Washington DC Stanford Association Newsletter
October 2001 Newsletter

Calendar of Confirmed Events (click to take you to that part of the newsletter)

Oct. 17, Weds.- Meyer Adopt-A-School Program Benefit Gala
Oct. 18, Thurs. - McClellan Breakfast Briefing
Oct. 20, Sat. - Stanford v Oregon football (TV)
Oct. 22, Mon. - Welcome Reception for Stanford President John Hennessey
Oct. 23, Tues. - Pac-10 Happy Hour
Oct. 27, Sat. - Stanford v UCLA football (TV)
Nov. 5, Mon.  - Madama Butterfly (opera)
Nov. 17, Sat.  - 104th BIG GAME!!!
Jan. 22, Tues.  - Wizards v. 76ers
Feb. 7, Tues.  - Wizards v. Sacramento Kings
Mar. 16, Sat.  - "Think Again DC" special event (invite to be mailed in Jan.)
May 20, Mon.  - Queen of Spades (opera)
June 6, Thurs.  - Carmen (opera)


Dear Stanford Alumni in DC

I hope that life for each of you is approaching some semblance of normalcy after the attacks of September 11. On behalf of the Board of Directors, please know that our thoughts and prayers have been with those of you touched personally by the tragedies at the Pentagon and in New York. We are still learning the full list of names of those Stanford alumni and friends who perished, and, as our nation begins to engage in what is likely to be a prolonged war against terrorism, it with some awkwardness that I invite each of you to add our upcoming alumni events to your schedule. Yet I also believe that now is a time when the WDCSA should renew its commitment to serving the Stanford family in DC.

This mailing is the first full newsletter of the Washington DC Stanford Association's 2001-02 year. We have a new, outstanding and energetic board with many great ideas for events, and I have little doubt you'll be eager to participate in many WDCSA events over the coming year. As you know, the WDCSA is an entirely volunteer-run organization, and your membership dues allow us to provide this newsletter and the annual membership directory, and to continue to host a wide range of activities and programs.

On behalf of the Board, I also want to invite you to get involved in the WDCSA. There are a number of options for involvement: Join the Board of Directors. Volunteer at an event. Offer to be a career mentor. Try out a new event or program. Or, simply drop me a line at charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org, or 3000 Spout Run Parkway, #B605, Arlington, VA 22201, and let me know your great ideas for events and programs. Thanks again for your interest and support. We hope that this year's calendar of events excites you as much as it does us.

Charles Hokanson AB '93, AM '93
WDCSA President, 2001-2002

Meyer Adopt-A-School Program Benefit Gala
Wednesday, October 17
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
1520 18th Street NW
Metro: Dupont Circle (Red Line)
Parking: Street parking is available after 6:30. Also, several parking lots are located near Dupont Circle; some close at 9 pm.
Info/Tickets: $40 per person (includes appetizers, beer, and wine).  Send checks made out to "Adopt-A-School" to Hanson Li, 2001 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 20001. Checks should be received in advance to assure attendance.
Questions?: Contact Hanson Li at chunkychi@hotmail.com or 703-598-1386.

The Meyer Adopt-A-School Program was started fifteen years ago by alumni from Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton. On Saturday mornings, alumni from the various schools go to D.C.'s Meyer Elementary to tutor and mentor in a variety of subjects.

The gala is our way to kick off another fun and rewarding year of volunteering and raise the funds needed to operate the program.  Last year's event at the Embassy of Finland was a smashing success-for the dollars raised and the good time with those attending.

This year's gala is at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, a beautiful building near Dupont Circle.  The Director-General will speak for a short duration.  Appetizers (Chinese, of course) and drinks will be available.

Additional donations are also welcome and will be acknowledged in the event program.  Donations and $20 of the ticket cost are tax-deductible. We also encourage everyone to bring a new school supply (pencils, markers, children's scissors, construction paper, etc.) to donate to the program.

