WDCSA Newsletter – October 2010

Stanford vs. USC Game Watch
Saturday, October 9 8 pm
McFadden’s Saloon
2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

The Foggy Bottom metro stop is one block away.  We will have the private dining room downstairs all to ourselves and the following specials will be offered – $3.00 domestic drafts, $10.00 pitchers, $5.00 burgers.

We had a fantastic turnout of about 80 people for last week’s game watch at McFaddens.

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, October 10 5 pm
Crystal City, Va

The book group will meet at the home of Bill Albee to discuss The Devil’s
by Luis Alberto Urrea.

The group will discuss Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar by
Adam Nicolson at the November 14 book club meeting.

On November 7, in a special meeting, Joy Dunkerley will discuss her book
Sometimes Eagle’s Wings –a history of the first transatlantic airline,
Aeropostale– described below:

Few in the English-speaking world realize that Aéropostale was the world’s first
intercontinental carrier and a company that catapulted France into the role of
the world’s aviation leader. Founded in 1918 as a mail and passenger carrier
between the south of France and Morocco, it soon expanded mail service to
Argentina. In Sometimes Eagle’s Wings: The Saga of Aéropostale, Joy Dunkerley
brings to life this historic airline, infusing each page with compelling and often intriguing information about its pilots and crews, its
historic presence in South America, and the political
and financial wrangling that kept it flying and
eventually led to its demise.

About the Author
Joy Dunkerley is an economist, historian, and author
who studied at Stanford University. She earned
degrees from the London School of Economics and,
as a Fulbright Fellow, from Clark University in
Massachusetts. The author was elected president of
the International Association for Energy Economics
and is a recipient of its Adelman-Frankel Award for
Unique and Innovating Contributions to the field of
Energy Economics. Ms. Dunkerley resides in
Washington DC and is a frequent visitor to France.

For information, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com. To
join the book group for future announcements, go to www.groups.yahoo.com/group/wdcsabooks.

The Art of Enrique Chagoya
Tuesday, October 12 5:30- 8 pm
The Sant Building
Stanford In Washington
2655 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

The Bing Stanford in Washington Art Gallery invites you to celebrate the
opening of “Collisions Between Historical Visions: The Art of Enrique Chagoya.”
RSVP to Meghvi Roig at meghvi@stanford.edu or (202)332-3247.

Melissa ClarkOCTOBER 2010

Melissa’s WDCSA membership grew out of her younger
son’s decision to attend Stanford two years ago. Although
not a Stanford alumna herself, Melissa joined WDCSA to
learn more about the Stanford community and to take
advantage of WDCSA’s volunteer and event opportunities.
Now, she and Vice President Chris Shinkman co-chair the
Stanford Parents Initiative, which serves as an outreach and
resource group for current and past Stanford parents in the
DC metropolitan area. A recovered lawyer (and Williams ‘72
grad), Melissa now works as a landscape designer and
photographer in the metro DC area. In her spare time she
volunteers for The Garden Conservancy, takes part in
WDCSA activities, and visits her son Adam Hemmer ’12 at
The Farm whenever she can.

A Wider Circle Community Service
Saturday, October 16 9:30- 1 pm
A Wider Circle
9159 Brookville Road
Silver Spring Md.

Join WDCSA at our community service event with A
Wider Circle. You can come for the whole time or
join us for an hour or two. For more information, or
to RSVP, contact Rachel Rubinfeld at

A Wider Circle is a grassroots, non-profit
organization dedicated to helping children and adults
lift themselves out of poverty. Volunteers will
participate in our Neighbor-to-Neighbor program
which furnishes the homes of 12-15 families every
day. Volunteers will organize donations, maintain the
warehouse, help clients pick out and load furniture
and accompany our truck teams picking up
donations. Every volunteer will change the life of at
least one of our families!

