WDCSA Newsletter – September 2012

Sunday, September 9
Book Club Discussion
Sunday, September 9
AFAC Service Project
Friday, September 14
Boomers to Busters: A Taste of Africa
Sunday, September 23
Stanford Day at the Ballpark
Friday, September 28
Ivy Singles Social
Wednesday, October 17
American Electoral Politics
Thursday, November 1
Pre-Election Briefing and Reception
Saturday, November 3
Ivy IndoorTennis


September 2012 Newsletter

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, September 9 5-8 pm
Vienna, VA

The book club will meet at the home of Connie and Terence Barrett to discuss Sacre Bleu, a novel about Vincent Van Gogh, by Christopher Moore. The October book is the German novel, Every Man Dies Alone, by Hans Fallada. For general information about the book group, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com.

AFAC Service Project
Sunday, September 9 1:30-3:30 pm
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.

Boomers to Busters: A Taste of Africa
Friday, September 14 6-8 pm
Africare, 440 R St NW, Washington, DC

Do you remember when the DRC was Zaire, but not when it was the Belgian Congo? Never been to Africa? Never been to Shaw? Expand your horizons with people who are older than Zimbabwe but younger than Libya. View some African art and nibble on African food. The President of Africare, one of our own Boomers to Busters, will greet us.
There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Advance admission, via web registration, is $30 per person and $50 for "first time" couples. Admission is $40 at the door for all.
For more information, and to register on-line (by Tuesday, September 11th), visit http://alumniandfriends.uchicago.edu/dc.

Directions: Shaw metro, 8th St. exit. Diagonally cross the intersection of R, 7th and Rhode Island, to the limestone building. Walk east on R. Parking is on the New Jersey Ave. side of Africare. Business or business casual attire.
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, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Carnegie- Mellon, Chicago, Haverford, MIT, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Pomona, Smith, Stanford, Swarthmore, Yulane, Vassar, Wellesley and Williams. Others are welcome.

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

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.
To be on the wait list, email Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net. Questions? Contact Chris Shinkman at 301-229-4427. We will sell tickets to people on the wait list if we receive notices of cancellations prior to our THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 CANCELLATION DEADLINE.
*Due to the unpredictable nature of players’ schedules on game days, Drew Storen has tentatively agreed to meet with our group.

Ivy Singles Social
Friday, September 28 6:30-8:30 pm
American Foreign Service Association
2101 E Street, NW, Washington, DC

Join other Ivy Singles for a relaxing evening of good company in Foggy Bottom. Enjoy a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and linger over drinks at the cash bar.
AFSA’s principal missions are to enhance the effectiveness of the Foreign Service, protect the professional interests of its members, ensure the maintenance of high professional standards, and promote understanding of the critical role of the Foreign Service in promoting America’s national security and economic prosperity.
The event will be in their first floor event space (entrance is via the main canopied doorway on E Street at 21st).
Advance payment is $35. To pay by check, send to Steve Piekarec, 2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Va 22181, by Monday, September 24th. Make checks payable to "The Cornell Club of Washington" and
note your school on the check. To pay online, visit www.cornellclubdc.org/events/2012/09/28/ivy-singles-september-event-american-foreign-service-associati
Walk-ins are $35. Contact Steve Piekarec at Spiekare@verizon.net and 703-281-4311 to make phone reservations and for more information.

American Electoral Politics with Stanford Professor Simon Jackman
Wednesday, October 17 6:30-8:30 pm
Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Ave. NW., Washington, DC

Three themes have dominated the campaign for the 2012 presidential election. First, who is to blame for a stubbornly sluggish U.S. economy? What role does Obama’s race (and voter attitudes about race) play in shaping voting intentions? And to what extent are so-called "social issues" (e.g., abortion, gay marriage) at work? These questions help us understand the current election campaign, as well as the shape of American politics and policy-making for years to come.
As a Principal Investigator of two large studies of the American electorate, Professor Simon Jackman is uniquely positioned to address these questions. In this talk, he will show why Obama is faring better than he should, given the state of the economy; how race remains a powerful force in American politics; and the way that social issues do (or do not) drive citizens to make political choices inconsistent with their economic interests.
Professor Jackman is a Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) Statistics. His research focuses on American electoral politics, public opinion, democratic representation, and the art and science of survey research. In 2007-2008 he was one of the principal investigators of the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project, an Internet-based, six-wave, longitudinal study of the American electorate leading up to the 2008 presidential election.
Professor Jackman co-directs the Stanford Center for American Democracy and is one of the principal investigators of the American National Election Studies, 2010-2013.
Please RSVP at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event10198 Questions? E-mail Kevin Coyne, MS ’02, at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org.

Doyle McManusPre-Election Briefing & Reception
Thursday, November 1
Reception: 6:30-7:00 pm
Briefing/Q&A: 7:00-8:00 pm
Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Ave. NW., Washington, DC

Advanced registration opportunity available only to WDCSA members!
Please come to a special briefing with Doyle McManus, LA Times Washington columnist, and Nancy Tate, Executive Director, League of Women Voters. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from two exceptional leaders — both Stanford graduates — as they offer insights into the 2012 elections and the next administration.
Doyle has reported on national and international issues from Washington for more than 25 years and appears frequently on PBS’s "Washington Week." He is a former White House correspondent and fourtime recipient of the National Press Club’s Edwin Hood award.
Nancy leads the nation’s premier nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.
Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP and provide $15 payment by October 26: http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event10200
For questions/additional information, please contact Barbara Tyran at bbaumantyran@aol.com

Ivy Indoor Tennis
Saturday, November 3
6:45-11:45 pm
Four Seasons Tennis Club
3010 Williams Dr, Merrifield, VA

Join local alums for one of the most popular IVY alumni tennis parties for players of all levels and ages. It is an enjoyable way to socialize, meet potential partners, and network with IVY alumni members and their guests.
Admission for players is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The cost is $10 for non-players.
All payments must be received by November 2nd to qualify for the advance registration price. Mail your check, payable to Yale Club of Washington D.C., to Yale Club of Washington DC, #106-270, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D. C. 20016.
There is no registration by fax, email or telephone. Requests for refunds must be received by 3 pm on November 2nd. Door admission available at the higher price noted above by cash or check only. Each attendee is responsible for any damage to the facility, injuries or accidents in connection with this function.

For Information, contact Kuni Matsuda (Harvard), 240 294 5736 (w), 703-765-1653 (h), Stardust@smart.net or David Federbush (Yale), 301-657-4691 (h), 301-657-4680 (w), federbus@erols.com.

Stanford In the News

  • Forty-one past, present and future Stanford students competed in the London Olympics. All told, Cardinal-affiliated athletes won 12 gold, two silver and two bronze medals, a larger haul than most nations. Tennis player Mike Bryan, ’00, topped the list with a gold won with his brother Bob, ’00, in doubles tennis and a bronze in mixed doubles. Cardinal women did especially well, winning gold in beach volleyball (Kerri Walsh Jennings, ’00), soccer, water polo and rowing.
  • The temperature-regulation research of two Stanford biologists has led to a device that rapidly cools body temperature, greatly improves exercise recovery, and could help explain why muscles get

Get Involved

  • Play Stanford Flag Football! Still dreaming of being the hero of Big Game? Then join the Stanford team in the CAN flag football league this fall. Along with DC’s own "Little Big Game" against Cal, we will play a schedule of games on Saturdays and Sundays for ten weeks, with a season-ending tournament in early December. If you’re interested, contact Steven Kelts at kelts@gwu.edu. We’d love to add you to the squad – it really is a blast! Get in touch soon so we can get you some playing time in our late-September games.

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