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Delta Chi Chapter Achieves Full Recognition with the Official Return of Our Charter From DKE!
On behalf of the active members of the Delta Chi chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon and the Board of Directors of the Delta Chi Association, I am delighted to announce that the Governing Board of DKE International has officially returned the Delta Chi chapter’s Charter of Recognition after a successful multi-year effort! As aresult of this formal action, Cornell’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life has also officially returned full recognition status to Delta Kappa Epsilon as a fraternity in good standing at Cornell. This is a major accomplishment for the many undergraduates and alumni who have worked so hard over the past eight years to reestablish Delta Kappa Epsilon at Cornell and to reinstitute the cultures and traditions of over 150 years of Dekes on the hill.
There will be opportunities in the coming months to formally celebrate this major achievement and to engage with greater clarity and confidence on the future of our Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter and its home at 13 South Ave. At this moment, however, I would like to take a moment to thank those individuals that worked so very hard to make this moment possible over the last few years.
First and foremost are the contributions of the DKE undergraduate leaders over the past four years who have made this day possible. Despite DKE’s long history at Cornell, DKE International has been crystal clear that their decision to return our charter was based not on the historical legacy of our chapter, but in recognition of the positive and sustainable actions taken by the undergraduates to form an organization true to DKE’s founding objects. To recent Chapter Presidents Dan Vlad '19, Matt Fooksman ’20, Zach Bolotte ‘20, Jared Hirsch ’21, and Xavier Lu ’22, and all of the other undergraduate leaders who played a role in making this happen, I offer the thanks of generations of DKE’s who have come before you.
Many Delta Chi chapter alumni must also be recognized for their efforts over the past decade to help achieve this honor.
- Bob Platt ’73 took over the role of President of both the Delta Chi Association and the Undergraduate at a time of instability for our chapter and reset the foundation for our efforts moving forward. His ability to navigate the university bureaucracy to negotiate our return to campus in 2017, strict attention to detail in the continued maintenance of our Grey Stone Castle at 13 South Avenue, and the execution of the Building our Legacy Capital Campaign to raise financial resources for the future of DKE at Cornell were critical to our achievements today.
- Dedicated alumni including Lin Davidson ’71, Mike Clifford ’91, Ryan Zimmerman ’97, Ari Sobel ’99, Pete Bachrach ’01, and Chris Scannell ‘05 have made regular visits to Ithaca to build personal connections with the new undergraduate brothers. Their passionate and sustained efforts were extremely valuable in providing a connection to past chapter traditions and historical legacies of 150 years of DKEs at Cornell.
- There are many other alumni who played key roles in supporting the future of the chapter house and providing examples of mentorship, leadership, and fraternal bonds of brotherhood to our newest members. These include Chuck Kerner ’74, Eric Neumann ‘96, Will Roberts ’06, Stephan Spilkowitz ’10, and Tyger McGuiggan ’14.
Once again, I am delighted that we have achieved this milestone in our chapter’s history. Celebrations of this major milestone will commence in the coming months including at a (hopefully) in-person event in Ithaca on Reunion Weekend 2022. More information on that to come… In the meantime, there remains work to be done to solidify and expand our presence on campus and to fortify our chapter lodge as a desirable living environment for Dekes in the decades to come. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating our recent successes and tackling our remaining challenges.