WDCSA Newsletter – March 2007

Thur 3/8 Pac-10 Tournament Happy Hour
Sun 3/11 Book Club (To the Lighthouse)
Thur 3/22   Gerhard Casper on Weber
Fri 3/23 Ivy Singles at Kiplinger
Sun 3/25  Prof. Wanda Corn on Stein
Wed 3/28  Women’s Lacrosse at Maryland
Tues 4/3   WDCSA Board Meeting
Mon 4/9 Stanford at the Opera (Die Walkure)
Sat 4/28 Hands on DC Servathon
Sun 4/29 A Day at the Middleburg Races
Thur 5/3 Cooking Class at L’Academie de Cuisine
Mon 5/14 Stanford at the Opera

Join Stanford Softball!
Interested in Rock Climbing?

Pac-10 Tournament Happy Hour
Thursday, March 8 – 5:30pm
RFD, 810 7th Street, NW,
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown

Organized by the UCLA and USC local chapters for all Pac-10 schools, we have a private back room reserved for the evening – there is a direct entrance on 8th street to this room.   RFD will be holding a special “Beers of the Pac-10” promo: Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam (for UCLA, USC, Cal, & Stanford), Rogue (for Oregon & Oregon State), and Red Hook and Pyramid (for Washington & Washington State).  Additionally, select appetizers are $3.99 until 7pm and Sam Adams/Miller Lite drafts are $3 until 9pm. 
The winner of California vs. Oregon State (on Wed.) will take on top-seeded UCLA at 5:50PM followed by 6th seeded Stanford vs. #3-seeded USC at 9:20PM.
Questions? contact us at pac10tourney@dcbruins.com!

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, March 11 – 5:00-8:00pm

The Washington DC area Stanford Book Group will meet on Sunday, March 11, at the home of Bill Albee, to discuss "To the Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf. Please contact Alison Westfall for more information at (202) 544-7314 or alisoncolew@hotmail.com, or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks and click "join this group."

Gerhard Casper
Thursday, March 22 – 4pm
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First St. S.E.

“Caesarism in Democratic Politics – Reflections on Max Weber”

Cost:  This event is free, open to the general public, and not organized by WDCSA. No reservations are required. 

Join Gerhard Casper, President Emeritus of Stanford, as he discusses the relevance of Weber’s ideas to the current political scene. 
Gerhard Casper is also the Peter and Helen Bing Professor in Undergraduate Education at Stanford. He is also a Professor of Law, a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford (FSI), and a Professor of Political Science (by courtesy).

Mr. Casper studied law at the universities of Freiburg and Hamburg, where, in 1961, he earned his first law degree. He attended Yale Law School, obtaining his Master of Laws degree in 1962. He then returned to Freiburg, where he received his doctorate in 1964. He has been awarded honorary doctorates, most recently in law from Yale and in philosophy from Uppsala.

In 1964, Mr. Casper emigrated to the United States, spending two years as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1966, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, and between 1979 and 1987 served as Dean of the Law School. In 1989, Mr. Casper was appointed Provost of the University of Chicago. He served as President of Stanford University from 1992-2000.

Mr. Casper has written and taught primarily in the fields of constitutional law, constitutional history, comparative law, and jurisprudence.

Ivy Singles at Kiplinger Gallery
Friday, March 23 6:30pm-9pm
1729 H Street NW, Washington, DC
Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar and hosted by the Cornell Club of Washington at the Kiplinger Gallery, the longest running venue of all our events. 

$25 by check to Steve Piekarec, 2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181, by Monday, March 19th.  Make checks payable to "The Cornell Club of Washington" and note your school on the check. $35 for email (Spiekare@verizon.net) or phone reservations (703-281-4311) by March 19th and walk-ins.

Metro: Farragut North (Red Line) and Farragut West (Orange/Blue).  Street parking is available nearby after 6:30 and there are also parking garages nearby (check on closing times). For more information please see www.ivysinglesdc.com

Professor Wanda Corn
Sunday March 25 2-3pm
East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art

Return of the Native: Gertrude Stein’s 1934 American Tour

A scholar of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American painting and photography, Professor Corn is one of the nation’s most renowned art historians. She is currently serving as the Samuel H. Kress Professor, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. 

At Stanford since 1980, she was the university’s first permanent appointment in the history of American art and has served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History and Acting Director of the Stanford Museum. From l992 to 1995 she was the Anthony P. Meier Family Professor and Director of the Stanford Humanities Center. In 2000, she became the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History.

