WDCSA Newsletter – January 2009

1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/8, 2/14 Stanford Basketball
Sun 1/11 Stanford Book Club Meeting
Tue 1/13 Intercollegiate LGBT Mixer
Sun 1/18 SBAA-DC Inauguration Event
Fri 1/23 Ivy Singles Event
Sun 1/25 WDCSA 2009 Welcome Event
Wed 2/4 Meet former Stanford Basketball Star Brook Lopez
Sat 2/7 Ivy Alumni Tennis
Spring 2009 Stanford at the Opera

*Call for Newsletter Editor*
*WDCSA Member Profile*
*Stanford in the News*

Stanford Basketball

Are you ready for some Stanford basketball?
Come and join Stanford fans as we watch the following men’s games at the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern, 639 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 2004 (202-347-6886). Nearest metro stop is Gallery Place or Archives/Navy Memorial. Admission is free and food and drink specials will be available. Please contact Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net, (301) 229-4427) for more information. All times below are Eastern.

Saturday, January 17 vs. Cal 8:00pm
Saturday, January 24 vs. Oregon State 10:00pm
Saturday, January 31 vs. UCLA 3:30pm
Sunday, February 8 vs. Washington 5:30pm
Saturday, February 14 vs. Cal 5:00pm

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, Jan. 11 5:00pm

The group will meet at the home of Perry Seiffert in Bethesda to discuss the 1969 novel, The House Made of Dawn by Scott Momaday.  Titles for discussion for the next 6 months have been posted and have been sent to members of the group’s yahoo site. Join at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks. For other information, email Alison Cole Westfall at alisoncolew@hotmail.com.

Intercollegiate LGBT Mixer
Tuesday, Jan. 13 6:30-8:30pm
Austin Grill – The Lansburgh,
750 E St NW,
Washington, DC 20004

Stanford Pride and the LGBT alumni groups of Yale, Princeton, and Harvard are hosting an intercollegiate mixer at Austin Grill.  Please join us for happy hour.  See old friends and make new ones.  For more information, please visit http://tigernet.princeton.edu/~ffr-gala/Events2009/090113DC.html, or contact John Elias at john.elias@gmail.com or 860.276.5754. 

SBAA-DC Inauguration Get Together
Sunday, Jan. 18 2-5pm
K Street Lounge,
1301 K St NW

SBAA-DC would like to invite all Stanford alums for an afternoon of renewing old friendships and making new ones as we celebrate the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America. Come join us for an afternoon of playoff football and fun with your Stanford classmates and guests. For more information, please contact Karen Tisdale at ktisdale@gmail.com.

Ivy Singles Event
Friday, Jan. 23 6:30-9:00pm
James Monroe House,
2017 I Street NW,
Washington DC

We invite you to join us at this charming historic landmark, the James Monroe House, just off Pennsylvania Avenue. We will have a delicious buffet, drinks, coffee and tea deep into the evening, and be in the company of sophisticated singles. For more information on the Arts Club and the historic mansion please see http://artsclubofwashington.org.

To reserve a space, please send a check for $30, payable to "The Harvard Club of Washington," to Peter Meyer, 1505 Crystal Drive #804, Arlington, VA 22202, by January 16th. Please indicate your college or university on the check.

We will welcome walk-ins for $35, too. If possible, please let us know by email that you will be coming so we know your name and university and can check you in quickly. Send any questions to Peter at pbmeyer@econterms.net or call him at (571) 218-6816.

New Year, New Members, New Ideas: Welcome to WDCSA 2009!
Sunday, Jan. 25 1-4pm
Post Pentagon Row Apartments,
Clubroom (2nd floor),
1201 South Joyce Street,
Arlington, VA 22202

Did you just join WDCSA and want to get involved?  Have you been a member and want to provide your feedback on past events or the club’s future direction?  Mark your calendars to join the Washington, D.C. Stanford Association’s board of directors for our annual welcome event to kick off a new year of service to local alumni.  The event will be graciously hosted by Vice President, Kevin Coyne ’02.
Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Everything else will be provided. To RSVP, or if you have any questions, please e-mail John Smithson at jsmithson@gmail.com.

Accessible via the Pentagon City Metro Station. Street, lot, and garage parking are also available on-site. Elevator lobby is located next to "Noodles & Company" restaurant. 

Meet Former Stanford Men’s Basketball Star Brook Lopez
Wednesday, Feb. 4 7pm
Verizon Center,
601 F Street,
Washington DC 20004

Come watch the Washington Wizards take on the New Jersey Nets and meet former Stanford standout Brook Lopez!

