WDCSA Newsletter – May 2011

Stanford Day of Service: Beyond the Farm Hunger Fighting in DC
Saturday, May 14 1-4 pm
Capital Area Food Bank
645 Taylor Street NE, Washington DC

In concert with Stanford’s celebration of its first global day of service, WDCSA, the Stanford Black Alumni Association of Washington DC (SBAA-DC) and Stanford Chicano Latino Alumni Association (SCLAA) are coordinating a handson community service opportunity with the Capital Area Food Bank.

This hands on community service opportunity will be a great way for alums to make a huge difference in the lives of the hungry and the organizations that support them in our nation’s capital. Please save the date/time and get ready to impact a small, but significant, part of the world for the better!

The Capital Area Food Bank is one of the nation’s most comprehensive antihunger organizations and the Washington metropolitan area’s largest nonprofit distributor of food and other necessities to low-income clients living in the District of Columbia area.

Activities will include packing and sorting donated food, working on the shopping floor and assisting with various other tasks that are considered light to medium labor. Standing for up to three hours in a warehouse and lifting up to 35 pounds are also typical. Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.

Children over 12 years of age are welcome. A parent or guardian for anyone under the age of 18 must sign a youth waiver. To register, visit https://www.cervistech.com/acts/webreg/eventdetail.php?event_id=61&org_id=0032&event_category_id=&keyword=&filter_choice=&cal_choice=&console_mode=console

WDCSA Special Announcement:
Change in WDCSA Treasurer

After serving as WDCSA Treasurer for numerous years, Jim Finucane, BS ’61, is handing over the reins to Patricia Marby Harrison, ’91. Jim has been an excellent contributor to the DC Stanford community both as the Treasurer and as an event leader. We thank Jim for all of his hard work and dedication throughout the years.

Black Chefs in the White House Dinner and Presentation
Saturday, May 14
6 pm Cocktails
7 pm Dinner and Presentation by
Author Adrian Miller, ‘91
Johnny’s Half Shell on Capitol Hill
400 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC

***Cocktail attire. 21 and over***
WDCSA and the Stanford Black Alumni Association-Washington, DC (SBAA-DC) will co-host a special evening featuring a prix fixe four-course dinner inspired by dishes discussed in Adrian Miller’s upcoming book on the history of American soul food and the important role of Black American White House chefs. Chef Walter Scheib III, White House Executive Chef from 1994-2005, will also give a few remarks and share anecdotes from the Clinton and Bush administrations. We anticipate other special guests from the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations.

Johnny’s Half Shell is a premier seafood restaurant on Capitol Hill located within easy walking distance of Union Station. Our chef for the evening will be Chef Ann Cashion, ’78, co-owner of Johnny’s.

The evening will begin with a cash bar cocktail hour followed by Mr. Miller’s presentation and dinner. Wine will be served with dinner as well as nonalcoholic

This event has been held in several other cities across the nation and has sold out in almost all instances. If you would like to attend, we strongly suggest that you register and pay as soon as possible.

Cost: $75 for WDCSA members and $90 for non-WDCSA members. This price includes dinner, wine served with dinner, and gratuities. To register:

http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event7863reg. See who’s coming: http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event7863who

Parking: For validated parking, please park in the Colonial Parking lot located on E Street, NWbetween North Capitol Street and New Jersey Avenue. Take the garage elevator to the Lobby and walk through the courtyard to Johnny’s Half Shell. Bring your parking ticket with you for validation.

Questions? Please contact Charles Gnaedinger, ‘87 at c_gnaedinger@hotmail.com or 202-342-1505.

Nina Rodriguez and Golden Gate Bridge


A native of Miami, FL, Nina, MCE ’05, first came to Washington, DC for college in 2000. After earning her Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Catholic
University, she went to Stanford for her Masters in Civil Engineering, concentrating in Construction Engineering Management. After graduation, she decided to come back to DC to work in the construction and engineering sector. In the past she has worked on several key projects such as the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, DC and several projects on US Navy bases around the United States. Currently a full-time student, she is working on finishing her PhD at Catholic University in Geotechnical Engineering. In her free time, Nina enjoys traveling as often as she can. She is also active in planning events for the Cardinal Young Alumni group and plays on the Stanford Alumni CAN sports teams.

Happiness Is: Spring Fling
Wednesday, May 18 6:30-8 pm
Koshland Science Museum
Washington DC

As late May approaches, summer and love are in the air. Find out what makes us happy during a program with Dr. Laura Carstensen, an expert in the psychological sciences from Stanford University.

