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The original emblem of the Sphinx Head Society.[1][2]

The Sphinx Head Society is the oldest senior honor society at Cornell University. Sphinx Head recognizes Cornell senior men and women who have demonstrated respectable strength of character on top of a dedication to leadership and service at Cornell University.[3] In 1929 The New York Times held that election into Sphinx Head and similar societies constituted "the highest non-scholastic honor within reach of undergraduates."[4]

Contents

Founding

Sphinx Head was founded in 1890 by a group of men from the senior class.[5] The Society was founded in order to "create and maintain a stronger feeling" for Cornell University and to promote "a closer and stronger friendship among members of the Senior class."[5] The New York Times referred to Sphinx Head as "a secret senior society of the nature of Skull and Bones", a senior honor society at Yale University of which Andrew Dickson White, Cornell University's Co-founder and first President, was a member.[6] White encouraged the formation a secret society system on the Cornell campus.[7]

Membership

Sphinx Head, Class of 1899[1]

Each year, Sphinx Head usually taps fewer than forty men and women of the senior class for membership.[5] Since the Society's founding, membership has been "reserved for the most respected" members of the senior class.[8] The names of newly tapped Sphinx Heads were published in The New York Times through the 1930s, but are now published exclusively in The Cornell Daily Sun.[9][10][11] Sphinx Head also awards honorary membership to Cornell administration, faculty, staff, and alumni for their "significant personal and/or professional accomplishment, outstanding leadership, distinguished service to the university and interest in and commitment to undergraduate student life and development."[3]

At Cornell

Historic Sphinx Head Tomb

Sphinx Head has "retained an aura of mystery throughout its history on campus", holding some "closely guarded secrets and traditions."[12]

Although membership in Sphinx Head is public, the proceedings of the Society remain concealed. Since the founding the Society, Sphinx Head members have been responsible for starting many long-standing Cornell University traditions such as the annual Dragon Day celebration, the use of "The Big Red" to describe Cornell athletics, as well as Spring Day, the precursor to the current Slope Day celebration.[8][13][14]

Members of Sphinx Head have held many prominent positions within Cornell University serving as Presidents, Provosts, Deans, Directors of Athletics, Cornell Council members, Trustees and Chairpersons of the Board of Trustees. More than one-third of the Presidents of the Cornell University Alumni Association have been members and twenty percent of the Chairpersons of the Cornell University Board of Trustees have been affiliated with the Society.[15][16] Names of alumni can be found on the Cornell campus on Bartels Hall, Fernow Hall, Samuel C. Johnson School of Business Management, Robert Kane Track, Jansen Noyes Community Center, Jerome H. Holland International Living Center, Robert Purcell Community Center, Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives, Willard Straight Hall and Upson Hall.

After Cornell

Many Sphinx Heads have attained great success and distinction in their post-collegiate careers:

Notable alumni

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1890–1899

1900–1909

1910–1919

1920–1929

1930–1939

1940–1949

1950–1959

1960–1969

Samuel Bodman, the former United States Secretary of Energy under George W. Bush

1970–1979

1980–1989

1990–Present

References

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  2. ^ The Cornellian, 1891.
  3. ^ a b 10 faculty and staff members honored by Sphinx Head society, page 14, Cornell Chronicle, December 7, 2007
  4. ^ 63 Juniors Elected to Cornell Societies, The New York Times, May 19, 1929, p. N3.
  5. ^ a b c "History of Some of the Later Cornell Organizations", Cornell Alumni News, December 18, 1901, p. 89. http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/3166/12/004_12.pdf
  6. ^ "Cornell University", The New York Times, May 10, 1891.
  7. ^ The Secret Life of A.D. White | The Cornell Daily Sun
  8. ^ a b Willard Straight Hall
  9. ^ "Cornell Societies Elect", The New York Times, October 19, 1930.
  10. ^ "Cornell Societies Elect New Members", The New York Times, May 13, 1926.
  11. ^ "Cornell Societies Elect", The New York Times, October 14, 1938.
  12. ^ Secret's Out, Cornell Alumni Magazine, May/June 2003, p. 36.
  13. ^ http://www.slopeday.cornell.edu/2008/history.php
  14. ^ a b Cornell Alumni News, October, 1950
  15. ^ Alumni Association: Larry Gubb, William Kleitz, Elbert Tuttle, Robert White, Walter Nield, Charles Werly, Richard Vanderwarker, Bruce Hackstaff, Joseph Driscoll
  16. ^ Chairman: Becker, Purcell, Noyes; Mieing holds honorary membership.
  17. ^ List of current Cornell University Council Members
  18. ^ List of current Cornell University Board of Trustees Members
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