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Stanford vs. USC Game Watch
Saturday, October 9 8 pm
McFadden's Saloon 2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC

The Foggy Bottom metro stop is one block away.  We will have the private dining room downstairs all to ourselves and the following specials will be offered - $3.00 domestic drafts, $10.00 pitchers, $5.00 burgers.

We had a fantastic turnout of about 80 people for last week's game watch at McFaddens.

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, October 10 5 pm
Crystal City, Va

The book group will meet at the home of Bill Albee to discuss The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea.

The group will discuss Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar by Adam Nicolson at the November 14 book club meeting.

On November 7, in a special meeting, Joy Dunkerley will discuss her book Sometimes Eagle's Wings --a history of the first transatlantic airline, Aeropostale-- described below:

Few in the English-speaking world realize that Aéropostale was the world's first intercontinental carrier and a company that catapulted France into the role of the world's aviation leader. Founded in 1918 as a mail and passenger carrier between the south of France and Morocco, it soon expanded mail service to Argentina. In Sometimes Eagle's Wings: The Saga of Aéropostale, Joy Dunkerley brings to life this historic airline, infusing each page with compelling and often intriguing information about its pilots and crews, its historic presence in South America, and the political and financial wrangling that kept it flying and eventually led to its demise.

About the Author Joy Dunkerley is an economist, historian, and author who studied at Stanford University. She earned degrees from the London School of Economics and, as a Fulbright Fellow, from Clark University in Massachusetts. The author was elected president of the International Association for Energy Economics and is a recipient of its Adelman-Frankel Award for Unique and Innovating Contributions to the field of Energy Economics. Ms. Dunkerley resides in Washington DC and is a frequent visitor to France.

For information, email To join the book group for future announcements, go to

The Art of Enrique Chagoya
Tuesday, October 12 5:30- 8 pm
The Sant Building Stanford In Washington 2655 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC

The Bing Stanford in Washington Art Gallery invites you to celebrate the opening of “Collisions Between Historical Visions: The Art of Enrique Chagoya.” RSVP to Meghvi Roig at or (202)332-3247.


Melissa’s WDCSA membership grew out of her younger son’s decision to attend Stanford two years ago. Although not a Stanford alumna herself, Melissa joined WDCSA to learn more about the Stanford community and to take advantage of WDCSA’s volunteer and event opportunities. Now, she and Vice President Chris Shinkman co-chair the Stanford Parents Initiative, which serves as an outreach and resource group for current and past Stanford parents in the DC metropolitan area. A recovered lawyer (and Williams ‘72 grad), Melissa now works as a landscape designer and photographer in the metro DC area. In her spare time she volunteers for The Garden Conservancy, takes part in WDCSA activities, and visits her son Adam Hemmer ’12 at The Farm whenever she can.

A Wider Circle Community Service
Saturday, October 16 9:30- 1 pm
A Wider Circle 9159 Brookville Road Silver Spring Md.

Join WDCSA at our community service event with A Wider Circle. You can come for the whole time or join us for an hour or two. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Rachel Rubinfeld at

A Wider Circle is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and adults lift themselves out of poverty. Volunteers will participate in our Neighbor-to-Neighbor program which furnishes the homes of 12-15 families every day. Volunteers will organize donations, maintain the warehouse, help clients pick out and load furniture and accompany our truck teams picking up donations. Every volunteer will change the life of at least one of our families!

Ivy Singles Arts Club Social
Friday, October 29 6:30- 9:30 pm
James Monroe House 2017 I St NW Washington, DC

You are invited to join the Ivy Singles in a walk through the two floors of spacious rooms in the company of sophisticated singles. Price includes a delicious buffet, drinks, desserts, coffee, tea, happy hour with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar deep into the evening.

Monthly exhibits of paintings and photography line the walls of the James Monroe House. For more information on the Arts Club and the historic mansion please visit

To reserve a space, please send a check for $30, payable to "The Harvard Club of Washington," to Peter Meyer, 1505 Crystal Drive #804, Arlington, VA 22202, by October 24th. Please write your college or university on the check.

The price is $40 at the door. Send any questions to Peter at or (571) 218-6816.

