Posts by: Michael Kelley

“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.

 

In case you just crawled out from under a rock, the 150th meeting of The Rivalry between Lafayette & Lehigh will take place this Saturday, November 22, at Yankee Stadium (game time 3:30PM). You can spot Rho Dekes around NYC at the following events:

Friday

3pm @ McSorleys, 15 East 7th Street: Informal gathering led by the 80’s-90’s Rho Dekes.

6-11pm @ American Museum of Natural History, Campaign Kickoff Celebration (By Invitation), Central Park West & 79th Street: Rho Dekes supporting the public launch of the College’s comprehensive campaign announcing the exciting vision for the future of Lafayette!

6-9pm @ Refinery Rooftop, 63 W 38th Street: Lafayette event that requires no RSVP, so a lot of people are meeting there as a starting point. One idea is to move on to Brewery Authority, right next to the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 300 W 40th Street, about a 10 minute walk. They have 90 taps, so plenty to choose from. http://www.beerauthoritynyc.com/home

Saturday

    Noon – 2:30pm @ Yankee Tavern, 72 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451: Steps from Yankee Stadium, we have a room reserved for a DKE “tailgate” before the game. $60 per person includes beers on tap (Yeungling, PBR, Bud and Bud Light); Buffet of garden salad with chicken, penne vodka, sliders and hot dogs.

    3:30pm The Game:

    Section 116 – 60 Young Alumni Rho Deke tickets

    Section 219 – Delta Sky Suite

    1 Section of the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar

    Lafayette College has a lot of information about events, transportation, game information, history of the rivalry, etc. available at http://www.lafayette.edu/lafayette-in-nyc/

 

Allentown, Pennsylvania was once a thriving economic hub for retail in the 1970s but fell victim to decades of economic decline. Businesses and people fled the downtown area for the suburbs and the results were predictably poor.

Those tough times are finally over. Allentown is a revitalized city home to flourishing new businesses and is currently the fastest growing city in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

DKE Brother J.B. Reilly ’83 is a driving force behind that revitalization. Reilly was featured in a recent article titled ‘Allentown bets big to shed its former image’ by Tommy Andres on Marketplace.org.

Reilly and his company, The City Center Management Company, are building the new arena for the Philadelphia Flyers’ minor league team, the Phantoms. The PPL Center also features a membership gym and a new Marriot Renaissance hotel.

Photo courtesy of The Morning Call

Photo courtesy of The Morning Call

“Not only did we see a financial opportunity,” Reilly said, “We saw a community development opportunity.”

“There will be 3,000 more people working here [in September] than there were a year ago. And for a city like Allentown, that’s just extraordinary.”

Brother Reilly is a shining example of the true impact Rho Dekes can make in the community. We are proud of the leadership he displays both as a Trustee for the College and as a key figure in the turnaround of Allentown.

 
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