Rho, University of Denver

About Rho Chapter

Rho was founded on April 14, 1917 at University of Denver in Denver, CO. We've been around 104 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 7. We currently have a total of 86 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.65! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 356 service hours and $0.00!

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Rho Chapter Update: Spring 2021

Hi sisters! The women of the Rho chapter at the University of Denver hope you all had a safe and productive year. Here at Rho, we have been working as hard as we can to accommodate the city of Denver’s COVID-19 guidelines, so our usual programming was adjusted this year.

In April 2021, we held our annual Big Man on Campus (BMOC) competition, our biggest philanthropy event of the year. It is a Greek Olympics event in which every chapter on campus participates. Each chapter earns points for attending events while competing to raise money for Starkey. Every chapter chooses a member as their spokesperson to hold the title of Big Man/Queen of Campus if their chapter wins. A few DZs are assigned to each chapter to act as the chapter’s coach or caddy (assistant coach). This year, Big Man consisted of a 3-day competition. The first night was a Zoom game night. Each chapter’s Big Man and teams participated alongside DZs in either Pictionary or charades. The second night was an in-person comedy night. The theme was “fancy”, and because of COVID, we had 3 separate shows to allow for smaller crowd sizes at each show. A professional comedy group called Comedy World performed as well as the DU improv club. The last day of BMOC was an in-person field day. It was hosted outside on campus on Driscoll Green. We offered activities such as basketball, soccer, picnic chess, and giant water pong. Throughout the week, we also hosted a penny wars competition which earned us hundreds of dollars in quarters. Lastly, we had a weeklong Tik Tok competition where each chapter’s team would make Tik Toks and post them on the DZ Rho profile. The videos with the most likes and comments earned the chapter points. Ultimately, we raised $2,250 for Starkey Cares over 3 days. Our 2021 Big Man on Campus winner was Sigma Chi and the Queen of Campus was Chi Omega. Up next for philanthropy, we will host our Heart for Hearing event this fall benefitting Starkey.

Rho won 3 Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) awards for the academic year 2020-2021. The first was Exec Member of the Year, won by Haley Clark (c/o 2021), Rho’s president during 2019-2020. Angie Bustillos (c/o 2023) won House Manager of the Year. Our CCD, Mandy Valdes, won Advisor of the Year.

In terms of social life, we recently held Senior Week and a backyard movie night where we watched "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days". The senior week was not fully in-person as usual, but it consisted of Zoom senior superlatives, small group picnics, and senior formal. Because of COVID limitations, only seniors and their dates were allowed to attend although it is usually the whole chapter. The theme of the formal was Great Gatsby and it was hosted at Pelican Bay in Cherry Creek State Park. In addition, this year we had a date dash with Chi Omega.

Due to COVID, we had 18 members living in the house this year. Next fall, we will have 27 ladies living in. We hosted mainly Zoom chapters throughout the year, but have been having in-person chapter this spring due to COVID restrictions easing.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, Rho chapter tried our best to stay connected through socially distanced events, but next year we are so excited to spend more time with our sisters face-to-face. We wish all our DZ family has a wonderful summer!

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Rho Chapter's (University of Denver) Centennial Celebration just over 2 months away!

The Rho Chapter's Centennial Celebration is just over two months away. Rho Chapter was founded on April 14, 1917 and will celebrate 100 years over a three-day weekend at the end of April, from the 28th to the 30th, on the University of Denver campus.

Attendees can register for the Founders Package to get access to all of the Centennial Events! This $100.67 package includes a one-time donation of $19.17 to the Rho Centennial Fund (the year the Rho Chapter was founded). After February 15, 2017 this will increase to $105.67.

We'll kick off Friday, April 28, at 6:00 PM at the Tavern Wash Park (1066 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80209). The cost to attend is $5.00.

Saturday evening we'll hold our Celebration Banquet, which will include a presentation on "Rho Through the Years," the presentation of the Centennial Gift, and a Silent Auction. The formal banquet will begin at 6:00 PM at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality on the University of Denver campus. Cost is $60.00 to attend (will increase after February 15th).

Sunday morning we'll hold brunch at the Rho chapter house at 9:30 AM. The cost is $16.50 per person. The newly updated house will be open for attendees to tour and we will close out our Centennial Celebration.

Tickets can be purchased on our website. We also encourage you to check out our Facebook page and Instagram to catch up on 100 years of history.

ALL Rho Chapter alumnae, current and former chapter advisors, members of National Council, and friends of the Rho Chapter are encouraged to attend. We look forward to seeing you at this magnificent celebration!

Meet Rho Chapter member and fashion blogger Emma Walker

Posted to Instagram, Emma talks about fall brown trends.


Emma Walker is a new initiate of the Rho Chapter at the University of Denver. Emma joined Delta Zeta as a sophomore at DU and is quickly making a name for herself in Delta Zeta and on campus.

Emma has her own fashion and lifestyle blog, With a City Dream. Emma says, "I picked the name, 'With a City Dream,' because throughout high school my dream was to live in New York! I actually lived there for four months last year, but decided to put it on hold until after college. I just love big cities and the feeling you have when you are there -- like you can conquer anything in them, so they are always my dream places!"

