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DKE Summer Series 2014 – Ryan Flynne

This summer Brother Ryan Flynne ’16 is interning for WPS Advisors Ltd., an asset management firm based in Bermuda.

Working from the New York branch, Flynne is in charge of meticulously and thoughtfully evaluating businesses to invest in. By the end of his time at WPS Advisors, Flynne will present his thesis and conducted research to the firm’s executives.

Flynne has specifically been focusing on the retail sector and is charged with understanding any and all trends, macro and micro, that can affect the retail industry and the specific companies he researches. 

DKE Summer Series 2014 – Matthew Soloway

This summer Brother Matthew Soloway ’16 is the workshop coordinator for StreetSquash Newark, a non-profit based in Newark, NJ. The non-profit’s goal is to create well rounded scholar athletes through equal portions of academic tutoring and instructional squash sessions.

The Millburn, NJ native has worked as the leader for a group of middle school-aged children from the Newark area, organizing hour long sessions every day for the kids involved. Soloway has put together three weeks of musical workshops including percussion, instrument making, and banjo making.

“I have taught the kids about rhythm and melody,” Soloway said, “as well as broadened their musical knowledge to encompass jazz and certain subgenres.”

Soloway’s final week will be capped off with a trip to surrounding nature preserves and lessons on soil filtration, as well as scavenger hunts for the children.

Soloway is pursuing a degree in economics at Lafayette and serves as the scholarship chair for DKE.

DKE Summer Series 2014 – Jordan Roses

This summer Brother Jordan Roses ’16 has been working as an advisory intern at KPMG, one of the big 4 accounting firms. He works with financial analysts to create reports and forecasts for the business. Jordan is tasked with evaluating the company’s financial statements to hedge risk and help the company meet its business goals.

Jordan is pursuing a double major in mathematics and economics and has found that much of what he has learned at Lafayette can be applied to his work at KPMG. Additionally, Jordan serves as DKE’s recruitment chair.

DKE Summer Series 2014 – Tory Bingaman

This summer Brother Tory Bingaman ’16 is interning for T&M Associates, an engineering consulting firm at their offices in Plymouth Meeting, PA and Bethlehem, PA. The civil engineering major has worked with their real estate development group which plans for construction jobs by performing calculations for storm and sanitary water management. The development group uses different computer programs to create designs for the project.

Bingaman has worked with other engineers at the company on various projects by editing drafts of designs and confirming that ordinances and building codes were met before the projects moved on for final approvals. In addition, Bingaman has been able to see the communication required between the engineers, the townships, and the owners that must occur while planning a project. In the fall, Bingaman will begin his second semester as the vice president for DKE.

DKE Summer Series 2014 – Michael Goldman

This summer Brother Michael Goldman ’16 has interned with GE Capital’s risk management team in Stamford, CT. More specifically, Goldman has worked with the credit risk team at the branch. Goldman has overlooked European, African, and Asian portfolios, and has worked on a project on investment banks and regional banks.

Goldman has spent his time at GE performing daily limit checks looking for breaches and excesses. He has also reviewed and revised calculated ratings for a variety of entities. As an economics major, Goldman will pursue a career in finance after graduating from Lafayette.

DKE participates in Lafapalooza 2014

Brothers Sam Todd ’15 and Nick DiNino ’15 hard at work at the Easton Urban Farm

This past Saturday the Brothers of the Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon participated in Lafayette’s National Day of Service known as Lafapalooza through the Landis Community Outreach Center.  The brotherhood was stationed at the Easton Urban Farm in downtown Easton, PA to help prepare for the new growing season.

The farm’s harvests are donated yearly to Easton Area Neighborhood Center’s food bank and senior citizen housing centers.

The brothers spent the day weeding, mulching, and preparing new tomato beds for the farm. The day’s efforts were an excellent opportunity to reach out to the community and offer a helping hand to an organization that benefits hundreds of people in Easton.

We would like to thank everyone at Landis and the Easton Urban Farm for allowing us access to the farm to provide service for the community. We would also like to thank Director of Service and Philanthropy Brother Sam Todd ’15 for coordinating DKE’s involvement in the event.


Accreditation Presentation

This past Tuesday five brothers from the Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon presented their yearly Accreditation Presentation in Oeschle 224 at Lafayette College.

Brother Billy Leonard ’14 speaks about the annual DKE HQ Leadership Conference

As former and current executive position holders in the fraternity, Brothers Michael Kelley ’14, Billy Leonard ’14, Brett Lederer ’15, Wiley Houldin ’15, and Kevin Fasano ’15 were responsible for presenting the Powerpoint to various school administrators and students.

As academics remain the first priority for the fraternity today, Treasurer Kevin Fasano spoke about the chapter’s mandatory study halls for brothers struggling academically under the supervision of faculty advisor Professor Richard Shupp. By implementing these study hours, we hope to foster better study habits that will translate to better results in the classroom in the coming semesters.

