From the yearly archives: 2012
Rho DKE Strategic Initiatives-2012

Rho DKE Strategic Initiatives-2012

On December 4th, Lafayette College covered the results of our August strategic planning conference:

The fraternity holds leadership conferences before the fall and spring semesters, each with a different focus. This fall, DKE turned its attention to improving its members’ academic performance and increasing its community involvement. The entire chapter, its alumni leadership board, Shupp, and Stuart Umberger, director of fraternity and sorority life, participated in the conference.

The article also highlights the recent activities of students towards achieving their goals, as well as recognizing the alumni who help guide our students through this process. We suggest you read the article in full.

With the recent undergraduate elections, Andy O’Brien ’13 is passing leadership of the chapter to incoming President Michael Kelley ’14. During our winter leadership conference to kickoff the spring semester, Michael will present a review of the chapter’s progress on each of the strategic initiatives, goals, and action plans outlined at the start of the fall semester.

The winter conference will serve as an opportunity for any adjustments the students deem necessary to achieve the mission and vision agreed upon in August. It will also allow our new brothers to understand the process and framework guiding our chapter forward.

If you’d like to participate in the winter leadership conference, please contact Michael De Lisi ’03 at


Register for Homecoming 2012 today! We have a full schedule of events for our alumni, students, and friends. Come enjoy a great day on campus with fellow brothers on Oct 20th.

5PM – 7PM Marquis Reception @ DKE House
Prior to the Marquis Founders Dinner & Reception (College invitation only), our students welcome all Rho Dekes to the DKE House. Semi-formal attire suggested.

8AM – 10AM Breakfast (DKE Dining Room)
Join us for a delicious DKE breakfast served by the one and only Walter Luby including his famous egg McWalts and egg McLubies.

10AM – 11AM Annual Meeting
We’ve come through a tumultuous four years stronger than ever. You’ll hear all about it at the annual meeting of the Rho House Association. Come get the latest alumni news, meet our students, hear about their strategic plan, and receive updates about our beloved Rho Chapter. Bring any ideas, questions or concerns to our chapter’s leadership.

11AM – 1PM Tailgate (Markle Parking Deck)
Don’t Panic. The location is right. We’re moving our traditional tailgate to Markle to mingle with the Trustees and other alumni. We are already registered as a group, but space will be proportional to the number of Dekes registered with the Office of Alumni Relations. So register today and help us DOMINATE THE DECK (as only gentlemen can of course)! Be sure to click the radio button for “Delta Kappa Epsilon with Michael De Lisi ’03” under the heading for “Tailgating with Affinity Group.” If you want food & drinks from the alumni association’s tailgate, you’ll need to check the boxes for that as well. Just don’t buy tickets because…

1PM – 4PM Lafayette v Holy Cross Football Game
DKE shows up in force for the football game. We reserved a block of seats for Rho Dekes on the 40 yard line. The entire Rho Chapter of DKE – students, alumni and our families – will be out in force supporting our Lafayette Leopards against the Patriot League rival Holy Cross Crusaders. Tickets for the DKE Section are $10 per person. E-mail Michael at or call him at (781) 234-8485 to reserve your ticket now while supplies last!

DKE Section (approximately) reserved for Homecoming game

View from the DKE Section

4:30PM – 8:30PM Homecoming @ DKE!
What you’ve been waiting for…cocktails! Help your brothers return a time honored tradition to Lafayette College: main bar room parties in the DKE House. The students of Rho are re-christening the bar room and invite all Rho Dekes and our families back to the DKE House immediately following the game. We’ll be serving appetizers at 4:30 followed by more substantial food around 7PM. So don’t worry about dinner.

Come back to the DKE House to unwind and hopefully celebrate with your fellow Dekes the thumping we just delivered to the Crusaders.

Please be sure to register for Homecoming 2012, and under “Tailgating with Affinity Group” click the box for Delta Kappa Epsilon, Michael De Lisi ’03. If you want to nosh the College’s tailgate make sure to register for that too, but be sure to also the click box for DKE under “Tailgating with Affinity Group.” If you don’t want the College’s tailgate, simply enter the number of people in your party under “On Campus Only.” To pay for tickets in the DKE section of the football game, follow the payment instructions below and send an e-mail to (which goes to Michael De Lisi ’03).

See you at the DKE House in a few short weeks!

To pay for tickets in the DKE section or to make a donation towards the cost of these events (like third party security, food, etc.), please either use our paypal feature to send an electronic donation or mail a check payable to the Rho House Association to:

Rho House Association
c/o Peter Carlson, Treasurer
3026 Wayne Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Gentlemen, we cannot stress enough the importance of this opportunity to present an image of DKE as a vital, positive contributor to a vibrant campus life; and you and your family get to have a great time.  So register today, and we look forward to seeing you and welcoming you back to DKE !

Spread the word and get ready to Let the Lion Roar!


