WDCSA Newsletter – November 2002

Membership Renewal for Current Members (for a limited time only) and Free Email-Only
Membership for ’02 Grads (link takes you to Stanford Alumni Association Website

Washington DC Stanford Association November 2002 Newsletter

Calendar of Events – click to take you to that part of the newsletter)

Sat., Nov. 23 Big Game Party at Ramparts
Wed., Nov. 6  Modern Drama Discussion Group, Boothe Luce,
The Women: discussion
Fri., Nov. 8  Youth Engagement Brown Bag
Sun., Nov. 10 Modern Drama Discussion Group, Dorfman, Death and the Maiden: performance
Sun., Nov. 10 Book Club, Alice Sebold’s Lovely Bones
Thurs., Nov. 14 PAC 10 Happy Hour
Thurs., Nov. 14 NBA-Wizards vs. Utah Jazz 
Fri, Nov. 22 Ivy League Happy Hour

Save the Date!!:
Wed., Dec. 11, Prof. Phil Zimbardo at National Press Club 6:30 reception, 7:30 lecture
Sun., Dec. 15 Holiday Party

Free Membership Year

Annual Big Game Party
Saturday, Nov. 23,
3:00-7:00 pm
Ramparts Restaurant
1700 Fern Street,
Alexandria, Virginia 22302,
(703) 998-6616

Yes, it’s time once again for the annual Big Game party, sponsored jointly by the DC Stanford and Berkeley Alumni Associations! Big Game is on Saturday, November 23, at 3:30 P.M. Our Big Game Party will be held at Ramparts Restaurant, in Alexandria, Virginia. A shuttle bus will run from the King Street Metro station to Ramparts starting an hour before the game (at 2:30 P.M.) and run back to the Metro until an hour after the end of the game. If you have any questions, contact Nick Mansour at

We need volunteers for the event! If interested, contact Quinn McKew at qmckew@npca.org, or 202-547-7623. We will also be conducting a food drive for the Capital Area Food Bank, so bring your canned and dried goods!

The cost will be $18 per person at the door. This includes a coupon for $15 of food and drinks which you can order off the menu. 

Directions to Ramparts:

From Washington DC: Take 395 South to Glebe Road/Shirlington exit. Take Shirlington exit and then follow signs to Quaker Lane. Take a left at the second stoplight, this is Fern Street. Ramparts is located at the end of the block on the right hand side.

From Springfield VA: Take 95 North which turns into 395 North. Take the Shirlington exit. From ramp follow Quaker Lane. At the second stoplight turn left on to Fern Street. We are located on the end of the block on the right side. 

From Bethesda MD: Take 495 South, use Exit 13-14, George Washington Memorial Pky, East. Bear right onto 395 South ramp and merge onto 395. Exit at Route 120, Glebe Road/Shirlington. Take Shirlington exit and then follow signs for Quaker Lane. Turn left at the second traffic light onto Fern St. We are the end of the block on the right hand sign. 

From King Street, Route 7: If you are traveling east on King Street turn right onto Quaker Lane. Turn right at the next light. This is Fern Street, we located at the end of the block on the right hand side. If your traveling west on King Street, turn left onto Quaker Lane. Turn right at the next light. 


We have plenty of on street parking in the Fairlington area. The banks have no parking signs posted; however, as a part of their “good neighborhood” policy, they have not towed cars parked there after they are closed. Park there at your own risk.
Ramparts also has space available in the medical building located at the corner of Kenwood & Osage. 

Modern Drama Discussion Group
Wednesday, Nov. 6,
6:30-9:30 p.m.;
Sunday, Nov. 10,
3:00 p.m.

The Modern Drama Discussion Group (www.footlightsdc.org) discusses plays over dinner with a guest speaker and attends theater performances at a discount. On Wednesday, November 6, author Sylvia Jukes Morris
(Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce) will lead a discussion of  The Women (1936), the legendarily catty play by Clare Boothe Luce. Copies are available at Olsson’s, Politics & Prose, & Backstage Books, either individually or in the Vintage Books collection
Plays By and About Women.  The dinner-discussion takes place 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (Dupont Circle metro). Call 202-898-4825 or e-mail
gruenberg@footlightsdc.org. On Sunday, November 10, 3 p.m. at Theater J, DC JCC, 1529 16th St., NW (Dupont Circle metro), the MDDG will attend a performance of
Death and the Maiden (1991), about a torture survivor who kidnaps a man because he sounds like the one who tortured her. Tickets are $22 & include a post-show discussion. Call 301-897-9314 or e-mail

Brownbag Lunch: Engaging Youth
Friday, Nov. 8,
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Come meet Stanford grads who are impacting the lives of children today!

Join Ericka Markman, President of National Geographic Children’s Books and Educational Publishing Group and Hilary Johnson, Managing Director of Save the Children’s YouthNOISE.

The event will take place on Fri, Nov. 8 from 12:30-1:30 pm at the National Geographic cafeteria, located on M St, between 16th and 17th St. Please come at noon if you would like to purchase lunch. We will be meeting in the lobby of the M St/ 16th St lobby “under the stars.” 

