DG Hannahs’ News Bytes
Letter from the President
Hello Delta Gammas! Welcome to the first fall edition of WDC DG’s Hannahs’ News Bytes. ing. I can’t wait to report back to you.
Delta Gamma Washington, DC September 2009
I would like to welcome anyone that recently moved to DC or just joined the alumnae chapI hope that you all enjoyed ter. the summer season and fit in some vacation time. As I write this letter, I am And best of luck to anyalso preparing to embark one headed back to school on a European adventure this fall! Don’t forget with 6 of my DG alumnae about the exciting opporsisters. From September tunities that WDC Delta 19 – 26 we will call the Gamma has to offer. little town of Faucon, France (in the Provence Keep reading to find out region) our home! The more about our fall proadventure is sure to be full gramming, community of DG stories and songs, service opportunities, plus tons of wine and unscholarships and more. believable French cook-
WDC DG will kickoff the fall with our very popular annual champagne brunch on September 12 starting at 12:30. Each year we gather for a fabulous brunch spread, informative programming, great networking, and fun! We hope you can join us!
Points of Interest: • Champagne Brunch • Member of the Month • Special from the Washington Post • Sister Snapshots! • WDC DG Cut Away Calendar
ITB, Danielle Yates President
In this Issue Member of the Month SIG Events Where are they now? 2 2 3 3 5 5
What not to miss this month
Fall Kickoff, “Champagne Brunch” Join your fellow Delta Gammas for WDC DG’s annual and most popular event. The champagne brunch is the perfect opportunity to see old friends and reconnect with the alumnae chapter. We’ll also introduce you to other DGs that are new to the DC area or to WDC DG. We hope you can join us to find out what’s in store for the chapter this fall! Cost: Free! Food donations are welcome and appreciated.
In the News Sailor Sisters Volunteer Opportunities
For directions, more information, to contribute, or Date: Saturday, September RSVP, contact Tonya 12 at 12:30 pm Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: The home of Jennifer Middleton, 4425 Yuma St, NW, Washington, DC 20016 (Tenleytown Metro) For more information or to RSVP, contact Tonya at vpprogramming @wdcdeltagamma.org
Member of the Month: Tonya Richardson
Tonya has hit the ground running in her new role as VP Programming. Thanks to Tonya our social calendars stay full with opportunities to gather with our DG sisters. This summer had some great programming events, including the awesome August happy hour. When she's not being a fabulous DG, Tonya is a great friend to her DG girls and landing huge accounts at work (Congrats!) We are all eagerly awaiting what Tonya has in store for us this Fall. Thank you Tonya!
SweetPeas September 18, 10am Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA Let your sweet pea enjoy one of the last days of summer at Long Branch Nature Center among 17 acres of Oak-Hickory Forest, stroller accessible trails and access to Long Branch stream. We will meet in the nature center which features animal exhibits, a children's discovery room and an indoor pond. Free. For directions and other information, see: http://www.arlingtonva.us/Depart ments/ParksRecreation/scripts/nat ure/ParksRecreationScriptsNatureL ongbranch.aspx Coming this fall! Moms Night Out! Grab a babysitter and join other DG moms for an evening away from the kids. For more information email Kerri email@example.com Dine Out We'll be visiting a Dineout favorite Lauriol Plaza near Dupont Circle. Please join us on September 23 at 6:30 PM for Mexican and margaritas on the rooftop! Lauriol Plaza is located at 1835 18th Street NW, less than a half mile north of the Dupont Circle metro station. This event was popular last year, so please be sure to RSVP in order to reserve enough seats. Lauriol Plaza does not take reservations, so if anyone would like to meet early for a drink and to reserve a table, let us know! Please RSVP to Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 18. Lunch Bunch October 14 This Lunch Bunch is not to be missed! First a tour conducted by Docent Carol Harman, Delta Iota – Georgia at Dunbarton House at 11 a.m. Followed by luncheon at Bistrot Lepic in Georgetown – a special lunch to be sure! Watch for your Evite the beginning of October. Contact email@example.com for more information. Wine Tasting Wine Group: Join your sisters for some wine education this Fall! First stop: a wine class at a local wine bar in DC on Tuesday, October 6th (location TBD). Second stop: Wine store night on Thursday, November 5th at Best Cellars in Clarendon. For more information or to RSVP, email Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org. DGs in DC & Book Club DGs in DC and DG Book Club do the 2009 National Book Festival When: Saturday, September 26th Where: on the National Mall What: Listen to authors such as Judy Blume, David Baldacci, Nicholas Sparks, Judy Picoult and many more with book lovers for free! *More details to come* For information contact Danielle at email@example.com.
