WDCSA NEWSLETTER September 2015
EVENT SPOTLIGHT: STANFORD+CONNECTS
Stanford+Connects is a 16-city world tour that brings the best of Stanford University to you -- in person and online. The next stop is in Washington DC on September 26, 2015. You don’t want to miss out on President Hennessy’s trip to Washington, a chance to reconnect with old friends and to make new connections, and a wonderful opportunity to interact with brilliant Stanford faculty – all here in DC! For more information, visit https://stanfordconnects.stanford.edu/washington-dc. Register by Thursday, September 3rd for the early registration price.
In anticipation of this event, WDCSA is hosting several local events. See below for a list of the specially designed events meant to deepen connections with our local DMV community of Stanford alumni.
WDCSA Stanford Football Game Watches Fall 2015
Ventnor Sports Café,
2411 18th St NW
The 2015 Stanford football season has begun! WDCSA is excited to announce our new host, Ventnor Sports Cafe, for the following football game watches:
Saturday, September 5 vs. Northwestern at 12:00pm
Saturday, September 19 vs. USC 8:00pm
Ventnor is accessible by public transit on the Red Line (DuPont Circle and Woodley Park) or the Green/Yellow Line (Columbia Heights and U Street). Please stay posted for future updates on the Cardinal schedule! Go Cardinal!
WDCSA+Stanford+Connects Stand Up
Paddling on the Potomac
Saturday, September 12 8-10 am
10697 MacArthur Blvd.
If you have visited lakes or rivers recently where
outdoor enthusiasts are out on the water, you have
probably seen people standing on and paddling
surfboard-like craft. These are called Stand Up
Paddleboards and they are gaining popularity across
the country. In the spirit of creating new ways to
meet and connect with DC alumni, here’s a perfect
opportunity to learn the basics from a professional
SUP instructor on the calm water of the C&O
Canal. No prior paddling experience is necessary.
For information only, view
http://paddlestrokesup.com/stand-up-paddle-lessons-in-potomac-md/. To register, visit https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18638. The registration deadline has been extended to Thursday, September 10.
The class will meet at the Old Angler’s parking lot at this location off MacArthur Blvd, across the street from Old Angler’s Inn. Plan to arrive early to allow time to find a parking spot as this is extremely popular for hikers, bikers, and kayakers. Look for us at the Paddlestroke SUP truck and trailer.
Contact Risa Shimoda, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-502-6548 with questions.
DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, September 13 5-8 pm
Fairfax Station, VA
The book group will meet to discuss We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. This book won the Pen-Faulkner Prize (2014). Rosemary, the 22-year-old narrator - lonely, unmoored, and caustically funny - ponders the mutability of memories, the similarities and differences between the minds of humans and chimps, and the treatment of research animals. Fowler slowly and dramatically reveals Fern's (the chimp) and Lowell's (the older brother) heartbreaking yet instructive fates. This meeting will also include a potluck dinner.
The book club meets on the second Sunday of each month. The October book is A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor. The November book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The December book is Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter.
For more information, email Jennifer Presley, MA '78, PhD '81, at Jenniferbpresley@gmail.com
Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, September 14 7:30 pm
Mother's Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St
The September selection is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This 16-week New York Times Best Seller is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by almost 4,000 Amazon readers. This book won the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for non-fiction and secured a place in either the “Best Seller” or the “Best of” lists of practically every well known institution in 2012. The final selection of the year is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P'14, at email@example.com or at (301)655-5871
California State Society's
"Back to School Night"
Wednesday, September 16 5:30-7:30 pm
Rayburn Office Building Cafeteria
Capitol Hill, Washington DC (Capitol South Metro)
Come reunite with former classmates, renew old rivalries, and forge new friendships at the California State Society's Back to School night.
For more information, see www.californiastatesociety.com.
Boomers to Busters Fall Equinox Happy Hour
Thursday, September 17 6-8 pm
Busboys and Poets,
1025 5th St. NW
Whether or not you were at our sold out rooftop summer solstice, please join us as we say good bye to summer and welcome fall. Come up the circular staircase to The Loft and have a drink with people who remember when you had to set a timer to take a picture of yourself!
Registration is $30 until September 13th, then $35 until September 16th. Email reservations, same day registrations and walk-ins (if available) will be $40. Includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Minimum age is 21.
