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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.

On October 15, 1855, Andrew Cross Trippe ‘57 and Joshua Williams Kerr ‘56 secured Rho’s founding charter from Phi. One hundred and sixty years later, Rho remains the oldest, strongest and most storied of the fraternities at Lafayette College. Tomorrow we dedicate the renovated DKE House and kickoff a weekend commemorating this significant milestone.
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As Delta Kappa Epsilon turns 171 years old today, the Rho Chapter has additional cause to celebrate. On Friday, the College released their academic performance report for the 2015 spring semester.

We are pleased to announce that our undergraduates attained an average chapter GPA of 3.36 compared to the All Upper-Class, Non-Affiliated Men’s Average of 3.21. This marks the fourth consecutive semester over semester increase in GPA by our student brothers. They’re also within striking distance (0.01) of toppling Phi Kappa Psi (the statisticians would say we’ve already matched them)!

There were also several outstanding individual accomplishments, which will be recognized in the next Rho News including multiple men with a 4.0 GPA for the semester and over 25% of the chapter making the Dean’s List!

Academic performance, and specifically GPA, has been a focus area for our undergraduates for the past several years. Congratulations for this accomplishment!


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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