Keep the Connection Going in 2017

Involvement in and support for the DGT Alumni Association annually starts in January with payment of $10 in membership fees. The work of keeping the connection going is volunteer based. However, the fee not only provides for the ability of you to vote at membership meetings, now held by video conference, and to hold office, but for you to  also cover the costs of supplies, stamps and communications to "keep the connection going.' It's easy to do it via PayPal. Thank you in Advance from the Board.

Gallery House Fellowship Application Deadline is September 30, 2016

Gallery House Fellowship, a program of the DGT Foundation, announces that the deadline for applying for a Gallery House Fellowship is September 30, 2016. During the Fall of 2016, three Pratt Institute students will each be awarded a fellowship. Participants will gain real-life experience in curating, planning, promoting, setting up and managing an exhibit of creative works.

When you next shop Amazon.com request that DGT Foundation receive a portion of the price of your purchase as a donation.

Great News: DGT Foundation, Inc., the educational and charitable arm of the DGT Alumni Association, Inc. is now listed as a charity eligible to be designated by you, the shopper, as a charity to receive a percentage of the sale as a donation in support of its activities.  Please take the opportunity to support DGT in this way! The flagship and only program currently carried out by the DGT Foundation is the Gallery House Fellowship Program, which has had a great start over the course of the past two semesters. To sign up with Amazon for this opportunity, go to Amazon.com's Smile Amazon Program. It's Great to Be!

Bookkeeper Wanted

The Bookkeeper, an independent contractor, performs several bookkeeping tasks, on a monthly basis, to support sound financial management. These tasks principally include entering income and expense data, of between $6K and $7K in monthly transactions (+/- $80K/year), into Quickbooks, reconciling accounts, and generating monthly financial statements.

"When You Got It You Got It" has a second and final night

In addition to the practical learning experience that Gallery House Fellowship Programs Fellows receive, one major outcome each semester is an exhibit they put together.  This year's exhibit, "When You Got It You Got it" had its second and final successful evening for the year, on December 7, 2015.  The exhibit was held in the private Gallery at DGT Alumni Association's Old Fraternity House at 272 Clinton Ave., in Brooklyn, NY.

Gallery House Inaugural Exhibit: A Smashing Success

Strategy No.1 of DGT Alumni Association, Inc.'s Strategic Plan, "to design, develop and implement a program of semester-long fellowships, with learning opportunities for undergraduate students to curate art and manage and promote a gallery and its exhibits," got off to a very successful start in Fall Semester, 2015. The opening reception of "When You Got It You Got It," the first of the program's exhibits, which are to be held twice a year, took place on December 1, 2015.

The Gallery House Fellowship Program presents a fine art group exhibition

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DGT Foundation's Gallery House Fellowship Program, Fall Semester 2015 will have opening receptions on Tuesday, December 1, and on Monday, December 7, for a fine art group exhibition curated by the program's 2015 Fellows. The opening receptions will take place in the private gallery space at 272 Clinton Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Each semester's class of Fellows selects a beneficiary charity for the fundraising exhibit.  This year's beneficiary organization selected by the students is the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP). The exhibit will showcase work by trans, working class, and other marginalized queer artists and performers of the LGBTQAPI+ community.

The project budget estimate for renovation/restoration work at 272 Clinton Clinton Ave. is $1.3 million

DGT Alumni Association received an estimate of $1,252,151 for proposed renovation and restoration work of the residential property it owns at 272 Clinton Ave. The estimate was prepared, pro bono, by Manuel Castedo, AIA (Architecture '74), a DGT alumnus and former resident of the third floor front room. The estimate is based on an architectural program plan and schematics developed by a committee of DGT alumni, including Kostas Gerakaris (Architecture '95), Gil Gerald (Architecture '84), Nelson Hernandez (Architecture '86), and Tom Wong (Engineering '84). This working group was formed,  met and worked in 2014 to identify the physical, functional and aesthetic needs that would be addressed through renovation and restoration of the property.