To sign up click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-equinox-happy-hour-tickets-18011682427. For more information about BtoB go towww.uchicagodc.org/boomerstobusters. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boomers to Busters is sponsored by the University of Chicago Club of DC. It is targeted for undergraduate and graduate alumni of Chicago and other schools who were undergraduates from the 1970s to 1990s, and their spouses, partners, and guests.
Participating schools include Amherst, Barnard, Berkeley, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Case Western Reserve, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Columbia, Connecticut, Emory, Georgia Tech, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, Michigan, MIT, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Penn State, Pennsylvania, Pomona, Princeton, Smith, Stanford, Swarthmore, Tulane, Wellesley, Williams and the Capital Alumni Network. All others are welcome.
National Park Service Clean-up Project
Saturday, September 19 9am-12pm
*Meeting location will be determined by the park ranger two weeks prior to the event*
FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT
Join Stanford Alumni for a morning of volunteering with the National Park Service! Past projects have included beautification of the National Mall, picking up trash, and helping to finish a project painting benches. The ranger will let us know our project two weeks prior to the event.
To sign up please fill out this webform: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/ 1f4MuZwcmj8tMdpDFxGOXtmU4-u7dLi0okIPePZgVsfE/viewform?usp=send_form
Contact Amy Kroll at email@example.com with any questions.
at the Winery
Saturday, September 19 12 pm
Paradise Springs Winery Tour and Tasting, preceded
by a potluck picnic lunch
13219 Yates Ford Road
Potluck lunch begins at 12 pm, and the tour begins at 1pm.
Calling all alumni of the graduate programs! Enjoy a private tour and tasting of the beautiful Paradise Springs Winery. The tour will take us through the winery's historic log cabin, inside the vineyard, through production, and ultimately end with a tasting of their entire flight of wines. Outside food can be enjoyed on the grounds, or you can purchase snacks at the winery.
WDCSA Members and their guests: $30 (includes tax and gratuity). Non-Members and their guests: $35 (includes tax and gratuity).
This event is open to all in the Stanford community, but we especially encourage alumni of the graduate programs to attend! Whether you spent multiple years working on your PhD, or you completed a one-year Masters program, we know you felt at home at Stanford (and especially in Escondido Village!), and we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect!
Click here to RSVP: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18634.
For questions, contact Sumana Chatterjee (MA'04) or Nina Rodriguez (MS'05) -- we're both alumni of the graduate programs ourselves!
Cliveden 1970-80 Meet Up
Wednesday, September 23 6:30-8:30 pm
1206 H Street, NE,
Did you attend classes at the Cliveden estate, 25 miles up the Thames River from London from 1970-80?
Come on down to the Queen Vic pub for a bit of trivia exchange and shared stories of your overseas experiences. This event is open to all in the Stanford community, but we especially encourage overseas program participants from this era. Bring 2-3 questions about major events that occurred when you were overseas at or around your campus and we’ll fashion a way to reward attendees recollection of 70’s overseas trivia! www.thequeenvicdc.com/
WDCSA members are eligible for trivia game gifts; non-members can enjoy the company, excellent Old Vic fare and ambiance. There is no fee to attend besides your trivia questions, but we need to book a group space, as the Queen Vic does not accept reservations. RSVP so we know you'll be there! https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18651
Here is a map of the Queen Vic location and Yelp reviews of this great pub. https://www.google.com/search?q=1206+H+Street %2C+NE%2C+Washington%2C+DC +20002&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS567US567&oq=1206 +H+Street%2C+NE%2C+Washington%2C+DC +20002&aqs=chrome.. 69i57.1782j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie= UTF-8 www.yelp.com/biz/the-queen-vic-washington
For questions, contact Risa Shimoda ’77, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 502-6548.
Bowling in Bethesda with a Farm Teaming Twist
Thursday, September 24 6:30-8:30 pm
5353 Westbard Ave.,
Who are the bowling ringers among us? Join WDCSA for an evening of fun just a few days before Stanford+Connects. As silly as bowling outings always are, we’ll add an additional twist to the fun by assigning teams that are determined by class year based on those of the people who sign up. Yes, we’ll have provisions for non-alumni guests and Stanford Parents (hmmm: will it be your graduation year or that of your child? Sign up and see!).
