WDCSA Newsletter – April 2010

HexagonHEXAGON Theater Event
Saturday, April 10, 6 pm optional dinner, 8 pm performance
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center
7995 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD

Join WDCSA for the final night of the 2010 Hexagon show, Dancing with the
Czars. Hexagon is Washington, DC’s only original political satire musical
comedy revue. Every year since 1956, this nonprofit has put on Washington’s
only all-original revue of its kind—with more than $3.5 million donated to 40-
plus organizations in return. An all-volunteer
membership makes up the cast, crew,
orchestra, writers, and production team. It’s a
hilarious DC tradition not to be missed!
Only 20 tickets are available with our group,
first come, first served.

To reserve tickets, first email charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org or call
Charles at (202) 285-1023 (cell), and then mail
a check made out to “WDCSA” to Charles
Hokanson, 3000 Spout Run Parkway #B-605,
Arlington, VA 22201. Tickets are $30 each.
Checks must be received by Tuesday, April 6, in
order for Charles to mail you your tickets
prior to the performance.

Pre-Show Dinner: Prior to the performance, we encourage you to join our
group for a 6 pm dinner at Jackie’s restaurant, www.jackiesrestaurant.com, only
a couple blocks from the theater at 8081 Georgia Avenue (enter on Sligo Ave.),
Silver Spring, MD, (301) 565-9700. RSVP for the dinner to Charles by Tuesday,
April 6.

Stanford Parents’ Reception
Sunday, April 11 2-4 pm,
Chevy Chase, MD

The Stanford Parents Initiative will host a reception for local area Stanford
parents at the home of Melissa Clark P’12. Join Melissa and Chris Shinkman
P’98 (WDCSA Vice President) to meet other Stanford parents, learn about
WDCSA, and talk about various aspects of career planning for Stanford
students, including choice of major, internships, summer jobs and career
opportunities. RSVP to Melissa at madgardenr@comcast.net by April 6th.
Details and directions will be sent to everyone planning to attend.

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, April 11 5 pm,
Bethesda, MD

The book group will meet at the home of Kathie
Krum to discuss George Orwell’s Down and Out in
Paris and London.
The May book is Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.
For information, contact alisoncolew@hotmail.com or join the book group at www.groups.yahoo.com/group/wdsabook.

All-Star Media Panel
April 13
6:00 pm refreshments, 7:00 – 8:00 pm panel
The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW
Washington, DC

The WDCSA Speakers Series continues with a panel
discussion on the dramatic changes the news
industry is experiencing as it converts to the digital
world. Audiences have grown to expect free content
on the web and are now getting their news by
"grazing" multiple sources, including social media
sites, and are even becoming citizen journalists by
writing blogs and recording news through mobile
phones. Find out how this shift is affecting the
traditional industry from high-ranking Stanford
graduates in the industry.
Serving on the panel is Katharine Weymouth, JD ’92,
publisher of The Washington Post; Bob Cohn, ’85,
editorial director of The Atlantic magazine online; and
Ian Cameron, ’83, executive producer of ABC News’
This Week. The panel will be moderated by John
Doolittle, professor of Communications at American
University and former faculty member in the
Stanford Department of Communication.
Cost: Free for young alumni WDCSA members (’05 –
’09) and Stanford in Washington students. $10 for
Washington DC Stanford Association members and
young alumni non-members. $25 for non-members
(includes $15 membership fee!). Registrants may
bring a guest for the same price.
Questions? Contact Tom Kohn, ’83, at
>> Space is limited! Register online at www.stanfordalumni.org/erc/regional/detail.html?ref=erc&cid=206998


Barbara was a History major and received a BA with
Honors from Stanford in 1975. Inspired by her 1974
Stanford-in-Washington Congressional internship, she
returned to Washington in 1979 to pursue a career in
public policy after receiving an MBA from Yale.
Barbara has been an active volunteer for Stanford since
her arrival, becoming Stanford Club President in 1983,
and remaining involved with the Board. After reconnecting
with her former classmate, Garry Tyran, at
their Stanford reunion in 2000, they married one year
Garry and Barbara have enjoyed volunteering together
and were delighted to be invited again to serve as
Attendance Co-Chairs for their upcoming 2010 reunion. Barbara is also honored to introduce Department
of Energy Under Secretary Kristina Johnson — who has three Stanford degrees — to the WDCSA
community on April 15. Barbara looks forward to greeting you in her office that evening to welcome Dr.
Johnson to Washington.