A View from the White House
Thursday, Oct. 18:
Breakfast Briefing with

Dr. Mark McClellan
Member, Council of Economic Advisors
Executive Office of the President

Dr. Mark McClellan, Stanford Associate Professor in the University's Department of Economics and in its Department of Medicine, was confirmed in July by the U.S. Senate as one of the three members of the President's Council of Economic Advisors.

Mark, not a newcomer to federal public service, previously served at the U.S. Treasury Department from 1998-99 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy.

The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), established by statute in 1946, provides the President with objective economic analysis and advice on the development and implementation of a wide range of domestic and international economic policy issues.

Among its specific duties and functions, the CEA develops and recommends to the President "national economic policies to foster and promote free competitive enterprise, to avoid economic fluctuations or to diminish the effects thereof, and to maintain employment, production and purchasing power."  The CEA's role in such matters as this year has unfolded for the United States is particularly challenging.

In addition to being a part of the President's economics team, Mark brings a special interest and expertise to federal public service through his concentration on the economics of health care, which continues to be a major domestic policy concern.

At Stanford, Mark was Director of the Program on Health Outcomes Research at Stanford Medical School as well as an attending physician at the University's Health Services.  Originally from Austin, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, received his Master's of Public Administration from Harvard University, received his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science, and earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.

Please plan on attending this timely, relevant-and off-the-record-briefing.

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street, N.W.
Metro: Metro Center
(13th and G Streets, N.W.)
Date: Thurs., October 18th
Time: 7:45 to 9:00 am
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 Allegheny Energy, Suite 1030
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington DC 20004
tel. (202) 824-0408
e-mail: tadlhock@aol.com

Welcome Reception for Stanford's President

Join the entire Stanford community in the Washington DC area in welcoming Stanford University's 10th President, John Hennessy!

Monday, October 22, 6:30-8:30 pm
(Reception at 6:30, Remarks by President Hennessy at 7:30)

Where: The Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW (at Connecticut Avenue)
Metro: one block south of the Woodley Park Metro-Red Line
Parking: Self parking at the Omni Shoreham for $15, valet parking for $19. Some street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Cost: none

Invitations and reply cards were mailed in mid-September from the University.  If you have already replied or cannot attend, do nothing.  If you wish to come but have not replied, please return your reply card at your earliest convenience, but no later than Monday, October 15.

If you have not mailed your reply card and instead wish to indicate by email that you will attend, please contact Sarah Booth at sbooth@stanford.edu AND indicate the following:
1. your name, class year(s) and degree(s);
2. address, plus home and office phone;
3. e-mail address; and
4. name(s) of guest(s), plus any Stanford degree(s) and class year(s).
or you can send the above information by mail to:

John Hennessy Welcome Reception
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6105

Questions? Contact Sarah at (650) 736-2484.

PAC-10 Happy Hour
Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 pm on, at Gordon Biersch

Looking for a way to unwind after a long day at the office? Well, why not come out and have a drink or two with alumni from Stanford, Arizona State University, UCLA, USC, Oregon State, Washington, Pepperdine, and other Pac-10/West Coast schools on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:00 pm at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 900 F Street, NW.  (This event is scheduled in lieu of this month's Third Thursday.)

WDCSA opera lovers mark your calendars!!!

Three outstanding productions have been reserved for this 2001-2002 club year.  This year we have ordered a split pricing selection to accommodate more members.

Madama Butterfly-Monday, November 5th at 7 pm*
Queen of Spades with Placido Domingo-Mon., May 20 at 7pm  
Carmen-Thursday, June 6th at
8 pm (closing night)*

* on these evenings an Opera Insights lecture precedes the perfomance. Members may wish to make their own arrangements to attend the lecture usually held in the Atrium.

