Washington DC Stanford Association April 2005 Newsletter

Calendar of Events - click to take you to that part of the newsletter)

Sun 4/10 Washington Book Club
Wed 4/13 Reception - American Indian Museum - SOLD OUT
Sat 4/16 Anacostia River Cleanup
Fri 4/22 Ivy Singles - Wolf Trap
Sat 4/23 Women's Lacrosse - Loyola
Sat 5/7 Virginia Gold Cup
Mon 5/16 Stanford Professor David Victor on Energy Policy and Climate Change
Wed 6/8 Stanford Professor Michael McFaul on Russia and Democratic Transition
Thur 7/21 Peter Pan at Wolf Trap
Sun 9/4 My Fair Lady at Wolf Trap

Also: Washington Nationals Baseball, Mark Your Calendar, email reminders

Spring Quarter starts…Office of Admissions notices are going out….and the weather in DC has finally sprung to allow the Cherry Blossoms do their thing…finally!

We are look forward to seeing those of you who have registered for the reception at the National Museum of the American Indian: with over 500 alums and friends in attendance it will be the largest Stanford Alumni Event in the East this year! Extra thanks go to the volunteers who have stepped up to lend a hand!.

Join us this spring on the softball field, watching the Washington Nationals at one of their opening games, or planning an adventure at the Gold Cup Steeple Chase! While we hope to see you soon, what is paramount is for you know that WDCSA is here as a resource for you, and will continue to be your link to the University as long as staunch volunteers continue to fuel our planning efforts with predictable, Farm-like ingenuity!

Washington Stanford Book Club
Sunday, April 10 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Home of Hemant Kanakia, 4924 30th Place NW, Washington DC
NOTE: the time change

We will share a potluck meal and discuss As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (261 pp).

We would appreciate a RSVP to let us know if you are coming and what you plan to bring as a dish. To RSVP or for directions please contact Hemant Kanakia at 202-364-5895.

For information on or to join this club, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks and click "join this group."

Stanford Night -National Museum of the American Indian - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, April 13 6:30 - 9:00 PM
The Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW,
(202) 633-1000

NOTE: This event is sold out. No further registrations will be accepted. If you have questions about your registration, please contact Michael Preston at mpreston@stanford.edu or (650) 725-0682.

We are proud to host a Stanford reception and discussion with Stanford Trustee Rick West, JD '71, Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Of Cheyenne Indian heritage, Rick’s appointment as the Founding Director of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in 1990 is a tribute to his own life, dedicated to working with American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

6:30–7:00 p.m. Check in and reception
7:00–8:00 p.m. Rick West Remarks, Q&A
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Guests are welcome to view the museum exhibit: cultural interpreters will be available all evening to answer questions and conduct short tours!

Event cost includes after-hours museum entrance, hors d'oeuvres, wine/beer and soft drinks.

Questions about the event? Please contact local WDCSA board member Kevin Wegener '00: kevin.wegener@afosr.af.mil or (210) 269-9483.

This reception is being underwritten by the Stanford Alumni Association, Washington DC Stanford Association and the Stanford Black Alumni Association.

Directions and Parking: www.americanindian.si.edu

Anacostia River Cleanup
Earth Day, Saturday Apr 16, 2005
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the D.C. Cardinal Young Alums in helping to restore the Anacostia River! Then, enjoy the free Earth Day celebration at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, MD, which will include a picnic lunch, live local music, dancing and drumming, and environmental displays.

Gloves and bags will be provided at the cleanup sites. Plan to get dirty and/or muddy. Canoes and motorized boats will serve as shuttles along the river.

RSVP to Kelly McKenzie (kellymck@stanfordalumni.org, 202-244-4621) by April 11. We'll be carpooling to RFK Stadium -- please indicate whether you have a car and are willing to drive other volunteers or if you'll need a ride. Everyone is welcome! For more information, visit www.anacostiaws.org/

Ivy Singles - Wolf Trap
Friday, April 22 8:00 - ?? PM
The Barns at Wolf Trap with nearby get-together after the Christine Lavin concert
1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182

Hosted by the Cornell Club of Washington. Christine Lavin is a folk singer/songwriter and founding member of the group Four Bitchin' Babes and "has become the classic American troubadour. People find their lives in her songs." (Boston Globe).

