Washington DC Stanford Association April 2002 Newsletter

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Apr. 6, Sat. Potomac Cleanup Service Event
Apr. 7, Sun. Book club (White Teeth)
Apr. 11, Thur. Rep. Kolbe Breakfast Briefing
Apr. 18, Thur. Third Thursday Social Event
Apr. 19, Fri. Lawyers and Law Firms BBL
Apr. 20, Sat. Monticello Trip
Apr. 26, Fri. Ivy Plus Over 30 Social Event
May 1, Wed. Professor Mike Kirst
May 5, Sun. Book club (Satanic Verses)
May 22, Wed. Prof. Jim Steyer (details TBA)
May 30, Thur. Admissions Dean  - POSTPONED TILL FALL
June 30, Sun. West Side Story at Wolf Trap
Aug. 10-18 Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Sept. 1, Sun. Some Like it Hot at Wolf Trap

Potomac Cleanup
Saturday, April 6th
9:00 a.m. - noon

Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and join hundreds of others to participate in the 14th annual Potomac Watershed Clean-up, the largest river trash clean-up of the year. The Potomac Watershed Clean-up is a major, multi-partner effort to clean-up the Potomac River and its watershed lands. In 2001, 16 counties and 2 cities in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia worked together to remove tons of trash from the Potomac River Watershed. This year's Clean-Up is taking place on Saturday, April 6th, from 9 a.m. to noon at locations throughout the watershed, including in the D.C. metropolitan area. The Washington D.C. Stanford Association's efforts will be on Roosevelt Island (off 66, directly across from the Kennedy Center). When you're finished picking up trash, the Roosevelt memorial is a must see.

Folks interested in participating should contact Kurt Johnson (johnson.kurt@epa.gov, 202-564-3481).

A Timely View from Congress: Breakfast Briefing with U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe (MBA'67) 
Thursday, April 11
7:45-9 a.m.

Jim Kolbe, currently serving his 9th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, represents Arizona's Fifth Congressional District in and around Tucson. He chairs the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs of the House Appropriations Committee. His subcommittee funds most U.S. foreign-aid programs; development banks including the North American Development Bank; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; U.S. and Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Funds; Child Survival and Disease Programs Fund; and the U.S. State Department's international narcotics interdiction efforts and counter-terrorism activities.

Jim and the chairs of the other 12 Appropriations subcommittees are referred to as the "Cardinals" of the House because of their key positions and "power(s) of the purse." Appropriations chairs are also considered part of the overall House leadership, and are instrumental, even essential, in carrying out the federal Administration's spending priorities - particularly when their party holds the Presidency.

Jim's views regarding Congress post-September 11th should be keenly insightful, given both the new spending priorities of our nation such as the global war on terrorism, homeland security, the reconstitution of Afghanistan and ongoing domestic obligations such as increased financing of education, health care, welfare assistance, Social Security and environmental protection. Moreover, since this is an election year for Congress, appropriations are even more significant in each and every Congressional district throughout the nation.

Jim chairs the U.S./Mexico Interparliamentary Group and is a member of the Congressional Study Groups on Mexico and on Latin America, the National Commission on Retirement Policy, the Congressional Task Force on U.S.-China Policy and the Congressional HIV/AIDS Task Force. He was an Arizona state senator for six years prior to his first election to Congress in 1984. Jim also is the first reelected openly gay Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Please plan on attending this timely, relevant - and off-the-record - briefing.

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street, N.W.
Metro: Metro Center (13th and G Streets, N.W.)
Date: Thursday, April 11th
Time: 7:45 to 9:00 a.m.
Menu: Continental breakfast
Cost: $14.00 per person
Make checks payable to Washington DC Stanford Association and send them by April 10 to: Terry Adlhock c/o Allegheny Energy, Suite 1030, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC 20004, tel. (202) 824-0408, e-mail: tadlhock@aol.com

Third Thursday: Alma Mater Social and Networking Party 
Thursday, April 18
7 p.m.

Join the WDCSA at this event, sponsored by the DC Society for Young Professionals for alumni in the D.C. area from various universities. 

This is a great event for people new to D.C., and a great way to meet new people. At this giant party, we will give everybody a nametag when they enter. On your nametag, you will write your first name and your alma mater. We will also designate certain areas of the club for different areas of the country. You can then mix and mingle, reunite, network and socialize with people from Stanford, as well as with people who attended schools in other areas of the country or world. There will also be dancing, drink specials, and lots of fun!

Where: Champions of Georgetown
1206 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. (in the alley one half block north of M Street)
When: Thurs., April 18 beginning at 7 p.m.
Price: $12 at the door; $10 if you put your name on the VIP list. 