November 5-MADAMA BUTTERFLY by Giacomo Puccini
Monday, at 7 pm
10 tickets Orchestra Prime $130 each
10 tickets Second Tier $63 each

Madama Butterfly returns to Washington in a stunning and innovative production of one of the world's most beloved operas.  Stationed in Japan, a feckless young Naval officer buys himself a temporary "bride"-the beautiful and innocent Butterfly.  What to him is a fleeting diversion is to her a lifetime commitment, and Butterfly forsakes all-religion, family, and culture-for her American "husband."  When he returns with an American wife to seek custody of the young geisha's child, Butterfly makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Of all his many heroines, Puccini most loved Butterfly-the girl "for whom I wrote music in the night."  For her, he created one of the greatest roles in opera. On this evening as Stanford goes to the opera, acclaimed soprano Veronica Villarroel will be the lovely Cio Cio San and tenor Marcus Haddock, the caddish Pinkerton.

May 20-QUEEN OF SPADES by Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky
Monday, at 7 pm
20 tickets Orchestra only - $115 each

Placido Domingo headlines an all-star cast in the role of the obsessed gambler who's consumed by his passion.  In this elegant production from Vienna Staatsoper, Soprano Galina Gorchakova, last seen here in Tosca, is our Lisa, and Elena Obraztsova makes her company debut in the tour de force role of the Countess.

June 6th-CARMEN by Georges Bizet
Thursday, at 8 pm (closing night)
10 tickets Orchestra Prime $130 each
10 tickets Second Tier $63 each

Artistic Director Placido Domingo conducts a score blazing with brilliance in this revival of Washington's 1995 production.  The world-reknown sumptuous mezzo soprano Jennifer Larmore makes her company debut as the gypsy who plays by her own rules and the widely hailed tenor Fabio Armiliato (our Manrico in Il Trovatore) returns as her obsessed lover.

All ticket orders received by October 17th will receive equal consideration.  Tickets are available for all three operas. If you are willing to take the alternate price to your preferred seating, leave the check amount blank, in the memo line write "not to exceed $xxx" and I will contact you before completing the amount on the check.  If you only want the seating price requested, make the check for that amount.  If the seats are "sold out", I will return the check to you.

Send your checks (a separate check for each opera, if ordering more than one), seating preference, telephone number and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Claire Taplett
6620 North 32nd Street
Arlington, VA 22213-1608.

104th Big Game
Sat., Nov. 17, 3:30 EST (time subject to change).

Details of the joint Stanford-Cal Big Game Party will be included in next month's newsletter.  As in years past, Stanford and Cal will be paying for satellite time so you will be able to see the game at our local viewing location in the DC area.

Stanford's football team is off to a 3-0 start, its first since 1986, earning them a No. 22 ranking.  The remaining games are (all times Eastern):

Oct. 13 - Washington State at Stanford, 5PM
Oct. 20 - Stanford at #5 Oregon, 3:30PM (ABC)
Oct. 27 - #7 UCLA at Stanford, 3:30PM (ABC) (changed from 7PM)
Nov. 3 - Stanford at Washington, 3:30PM
Nov. 10 - Stanford at Arizona, 9PM
Nov. 17 - California at Stanford, 3:30PM
Nov. 24 - Notre Dame at Stanford, 8PM (ABC)
Dec. 1 - Stanford at San Jose State, 5PM

Game times and television coverage are subject to change.  We will be publicizing via email viewing locations for the October 20 Oregon, October 27 UCLA, and November 24 Notre Dame televised games along with information as to their availability on network television.  For further information, contact Bill Pegram at dcstanalum@aol.com or 703-486-0952.

Washington Wizards with Michael Jordan

The WDCSA has 12 tickets each for each of the following games:

Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Tuesday, January 22, 7 pm
Section 407, Row O, Seats 1-12. $40 per ticket.

Washington Wizards vs. Sacramento Kings
Thursday, February 7, 7 pm
Section 432, Row M, Seats 1-12. $51 per ticket.

To order, please send a check, payable to WDCSA, to: Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th Street, #400, Arlington, VA 22202.  If ordering for more than 1 game, include separate checks.  Due to the possibly large demand for these tickets, all ticket orders received by October 20 will receive equal consideration.

Modern Drama Discussion Group Plays and Discussions

First events are October 14 and 15. For information, go to www.footlightsdc.org

Ivy Social Club 30-Plus Receptions

First events are October 26 and November 30.  For information, go to www.thesquare.com/members/over30dc


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