On Sunday, 8/27, Rho kicked off their annual DKE Fall Conference in the Oechsle Center for Global Education. The conference was spearheaded by current chapter President James Cochran ’18 and President of the Rho House Association Mike Rupolo ‘12. Alumnus and Vice President of Campus Life for Rho, Jared Piette ’12 was also in attendance.
Structurally, the day was divided in two sessions: the morning was spent with the undergraduate executive board, while the afternoon encompassed the entire chapter. Conference topics of focus included fall recruitment, member development and strategic planning for events throughout the upcoming academic year. The brotherhood of Rho is looking forward to converting another strong recruitment class this fall, maintaining their good standing as part of the campus Greek community (through Lafayette’s own accreditation process) and ultimately, furthering their ability to compete for the Lion Trophy again in 2018!
Congratulations to the Rho undergraduates in securing DKE’s most prestigious award, the Lion Tropy for the second year in a row!
The chapter’s placement by category can be found below:
Chapter Operations – T 1st
Community Service – 2nd
Leadership – 1st
Overall – 1st
You can also checkout the quick video announcement of the placements from DKE International HQ here:
Announcing the Delta Award, Lion Trophy, and Blaisdell Leadership Award!Update after being live:For Delta Award for Chapter Improvement:Winner: Sigma Kappa-Michigan State UniversityRunner up: Gamma Iota: Gannon UniversityLion Trophy Winner: Rho-Lafayette CollegeRunner Up: Phi Alpha-University of British ColumbiaScholarshipFirst place: Iota-Centre College(tie) Second Place: Phi Alpha-University of British Columbia and Theta Zeta- University of California,BerkeleyChapter Operations:(tie) First Place: Phi Alpha-University of British Columbia and Rho-Lafayette CollegeCommunity Service & PhilanthropyFirst Place: Phi Alpha-University of British ColumbiaSecond Place: Rho-Lafayette CollegeLeadershipFirst Place: Rho-Lafayette CollegeSecond Place: Iota-Centre CollegeThe winner for this year for the Blaisdell Leadership Award is Devin Tarantino, Pi Alpha-University of Missouri ‘18
Posted by Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The Rho chapter is honored to represent the highest recognition awarded by our organization for another year. More exciting news to come as the chapter prepares their return for the Fall semester, and Lafayette Homecoming…where the Lion Trophy will be making an appearance!
In honor of Rho’s founding 161 years ago at Lafayette College, we are pleased to announce the endowment of the DKE internship fund to provide an internship stipend to Rho Dekes and legacies of Rho Dekes. The College will administer the endowment and award the stipend through the College’s Office of Career Services to those students who meet the College’s eligibility criteria.
Thank you to all of the alumni and friends who contributed to the 160th Anniversary Campaign. You made this endowment possible and are opening up new internship opportunities for students. Thank you also to the College for working with us to create the endowment – and for passing the savings associated with the under budget DKE House Renovation to the DKE side of the ledger, which will make this endowment grow faster than previously planned.
This endowment is a part of the Live Connected Lead Change Campaign for Lafayette College. When DKE succeeds, Lafayette succeeds!
Happy Founders Day to all Rho Dekes.
“A fraternity returns: DTD gains college approval” by Ian Morse appeared on The Lafayette’s website last Friday. The article announces that the 18 member Recognition Committee decided to grant Delta Tau Delta (DTD) colony status.
President of DTD Dan Lupia ’16 (Full disclosure: Lupia copyedits for us. He did not copyedit this story) said the 26 members of DTD are excited about the decision. A ceremony to recognize them as a colony will be held at a nearby DTD chapter within about three weeks, according to Lupia.
“We’re just really happy to have finally made a step at Lafayette College moving in the pro-Greek life direction and bringing something back to the school,” he said.
DTD has a strong group of alumni who have always been inclusive and welcoming at their tailgates and golf outings. They’ve fostered connections with the Delta Delta Delta women occupying the former DTD house, including co-hosting events with the chapter.
DKE wishes DTD well. We want every fraternity and sorority chapter to succeed at Lafayette College to enrich the student experience. Moving forward, DTD will operate with the support of their national and local alumni as a colony for 2-4 semesters.