For additional information on this event, contact Jonathan Schwartz at jschwrtz@gwu.edu or 202-223-4284. To be added to the DC_Cardinal young alumni e-mail list and learn about other events and announcements for young alumni, contact Atiba Pertilla at akpert@journalism.org or 202-234-9290.

Brown Bag Lunch: Lawyers and Law Firms 
Friday, April 19
Noon-1:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to practice law in a law firm? What do law firm lawyers do all day? How does practicing law in a law firm compare to practicing law for a government agency or non-profit? Come to this brown bag lunch-part of the WDCSA's ongoing professional development series-and you'll find out. 

Hear Stanford alum, and associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Anja Manuel talk about her experiences as a law firm lawyer. Anja will be joined by a senior partner from the firm.

When: Friday, April 19
Time: Noon-1:00 PM
Where: Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
2445 M Street, NW
Conference Room 9E1

Bring your own lunch or you can arrive a little early and pick up lunch in the cafeteria.

Questions: Contact Elizabeth Pianca ('99) at 202-232-2253 or pianca@stanfordalumni.org

Monticello Trip
Saturday, April 20

Join WDCSA members and their families for a tour of Thomas Jefferson's home, followed by lunch in downtown Charlottesville. Bring money for the $11 entrance fee and lunch.

We will carpool from the Stanford in Washington campus, 2661 Connecticut Ave., NW (Metro: Woodley Park/National Zoo stop on Red Line) and depart for Monticello at 8:30 am. We will arrive at Monticello around 11 a.m. and take a guided tour of the home and walk the grounds until 1 p.m.

We'll lunch from approximately 1:15-2:30 in downtown Charlottesville (a 15-minute drive from Monticello). Downtown has plenty of shops and outdoor cafes where we can eat. At least some of the group will dine at Michie's Tavern, a historic restaurant that serves Southern colonial food. The buffet there is $12.50. 

Those who want to return to DC after lunch will do so at about 2:30 p.m. Others who would like to spend the afternoon in Charlottesville, however, may take a guided tour (3-3:45pm) of the University of Virginia.

Please RSVP to Stephen Chien (stephen.chien@stanfordalumni.org or 202-473-3079 (W)) by Wednesday, April 17, and let him know the following: 
(1) your name, phone number, and e-mail, and the number in your party;
(2) if you will be driving a car (and how many passengers you can take), or if you will need a ride; and
(3) if you wish to return to D.C. directly after lunch, or stay for the UVA tour.

Note: We are in particular need of alumni with cars who can carpool for this out-of-town event, so please let Stephen if you can drive others.

Faculty Speaker Event:
Prof. Mike Kirst on "Is K-12 Education Reform Working?"
Wednesday, May 1
6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Sumner School

Join one of Stanford's most admired teachers and one of the nation's leading experts in the politics of education for a discussion on the President's new education plan (The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001) and the prospects for current education reform efforts at the federal, state, and local levels. A catered reception will be held in advance prior to Prof. Kirst's talk. An event not to be missed!

Michael W. Kirst has been Professor of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University since 1969. He is a faculty affiliate with the Department of Political Science, and has a courtesy appointment with the Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Kirst received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, his M.P.A. from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard.

Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning and Evaluation for the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education in the U.S. Office of Education (now the U.S. Department of Education). He was a Budget Examiner in the Federal Office of Budget and Management, and Associate Director of the White House Fellows. He was a program analyst for the Title I ESEA Program at its inception in 1965. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975-1981) and its president from 1977 to 1981. 

A prolific writer, Dr. Kirst has authored ten books, including Schools in Conflict: Political Turbulence in American Education (with Frederick Wirt, 1992), Federal Aid to Education, and his trade book Who Controls our Schools (W.H. Freeman, 1984). His most recent book concerns a new role for U.S. school boards published with colleagues at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Dr. Kirst also serves as Co-Director of Policy Analysis for California Education (a consortium of Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and U.S.C.), a California state education policy research group funded by the Hewlett Foundation. 

Location: The Sumner School is located at 1201 17th Street NW on the corner of M Street. It is across the street from the main National Geographic Building. Street parking is free after 6:30 pm. Several parking garages are located close to Sumner on 17th and M Streets and on Rhode Island Avenue.
Metro: 2 blocks from the Farragut North metro (Red line). Use the L Street (Connecticut Connection) exit. 4 blocks from the Farragut West metro (Blue and Orange lines).
Price: $12/person.

