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Book Club Discussion
Sunday, July 11 5 pm
Washington, D.C.

The book group will meet at Alison Westfall's home on Capitol Hill to discuss Graham Greene's The Quiet American. For information, e-mail

2nd Annual WDCSA Happy Hour Cruise
Thursday, July 15 7:15- 9:30 pm
Potomac River Cruise Departing Washington Harbour, Georgetown

Join fellow Stanford alums for a happy hour cruise and evening boat tour of DC’s monuments! Your ticket is all-inclusive: a premium open bar, catered happy hour food, a cruise along the Potomac, and up to 120 new Stanford friends to meet.

This was one of our MOST POPULAR events last year, so reserve early. Be ready to enjoy the cool breezes and meet new people in a casual environment. We will have a private 2-hour tour on the Miss Mallory, with the Potomac Riverboat Company: Some pics from last year’s event can be found in the event spotlight here:

Spaces are limited. Reserve via the Stanford Alumni Association website at The cost is $40 for WDCSA members and their guests, as well as for Young Alumni (’06-’10), $50 for nonmembers and their guests. Not sure if you’re a WDCSA member? Check at See Who’s Coming at http://

Washington Harbour is located in Georgetown at 31st and K Streets, NW, across from the Riverside Grille on the dock. Please arrive promptly at 7:15, as the boat will sail shortly thereafter with or without ticket holders. In the event of cancellation for bad weather, we will notify ticket holders and reschedule for later in the summer (refunds are not available).

Any questions? Email Steven Kelts, Ph.D. ’02 at For communication on the day of the event, you can call Steven at 202-365-9342.


Charles, AB '93 and AM '93, has been a highly involved alumni leader for Stanford since he first moved to Washington, D.C. in 1993. In addition to being Past President of the WDCSA, he also served as President of the Boston Stanford Association (now the Stanford Club of New England) as well as a Governor of the Stanford Associates. A recipient of the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, the James W. Lyons Award for Service, a Stanford Alumni Association Book Award, and a Stanford Associates Outstanding Achievement Award, Charles has organized dozens of large and small alumni events over the years. He co-chaired his 10th Stanford reunion, and mentored a generation of Stanford students and young alumni interested in careers in law and education policy. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate in History and American Studies, he also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Trained as a historian, public policy leader, and lawyer, Charles has spent the last decade focused on reforming our nation's K-12 education system, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education in the George W. Bush Administration, as President of two national non-profits promoting the school choice movement, as a think tank scholar, and as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill. Currently he is President and CEO of Hokanson Consulting Group LLC, a public policy and political consulting firm based in Arlington. Having served on the WDCSA board for over 13 years, Charles advises rising leaders in the D.C. Stanford alumni community. One of his favorite Stanford alumni memories is performing on the piano at several WDCSA holiday parties, as well as at the U.S. Supreme Court for the Stanford in Washington campus's 15th Anniversary celebration.

Ivy Singles Happy Hour
Friday, July 23 6-8:30 pm
Aria Trattoria 13th St and Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C.

The Yale Club of Washington D.C. will host the Ivy Singles Social Club Happy Hour. Meet alumni and enjoy the renovated Aria Trattoria and its outdoor covered Fresco bar and nightly live music.

Formerly, "Jordan's", Aria Trattoria is now popular several nights a week. We will have hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar with happy hour prices.

Reservations: Please mail $20 by check payable to the "YCWDC" or “Yale Club of Washington DC” with your school to Robert Cole, 5008 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816. Checks need to be received by Wed, July 21st. Please note your school on the memo line of the check. Proceeds from the event are donated to participating schools based on attendance. Register online here: Email reservations and walk-ins: $30 at the door. E-mail reservations to Robert at with Ivy Aria Happy Hour in the subject line. Walk-ins are welcome, however advance reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.

Washington Freedom Soccer Game
Saturday, July 24 7 pm
Germantown Soccerplex 18031 Central Park Circle Boyds, Md.

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT The Cardinal are coming to town! The Washington Freedom will host the Bay Area Gold Pride in one of the featured match ups of the season. Two of the best women soccer players in the world, Abby Wambach and Marta, will be dueling it out at the Germantown Soccerplex. But more importantly, the match will unite five of Stanford's star soccer players including Hermann Trophy winner Kelley O'Hara '10, Ali Riley '10, Marissa Abegg '09, Rachel Buehler '07, and Nicole Barnhart '05 who will be happy to sign autographs after the match. It's a perfect opportunity to gather the Stanford faithful and support professional women athletes.

Ticket price is $15. The link to order your own tickets is : Password – stanfordsoccer.

