The Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize

Awarded to annual brother of the year recipient

Brother Dolly Hailstork: 1915 - 2010

Every pledge class includes a member whose selfless contributions to the fraternity demand exceptional recognition. The Class of 1980 Aldophus C. Hailstork Prize is an annual award designed to honor a brother who has demonstrated his unwavering commitment and unparalleled leadership throughout his time as an active member of the fraternity.

Dolly, Adolphus C. Hailstork II, was born near Ithaca, New York, on September 9, 1915. He served as cook for the Sigma Pi Fraternity brothers for 32 years. A former boxer and Negro League baseball star, Dolly was the soul of Sigma Pi from 1960 to 1992. He never forgot a single name or hometown of a brother of Sigma Pi. The chapter initiated Dolly posthumously into the brotherhood in October 2011.
The class of 1980 established and funded the Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize fund at their class reunion to recognize the Annual Brother of the Year Award.


Recipient is a member of the senior class:
The full scope of an undergraduate brother's contributions to the fraternity can only be measured at the end of his undergraduate years. Recipients have demonstrated an unyielding commitment to Sigma Pi from beginning to end.

Recipient has tangibly exemplified the ideals of Sigma Pi:
Winners of this award have consistently maintained high scholarly standing, diffused culture in their surrounding community, and developed the character of themselves and those around them.

Selection Procedure

Each year, the undergraduate executive board will select a candidate whom it believes best fits the criteria of the award. The board will then submit its recommendation to the alumni executive board for its approval. Upon ratification from the alumni board, the recipient will be notified by the undergraduate executive board at the spring Orchid Ball.


The winner of the award will receive a monetary prize from the Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize fund and a plaque commemorating his achievement, which will be displayed in the Sigma Pi house.

The 2020 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize Recipient: Alex Ewald ’20

Every year, Sigma Pi awards the Adolphus Dolly C. Hailstork Jr. Brother of the Year award to a senior class member of the chapter. The Brother of the Year (or BOY) is awarded to honor a brother who has demonstrated his unwavering commitment and unparalleled leadership throughout his time as an active member of the fraternity. This year, the chapter chose Alex Ewald as the recipient.

During his time on campus, Alex made significant contributions to Sigma Pi and the greater Cornell community. During his first two years on campus, he helped lead a team in developing relationships with underprivileged children from local elementary schools with the goal of inspiring academic enthusiasm and helping develop a vision for the future while serving as activity director and transportation director through College Mentors for Kids Inc. As a sophomore, he took the reins of the philanthropy chair position, for which he facilitated over 20 community service projects. One of his favorites included hosting a charity volleyball tournament and cookout, which raised over $4,000 toward autism awareness.

An avid competitor, Alex has also developed valuable leadership skills on the ice as president, captain, and treasurer of the club hockey team at Cornell. This past year, he tallied 40 points while also balancing the books, which included managing a $60,000 budget. All of these experiences prepared him for the honor of being elected sage during the 2018–2019 academic year. He demonstrated selfless commitment to the betterment of Sigma Pi through his role as an officer and through his role as a brother and friend.

Alex was enrolled in Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences while majoring in economics and minoring in business and computer science. At the time of this article, Alex was still weighing his options regarding his future plans.

During Alex’s time in the house, he made innumerable contributions to this organization. The biggest of such was his term as sage. Alex stepped up at a time when no one was willing to take on the responsibility of being president. As sage, he worked extremely hard to ensure that the house was safe and that, while the Cornell community was changing, the brotherhood experience at Sigma Pi remained intact.

Past Recipients

2019: Jonathan Caen ’19
2018: Jake Howell ’18 & Griffin Py ’18
2017: Justin Bredahl ’17
2016: Brandon Choi ’16
2015: Nick Wint ’15
2014: Brendon Viña ’14
2013: Zachary Smith ’13
2012: Tyler Ramsden ’12
2011: Aaron Klein ’11
2010: Evan Alan Lanouette ’10
2009: Anthony Majette ’09
2008 special award: Seth Mosner ’09
2008: Timothy Horsburgh ’08
2007: Lance Fraenkel ’07
2006: Alexander Deyle ’06

Make a Gift

For further information on the Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize, contact Chantal Champagne, Director, Donor Relations, Alumni Affairs and Development at 607-254-7196, or visit Cornell Giving and type in the Class of 1980 Adolphus C. Hailstork Prize Fund #0001589. Gifts to the fund are treated as gifts to Cornell. Cornell manages the funds as part of its endowment. As with Cornell's endowment, a portion of the earnings are reinvested as principal and a portion of the earnings are released every year to make prize awards. All gifts to the fund are tax deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes.



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