ’56.

    Gamma Phi Sigs from the class of ’89. Gamma Phi Sigs from the class of ’84.

    Reunion dinner at Steve Fontana’s (’79) house. Back row, from left:By Widger ’79, Ed Stratton ’80, Jeff Ghizzoni ’79, Steve Fontana ’79.

    Front row, from left: Larry Jordan ’79, Rob Sanders ’81, Bob Vallone ’79,John Molander ’79, Roger Yerdon ’79.

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Steve Fontana ’79, after all his years of successful service as president of the Gamma Chapterhouse Association and alumni advis- er, has decided he must step down from this role as his business responsibilities and family needs no longer allow him the flexibility to serve in this capacity. Much like Bob Chase ’59 and Jason Schiciano ’92, he has taken the chapter through many ups and downs and has been a tremendous mentor to the under- graduates of Phi Sigma Kappa. It is hard for any organization to make a leadership change, particularly when one individual’s hand has guided the direction of the organization for so many years. Care- ful choice is necessary. Steve has chosen Bill Miller ’73 to replace him in the role of pres- ident and alumni adviser. As an undergrad- uate, Bill managed alumni relations for the fraternity even before we had Stewart Howe, and as house steward, he made sure that the kitchen not only served the needs of all brothers but also turned a profit during his tenure in the early ’70s. Along the way, he graduated from Cornell with honors, like many Phi Sigs. That was a long time ago. Since then, his professional career has included working as a chapter consultant for the Grand Chap- ter of Phi Sigma Kappa. In that role, he advised various chapters throughout the country on their chapter management, recruitment strategies, and long-term alum- ni involvement. The truth be known, it was a tough recession in the early ’70s, and he felt that a year of traveling the country gave him a better understanding of where the best opportunities might exist. When the recession passed, he was able to enter the securities industry, which was his life-long dream. He spent the next 31 years working in various capacities in the securities industry. Most of his activity involved managing bond trading units for ITHACA, NEW YORK FALL 2009 Gamma Contact Gamma Contact of Phi Sigma Kappa CORNELL UNIVERSITY Steve Fontana ’79 passes the torch to Bill Miller ’73 The annual Phi Sig/Cornell Reunion reception was a smashing success this year. Almost 100 Gamma alumni, family members, and friends gathered on Satur- day, June 6, 2009. The strongest showing was by the class of ’79, with eight broth- ers attending. Close behind were the classes of ’84 and ’89, with six brothers each. For more photos, turn to page six. The reunion party is held every Satur- day afternoon of Cornell Reunion, so stop by the big white house when you come back to Cornell. Steve Fontana ’79 Gamma Alumnus Alumni Don Sutherland ’49 Foster Kinney ’56 Bob Chase ’59 Tip Garrett ’59 William Tafuri ’59 Ken White ’69 Bill Quain ’74 David Roth ’75 Steve Fontana ’79 Jeff Ghizzoni ’79 Larry Jordan ’79 John Molander ’79 Bob Vallone ’79 By Widger ’79 Roger Yerdon ’79 Ed Stratton Jr. ’80 Rob Sanders ’81 Ted Clark ’84 Jeff Gershenwald ’84 Kevin Hunt ’84 Dan Richards ’84 David Utter ’84 David Utter ’84 Michael Whiting ’84 Ken Dearden ’89 David Feldman ’89 Steve Greenberg ’89 Jeff Hirschberg ’89 Craig Lukin ’89 Andy Mavian ’89 Rob Mosher ’89 Rob Dicks ’99 Kyle Archie ’03 Brian Donnelly ’04 Gerren Faustini ’04 Peter Tucker ’04 Zak Dentes ’09 Ryan Smith ’09 Undergrads Greg Muenzen ’10 Greg Mauro ’11 Damon Gray ’11 Mike Mascarenhas ’11 Reunion 2009: Party on the Porch! Don Sutherland ’49 (left) and John Molander ’79 at reunion this summer. REUNION 2009 ATTENDEES various securities firms. Throughout the years, Bill has always tried to send some- thing back to the Gamma Chapter of Phi Sig because he felt he learned a great many life lessons while participating in the fraternity; not to mention that, of his best friends in life, most are brothers from the chapter. At this time, Bill has chosen early retire- ment, which gives him the time to devote to the Chapterhouse Association. While he is an MBA/CPA, giving us adequate com- fort as to his financial acumen to serve as president of the association, he prefers to refer to himself simply as the managing partner of his family trading company, WCM Trading. Bill indicated that he does not have any predisposed agenda in accepting this posi- tion. “I feel that Steve has done a great job. I just realize that he can’t be expected to shoulder this responsibility alone forever. My hope is that I can use him as a resource so that all his contacts in the local commu- nity can continue to be utilized without Steve having to be charged with the day- to-day interaction.” If you have questions or suggestions for Bill, contact him at [email protected]
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