May 2012 Newsletter

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Stanford Alumni Potluck Dinners
Saturday, May 5

Do you want to connect with fellow Stanford alums in the DC area who work in the same field as you do, in a small, casual setting? We have just the venue!

Alums Mark Kogan ('09) and Tom Kohn ('83) have created a fun series of potluck dinners, hosted at alum's homes, for small gatherings of 10-15 people, with a great mix of both young and "seasoned" alums. No pressure. No business cards. Great food and drink. Interesting people. Join us! So far we've had themes of "Capital Hill" and "Foreign Affairs" (and one with no theme at all).

If your field of work is any of the following, and you would like to join us -- or host -- please click on the following link to complete a short survey:

We look forward to seeing you!

May 5 - Business
August 4 - Legal
Oct 6 - Journalism/Media
Dec 8 - TBD (please send us your suggestions for this end of year potluck!)

For more information, contact Mark Kogan at

Stanford at the Opera
Thursday, May 10 7:30 pm
Kennedy Center Nabucco - Verdi

WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA PREMIERE! 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.

Stanford Day of Service
Saturday, May 12

Volunteers are still needed for projects all over the globe--and right where you live. The following local alumni-led service projects could really use your help.

Pick a project and sign up for yourself, your friends and your family. Just a few hours of your time can make a world of difference. Click the following link to register and learn more about the local projects:

SHARE DC - Join fellow alumns by helping SHARE DC, A food network that distributes nutritious food to families trying to save money on groceries and promote health and wellness, by helping them bag food for their monthy distribution. The event is from 7am-11am at their warehouse, 5170 Lawrence Place, Hyattsville MD (off the Deanwood exit on the Orange line or the College Park green line exit). Depending on interest a carpool may also be arranged from those stops.

Goodwill - Join Stanford in helping Goodwill host a donation drive in Alexandria. Volunteers will greet donors, help to move items to the donation trucks, and provide receipts and thank donors. The event is located at 6354 Walker Lane, Suite 100 Alexandria, VA 22310, and a metro carpool is being coordinated. This event is from 8am-12pm.

Capitol Food Bank Join Stanford Alumni in DC at the Capital Area Food Bank to help CAFB in their DC warehouse! This project typically involves packing and/or sorting donated food. It also can include packing for CAFB programs, working on the shopping floor, and assisting with various other tasks at the food bank. This event is from 1-4pm at the Capitol Area Food Bank located at 645 Taylor St NE Washington, DC 20017. All of these tasks are considered light/medium labor and typically involve standing up for up to three hours. This activity will most likely take place in the warehouse, so please dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.

DC: Literacy for Homeless Children Join the Stanford Black Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. us at the Bright Beginnings Child Development Center for Homeless Children for a day of promoting literacy skills in Pre-K and Kindergarten youth (between the ages of 3 and 6). This event is from 12-3pm at The Perry School located at 128 M Street NW Washington, DC 20001. Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families living in homeless environments using a holistic development model. Bright Beginnings is the only nationallyaccredited child and family development center in Washington, DC working to stabilize families living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. This project is open to all ages. Event Organizers: Lillian D. Bowie & Jamal R. Watkins 240-688-4910

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, May 20 5-8 pm
Fairfax Station, VA

The book club will meet at the home of Walter and Diana Wilson to discuss Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. The June book is Unbroken: A World War II Story by Laura Hildenbrand. For information on the book club, email Alison Westfall at

Ivy Singles Happy Hour
Friday, June 1 6-8:30 pm
Aria Pizzeria Restaurant 13th and Pennsylvania Ave NW, on the Reagan Building plaza
Washington, DC

Meet alumni at the Ivy Singles Social Club Happy Hour at Aria Pizzeria in its outdoor covered Fresco bar with nightly live music.

Aria Pizzeria is busy all spring and summer. Come enjoy the covered, outside space with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar with Happy hour prices.

Cost: In Advance: $20 (Save on fee and Check-in quickly): Please mail your check payable to the "Yale Club of Washington DC" or to "YCWDC" with your school to Robert Cole, 5008 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816. Checks need to be received by Wed, May 30th . Please note your school on the check memo line. Or sign up online here or cut n paste
https:// After noon Thurs May 31st the fee is $30 and may be paid online until 6pm the day of the event. E-mail questions to Robert at with Ivy Aria Happy Hour in the subject line.


