WDCSA Newsletter – December 2011

December 2011

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, December 11 5 pm
Bethesda, Md.

The book group will meet at the home of Kathie Krumm to discuss the
novel Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron. The books for the next six months
will be announced in early December.
For information about the book group, email Alison Westfall at

WDCSA Holiday Party
Thursday, December 15 7-10 pm
DACOR-Bacon House
1801 F Street, NW (at 18th Street)
Washington, DC 20006

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 DACOR-Bacon House will be decorated for the holiday
season and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided.

The advanced registration price is $8 for WDCSA members, young alumni (’07 –
’11), and guests; $12 for non-WDCSA members and guests. Please RSVP and pay
online at http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event8483reg. 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 (’07 – ’11), 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.

Salma Qarnain

Stanford Afternoon at Romeo and Juliet
Sunday, December 18 2 pm
Synetic Theater
1800 South Bell St
Arlington, VA

Join your fellow alumni for an afternoon of Romeo and Juliet at the Synetic
Theater, and stay afterwards for a Stanford-only discussion with the cast including
Stanford’s own Salma Qarnain, ’96.

Tickets have been heavily discounted for alumni. Just
use the code, "STANFORD" at the payment link
below to receive the discounted price of $35.
Alumni will be seated in Tier A Premium Seating.
Purchase tickets at

This rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and
Juliet uses shadows, props, mime, dance, sinuous
combat, and passionate acting to convey love,
passion, and timelessness.

Arlington’s Synetic Theater is located steps from the
Crystal City metro stop (yellow and blue lines) and
has free garage parking all day on weekends. Please
note the Synetic Theater parking entrance is off of
20th Street and is marked with a sign for "Synetic

Questions? Contact John Smithson, ’05 at jsmithson@gmail.com

Fiesta Bowl Game Watch
Monday, January 2 8:30 pm kick-off
1823 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20038


The Stanford BCS selection has been made and we
will take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. If you
are not lucky enough to be going to Arizona for the
game, come and join the Cardinal faithful in
Washington as we gather for the game watch.

Mackey’s is close to both the Farragut North and
Farragut West metro stops. Food and drink specials
will be provided. No RSVP – just come wearing your
Cardinal garb and be ready to cheer the team on to


As a Silicon Valley executive and Israeli venture
capitalist, Vered, ’89/’91, has spent her career
investing in and assisting entrepreneurs and their
industry-defining companies. In her current work,
she provides entrepreneurs with access to venture
firms in Silicon Valley. Her hope is to bring DC and
other regions some of the practices that have helped
make Silicon Valley and Israeli startups so
disproportionately successful. Along with her paid
job, Vered enjoys fundraising for philanthropic
causes, volunteering with the Washington DC
Stanford Association board of directors, doing
marathons, learning Thai kickboxing, and
facebooking. (Vered currently co-administers the
WDCSA group on facebook, as well as the Sand Hill
Road -> Exit OPEN, and Stanford Israeli Alumni &
Friends pages.) She can be reached at

Ivy Singles Social Club Event
Friday, January 13 6:30-9 pm
Woman’s National Democratic Club at
the Whittemore House mansion
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles for an evening of exceptional nonpartisan
company and conversation at the
Whittemore House, home of the Woman’s National
Democratic Club.

The Whittemore House is an elegant historic
mansion centrally located in Washington’s fashionable
Dupont Circle. Built in the late 19th century as a
private residence, it is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places and pays tribute to the English Arts
and Crafts movement and American "Shingle Style"

Nine enchanting rooms of varying size make it an
ideal setting for private parties, weddings and special
events. Each is unique in character and beautifully
furnished with antiques, art, and political
memorabilia. The mansion is special in that none of
its public rooms are square or rectangular.

Reservations: Prepay $30 by check to Steve Piekarec,
2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181, by
Monday, January 8th. Make checks payable to "The
Cornell Club of Washington" and note your school
on the check.
Online payment can be made on the Cornell Club
Website (includes Paypal fee): www.cornellclubdc.org/

Pay at the door
$40 for walk-ins, email Spiekare@verizon.net or visit
www.cornellclubdc.org/events/2009/10/23/ivysingles-womans-national-democratic-club for more

Metro/parking: The Whittemore House mansion is on
New Hampshire Avenue, a half block Northeast off
Du Pont Circle and 2 minutes walk from the Du Pont
Metro Station (Red Line). For those driving, there are
3 parking garages nearby, and street parking, while
always limited, improves after 6:30.

The Ivy Singles Social Club www.ivysinglesdc.com is a coalition of Ivy League,
Seven Sister and other prestigious schools’ regional
alumni associations that sponsors social activities.
Our events are open to all single alumni of member
schools and their guests.

Stanford at the Opera
Spring 2012

Kennedy Center

Nabucco – Verdi
Thursday, May 10 @ 7:30 pm

Verdi’s powerful blockbuster about the defeat,
enslavement, and exile of the ancient Babylonian Jews
by King Nabucco features a grand and gorgeous
score. Thaddeus Strassberger’s new production will
transport you to the lost wonders of the world to
witness a royal family at odds with their nation and
each other.


Prime Orchestra $146.50; 2nd Tier $ 79.
For tickets – send a check payable to WDCSA to
Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington
DC 20010. Contact Betty at 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 $150 million gift from Robert and Dorothy King
    to the Graduate School of Business will establish
    an institute aimed at alleviating global poverty.
  • A study by Stanford professor Dan Jurafsky,
    appearing in Gastronomica, uses potato chips to
    analyze class identity in food marketing.

Get Involved

Stanford ASB Trip Focused on Voter Mobilization Coming
to Washington DC

The Haas Center for Public Service is looking for
alumni to assist with an Alternative Spring Break
(ASB) trip coming to Washington DC, March 24-31,
2012. This year’s trip, Raise Your Voice: Mobilizing
Voters in an Election Year, will be led by Anna
Schickele (Junior Majoring in Public Policy from
Davis, CA who has read transcripts of presidential
debates from the last 40 years) and Deepa Kannappan (Junior from Bakersfield, CA with ASSU
Senate on her resume).

Alumni support is needed in the following areas:

-Lodging for 14 students for one or more nights
(please note: students like to sleep in the same
location so we discourage trips breaking up into
multiple sleeping locations.

-Suggestions for low cost accommodations.
-Evening meals for the group of 14 in alumni homes.
-Ideas for speakers and organizations to visit.

If you think you can help this year’s group, please
complete a short form at http://www.stanford.edu/dept/haas/outside/ASB12.fb . This year is also ASB’s
25th Anniversary. Tell your ASB Memory at www.stanford.edu/group/ASB/cgi-bin/prod/memories.

Contact Megan Swezey Fogarty at
mswez@stanford.edu for more information.

WDCSA Community Service Chair(s) Opening

Have you wanted to become more involved in your
local alumni association but didn’t know how? Do
you enjoy participating in community service and
volunteer activities? WDCSA is looking for
members of the Stanford family who want to assist
in developing community service and volunteer
events. Please email John Smithson, WDCSA
President, at jsmithson@gmail.com if you are

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