Washington DC Stanford Association October 2000 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

Oct 5
Oct 11
Oct 17
Oct 19
Oct 23
Oct 26
Oct 29
Nov 9
Brown Bag Exchange
Entrepreneurship Networking
Breakfast Briefing
Welcome to Washington reception
Inherit the Wind discussion
Don Quichotte
Inherit the Wind performance
Adopt-a-School Reception at the Embassy of Finland
Tennis Anyone?
Looking Ahead ...
Oct. 30 Election 2000 Panel co-sponsored by Stanford in Washington and the University of California
Nov. 8 Breakfast Briefing with Darryl Wold, LLB '66, Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. 
Nov. 17 Big Game Party

Brown Bag Professional Exchange
Thursday, October 5
12:00-1:00 p.m.

The next Brown Bag Professional Exchange will be hosted at the State Department on Thursday, October 5th, by Jonathan Fritz, BA '91 and MA '92 in East Asian Studies, and Matthew Cordova BA '94 in Public Policy.

Jonathan joined the Foreign Service in late 1993, and worked in Guangzhou and Chengdu, China from 1994-1996. After Spanish language training, he served in Guayaquil, Ecuador from 1997-1998. Since his return in 1999, Jonathan has covered a variety of issues, including environment, energy, labor, and science and technology cooperation, for the U.S. State Department's China desk. In addition, he was part of the White House Task Force that worked to pass Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for China earlier this year. Matthew worked as a management consultant in 1995, and then served as an analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon in '96 and '97, and Desk Officer for Strategic Affairs at the Arms Control & Disarmament Agency in '99. Currently Matthew is a Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Although these events are designed to help recent graduates explore professional environments in Washington, all Stanford alumni, parents, and friends are welcome and encouraged to participate. There is no charge for attending this event.

Location: Meet at the C Street entrance of the State Dept (2201 C Street, NW) at 12p.m., and then we will proceed to the State Department cafeteria. The group will enter the building together, so attendees should plan to arrive promptly.

Lunch is brown bag. Please direct RSVPs, including date of birth and social security numbers, to Jennifer Glueck BA '96 by October 3 at jglueck@welfaretowork.org. For security reasons, we will not be able to accept responses after this date.

Entrepreneurship Networking Event
Wednesday, October 11
7:00-9:00 p.m.

ATTENTION Silicon Valley Refugees, BioTech Corridor Compatriots, and Other Independent-Minded folk!

The WDCSA is planning an informal networking event for those in or interested in entrepreneurship positions in software, IT, Biotech, or any other field. The event is aimed at letting those who left Silicon Valley after Stanford meet and learn from others with similar interests and experiences. No speaker or other organized event is planned at this time, but all input on formats for future events is welcome.

Location: Rock Bottom Brewery in the Ballston Commons Mall

What to look for: Either Balloons or a Stanford sweatshirt near where we are gathering.

Contact: Eric Sword, BS '94, MS '95, at 703-508-9668 or ericsword@grouplogic.com

Driving Directions: Exit I-66 West or East at Glebe road in Ballston. Head south until you see the mall on your left. Drive past Hecht's on Glebe and you will see both Rock Bottom and the parking structure.

Metro Directions: Ballston stop on the Orange line. Walk south 2 blocks and you will run into the mall. Rock Bottom can be reached from the inside or outside the mall.

Global Climate II Breakfast Briefing
October 17, 2000, 7:45-9:00 a.m.

The Washington D.C. Stanford Association invites you to a "breakfast briefing" with Dr. James Baker, BS '58, Under Secretary of Commerce and Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, James Baker is responsible for the National Weather Service, the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Ocean Service, and NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. He serves as the U.S. Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission and oversees the nation's seventh largest uniformed service, the NOAA Corps, a force of several hundred personnel who operate a multi-ship research fleet and pilot NOAA research and hurricane-warning aircraft.

Among NOAA's functions are exploration and charting of the ocean and its living resources; management, use and conservation of these resources; monitoring and prediction of conditions in the atmosphere, ocean, sun and space environments; reporting the weather of the United States; and issuance of warnings against impending destructive natural events. NOAA plays a substantial role in the federal research effort of phenomena such as El Nino and La Nina ocean currents, ozone depletion, and global warming.

Dr. Baker briefed us in October 1997 on Global Climate matters. His update on this major topic should prove as informative and expert as his initial presentation to our Washington Stanford Association. Please plan on attending this timely -and off-the-record-briefing.

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street, N.W.
Metro: Metro Center (13th and G Streets, NW)
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 7:45 to 9:00 a.m.
Menu: Continental breakfast
Cost: $14.00 per person 

Make checks payable to Washington DC Stanford Association and send them by Oct. 16 to: Terry Adlhock c/o Florida Power Corporation, Suite 250, 801 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC 20004, tel. (202) 783-5560, e-mail: tadlhock@aol.com.

"Welcome to Washington" Reception
Thursday, October 19
6:30-8 p.m.

In lieu of this month's Third Thursday, the Washington DC Stanford Alumni Association and the Stanford Exchange for Public Service (STEPS) invites all 1990-2000 graduates to a "Welcome to Washington" reception. The reception will provide Class of 2000 graduates a chance to learn more about the alumni programs and services available from the Washington DC Stanford Alumni Association and STEPS as well as an opportunity to meet with graduates from the classes of 1990-2000.