WDCSA at Nationals Game


On September 12th a group of about 40 Stanford alumni and their families gathered for an afternoon at Nationals Ball Park for the unique opportunity to meet former Stanford Baseball player Drew Storen. Drew was the 10th overall draft pick in the 2009 baseball draft and has quickly made it to the major leagues, already proving to be one of the nation's top rookie relievers.

We were very lucky to get the chance to meet Drew and hear about his experiences as a rookie player for the Washington Nationals. Drew was an engaging and entertaining speaker sharing about his life as a professional baseball player, but also answering questions about his Stanford experiences. We were impressed to hear that Drew would be returning to the Farm as soon as the season ends to continue his studies as a product design major. Drew was a huge hit with our group, especially with the little ones in the Stanford family, as he took time to chat individually with them and sign autographs.

Storen answering questionsStoren closeup
While Drew and the Nats were unable to beat the Florida Marlins, our WDCSA day at the ball park was an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. We can’t wait to see Drew Storen’s continued success both in the big leagues and in his academic pursuits.

Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins At Homestead Farm
Saturday, October 30 10:30 am
Homestead Farms 15604 Sugarland Rd Poolesville, Md.

Families with children will love this opportunity to spend time on a working farm as we pick our own pumpkins just in time for Halloween! Apples may still be in season, and ready to be picked as well. The farm offers hayrides, farm animals and a country store.

Please RSVP to Kimberly Coerr at or 703-955-1002 if you would like to join us.

Leading Matters Washington DC
Saturday, November 13 1:30- 9:30 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC

Early bird price: $80, $30 for young alums (undergrad '01 - '10, grad '06 - '10) After October 14: $95; $40 for young alums

Register for Leading Matters ( )

Leading Matters is an educational adventure that reveals how Stanford is changing and reinventing itself. Leading Matters Washington, DC will feature a day of thought-provoking panels, stimulating seminars and state-of-the-art media presentations, as well as cocktails and dinner. Hear from President John Hennessy on the Stanford of today and tomorrow, and learn with and from distinguished faculty members. It's the best of Stanford today, and it's all in your own backyard!

Stanford vs. Cal Big Game Party
Saturday, November 20 3 pm

Mark your calendars and join us for this year's Big Game and Annual Stanford-Cal Big Game Party! All Stanford fans are invited to watch Cardinal football take on rival UC Berkeley. We will be joined by the DC Area Berkeley Alumni Association. More details to follow!

Stanford In the News

• Stanford geneticist Carlos Bustamante has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant”.

• Research by Professor Shanhui Fan and his colleagues suggests that solar cells thinner than wavelengths of light hold huge energy potential.

Get Involved!

• Interview Stanford Applicants in DC, Maryland and Virginia The Office of Undergraduate Admission is in search of dedicated alumni in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland to participate in the third year of its pilot interview program, which will offer an optional alumni interview to prospective undergraduates during the 2010 - 2011 admission cycle. Registration is required for new volunteers only.

Registration: registration/index.html.

FAQ's: oval.html#2.


President: John Smithson, ‘05,, (818) 599-9010
Vice-President: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98,, (301) 229-4427 Kevin Coyne, MS ‘02,, (703) 517-9082 Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, ’06,
Treasurer: Jim Finucane ‘61,
Webmaster: Bill Pegram ‘73, MBA ‘77,
Membership Initiatives: Risa Shimoda, ’77,
Membership Processing: Bill Pegram, ‘73, MBA ‘77, (703) 486-0952
Young Alumni: Laura Villanueva, ’06,
Parents Initiative: Melissa Clark P ’12,, (301)656-3560
Community Service: Rachel Rubinfeld, PhD '09,
CAN Representatives: Jill Pepper ‘93,; Chris Shinkman, P ‘98,
Ivy Singles: Phebe Greenwood, ’79,, Charlotte Perry, ’81,
Admissions Office Liaisons: Lisa Larragoite, ’88,, Linda Serrato, ’07,

Club Mailing Address: 815 South 18th Street, #500, Arlington, VA 22202 Website:

Revised: January 2, 2012