WDCSA Newsletter – March 2008

Thu 3/6 Cardinal Young Alumni Happy Hour
Fri 3/7 Landscape of DC Real Estate
Sat 3/8 Stanford vs. USC Men’s Basketball Game Watch
Sun 3/9 Stanford Book Club
Thu 3/13 Pac-10 Tournament Happy Hour
Sat 3/22 An Evening With Stanford Acapella
Fri 3/28 Ivy Singles Event
Wed 4/2 Lecture Series: The Psychology of Evil (with Prof. Zimbardo)
Sun 4/27 Middleburg Point to Point Hunt Races
Sat 5/3 Stanford Alumni Volunteer Event
Fri 5/16 Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Spring Capital Alumni Network Softball Season
Spring Stanford at the Opera 2008 Season
Request for Alternative Spring Break
housing assistance

Thank you for being a member of WDCSA! The Washington DC Stanford Association is your local volunteer alumni group that keeps Stanford connections alive and up-to-date in partnership, with our local partners – the Stanford Law Society, Stanford Black Alumni, and the Graduate School of Business Clubs of Washington DC.

WDCSA membership allows you to:

* Register for Washington, DC Stanford Association events at a discounted rate;
* Attend WDCSA ‘Members Only’ events;
* Receive this WDCSA monthly newsletter with exclusive news about local events;
Recent grads (up to five years out) often receive further discounts. New graduates can receive this newsletter FREE for one year.

If you recently received a renewal reminder, your January-December, 2007 membership has lapsed. You can renew your membership here:


Take advantage of your membership by attending an upcoming WDCSA event. Pass this newsletter on to fellow alumni who may want to join. We look forward to seeing you again, soon!

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

DC’s Real Estate Landscape
Friday, March 7 6:30-9:00PM
The Thurgood Marshall Center,
1816 12th Street (12th & T) NW,
Washington DC

Washington D.C.’s real estate landscape has changed drastically in recent years.
Have you ever considered the following?

* Can you really revitalize D.C.’s struggling and crime-ridden neighborhoods without displacing residents?
* What’s with all the condo construction? Can they really be selling?
* I had planned to sell my house before the market bottomed out. Now what?
* How can I make sure I buy a house in the right place at the right price?

This Friday, March 7, hear answers to these questions and more from an esteemed panel of real estate experts, featuring two-time Olympian and renowned D.C. developer, Jair Lynch, ’93. [For more information on Mr. Lynch’s recent $700M development project award, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/13/AR2007121302010.html]

Don’t miss out on this fabulous event taking place at the historic Thurgood Marshall Center on U Street. Refreshments will be served. Brought to you by the Stanford Black Alumni Association (SBAA) and the Washington, DC Stanford Association (WDCSA).

Jair Lynch, ’93 – President and CEO, The Jair Lynch Companies
Kia Chatmon, ’93 – SBAA-DC President Emeritus and Deanwood Homeowner
Victor Emeli – Real Estate Investor and Licensed Mortgage Broker

Price: $15
RSVP: Please RSVP and pay online by visiting www.stanfordclubs.org/dc. Questions? Contact D’Neisha Simmons (dneisha.jendayi@yahoo.com , 202.997.4672) or Lindsay Arnold, ’02 (wdcsa.president@gmail.com or (202. 256.1324).

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

Stanford vs. USC Men’s Basketball Game Watch
Saturday, March 8 2pm
Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
(also known as Top Shelf)
639 Indiana Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20004

Join us at Penn Quarter Sports Tavern (http://www.dcsportstavern.com/) as we cheer on our Stanford men’s basketball team on their road to victory over USC!! The game will also be televised on CBS locally.

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, March 9 6:00-9:00pm (due to change to DST)

The Washington Book Group will meet to discuss “Are We Rome: The Fall of An Empire and The Fate of America” by Cullen Murphy”. 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 April book will be “A Thousand Splendid Sons” by Khaled Hosseini.

Pac-10 Tournament Happy Hour
Thursday, March 13 5:30pm
Regional Food and Drink (RFD),
810 7th Street NW (Gallery Place metro)

The best conference in College Basketball will be sending a strong field into the NCAA Tournament, but before that all starts, we have the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. There is no better way to watch the first full day of action than with your fellow Pac-10 school alumni!

Join us as we welcome all Pac-10 alumni clubs to represent their schools and show off their school pride on March 13. The first game starts at 3:30pm at RFD (810 7th St. NW). Check for Stanford’s game time when pairings are announced.