Where are they now?
In this new series, we will highlight some of our former members to let you know what they are doing now. Karen Schinnerer is back in town (briefly). Karen was a long time member of Book Club and a founding member of the Wine Tasting Special Interest Group. Initiated at Denison College, Karen moved to DC, along with new member sister and current WDC member Nicole Thomas Lutz, to continue her DG experience as an alumnae member. After completing a masters degree at George Washington University, Karen joined the Foreign Service. Stationed in India and then the Phillipines, Karen is back in DC for a few short months to brush up her Spanish for her new posting in Nicaragua. If you see Karen at an event, please say hello and let her know we miss her! If you know a member who should be highlighted, send her information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the News
Whether a Delta Gamma or her roommate, the Delta Gamma letters in the photo of this recent article in the Washington Post highlight the needs of college students in these uncertain economic times.
A Harsh Lesson in College Math
With Budgets Strained, Record Numbers Appeal Financial Aid Decisions
By Emma Brown and Daniel de Vise Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, August 20, 2009
Gulli appealed, and Virginia Tech delivered: a package of $9,820 in grants and $6,500 in loans, thousands more than Layne would have received without an appeal. "It was the best news we've had in quite a long time," said Gulli, of Roanoke County, Va., whose misfortune had deepened with the recent death of his father. "I can't tell you how important it is to us to get our daughter educated."
College students are appealing financial aid decisions this summer in unprecedented numbers, an outpouring of need that underscores how layoffs and pay cuts have battered household budgets in the past year. It is the beginning of the fiscal year and a wonderful time to send a few dollars to Delta Gamma Foundation to support the scholarships, fellowships and interest free student loans that will help ensure a Delta Gamma continues to have a vibrant alumnae membership. Donate now at https://www.formrouter.net/forms 01@DGF/make_a_gift.html?audie nce=students
Appealing for more aid was a littleknown and seldom-advertised option in higher education until this year. Mick Gulli lost his job as a beverage U.S. Education Department officials distributor in May. He didn't know wrote to financial aid administrators how he would send his middle in the spring, when most aid decidaughter, Layne, back to Virginia sions are made, urging them to Tech, where her junior year will cost "reach out to your students . . . par$19,700 in tuition and fees, room ticularly those who seem to have hit and board, transportation and a rough patch, to make sure that they books. Then his wife saw personal- know there may be ways that you can finance expert Suze Orman on "The help." Oprah Winfrey Show," explaining how cash-strapped college students Because of lost income, thousands of could appeal for more aid. students across the Washington area qualify for more aid this fall than
In the News (cont. from pg. 3)
they were awarded this spring. Aid formulas project a student's 2009 needs based on 2008 earnings. But unemployment nearly doubled in Maryland between June 2008 and June 2009, from 4.4 percent to 7.5 percent, with similar spikes in Virginia and the District. "The best predictor usually is the previous year. Well, it isn't this year," said John DeCourcy, financial aid director at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. The economic fallout, coupled with record college enrollment and the aid push by President Obama's administration, sent appeals into overdrive. The University of Maryland has logged nearly 1,000 appeals for the 2009-10 academic year, nearly twice the number in all of the previous year. (Financial aid works on an 18-month cycle, and the cycle for 2009-10 began in January.) Washington and Lee is processing about 50 appeals this year, compared with a normal tally of about 15. Virginia Tech has received 348 appeals this cycle to date, compared with 294 for all of last cycle. George Mason University students have filed 369 appeals so far this year, compared with 289 in the full 2008-09 academic year. Marymount University, George Washington University and James Madison University and all report the same trend. "I'm seeing things I haven't seen in 20 years," said Sarah Bauder, financial aid director at U-Md. One of her clients is the child of a real estate mogul who lost everything; another is a family fleeced in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Nationwide, appeals among students filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid totaled 106,189 so far this cycle and were on pace to exceed the 143,672 appeals filed in 2008-09. Appeals have risen steadily since 2007-08, when they totaled 112,407. Families increasingly have stretched their finances to pay college tuition, which has been rising faster than inflation for years. But this year has been particularly difficult as college savings plans have tumbled amid stock market losses. More students are seeking aid; for example, the volume of applications rose 12 percent at U-Md. And 13 percent at Virginia Tech this year. Colleges expected that more students than usual would balk at attending, and they admitted slightly larger classes this year to compensate. Aid appeals are coming