After leading the Stanford Cardinal to the Sweet 16 in last year’s NCAA Tournament, Brook was the tenth player drafted in the first round by the New Jersey Nets.  He is currently one of this season’s top rookies.  After watching Brook on the court, the Stanford group will meet him following the game. 

Tickets have been arranged through the Washington Wizards to sit Stanford alumni in the same sections. Upper level seats are available for $20 for WDCSA members/young alumni and $30 for non-members. A limited number of lower level tickets are available for $45 for WDCSA members/young alumni and $50 for non-members. The upper level seats are normally $48/ticket and the lower level seats are normally $88/ticket.

Reserve your ticket below. Tickets will be distributed just outside of Will Call by a WDCSA representative. The Verizon Center is located directly above the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop (red, yellow, and green lines). Please email John Smithson at jsmithson@gmail.com with any questions. See you at the game! Tickets are subsidized by WDCSA for WDCSA members and young alumni.  Reserve your ticket early to ensure better seating.  Last day to reserve tickets is Monday, February 2

Ivy Winter Indoor Tennis
Saturday, Feb. 7 6:45-11:00pm
Arlington Y Tennis & Squash Club,
3400 N 13th Street,
Arlington, VA 22201

The Harvard and Yale Clubs of Washington DC invite you to join them for a popular Ivy alumni tennis party. It will be an enjoyable way to socialize and network with other Ivy alumni and their guests.

This event is open to players of all ages and levels. Advanced registration is $25 per player and registration at the door will be $30. Non-playing guests must pay $10. The fees will cover court rentals, tennis balls, snacks and sodas. The deadline for cancellations is February 6 at 3pm.

Please make checks payable to Yale Club of Washington D.C. and mail to: Sheila Summers, 4227 46th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. For credit card payments, log on to www.yaleclubdc.org. All questions should be directed to David Federbush at 301-657-4691 (h), 301-657-4680 (w), federbus@erols.com.

Stanford at the Opera
Spring 2009

Peter Grimes – Britten
Monday, March 23 @ 7 pm
Alan Held and Patricia Racette star in the acclaimed Santa Fe production.
Deadline for ordering is February 23. Tickets will be mailed week of March 9.
Prime Orchestra $141.50. 2nd Tier 1 $69.50.

Siegfried – Wagner
Saturday, May 2 @ 6 pm
Your only chance this year to hear Wagner in Washington – the third in Francesca Zambello’s American Ring Cycle with Alan Held (The Wanderer) and Heinz Fricke (conducting). Very few tickets remain.
Deadline for ordering is April 3. Tickets will be mailed week of April 13.
1st Tier and Orchestra $111.50. 2nd Tier 1 $76.50.

For tickets Send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010. Please contact Betty Byrne with any questions at bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048.

Call for Newsletter Editor

If you are interested in serving as the WDCSA Newsletter Editor, please contact John Smithson at jsmithson@gmail.com.  After serving WDCSA for four years, longtime Newsletter Editor, Jeff Lee, is stepping down.  The WDCSA Board would like to thank him for all of his contributions.  Thank you, Jeff!

Risa Shimoda

WDCSA Member Profile: Risa Shimoda

Risa, a 2003-2005 Co-President of WDCSA, was schooled as a product design engineer and was a brand manager for Proctor & Gamble, M&M/Mars, and Coca-Cola USA before moving to the Washington DC area in April 2001.

Her passion and excellence at outdoor recreation, particularly whitewater paddling, led her to serve as Executive Director of American Whitewater, the national organization that protects rivers, public river access and safe river recreation. In 2004, she left American Whitewater and established The Shimoda Group, a consultancy that creates awareness, message effectiveness, and increases market share for small and medium-sized private sector firms and public sector organizations.

Some of her projects have included helping civil engineers restore river habitats for fish and pathways for kayaks, developing trips on 15 Wild and Scenic Rivers to promote Wild and Scenic Rivers’ 40th Anniversary, and placing stories about kayaks suited for fishing in videos and articles in print and online. She regularly organizes whitewater rafting trips for WDCSA members so that they can share in her love of the sport!

Stanford in the News

On January 1, 2009 of the 330 teams playing Division I men’s basketball only 7 of them were undefeated. Stanford was one of them.
Local alum Jim Ruddell ’77 was the Construction Manager of the $2.48B Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project.