Washington DC Stanford Association October 2004 Newsletter

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Mon 10/4 Undergrad Info Meeting
Wed 10/6 MBA Admissions Info Meeting
Thur 10/7 MBA Admissions Info Meeting
Thur 10/7 Breakfast Briefing - Terrorism
Thur 10/14 Biz School - Mary Barth Seminar
Wed 10/20 Baltimore Book Club
Thur 10/21 Election and Media Briefing
Mon 10/25 Meet Stephen Elliott
Sat 11/6 Udvar-Hazy Center Tour
Email reminder system

Welcome from Risa Shimoda

The 2004-5 calendar started out of the gate with a super successful send-off for our new ‘crop’ of DC Area Stanford students, held once again at the home of Greg Murphy (’69, Parent ’00 and ’05). Club VP and organizer Lindsay Arnold (’02) was assisted by student panel members Scheimer (’06), Tianna Terry (’04), Nina Gonzaludo (’07) and Colin Murphy (’05); Kevin Wegener (’00) and Andrew Blotky (’02) were masterful in offering their setting up expertise; and Chris Shinkman, Jim Finucane, Miguel Green, Helen Britton and Laurie Glassman attended as spirited alums and parents. Thanks to you all.

Have you offered to volunteer for WDCSA in the past without receiving a response? Shame on us, and … here's your chance!

We would love to harness your volunteer energy as we evolve our 2004-5 events calendar. Here are some specific opportunities and you may have other ideas for events.

Big Game: Cal is the primary organizer, but we need assistance in coordinating with the Golden Bear alums and recruiting game day volunteers. We’ll be taking the lead once again in 2005.

WDCSA Holiday Party: Early December – responsibilities include handling refreshments, entertainment, coordination with SIW and coordination of RSVP’s.

Wilson Bridge Tour: We are considering hosting a Spring '05 boat tour of this mega, multi-year project: a history, the current status and prospects for completion will be discussed. We need folks to help the current core of alums organize and implement.

When you raise your hand to help, know that you’ll have an experienced board to provide assistance along the way. Contact Risa Shimoda at risa@theshimodagroup.com to indicate your interest!

Undergrad Admission Info Meeting
Monday, Oct. 4 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Location: National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

The Office of Undergraduate Admission invites high school students, parents, counselors and friends to an informational meeting about Stanford. The program details the admission process, gives an overview of financial aid and provides information about academic opportunities and undergraduate life. A panel of recent graduates will share highlights from their Stanford experience. While reservations are not necessary, Stanford invites you to register in advance at www.stanford.edu/dept/uga/applying/regionals_fall04.htm Remind me via email

MBA Admissions Info Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 6 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Thursday, Oct. 7 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Corporate Executive Board
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 6000 (Sixth Floor), Washington D.C.

The Stanford Graduate School of Business is hosting their annual MBA Program Admissions Informational Meetings in Washington, DC. These sessions feature an overview of the MBA Program and admission process. A panel of alumni also shares their thoughts on their MBA experiences.

The Wednesday event has an emphasis on the Public Management Program. To register for either evening, please visit www.gsb.stanford.edu/mba/connect/coming.html Remind me via email

Breakfast Briefing - Terrorism
Thursday, Oct. 7 7:45 - 9 AM
Location: Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street, NW
Menu: Continental breakfast
Cost: $15.00 per person
Topic: “The Threat of Nuclear - and Other - Terrorism”

The Washington DC Stanford Association invites you to an informal and off-the-record Breakfast Briefing with Dr. Richard Meserve (Stanford Ph.D., Harvard J.D.), President, Carnegie Institution of Washington DC.

Dr. Richard Meserve, who served under Presidents Clinton and Bush as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from 1999 to 2003, is President of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and senior counsel at the Washington, DC-based law firm Covington and Burling. Meserve served as legal counsel to President Carter’s science and technology advisor. Early in his career he served as law clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meserve is chairman of the International Nuclear Safety Group of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), prominent in United Nations and other efforts to track and verify nuclear weapons materials throughout the world, especially in troubled “hot spot” places such as Iraq, North Korea, Iran, and some of the former USSR states. Responsible for regulating nuclear power plants and the use of nuclear materials, Chairman Meserve helped NRC and its licensees respond effectively to terrorist challenges.

Please make checks payable to Washington DC Stanford Association and send them by October 5th to: Terry Adlhock c/o Wisconsin Energy Corporation, Suite 840, 122 C St., NW, Washington DC 20001, (202) 662-4340, or terry.adlhock@we-energies.com. You can also register below. Remind me via email

Meserve Breakfast Briefing: $15

Biz School – Professor Mary Barth
Thursday, Oct. 14 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: TBD
Cost: Free in person, $75 for Web Seminar
Topic: "Expensing Options: Will it Happen? Will it Matter?"