The Barns at Wolf Trap are a unique casual performance space with renowned acoustics. Grab a drink at the bar or at your seat, and enjoy a performance of Christine Lavin.

Join us after the performance at Le Canard's piano bar in Vienna (10 min from Barns).

Prepaid Reservations: All tickets must be paid for IN ADVANCE. Only 20 tickets are available and will be allocated on a first paid basis. Send your check for $22 to Steve Piekarec, 2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181, by Saturday, April 16th. Make checks payable to "The Cornell Club of Washington" and note your school on the check. For more information please see their website at www.ivysinglesdc.com.

Women's Lacrosse - Loyola
Saturday, April 23 1:00 PM
Loyola College in Maryland

The Stanford women's lacrosse team takes on Loyola at Geppi-Aikens Field at Loyola in Baltimore. Following the game, there will be an on-the-field reception where you can meet the players and coaches, their families and friends, and Stanford alums. 10 of the 25 Stanford players are from Maryland - senior Kelsey Twist; juniors Sarah Bach, Megan Burker, Kinsey Morrison and Nyerr Parham; sophomores Michelle DeChant and Carly Posner, and frosh Katherine Fox, Bri Ned, Laura Shane, and Alicia and Amanda Soto - and from McLean, Virginia sophomore Rachel Dyke. Directions are on the Loyola website at www.loyola.edu. There is no need to RSVP, but contact Bill Pegram at wmpegram@comcast.net or 703-486-0952 if you have questions.

Virginia Gold Cup
Saturday, May 7 12:00 - 5:15 PM

The U of M Alumni Club of Washington, DC is sponsoring a Tent on University Row this year, along with Alumni Clubs from Stanford, University of Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa, and Georgetown. We have discounted, all-inclusive tickets available for this great event - so please sign up as soon as possible.

Now in its 78th year, the Virginia Gold Cup (informally known as the "Spring Gold Cup") attracts over 50,000 people to see the finest horses in America and Europe. Tent spaces are sold out long before race time! Steeped in history and covered as an equestrian event of considerable national renown, Gold Cup is both a sports event and a grand social gathering in the hills of Virginia horse country.

The Bus+Tent package includes round-trip bus transportation from Ballston, food and open bar at University Row, plus access to all other University Row tents, the common terrace area, and the common rail area. The early bird price (first 30 to sign up before April 10) is $80, after that, the next 30 tickets sold before April 20 will be at a discounted price of $85 per person. After April 20th, the package prices will increase to $90. This compares to the regular price of $110.

Additional details and Order Form are available at umich.mollyguard.com.

Stanford Professor David Victor: “Energy Policy and Climate Change: What Next for America?”
Monday, May 16 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
(directly across from Woodley Park metro on Red Line)

With gasoline prices soaring, what are the prospects for America’s energy future? Please come hear David Victor, Director of Stanford’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, discuss U.S. energy policy and the management of global climate change.

Prof. Victor teaches in the Political Science Department and the Law School at Stanford. Previously, he directed the Science and Technology program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where he remains Adjunct Senior Fellow. He has published several books on these topics and is the author of more than 100 essays and articles, which have been printed in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Scientific American.

The evening will begin with a 6:30 reception; Prof. Victor will speak from 7:00-8:00 p.m., including Q&A.
Kindly RSVP to Garry Tyran at GKTyran@aol.com. or by phone at 301-652-6632. Please plan to bring your $10 payment with you to the event if you register by May 13; otherwise, a $15 payment will be charged at the door.

Professor McFaul Talk and Reception
Russia and Democratic Transition
Wednesday, June 8 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC

You are cordially invited to a talk and reception with Dr. Michael McFaul, Stanford Associate Professor of Political Science, speaking on Russia: Between Dictatorship and Democracy, and Other Democratic Transitions.

Dr. McFaul is an expert on U.S.-Russia relations, regime change in non-democratic states, and the current U.S. policy of promoting democracy. He co-directs the project on democratization in Iran at the Hoover Institution.

He has written articles on Russian-U.S. affairs for major U.S. newspapers, has appeared as a featured guest on all US networks, BBC, and as topic expert on The Lehrer NewsHour.

Before joining the Stanford faculty, Dr. McFaul worked as Senior Associate for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He serves as an advisor to many non-governmental organizations, companies and government agencies.

