WDCSA Newsletter – May 2008

Tue 5/6 WDCSA Board Meeting
Sat 5/10 Stanford Book Club Meeting
Fri 5/16 Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Reception and Dinner
Sat 5/17 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Tour
Sat 5/17 Ivy Singles Event at National Building Museum
Fri 5/30 Ivy Singles Event at City Club
Sat 5/31 Washington Mystics Game

*Rock Climbing Information*
*Request for Summer Housing Help*

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.

WDCSA Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 6 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. At this meeting, we will elect a new leadership team for the WDCSA. Please be present at this meeting to elect the officers who will lead our group.

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Saturday, May 10 6:00-9:00pm

Join the Book Club on Saturday (instead of the usual Sundays) at the home of Terence and Connie Barrett in Vienna, Va., to discuss "Passionate Minds: Emilie du Chatelet, Voltaire, and the Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment", by David Bodanis. June book is "Lolita" by Nabokov.

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

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. 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.

Ivy Singles Event
Saturday May 17 2:30pm
National Building Museum,
401 F Street NW,
Washington DC

Please join the Ivy Single Social Club of D.C. on May 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm for a tour of the National Building Museum sponsored by the Northwestern University Club of Washington, D.C. Housed in the historic Pension Bureau building, an architectural landmark, the Museum houses exhibits on architecture, design, engineering and urban planning. After the tour, the group will head a few blocks over to RNR Bar and Lounge in Chinatown. The price of the tour is $10, with a special discounted rate of $5 for recent graduates.

RNR Bar & Lounge
717 6th St. NW, Washington, DC
Gallery Place Metro

For further information please contact Margaret Bupp at mjbupp@verizon.net. Please send checks to: Margaret Bupp; 355 I St. SW #S323
Washington, DC 20024

Evite link http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/PINXXSSYGXGRWIHKFAWN/building

Ivy Singles Event
Friday, May 30 6:30-8:30pm
555 13th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20004

The Cornell Club of Washington DC invites you to join them for an evening of sophisticated conversation at the City Club of Washington, Columbia Square location. At Columbia Square you will find elegantly appointed furnishings, refined 19th century museum-quality antiques, artwork and baronial Old World woodworking in this flagship jewel in the Nations Capital.

Upscale business casual attire is appropriate in all areas of the Club. No blue jeans, sneakers, shorts or t-shirts are permitted

Reservations: $30 by check to Steve Piekarec, 2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181, by Monday, May 26th. 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) and walk-ins. Please RSVP if possible to the e-mail address or the Evite.

Please respond to the Evite if possible.

Stanford Alumni Outing to a Washington Mystics Game
Saturday, May 31 3:30PM
Verizon Center,
601 F St NW,
Washington, DC 20004

Join us as we welcome Stanford alum Olympia Scott (’98), Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks as they take on our Washington Mystics. Friends and family are welcome. There is a potential pre-game or half-time gathering if we get a large enough turnout! Please RSVP to Lindsay Amstutz (’00) at lcamstutz@yahoo.com indicating whether you wish to sit on the lower level side/corner ($30, normally $58) or
lower level, end ($14, normally $21). For further information about the Mystics, visit www.washmystics.com

Rock Climbing
Earth Treks
725 Rockville Pike,
Rockville, MD 20852

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/

Request for Summer Housing Assistance

Hi! My name is Rachel Friedman, and I am currently an Earth Systems major at Stanford, between my senior and coterm year this summer. I am working at the Environmental Protection Agency, in the Smart Growth office, this summer. I am trying to find housing for the summer, whether it is renting a room, house-sitting, or looking into other available options in the area. I am planning on being in the city from June 21st or 22nd until August 30th. If anyone has leads or suggestions, I would greatly appreciate any assistance. My most reliable contact is email: rsf16@stanford.edu, but can also be reached by phone at 425-894-8866.