From the monthly archives: August 2012

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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