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Stanford Day at the Ball Park: Washington Nationals vs. Florida Marlins
Sunday, September 12, 12 pm
Nationals Stadium first pitch at 1:35 pm Washington, DC

Enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark as we watch the Washington Nationals take on the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park. Cheer on the Nats and former Stanford Baseball player Drew Storen with your fellow Washington DC Stanford Alumni.

Drew Storen 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 have a good chance of watching him pitch thanks to Drew recently earning the role as the Nats closer.

Tickets are $24 for WDCSA members and $29 for non-WDCSA members. A limited number of seats are available so please register at as soon as possible.

The ticket price includes seating on the 3B Mezzanine Level and access to the conference center located next to our seats prior to the start of the game.

***While his appearance is yet to be confirmed and can't be guaranteed, the Nats organization is working with us to confirm a private meet and greet with Drew Storen (Stanford Alum). The meet and greet would take place at noon in the conference centers located next to our seats on the Mezzanine level.

Contact Jackie Crespo if you have any questions at

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, September 12 5 pm Fairfax, Va

The book group will meet at the home of Walter and Diana Wilson to discuss the new translation of Gilgamesh by Stephen Mitchell. The books for October and November are The Devils's Highway by Urrea, and Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar by Nicolson.

On November 7 , book group members and others are invited to a special meeting to discuss Sometimes Eagles' Wings, the story of Aeropostale, the first transcontinental airmail aviation concern. The author, Joy Dunkerley, will host. For information, email To join the book group for future announcements, go to

Sarena on beach


Sarena McRae, BA '06, spent her undergraduate years at Stanford developing and exploring her interests in the areas of English and Communication. Her love of writing and desire to craft compelling messages led her to pursue her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism at Syracuse University. Determined to find a career that combined her journalistic skills and passion for public service, she now works as a Production Editor for the U.S. Navy where she manages the publication and dissemination of maritime analysis. Sarena assumed the role of WDCSA Newsletter Editor in 2009 as a way to connect with local alums, stay informed of current events and to acclimate herself to her new surroundings. A recent transplant to Washington DC, she enjoys the varied cuisine and rich cultural offerings in the metro area.

Boom to Bust Patio Party
Thursday, September 16 6 - 8 pm
DoubleTree Hotel 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW Washington, DC

Were you in college during the double digit inflation or the end of the cold war? Have you ever made a collect call – on a rotary phone? If you were an undergraduate around the mid 1970s to mid 1990s, the University of Chicago Club of Washington, DC has started a new group just for you. Those too old for the young alumni and too young for the seniors will feel at home.

Please come to enjoy a relaxing start of fall in a surprising gem: a quiet patio in a nationwide hotel chain in the middle of the city. Chat with people who are old enough to know where they were when the Challenger blew up, but young enough that they cannot do the same for when JFK was shot. In case of rain, we will be indoors and watch the drops fall on the patio.

To RSVP, please send your name, university, graduation year, email address, and check for $30 per person made out to The University of Chicago Club of DC to Sander and Suzanne Davidson, 6332 Windermere Circle, Rockville, MD 20862. Prepayment must be received by Monday, September 13th. Email reservations (to and walk-ins are $40. If you cannot attend the event but would like to be added to the email list send the above information to

The DoubleTree is on the northeast corner of Scott Circle. Exit the Dupont Circle Metro stop and walk 4 blocks east, or McPherson Square Metro and walk 6 blocks north or take 14th or 16th street buses. Hotel has parking. Dress code: anything goes. Boomers to Busters is targeted for undergraduate and graduate alumni of the University of Chicago and similar schools who were undergraduates from the mid 1970s to mid 1990s, and their spouses and partners; others may also attend.

PAC-10 Football Kick-Off Party
Wednesday, September 22 6 pm
RFD 810 7th Street, NW Washington, DC

All WDCSA members and friends are invited to the PAC-10 Football Kick-Off Party. Food and drink specials will be provided and no RSVP is required. Donations of canned foods will be collected and distributed to a local food kitchen. Questions? Contact Chris Shinkman at 301-229-4427

Stanford vs. Notre Dame Game Watch
Saturday, September 25 3:30 pm
The Exchange 1719 G Street, NW Washington, DC

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME STANFORD FOOTBALL??? The 2010 Stanford football season will soon get underway and we have arranged two early-season WDCSA game watches at our official sponsor bar, The Exchange, (202)393-4690. Put on your Stanford garb and come to the X to cheer for the Cardinal as we battle Notre Dame. Food and drink specials will be available. Questions? Contact Chris Shinkman P ’97 at, 301-229-4427.

Stanford vs. USC Game Watch
Saturday, October 9 8 pm
The Exchange 1719 G Street, NW Washington, DC

We will be back at the X to watch the Cardinal add further humiliation to the USC Trojans. Come out and show your support for the Cardinal football team during the game watch party. All Stanford fans are invited!

Stanford at the Opera
Wednesday, October 20 7:30 pm
Kennedy Center Washington, DC
Salome – Strauss

Deborah Voight – leading Salome of her generation and one the greatest sopranos of the 21st century makes her WNO debut. Washington’s beloved Heinz Fricke conducts. Deadline for ordering is September 20. Tickets will be mailed week of September 27th.

Prime Orchestra $156.50; 2nd Tier $ 81.50. For tickets - send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010. Contact Betty at or (202)483.4048. All performances are by the Washington National Opera (WNO) and are at the Kennedy Center.

Stanford In the News

• On Sierra magazine’s most recent list of “Cool Schools,” Stanford is listed as #5.

• Stanford researchers found an unusual linkage between solar flares and the inner life of radioactive elements on Earth.

Get Involved!

• Athletes wanted! Men and women, all ability levels! Ever dream of being the hero of Big Game? Then join the Stanford team in the Capital Alumni Network (CAN) flag football league this fall. Along with DC's own "Little Big Game" against Cal, we will play a schedule of games on Saturdays and Sundays for ten weeks, with a season-ending tournament in December. Women athletes are especially encouraged to participate on the co-ed teams.

WDCSA sponsors a number of recreational sports teams through CAN. Joining a team is a great way to meet local Stanford alumni, and have a blast as we face off against alumni clubs from other schools (including Cal!).

If you're a former college or high school athlete, or even a weekend warrior who just wants to get involved and have some fun, get more information by contacting Steven Kelts, Ph.D. '02, at

Housing Postings

• Hi, I'm a recent grad who finished her coterm in Earth Systems in June of 2009. Just four weeks ago, I moved out to DC to take on a short assignment at Conservation International. Unfortunately, I also came without a housing option beyond August, and Craig's List has not been my friend. I am looking for either a single room/apartment, sublet (up to $1500/month for no more than 3 months) or longer term (less than $1000/month) - OR - two bedroom accommodation for another recent grad (from Harvard, though!) and myself, in the same price range. Preferably something in the NW of DC, but could be flexible depending on the situation. Will welcome any leads! Feel free to contact me by email: or phone: (425)894-8866


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: September 2, 2010