“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.

 
On October 15, 1855, Andrew Cross Trippe ‘57 and Joshua Williams Kerr ‘56 secured Rho’s founding charter from Phi. One hundred and sixty years later, Rho remains the oldest, strongest and most storied of the fraternities at Lafayette College. Tomorrow we dedicate the renovated DKE House and kickoff a weekend commemorating this significant milestone.
Kerothen Philoi Aei
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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!

You can find event descriptions along with food menus here. The commemorative merchandise for the 160th is described with photos here.

 

Welcome home! The newly renovated DKE House greeted dozens of Rho DKE collegians to campus this past weekend.

The registration page for the weekend of events to celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon at Lafayette College is now live. Register now.

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.

Final DKE House on March Field

Final DKE House on March Field (click for full size)

 

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!

DKE stone

DKE porch

DKE interior

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.

 

“You’ll all be happy to know the [toilets] are even more fraternal than before.” comments a Rho Deke Reunion 2015 correspondent during the tour of the DKE House Renovations to commemorate our 160th Anniversary. He sends the accompanying photo.

Fraternal Toilets

Fraternal Toilets

 

We have arranged a tour of the DKE House for interested alumni on Saturday, June 6th during reunion. Because it will still be an active construction site during reunion, space is limited. Please e-mail michael.s.delisi@gmail.com if you are interested in reserving a space on the tour.

As of early May, the following Rho Dekes are registered with the College to attend reunion this year:

Ed McNally ’65
John Krah ’75
Daniel Moore ’75
Gary Schaeffer ’75
Neill Kling ’85
Scott Harris ’95
David Kiefer ’95
J. Bayard Smith ’95
Alex Dippel ’96
Jonathon Jaye ’10
Ryan Simmons ’10

To register, follow this link to the College’s website, or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (610) 330-5040 or alumni@lafayette.edu.

 

DKE House Renovation Progress (Photo Credit) Chuck Zovko / Zovko Photographic llc

DKE House Renovation Progress (Photo Credit) Chuck Zovko / Zovko Photographic llc


Check out the photos of progress at the DKE House renovation at Lafayette College’s flickr page.

Construction is still on track for completion this summer. Todd Wiltshire ’86, who received a recent tour, reports that the kitchen is a huge upgrade and the light that now comes into the 3rd floor from the new cupola is amazing. The Rho House Association is investigating the possibility of tours for alumni during reunion on June 6th, 2015.

If you haven’t already lent your support towards this exciting campaign commemorating our 160th anniversary, please make a gift today!

 
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