When you arrive at the stadium look for the Stanford banner and join us! From I-270 take exit 118 South towards Germantown. In 2.8 miles turn right on Richter Farm Road and then in 1 mile turn left on Schaeffer Road. The Soccerplex will be on the right.

Contact Chris Shinkman at or 301-229-4427 for more information.


Please take a look at the new home page for the Washington, DC Stanford Association at http:// We are proud to unveil many new features timed with the launch of the new Stanford Alumni Association web site.

Quick and easy SEARCH functionality of all WDCSA members. Basic search allows you to find DCarea alumni by name, class year, degree or school. The advanced search digs deeper into professional information, student activities and residences, interests and social networks. All the information is driven by what you decide to make public in your SAA profile.

DISCUSSION BOARD. Share insight, pose questions or just take a look at what others have to say. Even share your feedback on the new web site! And if you subscribe, you can choose to receive emails at a frequency you control to stay up-to-date on new posts.

BLOG. Currently the WDCSA blog profiles one WDCSA member each month. You can view all the 2010 member profiles now. And check back each month to learn about another WDCSA member.

PHOTO GALLERY. Take a look at photos from recent WDCSA events. You may add your own as well!

This functionality is just the beginning. There is more to come including enhanced event registration, expansion of WDCSA into social media web sites and greater coordination between WDCSA and other DC-area Stanford Alumni groups. Don't forget to answer the poll question on the home page and get your voice heard on the issues that matter most to you!

Kayaking Brewery Tour
Saturday, July 31 10 - 4:30 pm
Monocacy River Frederick, Md.

Enjoy a low-impact ½ day of kayaking followed by a visit to one of Frederick’s homegrown micro breweries! The Monocacy River welcomes you, even if you have not spent time in a kayak before the trip. We will pass lush farm fields, wooded bluffs and views of the Catoctin Mountains. Risa Shimoda ’77, veteran kayaker and seven-time member of the US Freestyle Kayak Team, will offer paddling tips along the way.

When we’re back on shore we’ll drive to Barley and Hops Microbrewery for a tour through the working brewery and sample their fine fare that should serve as a light dinner.

Cost: $84.50 includes: canoe or kayak rental and related equipment, guide, beer tasting, parking, and tax. Tips for the guide(s) and bartender are appreciated, but not expected. Please bring a bag lunch in a waterproof container to enjoy on our trip. A box picnic lunch can be provided for an additional $8/person, if ordered in advance. Note: designated drivers will receive a discount! For more trip details, including directions to the meeting location and advice on what to wear, visit dress-directions-brewery.php.

To make your reservation, call River & Trail Outfitters directly and let them know you’ll be part of the WDCSA (Stanford alumni) group. 1-888-446-7529. Contact Kevin Coyne at or (703) 517-9082 for more information.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Saturday, July 31- Sunday, Aug 8
16th & Kennedy, NW Washington D.C.

The 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic is an ATP World Tour 500 tournament, making it one of the top 20 men’s tournaments in the world. WDCSA has 6 premium box seats in Aisle 36, Section 3 to all sessions. Our seats are in the same location as in recent years - very close to the court. (Premium box seats are $525/seat for the tournament, an increase of $25 from last year, but our prices will remain the same). These seats provide access to the Courtside Club restaurant. We have two parking passes available for each session at $10/pass.

Sat 7/31 (qualifying) 10am - $7 (5 left)
Mon 8/2 4pm - $36 (4 left)

Check the WDCSA website at for current ticket availability for each session. Please email or call 703-486-0952 indicating the number of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will process requests in the order they are received and confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

Stanford at the Opera
Fall 2010 Kennedy Center

Un Ballo en Mascara – Verdi
Wednesday, September 22 @ 7:30 pm

“Ballo” is opera at its grandest, with soaring arias, gorgeous ensembles, fabulous costumes, and lavish sets. Salvatore Licitra and Irene Theorin star. Deadline for ordering is August 20. Tickets will be mailed week of August 30th.

Salome – Strauss
Wednesday, October 20 @ 7:30 pm

Deborah Voight – leading Salome of her generation and one the greatest sopranos of the 21st century makes her WNO debut. Washington’s beloved Heinz Fricke conducts. Deadline for ordering is September 20. Tickets will be mailed week of September 27th.

Prime Orchestra $156.50; 2nd Tier $ 81.50. For tickets - send a check payable to WDCSA to: Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010. Contact Betty at or 202.483.4048. All performances are by the Washington National Opera (WNO) and are at the Kennedy Center.

Stanford In the News

• SLAC and Stanford physicist Shoucheng Zhang was notified this week that he is one of the 2010 recipients of the Europhysics Prize for his theoretical prediction of the quantum spin Hall effect.

