WDCSA Newsletter – October 2000

Oct 5
Oct 11
Oct 17
Oct 19
Oct 23
Oct 26
Oct 29
Nov 9

Brown Bag Exchange

Entrepreneurship Networking

Breakfast Briefing

Welcome to Washington reception

Inherit the Wind discussion

Don Quichotte

Inherit the Wind performance

Adopt-a-School Reception at the Embassy of Finland

Tennis Anyone?

Looking Ahead …
Oct. 30 Election 2000 Panel co-sponsored by Stanford in Washington and the University of California
Nov. 8 Breakfast Briefing with Darryl Wold, LLB ’66, Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. 
Nov. 17 Big Game Party

Brown Bag Professional Exchange
Thursday, October 5
12:00-1:00 p.m.

The next Brown Bag Professional Exchange will be hosted at the State Department on Thursday, October 5th,
by Jonathan Fritz, BA ’91 and MA ’92 in East Asian Studies, and Matthew Cordova BA ’94 in Public

Jonathan joined the Foreign Service in late 1993, and worked in Guangzhou and Chengdu, China from 1994-1996.
After Spanish language training, he served in Guayaquil, Ecuador from 1997-1998. Since his return in 1999,
Jonathan has covered a variety of issues, including environment, energy, labor, and science and technology
cooperation, for the U.S. State Department’s China desk. In addition, he was part of the White House Task
Force that worked to pass Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for China earlier this year. Matthew
worked as a management consultant in 1995, and then served as an analyst in the Office of the
Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon in ’96 and ’97, and Desk Officer for Strategic Affairs at the
Arms Control & Disarmament Agency in ’99. Currently Matthew is a Special Assistant in the Office of the
Secretary of State.

Although these events are designed to help recent graduates explore professional environments in
Washington, all Stanford alumni, parents, and friends are welcome and encouraged to participate. There is
no charge for attending this event.

Location: Meet at the C Street entrance of the State Dept (2201 C Street, NW) at 12p.m., and then we will
proceed to the State Department cafeteria. The group will enter the building together, so attendees should
plan to arrive promptly.

Lunch is brown bag. Please direct RSVPs, including date of birth and social security numbers, to Jennifer
Glueck BA ’96 by October 3 at jglueck@welfaretowork.org. For security reasons, we will not be able to
accept responses after this date.

Entrepreneurship Networking Event
Wednesday, October 11
7:00-9:00 p.m.

ATTENTION Silicon Valley Refugees, BioTech Corridor Compatriots, and Other Independent-Minded folk!

The WDCSA is planning an informal networking event for those in or interested in entrepreneurship positions
in software, IT, Biotech, or any other field. The event is aimed at letting those who left Silicon Valley
after Stanford meet and learn from others with similar interests and experiences. No speaker or other
organized event is planned at this time, but all input on formats for future events is welcome.

Location: Rock Bottom Brewery in the Ballston Commons Mall

What to look for: Either Balloons or a Stanford sweatshirt near where we are gathering.

Contact: Eric Sword, BS ’94, MS ’95, at 703-508-9668 or ericsword@grouplogic.com

Driving Directions: Exit I-66 West or East at Glebe road in Ballston. Head south until you see the mall on
your left. Drive past Hecht’s on Glebe and you will see both Rock Bottom and the parking structure.

Metro Directions: Ballston stop on the Orange line. Walk south 2 blocks and you will run into the mall.
Rock Bottom can be reached from the inside or outside the mall.

Global Climate II Breakfast Briefing
October 17, 2000, 7:45-9:00 a.m.

The Washington D.C. Stanford Association invites you to a “breakfast briefing” with Dr. James Baker, BS ’58,
Under Secretary of Commerce and Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Under Secretary of
Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, James Baker is responsible for the National Weather Service, the
National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the
National Ocean Service, and NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. He serves as the U.S.
Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission and oversees the nation’s seventh largest uniformed
service, the NOAA Corps, a force of several hundred personnel who operate a multi-ship research fleet and
pilot NOAA research and hurricane-warning aircraft.

Among NOAA’s functions are exploration and charting of the ocean and its living resources; management, use
and conservation of these resources; monitoring and prediction of conditions in the atmosphere, ocean, sun
and space environments; reporting the weather of the United States; and issuance of warnings against
impending destructive natural events. NOAA plays a substantial role in the federal research effort of
phenomena such as El Nino and La Nina ocean currents, ozone depletion, and global warming.

Dr. Baker briefed us in October 1997 on Global Climate matters. His update on this major topic should
prove as informative and expert as his initial presentation to our Washington Stanford Association. Please
plan on attending this timely -and off-the-record-briefing.

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street, N.W.
Metro: Metro Center (13th and G Streets, NW)
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 7:45 to 9:00 a.m.
Menu: Continental breakfast
Cost: $14.00 per person 

Make checks payable to Washington DC Stanford Association and send them by Oct. 16 to: Terry Adlhock
c/o Florida Power Corporation, Suite 250, 801 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC 20004, tel.
(202) 783-5560, e-mail: tadlhock@aol.com.

“Welcome to Washington” Reception
Thursday, October 19
6:30-8 p.m.