DTD and Chi Phi had both applied to the Recognition Committee; however, the process limits expansion to one chapter per year within a given type of group (social, service, or culturally based organizations). Word is Chi Phi received feedback on their application and is encouraged to reapply next year with a stronger application.
Hopefully they do reapply.
For those interested in keeping track, there are three active fraternity chapters on campus (DKE, DU, and Phi Psi), one colony (DTD), one suspended fraternity chapter (Zeta Psi, 11/25/2018). Chi Phi is the only social fraternity that has students actively seeking recognition. There are also students interested in service oriented groups such as Alpha Phi Omega (the world’s largest service fraternity, which was founded at Lafayette), as well as culturally based chapters, none of which would conflict with or compete with Chi Phi’s reapplication.
Last call to register for DKE events at Homecoming next weekend to celebrate Rho’s 160th Anniversary. So far 215 people are attending various DKE events throughout the weekend, with 125 planning to attend the 160th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday night.
We need to place the food and beverage order with Catering on Monday, so please register now!
Welcome home! The newly renovated DKE House greeted dozens of Rho DKE collegians to campus this past weekend.
The schedule of events includes a golf outing, dedication ceremony with President Byerly, Oktoberfest, and the 160th Anniversary dinner. Families and friends are welcome at each event except for the annual meeting of the Rho House Association. The registration page has details. If we do not hit our minimum attendees for each event by October 7th, we’ll be canceling the specific events where we fall short of our minimum attendees.
We’re also offering Rho DKE gear commemorating our 160th Anniversary. Again, if we don’t hit our minimum numbers for a specific item, we’ll be canceling that item’s order.
The Rho House Association is looking forward to seeing many Rho Dekes celebrate this significant milestone in our chapter’s illustrious history. In the meantime, please enjoy the photos made available on Flickr by the College’s photographer, Chuck Zovko.
It is hard to believe it was just over a year ago that we hosted the ground breaking ceremony for this exciting renovation.
The fall 2015 edition of the Rho News (click here for PDF) was distributed via the College via e-mail and direct mail this week.
This issue focuses on the significant accomplishment of renovating the DKE House at Lafayette College. It also introduces the events the Rho House Association has planned to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon during Homecoming (October 16-17). Other highlights include features of our collegiate’s accomplishments, new careers, and an update from the Class of ’86.
If you haven’t yet made your gift or pledge in honor of DKE’s 160th Anniversary at Lafayette College, please do so now. Gifts are fully tax deductible and may be spread over up to five years, but you need to make your gift or pledge before October 1st to be included in the recognition materials for the 160th Anniversary. In addition to a plaque in the DKE House recognizing leadership gifts, every donor will be recognized in the program for the 160th Anniversary Dinner. Just say “DKE 160” in the memo line of your gift.
We still need $160,000 to fully fund our share of the DKE House renovation. Make your gift to be a part of this exciting chapter in our fraternity’s storied history.
As Delta Kappa Epsilon turns 171 years old today, the Rho Chapter has additional cause to celebrate. On Friday, the College released their academic performance report for the 2015 spring semester.
We are pleased to announce that our undergraduates attained an average chapter GPA of 3.36 compared to the All Upper-Class, Non-Affiliated Men’s Average of 3.21. This marks the fourth consecutive semester over semester increase in GPA by our student brothers. They’re also within striking distance (0.01) of toppling Phi Kappa Psi (the statisticians would say we’ve already matched them)!
There were also several outstanding individual accomplishments, which will be recognized in the next Rho News including multiple men with a 4.0 GPA for the semester and over 25% of the chapter making the Dean’s List!
Academic performance, and specifically GPA, has been a focus area for our undergraduates for the past several years. Congratulations for this accomplishment!
Our friends at the College sent new photos of construction progress at the DKE House. What a great way to start the week!
Over 150 Rho Dekes, family, and friends have supported the campaign so far. Please join us by making a tax deductible gift or pledge today towards our 160th Anniversary Campaign by visiting Leopard Link and putting “For DKE 160th” in the comments. Making a five year pledge by June 30th will maximize the impact of your gift.
For gifts of stock and other questions, contact Tommaso Marsella ’06 in the Development Office at 610.330.5573.