The evening will begin with a short survey about global happiness. Then, Dr. Carstensen will compare global assessments to momentary assessments. She will explain why we grow happier as we age, an assertion that is counterintuitive to preconceived notions about aging.

Laura Carstensen is the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy, and a professor of psychology at Stanford University. Her most current empirical research focuses on ways in which motivational changes influence cognitive processing.

Admission to this program is $5; advance ticket purchase is recommended. For tickets, please email the Koshland Science Museum at ksm@nas.edu or call (202) 334-1201.

Ivy Singles Social Club Spring Garden Party
Friday, May 20 6:30-8:30 pm
DACOR-Bacon House
1801 F Street, NW (at 18th Street),
Washington, DC

Join the Ivy Singles Social Club at their Spring Garden Party!

The garden will be bursting with spring colors of dogwoods and azaleas in full bloom. Mingle with fellow Ivy Alum as you feast on hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a fine selection of wines, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks from a cash bar. Consistent with our early evening outdoor surroundings, please come dressed in your choice of garden party, cocktail, business or business casual attire.

The historic DACOR-Bacon House was built from1824-25 and was home to several Supreme Court Justices, a Maryland governor and U.S. Congressman from New York, Robert Low Bacon and his wife, Virginia Murray Bacon.

Register online for $25, which includes a $2 processing fee. Register here: https://ycwd.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_99468 .

To register by mail, send a check for $25 payable to"WDCSA" or “Washington DC Stanford Association” to: Phebe Greenwood, 504 Gaslight Drive, Richmond, VA 23229. Checks must be received by Tuesday, May 17th. Please note your school on
the memo line of the check.

If It Rains: Don’t worry- DACOR-Bacon has spacious indoor rooms and we can watch the rain patter down from the cozy confines of the house.

Walk-ins: Walk-ins are welcome at $35; however, advance reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.

Questions: Email Phebe Greenwood: phebepg@yahoo.com, or Charlotte Perry: charmperry@aol.com

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, June 12 5 pm

The book group will meet to discuss The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Dark Journey by Candice Millard. E-mail alisoncolew@hotmail.com for location and
other information. Email alisoncolew@hotmail.com for location and other information.

Nationals Baseball with the PAC-12
Wednesday, June 22 7:05 pm
Nationals Stadium,
Washington, DC

The newly formed PAC-12 Washington DC Alumni Clubs Group will be heading to Nationals Park to see the Nats take on the Seattle Mariners.

We have obtained a discounted ticket rate of $15.50 for seats in the Scoreboard Pavilion section of the stadium. Purchase tickets at www.Nationals.com/PAC12 and wear your Stanford red!

Questions? Contact Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net or 301-229-4427.

Bowie Baysox Baseball Game
Sunday, June 26 2 pm
Bowie, MD

Come and join WDCSA members and guests for a fun outing of minor league baseball! The first 500 fans at the game will receive a free BBQ set. The players will be on the field at 12:30 pm for autographs and photographs with all fans, young and old.

Our group rate of $17.50 per person gets you the best seats in the house…and that includes a food voucher for a hot dog, chips, and a small drink! All fans aged 3 and older need to purchase a ticket.

To purchase tickets, click on the button below no later than Wednesday, June 22. Questions? Contact Chris Shinkman c.shinkman@verizon.net

3rd Annual WDCSA Happy Hour Cruise
Thursday, June 30 7:15-9:30 pm
Potomac Riverboat Cruise
Departing Washington Harbour, Georgetown

Join fellow Stanford alums for a happy hour cruise and evening boat tour of DC’s monuments! Your ticket is all-inclusive: a premium open bar, catered happy hour, a cruise along the Potomac, and company of up to 120 new Stanford friends.

We will have a private 2-hour tour on the Miss Mallory, with the Potomac Riverboat Company: www.potomacriverboatco.com/miss-mallory.php.
Spaces are limited. RSVP on the Stanford Alumni Association website at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event7884reg. The cost is $40 for WDCSA members, their guests, and Young Alumni (’07-’11) and $50 for nonmembers and their guests.

This was one of our MOST POPULAR events for the past two years, so reserve early. Be ready to enjoy the cool breezes and meet new people in a casual environment.
Not sure if you’re a WDCSA member? Check at www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp.
See who’s coming at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event7884who.

Please arrive promptly at 7:15, as the boat will sail shortly thereafter with or without ticket holders. In the event of postponement for bad weather, we will notify ticket holders and reschedule for later in thesummer.

