Washington DC Stanford Association December 1999 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

Dec 12WDCSA Holiday Party
Dec 16Third Thursday at Big Hunt
Dec 16On the Verge Discussion
Jan 22College Alumni Tennis Doubles Benefit

News of recent events:
Adopt-A-School Benefit at New Zealand Embassy
Coach Willingham talk, Big Game party, Rose Bowl

WDCSA Concert and Holiday Party
December 12
4PM Concert (National Cathedral), 6PM Dinner (Stanford in Washington)

Concert We sold out our supply of tickets for the concert, reordered, and sold out again. You should now order tickets directly from the Cathedral Choral Society (202-537-8980). Tickets vary in price by location. The WDCSA tickets that were sold out were in the rear nave, the least expensive location. Ticket prices range from $15 to $40.

Dinner We currently have 49 people signed up for the dinner. The cost is $15 per person. If you have not signed up but would like to, please send checks, payable to WDCSA, to Ann Marie Dubois, 2475 Virginia Avenue, NW, Apt. 721, Washington, DC 20037. Please notify Natalie Lui at (202) 518-9707 or natalie.c.lui@us.pwcglobal.com that your check is in the mail.

Third Thursdays
Thursday, December 16
6:00 - 8:00 P.M.

This year we're having happy hour events on the third Thursday of every month to allow us to coordinate our events with some of the evening gallery openings around the city. We're going to meet 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. Meet us at the front of the left side. For more information, or to offer suggestions on locations, contact Callista Chen at (202) 319-1841 or callista@stanfordalumni.org.

Modern Drama Discussion Group
Thursday, December 16-On the Verge Discussion
7:30 - 9:30 P.M.

In December, on the verge of a new millennium, the Modern Drama Discussion Group will continue its series "Time and Memory" with On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) (1985) by American playwright Eric Overmyer. On the Verge follows three Victorian women on a "frolicsome jaunt through a continuum of space, time, history, geography, feminism and fashion" (New York Times). The San Francisco Chronicle called On the Verge a "feast of language" that sets off "fresh and sometimes haunting vibrations between past and present." The drama group will discuss On the Verge from 7:30-9:30 P.M. Thursday December 16 (dinner at 6:30) at Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW, three blocks east of Dupont Circle. Our discussion will feature Catholic University professor Jackson Phippin, who directed the world premiere of On the Verge at Baltimore Center Stage in 1985. RSVP by calling Betty Byrne BS '55 at 202-483-4048 or e-mailing BettyByrne@stanfordalumni.org. For more information check the drama group website at www.footlightsdc.org.

College Alumni Tennis Doubles Benefit
Saturday, January 22, 2000
7:45 P.M. - Midnight

The WDCSA often offers a tennis event in January.  This year the event will be the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation's 5th annual College Alumni Tennis Doubles Benefit, an evening of doubles tennis and cocktail buffet (featuring Red, Hot & Blue BBQ), to raise funds for the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation programs for at-risk youth. Any doubles team-mixed, men's or women's--may enter. You may bring a partner or have one assigned; players change partners with every rotation.

The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the life prospects for DC area youth from lower income communities through tennis and educational activities. While tennis may be the primary focus of its programs, it is in reality only a vehicle used to reach out to children and make a positive impact on their social, physical, mental and educational development. WTEF has been serving DC youth since 1955.

The Details: Arlington Tennis and Squash Club
3400 North 13th Street, Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-1700.
RSVP: Please mail entry application and check to: WTEF--College Alumni Tennis Benefit, FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20011.

Cost: $55.00 Per Person-includes entry fee, balls, food, awards and fun!
$30.00 Non-Player Fee.  Entry deadline is January 19th, 2000. Make check payable to WTEF.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please call Sabine Guibal at (202) 291-9888.

R.S.V.P. Form

PARTNER INFORMATION (1): Partners will stay together for first-rotation only.

Name_________________________School Attended_______________________________


Home Ph#______________________Work Ph#_______________Fax#_________________


Name_________________________School Attended_______________________________


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News of recent events:

Fantastic Evening at the New Zealand Embassy!

