March 2013 Newsletter

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DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, March 10 5 pm Bethesda, Md.

The book group will meet at the home of Perry Seiffert to discuss Life and Death are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan, the Chinese Nobel Laureate.

The April book (4/14) is The Leopard by Lampedusa. For general information about the book group, email Alison Westfall at

Young Alumni St. Paddy's Day Happy Hour
Thursday, March 14 5:30-7 pm
Mackey's Pub 1823 L Street NW Washington, DC

In an effort to reinitiate monthly Cardinal Young Alumni happy hours, come join your fellow young alumni to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Mackey's (our local favorite sponsor bar). We will be in the back section of the bar. Happy hour specials will be available. See link for specials:

To RSVP via facebook, click on the following link:

Don't have facebook? Email

Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament Happy Hour
Thursday, March 14 5:30 pm
RFD 810 7th St NW Washington, DC

The Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament will be tipping off in just a few weeks and with this occasion comes our annual tradition of the Pac-12 Alumni Happy Hour!

Come join alumni from each of the Pac-12 schools for the 2nd day of the Pac-12 Tournament. Just as in years past, we're taking over the back room of RFD for basketball and extended happy hour specials!

We will have a beer selection from all of the Pac-12 regions. This event is much more about the mingling and networking than the games!

Ivy Singles Mixer
Friday, March 15 6:30-9 pm
Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia
2129 Wyoming Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles at the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia as the guests of Ambassador Zoran Jolevski. This will be an evening of exceptional company and conversation. Reception will offer heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

The Embassy is located in the historic Sheridan- Kalorama Area in a building known as the Moses House. This historic property began the transformation of Sheridan-Kalorama from a rural forest to one of the elite residential areas of DC.

The Republic of Macedonia acquired the property and initiated an extensive renovation in 2004. On October 26, 2005, it opened as the new home of the Embassy and residence for the Ambassador.

The Ivy Singles Social Club ( 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.

Cost/RSVP: To prepay, send $35 - by check to Steve Piekarec, 2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181, by Monday, March 11th. Make checks payable to The Cornell Club of Washington and note your school on the check. You can also pay online (Paypal fee added) up to Wednesday, March 13th. The cost is $40 at the door.

Contact Steve Piekarec at 703-281-4311 or for more information.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, March 18 7:30 pm
Mother's Federal Hill Grille 1113 S. Charles St. Baltimore, Md.

The March selection is the 658 page novel, Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, Professor of Medicine at Stanford. This book was one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year, 2009; was a Publishers Weekly's Best Books (fiction), 2009; was a recipient of the Indies Choice Book Award (adult fiction), 2010; was on the Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist, 2009; was on the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist, 2011; and was a New York Times best-seller.

Our next selection is No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen.

Questions/RSVP: Contact Helene Myers, Ph.D., P'14, at or (301) 655-5871

HEXAGON Theater Event
Friday, March 22
6 pm dinner, 8 pm performance
Jefferson Community Theater
125 South Old Glebe Road Arlington, Va

Join WDCSA for a delicious Mexican dinner followed by the hilarious 2013 Hexagon show, A Raucous Caucus. Hexagon is Washington, DC's only original political satire musical comedy revue. Every year since 1956, this nonprofit has put on Washington's only all-original revue of its kind--with more than $3.5 million donated to 40-plus organizations in return. An all-volunteer membership makes up the cast, crew, orchestra, writers, and production team. It's a DC tradition not to be missed! A limited number of tickets--purchased at $10 off the general admission price--are available with our group, first come, first served.

To reserve tickets, first email or call Charles at (202) 285-1023 (cell), and then mail a check made out to "WDCSA" to Charles Hokanson, 3000 Spout Run Parkway #B-605, Arlington, VA 22201. Tickets are $23 each (includes $3 processing fee). Checks must be received by Friday, March 15, for Charles to mail you your tickets prior to the performance. Pre-Show Dinner: Prior to the performance, we encourage you to join our group for a 6 pm dinner at El Paso Cafe,, at 4235 N. Pershing Drive in Arlington, off N. Glebe Road, about 1/2 mile from the Theater . RSVP for the dinner to Charles when you reserve your tickets, by Friday, March 15.