In addition to celebrating our schools, we’ve worked with RFD to bring you Beers of the Pac-10! Last year’s happy hour included Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam (for UCLA, USC, Cal, & Stanford), Rogue (for Oregon & Oregon State), Red Hook and Pyramid (for Washington & Washington State). We are also working on some specials, similar to last year.

Special thanks to the UCLA Club of Washington DC for organizing this event.

An Evening with Stanford A Capella
Saturday, March 22, 2008 7:30pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, DC

Come relive a quintessential Stanford spring tradition. Join us on Saturday, March 22 for a special alumni concert with two of Stanford’s finest groups, the Mendicants and Harmonics. The Washington, DC Stanford Association will host a wine and cheese reception at 7:30pm, followed by performances starting at 8pm. Feel free to invite friends and family, but please RSVP to Liz Eraker ’04, liz.eraker@gmail.com for a head count! Questions? Please contact Liz Eraker ’04, liz.eraker@gmail.com

Ivy Singles Event
Friday, March 28 6:30-9pm
Kiplinger Gallery,
1729 H Street NW,
Washington, DC

The Cornell Club of Washington invites you to an Ivy Singles Social Club happy hour on Friday, March 28th. As the city trees turn green and the sun outlasts the dark, come out of the hibernation and join us for our first event of the Spring at the Kiplinger Gallery.

The Kiplinger Gallery includes selections from the Kiplinger collection, which comprises over 5,000 items, most of which feature Washington architecture.

Reservations: $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 21st and walk-ins. Please RSVP if possible to the e-mail address or the E-vite site.

The Psychology of Evil with legendary Professor Philip Zimbardo
Wednesday, April 2 6-8:30pm
National Press Club Ballroom,
529 14th St, NW,
Washington, DC

Philip Zimbardo, Stanford’s globally renowned professor emeritus of psychology, is celebrating his 40th year of teaching at Stanford. One of the university’s most celebrated faculty, Dr. Zimbardo is internationally recognized as the "voice and face of contemporary American psychology" through his widely viewed PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology; his popular trade books on the subject of shyness; and his classic research study, The Stanford Prison Experiment.

WDCSA welcomes the rare opportunity to host Dr. Zimbardo as he discusses his latest book, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, in which he summarizes more than 30 years of research on the combination of elements that leads good people to engage in evil actions. Dr. Zimbardo offers an account of how ordinary people can commit unspeakable acts; he draws upon his experience as an expert witness in the trial of one of the Abu Ghraib defendants to illuminate much of his research.

We hope you can join us for an evening you will not soon forget. Dr. Zimbardo will be available to sign copies of his book following the event. To find out more, please visit www.zimbardo.com or www.lucifereffect.com. This event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Alumni Association.

6 – 7:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Lecture

Please RSVP at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event4283reg where you can also see who is coming. WDCSA Members: $20; Non-Members $25; Young Alumni (’03-’07) $15. Not sure if you’ve renewed your membership? Please visit http://www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp

Questions? Please contact Steven Kelts, PhD ’02 at kelts@gwu.edu. Online payment is strongly preferred, but you may send checks to Steven Kelts at 2115 G St. NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20052.

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.

Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Races
Sunday, April 27, 2008 1pm
Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA

Get out your hat and binoculars for A Day at the Races. Rain or shine.

$35.00 per person will cover admission, tasty tailgate picnic and libations, patron space near the finish line, and a souvenir program. Children under 10 free.

Limited space, please RSVP by April 19, 2008 at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event4317reg or by a check payable to WDCSA, sent 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

Save the Date: Stanford Alumni Volunteer Event

On Saturday, May 3, 2008, over 3,000 volunteers will participate in the Greater Washington Region’s largest day of volunteer service and WDCSA will have its very own team. Servathon 2008 will be focused on improving D.C. public schools, through painting, cleaning, and landscaping. For more information or to register, go to: http://servathon2008.kintera.org/stanford. (Cost: $20, plus donations). The event will go from about 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. followed by a free after-party for all volunteers at Buffalo Billiards. Contact Tracy Williams (tracyw@gmail.com) or Katy Herbert (katyherbert@gmail.com).

Reception and Talk with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, ’51, LLB ’52
Friday, May 16, 2008
Willard Hotel, Washington D.C.

Please save the date to join Stanford Travel/Study travelers for a speech by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, ’51, LLB ’52 and a reception. Stay tuned for details regarding pricing, registration and timing in the April newsletter. Priority for this event will be given to members of the Washington, DC Stanford Association. To become a member of WDCSA, please visit www.stanfordclubs.org/dc. For questions about the event, please contact Lindsay Arnold, ’02 at wdcsa.president@gmail.com or Lindsay Rubin, ’02 at lrubin@stanford.edu or (650) 736-0585.

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.