WDCSA Newsletter – June 2011

Boomers to Busters: Rooftop Soiree
Friday, June 10 6-8pm
Hilton Washington Embassy Row
2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar

Did you ever have a plaster cast on a broken bone or sign your name on a classmate’s cast? If you were an undergraduate round about the mid 1970s to mid 1990s please join us. Finally, a group for those too old for the young alumni and too young for the seniors!

Welcome the summer with one of the most amazing views of Washington with people who remember when IRA stood for a terrorist group, but don’t know that many considered the HUAC one. If weather is inclement, we will be in the Consulate Room and still have a great time.

Online registration is $30 at (www.alumni.uchicago.edu , Connect & Learn, Events, By Region, DC) until Monday, June 6th. Walk-ins are $40. The Hilton Washington Embassy Row is one block from the Dupont Circle Metro north entrance. Hotel parking available. Dress code: anything goes.

Boomers to Busters is targeted for alumni of Stanford and similar schools who were undergraduates from the mid 1970s to mid 1990s, and their spouses, partners and guests. Schools advertising Boomers to Busters events include Amherst, Bryn Mawr, Caltech, Chicago, Haverford, MIT, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Smith, Stanford, Swarthmore, Vassar, Wellesley and Williams. Others are welcome to attend.

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, June 12 5-7 pm
Fairfax, Va.

The book group will meet at the home of Walter and Diana Wilson to discuss The River of Doubt, a nonfiction book about Theodore Roosevelt. Titles for the next 6 months will be announced at the meeting. New people are welcome to the discussion and potluck. For information, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com


The Stanford Black Alumni Association — Washington DC and the Washington DC Stanford Association cohosted a dinner and presentation on the history of American soul food and black chefs in the White House on Saturday, May 14. About 75 people came to a scrumptious four-course dinner at Johnny’s Half Shell on Capitol Hill and heard a discussion by Stanford author Adrian Miller ’91. He spoke about the book he is writing on Southern cooking and some of the favorite dishes of U.S. presidents that were prepared by black chefs.

AnnouncementEach item featured on the hors d’oeuvres menu was chosen to highlight a particular dish that a former president enjoyed. For example, the hors d’oeuvres included mini macaroni & cheese cups (a favorite of Thomas Jefferson), deviled almonds (enjoyed by William Howard Taft), and cured ham on spoonbread (preferred by James Monroe).

AttendeesThe dinner menu included "a rich & spice gumbo," a favorite of George Washington, and "Country Captain" which is a southern chicken curry served with rice that FDR enjoyed on his visits to Warm Springs, Ga. As each dish was served, Mr. Miller explained its importance, some traditions surrounding southern cooking, the historical context during the tenure of each featured president, and insights into the indignities of slavery and later segregation with which all African Americans struggled — including the black chefs in the White House.

Ivy Singles Happy Hour at Aria Trattoria 
Friday, June 17th 
on the Reagan Building plaza 
13th and Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC

Event details (Word document)

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, visit our website at www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/index.html#baseball 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 the summer.

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

Alumni DinnerStanford Alumni Connection Potluck Dinners
July 2011

You are all cordially invited to join WDCSA in a new series of potluck dinners connecting the generations of Stanford alumni living here in DC! The first Potluck was held in April in Bethesda at the home of GSB alums Lance Mattheisen and Tracey Griffin and was attended by five "young" alums (2010-2007) and seven "older" alums. Great fun was had by all.

Alumni DinnerThe goal of the dinners is to create a casual and friendly atmosphere in which to build relationships between the Stanford generations and help further connect you to the Stanford community here in town. The dinners benefit both the younger alums, who may have just moved to DC and who are looking to get to know more people in the area, as well as those
who have cemented relationships here over the years. The potlucks — everyone brings a dish or drink — are intimate (8-12 people) and are hosted by alums in the area.

To get involved –either as a guest or a host — please click on the link below and fill out the survey that is helping us put together the potlucks. The first order of business is the July event!