Boomers to Busters: A 1970s Cabaret
Saturday, March 23 8 pm
The Atlas Theater 1335 H Street NE Washington, DC

Too young to have gone to Woodstock... but old enough to wish you had? Come experience the sights and sounds of the 1970s - when people relaxed in bean-bag chairs, wore "mood" rings and polyester leisure suits, and listened to the music of Queen, the Bee Gees, John Denver, and Donna Summer on 8-track tapes. Let the Congressional Chorus take you on a wild trip back to the music and dance of the "ME" decade. Optional pre-theater "pay as you go" dinner at 6 pm at Shamrocks and Stars, a "combination Jewish deli and Irish pub." Enjoy the best of both worlds!

The Atlas Theater is in the heart of the emerging H Street NE corridor and reachable by the X2 bus from Gallery Place. Paid parking is available at 1410 H St. NE.

Reserved table seats are $50. General admission is $35. Advanced registration is required at:

Boomers to Busters is sponsored by the University of Chicago Club of DC. It is targeted for undergraduate and graduate alumni of Chicago, Stanford and similar schools who were undergraduates from the 1970s to 1990s, and their spouses, partners, and guests.

Young Alumni Cherry Blossoms Picnic
Saturday, March 30 12-2 pm National Mall Washington, DC

It's Cherry Blossom Season! Come spend an afternoon with other Stanford young alumni, make new friends, and experience the Cherry Blossoms. Weather permitting, we will have a potluck picnic/get together on the mall. Everyone can bring some food/ drinks to share and eat and a blanket to sit on.

Impromptu kickball and frisbee may/will occur depending on the turn out! We will gather on the southwest side of the Washington Monument (off of 17th across from the WWII Memorial) from noon-2pm and then walk around the tidal basin. If interested, RSVP via facebook by clicking on the following link or email For details the day of, call Nina Rodriguez at 305-803-1783.

March 13 Potluck Dinner


Jack Kramer, '65, opened his amazing home to us as host of the latest installment of the Stanford Alumni Potluck Series. The March 2nd media-themed potluck was a huge success. Both young and seasoned alums gathered and shared stories of working at media outlets across the country, as well as foreign news correspondent experiences. Several of the alums recounted their days at Stanford when journalism was offered as an undergraduate major. In a city like Washington DC, known for its unparalleled excellence in journalism, the group of about 20 alums naturally filled the evening with lively conversations while feasting on an impressive spread. Stay tuned for details on the next themed potluck scheduled for late Spring!

Boomers to Busters: Historic Tour of Union Station
Saturday, April 27 10 am tour Union Station 12pm lunch Washington, DC

On this 90-minute indoor (mostly) walking tour, learn about Union Station's central place in Washington over the past 100 years, as well as its possible future roles, from one of our own Boomers to Busters, Williams '84 researcher, Bill Wright. ( .

A "pay as you go" Tex-Mex group lunch follows at noon at Thunder Grill in the Main Hall of Union Station. For more information and to register, visit: Union Station is on the Red Line and is connected to a paid parking garage. This tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Basketball Team


The inaugural season of Stanford Basketball in the Capital Alumni Network (CAN) ended with a record of 3-5. The team, pictured above after its 42 - 35 win against Texas A & M, is headed to the playoffs! The CAN single elimination post-season tournament begins the week of March 11th and playoff rosters are now locked. We expect to give a good showing in the tournament! Go Card! Back Row: Faith Davis, Rita Lomio, John Ten Hoeve, Jackson Brossy, Nathan Keegan, Chris "Doc" Shinkman Middle Row: Greg Billings, Katie McKeon, Grace Jones, Evonne Greenidge Front Row: Josh Chasse

April 27-28
Arlington, VA to Gettysburg

Stanford Military Service Network (SMSN) DC chapter presents: Face of America bike ride with Wounded Warriors April 27-28 Pentagon (Arlington, VA) to Gettysburg, PA (overnight stop in Frederick, MD) Be part of this two-day, non-competitive, bike ride from the Pentagon to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which honors our disabled veterans and active duty military.

