WDCSA Newsletter – December 2010

WDCSA Featured Event:
From The Farm to the Obama Inner Circle:
National Security Council Advisor Michael McFaul
Wednesday, December 8 6:30-8:30 pm
Bing Stanford-in-Washington,
2661 Connecticut Ave, NW,
Washington, DC

The New START treaty, which attempts to reduce nuclear arsenals by 30% in both the US and Russia, has received much press lately as the Senate prepares to vote on it. Come meet the man behind the treaty, Stanford Professor Michael McFaul. Professor McFaul will speak about START, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as well as his current term as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House.

Professor McFaul will cover topics ranging from President Obama’s jump shot to the relevance of a Stanford-educated decision maker on the Administration’s foreign policy team. For example, does Washington really pay attention to facts, knowledge or research? How is Democracy promotion abroad working out for the US? Professor McFaul will try to answer these questions and others as he reflects on two years at the White House after 15 years of teaching at Stanford.

Professor McFaul is a professor of political science at Stanford, a Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies. He is currently on leave from Stanford while serving at the National Security Council.

Light refreshments, including wine, will be available from 6:30-7:15. Professor McFaul will speak and field questions from 7:15-8:15. The cost to attend is FREE for young alumni (’06-’10) WDCSA members, $10 for WDCSA Members and young alumni (’06-’10) non-members, and $25 for non-members, which includes a $15 WDCSA membership.

Sign up to meet Professor McFaul and participate in this event at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event7311reg.

Seating is limited. Questions? Contact Tom Kohn ’83 at kohntom@gmail.com.

Ivy Singles Holiday Party
Friday, December 3 6:30-9 pm
DACOR Bacon House,
1801 F St., NW,
Washington, DC

Mark your calendar and plan to join Ivy Singles once again at the elegantly appointed DACOR Bacon House. Each floor of the historic house will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season. We will feast on delicious and varied hors d’oeuvres and will serve festive libations from a cash bar. Consistent with our elegant surroundings, please come dressed in holiday, cocktail or business attire.

Register online for $35, which includes a $2 processing fee: Register at

Walk-ins are welcome at $40, however advance
reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.

Questions? Contact Phebe Greenwood at phebepg@yahoo.com

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, December 12 5 pm
Washington, DC

The Book Group will meet to discuss The Long Song by Andrea Levy at Alison Westfall’s home on Capitol Hill. E-mail alisoncolew@hotmail.com for information.

WDCSA Holiday Party
Thursday, December 16 7-10 pm
DACOR Bacon House,
1801 F St., NW,
Washington, DC

Looking to add some Cardinal red to your holiday? Please join your fellow Stanford alums to celebrate the festive season at the DACOR-Bacon House. The venue (built 1824-25) is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been home to several Supreme Court Justices, members of Congress, and a Maryland governor. The DACORBacon House will be decorated for the holiday season and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. The venue is located 4 blocks from the Farragut-West Metro station (Orange and Blue lines). The dress for this event is cocktail or business attire.

The advanced registration price is $8 for WDCSA members, young alumni (’06 – ’10), and guests; $12 for non-WDCSA members and guests. Please RSVP and pay online at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event7249reg. Checks made out to WDCSA may be sent to Kevin Coyne, 900 Army-Navy Drive, #1523, Arlington, VA 22202.

The price at the door is $12 for WDCSA members, young alumni (’06 – ’10), and guests; $15 for non-
WDCSA members and guests. We regret that no refunds will be given after December 10. Please contact Kevin Coyne at Kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.


Garry TyranGarry Tyran ’75 was an Economics major at Stanford. He was actively involved in banking and finance for over 20 years and is presently with
the Montgomery County government. After completing Congressional (1974) and Executive Branch (1980) internships in Washington, Garry hoped that there would be another "significant" opportunity to return to the capital where he was
born but never lived as a child. This became a reality when he reconnected with his classmate, Barbara Bauman, at their Stanford reunion in 2000. They were married one year later in Washington.

Garry has been especially active volunteering for Stanford since his arrival. He was a Board member of the Buck/Cardinal Club for 13
years and was promoted to Regional Chair in 2006. Also, he was Co-
President of the WDCSA from 2003-2005. Garry and Barbara enjoy volunteering together and were delighted to be invited to serve as Attendance Co-Chairs for their 2010 reunion. Additionally, they both served as Co-Chairs for last month’s Leading Matters in Washington.


Member Big Game Prize WinnersHundreds of fans gathered at Spider Kelly’s in Arlington to watch the 113th Big Game on November 20th.
The DC Stanford and Cal Alumni Associations organized the annual viewing party. Cardinal fans were in for a special treat as they watched their team crush the Bears 48-14.

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Stanford In the News

  • Stanford grad Toby Gerhart scored his first NFL touchdown on November 28th as the Minnesota Vikings defeated our Washington Redskins.
  • The Stanford Women’s Soccer team is playing in the semi-finals of the Final Four on December 3rd in Cary, NC.

Get Involved

We still need volunteers to interview Stanford Applicants in DC, Maryland and Virginia. 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. We are especially in need of volunteers in Baltimore, Richmond and Charlottesville. If you have any questions, email Meghvi Roig at meghvi@stanford.edu.

Registration: http://admission.stanford.edu/alumni/
FAQ’s: http://admission.stanford.edu/alumni/faq/oval.html#2.


Flag Football Team 2010It was Stanford’s most successful season yet! No not NCAA football. DC flag football! With a 7-3 record in the CAN alumni league — including wins over Arizona, Washington and a win in the Little Big Game against Cal — the WDCSA flag football team heads into the playoffs ranked near the top of the league. Look for us to make some noise! Updates in later WDCSA newsletters.

Standing, L to R: Jason Dominguez, John Gedmark, Chris Shinkman, Mike Lazar, Rex Petrill, Sean McIntosh, Mark Kogan, Sean Lee,
Steven Kelts (Coach), Brian Kim (Coach), Shaun Phillips, Scott Allen, and Graham Gilmer.
Kneeling, L to R: Christina Saikus, Karen Tisdale, Tommy McEvoy, Joanna Hiatt Kim, Sarah Brezniak, Brooke Nussbaum, Kevin


GobaudCongratulations to WDCSA’s very own David Gobaud ’10, who has been named one of this year’s George J. Mitchell Scholars. David, former
president of ASSU, also founded Students for Relief in Haiti, a student organization dedicated to long-term relief efforts and education following the devastating earthquake there. He graduated in June with a degree in computer science and is currently an intern at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He is interested in the restorative justice approach Northern Ireland has taken to youth criminal justice. He plans to study human rights in criminal justice at Queen’s University in Belfast. David will take part in the D.C. Public Defender’s Criminal Law Internship Program starting in February and he hopes to return to Stanford in Fall ’12 to pursue a JD/MBA. David is one of 12 Mitchell Scholars chosen for the program which provides one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by universities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The scholarship is administered by the U.S.-Ireland-Alliance and was named in honor of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the peace process in Northern Ireland.

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