Washington DC Stanford Association November 2001 Newsletter

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Nov. 14, Wed.Drama Discussion
Nov. 17, Sat.104th BIG GAME!!!
Nov. 18, Sun.Book Club meeting
Nov. 24, Sat.Stanford v Notre Dame (TV)
Nov. 30, Fri.Ivy-Plus Over 30 Party
Dec. 5, Wed.Red Cross Event
Dec. 11, Tues.Drama Discussion
Dec. 13, Thurs.Young Alumni Dialogue
Dec. 16, Sun.Holiday Concert and Party
Mar. 16, Sat."Think Again DC" special event (invite to be mailed in Jan.)

Saturday, November 17
3:00 p.m.

Join your fellow Stanford and UC Berkeley alums on November 17th at The Rock in downtown DC to watch the best Stanford football team in years trounce UC Berkeley at Big Game! FYI, Stanford (6-2) is now ranked #16 in the nation!

Place:  The Rock, located at 717 6th St, NW, next to the MCI Center in downtown DC. (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown)
Cost: only $2 for Washington D.C. Stanford Association members; $5 for non-members

Volunteers needed!  For more information or to help out at the event, contact Quinn McKew at Qmckew@npca.org, (202) 669-3142.

At the Big Game Party and via email, we will publicize a viewing location for the Stanford-Notre Dame on Saturday, November 24th at 8PM EST.  The game may also be available on network TV (ABC) in this area.

An Insider's Look at the Red Cross
Wednesday, December 5

The Washington/Baltimore Chapter of the Stanford GSB Alumni Association presents:

Tom Schwaninger, MBA '83
Chief Information Officer
American Red Cross

Mr. Schwaninger will speak on "Accepting a Senior Management Role in a Non-profit Organization-Lessons Learned" and also provide an update on how the September 11 events impacted the Red Cross and its information functions.

Time:  6:30 p.m. Refreshments
7:15 p.m. Program
Place:  Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Ave. NW (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo)
Cost: $15.00/person

Please RSVP by December 3rd. Please send checks made payable to SBSAA to Stanford GSB Alumni, P.O. Box 533, Glen Echo, MD 20812.  Questions?  Contact Susan Berger at bergers81@alumni-gsb.stanford.edu.

Young Alums, Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday, December 13
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Washington, DC Stanford Association is sponsoring a get-together for graduates from 1991-2001 (Pizza and soft drinks will be provided):

"Where We've Been and Where We're Going: A Young Alumni Dialogue"

Date:  Thursday, December 13
Time:  6:30-8-30 p.m.
Place:  Stanford in Washington, located at 2661 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo)

Every year Stanford graduates flock to D.C., many of whom are in search of making a difference for others.  Whether you are working on Capitol Hill, on K Street, or in a non-profit, you have probably asked yourself, "Where am I headed with this job, my career, and the issues I really care about?  And, how do I stay grounded and evaluate the impact of my work?"

Join the Washington DC Stanford Association (WDCSA) for a dialogue with other young alumni on how you can turn your goals into realities in the working world of Washington.  To ensure a strong dialogue between young alumni and speakers, attendance is limited to the first 25 RSVPs.  Please forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested.  Please RSVP via e-mail to Elizabeth Pianca, '99, at elizabeth_pianca@nthp.org or Lisa Dawe, '96, at ldawe@welfaretowork.org.

Annual Holiday Concert and Party
Sunday, December 16
Events starting at 4 p.m.

Please join us for one of the year's merriest events-the annual WDSCA Holiday Concert and Party. This year's event will feature a holiday concert at Washington's National Cathedral followed by a catered dinner with entertainment at Stanford in Washington.

Evening Agenda:

4 p.m. - "The Joy of Christmas" Concert sponsored by the Cathedral Choral Society.  Seasonal favorites and carols for all to sing.  The concert will last till about 6 p.m.  There is also a free pre-concert lecture beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Perry Auditorium, on the 7th floor of the Cathedral.

6:30 p.m. - Catered dinner at Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW, across the street from the Woodley Park-Zoo  Metro (Red Line).

At the conclusion of dinner, we will be entertained by the DC Accidentals, a contemporary a cappella singing group who perform a lively mix of jazz, pop, and holiday songs from the 70s to the present, including several original numbers.  They have sung for the Redskins, for U.S. Senators, at the Lincoln Memorial, and for two previous Stanford Club holiday parties where they have been enthusiastically received.  They are delighted to be back with the Club, this time sporting their new CD, On Purpose.  Elliot Roseman, MS '80, MBA '80 is a member of this group.

After dinner, WDCSA President Charles Hokanson '93, MA '93, will lead us from the piano in a rousing medley of Christmas and other holiday songs.  Charles has performed at Stanford events for years as a student and alumnus, including recent holiday parties and the SIW 10th Anniversary at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity for caroling!  Charles has indicated he'll do his best to take requests for your favorite songs of the season.