The Face of America Ride is an annual bicycle ride organized by World T.E.A.M. Sports, a 20-year-old not-for profit organization. The two-day, 110 mile ride is fully supported with rest stops, and mechanic support. This event is free for disabled service-members. Event donations will cover their costs, including accommodations, food, bikes, and other associated expenses. Non-veterans are also welcome to participate and show their support!

For Face of America info and event registration, visit: or join Jerry Reid's Bike Navy! team in the Face of America ride:

SMSN DC point of contact is CAPT(retired) Jerry Reid GSB '94 (

Stanford Day at the Horse Races
Sunday, April 28 1 pm
Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Races Glenwood Park Middleburg, Va.

Get out your hat and binoculars for a day at the Middleburg Races! Rain or shine. The admission price of $25 per person will cover a tasty tailgate picnic in a patron space overlooking the finish line. Children under 12 are free. Space is limited, so please RSVP by April 20 with a check payable to WDCSA and send to Margaret "Maggie" New, P.O. Box 933, Middleburg, VA 20118-0933. Tickets and directions will be mailed to you. For further information, call Margaret "Maggie" New at 703-298-2525 or email

Get Involved

Meals for Stanford Alternative Spring Break Students. From March 23rd to 30th, Stanford has two groups of 14 students coming to the Washington DC area to spend Spring Break academically engaged in our community. One group is studying the issue "Liberty and Justice for All?" co-led by Dan Ashton, and the other group is studying the issue "The Human Rights Fad? International Human Rights Advocacy and the Ethics of Humanitarianism", coled by Emily Witt. These students are looking for people who would like to host them for dinner. If you can help, please contact Dan Ashton at, (513) 604-2260, or Emily Witt at, (720) 244-8223.

Save the Date

Join the Stanford Alumni Softball Team

Wishing you'd gotten to hit a home run on the Sunken Diamond? Love getting active on the mall? Hoping to meet some other Stanford Alums? Or just looking for a valid excuse to still play flip cup on a Wednesday night? We have what you are looking for! Join Stanford's Capital Alumni Network softball team. Games begin in April and go through August. We usually play about once a week and while we hope for regular attendance, we are sensitive to your busy DC schedule. Ringers, novices, and comedic entertainment of all ages welcome. Please contact Louisa Marion for more details (

Stanford In the News


President: John Smithson, ‘05,, (818) 599-9010
Vice-President: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98,, (301) 229-4427 Kevin Coyne, MS ‘02,, (703) 517-9082
Treasurer: Patricia Marby Harrison, '91,
Webmaster: Bill Pegram ‘73, MBA ‘77, Membership Initiatives: Risa Shimoda, '77,
Membership Processing: Bill Pegram, ‘73, MBA ‘77,, (703) 486-0952 Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, '06,
Young Alumni: Nina Rodriguez, MS '05,; Jackie Crespo, '05,
Parents Initiative: Helene Myers, P'14,, Juliet Wilkins, P'15,, Jonathan Wilkins, P'15, Community Service: Sumana Chatterjee, MA '04,, Jen Bullock, '09,
Capitol Alumni Network: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98,, Greg Billings '88
Ivy Singles: Phebe Greenwood, '79,, Charlotte Perry, '81,
Admissions Office Liaisons: Andrea Hirsch, '78 Carolina Gutierrez, '05, MA '06

Club Mailing Address: 3841 Whitman Rd, Annandale, VA 22003 Website:

Revised: March 10, 2013