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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)

 

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/

 

Read the latest update on IAGGL from the Chair at this link. Of note are some enhancements that DKE’s leadership team has requested, notably:

Dan and Annette discussed the work that has been ongoing with Administrative Information Systems (ITS) to enhance the types of information being stored in Banner.  This has allowed for more accurate reporting of items such as Excel Scholar participation, academic honors and participation in study abroad. Future enhancements to the way information in stored in Banner include keeping track of more club and organization membership for students (currently participation is only recorded for Greek affiliations and varsity athletics).

Dan discussed briefly the work on the new accreditation process that is replacing COMPASS.

We look forward to hearing more as IAGGL wraps up its important work this academic year. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

On November 22, 2014, Lafayette vs. Lehigh (a.k.a. The Rivalry) will be played at Yankees Stadium in honor of the 150th meeting of our football teams. DKE already purchased a block of tickets in Section 219. The block of club seats ($89 each including all taxes, fees, etc.) are near the end zone and have access to the Delta Sky 360 Suite (which will have heat, clean bathrooms, a bar, and big screen TVs).

Yankees Stadium Seating Chart for Lafayette vs. Lehigh

Yankees Stadium Seating Chart for Lafayette vs. Lehigh

If you are interested in a seat in the DKE block with access to the Delta Sky 360 Suite, please respond to Dan Huffenus ’86 at dan.huffenus@kattenlaw.com by November 15th. You can checkout the view from the seats at http://yankees.io-media.com/# by searching for Section 219 under Virtual Venue.

We’re also looking at hosting a cocktail reception at the DKE Club in NYC for Friday night in addition to tailgating and other Rivalry Weekend Events. Stay tuned….

 

Jared Piette ’12 put together a fantastic edition of the Rho News covering the latest for DKE and past highlights from 1917 and 1954. The online edition is available here. You can view all electronic editions of the Rho News in our archive.

By now all Rho Deke alumni should have received the Summer 2013 edition by both mail and e-mail; we distributed it via Lafayette College’s mailing system. If you did not receive a copy, please update your contact information online or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-(800)-LAFAYETTE or alumni@lafayette.edu.

Send questions or comments to rhonews@rhodke.org.

 

Join us for Homecoming October 4 & 5, which is only eight weeks away! DKE is planning another weekend full of events similar to last year.

Our event schedule will include a cocktail reception Friday evening for DKE Marquis Founders, our annual meeting on Saturday morning, tailgate before the football game against Bucknell (3:30 PM kickoff), followed by an Oktoberfest bar room party at the DKE House Saturday night!

We are working around Lafayette College’s schedule of events for Homecoming, which includes the Friday inauguration of Alison Byerly as the seventeenth President of Lafayette College.

Stay tuned for more information. The Rho House Association has exciting plans brewing for Homecoming this year!

 

In case you missed it, the Spring 2013 edition of the Rho News was published here. We’ve updated it to be a printable PDF version on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Once again, we worked with Lafayette College’s Office of Alumni Relations to distribute this edition via e-mail. If you expected to receive this e-mail but did not, contact Alumni Relations to update your information:

(610) 330-5040
(800)-LAFAYETTE (outside PA)
Fax: (610) 330-5833
alumni@lafayette.edu

Also, our undergrads are having a very busy month leading into the close of the academic year. They hosted a well attended faculty reception, the women’s basketball team invited DKE representatives to attend their year end reception, are working on this year’s Lion Trophy application, and are selecting delegates to UIFI (Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute). They’re staying busy with more to come!

 

The Spring 2013 edition of the Lafayette Magazine provides coverage of DKE’s leadership initiatives. You can view the online edition of the Lafayette Magazine here or read the article about DKE directly here.

The article includes a quote from Andrew O’Brien ’13 as well as recognizing the contributions of our faculty advisor Richard Shupp ’67, Director of Fraternity Sorority Life Stuart Umberger, and Delta Kappa Epsilon’s leadership advisory team (Mark Fedorov ’91, John Terembula ’94, Peter Carlson ’02, Michael De Lisi ’03, Brent Souders ’11, and Jared Piette ’12).

The print version features the DKE article in between the cover story introducing Alison Byerly as Lafayette College’s next President and coverage of the Lafayette Leadership Institute. Its great to see the College paying attention and spreading the news about the contributions of our students and alumni.

Vive la DKE!

 

Following the recent Board of Trustees meeting, Annette Diorio, VP of Campus Life and Senior Diversity Officer, recently posted an update on IAGGL’s progress for the campus community. This update contains a link to the implementation grid, which indicates the person with primary responsibility for each implementation item to strengthen Greek Life at Lafayette College. This is a welcome update that allows the entire community to know the person responsible for each item and who we should work with to address specific areas.

The color coding highlights those items with implementation complete or partially complete, scheduled for completion with a time frame, and those items that may change prior to implementation. Touching on this last category, Annette writes:

The members of the IAGGL received information about the efforts made both by the organizations and the College to address the serious issues of high-risk alcohol use. A separate committee, formed in September, has been tasked with developing a comprehensive strategic plan related to reducing high risk alcohol use. As a result of the excellent and detailed work of the Alcohol and Other Drug Oversight Committee, some of the initial Working Group recommendations affecting Greek organizations may be amended.

Annette proceeds to highlight progress fraternities and sororities made this past year in addressing this issue in partnership with the College. Also of interest is the next IAGGL meeting will include Greg Meyer, Director of Student Development, reviewing the newly implemented training around the conduct process among other changes.

Read the full update here.

 
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