The Baltimore/Washington chapter of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association and WDCSA invites you to this seminar by Professor Mary Barth, Stanford Graduate School of Business. You can either come at no charge to the conference room we are arranging or signup directly for your own connection at home or the office for $75 where you would be welcome to invite others. For details on the conference room, email Bill Pegram at wmpegram@comcast.net or call 703-486-0952. To obtain your own connection, visit https://alumni.gsb.stanford.edu/lifelonglearning/events_programs/barth10.14.html

The question of whether to expense employee stock options has been one of the most controversial accounting questions in memory. The International Accounting Standards Board requires expensing for companies that follow its standards and the Financial Accounting Standards Board in the US is considering doing the same.

A member of the International Accounting Standards Board and the Atholl Bean Professor of Accounting, Professor Mary Barth will focus on the status of the current debate, including describing the IASB's requirement to expense options and the implications for US corporations. She will share insights from her research that has shed light on the implications for expensing stock options. Remind me via email

Baltimore Stanford Book Club
Wednesday, Oct. 20 7:00 PM
Location: 1201 William Street, Baltimore
Novel: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon.

Please contact Sarah Clever, '91, at slclever@earthlink.net or (410) 685-7558 for more information and directions to the discussion. Snacks will be available. Remind me via email

2004 Election and Media Briefing
Thursday, Oct. 21 6:30-9:00 PM
Nancy Tate ’70 and Doyle McManus ’74
Location: Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW, DC
6:30 p.m.: Reception, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Briefing
Cost: $10 general admission at the door
Please RSVP to BBaumanTyran@aol.com, Questions? Please call 301-652-6632

WDCSA cordially invites you to an evening with Nancy Tate, Executive Director, League of Women Voters, and Doyle McManus, Washington Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times. They will discuss the 2004 election prospects from their respective areas of expertise, focusing on the changing elections process and the media’s impact on the outcome.

Nancy Tate joined the League in October 2000. It is the nation’s premier nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Prior to the League, Nancy Tate served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Academy of Public Administration. Her earlier career experience includes a senior-level position in a management-consulting firm and several distinguished years of federal government service.

Doyle McManus has reported on issues for more than 25 years from Washington. The bureau he leads has received four Pulitzer Prizes among its 45 reporters and editors. He is a frequent panelist on PBS’s “Washington Week”, CBS’s “Face the Nation”, and has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “Nightline”. McManus is a four-time winner of the National Press Club’s prize for reporting on U.S. foreign policy. Remind me via email

Meet Stephen Elliott
Monday, Oct. 25 7:00 PM
Location: Olsson's
2111 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
Cost: Free
Topic: "Looking Forward To It: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Electoral Process"

Stephen Elliott, former Stegner Fellow, author of “Happy Baby” and current lecturer in creative writing at Stanford will discuss this documentation of his year spent traveling with the 2004 presidential candidates up through the Democratic Convention. For more information contact Olsson’s: 703-525-4227. Remind me via email

Udvar-Hazy Center Tour
Saturday, Nov. 6 10:30 AM - Noon
Location: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Virginia
Cost: Free Tour, $12 per vehicle

Please join Mike Nelson ’59 for a tour of the highlights of this new addition to the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport! Mike is a docent at the Center and has generously offered to be our guide to this terrific new facility.

To Meet: Enter the museum and pass through the security checkpoint. Look for the red and white aircraft hanging upside down above the floor and Mike, standing below it, wearing a blue blazer and his docent’s nametag (forgive him for the organization’s questionable uniform color!).

Questions? Please contact Mike Nelson at 703-830-7652 or Bompa123@aol.com. If you would like to carpool, contact Risa Shimoda at risashimoda@msn.com or 301-585-4677 to see if there are others traveling from a location near to you.

See cybercenter.si.edu/museum/udvarhazy for transportation and directions.

Note on Parking: The fee augments the funding the Museum receives from the federal government. Constructed from private sources, it is not complete and is continuing its fundraising effort for an archives center and restoration facility. Remind me via email

Email Reminder System

Don’t forget our new email reminder system which can create a reminder about a WDCSA event to be sent to you on a date you specify. New Features: 1) You can now add a note to yourself that will be sent to you with the event email reminder; 2) you can now create reminders for anything -- it doesn't have to be one of our events. Simply specify the message, the date you want it sent, and the email address. Access both reminder systems on the WDCSA web page at www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/remind.html or by clicking the Remind link at the top of any page in our website. Comments or questions? -- contact Bill Pegram at wmpegram@comcast.net

Note: our Opera tickets are sold out


Co-Presidents: Risa Shimoda '77, risashimoda@msn.com (new email address) - Events and Outreach; Garry Tyran '75, gktyran@aol.com - University Contact and Outreach
Vice-President: Lindsay Arnold '02, larnold@stanfordalumni.org
Treasurer: Jim Finucane '61, jim.finucane@eia.doe.gov
Webmaster/Email Newsletter/Membership: Bill Pegram '73, MBA '77, wmpegram@comcast.net (703) 486-0952
Newsletter Editor: MJ Hermes '83, mhermes@bbandt.com, (301) 662-1148 #74
Club Mailing Address: 815 South 18th Street, #400, Arlington, VA 22202
Website: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc (new address - now plural)

Revised: September 29, 2004