From the monthly archives: April 2013

In case you missed it, the Spring 2013 edition of the Rho News was published here. We’ve updated it to be a printable PDF version on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Once again, we worked with Lafayette College’s Office of Alumni Relations to distribute this edition via e-mail. If you expected to receive this e-mail but did not, contact Alumni Relations to update your information:

(610) 330-5040
(800)-LAFAYETTE (outside PA)
Fax: (610) 330-5833

Also, our undergrads are having a very busy month leading into the close of the academic year. They hosted a well attended faculty reception, the women’s basketball team invited DKE representatives to attend their year end reception, are working on this year’s Lion Trophy application, and are selecting delegates to UIFI (Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute). They’re staying busy with more to come!


Lafayette College’s annual reunion is June 7-9, 2013. You can register online today at this link.

The DKE House will once again be open to all Rho Dekes and their families throughout the weekend. We’re planning a photo opp for all Rho Dekes Saturday afternoon around the other festivities.

Rho Dekes turned out in great numbers for the 2011 and 2012 reunions.

As of May 16, there are already 13 Rho Dekes registered to attend, with more to come:

Robert Loughlin ’53
Charles Moore ’53
William Thomas IV ’53
Manfred Geiger ’63
Richard Gurzynski ’63
David Jaffe ’63
Greg Dennison ’93
Mark Suffredini ’93
Michael De Lisi ’03
Timothy Dragone ’08
Daniel Flaherty ’08
Christoffer Johnston ’08
Marshall Massey ’08

I’m told the following Rho Dekes are attending, but not registered yet:

JB Reilly ’83
Michael Browne ’83
Fletcher Thomson ’98
Salvatore Caiazzo ’03
Daniel Gardner ’03
Gabriel Fernandez-Obregon ’03
Scott Yunes ’03


The Spring 2013 edition of the Lafayette Magazine provides coverage of DKE’s leadership initiatives. You can view the online edition of the Lafayette Magazine here or read the article about DKE directly here.

The article includes a quote from Andrew O’Brien ’13 as well as recognizing the contributions of our faculty advisor Richard Shupp ’67, Director of Fraternity Sorority Life Stuart Umberger, and Delta Kappa Epsilon’s leadership advisory team (Mark Fedorov ’91, John Terembula ’94, Peter Carlson ’02, Michael De Lisi ’03, Brent Souders ’11, and Jared Piette ’12).

The print version features the DKE article in between the cover story introducing Alison Byerly as Lafayette College’s next President and coverage of the Lafayette Leadership Institute. Its great to see the College paying attention and spreading the news about the contributions of our students and alumni.

Vive la DKE!


Lafayette College’s alumni updates website recently featured Brother Tom Neff ’59:

In February, trustee emeritus Tom Neff ’59 joined San Francisco-based private equity firm Carrick Capital Partners, LLC, as one of four special advisers on its executive team. In this role, he will participate several times a year in discussions on strategy, economics, and regulatory and employment issues. Neff also recently joined the board of Axiom Law, Carrick’s first investment.

Read the details about Brother Neff here.

Have alumni updates? Send them to us here!


Following the recent Board of Trustees meeting, Annette Diorio, VP of Campus Life and Senior Diversity Officer, recently posted an update on IAGGL’s progress for the campus community. This update contains a link to the implementation grid, which indicates the person with primary responsibility for each implementation item to strengthen Greek Life at Lafayette College. This is a welcome update that allows the entire community to know the person responsible for each item and who we should work with to address specific areas.

The color coding highlights those items with implementation complete or partially complete, scheduled for completion with a time frame, and those items that may change prior to implementation. Touching on this last category, Annette writes:

The members of the IAGGL received information about the efforts made both by the organizations and the College to address the serious issues of high-risk alcohol use. A separate committee, formed in September, has been tasked with developing a comprehensive strategic plan related to reducing high risk alcohol use. As a result of the excellent and detailed work of the Alcohol and Other Drug Oversight Committee, some of the initial Working Group recommendations affecting Greek organizations may be amended.

Annette proceeds to highlight progress fraternities and sororities made this past year in addressing this issue in partnership with the College. Also of interest is the next IAGGL meeting will include Greg Meyer, Director of Student Development, reviewing the newly implemented training around the conduct process among other changes.

Read the full update here.


Tomorrow, April 3, several Rho Dekes are returning to campus to speak with students. Kevin O’Brien ’96 is participating in “What Good is a Math Major” from 12:15 to 1:15 in Pardee 227 sponsored by the Mathematics Department and MAAD. Brother O’Brien is part of a panel of three alumni described as:

An informal panel discussion with three former math majors and Lafayette grads who’ll be talking about their lives, work and life and how majoring in math got them where they are today.

He will also be participating in meetings on campus with students later in the day as well as the dinner event.

In addition, David Kiefer ’95 and Fletcher Thomson ’98 are participating in this spring’s DKE Speaker’s Bureau “Full Disclosure: Perspectives and Advice on Law School and the Legal Profession” from 7PM to 9PM in Hugel 103 – Jaqua Auditorium. DKE is cosponsoring this event with the Government and Law Department. Brother Kiefer is a Partner at SNR Denton and Brother Thomson is Assistant General Counsel, Textron, Inc. Brothers Kiefer and Thomson have been working with Professor Helena Silverstein, the Government and Law Department Head, to tailor material to the relevant interests of Lafayette College students.

Both events are open to the entire campus.

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