Over the weekend of October 18–20, 2013, nearly 300 alumni and undergraduate brothers and guests celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the installation of Lambda Chi Alpha at Cornell University, and the kickoff for the Campaign for Omicron Zeta.
The breakfast session focused on the current state of the chapter (Ari Rubin ’15), the progress of the capital campaign (Sandy Gilbert ’63, Doug Levens ’92, and Greg McElroy), and the proposed renovation plans prepared by Philip B. Prigmore ’69. The evening banquet sessions took the larger view, reflecting on the successes of the chapter in the last century, and what is needed to continue its success into the future. ISWZA President Mike Filiatrault ’95 emceed, and Bob McKinless ’48 led the singing of the alma mater.
Photographs from the event, including group and decade photos and candids, are available from the official photographer, Chris Kitchen Photography.
Participants were treated to a display of old photographs, programs, paddles, and other memorabilia organized by Bro. Jim Quest ’56, including numerous items from the collections of C.F. Harris '38 and Bob McKinless '48. These and other contributed photographs are also being added to Omicron’s growing Flickr archive.
At the banquet, Steve Ashley ’62 presented Ralph Wilhelm ’67 with a plaque in recognition of his contributions to Lambda Chi Alpha and to the fraternity and sorority system at Cornell.
Among lighter recognitions, Stan Leong ’90 was found to have traveled the farthest distance to attend, flying in from Taipei, Taiwan. The largest century club in attendance was the ’12s, with Bob McKinless ’48 O-612 leading the pack, followed by Tom Bruno ’90 O-1412, Jason Cho ’98 O-1512, John Zelenka ’03 O-1612, Max Shapnik ’09 O-1712, and Kevin Ross ’15 O-1812.
The longest direct lineage in attendance was that of Simon Franceschi ’92, Brett Ainsworth ’92, Andy Rosenberg ’93, and Frank Goppel ’95; their extended lineage in attendance included Greg Knight ’96, Mike Filiatrault ’95, Kevin O’Connor ’98, Brad Husted ’99, Ben Kuhn ’00, Alaric Eby ’10, J-M Grant ’12, Gabe Mahan ’13, Andrew Lui ’14, Jon Schedlebauer ’15, and James Asselin ’16.
- Capital Campaign Prospectus (3.5 MB PDF)
- Capital Campaign Presentation (1.4 MB PDF)
- JHL Tecture Architect’s Drawings for Edgemoor Proposal (1.3 MB PDF)
- Dinner Photo Slideshow (19 MB PDF)
- Centennial Invitation Mailer (3.2 MB)
The success of the weekend we owe to all of our members, sweethearts, guests, and honored VIPs who participated, and the months of preparation and hard work of our alumni and undergraduate volunteers, of Jennifer Lawrence Birnbaum and countless staff at Ceremonies and Event Planning of the Finger Lakes, the Statler Hotel, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, The Hot Truck, and Chris Kitchen Photography.
Centennial Celebration Committee
Mike Agostin '92
Centennial Committee Chairman
Brian Barnes '14
Eric Baum '15
Peter Caldwell '14
Jason Cho '98
Matt Clardy '14
Dan DeFlumeri '15
Mike Filiatrault '95
Sandy Gilbert '63
Frank Goppel '95
Michael Hassman '15
Bob McKinless ’48
Randy Rosenberg '74
Jim Quest '56
Bill Smith '10
Ralph Wilhelm '67
Joe Willis '72
Jamie Winebrake '15
John Zelenka '03