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Book Club Discussion
Sunday, December 11 5 pm
Bethesda, Md.

The book group will meet at the home of Kathie Krumm to discuss the novel Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron. The books for the next six months will be announced in early December. For information about the book group, email Alison Westfall at alisoncolew@hotmail.com.

WDCSA Holiday Party
Thursday, December 15 7-10 pm
DACOR-Bacon House 1801 F Street, NW (at 18th Street)
Washington, DC 20006

Looking to add some cardinal red to your holiday? Please join your fellow Stanford alums to celebrate the festive season at the DACOR-Bacon House. The venue (built 1824-25) is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been home to several Supreme Court Justices, members of Congress, and a Maryland governor. The DACOR-Bacon House will be decorated for the holiday season and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided.

The advanced registration price is $8 for WDCSA members, young alumni ('07 - '11), and guests; $12 for non-WDCSA members and guests. Please RSVP and pay online at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event8483reg. Checks made out to WDCSA may be sent to Kevin Coyne, 900 Army-Navy Drive, #1523, Arlington, VA 22202.

The price at the door is $12 for WDCSA members, young alumni ('07 - '11), and guests; $15 for non-WDCSA members and guests. We regret that no refunds will be given after December 10. Please contact Kevin Coyne at Kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

Salma Qarnain

Stanford Afternoon at Romeo and Juliet
Sunday, December 18 2 pm
Synetic Theater 1800 South Bell St Arlington, VA

Join your fellow alumni for an afternoon of Romeo and Juliet at the Synetic Theater, and stay afterwards for a Stanford-only discussion with the cast including Stanford's own Salma Qarnain, '96.

Tickets have been heavily discounted for alumni. Just use the code, "STANFORD" at the payment link below to receive the discounted price of $35. Alumni will be seated in Tier A Premium Seating. Purchase tickets at https://www.boxofficetickets.com/go/date?id=1004315

This rendition of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet uses shadows, props, mime, dance, sinuous combat, and passionate acting to convey love, passion, and timelessness.

Arlington's Synetic Theater is located steps from the Crystal City metro stop (yellow and blue lines) and has free garage parking all day on weekends. Please note the Synetic Theater parking entrance is off of 20th Street and is marked with a sign for "Synetic Theater."

Questions? Contact John Smithson, '05 at jsmithson@gmail.com

Fiesta Bowl Game Watch
Monday, January 2 8:30 pm kick-off
Mackey’s 1823 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20038


The Stanford BCS selection has been made and we will take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. If you are not lucky enough to be going to Arizona for the game, come and join the Cardinal faithful in Washington as we gather for the game watch.

Mackey’s is close to both the Farragut North and Farragut West metro stops. Food and drink specials will be provided. No RSVP - just come wearing your Cardinal garb and be ready to cheer the team on to victory.


As a Silicon Valley executive and Israeli venture capitalist, Vered, '89/'91, has spent her career investing in and assisting entrepreneurs and their industry-defining companies. In her current work, she provides entrepreneurs with access to venture firms in Silicon Valley. Her hope is to bring DC and other regions some of the practices that have helped make Silicon Valley and Israeli startups so disproportionately successful. Along with her paid job, Vered enjoys fundraising for philanthropic causes, volunteering with the Washington DC Stanford Association board of directors, doing marathons, learning Thai kickboxing, and facebooking. (Vered currently co-administers the WDCSA group on facebook, as well as the Sand Hill Road -> Exit OPEN, and Stanford Israeli Alumni & Friends pages.) She can be reached at Vered@CalyxVentures.com.

Ivy Singles Social Club Event
Friday, January 13 6:30-9 pm
Woman's National Democratic Club at the Whittemore House mansion
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles for an evening of exceptional nonpartisan company and conversation at the Whittemore House, home of the Woman's National Democratic Club.

The Whittemore House is an elegant historic mansion centrally located in Washington's fashionable Dupont Circle. Built in the late 19th century as a private residence, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and pays tribute to the English Arts and Crafts movement and American "Shingle Style" architecture.

Nine enchanting rooms of varying size make it an ideal setting for private parties, weddings and special events. Each is unique in character and beautifully furnished with antiques, art, and political memorabilia. The mansion is special in that none of its public rooms are square or rectangular.

Reservations: Prepay $30 by check to Steve Piekarec, 2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181, by Monday, January 8th. Make checks payable to "The Cornell Club of Washington" and note your school on the check. Online payment can be made on the Cornell Club Website (includes Paypal fee): www.cornellclubdc.org/ eventswww.cornellclubdc.org/events

Pay at the door $40 for walk-ins, email Spiekare@verizon.net or visit www.cornellclubdc.org/events/2009/10/23/ivysingles-womans-national-democratic-club for more information.

Metro/parking: The Whittemore House mansion is on New Hampshire Avenue, a half block Northeast off Du Pont Circle and 2 minutes walk from the Du Pont Metro Station (Red Line). For those driving, there are 3 parking garages nearby, and street parking, while always limited, improves after 6:30.

The Ivy Singles Social Club www.ivysinglesdc.com is a coalition of Ivy League, Seven Sister and other prestigious schools' regional alumni associations that sponsors social activities. Our events are open to all single alumni of member schools and their guests.

Stanford at the Opera
Spring 2012
Kennedy Center

Nabucco - Verdi
Thursday, May 10 @ 7:30 pm

Verdi's powerful blockbuster about the defeat, enslavement, and exile of the ancient Babylonian Jews by King Nabucco features a grand and gorgeous score. Thaddeus Strassberger's new production will transport you to the lost wonders of the world to witness a royal family at odds with their nation and each other.


Prime Orchestra $146.50; 2nd Tier $ 79. For tickets - send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010. Contact Betty at bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048. All performances are by the Washington National Opera (WNO) and are at the Kennedy Center.

Stanford In the News

Get Involved

Stanford ASB Trip Focused on Voter Mobilization Coming to Washington DC

The Haas Center for Public Service is looking for alumni to assist with an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip coming to Washington DC, March 24-31, 2012. This year's trip, Raise Your Voice: Mobilizing Voters in an Election Year, will be led by Anna Schickele (Junior Majoring in Public Policy from Davis, CA who has read transcripts of presidential debates from the last 40 years) and Deepa Kannappan (Junior from Bakersfield, CA with ASSU Senate on her resume).

Alumni support is needed in the following areas:
-Lodging for 14 students for one or more nights (please note: students like to sleep in the same location so we discourage trips breaking up into multiple sleeping locations.
-Suggestions for low cost accommodations.
-Evening meals for the group of 14 in alumni homes.
-Ideas for speakers and organizations to visit.

If you think you can help this year's group, please complete a short form at http://www.stanford.edu/dept/haas/outside/ASB12.fb . This year is also ASB's 25th Anniversary. Tell your ASB Memory at www.stanford.edu/group/ASB/cgi-bin/prod/memories.

Contact Megan Swezey Fogarty at mswez@stanford.edu for more information.

WDCSA Community Service Chair(s) Opening

Have you wanted to become more involved in your local alumni association but didn't know how? Do you enjoy participating in community service and volunteer activities? WDCSA is looking for members of the Stanford family who want to assist in developing community service and volunteer events. Please email John Smithson, WDCSA President, at jsmithson@gmail.com if you are interested.


President: John Smithson, ‘05, jsmithson@gmail.com, (818) 599-9010
Vice-President: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98, c.shinkman@verizon.net, (301) 229-4427 Kevin Coyne, MS ‘02, kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org, (703) 517-9082
Treasurer: Patricia Marby Harrison, '91, patriciamarbyharrison@gmail.com
Webmaster: Bill Pegram ‘73, MBA ‘77, wmpegram@comcast.net
Membership Initiatives: Risa Shimoda, ’77, risa@theshimodagroup.com
Membership Processing: Bill Pegram, ‘73, MBA ‘77, wmpegram@comcast.net (703) 486-0952
Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, ’06,  sarena.mcrae@gmail.com
Young Alumni: Nina Rodriguez, MS '05, ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com; Jackie Crespo, '05, jackie.crespo@gmail.com
Parents Initiative: Melissa Clark P ’12, madgardenr@comcast.net, (301) 656-3560
Community Service: vacant
CAN Representatives: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98, c.shinkman@verizon.net
Ivy Singles: Phebe Greenwood, ’79, phebepg@yahoo.com, Charlotte Perry, ’81, charmperry@aol.com
Admissions Office Liaisons: Andrea Hirsch, '78 andrea@andreahirschlaw.com Carolina Gutierrez, '05, MA '06 email.carolinagutierrez@gmail.com

Club Mailing Address: 815 South 18th Street, #500, Arlington, VA 22202 Website: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc

Revised: December 10, 2011