Over the years, alumni have requested that Duke have a physical presence in New York City, a "club," like the Harvard Club or the Yale Club, where members can get together. But the cost was prohibitive. For a while in the early Nineties, the university had an agreement with the Princeton Club for access to its services and amenities, but that relationship no longer exists.
Now, thanks to the work of the Duke Alumni Association and the Duke University Metropolitan Alumni Association (DUMAA), an agreement has been reached with The Cornell Club in New York, making all Duke alumni eligible to become members. Last June, DUMAA held a trial event at the Cornell Club, with guest speaker Steve "Wojo" Wojciechowski '98, assistant coach for men's basketball.
Alumni who purchase memberships will have access to guest rooms at a discount, and will be able to use dining facilities, the health and fitness center, private conference and banquet rooms, and the library, and will have privileges in reciprocal clubs around the world. "This establishes a much-requested physical base for Duke in New York City," says George Dorfman '85, A.M. '01, director of the Duke Clubs program, who helped establish this new Duke-Cornell relationship. "In addition to benefiting alumni and DUMAA, this agreement will allow Duke staff to secure hotel rooms and meeting space while traveling on Duke business."
Alumni don't have to live in New York in order to purchase a membership. For information, contact Katie Callahan at the Cornell Club, (212) 986-0300, or k.Callahan@cornellclubnyc.com.