• Stanford School of Medicine Professor Paul Wise has taken medical students and undergraduates with him for more than 30 years to bring health care to rural Guatemala. Wise, who currently leads his team in San Lucas Toliman, spoke to a large and receptive WDCSA audience this past spring.

Housing Postings

• Seven Ride Against AIDS student bikers are looking for DC/Baltimore housing hosts from August 6-9. Five of the riders are rising sophomores and athletes at Stanford University, one is a rising senior at the University of Wyoming and one is a recent graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University. They will be biking from Palo Alto to Boston over the course of 67 days, following a Northern route, and they are all excited to meet people around the country and complete the physical challenge of a lifetime. To learn more about the ride, the riders or read their blog, go to

The Ride Against AIDS team is committed to raising funds for the FACE AIDS programs in Rwanda and spreading awareness about AIDS across the United States. The Ride Against AIDS is a creative and powerful way for these exceptional students to engage in service and demonstrate their passion for making a difference in the AIDS epidemic.

Housing host responsibilities include providing a place to sleep (beds are great but not mandatory), dinner and breakfast the next day. A pool is nice should they have any time to relax..but again totally not mandatory (they are camping out in a backyard in Delta Utah... these kids are tough). Access to a washing machine is very desirable as they are supposed to wash their cycling shirts each day to remove the salt to limit chafing etc.

Contact Melanie Trifilo at for more information.

• Beautifully appointed 4 bedroom/3 bath home rental available at discounted rate to Stanford alumni and their affiliates. Available furnished at $3,500 per month on a nightly, monthly, or yearly basis. (Non-furnished available as well.) Rental can be for whole home, or just for a suite with adjoining full bath and use of living/dining rooms, laundry room, den and kitchen. Conveniently located in Potomac, MD close to 495 & 270, with quick & easy access to DC and VA. Public transportation is also available via bus and metro. For further inquiry, please contact Vered Sharon '91 at 240-620-7706 or via email at Vered@CalyxAdvisors.NET.

• Hi there! My name is Rachel and I graduated from Stanford in 2009 with two degrees in the Earth Systems program. After a year of following suit along with many of my peers in the economic downturn, I have finally found a foothold in a conservation organization in DC! As such, I am frantically searching for a place to live during my six-week internship (which will hopefully provide opportunities to make connections and find longerterm employment). This is where you come in. If you, or someone you know and trust, is looking for a housemate, sublet, or house-sitter that fits into the budget of a lowly intern, please feel free to contact me! As of now, I am looking for short-term, month of August and/or part of September. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Rachel Friedman 425-894-8866

• My name is Shaun Phillips and I’m a 25 year old Stanford alum (social class of 2007, graduated 2008) with a degree in Psychology. I just moved to D.C. from California and I’m the new Washington D.C. rep for Tesla Motors, which means I drive the Roadster around this area doing special events, government contacts, business development and sales/marketing.

I was a student-athlete at Stanford (swimming), though I’m retired now and spend most of my time working, I have travelled extensively (15 countries), grew up in the south, so generally well mannered, and am also a recent convert to vegetarianism (my 16 year old brother convinced me it was the right thing to do), so I’m an eclectic mix of southern and CA cultures. I am recently single and looking for a cool roommate that I can see building a strong friendship with, and though I’m straight, some of my best friends are not, so I’m accepting of all kinds.

I lived in Branner/Mirrielees/Suites/Suites on The Farm and miss it dearly, but look forward to connecting with local alums, perhaps finding a roommate or at least some friends, and sooner or later finding my way onto a Stanford alumni softball/kickball/anything team and bringing some Stanford Swimming power to the lineup!

I can be reached at 650-681-5638 or for housing/ roommate/friendship/sports etc.


President: John Smithson, ‘05,, (818) 599-9010
Vice-President: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98,, (301) 229-4427
Kevin Coyne, MS ‘02,, (703) 517-9082
Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, ’06,
Treasurer: Jim Finucane ‘61,, (301) 365-3485
Webmaster: Bill Pegram ‘73, MBA ‘77,
Membership Initiatives: Risa Shimoda, ’77,
Membership Processing: Bill Pegram, ‘73, MBA ‘77, (703) 486-0952
Young Alumni: Laura Villanueva, ’06,
Community Service: Christina Russell ’96,, Steven Kelts PhD '02
CAN Representatives: Jill Pepper ‘93,; Chris Shinkman, P ‘98,
Ivy Singles: Phebe Greenwood, ’79,, Charlotte Perry, ’81,
Admissions Office Liaisons: Lisa Larragoite, ’88,, Linda Serrato, ’07,

Club Mailing Address: 815 South 18th Street, #500, Arlington, VA 22202 Website:

Revised: July 22, 2010