WDCSA Newsletter – February 2012

February 2012 Newsletter

Landry in Knicks uniformStanford Night at Washington Wizards Game
Wednesday, February 8 – 7 pm

Verizon Center
Washington DC

Have you seen the SportsCenter Top 10 plays lately? They are full of alley-oops, half-court buzzer-beaters, and crazy blocked shots.

If you are craving a little basketball LIVE and IN PERSON, you are in luck!

We are going to a Washington Wizards game THIS WEDNESDAY! And did we get some great seats at some great prices for you! The Wizards are taking on their Eastern Conference rival New York Knicks, with Stanford class of 2010 Landry Fields at guard.

We have confirmed early access to Verizon Center to watch warm-ups at 5 PM. The entry location for warm-ups will be sent to everyone who registers after purchasing tickets.

Ticket prices are as follows: $17 for the upper level – sections 405-412, 422-429 ($14 discount); $35 for the Acela Club level – sections 202 213 217 228 Rows H-L, 225-227, 218-220 ($35 discount); $75 for the lower level – sections 102, 103, 108, 109, 113, 114, 119, 120 ($10 discount).

Click here to purchase your tickets for this game. https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/go.htmI?l=EN&t=wizards&o=18498002&g=1986.

The promo code is wizards.

You better hurry, the game is THIS WEDNESDAY. You don’t want to miss this!

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, February 12 5-8 pm
Silver Spring, Md.

The book club will meet at at the home of Jennifer Presley to discuss the novel The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje. For information on the book club, email
Alison Westfall at alisoncolew@hotmail.com

Elephant RoomStanford at Arena Stage
Thursday, February 23 8-10 pm
Arena Stage
1101 6th St. SW
Washington, DC 20024

Come see Stanford Alum Geoff Sobelle at Arena
Stage’s production of "The Elephant Room."
We have a special discounted ticket price of $30, which includes a drink voucher. Attendees will be able to meet with cast members after the show.

Call 202-488-4380 to purchase tickets. Mention that you are with the Stanford group to get the special pricing. Payment is due once you call, so have
your credit cards handy. Purchase your tickets in advance as the show might sell out!

See the link below for information about the play. www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/productions/elephant-room/

Any questions/comments, please email ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com.

Ivy Singles Happy Hour
Friday, February 24 6:30-8:30 pm
Darlington House
1610 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC

The Columbia University Club of Washington and the Washington Wellesley Club are hosting an Ivy Singles Social Club Happy Hour.

The party will be held in the private library of this historic Victorian row house in the heart of Dupont Circle. Enjoy a relaxing evening of good company
over hearty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Darlington House is located one half block from the Dupont Circle Metro, use Q Street exit. The Colonial Parking Lot is behind the PNC Bank
entrance between Dupont Circle and Massachusetts Ave. For prepaid reservations, send $25 check, payable to Washington Wellesley Club, to Nancy Tate,
901 N. Monroe Street, Apt. 705, Arlington, VA 22201 by Tuesday, February 21st. Please note your school on the check. RSVP’s and walk-ins are $35.
Questions? Email Nancy.Tate@hotmail.com or call
703-527-9265. Darlington House is not easily handicapped accessible. Please contact us if you will need

Foreign Affairs Potluck Dinner
Saturday, March 3 6-9 pm
Glover Park
Washington, DC

Stanford alum Katharine Read and her husband will host our third Stanford Potluck dinner at their home in Glover Park. These casual dinners have been very
successful so far because of the great mix of "young" and "old" Stanford alums in attendance who have brought great food to share and who come
interested in meeting others in their field of interest.

If you live in the DC, Virginia or Maryland area, are a Stanford grad, and are in the foreign affairs field,
please contact Tom Kohn (’83) kohntom@gmail.com or Mark Kogan (’09) markskogan@gmail.com for
more details.

Stanford Day at the Races
Sunday, April 29 1pm
Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Races
Glenwood Park
Middleburg, VA

Get out your hat and binoculars for a day at the Middleburg Races!

Rain or shine

The admission price of $25.00 per person will cover tasty tailgate picnic and libations in a patron space overlooking the finish line. Children under 12 are

Space is limited, so please RSVP by April 21 with a check payable to WDCSA and send to Margaret "Maggie" New, P.O. Box 933, Middleburg, VA 20118-0933.

Tickets and directions will be mailed to you.

For further information, call Margaret "Maggie" New
703-298-2525 or email

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

  • Stanford Professor Mike McFaul was sworn in as
    Ambassador to Russia by Secretary of State Hillary
    Rodham Clinton on January 10th. 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. To read the
    full transcript of Secretary Clinton’s speech, visit
    the following link: www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/01/180402.htm.

  • Stanford University released a comprehensive
    examination of teaching and learning that says
    students need knowledge, but they also need to
    develop capacities for continued intellectual
    growth, and the ability to apply the skills and
    knowledge they accrued at Stanford to the novel
    challenges awaiting them in the wider world. Visit http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/january/faculty-senate-setup-012612.html to view the full report.
  • Washington, DC area Stanford alum, Brooke Salkoff
    ’91, has created a kayak.com type website called
    CampEasy for viewing, comparing, and scheduling
    summer camps for children.
  • Tenured Computer Science Professor Sebastian
    Thrun is leaving Stanford and hoping to teach
    500,000 students through an online start-up.

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