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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.


I received the note below from the Chairman of DKE International:

Dear Brother De Lisi,

Today is June 22nd.

It was 168 years ago today that 15 Yale sophomores held a meeting at #12 Old South Hall on Yale’s campus, and founded the Brotherhood of Delta Kappa Epsilon.  From Yale the Fraternity quickly spread, and its influence has been felt far and wide across the collegiate landscape all across the North American continent.   I am sure you are proud of the day you were initiated at the Rho Chapter at Lafayette College.

The founding principles of those 15 men were embodied in The Objects of Delta Kappa Epsilon, and I repeat them here:

“The cultivation of general literature and social culture, the advancement and encouragement of intellectual excellence, the promotion of honorable friendship and useful citizenship, the development of a spirit of tolerance and respect for the rights and views of others, the maintenance of gentlemanly dignity, self-respect, and morality in all circumstances, and the union of stout hearts and kindred interests to secure, to merit its due reward.”

Their founding principles remain with us today – we are a society of Gentlemen, Scholars, and Jolly Good Fellows.

DKE has been such a positive factor in the lives of so many men in the 168 years since that auspicious beginning. Please take just a moment today to reflect on what DKE has meant to you in your lifetime, and if you’d like, even if only symbolically, please “raise a cup of ruby wine to the health of DKE.”

Best wishes to you, as all Dekes celebrate this meaningful day in the history of our great Fraternity.

In the Bonds,

Stanford McMillan
Chairman of the Board

P.S. If you’d like to publicly state what Deke has meant to you, please visit our Facebook page and enter your thoughts there.


Today is June 22.

167 years ago today, DKE was founded at #12 Old South Hall, at Yale University in New Haven.

Our great fraternity boasts a glorious history and a vibrant future.

Please join our brothers in celebrating the 167th Anniversary of the founding of Delta Kappa Epsilon!

Thanks to Doug Lanpher for the post!

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