WDCSA Newsletter – July 2009

Our Redesigned Newletter in PDF format

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, July 12

The book group will meet to discuss The Great Influenza
by John Barry, at the home of Walter and Diana Wilson in Fairfax, Va. The
Wilson’s pool will be available, too. The August 9th book club meeting
will focus on The Great Gatsby.
For information, e-mail alisoncolew@hotmail.com. To sign up with the
book group and receive announcements automatically, go to http://
New members are welcome!

WDCSA Hosts Dean for Religious Life, Scotty McLennan
Wednesday, July 22 6:45-8:30pm
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC

What role should religion play in the public arena? What changes can we
expect with the new administration? Come explore these questions with
the Stanford Dean for Religious Life, Scotty McLennan as he discusses
“Separation of Church and State in the Obama Administration.” Mr.
McLennan has been Dean since January 2001 and is a renowned speaker,
author, lawyer, professor, and minister.
WDCSA will host light refreshments from 6:45-7:30, followed by Mr.
McLennan’s discussion from 7:30-8:30. The cost will be $7 for young
alumni/members and $15 for non-members. Please make your
reservation below. Seating will be limited so
please reserve early. For any questions, please contact John Smithson, ’04
at jsmithson@gmail.com.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Saturday, August 1- Sunday August 9
16th & Kennedy, NW
Washington DC

Five of the eight men’s Wimbledon quarterfinalists and 10 of the round of
16 will play in this year’s Legg Mason Tennis Classic. 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/

Wed 8/5 4pm – $48 (3 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 they are received
and confirm availability by return email and provide
instructions for payment.

Face AIDS- Ride Against AIDS
Monday, August 3 6:30-8:30pm
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC

Join your fellow alumni to hear Austin Keeley and
Dave Evans, current Stanford students, discuss their
inspiring efforts to raise AIDS awareness across the
country. Austin and Dave will be stopping by the
Stanford in Washington House during their summerlong
bike ride in the Ride Against AIDS from Stanford
to Boston to present their roles as students in the
fight against AIDS.
Face AIDS, a student group founded at Stanford in
2005, is committed to inspire and mobilize students
in the fight against AIDS in Africa. As Austin and
Dave ride across the country, they will stop at local
high schools, Rotary clubs, churches, and other
organizations to present on AIDS in Africa and the
role of students. Their hope is that by showing
others that young people today can make a difference, that we all can inspire the next generation
of leaders to shape the world they want to live in.
WDCSA will host light refreshments from 6:45-7:30,
followed by Austin and Dave’s presentation from
7:30-8:30. Please RSVP by e-mailing John Smithson at


Jim FinucaneJim Finucane was at Stanford in the late 1950s – when the
tuition was $200/quarter. After graduation he spent 4+
years on active duty in the nuclear navy, and he then
attended another bay area Pac-10 school to get a PhD in
nuclear engineering.
Since then he has worked mostly in the Washington DC
area and served on the Stanford Club board both in the
1970s and in the last 12 years. He spends most of his free
time out of doors – currently he is the overseer of a
section of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National
Park and runs a canoe and kayak class sponsored by the
National Park Service in the summer. He also leads many
outings for the local Sierra Club.
He retired from the Department of Energy in March 2008
and joined the faculty of Georgetown University in January
2009 where he teaches graduate classes in nuclear

Meet Former Stanford Women’s
Basketball Star Candace Wiggins
Sunday, August 30 4-7pm
Verizon Center
601 F St NW
Washington DC

Come watch the Washington Mystics take on the
Minnesota Lynx and meet former Stanford standout
Candace Wiggins!
Candace finished her Stanford career as the all-time
leading scorer in both Stanford and Pac-10 women’s
basketball history. She led the Cardinal to the
National Championship game in 2008, where
she completed a four-time All American career. She
is currently one of the top young players in the
WNBA. After watching Candace on the court, the
Stanford group will meet her following the game.
Tickets have been arranged through the Washington
Mystics to sit Stanford alumni in the same sections.
Upper level seats are $9. A limited number of lower
level tickets are available for $28. The upper level
seats are normally $15/ticket and the lower level
seats are normally $60/ticket.
Reserve your ticket below by Friday, August 28. 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!