There are three options for this event.
1. Concert only (excellent mid-nave section seats at a group rate) $24
2. Holiday Buffet Only $19
3. Both Concert and Buffet $43

State your choice from the options above and the number of tickets you are ordering.  It is absolutely essential that we receive your checks for the concert by November 30. We will turn in unsold tickets at that time.

RSVP: There are 2 steps to the RSVP process:
1. Send an email to cecarter@stanfordalumni.org to place your order. Due to the current mail problems, you must reserve your spots by e-mail so we know your check is on its way.  If you do not have e-mail, please call Courtney at (202) 625-1066 instead.

2. Please send checks, made payable to Washington DC Stanford Association, to Courtney Carter, 1311 30th Street, NW, Apartment 204, Washington D.C., 20007. For questions, call Courtney, 202-625-1066. Tickets for the concert can be picked up in the Cloister inside the West-Front entrance of the Cathedral between 3:20 and 3:50 PM.

DC Stanford Alumni Book Club

Is there a book you want to read but never seem to have the time?  Have you recently read a provoking book and are eager to discuss it with others?  Become a part of the Stanford alumni book club.  We meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  All Stanford alumni and friends are invited to join.  Our upcoming schedule is as follows:

Sunday, November 18: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Sunday, December 16: The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Sunday, January 20: Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

Contact Marisa at mbfitzgerald@air.org for more information.

Modern Drama Discussion Group

This group is a joint project of the Stanford, Cornell, Harvard, and Chicago alumni clubs.  Mark your calendars for two up-coming events:

Side Man Theater Discussion
Wednesday, November 14
6:30-9:30 p.m.

"Heartwrenching" (New Yorker) yet "hilarious" (Newsday), Stanford alumnus Warren Leight's Tony award-winning play Side Man (1998) tells the story of a son and his jazzman father, whose passion for music exacts a terrible price on his family.  The Modern Drama Discussion Group will discuss Side Man with director Grover Gardner on Wednesday, November 14, at Cafe Midi Cuisine, 1635 Connecticut Ave., NW, just north of Dupont Circle.

Shakespeare, Moses, and Joe Papp Theater Discussion with Playwright Ernest Joselovitz
Tuesday, December 11
6:30-9:30 p.m.

The Group will discuss Shakespeare, Moses, and Joe Papp (2002), a brand-new not-yet-opened play by Ernest Joselovitz.  Shakespeare, Moses depicts the fight-to-the-finish between legendary empire builder Robert Moses and upstart impresario Joseph Papp over Papp's proposal to provide free Shakespeare in Central Park.  The drama group will discuss Shakespeare, Moses with Ernest Joselovitz--the playwright himself--at Delray Vietnamese Garden, 4918 Del Ray Ave., Bethesda, a few blocks north of the Bethesda metro off Old Georgetown Rd.

For both discussions, dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion takes place from 7:30-9:30.  Participation is free, but reservations are encouraged.  RSVP to 202-898-4825 or painews@bellatlantic.net.  The drama group will attend performances of both Shakespeare, Moses and Side Man this spring.  More details at the discussion meetings, in future newsletters, and at www.footlightsdc.org.

Ivy-Plus Over-30 Party
Friday, November 30
6:30-8:30 PM

Place:  Bobby Van's Steakhouse, 809 15th Street NW, (15th between H and I Streets, McPherson Square Metro)

Come join the party!  Cash bar, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres included.
Cost:  $20 received in advance at the Harvard Club Office, Ste 927, 733 15th Street NW, WDC 20005 or $25 at the door or reserved by E-mail at info@harvard-dc.org.

Please list school affiliation when sending in advance reservation.

Miscellaneous (we had some extra space in the printed version of the newsletter)

Stanford President John Hennessy was welcomed by 550 Stanford alums, parents, faculty, students, and friends on October 22 at the reception in Washington, DC.
Professor Wanda Corn conducted a tour of the National Gallery on November 5th for Stanford in Washington students and area alums (who were chosen by lottery).
If you would like to subscribe to the DC_Cardinal email list, which provides job, housing, and other listings not found in the monthly newsletter, please send an email to majordomo@lists.stanford.edu with the following message in the first line of the body: subscribe dc_cardinal.
The Washington Post reported November 11 that Ken Kesey, author of the best-selling novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", died November 10.  According to the Post story,

"[Kesey] went to Stanford on a Woodrow Wilson fellowship to study creative writing under Wallace Stegner. 

At Stanford, he took part in psychology department experiments to make money.  His job involved ingesting such substances as psilocybin, mescaline, amphetamine IT-290 and LSD, an experience that both changed his life and fueled his art.  Similar results can be traced to another job he held while attending Stanford - as an orderly in the psychiatric ward of the local Veterans Administration hospital."

The 1975 film "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Milos Forman), Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), and Best Actress (Louise Fletcher).


President: Charles Hokanson, BA '93, MA '93, (703) 351-1091; charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org
Vice President: Claire Taplett, AMP '81, '82, (703) 534-5920; taplett@juno.com
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram, BA '73, MBA '77, (703) 486-0952; dcstanalum@aol.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA 22219
Website: www.stanfordclub.org/dc