DGT Alumni Association implements its 2014 - 2018 Strategic Plan: A Progress Report

In January 2014, after a year-long effort involving monthly strategic planning sessions, meetings and conversations with Pratt Administrators and students, a survey of students and of alumni of Delta Gamma Theta and Tau Delta Phi-Tau Sigma, and a day-long retreat, the association, now renamed the DGT Alumni Association, adopted a five-year strategic plan. This Plan has eight goals among four core strategies, and four goals categorized as organizational and administrative. This report, developed in October, 2015, at the beginning of the fourth quarter of the second year of the Plan, is intended

Student Life Returns to 272 Clinton Ave: Gallery House Fellowship Program, Fall Semester 2015, is now underway

DGT Foundation's Gallery House Fellowship Program began this past October 5, as two Pratt Institute undergraduate students were accepted as Fall 2015 Fellows. The students are participating in a semester-long program where they will learn and practice skills related to curating and exhibiting works in the creative fields taught at Pratt Institute.  Participants will gain real-life experience in curating, planning, promoting, setting up and managing an exhibit of creative works.

DGT Alumni Association plans for Pratt Alumni Day and Reunion 2015

The Board of DGT Alumni Association is preparing to welcome alumni back home to 272 Clinton Ave. on Pratt Alumni Day and Reunion, September 19, 2015. In addition to participating in a full program of Pratt Institute organized events on campus, DGT Alumni will be able to join fellow members and their families for Brunch at the House, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and again for Happy Hour, from 2:00 pm to4:00 pm. Brunch and Happy Hour are on the House. There will be a short informal, town hall style program at both events, to share current information about the organization and its plans for the future, as well as answer questions. This year, Pratt Institute and DGT Alumni Association are extending a special invitation and welcome to alumni who graduated in years ending in 0 and 5. There will be reunions for alumni who graduated in 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010. To register for Pratt Alumni Day and Reunion (not necessary for attending events at the House) go to www.pratt.edu/alumniday
 

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DGT Alumni Association funds Gallery House for fall 2015 and commits additional resources to refurbish the first floor of 272 Clinton Ave.

Gallery House, a semester-long fellowship program in which Pratt Institute students may receive academic credit towards their degree, or a cash stipend, received sufficient funding to support at least three such fellowships this coming fall semester. At its quarterly membership meeting, held Saturday, July 25, 2015 DGT Alumni Association also committed up to $20,000 in resources to re-furbish the first floor of 272 Clinton Ave., to make the Chapter Room, other spaces on that level, and the patio ready for Gallery House and fall semester events, including a late morning brunch and a mid-afternoon happy hour on September 19, 2015, Pratt Alumni Day and Reunion. The funding of Gallery House is made possible by a $7,500 gift to the DGT Foundation in 2015 from DGT Alumni Association, Inc. This is in addition to an initial gift of $1,500 given in late 2014 when DGT Foundation received its IRS letter of determination as a 501 (c)(3), tax exempt organization. These resources have been supplemented by additional, generous gifts from DGT alumni to the DGT Foundation through the DGT Engraved Brick Campaign just getting underway.

Help build the DGT Alumni Association's membership and historical documentation data base

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In pursuit of its mission and with the help of a new data base program, DGT Alumni Association now maintains a data-base to enable communication activities that support fellowship, professional development, and networking among members, family and friends, and to thus keep alive the spirit of those familiar phrases with the words beginning with the letters IGTB and TDF. The data base already had 200+ names and has actively engaged individuals living around the world who were undergraduate members of Delta Gamma Theta or Tau Delta Phi – Tau Sigma, going as far back as 1955. It takes just 15-20 minutes to provide or update your information, including entering the names of your pledge brothers (or sisters) if your Pledge Book is easily at hand. UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION

Mortgage modification executed on May 2, 2015

This is great news for the DGT Alumni Association! A favorable loan agreement was executed on May 2, 2015 resolving a pesky problem that came about in early 2011 when Roundpoint, the mortgage service company at the time, erroneously declared that our alumni association was in default of the mortgage loan agreement. Roundpoint began returning payments at the time. A new lender purchased the loan from Roundpoint in March, 2015 and a new mortgage service company moved quickly to resolve the matter. DGT Alumni Association’s monthly mortgage payments are roughly the same, under $1,700, and about $1,100 lower than what DGT Alumni Association’s budgeted per month. The new fixed interest rate is 5.5%, which is good for a commercial loan involving an SRO, and much lower than the nearly 12% that was in place under the original loan.