WDCSA Newsletter – February 2008

Sun 2/10 Stanford Book Club
Fri 2/29 Ivy Singles Event
Thu 3/6 Cardinal Young Alumni Happy Hour
Thu 3/6 Hexagon: 2008: Stars and Gripes Forever
Fri 3/7 Landscape of DC Real Estate Seminar
Spring Capital Alumni Network Softball Season
Spring Stanford at the Opera 2008 Season
Sat 5/3 Stanford Alumni Volunteer Event

*Request for Alternative Spring Break
housing assistance

Congratulations to the WDCSA Sports Teams!

Congratulations to the Stanford Flag Football team that advanced to the second round of the Capital Alumni Network post-season tournament. Co-Captains of the team were Steven Kelts and Brian Kim. Also, be sure to check out page 81 of the January/February 2008 issue of Stanford Magazine for a picture of the victorious 2007 Stanford softball team, labeled "Giving ‘Em the D.C. Axe"! For more information on how you can get involved in this season’s Stanford CAN softball team, please see the announcement below.

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, February 10 5:00-8:00pm

The Washington Book Group will meet to discuss "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert. Please email Alison Westfall at alisoncolew@hotmail.com for more information or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks and click "join this group." The March book will be "Are We Rome: The fall of Rome and the Fate of America" by Cullen Murphy.

Ivy Singles Event
Friday, February 29 6:30-8:30pm
First Amendment Lounge (13th floor),
National Press Club,
529 14th Street NW,
Washington, DC

The Columbia University Club of Washington invites you to an Ivy Singles Social Club happy hour on Friday, February 29th. We’ll meet in the First Amendment Lounge on the 13th Floor for hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

The National Press Club, which marks its centennial in April, has hosted speeches by some of the world’s most powerful and influential people – including Presidents of the United States, kings and queens, prime ministers, scholars, entertainers, business leaders and athletes

Pre-paid reservations: Send $30 check payable to “CUCDC” to Nancy Tate, 901 N. Monroe St., Apt. 705, Arlington, VA 22201 by Monday, February 25. Please note your school on the check.

RSVP and walk-ins: $35 at the door. Please RSVP so we can order enough food! Email RSVP’s and questions to:

Cardinal Young Alum Happy Hour
Thursday, March 6 6:00-8:30pm
Regional Food and Drink (RFD),
810 7th St NW (Gallery Place Metro stop)

Thanks for coming out to the first C-YA Happy Hour at Buffalo Billiards! It was great to have such a large turnout of recent grads who live in DC.

Save the date for the next C-YA Happy Hour on Thursday, March 6th, from 6pm to 8:30pm at Regional Food and Drink. Details on drink specials will be sent out through our Facebook group, with reminders closer to the date. Join the Cardinal Young Alumni in DC group on Facebook by going to http://stanford.facebook.com/group.php?gid=9607603763.

Do you have ideas for young alum events? Want to find out how you can help plan and organize future C-YA events? E-mail stanford.dccya@gmail.com

Hexagon: Washington’s Original Political Satirical Musical Comedy
Thursday, March 6, 8 pm
Duke Ellington School of the Arts,
3500 R Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20007

The 2008 all-original Revue “Hexagon 2008: Stars and Gripes Forever”, coming during a presidential election year, promises to be as rollicking good fun as shows over the last 51 years, including 2007’s Strike While the Irony’s Hot. An all-volunteer membership makes up the writing team, cast, orchestra and crew, and all proceeds – more than $3 million over the years — go to area charities. This year, proceeds will benefit The Ellington Fund for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

The ticket price is $20 and you can sign up below or send your check payable to the "WDCSA" or Washington DC Stanford Association to Christopher Shinkman at 5607 Wood Way, Bethesda, MD 20816. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive tickets ahead of time. For more information, contact Chris at 301-229-4427 or via email at c.shinkman@verizon.net.

