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WDCSA Family Brunch/International Potluck
Saturday, October 8 11:30-2:30 pm
National Arboretum

Join fellow Stanford alums and their families for an international potluck and brunch at the National Arboretum. We were inspired by the workshop and dinner event Black Chefs in the White House, and would like to extend our cultural exploration for Stanford food lovers. This event will be held in conjunction with 64th Annual Orchid Show at the Asian Pavilion of the National Arboretum where you can enjoy a splendid tour and free workshops.

We invite you to bring an international-themed dish and share with us any food and culture secrets you know, either from your home country or from your family members. The theme and story of your dish should follow the concept of NPR’s Splendid Table http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/.

The event is free of charge and spaces are unlimited. If interested, please RSVP to Jenny Hou at jennyhou@stanfordalumni.org, so that we will be able to coordinate the diversity of the dishes brought to share.

There are free educational workshops and gigantic orchid tent sales throughout the day organized by National Capital Orchid Society. You can tour the display and attend the workshop either before or after our brunch. Please check out the 64th Annual Orchid Show website for a detailed workshop schedule www.ncos.us/ncos/fallshow.htm.

If you have any questions, contact Jenny Hou at jennyhou@stanfordalumni.org, or Patricia Marby Harrison at patriciamarbyharrison@gmail.com.

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, October 9 5-8 pm
Fairfax, Va.

The book group will meet at the home of Walter and Diana Wilson to discuss Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. The November book is The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obrecht. For information about the group, email Alison Westfall at alisoncolew@hotmail.com

WDCSA and CYA Young Alumni Cheap Eats Dinner
Tuesday, October 18 7 pm
Logan Tavern 1423 P Street NW (between 14th and 15th) Washington, D.C.

Join us for October's Cheap Eats dinner, a great way to get to know new people and restaurants in the District. Much like grubwithus, Cheap Eats will coordinate dinner for 12 young alumni each month. If you are interested in participating, email cheap.eats.wdcsa@gmail.com. The first 12 people to respond will be included and all other responders will be placed on a waiting list. Every month will feature a new restaurant and a new group of young alumni. Attendees are expected to pay for their own meal. Sign up today! Questions? Please email cheap.eats.wdcsa@gmail.com.

School Choice DC: Is the Charter School System a Model for the Rest of the US?
Wednesday, October 19 6:30-8:30 pm
Stanford in Washington 2661 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, D.C.

Charter schools in the District of Columbia enroll over a third of the children in the District. Research on the markets in other sectors like airlines and telecommunications have decades of experience on the development of competition and its effect on the market. How does the experience of competition in DC charter schools mirror that prior experience? (Answer: not so much.) But the killer question is: Why not? (Hint: The answer will surprise you.) This conversation will present the latest data on the quality of education in the District of Columbia, with reference to other areas of the country, and present outrageous -- but empirically-based -- predictions on the future of education policy in the U.S.

Margaret Raymond is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and serves as director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), which analyzes education reform efforts around the country. Raymond is leading a national study of the effectiveness of public charter schools, researching the development of competitive markets and the creation of reliable data on program performance. She advises decision-makers at the public and private sectors, including leading philanthropies. Highly sought as a negotiator and mediator, Raymond has a strong record of consensus building and strategic guidance.

This event is free. Please RSVP at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event8387reg Questions? E-mail Kevin Coyne, MS ’02, at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org.


Mark, BA ’09, is a recent transplant to the east coast and an energetic young member of the Stanford Alumni community in Washington. He serves on the board of the D.C. Cardinal Young Alumni and has spearheaded a project with WDCSA to host dinners connecting young alums with established alumni in the area (see Event Spotlight on the next page).

While at Stanford, Mark was a member of the Varsity Men’s Track and Field Team and received a BA in International Relations with Honors and a BA in Communication. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Mark is currently in his final year of law school at the American University Washington College of Law here in Washington, D.C. and hopes to stay in the area after graduation. Mark spends his free-time geeking out over politics and writing opinions and editorials for a variety of news organizations.

Fixing the Energy System: Why Is It So Hard?
Wednesday, October 26 6:30-8 pm
Law Offices of Baker & Hostetler
1050 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100 Washington, D.C.

Energy problems and policy proposals remain in the news; sometimes the news is good, other times it seems headed in the wrong direction. This discussion takes a look at the underlying nature of the problems with energy policy and at some intriguing approaches to addressing energy-related problems. Particular attention will be paid to the "low-hanging fruit" associated with energy efficiency. Policies to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency have been gaining momentum throughout the world, often justified by environmental and energy security concerns. So why has this lowhanging fruit not yet been picked and eaten? Is it really so low hanging? If not, what can we do to move toward more energy efficiency and renewable energy policies?

