On Sunday, 8/27, Rho kicked off their annual DKE Fall Conference in the Oechsle Center for Global Education. The conference was spearheaded by current chapter President James Cochran ’18 and President of the Rho House Association Mike Rupolo ‘12. Alumnus and Vice President of Campus Life for Rho, Jared Piette ’12 was also in attendance.
Structurally, the day was divided in two sessions: the morning was spent with the undergraduate executive board, while the afternoon encompassed the entire chapter. Conference topics of focus included fall recruitment, member development and strategic planning for events throughout the upcoming academic year. The brotherhood of Rho is looking forward to converting another strong recruitment class this fall, maintaining their good standing as part of the campus Greek community (through Lafayette’s own accreditation process) and ultimately, furthering their ability to compete for the Lion Trophy again in 2018!
A picture from Rho at Lafayette is the featured image for “Philanthropy and Community Service” under DKE HQ’s newly revamped website, http://www.dke.org
Thanks to the 2012 Rho Dekes for pointing out the cover image is the picture that we took of all of the DKE attendees of the 3rd Jeremy Saxe Tournament. Stay tuned for more details on this year’s tournament, which is scheduled for April 12th.
You can see the feature under Chapter Resources. DKE HQ’s website looks slick after this significant overhaul.
Lafayette College recognized two Dekes at the 2012 Alumni Awards for their leadership activities at Lafayette College. Scott Harris ’95 received the award for Chapter of the Year Award on behalf of the Atlanta Chapter as the President of the Atlanta Chapter. This award recognizes an alumni chapter for providing quality and diverse events while cultivating the chapter’s leadership and promoting area alumni participation.
Michael De Lisi ’03 received the award for Chapter Support Person of the Year for his work as President of the Boston chapter. This award recognizes an individual who continually strives to promote alumni activity and interaction within his respective chapter.
Lafayette College presented 26 Alumni Awards on October 6, 2012 recognizing important contributions to the College by our alumni.
10/10/12 EDIT: Check out the College’s coverage of this event on their website here.
Delta Kappa Epsilon hosted the fourth annual Jeremy Saxe basketball tournament recently. You can check out the description by the students here. The Rho House Association again supported this worthy cause close to the hearts of many of our brothers.
Chris McConnell ’09 forwarded the Jeremy Saxe Tournament Program for all Rho Dekes to see. It contains the following letter from Jeremy’s family:
Thank You from the Saxes
There really isn’t strong enough words to express the extreme gratitude we feel toward all of you for the incredible support you gave Jer during his time at Lafayette, your incredible commitment to honor his life through your continued dedication to his legacy foundation and our family. You are truly remarkable people and we are very proud of Jeremy for choosing Lafayette and pledge brotherhood with DKE.
We remember how much time Jeremy put into his decision to pledge DKE. He worried about fraternity life and whether he could make the necessary commitment. The day he said he was pledging DKE, we asked him what it was that finally compelled that decision. He simply stated with conviction, “it’s the guys…I want to be brothers for life with these guys”
We thank you for all the love, support and fun times you generously shared with Jer. It is through the support of his DKE brothers that he thrived at Lafayette.
After Jer’s tragic death, you have continued your relationship with him through support of his legacy foundation and by outreach to our family. Through close relationships with so many of you and involvement with all of you in the annual tournaments, we feel included in the Lafayette and DKE family and we are deeply grateful for all your love and support.
The choice of this 3 x 3 Basketball Tournament is a perfect way to honor Jer – DKE brothers all know how much he loved playing sports with his friends and brothers. We strongly believe he is smiling down on this event and is thrilled that everyone is having fun at an affordable event while helping make a difference for those less fortunate.
With Much Love and Great Appreciation,
Heidi, Tracy & Ryan Saxe
On Saturday 4\14 @ 2pm the 4th Annual Jeremy Saxe Memorial Basket Ball Tournament will be held in Kirby Sports Complex. Jeremy, an extremely bright, gifted, and selfless individual, passed away in the fall of 2008 from an extremely rare and undiagnosed heart condtion: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The RHO class of 09 would like to cordially invite all brothers to participate via playing in the tournament, donating, or spreading word of the event. The Jeremy Saxe Foundation is a 501c3 organization.
Please contact Chris McConnell at email@example.com to learn more on charity’s mission of promoting education in the developing world.
Durring DKE’s homecoming meeting, several alumni raised questions about raising the profile of the annual Jeremy Saxe Memorial Basketball Tournament. Brother Baldwin ’12 indicated he would be crafting a press release to bring local reporters to the event this Spring. Additionally, Brothers Garelli ’09 and Crerand ’09, who are in charge of communications for the alumni association, would do all they could to raise the profile of the event among the alumni association.
The event raises funds for the Jeremy Saxe Foundation, which supports education in the developing world, an important cause to Brother Saxe who passed away of natural causes in his Sr. year at Lafayette. The tournament has been very successful since it’s debut in 2009, not only rasing money for the foundation, but also bringing alumni back to Lafayette to support their fraternity, and to honor a fallen brother.
Congratulations to Brother Glen Woodbury ’85 for being featured in the Spring 2011 Lafayette Magazine for his work with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Woodbury believes that “Lafayette taught [him] the value of personal relationships, small organizational leadership, and how friendships really can be for life.” Surely many of the brothers of Delta Kappa Epsilon can relate to those life lessons. Congratulations again to Brother Woodbury, and his successes after Lafayette, and thanks to his services to this country. The article in its entirety can be seen at this link.
Brother Mitchell was recently featured in the Lafayette Alumni News:
When a small group of residents of Bear Creek Township, Pa., voted in 1993 to secede and form a separate borough, they elected Walter S. Mitchell Jr. ’66 as mayor. And, he’s been mayor ever since.
Read the full story for more information.