WDCSA Newsletter – August 2012

August 2012 Newsletter

FACE AIDS – Ride Against AIDS Presentation
Friday, August 10 7-8:30 pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20008

Join your fellow alumni to hear current Stanford students discuss their inspiring efforts to raise funds and awareness for the fight against AIDS while cycling across the country. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided and this event is free. Please RSVP at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event10019.

The team, which is triple the size of last year’s team, will stop by Stanford in Washington during their summer-long bike ride from Stanford to Boston to present their roles as students in the fight against AIDS. As the group rides across the country, they stop at local high schools, Rotary clubs, churches, and other organizations to present on AIDS in Africa. FACE AIDS, a student group founded at Stanford in 2005, is committed to fighting AIDS by building a global movement of youth dedicated to social justice and global health equity.

Questions? E-mail John Smithson, ’05, at jsmithson@gmail.com.

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, August 12 5-8 pm
Bethesda, MD

The book club will meet at the home of Perry Seiffert to discuss Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather.

Books for coming months are as follows:
September: Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore
October: Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
November: The Metaphysical Club by Loouis Menand
December: The Movie Goer by Walker Percy

For general information about the book group, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com.

Boomers to Busters: US Army Band Summer Concert
Tuesday, August 14 Meet at 6pm for 8pm concert
Outdoor Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds
15th St and Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC

Concert Concludes with
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

If you have personal memories of the Battle that inspired the 1812 Overture you are way tooooo old for this group!!! But if you are old enough to remember Paul McCartney after the Beatles but before Heather Mills please join us.

This extravaganza offers a musical program of traditional band, music with vocals, and Herald Trumpet fanfare. The concert features classical, popular, and patriotic music – complete with smokin’ cannons. So bring a blanket/lawn chair(s)/picnic and mix with your fellow area alums. Our 6 PM start will ensure that we can gather together and mingle before the music begins. For info on how to find us and to RSVP, email Margot at margotross@aol.com so we have an idea of how much space we will need.

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.

Stanford Entrepreneurship of Greater
Washington Kick-Off Happy Hour
Saturday, September 8, 7-10pm
McLean, Va.

Be in on the ground floor of launching Stanford Entrepreneurship of Greater Washington! Join us for cocktails and refreshments Saturday night at a private home in McLean to meet and greet fellow DC areabased Stanford alum startup mavens, VCs, later stage investors, IP attorneys, academics, founders, developers, CEOs, VPs, social change makers, White House technologists, and more, who share in common a passion for entrepreneurship.

Interested? Contact Vered Sharon (Econ ’89/IPS ’91), Vered.Sharon@gmail.com, for details and confirmation. Space is limited. First to RSVP, first served.

*To ensure a comfortable atmosphere, we ask that attendees adhere to the non-solicitation policy, with the sole exception of business card exchanges as you wish. Thanks, and we look forward to a fun beginning
to a great new club!

AFAC Service Project
Sunday, September 9 1:30-3:30pm
Arlington Food Assistance Center
2708 S. Nelson St.,
Arlington, VA

In recognition of The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, join your fellow alumni for produce bagging at the Arlington Food Assistance Center. AFAC is dedicated to providing supplemental groceries to residents who need assistance, and we will help sort and bag produce donated by vendors from local farmers markets. The minimum age to participate is 12, and AFAC recommends wearing closed-toed shoes.

Parking is available on S. Nelson St. Space is very limited, so please sign up soon by e-mailing Sumana at sumanachatt@yahoo.com.

Stanford Day at the Ballpark:
Washington Nationals vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Sunday, September 23 1:35pm
Washington, DC


The Washington Nationals and former Stanford pitcher Drew Storen are headed to the playoffs and we’re going to watch them in action. Join WDCSA members at Nationals Park for the game against the Brewers, and attend a pre-game "Meet and Greet" with Drew in a private meeting room*.

Once the game starts we will be seated in the shade in Section 203 and the ticket price is $29. Children 2 years and younger do not require a ticket.

Use the following link, https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=10036, BEFORE AUGUST 17 to purchase your tickets. Questions? Contact Chris Shinkman at 301-229-4427 or c.shinkman@verizon.net

*Due to the unpredictable nature of players’ schedules on game days, Drew Storen has tentatively agreed to meet with our group.

Stanford In the News

  • Stanford Researcher Markus Covert and his colleagues have made the first full computer model of a living organism, both raising hopes of fighting disease and stoking fears of biological engineering.
  • Seven undergraduates are among dozens of Cardinal athletes competing in the Olympic Games in London.

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