Washington DC Stanford Association April 2000 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

April 20 Third Thursday at the Big Hunt
May 3 Brown Bag Professional Exchange at Office of Management and Budget
May 18 Third Thursday at the Big Hunt
May 19 Prof. McCall at Carnegie Endowment
June 4 Swamp Romp at Wolf Trap
June 6 French Embassy/Professors Stiglitz and Taylor
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New Stanford President

Third Thursdays
April 20 and May 18
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This month's Third Thursday event will be held at the Big Hunt, at 1345 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Take the Red Line Metro to Dupont Circle. Exit at 19th and N, and walk south on Connecticut for half a block. The bar will be on your left. From 4 to 7:30 P.M., all drinks are $1 off. We will either be on the rooftop patio or in one of the upstairs rooms. For more information, or to offer suggestions on locations, contact Callista Chen at (202) 319-1841 or callista@stanfordalumni.org.

Brown Bag Professional Exchange
Wednesday, May 3
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

We are excited to announce that the WDCSA will be organizing monthly brown bag lunches at various government, private, and non-profit organizations in and around the city. These gatherings, which will fall on the first Wednesday of the month from 12:30-1:30 p.m., allow local Stanford grads to learn about other professional environments and experiences in a casual, friendly setting. There will be no charge for attending these events, and no food or drinks will be provided.

Our first luncheon will be held at the Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday, May 3rd. Michelle Jesperson '97 and Joshua Gotbaum '73, Controller and Executive Associate Director, will speak about working on natural resource issues within the Executive Office of The President.

Although these events are designed to help recent graduates explore professional environments in Washington, all Stanford alumni, parents, and friends are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Space is limited, so please RSVP with Jennifer Glueck at jglueck@welfaretowork.org or (202) 955-3005 by Friday, April 28. Jennifer will contact those who RSVP with details on the location.

Faculty Speaker Event and Dessert Reception
Going to the Theater in Ancient Athens: Opening Day at Medea with Classics
Professor Marsh McCall
Friday, May 19
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Lecture

The event and reception will be held in the Root Room on the second floor of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Space is limited; please respond early to guarantee a reservation.

Professor McCall received his Ph.D. in Classics (Greek and Latin literature) from Harvard in 1965. His research is concentrated in Greek tragedy, ancient rhetoric and literary criticism, and the transmission of texts. Dr. McCall has taught at Stanford for 23 years and served as the founding dean of Stanford's Continuing Studies Program from its inception in 1988 to 1999, and also as Dean of Summer Session. A renowned teacher, Dr. McCall received the Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education in 1991. At Stanford, Professor McCall has rekindled interest in the world of ancient Greece and the universal themes in Greek drama in his wildly popular courses for undergraduates and alumni.

Directions: Parking in the Dupont Circle area is limited. We encourage you to arrive by Metro. Exit at the south end of the Dupont Circle stop on the Red Line and walk counterclockwise 1/4 of the way around Dupont Circle to Massachusetts Ave. The Carnegie building is 1.5 blocks down Massachusetts Ave. on the left side of the street.

Parking: For those driving, a 24-hour parking garage is located at the corner of Dupont Circle and New Hampshire Avenue. (The address is 11 Dupont Circle, but the entrance is off of New Hampshire Avenue.) A flat fee of $6 is charged for entry to the parking garage after 5:00 p.m. Please contact Charles Hokanson if you need more detailed driving directions at (202) 223-1807 or charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org.

Cost: $15/person for WDCSA members and their guests; $20/person for nonmembers.

RSVP: Please send your check, payable to WDCSA, to Lisa Dawe at 1910 Belmont Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 by May 15.


On Tuesday, June 6, Stanford in Washington and the WDCSA will host an evening speakers panel event and reception, Election 2000: Prospects for the "New" Economy at the French Embassy. Panelists will include Stanford professors Joseph Stiglitz and John Taylor. A reception will follow the panel. Look for more details in the May newsletter.


Thanks to the continued efforts of our events coordinator, Julie Campbell, the WDCSA has completed yet another very successful and entertaining opera season. Julie's task is deceptively difficult- having to guess many months ahead of time how many tickets to purchase, on which days of the week, and at what price level. The thousands of dollars she manages for us in the process literally dwarf any other WDCSA expenditure (about the same as Big Game and the Membership Directory combined). But for many years now she as done a superb job in providing this great service to the DC Stanford community- indeed, many of us owe our only opera experiences to her efforts. So our hats are off to you Julie; thank you for a job well done.

WDCSA Goes to Wolf Trap!

The Washington DC Stanford Association has purchased 30 tickets to each of the following performances at Wolf Trap:

(1) Swamp Romp (Sunday, June 4, 2PM, General Admission, $15)
(2) Ragtime (Thursday, June 29th, 8PM, Front Orchestra, $40), and
(3) The Flying Karamazov Brothers/National Symphony Orchestra
(Saturday, July 15th, 8:15PM, Front Orchestra, $30).

The prices are the same as the corresponding tickets at Wolf Trap, except that we do not include a service charge and are passing along the group discount we received for the evening performances. We will organize a bring-your-own picnic prior to the evening performances, with details sent with your tickets. Please make check payable to WDCSA, and send to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th, #400, Arlington, VA 22202.  If you have questions, contact Bill at dcstanalum@aol.com or 703-486-0952.If you are ordering seats for more than one performance, please write a separate check for each performance.


There is a great new opportunity for Stanford alumni living in the Washington, D.C. area. An e-mail distribution list has been established to:

* Help organize and publicize events sponsored by the Stanford Exchange for
Public Service (STEPS) and the Stanford Office of Admission;
* Help organize and publicize events, especially informal, inexpensive
events designed for recent graduates; and
* Provide a forum for Stanford alumni to post information relevant or beneficial to other local alumni (including employment and housing opportunities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area).

Contact Ben Sussman at sussman@stanfordalumni.org with questions. Please
join the list by sending a message to majordomo@lists.stanford.edu with the following message in the first line of the body: subscribe dc_cardinal.

Looking forward to Summer...

The WDCSA has tentatively planned a community service/hiking trip to the Shenandoah Valley for July 22. Jim Finucane, BS '61, will lead a group of Stanford folks on a morning clean-up of a section of the Appalachian Trail. In the afternoon, we will hike to the Rose River Canyon and enjoy an afternoon swim before
heading back to the city.

New Stanford University President

The Board of Trustees "unanimously and enthusiastically" recommended Provost John Hennessy to be Stanford University's 10th president earlier this month. The WDCSA congratulates Provost John Hennessy on his recent appointment and hopes to host the new President for a visit this coming year. We also extend a welcome to Todd Husak '00, Stanford quarterback, who was drafted in the 6th round by the Washington Redskins this past Sunday.


Hotline: (301) 230-5575
President: Bob Krahe, MS '83, (301) 236-0570, robert.krahe@lmco.com
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram, BA '73, MBA '77, (703) 486-0952,
Newsletter/Listserv: Callista Chen, BA '97, (202) 319-1841,
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA 22219
Website: www.stanfordclub.org/dc
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