Ivy Singles Arts Club Social
Friday, October 29 6:30- 9:30 pm
James Monroe House
2017 I St NW
Washington, DC

You are invited to join the Ivy Singles in a walk
through the two floors of spacious rooms in the
company of sophisticated singles. Price includes a
delicious buffet, drinks, desserts, coffee, tea, happy hour with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar deep into the

Monthly exhibits of paintings and photography line
the walls of the James Monroe House. For more
information on the Arts Club and the historic
mansion please visit 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 October 24th. Please write your college
or university on the check.

The price is $40 at the door.
Send any questions to Peter at pbmeyer@econterms.net or (571) 218-6816.

WDCSA at Nationals Game


On September 12th a group of about 40 Stanford alumni and their families gathered for an afternoon at
Nationals Ball Park for the unique opportunity to meet former Stanford Baseball player Drew Storen.
Drew was the 10th overall draft pick in the 2009 baseball draft and has quickly made it to the major
leagues, already proving to be one of the nation’s top rookie relievers.

We were very lucky to get the chance to meet Drew and hear about his experiences as a rookie player
for the Washington Nationals. Drew was an engaging and entertaining speaker sharing about his life as a
professional baseball player, but also answering questions about his Stanford experiences. We were
impressed to hear that Drew would be returning to the Farm as soon as the season ends to continue his
studies as a product design major. Drew was a huge hit with our group, especially with the little ones in
the Stanford family, as he took time to chat individually with them and sign autographs.

Storen answering questionsStoren closeup
While Drew and the Nats were unable to beat the Florida Marlins, our WDCSA day at the ball park
was an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. We can’t wait to see Drew Storen’s continued success
both in the big leagues and in his academic pursuits.

Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins At Homestead
Saturday, October 30 10:30 am
Homestead Farms
15604 Sugarland Rd
Poolesville, Md.

Families with children will love this opportunity to
spend time on a working farm as we pick our own
pumpkins just in time for Halloween! Apples may
still be in season, and ready to be picked as well. The
farm offers hayrides, farm animals and a country

Please RSVP to Kimberly Coerr at kcoerr@stanfordalumni.org or 703-955-1002 if you
would like to join us.

Leading Matters Washington DC

Saturday, November 13 1:30- 9:30 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC

Early bird price: $80, $30 for young alums (undergrad
’01 – ’10, grad ’06 – ’10)
After October 14: $95; $40 for young alums

Register for Leading Matters (www.stanfordalumni.org/leadingmatters/washington_dc/welcome.htm )

Leading Matters is an educational adventure that
reveals how Stanford is changing and reinventing
itself. Leading Matters Washington, DC will feature a
day of thought-provoking panels, stimulating seminars
and state-of-the-art media presentations, as well as
cocktails and dinner. Hear from President John
Hennessy on the Stanford of today and tomorrow,
and learn with and from distinguished faculty
members. It’s the best of Stanford today, and it’s all in
your own backyard!

Stanford vs. Cal Big Game Party
Saturday, November 20 3 pm

Mark your calendars and join us for this year’s Big
Game and Annual Stanford-Cal Big Game Party!
All Stanford fans are invited to watch Cardinal
football take on rival UC Berkeley. We will be joined
by the DC Area Berkeley Alumni Association. More
details to follow!

Stanford In the News

• Stanford geneticist Carlos Bustamante has been
awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant”.

• Research by Professor Shanhui Fan and his
colleagues suggests that solar cells thinner than
wavelengths of light hold huge energy potential.

Get Involved!

• Interview Stanford Applicants in DC, Maryland and
The Office of Undergraduate Admission is in search
of dedicated alumni in Washington, DC, Virginia and
Maryland to participate in the third year of its pilot
interview program, which will offer an optional
alumni interview to prospective undergraduates
during the 2010 – 2011 admission cycle. Registration
is required for new volunteers only.

Registration: http://admission.stanford.edu/alumni/

FAQ’s: http://admission.stanford.edu/alumni/faq/

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