Today’s edition of The Lafayette contains an article about alumni expectations for President Byerly. “Alums cite athletics, Greek life as concerns” by Michael A. Kowaleski ‘14, reports the results of interviews he conducted with several Lafayette alumni.
Out of seven interviews with key Lafayette alumni, six members cited Greek life, five cited social life, and five cited Lafayette’s commitment to Division I athletics as important aspects for President Byerly to concentrate on during her tenure.
An example of the types of concerns alumni have on Greek life:
“Greek life needs to be a part of the school,” Carolyn Romney ‘08 said. Romney is a former member of the Delta Gamma sorority. “It’s always been, it’s rooted in tradition. The way that that takes form is kind of determined by the future, but I’d like her to preserve the ties to our rich past.”
Read the full article to see other concerns alumni hope to see President Byerly address.
Register for Homecoming 2013 today! In addition to the College’s schedule of events, DKE has a full schedule of events for our alumni, students, and friends. Come enjoy a great day on campus with fellow brothers on Oct 5th.
Friday October 4
5PM – 7PM Marquis Reception @ DKE House
Immediately following President Byerly’s inauguration convocation (4PM @ Quad) and prior to the Marquis Founders Dinner (College invitation only), our students welcome all Rho Dekes to the DKE House to enjoy our brotherhood and talk about what we have in the works for the 160th Anniversary of the Rho Chapter. Semi-formal attire suggested. The College also plans to host an open reception on the quad.
Saturday October 5
8AM – 11AM 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 (Continental breakfast starts at 8AM, hot food served at 10AM).
11AM – 12:30PM Annual Meeting
We’ve made terrific strides to strengthen both the Rho Chapter and the Rho House Association. We also have ambitious plans for our chapter’s 160th Anniversary coming up in 2015. You’ll hear all about those plans 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.
12:30PM – 3:30PM Tailgate (Markle Parking Deck)
For the second consecutive year, our traditional tailgate will be on 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)! You do not have to select a specific tailgate package, but be sure to click the radio button for “Delta Kappa Epsilon with Michael De Lisi ’03” under the heading for “Joining your Affinity Group?” If you want food & drinks from the alumni association’s tailgate, you’ll need to check the boxes for their package as well.
Like last year, the undergrads will again be manning their grill on the parking deck. Bring anything else you’d like to contribute. Note: the College moved student tailgates from March Field to Anderson Courtyard in front of Watson Hall, and AHE/ACE.
3:30PM – 6:30PM Lafayette v Bucknell Football Game
DKE shows up in force for the football game. If you register for the College’s Tailgate & Game Package, your tickets are included in that cost. If not, you can buy tickets directly from the goleopards website.
6:30PM – 10:30PM Oktoberfest: Homecoming @ DKE!
What you’ve been waiting for… Help your brothers keep up a time honored tradition: main bar room parties in the DKE House. Last year we re-christened the bar room. This year we are inviting all Rho Dekes and our families back to the DKE House immediately following the game for Oktoberfest. We’ll be serving appetizers followed by a buffet dinner Oktoberfest style – prepared by our very own Walter Luby! Return the tradition of bringing a case of your favorite beer back to the DKE House to share with your brothers (yes, please do BYOB).
Our undergrads are still putting the finishing touches on big plans for the return of Oktoberfest. Like most DKE events, you don’t want to miss this!
So come back to the DKE House to unwind and hopefully celebrate the thumping we just delivered to the Bison with your fellow Dekes.
Please be sure to register for Homecoming 2013, 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 “Joining your Affinity Group? ” If you don’t want the College’s tailgate, simply enter the number of people in your party under “On Campus Only.”
See you at the DKE House in a few short weeks!
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 celebrate 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 welcoming you back to the DKE House!
Spread the word and get ready to Let the Lion Roar!
Today’s edition of The Lafayette, with a new online home at http://www.lafayettestudentnews.com, contains several articles that touch on Greek Life. First up is “A New Face for an Old System” by Julia Ben-Asher ‘14, which introduces Daniel Ayala as the new Assistant Director of Residence Life and Advisor to Fraternities and Sororities.
