Washington DC Stanford Association April 1998 Newsletter

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April 4   Christmas in April
April 6   Reception at Embassy of South Africa
April 9   Breakfast Briefing with Richard Fisher
April 17 National Gallery Tour, "Degas at the Races"
April 18 SIW 10th Anniversary Celebration
April 20 Prof. Nils Nilsson at the Smithsonian
April 24 Over 30's Singles at Fellini's
April 25 STEPS Career Seminar at SIW
April 30 Breakfast Briefing with Maria Echaveste
May 2   Paintball with Harvard
May 9   Bowling Party at Bowl America in Bethesda

3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (valet parking)
Monday, April 6, 1998, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

To benefit the ADOPT-A-SCHOOL PROGRAM sponsored by Stanford, Harvard, & Princeton

This year's Adopt-A-School Embassy fund-raiser is being held at one of the handsomest embassies in the Massachusetts Avenue Historic District, the residence for the South African Minister in Washington. The elegant Cape Dutch architecture of the embassy's facade and portico is graced and accented by perhaps the most distinctive entryway on Embassy Row - angular, swooping glass-mullioned double doors which usher the visitor within.

Once inside you may examine the large entrance hall, the rooms which originally housed the chancery (now located in the modern building next door), and the Ambassador's private study. Then proceed upstairs where Ambassador Franklin Sonn's presentation and the buffet will be held. While upstairs, be sure to have a look at the main dining room, paneled and furnished with very rare and beautiful South African "stinkwood" (apparently when the bark is first stripped from this tree, one's olfactory senses are truly assaulted!). Note also the spiral-legged tables and fine straight-backed chairs characteristic of traditional South African furniture, as well as the many superior examples of contemporary South African art.

Price: $35/person ($15 is a tax deductible contribution to the Meyer Elementary Project). We hope you will make an extra contribution as well. The children attending the Saturday morning program, tutored by Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton grads, are depending on our support.

RSVP: Make checks and contributions payable to Harvard/Meyer School and mail them ASAP to Monica Mulrooney, 3107 Circle Hill Road, Alexandria, VA 22305. Consult the yellow flyer from the March Newsletter for further details (if lost, call Sherry Abel at 202-244-4568, or email at eabel@erols.com and she can fax it to you). Monica may be reached at 703-548-5467.

Additional Reminders:

Christmas in April, Saturday, April 4, 8 AM to 2 PM. If you'd like to join the Stanford volunteers, call Kendall Andrews at 301-718-6483 (h).

Breakfast Briefing w/ Deputy U.S. Trade Rep Richard Fisher, Stanford MBA. Thursday, April 9, 7:45- 9AM, Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street, NW. Call John Magnus at 202-429-2337 (w).

National Gallery Tour, "Degas at the Races"
Friday, April 17
3:30-5:30PM; free
(part of SIW 10th Anniversary Celebration)
Nat'l Gallery of Art

Baltimore Opera, Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman," Friday, May 8, 8:15 PM at the historic Lyric Opera House, featuring Metropolitan Opera stars. Call Julie Campbell at 202-244-0206 (h).

Bowling Party at Bowl America in Bethesda Saturday, May 9

Details to follow in May newsletter.
HOTLINE: for up-to-date WDCSA event information, call 301-230-5575.

Nearly SOLD OUT !!! Reply ASAP !!!!!
SIW 10th Anniversary Celebration: Day Conference
Saturday, April 18, 8:30 AM to 3 PM
National Press Club
14th and G Streets, NW

By now you should have received a brochure from the Alumni Association inviting you to participate in the exciting, star-studded SIW 10th Anniversary Celebration on April 18. Gerhard Casper, President and Professor of Law at Stanford, will open the conference at 9AM, and later will participate with co-panelists Tom Mann of Brookings, The Hon. Robert Matsui of California's 5th District, and Joseph Stiglitz of the World Bank, in the single Session II panel, "The Line-Item Veto: Congress, the President, and the Separation of Powers."

