Washington DC Stanford Association October 1999 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

(clicking on item takes you to that section of the newsletter):

Oct 4   Scott Thomas Breakfast Briefing
Oct 21 Third Thursday: Big Hunt
Oct 23 Rigoletto at Washington Opera

Other Items of Note

New Zealand Embassy Event
New Website
Mentors Needed
Event for Recent Grads
Sports Enthusiasts

Elections: The “Oldest Game” in (This) Town

The Washington D.C. Stanford Association invites you to a “breakfast briefing” with:

Scott Thomas B.A. ’74
Chairman, Federal Election Commission

Scott Thomas, current Chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and a Commissioner since 1986, along with his five colleague commissioners oversee and regulate all campaigns for and elections to federal office. With the Year 2000 Presidential and Congressional election cycles gearing up, Chairman Thomas should provide us with an expert and seasoned view regarding many aspects of these campaigns as well as valuable insight as to just what campaign and election “reform” is all about. Why does George W. Bush forego presidential campaign funds? Why does a Reform Party (Ross Perot’s creation) candidate get them?

The FEC administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which requires disclosure of sources and uses of funds in campaigns for federal office, limits the size of individual contributions, and provides for partial public financing of presidential elections. Campaign committees, PACs and political parties are required to file periodic financial reports. Contributions from certain specified sources, such as government contractors, labor organizations and nonresident foreign nationals are restricted or prohibited. Any candidate for federal office and any political group or committee formed to support a candidate must register with the FEC, with periodic reporting required thereafter. All FEC reports are public. The FEC has investigative authority as to possible violations of federal election law as well as the ability to seek civil penalties in U.S. District Court.

Scott followed his Stanford 1974 B.A. in political science with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977. He started with the FEC in its Office of General Counsel that year, becoming a Commissioner in 1986 following nomination to that office by then President Reagan. He currently is serving in his third term at the FEC.

Please join us for this timely briefing.

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street, N.W.
Metro: Metro Center (13th and G Streets, N.W.)
Date: Monday, October 4, 1999
Time: 7:45 to 9:00 A. M.
Menu: Continental breakfast
Cost: $13.00 per person

Make checks payable to Washington DC Stanford Association and send them by October 1 to: Terry Adlhock c/o Florida Power Corporation, Suite 250, 801 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington D.C. 20004, tel. (202) 783-5560, e-mail: tadlhock@aol.com

Adopt-a-School Program

This year, the WDCSA will again co-sponsor a tutoring program, held each Saturday morning during the academic year, at the Meyer Elementary School in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest Washington. With volunteers from Princeton and Harvard, Stanford alums provide basic instruction in core subjects such as reading and arithmetic. We also teach the fundamentals of computers in a modest computer lab funded through the program.

The kids are kindergartners through fourth graders, and eagerly work with the tutors to improve their academic skills. Volunteers are always needed-it’s not necessary to attend every Saturday-but we warn you it’s easy to get hooked on the enthusiasm of this group of kids.

We will be restructuring the program somewhat to ensure that the kids-and tutors-enjoy and benefit as much as possible. The program will start in mid-late October, so look out for details.

Contact Shanna Connor at (202) 401-0325 or shanna_connor@ed.gov for further details.

An Evening at the Embassy

This fall, the WDCSA and the local Harvard and Princeton alumni chapters will host a fundraising reception at the New Zealand Embassy to benefit the Adopt-a-School program co-sponsored by the three universities. The reception will include light hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a presentation by one of the cultural attaches. The reception will be in late October or early November, so keep your eye on this space for the exact date.

Contact Jennifer Ballen, the WDCSA Adopt-a-School Program Coordinator, at jennifer_ballen@stanfordalumni.org or (202) 362-2017 for more information or to volunteer at the event.

Third Thursdays (Floyd or no Floyd)
Thursday, October 21, 1999
6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

This year we're having happy hour events on the third Thursday of every month to allow us to coordinate our events with some of the evening gallery openings around the city. Although Hurricane Floyd rained us out last month, we're going meet at the Big Hunt at 1345 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Take the Red Line Metro to Dupont Circle. Exit at 19th and N, and walk south on Connecticut for half a block. The bar will be on your left. From 4 to 7:30 P.M., all drinks are $1 off. Meet us at the front of the left side. For more information, or to offer suggestions on locations, contact Callista Chen at (202) 319-1841 or callista@stanfordalumni.org.

