2016 DKA National Convention

 Syracuse4  

When: 

2016 Convention: July 14-17, 2016 (Thursday – Sunday)
2016 Presidents Academy: July 18-19, 2016 (Monday – Tuesday)

Where:

Syracuse, NY
Genesee Grande Hotel
1060 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

What:

National Convention is the supreme legislative body of the Fraternity … but it’s also much more than that. Brothers and sisters from all across the country travel to Convention every other year to connect with each other and with their Fraternity.

  • At Convention, you’ll be reminded why you joined Delta Kappa Alpha in the first place and learn even more about what it means to be a member of DKA.
  • On the Convention floor, you’ll have the opportunity to make a direct impact on your Fraternity.
  • You’ll vote, elect officers, and influence policies to help shape the future of DKA.
  • At the Farmer presentations, you’ll hear from Delta Kappa Alpha’s top chapters and be inspired to take new knowledge and ideas back to your own chapter.
  • During the Candlelight Ceremony at the Banquet, you’ll realize that you’re part of something big; much bigger than yourself.
  • And all the while, you’ll be making new friends and reuniting with old ones at social events, dinners, and excursions.

Register:

Chapter leaders and general members all have something to learn about their role within Delta Kappa Alpha both from the programs at Convention and from other members in attendance. 

Register Here

  • Registration Package – $195: Includes all Convention activities and business, T-shirt, and all group meals including: Welcome Dinner, Group Luncheon, Farmer Presentation Dinner, Foundation Lunch and Banquet Dinner. Early bird registration ends April 30th so register soon!
  • Registration Special: For the first time, chapters can choose to register seven participants to earn a complimentary registration for their chapter. If you are interested in taking advantage of this special, email Mark Gehrke, dcs@dka.org for more information.

Book Hotel Here

  • Discounted rate of $129 per night: Lodging in the Genesee Grand Hotel will provide you with access to all their amenities including their on site theater for evening socializing. Discounted room rates total  $109.33/person for 3 nights, based on 4 occupant room.

   

Frequently Asked Questions

National Convention is the supreme legislative body of the Fraternity. It is a biennial event, and the National Council determines where it will be held. At Convention, members elect national officers, determine National Constitution and Statutes changes, and make recommendations on the policies and operation of the Fraternity.

Delegates will be assigned to a different Convention Committee based on the preferences selected on Convention Registration website.

Alumni Relations – Charge/Discussion Items: To discuss and make recommendations for alumni relations programming and engagement goal setting.

Cinematic Arts Programs – Charge/Discussion Items: To discuss and make recommendations for improving current Cinema Literacy and Production Committee programming and resources to better prepare and foster student members in becoming upstanding entertainment industry leaders.

Industry Education – Charge/Discussion Items: To discuss and make recommendations for improving current Industry Education Committee programming, professional etiquette, and resources to better prepare and foster student members in becoming upstanding entertainment industry leaders.

National Relations – Charge/Discussion Items: To discuss and make recommendations for improving current National Relations (collaborations between a chapter/member and all other chapters/members) programming and resources (Examples: engagement between members across the country, National Film Festivals, National Contests, Location Scouting resources, Location-Based Production Support, Location-Based Job/Internship Boards, Regional Workshops and Seminars, etc.).

Expansion – Charge/Discussion Items: To discuss and recommend practices and environments that are most effective. To discuss facilitating grassroots expansion opportunities and ideas on how existing chapters can assist in starting new colonies.

Recruitment – Charge/Discussion Items: To discuss and recommend how to develop the best practices that can be replicated across chapters/regions. To discuss effective strategies for consistent brand marketing and the resources available to help with recruitment.

CineManor – Charge/Discussion Items: To discuss and make goal-setting recommendations for housing. To discuss CineManor property acquirement and development as well as house safety and recommendations for improvement.

Philanthropy and Service – Charge/Discussion Items: To discuss and recommend better practices with national service partners and to make recommendations to encourage continued and increased activity.

Risk Management – Charge/Discussion Items: To discuss ways to build a culture that adheres to the best risk management practices, how to overcome resistant members, and to discuss using standardized risk management materials for officers/general member education and awareness.

Members will be broken into different committees based on their preferences and they will meet twice on the first day. Each committee will be reported on based on the order listed above during the Convention Floor Sessions.

The four Convention Floor Sessions are organized as follows:

Session 1: Opening Ceremony, Procedure Orientation, and “State of the Fraternity” address

Session 2: Committee Reports and Open Member Floor Time

Session 3: Committee Reports and Proposal Discussion/Resolutions

Session 4: Committee Reports, Proposal Discussion/Resolutions, and Closing Ceremony

*Subject to change

Although anyone from a chapter or colony is welcome to attend, by the McClelland Challenge standards, each chapter is required to send two Resident Council Delegates to Convention-one head (usually the president or highest-ranking officer attending) and one alternate delegate. The head delegate serves as the chapter’s Resident Council vote, and if the head is not on the floor, the alternate serves as the vote.

A big part of this national event is the Convention Sessions that take place on the “Convention Floor.” Only delegates (two Resident Council and one Graduate Council/alumnus per chapter) actively participate on the Convention floor, but other members can watch.