Canoe & Kayak Lessons and Picnic
Tuesdays, June -August
Fletcher’s Boat House
4940 Canal Rd NW
Washington DC

EVERY Tuesday Evening Canoe & Kayak Lessons and
Picnic. The canoe class started on June 2nd and will
continue every Tuesday through to August 25th. Join
any of these 6:30-8 pm classes on the C&O Canal at
Fletcher’s Boat House. Fletcher’s Boat House is off
Canal Road about one mile below Chain Bridge in
NW DC. (Note: Canal road is one way going West
out of Georgetown from 3-7 pm weekdays). The class
covers kayaking/canoeing at all levels. Bring food to
share at the post-class potluck picnic. Cost for
canoe, paddle, life jacket, and lessons is $5/person.
Kids most welcome and FREE. For more information, please contact Jim Finucane 301/365-3485 before 9
PM or jim.finucane@yahoo.com


Nearly 90 local Stanford alums went on a sunset
boat cruise of the Potomac River on June 18 to
celebrate the beginning of summer. Two hours (and
a few drinks) later we’d all made a bunch of new
friends and contacts, and had an amazing time! Join
us at the end of the summer for another great
party — look for details in next month’s newsletter. More photos of cruise


WDCSA at A Wider CircleOn June 21st, WDCSA volunteers helped out at A Wider Circle, a nonprofit organization in Silver Spring, MD, that provides furniture and other household items to low-income families. The WDCSA volunteers lifed couches and mattresses, picked up donated dining tables, sorted baby clothes, re-upholstered furniture, assembled a crib, and saw the immediate benefit of their work by helping local families in need load mattresses, chairs, sofas, and dressers onto truck to bring home.

Stanford Football is Coming This Way!!!
Saturday, September 12
Winston-Salem, NC

The Stanford football team will be making a rare
appearance in the East when the Cardinal takes on
the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem,
NC. Kickoff is set for 12:00 noon.
The WDCSA is collecting information about prices
for game tickets and for tickets to the Stanford
Alumni Association’s pre-game tailgate. We will also
have information about a block of hotel rooms being
reserved and the possible provision of a mini-van
which will drive down on Friday afternoon and
return on Saturday after the game.
Stay tuned for details…and if you have questions in
the meanwhile contact Chris Shinkman
(301-229-4427) c.shinkman@verizon.net

Stanford at the Opera
Fall 2009

Barber of Seville – Rossini
Wednesday, September 16 @ 7:30 pm

An audience all-time favorite with Lawrence
Brownlee direct from his “brilliant” MET debut as the
Count. Deadline for ordering is August 14. Tickets
will be mailed week of August 17.

Falstaff – Verdi
Wednesday, October 21 @ 7:30 pm

Starring Washington area favorites Gordon Hawkins
as Falstaff and Betsy Bishop as Meg Page.
Deadline for ordering is September 18. Tickets will
be mailed week of September 21.

Orchestra $151.50; 2nd Tier $ 76.50.
For tickets – send a check payable to WDCSA to
Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington
DC 20010. Contact Betty @
bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048.

Interested in “Gotterdammerung” (concert version)?
Saturday, November 7 @ 5 pm. Orchestra $ 121.50
and $ 61.50. Contact Betty Byrne and she will
reserve a block.

Stanford in the News

• “Stanford research shows that kites in high-altitude
winds could provide clean electricity”
• Stanford will participate in the Yellow Ribbon
Program designed to allow veterans to graduate
debt free”


President: John Smithson, ‘05, jsmithson@gmail.com, (818) 599-9010
Vice-President: Chris Shinkman, P ‘98, c.shinkman@verizon.net, (301) 229-4427
Kevin Coyne, MS ‘02, kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org, (703) 517-9082
Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, ’06,  sarena.mcrae@gmail.com
Treasurer: Jim Finucane ‘61, jim.finucane@yahoo.com, (301) 365-3485
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram ‘73, MBA ‘77, wmpegram@comcast.net (703) 486-0952
Young Alumni: Laura Villanueva, ’06, laura694@gmail.com
Community Service: Christina Russell ’96, carussell17@comcast.net, Steven Kelts PhD ’02 kelts@gwu.edu
CAN Representatives: Jill Pepper ‘93, jill@teamcoalition.org; Giselle Gaitan ‘06, Giselle.gaitan@gmail.com
Ivy Singles: Phebe Greenwood, ’79, phebepg@yahoo.com,
Charlotte Perry, ’81, charmperry@aol.com
Club Mailing Address: 815 South 18th Street, #400, Arlington, VA 22202
Website: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc

Revised: July 27, 2009

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