Landscape of DC Real Estate Seminar
Friday, March 7, 6:30-9:00PM
The Thurgood Marshall Center,
1816 12th Street (12th & U), NW,
Price: $15

The Stanford Black Alumni Association of Washington, DC (SBAA-DC) and the Washington DC Stanford Alumni Association (WDCSA) have partnered to bring their members an exciting dialogue on the landscape of DC real estate. Covered topics include home ownership, gentrification, investment properties, community development and future trends. Panelists are Kia Chatmon, Victor Emeli, and Jair Lynch

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion & Q&A session

Questions? Contact Lindsay Arnold, ’02, at wdcsa.president@gmail.com or (202) 256-1324.

About the Panelists:

Kia Chatmon, ’93
Kia Chatmon purchased her home in Deanwood in 2001. It was somewhat of a “return to her roots,” as her maternal grandmother grew up in the neighborhood in the 1930s. She became active in the Deanwood Citizens Association, and connected to efforts by the Association to preserve the community’s history. Over the last few years she has enjoyed being a part of various efforts to document the neighborhood’s legacy including: the creation of a brochure on a 70-year period in the neighborhood’s history; the publication of Washington D.C.’s Deanwood in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series (the first book in the series about a DC neighborhood east of the Anacostia Rivier), and the development of the Deanwood Heritage Trail (the first DC heritage trail east of the Anacostia River).

Victor Emeli
Victor Emeli earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech. He began investing in real estate in early 2001 and has invested in everything from condominiums to small multi unit apartment buildings. In addition to being a real estate investor, he is also a licensed mortgage broker in over 20 states.

Jair Lynch, ’93, ’94
Jair Lynch is the founder, president and C.E.O. of the Jair Lynch Companies, a well-known DC firm offering integrated real estate solutions for projects focused on housing, offices/retail, recreational facilities and schools. Mr. Lynch is a two-time Olympian (1992 & 1996) and also the first African-American male gymnast to medal in Olympic competition. For more information on Mr. Lynch’s recent $700M development (Sursum Corda) project award, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/13/AR2007121302010.html

This event is presented by the Stanford Black Alumni Association (SBAA) of Washington DC and the Washington DC Stanford Association.


Capital Alumni Network Softball Spring Season Resumes

Stanford Softball is ready to hit the diamond again this spring, in its fourth season with the Capital Alumni Network (CAN) – read: some serious alma v. mater recreational softball action. Now is the time to pull your dusty mitt out of the closet, find new laces for those cleats, and generally get your cracker jacks popping. In other words, sign up now! Your co-coaches eagerly await your recruitment. Contact: John Smithson (jsmithson@gmail.com), Chris Shinkman (c.shinkman@verizon.net), or Katy Herbert (katyherbert@gmail.com).

Stanford at the Opera – Spring 2008 Season

The Flying Dutchman – Wagner
Monday, April 7th @ 7 PM
The opera that introduced Heinz Fricke as conductor and helped to establish WNO as a world class company. Jennifer Wilson and Alan Held star.
Deadline for ordering is March 7th. Tickets will be mailed week of March 17th.

Tamerlano – Handel
Monday, May 12th @ 7 PM.
A new role for Placido Domingo in the seldom heard exotic jewel of baroque opera and also featuring counter-tenor superstar David Daniels.
Deadline for ordering is April 6th. Tickets will be mailed week of April 28st.

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.

Save the Date: Stanford Alumni Volunteer Event

Join other Stanford alumni to participate in the 2008 Greater DC Cares Servathon, an all-day service event taking place on Saturday, May 3rd, in locations around the DC metro region. Details to come in the next newsletter, but save the date! Please contact Katy Herbert (katyherbert@gmail.com) or Tracy Williams (tracyw@gmail.com) to RSVP ahead of the pack.

Request for Alternative Spring Break Housing Assistance

Hi! My name is Alexander Slaski and I am co-leading an alternative spring break in Washington, D. C. during the week of March 23rd-29th. An alternative spring break is a theme trip involving both service and learning that takes place in a particular geographic location—in our case, the theme is sustainable development, and the location is D. C. Our trip is student-run and has a very small budget (~$2,000 for 14 people for a week). Our primary request is if anyone has contacts with churches, synagogues, or community centers that could offer us housing for part of the week, then please let us know. Also, for anyone that is involved in an organization related to sustainable development that might be of value to our group, please feel free to e-mail or call us. Our contact info is xslaski@stanford.edu or (571) 235-7333.