Various events also take place during Convention (e.g., Recognition Dinner, Farmer Presentations, keynote speaker, service project, excursions, Banquet), and it is a good time to meet members from across the country. Typically members will socialize and explore the city together after the day’s Convention activities have concluded. Convention is a unique experience that we, as brothers and sisters, get to share.

Although all alumni are welcome to attend, each chapter (even those which are not currently active) needs one alumnus delegate to serve as the Graduate Council vote for the chapter.

The voting delegate will spend time actively participating on the Convention floor, while non-delegate alumni are invited to watch. A fully registered voting delegate is automatically registered to take part in non-Convention floor activities (e.g., Recognition Dinner, Farmer Presentations, keynote speaker, service project, excursions, Banquet), while non-delegate alumni are invited to participate in as many or as few of the Convention activities as they would like to register for.

Convention is a unique experience that connects brothers and sisters from across the country. It is a great time to build stronger bonds of fellowship.

RESIDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS.

  1. Registration” Package = $195*

*Prices above reflect early bird registration pricing. Hotel/lodging for attendees is NOT included in the registration package.  Hotel fees are around $109 per attendee for 3 nights if they register to share a room with three other attendees.

Register by April 30 to receive the early-bird discount. Registrations made after that date will not receive the discount. Registration closes completely at 11:59 p.m. PST on July 10.  On-site registration will be available with a $100 late fee.

Note: Any member considering running for Chapter President for Fall 2016 – Spring 2017 should register like any other member and the National Fraternity will use their Chapter’s Conference Pool funds to reimburse their fees if you indeed become elected.  If you cannot afford to attend the National Convention unless the Conference Pool covers the cost, then the Executive Offices will cover a late registration.  It is ill advised to delay registration if one plans to attend Convention whether or not they become elected because in the event that they do not become elected ““ they will have to pay a late fee to attend the National Convention.  A Resident Council’s Conference Pool only covers the full registration and hotel fees of one of their member’s, the Chapter President (Chapter Delegate) or Colony President of the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Term.

If you are having questions regarding pricing/Convention Pool, please contact dcs@dka.org.

Each member is primarily responsible for covering his or her travel expenses to Convention. However, some chapters may decide to cover/assist these expenses through their chapter budget.

Full registration includes:

  • Transportation to/from events
  • All of the meals that are part of the Convention
  • Attendance at all Convention sessions
  • Attendance at all Convention-related events
  • Convention amenities (T-shirts, gift, head bar and/or ladder bar)
  • Banquet attendance and meal

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GRADUATE COUNCIL/ALUMNI MEMBERS. Graduate Council/alumni members have many registration options:

  1. “Banquet-Only” Package = $100
  2. “Full Registration” Package = $195.

Banquet-Only“ Package Includes:

  • Banquet attendance and meal on August 3rd, 2014

You are allowed to bring up to one guest, and may pay for their ticket ($100.00) through the normal registration process.
The “Full Registration“ Package Includes:

  • Transportation to/from the airport and to/from events
  • All of the meals that are part of the Convention
  • Attendance at all Convention sessions
  • Attendance at all Convention-related events
  • Convention amenities (T-shirts, gift, head bar and/or ladder bar)
  • Banquet attendance and meal on August 15th, 2016
  • Snacks and Beverages throughout each day

The Registration Package will go up $35 and the Banquet-Only Packages will go up $15 if registration is made after April 30, 2016. Register by April 30 to receive the early-bird discount. Registrations made after that date will not receive the discount. Registration closes completely at 11:59 p.m. PST on July 10. On-site registration will be available with a $100 late fee. Make sure to register before then!

Members participating in the Registration Package should land in Syracuse before noon on Thursday, July 14. Airport shuttles run 24/7. Registration/check-in runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the First Convention Session starts promptly at 2:30 p.m.

Members must check-out of their rooms at the appropriate time and may take the free 24/7 airport shuttle whenever they prefer.

During hotel room registration, members have the option to purchase additional hotel room nights if they would like to arrive earlier or leave later than Convention. Hotel shuttles will still be available 24/7 for those members who choose this option.

  • Business formal is required on the Convention floor. It includes dress shoes, dress pants, a sport coat/suit and tie for men and includes suit, business-style dress, dress with a business-style jacket, heels (high or low). Similar dress is requested for the Recognition Dinner and Banquet.
  • Day One: DKA letters for arrival and check-in, business formal beginning at 2:30 p.m.
  • Day Two: Business Formal
  • Day Three: Workshops: DKA Letters
    Group Photo & Banquet: Black Tie Attire
    Note: There will be ample time to change clothing.
  • Day Four: Casual
    After each day’s Convention activities have concluded, members can dress casually and/or wear DKA letters.
    Note: Bring and wear non-DKA associated clothing if you plan on exploring the local nightlife or bars with other members.

National officers and volunteers, including the National President, National Vice President and National Council, Foundation Board of Trustees members, Executive Offices staff members, Resident Council members, and Graduate Council/alumni members from across the country.

Cancellations made before July 1, 2016, are fully refundable, but cancellations made after that date will not be refunded. Substitutions made before July 10, 2016, will not be assessed a change fee, but substitutions made after that date will be assessed a $25 change fee.

Registration fees are NOT refundable for those who do not come to the event.