Emma (right) with seniors Melanie Albanese (left) and Sarah Karpeles (middle)

She started blogging as a junior in high school, but didn't really let anyone know about what she was doing until a year ago, not sure what others would think of her. Her blog has earned her a fantastic reputation in the industry and she's been profiled on other blogs such as Miss Olivia Says, provides product ads for brands such as Neutrogena, Forever 21, and European Wax Centers, and recently competed in a Popsugar challenge for Favorite Fashion Blogger.

Emma is interested in serving as Rho Chapter's new Public Relations Chairman. "We're so happy to have Emma as one of our new initiates and can't wait to see what kind of sparkle she'll bring to the chapter," said  Katie Vilders Fredrick, Denver - Rho, College Chapter Director.

Emma (bottom) and her Delta Zeta Big Sis, Sarah Karpeles.

Delta Zeta sisters can follow her on Instagram at @emmawlkr. Her French Bulldog, Stella, also has an Instagram account @stella_thefrenchie1.

Amanda Clayton, Rho Chapter collegian, selected to attend Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Summit

Amanda Clayton, a junior at the University of Denver and member of the Rho Chapter, was selected by the Daniels College of Business at the university to attend the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Summit in Salt Lake City, UT from October 21-22, 2016.

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program was established by the Daniels Fund Board of Directors in 2009 as a five-year pilot. The effort was officially launched in early 2010 with eight business schools at universities in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming as initial partners. Due to its success during the pilot phase, the Collegiate Program was renewed in 2014 for an additional five years (2015–2019), and the number of partners was expanded to include ten business schools and one law school.

The Collegiate Program drives the strengthening of principle-based ethics education throughout each participating school. The ultimate goal is to instill a high standard of ethics in our young people. Participating schools in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program become members of the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium. Working together, Ethics Consortium members leverage individual school achievements to further strengthen and expand ethics education in the region.

Amanda joined Delta Zeta as a freshman at the University of Denver in 2015. However she quickly gained junior standing due to her non-traditional schooling as she had dedicated her life to ballet. Prior to enrolling at DU, Amanda danced with Ballet Pensacola, joining them when she was just shy of her 16th birthday. Amanda was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in many summer intensive programs such as the Tulsa Ballet, Joffrey Chicago, International Ballet competition, and Atlanta Ballet. Amanda also just signed with Wilhelmina Denver, an elite modeling agency.

"In a short period of time Amanda has shown herself to be a loyal sister, a dedicated student, and an aspiring young woman in all areas of her life in school and in Delta Zeta. We're luck to call her sister," said Katie Vilders Fredrick, College Chapter Director for the Rho Chapter.

Rho Chapter has outstandng academic success at University of Denver and raises more than $12,000 for Starkey

The Rho Chapter at the University of Denver is ranked second in academics out of 26 fraternities and sororites on campus. Twenty-nine percent of the chapter is on the Dean's list. Jordan Voegele received the University of Denver's Greek Member of the Year award. Erica Rasquinha was chosen as a Delta Zeta representative to lobby on behalf of Greek Life for the Campus Housing Infrastructure Act. Rho Chapter won Sigma Chi's Derby Days event, which raised money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Rho Chapter's annual Big Man on Campus event raised $12,284 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, surpassing the chapter's goal of $12,000 and last year's donation of over $10,000. All of the fraternities on campus participated, and Sigma Chi won the title. The events included a relay race, a rib eating competition, and a pageant.

Members of the Rho Chapter and teamed with Lambda Chi Alpha built and painted "buddy benches" for local schools to combat child and teen suicide and bullying.

Rho Chapter (University of Denver) holds Centennial fundraiser on September 7, 2016

The Rho Centennial Committee will be holding a Centennial Fundraiser on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Beau Jo's Pizza on Colorado Blvd. (this location only). Get the family together, bring your friends and sisters, and come dine at Beau Jo's any time during business hours (11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.). Present the flyer found on the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/158870981205179/), either printed on on your phone, when you order and 20% of the pre-tax sales will come back to Rho Centennial!

Email dzrho100@gmail.com if you have any questions, or comment on the Facebook event and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We hope to see you there to raise money for our chapter's Centennial Celebration this April!

Kelley Dingens, Vice President of Programming for Rho Chapter, is Women's Club Lacrosse Associates National Champion
May 24, 2016

Kelley (right) and her mom, Julie, at the tournament.

Kelley Dingens, Vice President of Programming, is leading in athletics, recently winning the D2 WCLA (Women's Club Lacrosse Associates) National Championship on May 7, 2016 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Kelley is the Vice President of the University's Women's Club Lacrosse team this year while serving on the Rho Chapter's Executive Board. Kelley and her team triumphed over the University of Utah in a 11-10 victory in sudden-death overtime on May 7.

Kelley was also awarded the Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row and First Team All-American for Defense at Nationals for Women's Club Lacrosse. "We couldn't be more proud of Kelley and we're excited to see how the team will excel when she becomes president of the team next year as a senior," said Katie Vilders Fredrick, College Chapter Director.