WDCSA Newsletter – April 2008

Sun 4/6 Stanford Women’s Basketball Final Four
Tue 4/8 WDCSA Board Meeting
Sun 4/13 Stanford Book Club Meeting
Thu 4/24 Ivy Singles at Lounge 201
Sun 4/27 Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Horse Races
Thu 5/1 Exhibit/Reception at SIW Art Gallery
Sat 5/3 Stanford Alumni Volunteer Servathon
Fri 5/16 Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Reception and Dinner
Sat 5/17 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Tour

Spring Capital Alumni Network Softball Season
*Rock Climbing Information*

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.

Take advantage of your membership by attending an upcoming WDCSA event.

Stanford Women’s Basketball
Sunday, April 6 7PM
Buffalo Billiards, 1330 19th Street, NW, Washington DC

The Stanford women’s basketball team is in the Final Four for the first time since 1997. Seeded 4th nationally, they take on #1 ranked University of Connecticut in this semifinal game. The game will be carried on ESPN. Our Washington DC viewing location for the game is Buffalo Billiards, which is just south of Dupont Circle across the street from the Metro Red Line.

WDCSA Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 8 7:00-8:00pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Avenue NW

All are welcome to join the Washington, D.C. Stanford Association Board of Directors. Please contact Lindsay Arnold, WCDSA President with questions at wdcsa.president@gmail.com or (202) 256-1324.

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, April 13 5:00-8:00pm

The Washington Book Group will meet to discuss "A Thousand Splendid Sons" by Khaled Hosseini. 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 May book will be "Passionate Minds" by Bodanis.

Ivy Singles at Lounge 201
Thursday, April 24 6:30-9:30pm
201 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

The University of Chicago Club of Washington, DC invites you to an Ivy Singles happy hour at this Capitol Hill martinia lounge, for hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and the "Ivytini", a martini created just for Ivy Singles. Lounge 201 offers two private rooms and comfortble leather booths and sofas for chatting and sipping martinis.

Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Prepaid: Please send $25 check, payable to "University of Chicago Club of Washington, DC" and note your school on the check, to Laura L. Medinas, c/o USCAVC, 625 Indiana Ave., NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004. Prepay to avoid lines at check-in. Checks must be received by Monday, April 21.

Email, phone reservations, and walk-ins: $35. Please email llmedinas@yahoo.com or phone 202-501-5993. Nearest Metro: Union Station.

Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Horse Races
Sunday, April 27 1:00 pm
Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Races,
Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA

Get your hat and binoculars out for 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 sending 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

Exhibit and Reception at the Stanford in Washington Art Gallery
Thursday, May 1 6-8pm
2655 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008

Stanford alumni are invited to join the Bing Stanford in Washington program in celebrating its new building and art gallery with the opening of its third exhibit, Leadership: Oliphant Cartoons and Sculpture from the Bush Years. A reception for Stanford Alumni will be held on Thursday, May 1st from 6pm to 8pm. This exhibit, of cartoons and sculptures from the Pulitzer-prize winning political satirist Pat Oliphant, is a must see. In addition to winning a Pulitzer, Oliphant’s work is widely seen in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He is commonly known as the most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world.

In addition to the alumni reception, you are invited to stop by Stanford in Washington’s Art Gallery – located in the ground level of Stanford in Washington’s Sant Building – during business hours to browse the exhibit. Leadership will open to the public on April 16th, with gallery hours Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm and Saturday through Sunday from noon to 6pm.

The reception will feature refreshments and wine. Attendance is free; however, please RSVP to Nell Selander, ’07 at nell.selander@gmail.com or (202) 332-6235.

Stanford Alumni Volunteer Servathon
Saturday, May 3

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 Dinner with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
Friday, May 16 5:30-7:30pm
Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Crystal Room,
1401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004

This May, 60 Stanford alums will participate in a Stanford Travel/Study trip to the Washington, D.C. area. WDCSA Members have a priority invitation to join those travelers at the Willard Intercontinental on May 16 for a reception with esteemed Stanford alumnae Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, ’51, LLB ’52.

The reception will feature remarks by Justice O’Connor, as well as a question and answer period with guests. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will follow. Price: $85 (for WDCSA members only). Not sure if you’ve renewed your membership? Please visit

Doors open: 5:30 PM
Remarks: 6 PM
Reception: 6:45 – 7:30PM

Limited space is also available to join Justice O’Connor and Travel/Study participants for dinner, beginning at 7:30 PM. Additional Price: $120 (for WDCSA members only).

Please RSVP by visiting http://pgnet22.stanford.edu/goto/event4417reg . You may view who is coming (excluding the Travel Study participants) at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event4417who Priority given to WDCSA Members with registration open to non-members, depending on availability, on April 15. Registration closes May 5.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Tour
Saturday, May 17 10:30am-12:30pm
2901 Eisenhower Ave, Unit C,
Alexandria, VA 22314

Join us for a behind-the-scenes presentation and tour of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project, led by Construction Manager and fellow Stanford alum Jim Ruddell, BS ’77 CEE. We will begin the morning with a presentation of the project, then caravan over to Jones Point Park to take an up-close look at one of the largest engineering projects in the country. Check out the Wilson Bridge project at www.wilsonbridge.com/

Please RSVP to John Smithson, ’04 at jsmithson@gmail.com or e-mail should you have any questions or need directions. RSVP soon as space will be limited. Coffee, juice and pastries will be available.

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 coaches eagerly await your recruitment. Contact: John Smithson (jsmithson@gmail.com), Chris Shinkman (c.shinkman@verizon.net), Katy Herbert (katyherbert@gmail.com) or Jill Pepper.

Rock Climbing
Earth Treks
725 Rockville Pike,
Rockville, Maryland

Several Stanford alums and friends rock climb in the area! The group meets regularly at the Earth Treks indoor climbing gym in Rockville. All are welcome, from first timers to experienced climbers. Contact Jeffrey Neal ’91 for the next dates and times at jneal@stanfordalumni.org or (202) 367-6360. Find more information about Earth Treks at http://www.earthtreksclimbing.com/