Please RSVP and send checks, payable to WDCSA, by Wednesday, April 24 to Charles Hokanson, 3000 Spout Run Parkway #B-605, Arlington, VA 22201. Email Charles at (charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org) or call (703-351-1091) with questions.

Legg Mason Tennis 
Sat., Aug. 10 - Sun., Aug. 18

The WDCSA has bought 4 box seats (first 10 rows next to the court) to all sessions of the tournament at 16th & Kennedy, NW. The prices shown below are approximately 25% lower than the price for single box seats and there is no service charge. Additionally, we expect to get one onsite parking pass per session, which we will allocate by lottery should more than 1 person purchase the 4 tickets for that session.

Per ticket price (4 tickets remaining for each session unless noted):
Saturday, August 10, 11 a.m. $15
Monday, August 12, 4 p.m. $26
Tuesday, August 13, 4 p.m. $30 (2)
Wednesday, August 14, 4 p.m. $34
Thursday, August 15, 4 p.m. $38
Friday, August 16, 1 p.m. $41
Friday, August 16, 7 p.m. $41
Saturday, August 17, 1 p.m. $45
Sunday, August 18, 4 p.m. $53 (2)

Please email Bill Pegram at dcstanalum@aol.com or call him at (703) 486-0952 indicating the number of tickets desired and the session. Bill will tell you whether we have seats for that day, and ask you to send in a check, payable to WDCSA, to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th St., #400, Arlington, VA 22202. You may buy as many seats as you like, for as many sessions as you like.

WDCSA goes to Wolf Trap

The WDCSA has purchased 20 front orchestra tickets to each of two Wolf Trap performances:

West Side Story
Sunday, June 30, 8 p.m. 

Some Like it Hot - with Tony Curtis
Sunday, September 1, 8 p.m. 

There will be an optional pre-performance, bring-your-own Stanford picnic for each.

Tickets are $41, which represents a $4 discount. Please send a check, payable to WDCSA, to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th Street, #400, Arlington, VA 22202. If you are ordering for more than one performance, please write a separate check for each performance. Tickets and information about the pre-performance picnic will be mailed at least 3 weeks before the performance date.

Alumni Book Club Meetings
Sundays, April 7, May 5 and June 2

The D.C. Stanford Alumni Book Club is open to any Stanford alumnus or friend interested in discussing and sharing ideas about good literature.

Our next book is White Teeth by Zadie Smith, to be discussed on Sunday, April 7. Epic in scale and intimate in approach, White Teeth is a formidably ambitious debut. First novelist Zadie Smith takes on race, sex, class, history, and the minefield of gender politics, and such is her wit and inventiveness that these weighty subjects seem effortlessly light.

At upcoming meetings, the alumni book club will discuss Satanic Verses by Salaman Rushdie (Sunday, May 5) and Bee Season by Myla Goldberg (Sunday, June 2).

Please contact Marisa at mbfitzgerald@air.org or (202) 332-4826 for more information, including times and locations.

Ivy Plus Over 30 Singles Social
Friday, April 26
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This month's event will be held at the historic Frederick Douglass Museum and Hall of Fame for Caring Americans (316 A Street, N.E., 2 blocks east of the Supreme Court).

Frederick Douglass, the noted African American abolitionist, newspaper publisher, author and lecturer lived in the house from 1871 to 1878 before he moved to Cedar Hill in Anacostia. His personal effects are displayed in two ground floor rooms. The house is also the home of the Caring Institute, which was recently profiled in The Washington Post and features exhibits on the National Caring Awards.

Heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet and cash bar by Metropolitan Washington Parties. $20 by check (payable to the Washington Wellesley Club and noting your school on the memo line) to Elizabeth Little, 9 West Rosemont Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 by April 23. $25 by phone, email or walk in. Questions? Contact Elizabeth at Littlee24@juno.com or 703-549 3937 or www.oursquare.com/members/over30dc

Parking: Limited parking is available on the street. Parking may be available in the Supreme Court parking lot on A Street (one block from the museum between 2nd and 3rd Streets) if the Court does not have an evening function. 

Metro: 6 blocks from the Blue/Orange line Capitol South station and eight blocks from the Red line station at Union Station.

KEY CONTACT INFORMATION

President: Charles Hokanson, BA '93, MA '93, (703) 351-1091; charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org
Vice President: Claire Taplett, AMP '81, '82, (703) 534-5920; taplett@juno.com
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram, BA '73, MBA '77, (703) 486-0952; dcstanalum@aol.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA 22219
Website: www.stanfordclub.org/dc or www.stanfordalumni.org/dc