WDCSA Newsletter – August 2008

Sat 8/9 –
Sun 8/17
Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Sun 8/10 Stanford Book Club
Tue 8/12 Career Paths: Choosing Between the Public and Private Sectors
Thu 8/14 Ivy Singles Event
Sat 8/16 2008 PAC 10 Conference Pre-Season Kick Off Party
Sun 8/17 Volunteer for the Stanford Frosh Send-Off
Thu 8/28 Stanford Football Game Watch
Fri 9/5 Ivy Singles Event
Fri 9/5 –
Sun 9/7
Gauley River Rafting Trip
Tue 9/30 Five Rings in Beijing: A Perspective on the Beijing Olympics
Nov 5&19 Stanford at the Opera

*Capital Alumni Network: Football,
Basketball & Volleyball Players Wanted

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. Don’t know if you’re a member? Click on the following link: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Saturday, August 9-17,
16th & Kennedy, NW

WDCSA has 6 premium box seats in Aisle 36, Section 3 to all sessions; our seats are in the same location as in recent years – at the end of the court and very close to the court. (These seats are $500/seat at the box office for the tournament). These seats provide access to the Courtside Club restaurant. We have two parking passes available for each session at $10/pass. The Sunday of the first weekend will include main draw matches as well as qualifying matches.

Availability as of Aug 13 1pm::

Fri 8/15 (quarterfinals) 12pm – $48 (2 tickets and 1 parking passes left)

Please email wmpegram@comcast.net or call 703-486-0952 indicating the number of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will process requests in the order in which they are received and confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, Aug 10 6:00-8:00pm

The book group will meet in Falls Church to discuss "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" on Sunday, August 10, at 6:00 P.M. The September book is the novel, "The Master and Margarita". People who are not yet members of the book group’s Yahoo web site (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks) can sign up there to receive notices about meetings, or can e-mail alisoncolew@hotmail.com for information.

Career Paths: Choosing Between the Public and Private Sector
Tuesday, Aug 12 7:30pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20008

Come join students and young alums for an informal discussion with U.S. Department of State Deputy Chief of Staff, Ruth Elliott, ’98.
The first event in a speaker series on successful mid-career professionals, bring your questions on post-college life & career choices, work-life balance, and career development. RSVP to Jane Lee at JaneLee@stanfordalumni.org.

Ms. Elliott has worked for Secretary Condoleezza Rice for 14 years and has been serving in the U.S. government since 2001. In January 2005 she took the position of Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of State. In this role Ms. Elliott is a member of the senior management team for the Secretary of State, involved in strategic planning, operations and outreach to domestic and international constituencies.

From 2001-2004, she served at the White House as Special Assistant for Scheduling and Advance at the National Security Council (NSC) and was responsible for coordinating all foreign policy related events for the President including special events and Head of State visits to the White House, Camp David and Crawford, TX.

Prior to her government service, Ms. Elliott worked as an Assistant to Secretary Rice at Stanford University during Secretary Rice’s tenure as Stanford Provost and then as Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She also worked in marketing and public relations at an internet startup in Mountain View, CA.

Ivy Singles Event
Thursday, Aug 14 5:30pm
Nationals Park,
1500 S. Capitol St. SE,
Washington, DC 20003

The Ivy Singles Social Club will be taking everyone out to the ballpark for a Nats-Mets game on Thursday, August 14th, hosted by the DC Penn Club.

There will be pre-game food/drinks in the Miller Lite Beer Pen starting at 5:30PM, followed by tickets to the game at 7PM in the front rows of Sec. 302 at the new Nationals Park ( nearest metro is Navy Yard on the green line).

The menu includes: grilled hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings, BBQ baked beans and cole slaw, fresh baked cookies, and ice-cold non-alcoholic beverages.

Cost: The cost is $40 person if you purchase by August 6th, and $45/person until August 13th: NO WALK-INS. To attend: Send check payable to "DC Penn Club" with your school noted to Jon Teitel, 1711 Massachusetts Ave NW #522, Washington, DC 20036.

Questions: Jon Teitel, jon.teitel@hotmail.com

2008 PAC 10 Conference Football Pre-Season Kick-Off Party
Saturday, August 16 6:00pm
Penn Quarter Sports Tavern,
639 Indiana Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20004

Come join us for the 2008 PAC 10 Conference Football pre-season kick-off party at Penn Quarter Sports Tavern! There will be specials on Bud and Bud Light all night long! For more information please contact Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net or (301) 229-4427

Volunteer for the Stanford Frosh Send-Off
Sunday, Aug 17 2-4pm,
Potomac, MD

Calling all Volunteers!

Stanford’s annual Freshman Send-off reception for the DC/VA/MD area will take place at the home of Frank (’76) and Vicky Chang (’77), parents of ’06 and ’09 Stanford students. This is an opportunity to welcome (and congratulate!) the class of 2012, share a bit of your Stanford experience with them, and answer any questions they might have. If you are interested in volunteering at this fun event, please contact Afua Ofosu-Barko, ’02 (afuaob@gmail.com) for event details. Thank you!

