NEWS FROM THE KNOLL
ALPHA TAU CHAPTER OF PHI KAPPA TAU AT CORNELL
CORNELL CHAPTER REPEATS
AS MOOSNICK WINNER
Alpha Tau received the Moosnick Tro-
phy for highest grade-point average on July
18 in Oxford, Ohio, during Conclave. This
was the 11
time in the past 13 years the
chapter has received this honor. Chapter
president Brian McGovern ’13 accepted,
along with Akshay Jain ’15.
The chapter had just over a 3.4 GPA
for 60 men. Runners-up
were Chapman and Ne-
braska Wesleyan chap-
ters, the latter winning
the Maxwell Award as
About 120 men from
around the nation at-
tended the third Con-
clave, a gathering to dis-
cuss programming, learn
more about the national
Phi Kappa Tau, tour sites
related to fraternity his-
tory at Miami Univer-
sity, and meet with the
National Council, which
holds meetings in years
when there is no Convention. Scott Conroe
’01, Empire Domain director, also attended.
Alpha Tau also received citations for
recruitment and money raised for the Seri-
ousFun Network camps.
Elsewhere, Eric Oberman ’14 and Mike
Beveridge ’14 planned to attend Leadership
Academy in Georgia later in July.
We invite you to return to
106 The Knoll
to see old friends
and meet the current
brothers of Phi Kappa Tau
on the weekend of
Join the tailgate before the
Homecoming football game
against Bucknell at 3:00 p.m.
on Saturday, September 19,
and then join us for dinner with
the brotherhood later that night.
More details will follow
in the weeks ahead.
For more information, please
contact Alexander Gomez, vice
president for alumni relations at
Photo at top: Reunion Weekend in June
was an occasion for these alumni and
undergrads to mingle (l–r, front): James
Brennan ’07, Will Longano ’07, Eddie
Castaneda ’07; (l–r, back) Jason Grand
’07, Alex Fisher ’07, Eric Oberman ’14,
Steve Pazzano ’07, Tim Wickham ’07,
VPAR Alex Gomez ’14, Logan Pierce
’07, Dan Schiff ’02, Ben Lee ’13, Greg
Nostrand ’14, Jason Freedman ’15, Jeff
Witz ’14, Jeremy Rothstein ’07.
Chapter President Brian McGovern ’13 (second from right)
holds the Moosnick Trophy, while Akshay Jain ’15 holds the
plaque. Presenters were national president Rick Keltner (left)
and former national president Charlie Ball.
CORNELL CHOOSES CHAPTER FOR AWARDS
Alpha Tau of Phi Kappa Tau achieved
a rare honor during the annual Fraternity
and Sorority Awards in April, receiving Out-
standing Chapter status from Cornell Uni-
versity for roughly the 12
time since 2002.
The university’s Office of Fraternities, So-
rorities, and Independent Living (OFSIL) gives
the award to three fraternities in Interfraterni-
ty Council, along with sorority and fraternity
chapters from the other two Greek councils.
Javi Ortiz ’12, social chair in 2013, presi-
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CHAPTER GRADUATES 16, HONORS TWO
Alpha Tau Chapter had 16 seniors become part of the Gradu-
ate Council on May 24, a sunny and warm Sunday that provided a
pleasant walk to Schoellkopf Stadium for Cornell University’s 147
A couple of weeks earlier, the chapter’s executive board chose
two of the seniors, L.T. Nault and Nitin Rajinikanth, as the Meri-
torious Service Award recipients. L.T. served as treasurer in 2014,
and Nitin served as vice president in 2014 and chaplain for two
years. Both were honored for how much they cared about the chap-
ter beyond the offices they held. This award was created in 1981.
Bryan McDonald was chosen Dream Teamer of the Year for con-
tributions to intramural sports. This award was created in 2001 by
Dennis DeMarco ’01 as the chapter sought to build campus name
recognition and brotherhood through playing intramural sports.
The May graduates were Matt Coster, Tom Flagiello, Ankith
Harathi, Eric Krasnow, Kevin Liu, Bryan McDonald, L.T. Nault,
Sam Nelson, A.J. Nickas, Andrew O’Connor, Jake Potashnick, Nitin
Rajinikanth, Mark Shneerson, David Sternau, Marcus Wetlaufer,
and Lekshmi “Lex” Shivakumar.
The last chapter meeting of the academic year on May 3 was
filled with emotion, as usual, with seniors offering their thoughts
This was the 14
graduating class for the chapter since re-found-
ing in 2000, with those first members graduating in 2002 and 2003.
REUNION ON THE KNOLL
Last month, the Alpha Tau Chapter hosted its annual Reunion
Weekend reception for the class of 2005 and the class of 2010, which
were returning to celebrate their five-year and 10-year reunions.