Stanford, Harvard and Princeton graduates and friends gathered for an exciting reception at the New Zealand Embassy on November 3rd to raise money for the WDCSA's Adopt-A-School program. Guests were able to tour the embassy, hear a talk by George Troup, Charge d'affaires, on New Zealand history and culture, and sample New Zealand wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres. Over $2000 was raised through donations and a raffle of New Zealand wine (generously contributed by the embassy.) Proceeds from the event will cover the costs of opening Meyer Elementary School on Saturday mornings throughout the year and provide supplies for the computer room and the students. The program was also able to greatly expand its library through the donation of many children's books. Thanks again to everyone who attended or assisted at the event!

For more information about becoming a tutor (we are still looking for additional tutors), please contact Shanna Connor at shanna_connor@ed.gov or (202) 244-8236. Additional donations to the program are also always welcome; please contact Jennifer Ballen at jennifer_ballen@stanfordalumni.org or (202) 362-2017 for more information.

Coach Willingham Visits the WDCSA, Stanford Goes to the Rose Bowl. Coincidence? You Be the Judge...

Many will recall that Cardinal Head Football Coach Tyrone Willingham visited the Washington area last spring and spoke to a group of local alums at a reception in his honor. Also attending were the coach's sister and brother-in-law-Joyce and Corman Franklin-who live in the area. In addition, we were also able to greet Drew Caylor and his family. At the time, Drew was an incoming freshman from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and a prospective defensive end. Rounding out the guest list was Brad Badger, class of '97, an offensive lineman for the Redskins. (After some shuffling of the roster, Brad sometimes starts at tackle; alternatively he plays on field goals, extra points, and punts. Keep an eye out for him--he wears #74, and at almost 300 pounds is hard to miss.)  The event was a big success; the coach is a great speaker and stayed around for quite some time answering a wide range of questions.

But, back to the story here. It's probably a little bit of a stretch, but local fans David Cavicke and Dave Spokely, among others, were seen giving the coach some pointers after the talk. Next thing you know, the Cardinal beats Cal for the fifth straight year, and heads for the Rose Bowl against a much overrated Wisconsin (well, maybe not that much overrated). In any case, the WDCSA is proud to play such an important part in the success of the football team this year.

Speaking of the Big Game-the Big Game party with Cal this year was a huge success. We doubled our attendance from last year (to over 300) and had in excess of 500 total fans. Cap Cities was a bit overwhelmed, but seemed to withstand the invasion well enough. The WDCSA's coordinator, Ari Mervis, did a great job in organizing the event, and our hats are off to Ari and his crew of volunteers for a super afternoon of good football, good friends, and good food. And on we go to the Rose Bowl.  Game time is 2PM PST, January 1.  The Stanford Alumni Association is planning a free pep rally on December 30th at the Santa Monica pier, and a tailgater beginning around 11am on game day at the Brookside Country Club, adjacent to the Rose Bowl.  Further details on these are not yet available.  The Rose Bowl also has a number of events scheduled, including the parade on January 1, a luncheon on December 31st and a Bandfest with the bands from both schools.  These are listed in the Rose Bowl site, which is accessible through the go.stanford site listed below.   

Tickets - The WDCSA has no inside track on Rose Bowl tickets (honestly).  Most of what follows is taken from the web sites listed below.  Rose Bowl tickets are $110 each.  The deadline for season ticket holders and athletic department donors to submit their application for tickets is today, December 3rd.  The athletic department thus will soon be able to announce whether tickets will be available to others.  Call them at 1-800-BEAT CAL, or check the Stanford Alumni Association toll-free Rose Bowl hotline at (877)-517-1685, or check the following websites: http://www.gostanford.com and http://www.stanfordalumni.org/jg/home.html 

You may wish to pursue other possibilities:

1) Season ticket holders, athletic department donors, and students may have extra tickets

2) The official Rose Bowl Stanford Tour has game tickets in various packages.  Call them at 800-553-5527 or www.doddsontravel.com

3) 1000 tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster (213-365-3550) at 8AM PST on December 14th. 

4) 500 tickets will be sold to Pasadena residents on December 11th at 8:30AM.  

5) Auction sites such as eBay have Rose Bowl listings.  One would assume that the Stanford Daily will have ticket ads, but ads do not seem to be available in the on-line version.

For those of you remaining in town, we're sure there will be a get-together somewhere in the area. Check your e-mail, the WDCSA website www.stanfordclub.org/dc, or the hotline (301-230-5575) later in the month for details.

The WDCSA Board of Directors wishes everyone a joyous and safe holiday season.


Hotline: (301) 230-5575
President: Bob Krahe, MS '83, (301) 236-0570, robert.krahe@lmco.com
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