from across the spectrum of salary and class. Students are appealing for aid at $8,000-a-year state schools and $30,000 private institutions alike. Debbie Berg of Winchester, Va., appealed to George Mason for more aid for her daughter Kristen, a junior. Her husband, a doctor, closed his practice last year because it wasn't bringing in enough money. The family had already tapped a home equity line and retirement funds to support the practice and their older daughter, who graduated from Cornell University in May. "We weren't really in a position to take out more loans to be able to help Kristen," Berg said. The appeal netted $3,000 in grants for Kristen, on top of the $7,500 in loans she had already been awarded. The extra funds "will basically pay for about six months of her housing," Berg said, "which is better than nothing, and it wasn't another loan." Universities are hard-pressed this year to dole out more aid. State schools are being asked to make cuts. Private schools are coping with shrunken endowments. Some types of aid are essentially unlimited, guaranteed by the federal government to any student who demonstrates sufficient need. Colleges can offer, for example, a theoretically endless supply of federal Pell grants and Stafford loans, both need-based. But most families appealing for aid want grants, not loans, and Pell grants max out at $5,350. Students seeking more substantial funds must tap the college's aid budget. Some schools have set aside emergency reserves to cover the onslaught of appeals. George Mason created a $150,000 hardship fund last November. Washington and Lee allocated an additional $1 million in aid; officials say no one has yet been turned away for lack of funds. And U-Md. launched a fundraising campaign called Keep Me Maryland to help students at risk of dropping out because of economic circumstances. It has raised $254,000 so far. Help is not available to everyone who wants it. Students who appeal earlier in the year are more likely to get it, aid officials said. Juniors and seniors, for whom the end of the journey is near, might get preference over freshmen. Many appeals have not yet been decided. Jevita de Freitas, aid director at George Mason, figures her office will be busy right up to the end of the academic year. "My pile of appeals has never been as big as it is," she said, "and I've been at Mason 17 years."
Sailor Sisters New Member Committee
The most recent addition the Washington DC DG Alumnae Group: Sailor Sisters New Member Committee!
Sailor Sisters is a committee dedicated to helping new alumnae members get acquainted with their fellow Washington DC Delta Gamma sisters. New members will be paired with current members based on their interests, chapter of initiation, hometown etc. It is our hope that this "Sailor Sister" pairing will be a great way for new members to become connected to the DG alumnae group here in Washington. As a sailor sister you can connect with your new member over e-mail, join her for an alumnae chapter or SIG event, or even meet up for social or professional networking opportunities outside of DG. Please contact Katie Novaria, at email@example.com, if you are interested in being part of the committee or if you have any questions at all!
Volunteer with a Collegiate Chapter
AU Beta Epsilon- Needed for Anchor Clanker
Beta Epsilon is planning their major fundraiser, Anchor Clanker, on October 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested in helping BE with this event, please contact Director of Anchor Clanker Audrey Sheetz at firstname.lastname@example.org. They need judges, timers, concession stand workers, help with set-up and clean-up, etc. Donations are also accepted. Although any donation is graciously appreciated, BE is looking for donations that can be used as prizes (gift certificates, game tickets, electronics). Please make checks payable to Beta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Gamma. If you would like the donation to be tax deductible, make checks payable to the Delta Gamma Foundation. Please send checks to (please mention Anchor Clanker in the memo line): Audrey Sheetz (Director: Anchor Clanker) 4100 Massachusetts Ave. NW # 1121 Washington, DC 20016
GWU Beta Rho— Recruitment
Sept. 11: 5 - 11:30 Sept.12: 2 - 10:30 Sept. 13: 12 - 6:30 (Cooking Dinner: 4:30 - 6:30) Sept. 14: 6:00 - 11:30 Interested women can contact Kate Galliers at email@example.com
"From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it." Unknown
August Lunch Bunch enjoys a lunch at Chef Geoff's on New Mexico Avenue then a tour given by the director of the Katzen Museum of American University. pictured: (l-r) Jill Nevius, Gale Nemec, Lola Reinsch, Helen Gordon, Robyn Hickey, Penny Pagano, Carol Harman
DG’s Dining out (Dukem) and celebrating Meredith’s Birthday (Elephant & Castle)!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
SEPTEMBER • September 3, Wine Tasting, September in Spain, • September 12, Fall Kick-off Champagne Brunch, 12pm • September 18, DG Sweet Peas: Long Branch Nature Ctr. • September, 19-26 DGs in Provence • September 23, DG Dine Out OCTOBER • October 6, Wine Tasting Event, details TBA • October 15, Perfect on Paper Book Signing, 7pm NOVEMBER • November 5, All American Wine & Potluck • November 17, Foundation Holiday Toy Drive , 7pm DECEMBER • December 2, Wine Bar Night, details TBA • December 15, Holiday Tea
A little bird told me… Washington,DC DG Twitters! For event updates find the Washington,DC DG Alumnae Chapter at: