Washington DC Stanford Association February 2006 Newsletter

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Fri 2/10 BSO at Strathmore
2/9, 2/11, 2/19, 2/23, 2/25 Stanford Basketball
Sun 2/12 Pediatric Hospital (full)
Sat 2/18 Watts Branch Park
Fri 2/24 Ivy Singles
Sun 2/26 Measure for Measure
Tue 3/7 WDCSA Board Meeting
Tue 3/21 Dana Gioia at Rockefellers
Mar-Jun CAN Volleyball
Apr-May Washington National Opera
Apr-Jul CAN Softball
Apr-Oct Washington Nationals

"A Night in Havana": Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Pre-Concert Program
Friday, February 10 6:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda

Join WDCSA and the Stanford Business School Alumni Association for a hot Cuban-themed concert on a cold winter night at the Music Center at Strathmore, the Washington area's newest concert venue! The evening program features jazz legend Paquito D'Rivera, a Cuban-born clarinet soloist.
Included in the price of your ticket is a private pre-concert series of events you won't want to miss:
* 6:15-6:45 pm: Backstage tour of the Music Center at Strathmore discussing the center's history and business aspects of the orchestra world
* 7:00-7:30 pm.: Discussion with Stanford graduates Paula Childress ‘67, BSO cellist and Michael Mael MBA ‘86, Vice President of the BSO at Strathmore
* 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Ongoing Stanford reception featuring a cash bar. Tapas will also be available in the lobby.
Strathmore is conveniently located right off the Metro Red Line (Grosvenor-Strathmore Station) or 1/2 mile north of the Capital Beltway on Rockville Pike at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda. Parking is available in the Metro garage (free with concert ticket). Additional directions are available at: www.strathmore.org/planyourvisit/directionsparking.asp

Our orchestra seats are sold out but we have a few Grand Tier seats at $25!! Purchase either below or mail checks payable to WDCSA to: Vicky Chang, 9409 Firethorn Court, Potomac, MD 20854

Tickets will be held at the Comcast Lounge at the Music Center at Strathmore on concert night. Questions? Call Vicky at 301-983-9749 or Charles Gnaedinger at 202-342-1505.


Stanford Men’s Basketball

The Cardinal has won 8 of their last 9 games, and will be on TV several times during February (all times Eastern) including the following games:

Thu Feb. 9, 10:30PM – Cal – Fox Sports Net
Sat. Feb. 11, 9PM – Gonzaga – ESPN
Sun. Feb. 19, 3:30PM – Arizona – CBS
Thu Feb. 23, 10:30PM – Washington – Fox Sports Net
Sat. Feb. 25, 7PM – Washington State – ABC

Some of these games will be available on your local cable channel, whereas others will only be available at a sports bar. Games will be available at McFadden's, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.


Volunteers Needed: Watts Branch Park & the Down by the Riverside Campaign
Saturday, February 18 9:00am - 1:00pm
(Feel free to leave earlier or stay later.)
Location: 5200 Foote Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019

Following the success of our January 7, 2006 volunteer event with Parks and People (25 volunteers!), we have decided to partner with Washington Parks and People to create monthly volunteer opportunities for Stanford Alumni and this will be our second event in this series.

Watts Branch Park & the Down by the Riverside Campaign is a partnership of the DC government, several non-profit organizations, and the Watts Branch Stream Valley. Over the last five years Washington Parks & People has been central to this campaign aimed at restoring the vitality and community value of the Watts Branch Park. To read more about the campaign please go to www.washingtonparks.net/.

Questions? Contact WDCSA Board Member Begna Gebreyes, '99, at begna01@hotmail.

Based on volunteer feedback from the last event, we will focus on getting projects started on time so that volunteers can be productive for the whole time they are available.

Washington Parks & People has expressed an interest in getting us more involved in a variety of projects, including:

-Landscape reclamation
-Park programming
-Light construction
-Office assistance
-Producing graphics and flyers
-Providing computer technical assistance for its visitor center and cyber cafe
-Mounting exhibitions to promote its park-based health campaign ("Heart & Soul")

If you're interested in working with Washington Parks and People, please contact Begna Gebreyes ’99 (begna01@hotmail) and indicate which of the above activities appeal to you. Also indicate whether you prefer to participate in a one-time activity or would be interested in ongoing opportunities.


Ivy Singles
Friday, February 24 6:30 - 9:00 pm
JW's View Steakhouse atop the Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA
703-524-6400

Co-hosted by the Washington Wellesley Club & Columbia University Club of Washington, DC
This unique venue provides one of the most spectacular views of Washington. We will have our own private space, sumptuous appetizers, and a cash bar. Business or business casual attire is appropriate.
Reservations:
Send $25 check payable to "The Washington Wellesley Club" to Nancy Tate, 901 N. Monroe St. NW #705, Arlington, VA 22201, by Monday February 20th, 2006. Please note your school on the check.
Email reservations and walk-ins:
$30 at the door email reservations to flipnan(at)aol.com. Pre-register to avoid the lines at check-in and allow us to plan properly.
Metro: Take the Orange or Blue lines to Rosslyn. At the station exit, take the skywalk across Lee Highway.
By Car: Free parking in the hotel garage is available with ticket validation.


