Kappa Epsilon Chapter Installed at The College of New Jersey
On Saturday March 5, 2016 Delta Tau Delta welcomed its newest chapter, Kappa Epsilon, at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The installation festivities were held at Cedar Gardens Banquet in Hamilton, N.J. which included a chapter retreat, initiation ceremony, and an evening banquet.
Saturday afternoon 102 founders experienced the Rite of Iris and Ritual ceremonies conducted by the Kappa Gamma Chapter from Monmouth University. International President, Jody Danneman (University of Georgia, 1988), presided over the ceremonies and was joined by Eastern Division President, Bryan Adams (University of Maine, 2007). Also in attendance was Anthony Albanese (American University, 1996), former Eastern Division President who was also present for the original colonization at TCNJ. At the conclusion of the ceremony Scott Neal (Bethany College, 1985) was installed as chapter advisor.
The installation banquet provided an opportunity to celebrate the newest chapter in the Eastern Division. Guests included Sam Mallick (Vanderbilt University, 2014) who was the lead consultant for the TCNJ expansion effort in the fall of 2014 and chapter leadership consultant Zach Pasker (University of Iowa, 2014) who has been providing ongoing support throughout the last year. Jack Kreman (University of Nebraska-Kearney, 2004), COO for Delta Tau Delta, provided chapter president Nishawn Rahaman (The College of New Jersey, 2017) with the Eversole Badge, a gift given to the president of every new chapter and passed down to each president thereafter.
Bryan Adams presented the chapter Guide, Oscar Nazar (The College of New Jersey, 2018), with the chapter Bible, Ritual books, and robes. In his address to the chapter he congratulated it on its accomplishment of chartering but reminded the members the work does not stop here. “I challenge you now to become a Hugh Shields Chapter,” Adams stated.
The keynote address was given by President Danneman where he reminded the chapter of the challenges Greek life is experiencing today but congratulated the men on their ability to rise above the rest. “This summer we are convening in Orlando for the Karnea and our theme is Discover, Transform, Dream. Here at TCNJ you have the opportunity to lead the way in transforming Greek life on this campus,” said Danneman. Following his address he presented Rahaman with the chapter charter with all 102 signatures of the founders of Kappa Epsilon Chapter.
The College of New Jersey is located in Ewing, N.J. and is one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the country. Delta Tau Delta colonized in the fall of 2014 with 94 men and the chapter has since grown to 114 members with an aggregate GPA of 3.29. Kyle Yarawsky (Morehead State University, 2010), Director of Growth for Delta Tau Delta, added “It has been a great colony to work with from the moment it was founded in 2014. Kappa Epsilon Chapter has a great opportunity to be a leading chapter within the TCNJ community and Delta Tau Delta nationally.” Kappa Epsilon is the second chapter established in New Jersey in two years and the first chapter to be installed in 2016.