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In honor of Rho’s founding 161 years ago at Lafayette College, we are pleased to announce the endowment of the DKE internship fund to provide an internship stipend to Rho Dekes and legacies of Rho Dekes. The College will administer the endowment and award the stipend through the College’s Office of Career Services to those students who meet the College’s eligibility criteria.

Career Services at Hogg Hall

Career Services at Hogg Hall

Thank you to all of the alumni and friends who contributed to the 160th Anniversary Campaign. You made this endowment possible and are opening up new internship opportunities for students. Thank you also to the College for working with us to create the endowment – and for passing the savings associated with the under budget DKE House Renovation to the DKE side of the ledger, which will make this endowment grow faster than previously planned.

This endowment is a part of the Live Connected Lead Change Campaign for Lafayette College. When DKE succeeds, Lafayette succeeds!

Happy Founders Day to all Rho Dekes.

 

The fall 2015 edition of the Rho News (click here for PDF) was distributed via the College via e-mail and direct mail this week.

This issue focuses on the significant accomplishment of renovating the DKE House at Lafayette College. It also introduces the events the Rho House Association has planned to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon during Homecoming (October 16-17). Other highlights include features of our collegiate’s accomplishments, new careers, and an update from the Class of ’86.

If you haven’t yet made your gift or pledge in honor of DKE’s 160th Anniversary at Lafayette College, please do so now. Gifts are fully tax deductible and may be spread over up to five years, but you need to make your gift or pledge before October 1st to be included in the recognition materials for the 160th Anniversary. In addition to a plaque in the DKE House recognizing leadership gifts, every donor will be recognized in the program for the 160th Anniversary Dinner. Just say “DKE 160” in the memo line of your gift.

We still need $160,000 to fully fund our share of the DKE House renovation. Make your gift to be a part of this exciting chapter in our fraternity’s storied history.

Final DKE House on March Field

Final DKE House on March Field (click for full size)

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Join President Byerly and your brothers in Delta Kappa Epsilon at the DKE House on Saturday June 7th for the ground breaking ceremony of the DKE House renovation, subject to Board approval, to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Rho
Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon
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Please register today for reunion so we can get an accurate headcount. When you register, select “Delta Kappa Epsilon” as your headquarters for the Campus Crawl. Festivities at the DKE House will continue following the ceremony.

This is your last chance to enjoy the DKE House as it was before the renovation to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Rho Chapter.

Add your name to the list of Rho Dekes who will join us at reunion:

1974 Mark Damiano
1979 Gerald Leitz
1983 JB Reilly
1989 Robert Almeida
1991 Mark Fedorov (Maybe)
1993 Jay Mehr
1994 Christopher Pollina
1994 John Terembula
1994 Brian Waerig
1995 David Kiefer
1995 Bayard Smith
1996 Alex Dippel (Maybe)
1996 William Forbes
1998 Praveen Reddy (Maybe)
2002 Peter Carlson
2002 Jason Monico
2002 Scott Reynolds
2002 Brian Schranz
2003 Michael De Lisi
2003 Gabriel Fernandez-Obregon (Maybe)
2003 Michael Gentile
2004 Daniel Carreno
2004 Jonathan Cohn
2004 Stefano Derasmo
2004 Anthony Hawthorne
2004 James Madigan
2004 David Weston
2004 John Troup
2006 Jared Yelen
2008 Dominic Cimorelli
2009 John Crerand
2009 Matthew Zamore
2010 Ryan Simmons

 
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