Please RSVP to Caroline Wu at cwu@ngs.org by Nov 6.

Bio of Ericka Markman:
Since joining the Children’s Books and Educational Publishing unit, Erika has spearheaded the Society’s strategy shift in publishing for the educational market. Her numerous accomplishments include launching a full map skill curriculum for grades k – 8, overseeing the creation of a critically acclaimed education website and developing National Geographic Magazine for Kids, which represents the Society’s first foray into curriculum magazine publishing. Ericka holds a master’s in education and an MBA from Stanford.

Bio of Hilary Johnson:
Hilary Johnson is the Managing Director of Save the Children’s YouthNOISE (www.youthNOISE.com). YouthNOISE is a web-based global youth engagement initiative to inspire, connect and empower teens to help young people around the world. Since its launch last year, YouthNOISE has been hailed as Site of the Day by USA Today, the NY Times Upfront for Teens, and by Yahoo!, twice. YouthNOISE’s content has also been nominated for and received several awards, including a Computer World Honors Award for the ‘visionary use of technology to promote social change’ nominated by Jerry Yang, the Founder of Yahoo! Hilary comes to YouthNOISE with a blend of private sector, non-profit, and government experience. Hilary is a graduate of Williams College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Stanford Book Club 
Sunday, Nov. 10

Meet the Stanford Book Club, for alumni and their friends in the DC area. If you join now, you can help us select our book selections for the next 4 months. We meet once a month at homes of members or at local cafes/restaurants.

Next event: Come discuss Alice Sebold’s Lovely Bones on November 10th, location TBA.
Contact Olivia Samad, 202-545-8471, ros@law.georgetown.edu, to join or to solicit more information.

PAC 10 Happy Hour
Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:00 pm onwards

Save the date… it’s happening November 14th at the Capital City Brewing Company restaurant on the Hill, and there will probably be drink specials (something in the neighborhood of $2.00 beers). For more information, contact Anne Sawkiw at

Washington Wizards Games
Thursday, Nov. 14,
7:30 pm at the MCI Center
Friday, Feb. 21,
7:00 pm at the MCI Center

Thursday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
We have 19 tickets for the Washington Wizards vs. The Utah Jazz at the MCI Center. The Utah Jazz feature John Stockton, Karl Malone and Stanford’s Jarron Collins. Tickets are $30.00 each
(normal price $50) and are in the first row of section 420. We also have 20 tickets for the Wizards vs. the New Jersey Nets at the MCI Center. The date is for Friday, February 21, 2003 at 7 pm. The Nets were last year’s Eastern Conference champions and feature former Berkeley Bear Jason Kidd and Stanford’s Jason Collins. Tickets are $45.00
(normal price $50) and are in section 400, rows C and D. 

Please send a check, payable to WDCSA, for the total number of tickets you want along with a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Tom Hwang, 5647 Columbia Road, #304 Columbia, MD 21044. For further information, call Tom Hwang at 410-884-3533 or email
tom.hwang@stanfordalumni.org  Tickets will be allotted on a first come, basis. If you decide to go at the last minute, please call to check on availability and I can meet you at the game to give you your tickets there.

Ivy League Happy Hour
Friday, Nov. 22
6:30 to 8:30 pm at MCCXXIII (1223 Connecticut Avenue NW)

Who says the Ivy League is stodgy? The Yale Club hosts our November event at one of Washington’s newer and trendiest nightclubs. Join us on the (handicapped accessible) upper floor for food and a cash bar at Happy Hour prices. $20 by check to Sarah Helmstadter, 2737 Devonshire Place NW #519, Washington, DC 20008, by Monday, November 18th, 2002. Make checks payable to “The Yale Club of Washington, DC” and note your school on the check. $25 for email reservations (to
shelmstadterl@carana.com) and walk-ins. Directions: MCCXXIII is at intersection of Connecticut Avenue, 18th Street and M Street and a five-minute walk from Dupont Circle, Farragut North or West Metros

Free Membership Year

For the next few weeks, current WDCSA members can extend their membership for a full year for free to get newsletters through December 2003. Are you a current member? – unless you got this newsletter from somebody else, you are a current member. If you aren’t a current member, we hope you will join – the cost is $10 for email members and $15 for mail members. 

There are two ways to extend your membership: 

1) The preferred way is online. Go to www.stanfordalumni.org/stanfordclub/dc/renew or click on the link
at the top of this page  You will need to register on the Stanford Alumni Association site unless you have already done so. Select the free membership plan for email only or mail current members. Leave the credit card information blank and click the “Process Payment” button


2) Respond to the annual fall membership mailer which will arrive in a few weeks. Make corrections to the contact information shown and mark “Current Member” on the form when you return it.

Members who have already paid for 2003 should follow these same procedures. Next year we will use your previous payment for 2003 to extend your membership through 2004. Promise!

If you wish to upgrade your membership from email-only to mail, the cost is $5. If you have questions, please contact Bill Pegram at
dcstanalum@aol.com or 703-486-0952.