WDCSA Newsletter – February 2011

Ivy Tennis Party
Saturday, February 12 6:50-11pm
The Arlington Y Tennis & Squash Club,
3400 N. 13th Street, Arlington, VA

All levels and ages are welcome to join the Harvard and Yale Clubs of Washington D.C. for the Ivy Tennis Party.

  • Player – advance registration: $25 per person by check or credit card
  • Player – door admission: $30 per person (cash or check; no credit card)
  • Non-Player: $10 per person (any circumstances)

Registration and Payment methods:

  • Check: payable to Harvard Club of Washington D.C. and mail to: Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., 3220 N Street, NW #295, Washington DC 20007
  • Credit Card (in advance only, not at door), www.harvard-dc.org

Tennis party policies:

  • All payments must be received by 02/11/2011 to qualify for the advance registration price.
  • Requests for refunds must be received by 3pm on 02/11/2011.
  • Door admission available at the higher price noted above by cash or check only.
  • Each attendee is responsible for any damage to the facility, injuries or accidents in connection with this function.

WDCSA Featured Event:
WDCSA Unveils LinkedIn Group Page

You spoke and we listened! With the new year comes new beginnings, and your local Washington, DC Stanford Association is proud to announce its social networking presence. We have created a group page on LinkedIn and are happy to bring our alumni, parents, and friends new ways to network, share photos, discussions, and experiences, and learn about club events.

Join the "Washington, DC Stanford Alumni Association" LinkedIn group:www.linkedin.com/groups/Washington-DC-Stanford-Association-3728513?

WDCSA’s Facebook page is currently under construction. Look for updates in future newsletters.

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, February 13 5 pm
Bethesda, MD

The book group will meet at the home of Kathie Krumm to discuss the novel Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. For information about the book group, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com. New members are welcome.

Passion and Practice: Haas Center Alumni Lives of Public Service
Wednesday, February 16 6:30-8 pm
Bing Stanford In Washington,
2661 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, D.C.

Join your fellow Stanford Alumni for a screening of the Haas Center’s 25th Anniversary Alumni Video documenting 10 alumni stories of social commitment and action.

The video highlights Stanford alumni working in five areas: Transforming Education, Defending Rights, Improving Health, Empowering Community, and Shaping Environments. Roopal Mehta Saran ’94 (English; AM, Education) and Jason Snyder ’94 (Public Policy), who are featured in the video, will be present for discussion/Q&A following the video. Roopal is currently Director of Client Services at KaBOOM! in Washington, D.C. and Jason currently serves as Chief of Staff in the US Department of Education’s Office of the Deputy Secretary.

The video, produced and directed by Monica Lam ’96, was inspired by the Haas Center’s 20th Anniversary Alumni Survey Project, a research effort initiated in 2004 to strengthen relationships and more accurately trace the trajectory of public service careers of Haas alumni. Monica was recently awarded a Stanford Associates Award of Merit for her volunteer leadership on this film.

Light refreshments will be available from 6:30 to 7:00. The video will be screened from 7:00 to 7:25 followed by discussion/Q&A with Roopal and Jason.

The cost to attend is FREE. RSVP to this event at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event7378reg. Seating is limited. Questions? Contact David Gobaud ’10 at gobaudd@stanfordalumni.org.

Stanford Day at the Races
Sunday, May 1 1 pm
Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Races
Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA

Get out your hat and binoculars for A Day at the Races! Rain or shine

Admission is $25.00 per person and includes a tasty tailgate picnic and libations in a patron space overlooking the finish line. Children under 12 free. Space is limited so please RSVP by April 25 and send 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 "Maggie" New at 703-298-2525 or email maggie@middleburggroup.com

Stanford at the Opera – Spring 2011 – Kennedy Center

Madama Butterfly – Puccini
Monday, March 14 @ 7:00 pm

For more than a century, audiences have been thrilled by Puccini’s haunting, poignant music and touched by the lovely Butterfly, who gives up everything for love. Conducted by new WNO music director, Philippe Auguin. Deadline for ordering is February 28. Tickets will be mailed by March 4.

Iphigénie en Tauride – Gluck
Thursday, May 12 @ 7:30 pm
Placido Domingo returns as Oreste in a savage drama filled with passionate singing and magical music – a Washington National Opera Premiere with Patricia Racette as Iphigénie. Deadline for ordering is April 15. Tickets will be mailed week of April 25.

Don Pasquale – Donizetti
Thursday, May 26 @ 7:30 pm
Famed bass-baritone, James Morris, in a WNO debut as Pasquale with MET favorite Dwayne Croft as Dr. Malatesta. A true opera buffa to be enjoyed by all. Deadline for ordering is May 1. Tickets will be mailed week of May 8.

Prime Orchestra $156.50; 2nd Tier $ 81.50. 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. All performances are by the Washington National Opera (WNO) and are at the Kennedy Center.

Stanford In the News

  • A study by Stanford researcher Mark Jacobson concludes that the world’s energy supplies can be converted to clean and sustainable sources with today’s technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy.
  • Two Stanford students have created software that lets users opt out of third party web tracking and tells advertisers to stop following them online.

Get Involved

Request for Alternative Spring Break Assistance

The Haas Center for Public Service has sponsored Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips for undergraduates in the DC area for many years. This year, they will be returning from Sunday, March 20 through Saturday, March 26. The ASB Program exposes students to complex social and cultural issues through community visits, service, group discussion, readings, and reflection activities. Sophomores Suril Shah (Computer Science) and Daniel Reynolds (MS&E) are leading a course/trip organized around the guiding question,"What can government do to reduce the number of homeless in our country in the next five years?"

Participants will serve in homeless shelters to understand the homeless experience and the work being done by nonprofit and volunteer services. Students will meet with nonprofit advocates and policy makers to convert ideas into operational plans to tackle homelessness. The 14 students participating in the trip seek support from alumni in the following ways:

  • Housing for one or more nights in private homes or community centers in close proximity to the metro. Students have sleeping bags, so all they need is a floor to sleep on, access to showers and a kitchen to make breakfast and pack lunches.
  • Casual evening meals for the group for one or more nights.
  • Suggestions for contacts with work experience in related government, advocacy and direct service organizations.

If you can help or if you have any questions, please contact Megan Fogarty at megan.fogarty@stanford.edu

Job Postings

Project Coordinators,
The Urban Institute,
Washington, DC

To find additional information regarding the Project Coordinator positions, or to apply, go to https://jobsurban.
. (Please note
that the 2-3 years experience required can be made up of both pre- and post-graduation experience) Please contact Claudia Aranda, ’99 atclaudia.aranda@stanfordalumni.org if you have any questions.

Sr Consultant Training
McLean, Virginia

To find additional information regarding the Sr Consultant Training position, or to apply, go to www.MAXIMUS.com. Select Careers, Current Opportunities, McLean, VA, and then Sr ConsultantTraining.

Researcher/Policy Analyst, Passenger Vehicle Program
International Council on Clean Transportation
Washington, DC

To find additional information regarding the Researcher/Policy Analyst position, or to
apply, go to www.theicct.org. Select About the ICCT, Positions Open, and then Researcher/Policy Analyst.

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