There will be four other dynamic panels to choose from (A or B):

Session IA: " The Fourth Branch of Government: The Press in the 21st Century,"with Haynes Johnson, news commentator; Howard Libit '94, reporter for the Baltimore Sun; Professor James Risser, director of Stanford's Knight Fellowship Program, and Judy Woodruff of CNN.

Session IB: "Judicial Appointments and the Challenge to the Judiciary," with Eleanor Acheson, Assistant Attorney General (DOJ); and Judge Deborah Chasanow, JD '74, District Court, Maryland.

Session IIIA: "The Challenges of Science and Technology," with Donald Kennedy, Professor of Biological Sciences and President Emeritus, Stanford; James Baker '58, Undersecretary of Commerce for NOAA; and Angela Chung '93, Special Assistant to EPA chief Carol Browner.

Session IIIB: "Conflict and Compromise: Making Foreign Policy at the Millennium," with Coit Blacker, formerly Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Doyle McManus '74, Washington Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Times; and Carlos Pascual '80, Director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs at the NSC.

This once-in-a-lifetime event you definitely DO NOT WANT TO MISS, so be sure to get your responses in right away (RSVP form is on the last page of the brochure) to SAA; if you have not received the brochure, call the Stanford Alumni Association at 650-725-0682, or email loreen@leland.stanford.edu, Cost is $45/person (incl. cont. breakfast, lunch, all sessions).

Deadline is April 7, but space is limited. So HURRY - reply TODAY.

P.S. SIW 10th Anniversary Celebration Art Tour with Wanda Corn: Immediately following the Day Conference, Prof. Wanda Corn will lead a tour of the National Museum of American Art, 8th & G Streets, NW, 3:30 - 5:30 PM. No reservations are required, and the tour is free of charge.

Professor Nils Nilsson
"Intelligence and Artificial Systems,"
a Smithsonian lecture
by Nils Nilsson, Stanford Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Computer Science
Monday, April 20

As the kick-off speaker for the Smithsonian series on artificial intelligence (AI), Prof. Nilsson will provide an overview of computer learning: how machines can augment or assume some of the intellectual tasks of humans, and the ways in which the field of AI seeks to create tools that can retrieve human knowledge and use it to reason, plan, learn, and cooperate. Nils Nilsson has been involved in active research in AI at both Stanford University and SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) since the 1960s, becoming one of the AI pioneers as well as chair of SU's Dept. of Computer Science. It was under his chairmanship that the Department joined the School of Engineering and initiated an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.

The Details:

Place: S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, next to the Smithsonian Castle; auditorium is 3 floors down.
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Cost: $12 if you identify yourself as a member of the Stanford Association; otherwise $16
RSVP: Pay at the door

Over 30's Singles
Happy Hour at Fellini's
Friday, April 24

Dreaming of Roma? Tired of dodging the paparazzi? Join the alumni clubs of the Usual Suspects for an evening of dolce vita at Fellini's, organized by the Princeton Club of Washington.

The Details:

Place: Fellini's, in the courtyard at 1800 M Street, NW (enter courtyard from 18th Street).
Metro: Red Line, Dupont Circle or Farragut North; Blue/Orange Line, Farragut West
Parking: Street or at PMI Garage (entrances on both Connecticut Ave. & 18th Street)
Time: 6:30-8:30
Cost: $15 if preregistered, $20 at the door.
RSVP: Please send checks, payable to WDCSA, to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th St., Apt. 400, Arlington, VA 22202. 703-486-0952 (h)

STEPS Career Seminar and Brunch at SIW
Saturday, April 25

WDCSA members are invited to join SIW students at the STEPS spring quarter career brunch and panel at Stanford In Washington. STEPS (Stanford Exchange for Public Service) is a program designed to help Stanford students and recent graduates find jobs in public service and related fields. Panelists will be Chuck Ludlam,'67, VP for Government Relations at Biotechnology Industry Org; Shanie Geddes,'93, House Banking Committee staff; Matthew Cordova, Foreign Affairs Officer at the Arms Control & Disarmament Agency; and Alan Speck'76, National Editor at C-SPAN.