Shakespeare Group
Sunday, February 26 6-9PM

We will be reading "Measure for Measure" at the home of Anupam Khanna PHD '84, MS '80, MS '75. For further details, contact Alison Westfall at alisoncolew@hotmail.com or (202) 544-7314 for more information.


WDCSA Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 7 7:00-8:00 pm
Stanford in Washington

For more information, please contact Lindsay Arnold at wdcsa.president@gmail.com or (202) 256-1324.


Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Tuesday, March 21 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Home of Sharon Percy Rockefeller ’66, Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC
Cost: $35*

Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia, BA ’73, MBA ‘77 is an internationally acclaimed poet, critic, educator, and former business executive who also received a M.A. in Comparative Literature at Harvard. For fifteen years he supported his writing by working for General Foods, eventually becoming Vice President of Marketing.

An influential critic, Gioia is also a renowned influential literary anthologist and a long-time commentator on American culture and literature for BBC Radio. He was the classical music critic for San Francisco magazine for six years and has written two opera libretti.

He has taught as a visiting writer at Johns Hopkins University, Sarah Lawrence College, Colorado College, and Wesleyan University. He is the former Vice President of the Poetry Society of America and has served on the boards of numerous arts organizations. Nominated by President George W. Bush, Gioia began his term as the ninth Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in February 2003, moving to Washington, D.C. from Sonoma County, California. He and his wife Mary Hiecke (MBA ’77) have two sons.

Our gracious hostess will be Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President & CEO, WETA TV and FM, former member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees and member of boards of trustees in the DC area, including WETA, the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection.

A light buffet will include dessert.

RSVP by signing up below or by mailing a check payable to WDCSA to Risa Shimoda, 601 Hudson Ave., #102, Takoma Park, MD 20912. Space is limited to 50 people (WDCSA members and one guest each). If the event is oversubscribed as of March 1, we will conduct a random drawing. We will notify everyone as to the results, and cancel payment from those whose attendance we will not be able to accommodate. Address and directions will be sent to those attending.

* Approximately 50% of the cost of this very special event will be subsidized by WDCSA.


WDCSA Volleyball Season

Contact Brinda Thomas at brindat@stanfordalumni.org or 301-452-6848.


Stanford at Washington National Opera

"Das Rheingold" - Richard Wagner
Monday, April 10 7:00pm
A "Das Rheingold" Special Events calendar will be sent to all ticket holders.

"La Clemenza di Tito" – Mozart
Monday, May 22 7:00pm

Prime Orchestra $141.50, 2nd Tier $69.50. 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. Deadline for reserving Spring 2006 WNO tickets is March 10th. Tickets will be mailed week of March 13th.


WDCSA Softball Season

Following a very successful and enjoyable first year in the CAN softball league, Stanford will field a team again for the April-July 2006 season. Games in this slow-pitch, co-ed league of Washington area alumni clubs are played in the early evening on the Mall, and the season ends with an all-teams tournament. Contact Chris Shinkman (301-229-4427 or
c.shinkman@verizon.net) if you would like to play.


Washington Nationals Tickets
RFK Stadium

In response to our survey of those who attended last year, we have upgraded our 4 season tickets. Our new seats are in Section 314, Row 15, Seats 15-18 whereas previously we were in Section 448, Row 5, Seats 3-6. Our new seats are right behind home plate and one level lower! Our new tickets cost us $20 each. In the March newsletter, we will announce our individual game prices for the 81 season games and the pre-season exhibition game against the Orioles and start taking orders then.


KEY CONTACT INFORMATION

President: Lindsay Arnold, ’02, wdcsa.president@gmail.com, (202) 256-1324
Vice-Presidents: Chris Shinkman, c.shinkman@verizon.net, (301) 229-4427
Kelly McKenzie, ’03, kellymck@gmail.com, 202-244-4621
Treasurer: Jim Finucane ’61, jim.finucane@eia.doe.gov
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram ‘73, MBA ‘77, wmpegram@comcast.net 703-486-0952
Newsletter Editor: Jeff Lee ‘03, MA ’04
Club Mailing Address: 815 South 18th Street, #400, Arlington, VA 22202
Website: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc

If you have changes in your contact information, do not wish to receive emails from the Washington DC Stanford Association, or have problems with our email, please email Bill Pegram at dc@stanfordalumni.org.