Kristina JohnsonDepartment of Energy Under Secretary
Kristina Johnson – Rescheduled Event
Thursday, April 15 6:30-8pm
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
2000 L Street NW, Suite 805
Washington DC

Kristina M. Johnson, Ph.D., current Under Secretary
for Energy, Department of Energy, will discuss her
perspectives on energy/climate change issues in 2010
and beyond in the third installment of the WDCSA
Speakers Series.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Johnson was Provost
and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The
Johns Hopkins University. Among her many awards
and accomplishments, she received the John Fritz
Medal in May, 2008—widely considered the highest
award in the engineering profession. Previous
recipients include Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas
Edison, and Orville Wright. Dr. Johnson has 142
refereed papers and proceedings and holds 129 US
and international patents and patents pending.
Graduating from Stanford in 1981 with both a
bachelor’s and master’s degree [with distinction] in
electrical engineering, she earned her Ph.D. at
Stanford in 1984.
Following refreshments from 6:30-7:00, Dr. Johnson
will provide informal remarks and answer questions.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to welcome her
to Washington and hear about important energy
challenges ahead!

Price: $20 by April 8; $30 at the door
To reserve your space, send a check payable to
Garry Tyran
6691 Hillandale Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Questions? Contact Garry or Barbara Tyran ’75 at gktyran@aol.com or 301-652-6632.

Meet Painter and Author Marjorie Price
Saturday, April 24 3:00-5:00 pm
Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
40 South Carroll Street
Frederick, MD

Join WDCSA at a wine and cheese reception to meet
fellow Stanford alum, New York-based painter and
writer Marjorie Price at an exhibition of her latest
paintings from The Bathers Series. The series is
inspired by Marjorie’s lifelong love of water; it
expresses the way the body moves and feels in
another element. The sea is never the same; the
paintings in the Bathers Series explore its endlessly
changing moods.
A competitive and synchronized swimmer since high
school, she was a member of the women’s swim
team at Stanford. After graduation, she traveled
alone to Europe, sketching and painting wherever she
went. She was married to a French artist and had the
extraordinary experience of becoming a part of an
ancient village in Brittany. She had numerous shows
in France and Italy before moving back to the States
in the late seventies and settling in New York City.
The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center invites
you to visit the other exhibits at the Center while
you’re there, and Marjorie will be happy to answer
questions and discuss her work with you. For more information about Marjorie and her work, visit www.marjorieprice.com

The registration price is $5 for WDCSA members,
young alumni (’05 – ’09), and guests; $8 for non-
WDCSA members and guests. Please RSVP and pay
online at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/
. Please email questions to Kevin Coyne
at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org.

Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Races
Sunday, April 25 1 pm (Rain or shine)
Glenwood Park
Middleburg, VA

Get out your hat and binoculars for A Day at the
Races. The $25.00 fee includes a tasty tailgate picnic
and libations in a patron space overlooking the finish
line. Children under 12 are free.
Space is limited so please RSVP by April 21 and mail
a check, payable to WDCSA, to Margaret New, 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


More than 400 Stanford alumni and guests from the Washington, DC area enjoyed an exclusive Stanford
reception and viewing of the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at the National Geographic Museum on
Thursday, March 11, 2010. The traveling exhibit featured the largest collection of significant objects
from Emperor Qin Shihuangdi’s tomb to ever travel from China. Stanford alumni and friends took
pleasure in delicious hors d’oeuvres in the beautifully decorated reception hall prior to viewing the lifesize
clay figures and numerous other artifacts including weapons, coins, and engraved timbers from
original structures.