Local alums Lisa Larragoite '88 and Meghvi Roig '97 received the Award of Merit at the Stanford Associates Award Ceremony on April 21st at the Koret-Taube Conference Center in recognition of their work as DC/ MD/VA Stanford OVAL co-chairs. Over the past year, Lisa and Meghvi orchestrated approximately 1,000 interviews of area high school students by local alums. Rodney Gilmore, '82, attorney and ESPN football analyst, presented their awards.The dinner program also included a presentation by John W. Etchemendy, Stanford University Provost and Acting President, to Gold Spike recipients Helen Bing and Bob Burke, '64, JD, '67.

Citi Open (formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic)
Saturday, July 28- Sunday, Aug 5
16th & Kennedy, NW Washington D.C.

The 2012 Citi Open is an ATP World Tour 500 tournament, making it one of the top 20 men's tournaments in the world. We have the same 6 box premium box seats to all sessions as in previous years (Aisle 36, Section 3). The seats are at the end of the court and very close to the court. These seats provide access to the Courtside Club restaurant. We have two parking passes available for each session at $15/pass. We also have 4 upper level seats (Section 7, Row J) at the same end of the court as our boxes to each session. The Sunday of the first weekend usually includes main draw matches as well as qualifying matches. Tickets also include the women's WTA International Level Event to be held at the same facility during this week (last year it was held in College Park).

Current availability:

Session Box Upper Level Parking Passes
Sat 7/28 (qualifying) 10am $8 box (6 left) $5 upper (4 left) 2
Sunday 7/29 10am $15 box (6 left) $10 upper (4 left) 2
Mon 7/30 4pm $37 box (6 left) $15 upper (4 left) 2
Tue 7/31 4pm $44 box (6 left) $20 upper (4 left) 2
Wed 8/1 4pm $49 box (2 left) $25 upper (4 left) 1
Thurs 8/2 4pm $55 box (6 left) $30 upper (4 left) 2
Friday 8/5 2pm (quarterfinals) $92 box (6 left) $40 upper (4 left) 2
Sat 8/4 (semifinals) 1pm $67 box (6 left) $35 upper (4 left) 2
Sat 8/4 (semifinals) - 7pm $75 box (6 left) $40 upper (4 left) 2
Sun 8/5 (finals) 12pm $82 box (6 left) $45 upper (4 left) 2

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.

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WDCSA members had the privilege to hear Dr. McCall, one of Stanford's storied professors and speakers on campus, lecture on the core ethical beliefs of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Epicureans, and the Stoics. Held at the Embassy of Greece, the event allowed the 90 attendees to explore and confront the fundamental human issues of justice, absolute versus relative morality, fear of death, fate versus free will, and the relationship between humans and the divine. The Greek Embassy very graciously provided complimentary bottles of Greek wine for us to serve. Several audience members were selected by Professor McCall to symbolize a horse pulling a cart with a dog being dragged behind. See below for the entertaining photos!

Professor McCall with Greek Embassy Host Chris Shinkman Introduction at Greek Embassy McCall Lecture at Greek Embassy McCall Demostrattion Involving Horse, Cart, and Dog McCall Demonstration Involving Horse, Cart, and Dog


On Sunday afternoon, April 8th, the WDCSA Stanford Parents Initiative sponsored a small-group tour of highlights of the Smithsonian Museum of American Arts. Charita Thakkar P'14, MSB '94, a docent at the museum, acted as the guide and did a superlative job. Twelve parents (including SPI co-chairs Melissa Clark P'12 and Chris Shinkman P'98) and one art-loving alum joined Charita for an inside look at one of the lesserknown gems of the Smithsonian. Afterwards a small group continued on for drinks and appetizers at Proof Restaurant. This was a truly amazing outing, and we want to thank Charita for generously donating her time and talents! Plans may be in the offing for a repeat performance in the fall at the Renwick Gallery, where Charita has just completed her docent training. If you didn't join us this time, you'll definitely want to sign up for the next!

Stanford Parents Outside MuseumStanford Parents Inside Museum

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: Melissa Clark P '12,, (301) 656-3560
Community Service: Sumana Chatterjee, MA '04, Elena Rivera, '11,
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: 815 South 18th Street, #500, Arlington, VA 22202 Website:

Revised: May 7, 2012