Stanford Football Game Watch
Thursday, Aug 28 9pm (kickoff)
The Ugly Mug,
723 8th Street, SE,
Washington DC 20003

Join Stanford fans as we cheer on the Cardinal in the 2008 season opener vs. PAC-10 foe Oregon State. Kick-Off is at 9:00pm on Thursday, August 28, 2008 and we have reserved a private room at The Ugly Mug, (202) 547-8459, www.uglymugdc.com. The Eastern Market metro stop is 2 blocks away. There is no charge for this event, and food and drink specials will be provided. The game will also be available on ESPN2. For more info contact Chris Shinkman, c.shinkman@verizon.net 301-229-4427. Let’s get this season started right!

Ivy Singles Event
Friday, Sept 5 6:30-9:30pm
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW,
Washington DC

Kickoff a new social season with the Ivy Social Club Reception. We’ll meet in the Pension Commissioner’s Suite on the 2nd Floor of the National Building Museum for hors d’oeuvres and drinks overlooking the Great Hall.

The National Building Museum, among the most venerable buildings in Washington DC, it’s spectacular interior, highlighted by central fountain and grand Corinthian columns, has played host to Presidential Inaugural Balls and many grand galas.

Prepaid reservation only — NO WALK-INS Admission $20, Beer/wine $5, Soda $2: Drink tickets must be purchased in advance from https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ycwd&formId=47045 or please send check payable to MIT Club of Washington to Greg Howland, 6312 Carnegie Drive, Bethesda MD 20817.
Please write your school and number of drink tickets on the check

Please note that the Building Museum does not allow us to collect money at the site. Therefore, all transactions must be made in advance, including drink tickets. Send any questions to gregoryhowland@fastmail.fm

Gauley River Rafting Trip
Friday, Sept 5 – Sunday, Sept 7
Gauley River National Recreation Area,
Summersville, West Virginia

Make your reservation today to join fellow WDCSA alums as we raft down one of the nation’s iconic whitewater rivers, the Class IV-V Upper Gauley. The trip will include one full day of rafting, two nights in bunkhouse lodging, all meals on Saturday and an optional breakfast on Sunday. The group will caravan on Friday to Hico, West Virginia and back to DC Sunday morning. This is a long haul but by carpooling we’ll ease the pain of gas prices and will get to know our trip mates well. Don’t pass up this chance to experience an amazing river.

Total cost for this trip is $206.93 (incl tax). Please email Risa Shimoda for more information at risashimoda@msn.com. Reservations must be made by August 12th by calling the rafting
outfitter North American River Runners. Visit them at www.narr.com or call 1-800-950-2585 ext.303 to make your reservation. Our confirmation number is 25221.

See you on the river!

Five Rings in Beijing: A Perspective on the Beijing Olympics
Tuesday, Sept 30 6:30-8:30pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20008

The Olympic Games never fail to inspire us with stories of exceptional skill, perseverance, sacrifice and hope. We will soon learn about the impressive athletes who become this year’s global heroes and heroines as we gain as few insights as China welcomes the World.

Veteran USA Today columnist Michael Hiestand ’79 will share his thoughts on the 2008 Beijing Olympics from an athletic, cultural, and social perspective.

WDCSA will host Mike for a reception from 6:30 – 7:00 pm, hear his remarks from 7:00 -8:00 pm, and field Q & A from 8:00 – 8:30 pm on the gallery side of SIW. Light refreshments will be served. The charge is $10 for young alums (’04-’08) and WDCSA members, $15 for all others. You can sign up at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event4773reg or by sending a check payable to "WDCSA" or Washington DC Stanford Association to Risa Shimoda, 601 Hudson Ave. #102, Takoma Park, MD 20912. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or include your email address to receive a confirmation. For more information, contact Risa Shimoda at 301-502-6548 or risa@theshimodagroup.com.

Stanford at the Opera

Lucretia Borgia – Donizetti
Wednesday, November 5 @ 7:30 pm.
Renee Fleming, one of the greatest sopranos of our day makes her WNO debut in a new production and company premiere conducted by Placido Domingo. Prime Orchestra $156.50. 2nd Tier $76.50. (Special pricing for this opera only. Tickets will NOT be available to the general public.) The deadline for ordering is October 3. Tickets will be mailed week of October 13.

Carmen – Bizet
Wednesday, November 19 @ 7:30 pm.
Denyce Graves, in her defining role in the Francesca Zambello production from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Prime Orchestra $141.50. 2nd Tier $69.50. The deadline for ordering is October 17. Tickets will be mailed week of October 27.

To order your tickets, please send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington, D.C. 20010. Contact Betty for more information or if you are
interested in the “American Ring” in November 2009 at bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048.

Football Players Wanted

Still dreaming of being the hero of Big Game? Then join the Stanford team in the Capital Alumni Network (CAN) flag football league this fall. Along with DC’s own "Little Big Game" against Cal, we will play a schedule of games on Saturdays and Sundays for ten weeks, with a season-ending tournament in early December. If you’re interested, contact Steven Kelts at kelts@gwu.edu. Do it soon, because we will begin organizing the team in late August, including one or two practices, and Stanford’s first game is September 6th or 7th.

Basketball and Volleyball Players Wanted

The Capital Alumni Network (CAN) is the umbrella organization for all college and university alumni chapters in Washington. In addition to many other activities CAN sponsors club competition in a variety of sports. Stanford currently fields teams in softball and flag football (see notice in this newsletter). WDCSA would also like to put basketball and volleyball teams on the court this winter if there is sufficient interest. Please contact Chris Shinkman c.shinkman@verizon.net 301-229-4427 if you would like to play on either or both of these teams.