The lecture is free, open to the general public, and not organized by WDCSA. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not required.

Women’s Lacrosse at Maryland
Wednesday, March 28 – 3pm
Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex,
University of Maryland

For further information:  Visit http://umterps.cstv.com/sports/w-lacros/md-w-lacros-body.html

WDCSA Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 3 – 7pm

Meetings are held at the Stanford in Washington campus (2661 Connecticut Ave, NW – across from the Woodley Park metro). All are welcome!  Please contact Lindsay Arnold, WDCSA President, for more information at (202) 256-1324 or wdcsa.president@gmail.com.  The May meeting is Monday, May 7, 7pm.

Stanford at the Opera – Spring 2007

Die Walküre – Richard Wagner
Monday, April 9, 2007            6pm
A brand new production (not the DAR one revised) and starring Placido Domingo and Anja Kampe with Heinz Fricke conducting.  A Die Walküre Special Events calendar will be sent to all ticket holders. Deadline for ordering is March 21st.  Tickets will be mailed week of March 26th.

Macbeth – Verdi
Monday, May 14, 2007              7pm
Deadline for ordering is April 25th.  Tickets will be mailed week of April 30th.

Prime Orchestra $141.50.
2nd Tier $69.50.
For tickets – Send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington, D.C. 20010.  Contact Betty for more information at bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or (202) 483-4048.

Hands on DC Servathon
Saturday, April 28

Come volunteer with fellow WDCSA members at the annual Hands on DC work-a-thon on Saturday, April 28th!  The WDCSA team will be part of an all-volunteer community-wide effort to create better schools and brighter futures for students at one of more than 30 DC public schools in this day of service.  We’ll be helping to refurbish a local school through painting or landscaping projects requested by the school principal.  All supplies are provided, and no experience is necessary.  Contact Katy Herbert at katyherbert@gmail.com for more information or to sign-up.

A Day at the Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Races
Sunday, April 29 – 1 PM
Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA

Get out your hat and binoculars for A Day at the Races in Middleburg, VA!  The event will take place rain or shine.

$45.00 per person will cover admission, a tasty tailgate picnic and libations, patron space at the finish line, and a souvenir program. Children under 10 are free.

Limited space, please RSVP by April 20, 2007 below. You may also send a check payable to WDCSA to Margaret New, Middleburg Group,
P.O. Box 933, Middleburg, VA 20118-0933. Tickets and directions will be mailed to you.

For further information call Margaret New 703-298-2525 or email Margaret@middleburggroup.com

Participation Cooking Class with Chef Robyn Alexander, ’90
Thursday, May 3 6-9 PM
L’Academie de Cuisine,
5021 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, Maryland

Spring is just around the corner, accompanied by the fresh, light flavors of the season. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to jumpstart delicious spring time cuisine with Chef Robyn Alexander, Class of 1990. 

Robyn will guide a select Stanford group in the hands-on preparation of a mouthwatering menu that includes crab cakes with remoulade sauce, spinach and citrus salad, sesame flank steak, roasted asparagus with lemon and parmesean and decadent individual chocolate lava cakes! You will sample all your creations throughout, along with a selection of house wines.

The cost is $85 per person and the class is limited to 20 lucky individuals. Priority will be given to WDCSA members, so be sure to renew your membership first. Then, RSVP and pay below.

Questions, or prefer to send a check? Please contact Lindsay Arnold, ‘02 at (202) 256-1324 or wdcsa.president@gmail.com. Refunds for cancellations prior to April 10.


Spring is just around the corner and with the cherry blossoms come your fellow Cardinal rounding third base heading for home!

Join the Stanford Cardinal in the Capital Alumni Network softball league and catch fly balls with backdrops such as the White House and the Washington Monument.  Practice begins in March for this slow-pitch league with the season running from April until August.  And regardless of a pounding victory or agonizing defeat, the team will always stop by its sponsor McFadden’s for specials on pitchers and platters.

Please express your interest by contacting Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net or 301-229-4427.

Interested in Rock Climbing?
Every Friday 6-10 PM,
Rockville, MD

Join a group of Stanford alums and friends who climb every Friday from 6-10 pm. Meet us at Earth Treks indoor climbing gym in Rockville, MD.  We welcome all, from first time climbers to experienced lead climbers. $16 for a day pass and $5-$10 to rent gear, if needed.  Call/email Jeffrey Neal to confirm and to alert us to look for you. jneal@stanfordalumni.org, (757) 305 8539.