Cost: $25 for WDCSA members, $30 for nonmembers (includes rental of a pair of awesome bowling shoes) Bowlmor is located 1.6 miles from the Friendship Heights Metro station (Red Line) where you can hop on the 23 bus. Parking is plentiful and free. Their number is 301-652-0955. www.bowlmor.com/bethesda/
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Friendship +Heights+Metro+Station/5353+Westbard+Ave, +Bethesda,+MD+20816/ @38.9578723,-77.1063368,15z/data=!3m1!4b1! 4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b7c990d0d7dbcf: 0xb12132c97db01069!2m2!1d-77.085767! 2d38.960997!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b7ca265112292d: 0x5c8c931f9568af13!2m2!1d-77.1059883! 2d38.9632817!5i1
The registration link will be available until the day before the event. However, this is just a few weeks away, so sign up today!
https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18494 For more information, contact Chris Shinkman, 301-229-4427, email@example.com.
WDCSA+Stanford+Connects Runners Tour DC
Saturday, September 26
Calling all Stanford Runners! What better way to start off the day of the Stanford+Connects event than to tour DC with fellow alumni on the running paths! We'll offer a couple different distances, pace for conversation, and include sweet treats and coffee at Baked and Wired in Georgetown to reward our hard work. We'll also identify a location to shower/change so that we can head over to lunch and the main event! The exact route is still under construction, but please contact Jack Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Hope to see you on the trail!
Stanford at the Opera
Tuesday, September 29 7 pm
This sizzling production of Bizet's final opera shifts the classic story to a Latin American setting smoldering with sensuality and danger, using the original version of the score. The music pulses with erotic power - from Carmen's rousing “Habanera” aria and uninhibited dancing in a smokey tavern to the famous “Toreador Song” - all culminating in a spectacular finale at a bullfight.
This one is a winner and ... we'll be there with a before opera “meet-up.”
Orchestra Prime seats are $117.50 Second Tier Prime seats are $79. Send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010
Questions? Contact Betty @ email@example.com Tickets will be mailed third week in September.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.483.4048.
on the C&O Canal or Billy Goat Trail
Saturday, October 3 10 am
Meet at Great Falls Tavern
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
11710 MacArthur Boulevard,
There is a $10/vehicle entrance fee at the park, and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Open to all ages, join us as we enjoy the fall season and beauty of the Potomac River. Take a 2.1 mile stroll on the towpath, or hike on the 1.75 mile Billy Goat Trail A (strenuous trail involving much scrambling over rocks), to Old Angler’s Inn (http:// www.oldanglersinn.com). There, we can stop for refreshments before heading back via the towpath (Note: this is an approximately 4 mile round trip and, as an alternative, some may want to coordinate a car shuttle back to the Tavern).
Team River Runner's 11th Annual DC Biathlon
Sunday, October 4
Washington Canoe Club near Key Bridge in
Mark your calendars for an upcoming service opportunity! WDCSA and the Stanford Military Service Network are coordinating a group to assist in this event that aids wounded veterans in healing through paddle sports. The event involves one mile of kayaking and three miles of running. Our group will be helping to put on this event in some capacity - stay tuned for more details!
Kennedy Center Presents
Vision for the Future:
A Conversation with Deborah Rutter
Tuesday, October 13 6:30-8:30 pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Ave NW
Join WDCSA for a 'Q' and 'A' with Kennedy Center President, Deborah Rutter, ’78. Pete Williams, '74, of NBC News will interview Ms. Rutter about 2015 season, projects underway, and the state of the arts in DC, one of the most vibrant arts communities in the nation. Refreshments will include a cheese display and wine.
Ms. Rutter is the artistic and administrative director of the world’s busiest performing arts center, managing all facets of the facility, including expansive theater, contemporary dance, ballet, chamber music, and jazz seasons as well as its affiliates the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera. Known for emphasizing collaboration, innovation, and community engagement, Ms. Rutter is considered one of the most influential arts administrators in the nation.
The cost is $20 for WDCSA members and their guests, $25 for non-members through October 6. The cost will then increase to $25 for WDCSA members /guests, $30 for non-members. https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18699.
Directions: Stanford in Washington is located across Connecticut Avenue from the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro Station, on the Red Line. We enthusiastically encourage travel by Metro, as street parking is very limited. Please contact Betty Byrne with questions, email@example.com.
Pete Williams ’74, is a Washington DC-based correspondent for NBC News whose main areas of news coverage include the Department of Justice and Supreme Court. In 1986, he became press secretary for U.S. Representative Dick Cheney and followed Cheney to the United States Department of Defense as Cheney became United States Secretary of Defense to be the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs in 1989.