We also had the privilege of hosting various brothers from others
graduation years, including some who graduated in the 1980s.
We spent Saturday afternoon on the Knoll, relaxing in the back-
yard and playing KanJam and cornhole. Undergraduates got the
chance to meet Graduate Council brothers and talk about their ex-
periences here at Cornell. It was interesting to not only learn about
what changed since their time as undergraduates, but also what
stayed the same. Certain things about Phi Tau and Cornell seem to
be timeless, such as the names of the rooms in the house and the
crowded first-floor parties. These shared experiences made it easy to
connect and to appreciate being part of this brotherhood.
The reception was a great opportunity to show alumni that our
chapter is still striving. We talked about the different things we
were doing on campus and the various recognitions that our chap-
ter has received. It was also an opportunity to see the impact that
other Phi Taus were making in the real world. Brothers who gradu-
ated only years ago are now up-and-coming in their various fields,
and we are all interested to see where they will eventually land.
Our next major event will be our annual tailgate and alumni re-
ception during Homecoming weekend. It will occur on September
19, and we encourage all alumni to return to Cornell and to attend.
More information will be sent out soon, but we hope to see many
of you there, because it is a great opportunity to reunite with old
brothers and to reconnect with the chapter.
Alex Gomez ’14
Mark Shneerson and Andrew O’Connor (l–r) savor the walk to
Schoellkopf Stadium for Commencement.
Lex Shivakumar, Ankith Harathi, and Nitin Rajinikanth (l–r) on
their way to the Arts Quad before Commencement.
A.J. Nickas, L.T. Nault, and Dave Sternau (l–r) pose en route to the
Arts Quad to line up for the procession.
Bryan McDonald and Tom Flagiello (l–r) get ready for the procession.
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NEWS FROM THE KNOLL
We regret to announce the deaths
of the following alumni:
“Worked in 47 countries,” writes
. “Finally came to roost in
Romulus, New York, in 1995. Home is
where the heart is!” Get back in touch with
Bob at email@example.com or at 5715
Rt. 89, Romulus, NY 14541.
Dan Schiff ’02
writes: “Had a great time at
my Cornell 10-year reunion, and I appreci-
ate the guys in Ithaca letting me stay in the
house. Glad to see Alpha Tau continuing
to grow with quality brothers!” Write Dan
a note to let him know how you’re doing:
firstname.lastname@example.org; 4530 Connecticut
Ave. NW, Apt B2, Washington, DC 20008.
Drew Weirman ’09
finished up a
year-long assignment as a manufacturing
engineer at Lockheed Martin in Syracuse,
New York, where he worked on sonar,
ground-based radar, and electronic warfare
systems for the military. “Will probably be
relocating again soon!” Write to Drew to
get all the details: email@example.com; 823
Clover Dr., North Wales, PA 19454.
I KT ALUMNI NEWS
William J. Cuccio
December 6, 2014
February 5, 2015
Richard C. Daniels ’49
January 26, 2015
March 31, 2012
January 22, 2015
May 27, 2009
WHY I VISITED THE KNOLL
I returned to The Knoll for my 10
nell Reunion in June because Phi Kappa
Tau defined my college experience. There
are many banal things I could say about
nostalgia for the good old days, though,
truthfully, I have no desire to be 20 years
old again. But it’s comforting to visit and to
see how Alpha Tau Chapter remains a solid
Many aspects of my Cornell social
scene are gone: Dino’s bar is a distant mem-
ory, the Palms is a pile of rubble, and the
Chapter House is charred to a crisp. For-
tunately, our chapter house still stands,
better in many ways. And, of course, our
vast backyard remains the perfect place to
spend a gorgeous spring day.
The current undergraduate brothers
wouldn’t know me from Jeffrey Lehman
(former Cornell president), but it wasn’t
hard to see that the character of the chapter
has carried through the years. One young
woman serving as a class of 2005 Reunion
clerk, upon hearing which house I was in,
exclaimed, “Phi Tau? I love those guys!”
That Alpha Tau continues to thrive is
a credit to our strong alumni leadership. I
know I shouldn’t take for granted that 106
The Knoll will stand forever as our home,
but I hope it does. I’ll be back for other
reunions, and each time I return, the un-
dergrads will look at me with increasing
concern when I say I’m down for some of
the social games they like. But beyond just
allowing me to awkwardly relive the past,
the fraternity has given me friendships that
continue going strong. And that’s the most
important thing I could ask for from a col-
Dan Schiff ’02
dent for 2014, and member-orientation
officer for last spring, was named an Out-
standing Chapter Officer. Spring initiate
Christopher Cox ’15 was named an Out-
standing New Member in the Greek system.
The chapter also received an award
for Outstanding Social Responsibility, for
strong management of social events and for
participation at risk management talks.
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