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Book Club Discussion
Sunday, June 13 5 pm
Fairfax, VA

The book group will meet at the home of Walter and Diana Wilson to discuss Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers. For information, e-mail

How Big Ideas Take Flight and Get Funded: Venture Capital and Investment in DC
Tuesday, June 15 6:30- 8:30 pm
Bing Stanford-In-Washington 2661 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, D.C.

Got a Big Idea? Looking to launch a venture? Want to change the world (or at least your own world)? Whether it’s from private sector venture capitalists, a state, the federal government, or a social venture group, this program has the insights you need... and maybe even the investor for you.

As part of the WDCSA Speakers Series, you are invited to listen to and meet five of the area’s top experts in venture start-ups – all Stanford grads. This is a unique opportunity to see across the spectrum of how big ideas actually take flight. The panelists represent very different markets, venture types, and investment models, but all know well what makes for a successful launch of an idea and how, where and why ideas find backing.

John Backus (’81, GSB ’84) is managing partner of New Atlantic Ventures, a “traditional” venture capital firm; Lucy Perkins (’86) is the North American leader at Ashoka, the country’s oldest and best known social venture fund, offering seed funding and support to social entrepreneurs; Judy Britz (PhD ’79) is formerly an entrepreneur in biotechnology and is now the executive director of the Maryland Biotechnology Center, offering funding from the state of Maryland; and Tom Gillespie (’87) is a senior director of the investment team at In-Q-Tel, a strategic investment firm supporting missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Our moderator Larry Robertson (’87) helps tie it all together. He is a former investor and seasoned start-up expert as well as the author of A Deliberate Pause, a book that looks across all these perspectives and shows us not only how everyone has the capacity to spark ideas to catalyze change, but how the best ideas take hold and create lasting change.

Topics will include the following…and more: Why the DC market has become a strong environment for start-ups and catalyzing new ideas and how it differs from other markets, in both good and bad ways; What the key considerations are for anyone and any venture that wants to succeed and find backing; What defines the best opportunities for DC entrepreneurs thinking of starting a new business, and Who gets funded and by whom? Cost: Free for young alumni WDCSA members ('05 - '09) and Stanford in Washington students. $10 for WDCSA members and young alumni non-members. $25 for non-members (includes $15 membership fee!). Registrants may bring a guest for the same price. Questions? Contact Tom Kohn, '83, at or or call Bill Pegram at 703-486-0952. Space is limited! Register online at


Chris began his relationship with Stanford in 1982 when he was named Director of the Career Planning & Placement Center on campus. His wife Marsha worked in the Office of Development at Stanford and later at Stanford-in-Washington. Their daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Todd Carter, are both Stanford graduates (The two of them met at a WDCSA function here in Washington). Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of the Stanford Buck/Cardinal Club and has an enduring love of college athletics in general and Stanford athletics in particular.

The author of three books, Chris has held administrative and teaching positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Trinity, Georgetown, and the University of Virginia, in addition to his work at Stanford. With lots of comparative information (academics, athletics, location, etc.) he feels that he is well qualified to rate Stanford as the top university in the country. He is proud that the WDCSA, through its cultural, social, intellectual, athletic, and community service activities, unites an amazing group of people who are passionate about Stanford. Chris Shinkman, Co-Vice President of WDCSA, in a picture taken at the South African Embassy, is shown here with Zakumi, the official mascot of World Cup 2010. Chris…the one on the right…will be traveling to South Africa for 10 days in late June to attend World Cup matches.

Boom to Bust Rooftop Happy Hour
Friday, June 18 6 - 8 pm
Washington Embassy Row Hilton 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C.

Attention Late Boomers and Early Busters! Were you in college during double digit inflation or the end of the Cold War? Have you ever used carbon paper or a slide projector?

If you were an undergraduate somewhere between the mid 1970s and mid 1990s, the University of Chicago Club of Washington, DC has started a new group just for you. Those too old for the young alumni and too young for the seniors will feel at home.