Place: Stanford In Washington, 2661 Connecticut Ave., NW. (Metro: Red Line: Woodley Park/Zoo)
Time: Saturday, April 25, 11 AM - 1:30 PM
Cost: $7 (pay at the door); reservations requested
RSVP: Call Alan Speck, 202-626-4366 (w) 202-797-7885 (h); or email aspeck@c-span.org

Breakfast Briefing
Thursday, April 30
Maria Echaveste (Stanford B.A. '76)
Director, Office of Public Liaison for President Clinton

Maria Echaveste works for President Clinton as his Director of the Office of Public Liaison in the White House, a position she has held the past two years. She is Bill Clinton's emissary to interest groups in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere around the nation. Echaveste's portfolio includes issues "both hot and delicate" as the January/February 1998 issue of Stanford Magazine put it: furthering Clinton's national conversation on race; dealing with concerns of different ethnic, social and religious groups. She is assisted in her many tasks by an 18-person staff.

In President Clinton's first term, Maria headed the wage and hour division of the U.S. Department of Labor. During those four years, she helped secure passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the most recent minimum-wage increase by lobbying Congress and various interest groups. Maria's training as a lawyer (she graduated from the University of California's Boalt Hall Law School in 1980) has clearly been relevant to her public sector as well as private-sector endeavors since graduating from Stanford.

Please join us for this timely view from The White House.

The Details:

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St., N.W., Washington DC
Metro: Metro Center (13th and G Streets exit)
Time: 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. (please be prompt)
Cost: $13.00 per person (includes continental breakfast)
RSVP: Please make checks payable to: Washington, DC Stanford Association. Forms and checks should be sent by April 28 to: Terry Adlhock c/o Florida Power Corporation, Suite 250, 801 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20004, tel. (202) 783-5560, e-mail: tadlhock@aol.com

Play an Afternoon of Paintball Against Harvard!
Saturday, May 2

Spring is here! We have reservations with Outdoor Adventures to play Harvard at "Challenge Park" in Bowie, Maryland on May 2 from noon to 4:30 pm. Paintball is an exciting (and utterly sophisticated!) capture-the-flag game in which you tag your foes by shooting them with paint (it washes out of clothing, hair, etc.). You need not have played paintball before - most of the players (including the organizers) have not played and, after all, we're playing Harvard. Furthermore, paintball is a co-ed sport: women are as welcome as men!

After a safety/information session beginning at noon, trained referees will supervise eight consecutive games in wooded areas from 1:30 - 4:30 PM. The price of $27/person includes safety equipment and everything else you need except for paintballs in excess of the 100 per person initial allotment. You will probably want to bring a little extra cash ($5-$10) for additional paintballs. You should wear dark clothes covering most of your skin, something dark to wear on your head (a bandana or extra T-shirt), and athletic shoes or boots.

The Details:

Place: "Challenge Park," Outdoor Adventures in Bowie, MD. From DC, take Rt. 50 east to Rt. 301, then south on Rt. 301 for 1/3 mile, then left on Governor Bridge Road. Off Governor Bridge Road, take the second left onto the first dirt road. Go through a gate and follow the road for one mile to Outdoor Adventures.

Time: 12:00-4:30pm
Cost: $27 per person. Checks must be received by April 20.
RSVP: Please make out your check to WDCSA and send it to Stephen Heifetz, 4530 Connecticut Ave., NW, Apt. PH-B, Washington DC 20008. For questions, call Stephen at 202-686-6095 (h)

Last Modified: 7/5/99
Comments to: William Pegram, williampegram@stanfordalumni.org