A brother dead and brothers mourning Fill the heart with grief today, And the earnest grasp fraternal; Speaks, “a dear one passed away.” Yes, no longer we shall greet thee In the halls of DKE, Yet thy name in sweet remembrance Graven on our hearts will be. We have parted, Brother, parted, As we trust, to meet again, In a full unbroken circle, Free from sorrow, grief and pain.

The family of Charles Hann ’48 requested we inform Rho Dekes that he passed away on Saturday.  If you wish to send a letter of condolence, please contact to receive his mailing address.


Charles R. Hann, 85, of Newtown Square PA. husband of the late Althea C. Hann, and Rosemarie D. Hann, passed away peacefully Saturday September 15, 2012 at his home in Dunwoody Village, in Newtown Square, PA. He was born in Newark, NJ. On October 16, 1926 to the late Floyd J. Hann and the late Grace D. Hann. Charles is survived by his son, Christopher R. Hann, (Colleen) of New Canaan, CT. Devoted step-father to Edward C Meyer Jr. (Patricia), Kathryn Meyer Addis (Paul), Christine E. Meyer, Thomas J. Meyer M.D. (Harriet). Also survived by 7 grandchildren, Lili Meyer, Michael Addis, Victoria Addis, Robert Addis, Claire Addis, Daniel Meyer, and Joseph Meyer. He was also survived by 4 neices: Betsy T. Casciano (Anthony), Donna K. Erb (Harley), Robin K. Collier, Karen K. Skeehan (Thomas), and a nephew, Thomas P. Tanis Jr. (Janet), and their children. While studying at Lafayette College, he was called into Military duty during WW II, to learn the Japanese language. He completed the Armed Services Training program, Japanese Area and Language Program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Fortunately, the War ended before he was to travel overseas. He was also a member of the fraternity DKE (Delta Kappa Epsilon) in college. After graduating from Lafayette College in 1948, he went on to Cornell University, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in Law in 1951. He also took graduate courses in anti-trust and trade regulation law at the New York University of law. His career spanned six decades, and after graduating from Cornell, he held positions in several law firms in New Jersey and New York, including Milbank Tweed. In 1955, he joined the law department at Allied Chemical Corporation in New York, where he practiced general commercial and corporate law. In 1961 he moved to Olin Corporation in Stamford CT, where he was International Council and remained there until 1989. After a very brief retirement, he joined Altman Weil in Newtown Square, PA in 1990, where he stayed until his retirement in 2003.

Charles was active in the legal community throughout his career, holding numerous leadership positions for organizations, including the Law Department Management Committee of the American Corporate Council Association; the Corporate Division of the ABA section on the Economics of Law Practice; and the Law Department Organization and Management Subcommittee, Corporate Council Committee of the ABA Business Law section. His admissions include: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1989, The State of New York 1951. The State of New Jersey 1952, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 1952, and The United States Supreme Court, 1964. His memberships include: The Westchester Fairfield Corporate Council Association (WESFACCA), President 1984, The American Bar Association, Section on Economics of Law Practice, Corporate Division, Liaison Chairman; The section on International Law and Practice Senior Lawyers Division; American Corporate Council Association; Past member of the Executive Committee of the Cornell Law School Alumni Association; New Jersey Corporate Council Association; New Jersey State Bar Association; and the Philadelphia Bar Association. After retirement, his memberships include: The Right Angle Club of Philadelphia, The Brown Bag Lunches at Ludington Library, Overbrook Country Club, President of the Dunwoody Village Resident Association, and many others.

Family and friends may visit at the McConaghy Funeral Home, 328 West Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore Pa. Thursday September 20 from 7 – 9 P.M. Funeral Mass will be on Friday September 21 at 10 AM, St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, and interment will follow at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler Pa. Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society , 1626 Locust St., Phila., PA 19103. Funeral arrangements by McConaghy Funeral Home.


Lafayette College recently announced that the Presidential Search is requesting input from the Lafayette community via this survey about what to consider in the search for the College’s next President. Send your input to the Search Committee today! In addition, the College is hosting regional forums as described in this update from the Search Committee. For your convenience, the schedule is copied below.

The Search Committee is chaired by Alan Griffith ’64 with Elisabeth Hughes MacDonald ’81 serving as vice chair. Ed Ahart, Chair of the Lafayette College Board of Trustees, describes the Search Committee’s charge here.

Philadelphia: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
Hyatt at the Bellevue
200 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 10016

Lehigh Valley: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Saucon Valley Country Club
2050 Saucon Valley Road
Bethlehem, PA 18015

New York City: Thursday, Sept. 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
University Club
1 W. 54th St.
New York, NY 10019

Los Angeles: Thursday, Sept. 20, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

San Francisco: Friday, Sept. 21, 1-3 p.m.
The Fairmont
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Northern/Central New Jersey: Thursday, Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Park Avenue Club
184 Park Ave.
Florham Park, NJ. 07932

Norwalk, CT: Thursday, Oct. 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location to be announced

Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
Williams & Connolly LLP
725 Twelfth St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

Boston: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
Seaport Hotel
1 Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210


The Office of Alumni Relations will shortly send an e-mail to all Rho Dekes with the Fall 2012 Rho News. They are also mailing a paper copy to all alumni who indicated they prefer to receive US Postal mail.