The presentation highlighted brothers’ involvement and leadership in activities around campus including but not limited to varsity tennis, swimming, and soccer, staff writers and editors for “The Lafayette,” Tau Beta Pi, Alumni Relations Council, Common Sense Action, and Lafayette College Ambassador Program.

Undergraduate Chapter President Brett Lederer ’15 discusses the campus involvement of various brothers

Also discussed were the chapter’s service and philanthropy events, including this year’s Jeremy Saxe Memorial Basketball Tournament and days spent working at the Lafayette Farm as part of our attempt to have a stronger community influence.

All in all, the presentation was an amazing opportunity to highlight all the amazing things we do on and off campus to school administrators and our fellow students. We would like to thank Grace Reynolds (Director of Residence Life), Paul McLaughlin (Dean of Students), Annette Diorio (Vice President for Campus Life), Connor Heinlein (President of Student Government), and Ryan Monahan (VP of Student Government) for providing us the opportunity to speak and for taking the time to listen to the progress we have made as a chapter.

DKE Rho’s Core Values

The 6th Annual Jeremy Saxe Memorial Basketball Tournament

Last Saturday, the brothers of the Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon hosted the 6th Annual Jeremy Saxe Memorial Basketball Tournament in the Kamine Gym. This charity event is held every year to honor the life of Brother Jeremy Saxe, who passed away during his senior year due to an undiagnosed heart condition. The proceeds from the event are donated to the Jeremy Saxe foundation to help build schools in Nepal.

Brothers Sam Todd ’15, Wiley Houldin ’15, and Brett Lederer ’15, help organize the tournament bracket

The tournament is held in a 3 vs 3 format, as organized teams had the option to compete in either the competitive or non-competitive bracket. All were welcome to participate, as Lafayette students from all class years came to compete, as well as multiple DKE alumni. Even a team from Easton High School came out to support Jeremy’s cause. All in all it was a fun-filled, productive day at Lafayette, as DKE raised about $8,200 in donations, making this year’s tournament the highest grossing tournament to date.


After dozens of match ups took place on four different courts in the Kamine Gym, a team of four seniors (three of which are DKE brothers) came out on top. Brandon Turner, along with Brothers Rob Howe ’14, Michael Kelley ’14, and Charles Roberts ’14 (pictured below) calling themselves “The Fab Four” took home the trophy in the competitive bracket.

Tournament champions (from left to right) Brandon Turner, Rob Howe, Michael Kelley, and Charles Roberts

DKE would like to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who showed up to participate and to those who worked to make this event possible. We would also like to send a special thanks to Brother Chris McConnell ’09 for his help organizing the tournament. And finally we would like to thank all of the DKE alumni who were not able to make it to the event but still chose to donate to Jeremy’s foundation. With everyone’s continued support we hope to have an even larger turnout for next year’s tournament.

Here is the link to the photo album from this year’s tournament courtesy of the Saxe family:

DKE Faculty Reception yields huge turnout

On Thursday April 10th, the Brothers of the Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon hosted their annual Faculty Reception at the DKE house. Dozens of professors, administrators, and faculty members alike came out to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and the company of their favorite DKE students. The goal of the event is to build a relationship between the faculty and the Greek community in a location other than a classroom setting.

DKE Faculty Adviser Professor Richard Shupp chats with Brother Kevin Fasano ’15

The faculty reception gave brothers an opportunity to exhibit their “Jolly Good Fellow” side, as well as their “Gentleman” side, as opposed to the scholarly attitude professors have become accustomed to from DKE brothers in the classroom.

Bon Appetít provided catering for the event, as brothers and faculty alike were able to mingle throughout the three hour reception. Conversations ranged from declaring majors, to the advantages of joining Greek Life, to the recent start of The Masters golf tournament, which played on the TV throughout the event.

The event was a big success, and we would like to thank all who took the time out of their schedules to attend. This is an event that we look forward to each year, and we hope to have an even bigger turnout for next year’s event in light of our 160th Anniversary celebration.

Professor Jerome Heavey speaks with Brothers Matt Soloway ’16, Rob Gahn ’16, and Nick Andrews ’16


Brothers Assist Planning Dine 3/9

This past Sunday, three brothers helped the Alumni Relations Council host the third annual Dine 3/9 event at Pfenning Alumni Center. Dine 3/9 is an event that is held to commemorate the establishment of Lafayette College.

On March 9, 1826 the Senate of the House of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted the charter to establish Lafayette College. Students and alumni alike get together to join in the celebration for food, refreshments, and cheers to all that have walked through the gates of Lafayette College.

(From left to right) Brothers Boone, Houldin, and Goldman cheers at Dine 3/9
(From left to right) Brothers Boone, Houldin, and Goldman cheers at Dine 3/9

This year the event doubled its turn out from last year.

As members of the Alumni Relations Council, brothers Bakari Boone ’15, Wiley Houldin ’15, and Michael Goldman ’16 helped set up and plan the event.

“Being a member of the Alumni Relations Council makes the event more special,” Goldman said. “Our organization puts in the dirty work in making this event enjoyable.”

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the college, and we look forward to seeing you next year.