Please complete this survey to participate in potlucks: http://tinyurl.com/AlumniDinners

Alumni DinnerFor more information, contact Mark Kogan (’09)/"Young" Alum, markskogan@gmail.com and
Tom Kohn (’83)/"Older" Alum kohntom@gmail.com

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Saturday, July 30- Sunday, Aug 7
16th & Kennedy, NW,
Washington D.C.

The 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic is an ATP World Tour 500 tournament, making it one of the top 20 men’s tournaments in the world. WDCSA has 6 premium box seats in Aisle 36, Section 3 to all sessions. Our seats are in the same location as in recent years – very close to the court. These seats provide access to the Courtside Club restaurant. We have two parking passes available for each session at $10/pass. The Sunday of the first weekend usually includes main draw matches as well as qualifying matches.

The major change this year is that previously there were two separate Friday quarterfinal sessions – one at 12pm and one at 7pm. These have now been combined into one session starting at 2PM and going through the evening. Since the price for the week is the same as in previous years with one fewer session, some of our session prices are higher than in previous years.

Sat 7/30 (qualifying) 10am – $7
Sunday 7/31 10am – $14 (3 left)
Mon 8/1 4pm – $36
Tue 8/2 4pm – $43 (4 left)
Wed 8/3 4pm – $48 (2 left)
Thurs 8/4 4pm – $54 (4 left)
Friday 8/5 2pm (quarterfinals) – $90 (4 left)
Sat 8/6 (semifinals) 1pm – $67 (2 left)
Sat 8/6 (semifinals) – 7pm – $72 (2 left)
Sun 8/7 (finals) 12pm – $77 (4 left)

Check the WDCSA website at www.stanfordclubs.org/dc for current ticket availability for each session. Please email wmpegram@comcast.net or call 703-486-0952
indicating the number of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will process requests in the order they are received and confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

Stanford vs. Duke Tailgate
Saturday, September 10

The pre-season top 10 Stanford football team, led by Heisman Trophy front-runner Andrew Luck, will travel east for the only time this season for a contest against the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, NC. WDCSA is working with the Stanford Alumni Association to arrange group ticket purchases and a huge tailgate party. If there is sufficient interest we will organize a same-day bus service to the game (3:30pm kick-off), departing Washington at about 8:30am and arriving back here at about 12:30am.

Game tickets are $45 and bus tickets are expected to cost approximately $50 roundtrip with refreshments served on the way to Duke and back.

We are also collecting information about lodging and restaurants for those who want to travel independently. So CIRCLE THE DATE on your calendar and look for more information in subsequent issues of the newsletter. Questions? Contact Nels Nordquist nelspeter@yahoo.com 202-201-1255 or Chris Shinkman c.shinkman@verizon.net 301-229-4427.

Stanford In the News

• The John Bates Clark Medal, a major prize given annually to an economist under the age of 40, has been awarded to Jonathan Levin, Professor of Economics.

• Stanford has disciplined five medical school faculty members for violating the university policy regarding promotional speeches for drug companies.

Community Service Opportunities

There are two upcoming volunteer opportunities for Stanford Alumni in June and July:
We are looking for 4-8 volunteers to assist with Arlington’s Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony on June 18th, from 5:30 pm-10 pm at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. The Luminaria ceremony is one of the signature parts of Relay For Life events. The Arlington Relay will feature white paper bags that have the name of someone who has died from or fought cancer. These bags are lit with candles that illuminates the names. The ceremony is meant to honor those who have survived and remember those we have lost and is often referred to as the Ceremony of Hope. Volunteers will be manning the booth for Luminaria purchases and assist in setting up the ceremony. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Please Contact Lindsay Caldwell atlacaldy5@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer for this event.

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: 10-15 Stanford Alumni will plant trees on July 16th with Casey Trees. Casey Trees is a Washington, DC-based non-profit established in 2002 committed to restoring, enhancing, and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. To fulfill this mission, Casey Trees plants trees, engages thousands of volunteers of all ages in tree planting and care, provides year-round continuing education courses, monitors the city’s tree canopy, develops interactive online tree tools, and works with elected officials, developers, and community groups to protect and care for existing
trees and to encourage them to add new ones. The time and location are still being determined, though the location will be metro accessible. Please contact Lindsay Caldwell at lacaldy5@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in this event.

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