The WDCSA Goes to the Washington Opera

Saturday, October 23
7:00 PM
Orchestra, $110
The Kennedy Center Opera House

Le Cid
Tuesday, November 16
8:00 PM
Prime Orchestra, $113
The Kennedy Center Opera House

Opera lovers and newcomers, both: The WDCSA will kick off an outstanding opera season this fall with 20 tickets for Verdi's beloved Rigoletto in October, and for Le Cid, with Placido Domingo in the title role, in November. Enjoy the performances, which are bound to be sold out, in the company of fellow Stanford alums. We have orchestra seats for Rigoletto, starring Haijin Fu, and prime orchestra seats for this first U.S. staging of Le Cid in nearly 100 years. To reserve tickets, please send a check made out to WDCSA to Julie Campbell, 2601 Klingle Road NW, Washington, DC 20008. Tickets will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis upon receipt of payment. Questions? Call Julie at 202-244-0206 or email her at juliecampbell@aol.com.

Visit the WDCSA (and download a membership form) on the Web!

This month is the debut of the new WDCSA website at http://www.stanfordclub.org/dc. The website contains general information about the club, membership options, current and past newsletters and event updates, a list of our Board members and officers, a membership form, links to our job and housing board, and a variety of useful Stanford links. In addition to the home page, you may want to bookmark the current newsletter page.

To cover administrative costs, we have raised dues for next year for email-only members from $5 to $10. The mail membership dues will remain $15 and both memberships will include a copy of the membership directory. This represents the first increase in dues in quite a number of years. In recent years, we have reduced dues in two ways. First, several years ago, we charged $4 extra for the directory--now it is included with membership. Second, in 1996, we introduced the email-only membership as a low-cost membership option.

Although the membership year does not end till December, we invite you to renew now, either through the membership form on the web page or the membership mailer you will soon receive, if you haven’t already, from the Alumni Association. Getting renewals at this time spreads out the workload for our membership chair and will enable us to get the new membership directory published and to you as early as possible next year.

Looking ahead to November...

Big Game this year is on Saturday, November 20th. Check the November 1999 newsletter for details on the party we'll co-host this year with local Cal alumni.

Career Mentors Needed to Assist Recent Alumni Seeking D.C. Employment

The Stanford Exchange for Public Service (STEPS), a network of D.C.-based alumni providing career advice and job search assistance to graduating Stanford students and recent alumni, is seeking career mentors. Mentors receive on average several calls a year from students or alumni interested in the mentors’ career field. Mentors are not expected to identify job openings but instead offer advice based on their broad knowledge of the D.C. job market and specific expertise in their career field to assist students and alumni seeking to research job possibilities in their area(s) of interest, develop an effective job search strategy, and build a network of contacts that will ultimately lead to employment.

STEPS mentors work in a variety of fields: education, law, environmental policy, issue advocacy, health policy, non-profit management and philanthropy, international affairs and the foreign service, public relations and the media, telecommunications, etc. Some work for the government or public interest organizations, and others work in the private sector. STEPS seeks to expand its list of mentors in all career fields.

If you are interested in offering career advice as a mentor, please check the box on the membership renewal form when you renew your membership this fall. The membership renewal form is available on the new WDCSA website: http://www.stanfordclub.org/dc. If you have questions, contact one of the STEPS Co-chairs:
Jennifer Ballen, jennifer_ballen@stanfordalumni.org, (202) 362-2017 (h)
Charles Hokanson, charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org, (703) 351-1091 (h).

Event Preview: Reception for Recent Alumni

The Stanford Exchange for Public Service (STEPS) will be sponsoring a reception in November for all D.C. area “recent” alumni (“recent” will be very loosely defined) at the Stanford in Washington campus. It will be a great time to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and find out what other alumni are working in your career field. Look for details in the next newsletter!

Sports Enthusiasts...

Interested in playing touch football, softball, or ultimate frisbee with other Stanford alums? Join the semi-organized DC Stanford alum sports league. A touch football challenge match against Princeton alumni will take place soon.

Contact Ari Mervis at (202) 986-2910 or ari.mervis@stanfordalumni.org for more information.


WDCSA Website: www.stanfordclub.org/dc
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Hotline: (301) 230-5575
President: Bob Krahe, MS ’83, (301) 236-0570, robert.krahe@lmco.com
Webmaster: Bill Pegram, BA ’73, MBA ’77, (703) 486-0952,
Newsletter/Listserv: Callista Chen, BA ’97 (202) 319-1841,
Membership: Erik Johnson, BA ’91, MBA ’97, (202) 363-0102, eriknorm@aol.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA 22219

Comments to: William Pegram, williampegram@stanfordalumni.org