If you have any questions, contact Steven Kelts, Ph.D. ’02 at kelts@stanfordalumni.org. For communication on the day of the event, call John Smithson at (818) 599-9010

Stanford In the News

• Stanford took the only platinum honors in the first-ever ranking of bike-friendly institutions by the League of American Bicyclists. Cal Davis and Cal Santa Barbara finished tied for gold honors (second place).

• Sophomore Philosophy major Sam Purtill has launched ClassOwl, a student-run Website that seeks to convince students to input their class assignments to keep themselves – and their classmates –more organized. Currently, there are 750 members and it could, founders hope, grow into a student-run course-management system.

• The Faculty Senate voted 28-9-3 on April 28th to invite the U.S. military’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) to return to campus. The Stanford
ROTC program was phased out in the early 1970s amid concern about academic rigor and opposition to the Vietnam War.

Get Involved

WDCSA Unveils Facebook Group

The Washington DC Stanford Association is excited to expand its social networking presence! Alumni, parents, and friends can now follow WDCSA on Facebook and LinkedIn. Join the groups via the links below to learn about club events, to network, to share photos, to learn about job opportunities, and more.
Facebook – Washington DC Stanford Association: www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=192108686046
LinkedIn – Washington DC Stanford Association: www.linkedin.com/groups/Washington-DCStanford-Association-3728513?mostPopular=&gid=3728513

New Ivy (Plus) Running Club

Princeton has started a new Ivy (Plus) Running Club and Stanford has been invited to participate. The IRC meets on Saturdays. All ages and all abilities are welcome. The typical run is 5-6 miles, but people have formed different groups based on distance and pace.

For those who are interested, please join the Ivy Running Club email list at http://groups.google.com/group/ivy-running-club and "apply" for membership.
If you have any questions, please contact Princeton alum, Chas Ballew at chas.ballew@gmail.com.

Community Service Opportunities

In honor of the Stanford Alumni Association beginning their annual, worldwide Stanford Day of Service on May 14, your Washington DC Stanford Association has stepped up to the community service challenge. Each month we will feature opportunities for the DC Stanford community to assist our nation’s capital with our new feature,"Community Service Opportunities." Whether working with a team of Stanford volunteers or working as an individual, our goal is to give back to the community in which we live. We hope you
appreciate this new section and more importantly, get involved!
-John Smithson, ’05
WDCSA President

N Street Village
1333 N St NW,
Washington, DC 20005

WDCSA is very excited to announce our new partnership with N Street Village, a local nonprofit serving as an empowering community for women
struggling with homelessness and poverty, as well as mental illness, addiction, and chronic health problems. N Street Village serves over one thousand women per year and provides a wide and comprehensive range of services including housing, meals, physical health and wellness programs, and job training and placement assistance.

Our goal is to establish a long-term relationship with N Street Village through which DC Stanford alumni, family, and friends can become more involved in the community on a regular basis. Moving forward, our group will host and serve dinner one night per month, as well as collect donation items for the women. Stay tuned for sign-up forms!

Current much-needed, donation items:
· Travel-size lotion and travel-size shower gel
· Gift cards (Target, Giant, Whole Foods, CVS, Home Depot, Michael’s)
· Journals or notebooks
· Cleaning supplies (dish soap, multi-purpose cleaner, Windex, paper towels)

If you have any questions about N Street Village, our participation, or have an item you would like to donate to the women, please contact Emma Welch,’10, at emmwelch@gmail.com

Community Preservation and Development Corporation
(CPDC) Youth Mentoring Program

CPDC develops vibrant communities by empowering youth through quality mentoring relationships. They have 3rd to 6th grade youth participants who are waiting to be matched with mentors throughout the DC metropolitan area.

Requirements for mentors: Commit to at least one year to develop a relationship with a student and be 18 years or older. Mentors meet weekly with their mentee for 1-2 hours to enjoy an activity of their choosing. Weekly meetings can take place in one of CPDC’s community centers or within the community. Current mentors and mentees have worked on homework, gone to the movies, explored the farmers market, played Wii, learned to swim, and attended sporting events. The program staff
sponsors monthly large group activities for mentors and mentees to enjoy time together; these have included movie and game nights, visits to the National Zoo, and family potlucks.

For further information or questions, please contact Leah Potash at lpotash@cpdc.org or by phone at 202-885-9560. Website: http://www.cpdc.org/

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