James Sweeney, PhD ’71, is Director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center; Professor of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Woods Institute for the Environment, and the Hoover Institution. His professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis, particularly in energy, natural resources and the environment. He is the author of The California Electricity Crisis, an analytical history of the economic and policy issues associated with California's electricity restructuring and the subsequent crisis. Professor Sweeney is a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and a council member and Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology.

This event is $5 for WDCSA members and $10 for non-members. To RSVP, follow this link: http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event8393reg. Contact Jenny Hou, MS '98, jennyhou@stanfordalumni.org for more information.


Another Great (and Fun) Success! On Saturday night, September 17th, another fantastic potluck dinner was held in the DC area, this time at the home of Katharine Mottley ('91), on Capital Hill. Thirteen young and old(er) alums attended, nearly all with backgrounds or jobs in keeping with the theme of "Capital Hill/Public Policy."

This was the second potluck of its kind this year here in the DC area and is a concept created to help find a way for alums of different generations -- but hopefully with similar interests and backgrounds -- to meet in a low-key and fun venue. So far it has worked well. We welcome your participation at the up-coming Potlucks.

The theme for the final dinner of 2011 is slated to be "Foreign Affairs," but the organizers are open to suggestions. Please send them your ideas and people who would want to know about it!

Contact Mark Kogan ('09) -- markskogan@gmail.com and Tom Kohn ("83) -- kohntom@gmail.com.

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An Evening with DC Commissioner on the Arts and Humanities Marsha Ralls

The Washington DC Stanford Association and Stanford Business School Alumni Association's Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter co-hosted a sold-out, Georgetown art viewing and speakers series event on September 20th. Held at the renown Georgetown contemporary art gallery owned and run by Ms. Marsha Ralls, the event drew a great and diverse turnout of about 45 alumni, ranging widely from class year 1951 to 2011.

We began with cocktails, canapes and, and a private gallery viewing of The Ralls Collection 20th Anniversary Exhibit, titled "20 Years. 20 Artists." Ms. Ralls shared generously what it was like to apprentice with 20th Century master painter Robert Rauschenberg, creating a career trajectory, beginning with her work at Sotheby's in New York to founding her own gallery here in Washington. She developed an interest in entrepreneurship that turned to active participation with organizations such as The Aspen Institute and the worldwide Entrepreneurs Organization. Among several boards, Marsha Ralls serves currently as Director for the youth business-focused Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, an organization in which the night's event co-host and Stanford Business School Alumni Association for the DC-area President Daryn Dodson participated.

Then as a special treat, Marsha introduced us to one of her painters, Lt. Colonel Marine David Richardson, who spoke with passion and humor about his role in the military and as artist. (In a recent New York Times review of his critically acclaimed work, the Lt. Colonel described himself as "a painter who fights"). During the lively Q&A, we purveyed works around the gallery, as Lt. Col. Richardson shared his process and some of the thinking that went into painting each. (The group event photo with a painting just above is from his "Trojan War Series".) Ms. Ralls ended with a critical need she perceives for Washington to increase the support for entrepreneurship intensity, using Stanford and the Silicon Valley businesses surrounding it as examples.

Stanford In the News

• Stanford has created a new interdisciplinary Research Center on the Prevention of Financial Fraud within the Center on Longevity.

• Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduate Alex Doll is playing a key role for the #1 ranked Stanford Women’s Soccer Team.

Upcoming Events in 2012

• Stanford at the Opera will be back in the Spring! See future newsletters for Spring season details.


President: John Smithson, ‘05, jsmithson@gmail.com, (818) 599-9010
Vice-President: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98, c.shinkman@verizon.net, (301) 229-4427 Kevin Coyne, MS ‘02, kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org, (703) 517-9082
Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, ’06,  sarena.mcrae@gmail.com
Treasurer: Patricia Marby Harrison, '91, patriciamarbyharrison@gmail.com
Webmaster: Bill Pegram ‘73, MBA ‘77, wmpegram@comcast.net
Membership Initiatives: Risa Shimoda, ’77, risa@theshimodagroup.com
Membership Processing: Bill Pegram, ‘73, MBA ‘77, wmpegram@comcast.net (703) 486-0952
Young Alumni: Nina Rodriguez, MS '05, ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com; Jackie Crespo, '05, jackie.crespo@gmail.com
Parents Initiative: Melissa Clark P ’12, madgardenr@comcast.net, (301)656-3560
Community Service: Lindsay Caldwell, '09, MA '09, lacaldy5@gmail.com
CAN Representatives: Laura Gravley, '10, laura.gravley@gmail.com; Chris Shinkman, P ‘98, c.shinkman@verizon.net
Ivy Singles: Phebe Greenwood, ’79, phebepg@yahoo.com, Charlotte Perry, ’81, charmperry@aol.com
Admissions Office Liaisons: Gautam Raghavan, ’04, gaurag@gmail.com

Club Mailing Address: 815 South 18th Street, #500, Arlington, VA 22202 Website: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc

Revised: October 6, 2011