Presidents of the Omicron Alumni Association
The Omicron Alumni Association is the chapter alumni organization of Omicron Zeta. These men have served as its president. See notes on this list
|2015–||Mark E. Fernau '82|
|2012–2015||Michael R. Filiatrault '95|
|2011–2012||John F. Zelenka '04|
|2010–2011||Mohamad B. Jardaneh '08|
|2008–2010||Jason J. Cho '98|
|2002–2008||Douglas E. Levens '92|
|1997–2002||Thomas J. Bruno '90|
|1993–1997||T. Scot Brown '81|
|1992–1993||William L. Meli '70|
|1988–1992||Andre Martecchini '78|
|1984–1988||Bob Woodworth '71|
|1978–1984||Henry B. McNulty '69|
|1974-1978||Wayne Mezitt '64|
|1964–1974||John “Duke” Schneider '58|
|1961 –1964||Bob Ready '54 O-741|
|1952–1961||E.T. Moore '48|
|1936–1952||E.F. Hall '24|
|1931-1936||Ernst J.C. Fischer ’10|
|1927–1931||Clarence T. Keet '15|
|1923–1927||Frederick T. Comstock '21|
|1913–1923||Leon M. Brockway '10|
Notes: A Brief History of the Omicron Alumni Association
In the early years of the chapter, the Omicron Alumni Association was created to serve as the primary alumni organization, with class secretaries circulating round-robin letters. Starting in 1916, these letters were supplemented with an official newsletter, the Omicron Alumni News, which encouraged alumni visits and provided news from brothers near and far. Among the most active and enthusiastic alumni were the early members of the ISWZA Society, notably Ernst Fischer '10, Leon Brockway '08, Chet Hunn '08, Neil Preston '08, and Otto Brandt '08. ISWZA Fraternity, the legal entity representing the chapter, functioned as a separate entity, preoccupied with the financial matters related to maintenance of the chapter house and its associated debts.
The OAA gradually became moribund, however. Its last burst of activity came in 1927 with the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Mug and Jug. Thereafter, it ceased to recognize class officers, and as the Great Depression hit, it ceased even to solicit alumni dues. It existed largely on paper, with Ernst Fischer as its titular head. ISWZA continued to function, but remained solely interested in management of the property— funds it raised through bonds or gifts were put towards the operation and maintenance of the house, with none set aside for alumni communications, reunions, or other activities. The Omicron Alumni News, the chief link between the active chapter and the alumni, published its last issue in March 1932, leading with a desperate plea for contributions.
For three years, alumni could not even be certain that Omicron Zeta was still extant. Finally, in March 1935, the actives reached out to the alumni with a new publication, the Omicron Oracle, seeking a restoration of ties. Early the next year, an effort was made to revive the Omicron Alumni Association, led by Ed Hall '24, president; Charles Robinson '21 as treasurer, and undergraduate Alden "Dutch" Wakeman '36, the alumni secretary. But the Second World War disrupted its activities again, and the organization went inactive, with the chapter shuttered and many brothers in the service. Finally, at the June 12, 1948 meeting, the functions of ISWZA Fraternity and of the Omicron Alumni Association were merged into a single organization, with the indefatigable Ed Hall '24 again at the helm.
The combined organization benefited from the energy of the postwar generation, notably Ed Moore '48 and Duke Schneider '58. The revived alumni association's greatest success was in the building campaign launched in October 1954 for a major renovation and expansion of the chapter house at Edgemoor, including the construction of the new dining room and bathrooms, and installation of a fire-rated stairwell. But despite the development of a regular cycle of campus events of interest to alumni— Homecoming, Fall Weekend, IFC Weekend, Spring Weekend, Reunion— direct interaction with the chapter remained limited.
That relationship shifted starting in the late 1960s through the efforts of Robert F. "Bob" McKinless '48. Alumni association officers were encouraged to interact with the undergraduates, and a spring board meeting was instituted. This would not only lighten the workload at the regular Homecoming meeting, but provide the opportunity for a more relaxed and engaging interaction with the undergraduate brothers, without the hurly-burly of Homecoming pressing.
Better organization and involvement on the part of the alumni contributed to greater numbers of graduating brothers who wanted to contribute back, leading to a renaissance of alumni activity from the 1970s onward. To accommodate a surge of interest, the ISWZA board was expanded from 5 alumni directors to 15, and throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the expanded board was dominated by the so-called "70s Mafia." Communications also took a giant leap forward in 1981 as the Omicron Oracle, long an undergraduate-published newsletter, gained a new editor in Henry McNulty '69, then associate editor of the Hartford Courant. Bro. McNulty gave the Oracle a consistent voice— not to mention a consistent publishing schedule— and would steer the Oracle to numerous awards over the next quarter-century.
ISWZA/OAA continues to work to raise its standards and improve the organization, to keep up the bonds of brotherhood formed at Cornell, and to support our little brothers in the active chapter. In 2011, an additional alumni organization was added to the fold. The Edgemoor Leadership Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, will fund scholarships, leadership conference fees, study equipment, and other educational programs.