The reception will be held at the Stanford in Washington house at 2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW from on Thursday, October 19, 2000. A cover of $7 will be collected at the door for wine, beer, soda, and light snacks. Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 17 to Elizabeth Pianca at 202-588-6322 or pianca@stanfordalumni.org.

We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, October 19!

Modern Drama Discussion Group
October 23 - Inherit the Wind (discussion)
October 29 - Inherit the Wind (performance)

Inherit the Wind (1955), by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, dramatizes the 1925 Tennessee prosecution of John Scopes for teaching evolution. The trial pitted populist icon William Jennings Bryan against renowned defense attorney Clarence Darrow. The drama group will discuss Inherit the Wind from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Monday, October 23 (dinner at 6:30) at Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (Dupont Circle Metro). Our discussion will feature Alan Woods, editor of Selected Plays of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (1995), and James Gilbert, author of Redeeming Culture: American Religion in an Age of Science (1997). To RSVP call Betty Byrne BS'55 at 202-483-4048 or e-mail painews@bellatlantic.net.

The drama group will attend Inherit the Wind at 2:30 p.m. Sunday October 29 at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St., NW (Metro Center/Gallery Place metros). Tickets are $19 and include a post-performance discussion with co-stars James Whitmore and Robert Prosky. For tickets call 301-897-9314 or e-mail Robin.Larkin@erols.com. For general information about the drama group, visit www.footlightsdc.org.

Don Quichotte at
Washington Opera
Thursday, October 26
8:00 p.m.

Last Call! We still have six prime orchestra seats (14 are already taken) for the Washington Opera's company premiere of Jules Massenet's lyrical, gently humorous score of Cervantes' legendary Don Quichotte. Washington's own favorite, Denyce Graves, performs as Dulcinea, and one of the greatest bassos of our time, Ruggero Raimondi, sings the title role.

For tickets, send a check made out to WDCSA to Julie Campbell, 2601 Klingle Road NW Washington DC 20008. Questions? Call Julie at 202-244-0206 or email her at juliecampbell@aol.com.

For forward planners: We also have tickets for Turandot and Don Carlo next March. Please watch for details in subsequent WDCSA newsletters.

Tutoring at Meyer School
Saturday Mornings
10-11:30 a.m.

As the weather turns (slightly) cooler and the back-to-school sales fill the papers, you may be fondly remembering the days when a new set of pencils and notebooks signaled the end of summer. Well, you CAN go back to school! Come join the Meyer Adopt-A-School program and help fellow Stanford, Princeton and Harvard grads tutor elementary school students on Saturday mornings. This year we will work primarily with 1st-3rd graders who have scored poorly on the District's standardized tests. 

Tutors spend from 10-11:30 on Saturday mornings working with students on reading, writing, math and computer skills. No previous experience or training is necessary. The Meyer School is in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the U St. Metro station. The program starts in mid-October and goes through May. Regular attendance by tutors is appreciated by both the students and the program.

For more information contact Andrea Hirsch at (202) 331-7522 (w); (202) 244-4589 (h) or AHirsch@ksflaw.com.

Adopt-a-School Benefit Reception
Embassy of Finland 
Thursday, November 9
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, November 9, for the Meyer Elementary Adopt-a-School Tutoring Program Annual Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Embassy of Finland is graciously hosting this event thanks to the kindness of His Excellency, Mr. Jaakko Laajava, Ambassador to the United States. This will be an opportunity to meet the Ambassador and some of the Embassy staff, see the Embassy, learn a little about Finland, and enjoy a light fare and drinks. Attendance is limited to 125; please reserve early.

Your contribution helps to pay for new instructional and computer resources and for school operating costs on the Saturdays that the program is in session. Now in its eighth year, the program is a joint project of the Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard Alumni Associations of Washington, DC.

The cost is $35 per person and is tax deductible. The cost for current tutors is $20 per person. Send checks, payable to Harvard Club (Meyer School Fund), to Susan Reynolds, 8510 Capo Ct., Vienna,VA 22182. All checks should be received no later than November 1st. Please include a daytime telephone number. In the event that the limit is exceeded, those replying too late will be notified by telephone.

To further contribute, you can add any amount of money to your reservation check, which is also tax deductible. In addition, bring with you to the reception a new or "gently used" elementary age children's book or school supplies, such as markers, crayons, construction paper, white copier paper, pencils, or art supplies. 

For additional information, contact Susan Reynolds, BA '85, Event Coordinator, at (703) 821-9088 or sfrcalif@aol.com. The Embassy of Finland is located at 3301 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC.

Tennis, Anyone?

WDCSA would like to have an indication of interest in a Winter Tennis Party at the Arlington YMCA. The party would be on a Saturday evening from 8 p.m. to midnight. The price would be $35 per person, refreshments and tennis balls included. The format would be timed doubles matches; at the end of each time period, the players would be split up and new teams made before the next match. Please email responses/comments/suggestions to tom.hwang@alumni.stanford.org. This does not commit you to attending; your response only serves as an indication of interest in this event.


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