Boomers to Busters
Ghosts of Georgetown Tour
Friday, October 23 7-8:30 pm
Did you see "The Exorcist" in a movie theater? Then come to the Ghosts of Georgetown Tour, which starts at the Old Stone House, 3051 M Street NW, and ends at "The Exorcist" stairs at 36th and Prospect Street NW.
Selected as the best ghost tour by Washingtonian Magazine, this private tour will put you in the Halloween mood! Billed as a "creepy, cosmic and sometimes comic crawl through paranormal Georgetown - DC's most historic and absurdly haunted neighborhood!" Join us as we hear about some of Georgetown's secrets.
Tour takes place rain or shine and is around 1.5 miles. Every year this tour has sold out. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for ages 10 to 21 - minimum age is 10. Closest Metro is Foggy Bottom, from there walk 10 minutes or take the Circulator or 30s buses. Parking is tight in Georgetown but there are commercial lots at Wisconsin and M.
To sign up click here: www.eventbrite.com/e/ghosts-of-georgetown-private-walking-tourtickets-18011988342.
If you have questions about the tour contact Margot Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about BtoB go to: www.uchicagodc.org/boomerstobusters.
- WDCSA Mentorship Program
Are you interested in becoming a mentor or mentee to local Stanford Alumni? We are pleased to announce that WDCSA is launching a mentorship program and is now taking applications. To find out more information, please view this document:
Download the referenced google mentor/mentee form, fill it out, and save to your desktop. Then email to Nina Rodriguez at email@example.com. Please be sure to not write your information on the google document as that is public and everyone would be able to see your details. If you have any questions on how to fill the form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. The deadline for the first wave of applicants will be September 15, 2015. Thanks and we look forward to the start of this WDCSA Mentorship Program!
- OVAL Updates
We are excited to kick off the new year of college fairs, interviews and Admission receptions. For new interviewers, there will be a training at 10 am on Saturday, Sep. 26 before the Stanford +Connects program (in same venue). Please see link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iM1yjUkhU4a7o2rdIjAvU9Ovi8NCaqOM5e7HOUhIIbc/viewform
We are always looking for volunteers! Please email Meghvi Maheta Roig ’97, email@example.com, with any questions.
- Stanford Parents Connection
The Stanford Parents Connection now has a Facebook page: “Stanford University Parents Connection of Washington DC”, www.facebook.com/groups/1644734342414183/. It is a meeting place for parents of past, present, future, and prospective Stanford University students. Share ideas and tips. Ask questions. Talk to other parents.
- Cardinal Young Alumni Representative
WDCSA is looking for one or two enthusiastic and committed, young alumni to help run the CYA club. If you would like to volunteer to be one of these leaders of the Cardinal Young Alumni for WDCSA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stanford In the News
- Stanford Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine recently introduced a program to provide physicians with meals, housecleaning, and a variety of other services to ease the work-life conflicts for the emergency medicine faculty. The "timebanking" program is part of a two-year, $250,000 pilot funded primarily by the Sloan Foundation, according to reports. Doctors can "bank" the time they spend doing the often-overlooked work of mentoring, serving on committees, covering others' shifts or deploying in emergencies.
KEY CONTACT INFORMATION
President: President: Kevin Coyne, MS ’02, email@example.com
Vice-President: Chris Shinkman, P '98, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 229-4427, Nina Rodriguez, MS '05, email@example.com
Treasurer: Patricia Marby Harrison, '91, firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster and Email Newsletter: Bill Pegram '73, MBA '77, email@example.com
Membership Initiatives: Risa Shimoda, '77, firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Processing: Bill Pegram, '73, MBA '77, email@example.com, (703) 486-0952
Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, '06, firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Alumni: Nina Rodriguez, MS '05, email@example.com
Stanford Black Alumni Assoc: Latisha Chisolm, '07, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamelia Morgan, '06, email@example.com
Parents Connection: Helene Myers, P'14, firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Service: Amy Kroll, '12 email@example.com
Capitol Alumni Network: Greg Billings '88 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanford Military Service Network: Jack Smith, MS ’14, email@example.com
Ivy Singles: Charlotte Perry, '81, firstname.lastname@example.org
Admissions Office Liaisons: Margaret "Maggie" New, '66, email@example.com
Club Mailing Address: 3841 Whitman Rd, Annandale, VA 22003
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