The article provides a good overview of Dan’s CV and concludes with the following:
“I think he will do a terrific job,” President Alison Byerly said regarding Ayala. “I just met with the Alumni Interfraternity and Sorority Board and I think they’re interested in working with him. I think they feel good about that.”
Ayala is looking forward to fulfilling his goals here: educational programming for both Greek and non-Greek students, which are co-sponsored with other departments and offices, leadership development and risk management work, addressing gender and sexuality issues, and helping to develop an inclusive campus community.
DKE alumni are absolutely looking forward to working with Dan. We are also pleased that President Byerly joined the August 24th meeting of the Alumni Interfraternity and Sorority Board (AISB). This is a terrific way to kickoff the academic year.
Next up is “Lasting Effects: Umberger Leaves his Mark on Campus” by Michael A. Kowaleski ‘14 which covers the departure of Dan’s predecessor, Stuart Umberger. The article highlights:
Umberger’s impact is still being felt during rush. Ayala has been largely carrying over changes in sorority rushing that were implemented by Umberger prior to his departure.
We wish Stuart well in his current endeavors at Franklin & Marshall. We will work closely with Dan to institutionalize the changes for the better that Stuart introduced to the Lafayette Greek community throughout his time as Director of Fraternity and Fraternity Life. Of course, we will also engage new ideas Dan brings to our community.
In another article (I warned you there was a lot touching on Greek Life in this issue!), “What are Students Expecting from Byerly?” Samantha Praman-Linton ‘16 interviewed Delta Upsilon President Zach Lappen ‘14 who offered the following comment, among others:
I’d like to see her work to interact with students a little bit more than a bridge between the administration and students at the college, so that they can interact as one cohesive group to a better degree.
Read the full article to see the rest of his perspective as a student leader in the Greek community.
Finally, of note to alumni is the Letter from the Editor Michael A. Kowaleski about The Lafayette‘s coverage of the start of President Byerly’s leadership of Lafayette College. He writes:
It’s important to consider the desires of alumni and faculty, two populations that carry significant weight in administrative decisions. We plan on covering both divisions and their respective visions for the College.
Again, its worth reading his letter in full.
Jared Piette ’12 put together a fantastic edition of the Rho News covering the latest for DKE and past highlights from 1917 and 1954. The online edition is available here. You can view all electronic editions of the Rho News in our archive.
By now all Rho Deke alumni should have received the Summer 2013 edition by both mail and e-mail; we distributed it via Lafayette College’s mailing system. If you did not receive a copy, please update your contact information online or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-(800)-LAFAYETTE or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Friday’s edition of The Lafayette featured the cover article “Setting up shop: Byerly discusses Greek Life” by By Michael A. Kowaleski ‘14 Editor-in-Chief. The article covers the convocation for the Class of 2017 of Lafayette College. From the article:
“Many alums talk about Greek Life, et cetera [sic], and what I told them was that the kinds of values that inspired their dedication to their fraternity are not only still represented but can be found in other aspects of residential life,” Byerly said. “If fraternities and sororities can meet the standards set up by the IAGGL process, I’m delighted to see them be part of that picture. ”
“I don’t believe Greek life is expendable,” she stated. “I believe if they adhere to the standards set, they have a place.”
For more on Greek Life and other topics from convocation, read the full article.
The newspaper is currently re-designing their website (thelaf.com). In the meantime, the newspaper is available in PDF format from the College Archives beginning at this link. The article concludes on page 4.
For those of you who missed reunion, President Weiss addressed the topic of fraternities and sororities meeting the standards under the IAGGL process during his final State of the College address on June 7, 2013:
We’re finding our way with Greek organizations now. We’re working in partnership with the students as closely as we ever have. They’re supportive of these initiatives. They’re performing at the levels we’ve asked them to. Their academic achievements are commensurate with the study body as a whole. And I’m proud of that. I think the way forward with them will be positive and I think that will be an important achievement for us so that we can all be rowing together.
You can watch this address at the College’s website. The sections relevant to Greek Life as of June 2013 begin at 27:20 and 43:00.