Check out the Fall 2012 edition of the Rho News here. Remember, you can always find past issues in the Rho News Archive.


Rho DKE Vision Statement-2012

Rho DKE Vision Statement-2012

DKE alumni leadership guided our students through a two day Strategic Planning conference with the assistance of our faculty advisor, Professor Richard Shupp ’67, and the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Stuart Umberger. Students set their vision for the next 3 years, their mission for this year to work towards that vision, and the strategic initiatives to accomplish the mission. Every Rho Deke student participated throughout the weekend.

The students wrote the attached Rho DKE Strategic Planning Artifacts: their Vision Statement, Mission Statement, and Strategic Initiatives.

Rho DKE Mission Statement-2012

Rho DKE Mission Statement-2012

Students also decomposed the strategic initiatives into S.M.A.R.T goals and specific actions to achieve results this academic year. This is an example of fraternities supporting the Mission of the College by helping students put their learning into practice in a real world environment that integrates their intellectual, personal, and social growth.

I would like to thank all participants, especially the student executive board for dedicating their entire weekend to this conference. I’d also like to recognize strong alumni contributions from Peter Carlson ’02, Mark Fedorov ’91, Jared Piette ’12, Scott Harris ’95 Brent Souders ’11, and John Terembula ’94 who all helped guide students through this process.

Rho DKE Strategic Initiatives-2012

Rho DKE Strategic Initiatives-2012

To help students understand the environment they are operating in at Lafayette College, we shared with students the recent message from President Weiss and Chairman Ahart to all Lafayette College alumni. As you would expect from Lafayette students, they had some thought provoking questions to the President and Chairman responding to College leadership’s stated beliefs about students in fraternities.

If you have any questions about the DKE Strategic Planning process or results for our chapter, please contact the students or alumni leadership at or, respectively. Our students set a lofty vision, now we need to help them succeed in their journey towards that vision.


On Saturday August 25-26, Delta Kappa Epsilon is hosting a leadership conference at Lafayette College to kickoff the 2012-2013 academic year for the Rho chapter. For the past several months DKE alumni have been teaching student leaders about Strategic Planning. At this conference DKE alumni will assist student leaders in guiding the entire chapter through the process. You can view the materials to be used at the conference as the DKE Strategic Planning Presentation as well as the agenda for 2012-08-25 DKE Leadership Conference – Strategic Planning.

Image of DKE Strategic Planning Framework

DKE Strategic Planning Framework

Alumni will teach students how to decompose elements such as thematic goals from Strategic Planning into annual goals and specific actions. The topics we plan to cover at the conference are Recruitment, Academic Standards, Pledge Education, and Public Relations. The students should leave the conference with the skills necessary to repeat the exercise for other topics such as civic engagement.

This conference is one example of students in fraternities like DKE integrating their intellectual, social, and personal growth by putting learning into practice outside of the classroom.


An opinion piece from USAToday addresses hazing in response to piece earlier in the summer.  The following quote echoes our students’ thoughts from UIFI and the DKE Convention:

The benefits I’ve seen from Greek life in the workplace have nothing to do with hazing. I’ve gained real, tangible experiences that have led me to my career as a reporter and photographer. I learned how to talk to people I didn’t know by recruiting new members to share in my sisterhood. I made sure I attended class and kept up my grade point average because of the scholarship and study hour requirements. I learned how to budget money. The business meetings and national conventions helped develop my professionalism in a more formal setting. Serving as president taught me to delegate tasks to others and manage a group of women from an array of backgrounds with vastly different personalities. Continuing to volunteer for my sorority has taught me the value of coaching others instead of managing them.

When I took my sorority’s vows, I didn’t promise to berate and belittle other women by hazing them. I didn’t swear I would make sure others would have to prove their worth through trivial, physical acts, instead of by the values they already possess. I didn’t vow to make sure women felt the need to be hazed as a rite of passage. Founders of both fraternities and sororities are men and women who came together during extraordinary times and organized against all odds. They weren’t running around campus cleaning apartments or cars to have “pledge” books signed. They were too busy forging a path to the sisterhoods and brotherhoods we have the privilege to carry on today.

The Greek experience, in my opinion, is meant to empower others. We volunteer and give back to the community, we develop bonds that reach deeper than friendship, and we learn to see the value of others and ourselves. Hazing has no part of this vision.

Give the full article a read and take up her challenge.


Rho sent two delegates to the DKE International convention hosted by Psi Alabama two weeks ago. Check out what the students have to say about their experiences at the undergrads’ website with Lafayette College.


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