Posts by: Michael De Lisi

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!

 

We are happy to announce that we placed second in the Lion Trophy Competition from DKE International.

An application based process, the award is the highest honor given to the chapter with best overall performance from the previous year. Rho came in second place overall behind the Alpha Phi chapter from the University of Toronto.

Brothers Rob Pollastro ’16 and Henry Boozan ’16 accepted the prestigious award at the 2014 DKE convention at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. The announcement was made following a banquet held at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs. Former astronaut Brother Alan Bean was on hand as the keynote speaker at the event.

Broken up into four sections, Chapter Operations, Philanthropy and Service, Scholarship, and Leadership, individual awards are also given to the chapters who shined in those areas. As well as winning first runner-up overall, Rho won third place for the individual Chapter Operations section.

The brothers of Rho are extremely proud to accept this award and look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence at Lafayette College and in DKE International.

 

Check out photos of the demolition progress in the DKE House this summer. Click each image to view full size versions, especially the first one, which is a panoramic view.

 

President Alison Byerly and DKE brothers Michael De Lisi ’03 and Trustee J.B. Reilly ’83 led a groundbreaking ceremony during Reunion Weekend 2014 to renovate the DKE House. DKE announced that the renovation will include all alternates under consideration including key additions of a solarium and a cupola, thanks to the College keeping their investment in DKE fixed, passing all project cost savings on to DKE, and a recent generous gift putting DKE fundraising over a million dollars to date with $250k more to go to fully fund the renovation.

Scores of Rho Dekes from the ‘50s through 2015 were joined by many friends of DKE including family, fellow alumni, trustees, campus administrators, and a representative from DKE International. This event capped a beautiful reunion weekend.

Check out pictures of the event at the College’s flickr page.

Thank you to all supporters of this project, which marks a watershed moment in DKE and Lafayette College history. If you haven’t lent your support towards this cause, make a gift or multi-year pledge today!

Lafayette College featured this event on their Facebook page, embedded below:

 

During the May 2014 Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved spending up to a total of $4.3 million in total project cost to renovate the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) House on March Field. The groundbreaking with President Byerly is scheduled during reunion on Saturday June 7th at 2PM. Brother JB Reilly ’83 will be introducing President Byerly for her remarks.

Over 30 Rho Dekes across all generations already confirmed they will attend this momentous occasion. We expect many walk-ons, so please join us in celebrating this occasion for DKE. Kevin MacDonald from DKE HQ will also be joining us for the groundbreaking.

The renovation calls for donations of $1.2 million from DKE fundraising. The only exclusion at $1.2 million in DKE funds would be the cupola topped by a Rampant Lion weather-vane. We are currently at only $800k funds committed to date, so Board approval of the full $4.3 million and beginning construction now shows significant good faith from the College.

This project reflects the significant commitment of Lafayette College to DKE, and vice versa. Together we are breathing new life into one of the most effective living learning laboratories on Lafayette’s campus – the DKE House.

This project is the centerpiece of the Rho DKE 160th Anniversary Campaign. We are also endowing a scholarship and a faculty award to commemorate our 160th Anniversary. Both gifts are above and beyond the $1.2 million required for the renovation, which the Rho House Association has been prioritizing.

We hope you’ll join us to kickoff this exciting project at the DKE House on June 7th at 2PM. All are invited and welcome!

 

My big fat Greek renovation: DKE fraternity house undergoes major renovations” by Ian Morse ‘17 appears in this week’s edition of The Lafayette. The topic is the planned renovation of the DKE House, which is one part of the plans to commemorate DKE’s 160th Anniversary at Lafayette College along with endowing a scholarship and faculty award.

This project reflects the significant commitment of Lafayette College to DKE, and vice versa. Together we are breathing new life into one of the most effective living learning laboratories on Lafayette’s campus – the DKE House.

“The interior of the 1st thru [sic] 3rd floors will be completely demolished and replaced with all new construction, including finishes, mechanical, electrical, fire protection and plumbing fixtures,” Director of Facilities Planning and Construction Mary Wilford-Hunt wrote in an email.

Renovations will cost over $4 million, according to Wilford-Hunt. The college will pay the base cost of the entire renovation and trust that DKE contribution quotas will be filled, according the Rho DKE 160th Anniversary Campaign’s website.

DKE could not ask for better partners at the College. We’ve worked with all levels of the administration, members of the faculty, trustees, and of course our students. The outpouring of support from folks at the College as well as the brothers, families, and friends of DKE has been tremendous.

In addition to covering the thoughts of Rho Deke alumni, the article also highlights our collegian brothers’ perspective:

“We’ve been working with our alumni advisor and the other alumni, as well as with the undergraduates to help raise money…to fund the project as best as possible,” DKE President Brett Lederer ’15 said. Members of the fraternity have held “phone-athons” whereby they inform alumni since the Class of 1960 of the chapter’s plans.

The administration is presenting this project to the Board of Trustees for their review and approval at the upcoming meeting (May 23-24). Pending that approval, we will host a ground breaking ceremony at the DKE House on June 7th at 2PM with President Byerly. This is during reunion, so register today!

Please post any questions or comments.

 
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