Ivy Singles Mixer
Thursday, April 29 6:30- 9:30 pm
Casablanca Restaurant
1504 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Ivy Singles Social Club (ISSC) is hosting a mixer
at Casablanca Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria.
Casablanca is a Moroccan restaurant that offers
Moorish decor, "Casablanca" movie memorabilia, and
a convenient location two blocks from the King
Street Metro Station, on Old Town’s busy King
The cost is $25 for those who prepay by Monday,
April 26; $35 at the door. (See details below if you
would like to prepay). We encourage reservations,
but walk-ins are welcome.
The cost includes a selection of appetizers, a
complimentary soda, and a cash bar for beer and

To Prepay (and avoid lines at check-in): Please send a
check for $25 to Laura Medinas, c/o USCAVC, 625
Indiana Ave. N.W., Ste. 900, Washington, D.C.
20004-2950. Please make your check payable to
"University of Chicago Club of D.C." and note your
school on the check. Checks must be received by
Monday, April 26.
E-Mail & Phone Reservations: Please direct your email
to lmedinas@uscourts.cavc.gov or your phone
reservation to 202-501-5993. Please note that with
an e-mail or phone reservation only (i.e., no
prepayment) you must pay $35 at the door.

Stanford at the Opera
Spring 2010
Kennedy Center

Marriage of Figaro – Mozart
Tuesday, May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Often considered Mozart’s most perfect opera – the
Houston Opera’s gorgeous production with Teddy
Tahu Rhodes as the Count. Deadline for ordering is
April 16. Tickets will be mailed the week of April

Hamlet – Thomas
Tuesday, June 1 @ 7:30 pm
A Washington National Opera premiere of this
seldom performed opera with bass Samuel Ramey as
the evil Claudius, Diana Damrau as Ophelia and
Placido Domingo conducting.
Deadline for ordering is May 7. Tickets will be
mailed week of May 17.

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.


The Washington D.C Stanford book group has been active for many years– in fact, more years than
most of the current members can recall. The group meets on the second Sunday of each month, with a
few exceptions for holidays, at the homes of members who have offered to host. Venues regularly
include Bethesda, MD; Vienna, VA; Washington, D.C., and Fairfax, VA. Each meeting includes a potluck
supper and a lot of conversation, focused on the book under discussion or issues raised by the book.
Titles are selected every 6 months, by a process of nomination and voting by all active members.
Selections vary greatly, according to the interests of the members, but tend to include new nonfiction,
older classics, and new fiction. A number of core members have been involved for 5 years or more, and
newer people join the group frequently. The group includes both men and women who have degrees in
many different disciplines– from bio physics to sociology to history to literature, and so on– and
connections to Stanford from many different decades. There are no formal discussion leaders, no
specific questions to answer, and everyone’s view is invited. Connie Barrett posts a summary and
commentary on the discussion on the group’s Yahoo web site each month and Perry Seiffert is the
keeper of statistics on memberships, meetings, and more. Alison Westfall will answer your e-mail
questions about books, meetings, and memberships.


Congratulations to WDCSA’s very own Risa Shimoda ’77 who will receive the prestigious Stanford Associates’ Governors Award! Risa is one of 13 other Stanford alumni in 2010 to receive this honor for continued exceptional alumni service. She has been a driving force behind numerous Stanford events and
activities in every region she’s lived for the past 30 years, injecting each undertaking with creativity, leadership and a fervid attention to detail. Risa orchestrated two major Stanford events in Washington, D.C.: Stanford Night at the National Museum of the American Indian in 2005 that drew over 600 alumni and the Salute to Sandra Day O’Connor in 2006 that was attended by over 900 people. Thank you Risa for your dedication to our alumni and to WDCSA!

Stanford in the News

  • The Stanford Center for Professional
    Development is offering a free webinar on April
    20, 2010, “The Growing Threat and Impact of Web-based Malware”
  • George Rosenkranz Award-winning Medical School Instructor Eran Bendavid is examining how much wellness is resulting from US funded
    health programs in Africa.
  • Former Stanford standout guard Candice Wiggins was among 12 players added to the 2010-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team roster. The selection adds Wiggins to the 20-player roster from which the 2010 USA World Championship Team and, pending qualification, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team will be selected.

Get Involved!

Save the date for Saturday, May 15th from 8:45 am to 3 pm to help create better, brighter schools for DC students during the annual Hands on DC work-a-thon! More than 2,000 volunteers will be working at about 30 schools throughout the city to help build a better learning environment for local students. The WDCSA team will be working together at one school location. Projects typically involve painting walls and murals, landscaping, and general clean-up and beautification. No special skills or equipment are needed. For more information or to sign up, please contact Christina Russell ’96 at carussell17@comcast.net or

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