For Prospective Members

undergraduates

We welcome you to give Delta Chi of Delta Kappa Epsilon your careful consideration during the recruitment process. We have thrived on the Cornell campus since our founding in 1870, and we look forward to having you as the next link in the long chain of brothers who have made Deke a valuable part of their Cornell experience. Deke has always attracted men who embody the characteristics of a gentleman, scholar, and jolly-good fellow. Dekes are a diverse set of brothers from hometowns around the nation, who are enrolled in any of Cornell's undergraduate colleges. While Deke provides a set of friends and an important support group for your Cornell years, Dekes have also been active in campus activities beyond the house.

Housing and dining costs at Deke are very competitive with other on-campus housing. Although the exact amount has not yet been set for 2018–’19, it will be the same as neighboring fraternity houses and slightly below the cost of a double room in the West Campus dorms. However, Deke delivers much more value, with more common areas, a great meal plan, and an ideal location next to the law school, engineering quad, and Willard Straight Hall.

As outlined on our scholarship page, Deke has a significant, peer-selected scholarship program whose purpose is to reward brothers who have given of themselves to support Delta Kappa Epsilon and advance its objectives. These awards are named for Robert Trent Jones and William E. Simon. Our scholarship fund has reached $700,000 and is invested as a part of Cornell’s endowment.

Joining Deke now provides a rare opportunity to create a start-up with an annual budget of over $200,000. Although Deke has a proud history and an active alumni association, we are looking for leaders to invent a new organization that will survive into the future. During 2017–’18, Clayton Trette (clayton@dke.org), a ΔΚΕ International chapter consultant, is leading our recruiting effort. He will remain in Ithaca for the entire school year to help the chapter. The new brothers will hire a full-time chef and select a fifth-year student or graduate student to serve as a live-in advisor. The brothers will have a full-service accounting firm and an alumni-relations firm under contract to help implement their programs.

Deke has a very strong and active alumni association, which creates many alumni networking opportunities. Each undergraduate is assigned an alumni big brother, and each undergraduate officer has an alumni mentor. We are planning on shifting full control of the corporation to our new brothers in October 2018, once the new officers are settled in their new home.

Cornell and Deke alumni have committed to refinishing and upgrading the interior spaces as we convert our house back from a dorm into a fraternity lodge. One important opportunity is the redesign of spaces on the lower level. Brother David Preusch, a noted architect, will work with the new brothers to plan these common areas to meet the needs and programs of the new Deke. The new brothers will also play a role in selecting furniture and finishes for their new home.

The Deke House is both a registered Ithaca and national landmark. Although the building is not available for house tours, you can and take a virtual tour below.


 

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