In lieu of this month’s Third Thursday, the Washington DC Stanford Alumni Association and the Stanford
Exchange for Public Service (STEPS) invites all 1990-2000 graduates to a “Welcome to Washington” reception.
The reception will provide Class of 2000 graduates a chance to learn more about the alumni programs and
services available from the Washington DC Stanford Alumni Association and STEPS as well as an opportunity
to meet with graduates from the classes of 1990-2000.

The reception will be held at the Stanford in Washington house at 2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW from on
Thursday, October 19, 2000. A cover of $7 will be collected at the door for wine, beer, soda, and light
snacks. Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 17 to Elizabeth Pianca at 202-588-6322 or

We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, October 19!

Modern Drama Discussion Group
October 23 – Inherit the Wind (discussion)
October 29 – Inherit the Wind (performance)

Inherit the Wind (1955), by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, dramatizes the 1925 Tennessee prosecution of
John Scopes for teaching evolution. The trial pitted populist icon William Jennings Bryan against renowned
defense attorney Clarence Darrow. The drama group will discuss Inherit the Wind from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on
Monday, October 23 (dinner at 6:30) at Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (Dupont Circle Metro). Our discussion
will feature Alan Woods, editor of Selected Plays of Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (1995), and James
Gilbert, author of Redeeming Culture: American Religion in an Age of Science (1997). To RSVP call Betty
Byrne BS’55 at 202-483-4048 or e-mail painews@bellatlantic.net.

The drama group will attend Inherit the Wind at 2:30 p.m. Sunday October 29 at Ford’s Theatre,
511 10th St., NW (Metro Center/Gallery Place metros). Tickets are $19 and include a post-performance
discussion with co-stars James Whitmore and Robert Prosky. For tickets call 301-897-9314 or
e-mail Robin.Larkin@erols.com. For general information about the drama group, visit

Don Quichotte at
Washington Opera
Thursday, October 26
8:00 p.m.

Last Call! We still have six prime orchestra seats (14 are already taken) for the Washington Opera’s
company premiere of Jules Massenet’s lyrical, gently humorous score of Cervantes’ legendary
Don Quichotte.
Washington’s own favorite, Denyce Graves, performs as Dulcinea, and one of the greatest bassos of our time,
Ruggero Raimondi, sings the title role.

For tickets, send a check made out to WDCSA to Julie Campbell, 2601 Klingle Road NW Washington DC 20008.
Questions? Call Julie at 202-244-0206 or email her at juliecampbell@aol.com.

For forward planners: We also have tickets for Turandot and Don Carlo next March. Please watch for
details in subsequent WDCSA newsletters.

Tutoring at Meyer School
Saturday Mornings
10-11:30 a.m.

As the weather turns (slightly) cooler and the back-to-school sales fill the papers, you may be fondly
remembering the days when a new set of pencils and notebooks signaled the end of summer. Well, you CAN go
back to school! Come join the Meyer Adopt-A-School program and help fellow Stanford, Princeton and Harvard
grads tutor elementary school students on Saturday mornings. This year we will work primarily with 1st-3rd
graders who have scored poorly on the District’s standardized tests. 

Tutors spend from 10-11:30 on Saturday mornings working with students on reading, writing, math and
computer skills. No previous experience or training is necessary. The Meyer School is in the Shaw
neighborhood of Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the U St. Metro station. The program starts in
mid-October and goes through May. Regular attendance by tutors is appreciated by both the students and the

For more information contact Andrea Hirsch at (202) 331-7522 (w); (202) 244-4589 (h) or

Adopt-a-School Benefit Reception
Embassy of Finland 
Thursday, November 9
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, November 9, for the Meyer Elementary Adopt-a-School Tutoring Program Annual
Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Embassy of Finland is graciously hosting this event thanks to the
kindness of His Excellency, Mr. Jaakko Laajava, Ambassador to the United States. This will be an
opportunity to meet the Ambassador and some of the Embassy staff, see the Embassy, learn a little about
Finland, and enjoy a light fare and drinks. Attendance is limited to 125; please reserve early.

Your contribution helps to pay for new instructional and computer resources and for school operating
costs on the Saturdays that the program is in session. Now in its eighth year, the program is a joint
project of the Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard Alumni Associations of Washington, DC.

The cost is $35 per person and is tax deductible. The cost for current tutors is $20 per person. Send
checks, payable to Harvard Club (Meyer School Fund), to Susan Reynolds, 8510 Capo Ct.,
Vienna,VA 22182.
All checks should be received no later than November 1st. Please include a daytime telephone number.
In the event that the limit is exceeded, those replying too late will be notified by telephone.

To further contribute, you can add any amount of money to your reservation check, which is also tax deductible. In addition, bring with you to the reception a new or “gently used” elementary age children’s book or school supplies, such as markers, crayons, construction paper, white copier paper, pencils, or art supplies. 

For additional information, contact Susan Reynolds, BA ’85, Event Coordinator, at (703) 821-9088 or
sfrcalif@aol.com. The Embassy of Finland is located at 3301 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC.

Tennis, Anyone?

WDCSA would like to have an indication of interest in a Winter Tennis Party at the Arlington YMCA. The
party would be on a Saturday evening from 8 p.m. to midnight. The price would be $35 per person,
refreshments and tennis balls included. The format would be timed doubles matches; at the end of each
time period, the players would be split up and new teams made before the next match. Please email
responses/comments/suggestions to tom.hwang@alumni.stanford.org. This does not commit you to attending;
your response only serves as an indication of interest in this event.