Stanford in Washington is located across Connecticut Avenue from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro (Red Line) Station.

To sign up, please send a check for $10 payable to WDCSA by June 6 ($15 at the door) to Jim Finucane, 8100 Fenway Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20817-2761 or pay online below. For more information, call Lois Herrmann (202) 333-4678.

Advance Price - $10:

Washington Nationals Tickets

WDCSA has purchased 4 season tickets to the Washington Nationals baseball games at RFK Stadium. The seats are located in the 5th row of the lower left outfield reserve section 448. All games are $8 except $10 for weekend (Friday-Sunday) games in June, July, and August, and the Sept 21-22 Giants games.

Ticket Availability - The schedule may be found at www.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=was&m=5&y=2005 and as of 10am May 2 we have

  1. 4 seats for all games except those listed below
  2. we are sold out for May 13-16, 18, June 2, 4, June 8-11, 25-26, July 5, 7, July 22-24, August 2, August 4-6, 26-28 and Sept. 3, 10-11, 21-23 and
  3. have 2 remaining for May 17, 30-31, July 6, and Aug. 23.

In May we only have May 17 (4 tickets), and 19 and 30-31 (2 each) left. Send an email to Bill Pegram at dc@stanfordalumni.org listing your choices in order (number of tickets and the game), indicating whether you want tickets to more than one game. Once your request is accepted via return email, please send a check for the appropriate amount payable to WDCSA to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th, #400, Arlington, VA 22202. Questions? Contact Bill at 703-486-0952,

WDCSA has also purchased group tickets for the following two games against these California teams:

Tuesday, August 2 - Dodgers 7:05PM - Rows 1-3, Section 523
Tuesday, September 20 - Giants 7:05PM - Row 3, Section 514

Seats for these 2 games are $9/each (normally $15 seats) and are in the infield upper reserved section. Section 523 is about at 3rd base, whereas 514 is close to home plate on the first base side. If anyone who has already purchased any of our season tickets wants to make changes as a result of these new games, we can make a change.

Wolf Trap Musicals
Thurs., July 21 Peter Pan 8 PM
Sun., Sept. 4 My Fair Lady 8 PM

We have secured 20 side front orchestra seats to each performance (Peter Pan: rows F42-51, G48-57; My Fair Lady E40-49, F42-51). Tickets are $48/ticket, which is a $4 discount off the regular price (and no service charge). To reserve your seats, please send a check, payable to WDCSA, to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th, #400, Arlington, VA 22202. You can also pay online below. Tickets will be mailed this summer. Questions email Bill Pegram at wmpegram@comcast.net or 703-486-0952. My Fair Lady is now sold out.

Peter Pan - $48:

StanfordFest NYC - Call for Entries

StanfordFest NYC is accepting documentaries, shorts, features, animations and experimental films for a night of films and bands showcasing Stanford talent for the NY audience. A Stanford alum must be either the writer, director, producer or major actor. For bands, one member must be a Stanford alum and you must be able to perform in NYC on a night in October, date to be confirmed. If you have any questions, please email StanfordFest@gmail.com or send snail mail entries by June 30th to: StanfordFest, 302A West 12th Street, Box #345 New York, NY 10014

Mark Your Calendar!

July 30-August 7 – Legg Mason Tennis - Ticket information available in May newsletter

Saturday, September 10 - Stanford Football at US Naval Academy in Annapolis - Ticket information available in May newsletter

Email reminders

To create an email reminder for one of our events, or for anything else, that will be sent to you on a date and with a message you choose, visit www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/remind.html


Co-Presidents: Risa Shimoda '77, risashimoda@msn.com (new email address) - Events and Outreach; Garry Tyran '75, gktyran@aol.com - University Contact and Outreach
Vice-President: Lindsay Arnold '02, larnold@stanfordalumni.org
Treasurer: Jim Finucane '61, jim.finucane@eia.doe.gov
Webmaster/Email Newsletter/Membership: Bill Pegram '73, MBA '77, wmpegram@comcast.net (703) 486-0952
Newsletter Editor: MJ Hermes '83, mhermes@bbandt.com, (301) 662-1148 #74
Club Mailing Address: 815 South 18th Street, #400, Arlington, VA 22202
Website: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc (new address - now plural)

Revised: April 26, 2005