Join us for light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at one of Washington’s best rooftops and watch the sunset over the city on the longest Friday night of the year. Enjoy the magnificent view with people who are old enough to remember when stamps needed to be licked but young enough to think of JFK as an airport and not a president. In case of rain we will be in the Consulate Room.

Please send your name, email address, university, and year and a check for $25 per person made out to The University of Chicago Club of DC to Debby Prigal, 1625 Q St. NW #207, Washington, DC 20009. You may bring a spouse/partner/guest or come solo. Prepayment must be received by Monday, June 14th. Email reservations and walk-ins are $35. Dress code: casual. Email or call (202) 265-3145 with any questions.

If you can not attend the June 18th event but would like to be added to the email list and be notified of future events please mail or email the above information.


On Saturday, May 15th, WDCSA volunteers participated in the citywide Hands on DC work-a-thon to beautify DC public schools. Our Stanford volunteers at Langdon Elementary School were full of school spirit and quickly developed an expertise in painting the school's 20 outside doors (almost) Cardinal red! Nearly 100 other volunteers joined our efforts at the school to rake, mulch, and paint the indoor hallways and classrooms. Connie Church, Alice Brathwaite, Heart Hsin and Serena Connor helped paint the exterior of Langdon Elementary School during Hands on DC work-a-thon.

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of the Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail: A Village in the City
Saturday, June 26 10 am
Washington, D.C.

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT Join other Stanford families with children as we take a self-guided walking tour to discover a neighborhood celebrated for its cultural diversity and charming streets. We’ll discover a thriving neighborhood with delightful ethnic markets and restaurants along with neighborhood highlights such as the expatriate “Czech Row” community, and Canaan Baptist Church, the first African American place of worship on 16th Street. Afterwards, we can grab some food at one of the local eateries. We will meet at the first sign on the tour at 16th and Harvard Streets, NW, three blocks from the Columbia Heights station on Metro’s Green Line. Send an e-mail to Kimberly Loffer Coerr ’91 at to let us know you are coming, or call her at (703) 955-1002. Check out for more information about the tour.

2nd Annual WDCSA Happy Hour Cruise
Thursday, July 15 7:30 pm
Potomac River Cruise Departing Georgetown Marina

Save the Date! Come join us for a sunset cruise past the monuments! We've rented a beautiful boat for the exclusive use of our club. Mix and mingle with your fellow Stanford alums, enjoying hors d'oeuvres and a premium open bar. Pricing information and more details to follow in the July newsletter. If you have any questions now, contact Steven Kelts, Ph.D. '02, at

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

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.

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

Enjoy a half-day of summertime kayaking followed by a visit to one of Frederick’s homegrown micro breweries! The Monocacy River is popular for its proximity to Washington, DC and friendliness for those who are new to paddling. 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.

Once we reach the river takeout we will drive to Barley and Hops Microbrewery for a tour through the working brewery, taste samples of their fine product and share appetizers that 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. The Sunday of the first weekend usually includes main draw matches as well as qualifying matches.

Sat 7/31 (qualifying) 10am - $7
Mon 8/2 4pm - $36
Tue 8/3 4pm - $43
Wed 8/4 4pm - $48
Thurs 8/5 4pm - $54 (4 left)
Sat 8/7 (semifinals) 1pm - $63 (3 tickets left)
Sun 8/8 (finals) 12pm - $73 (2 tickets left)

Check the WDCSA website at for current ticket availability for each session. Please email 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 in the News

The Stanford Rowing Team will RIDE AGAINST AIDS this summer, traveling 4500 miles in 67 days.

Get Involved!

Got Fresh Ideas? For guest speakers, networking opportunities, familyfriendly activities, group outings? WDCSA is looking to expand its offerings to fit the diverse needs and interests of a 7,000-strong community of accomplished local alumni. Since we are an allvolunteer organization, we can only do this with your help! If you have ideas for events, or want to get involved on a subcommittee planning for WDCSA's future, contact Steven Kelts, Ph.D. '02, at


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: June 28, 2010