From the yearly archives: 2015

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!

 

“A new chapter for Greek life” by Editor-in-Chief William Gordon appeared in last week’s edition of The Lafayette. The article addresses the new process the College is implementing to allow Greek organizations to apply to be recognized.

The new three-part application process is an extension of the President Alison Byerly’s Connected Communities program, according to co-chair of the committee that developed the application process Connor Heinlein ‘15, in which all student organizations are viewed on the same platform by the college.

Heinlein said by confirming Greek life as a part of the Connected Communities program, the college is showing they are open to these organizations.

Richard S. Gilbert ’62, former President of Chi Phi, commented on the article:

I am very much pleased to see that the College has finally made official the process by which Greek organizations may return to the campus. As a 55 year plus member of the Chi Phi Fraternity and having lived as an undergraduate student in Vallamont, the home of the Rho Chapter of Chi Phi on Lafayette’s campus, I do believe that the unique experiences of undergraduate membership in a fraternity or sorority can have life long benefits which help the graduate succeed in life. I look forward to Rho Chapter’s return to Vallamont and again becoming a positive contributor to the mission and objectives of Lafayette College.

We at DKE certainly support this initiative by the College and look forward to assisting organizations applying for membership to the existing Greek community.

 

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Rho DKE Brother Donald Engesser. Brother Engesser passed away peacefully on February 12th at the Morristown Medical Center. He was 87 years old.

Brother Donald Engesser

Brother Donald Engesser

Following his graduation from Lafayette, Brother Engesser accepted a position at Esso (now ExxonMobil) and worked there until he retired in 1982. His legacy will not be forgotten.

From the New Jersey Star Ledger obituary:

Don will be remembered for his relentless optimism, enthusiasm and love of life, his thirst for adventures large and small, his kindness, his tenderness, his humility, and his bravery and strength. A man of seemingly endless energy and generosity, Don was a loyal friend and supporter to all who knew him. His ready laugh and lively spirit will never be forgotten.

Please find the full obituary here.

 
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