WDCSA Newsletter – January 2013

January 2013 Newsletter

Ivy Singles Mixer
Friday, January 11 6:30-9 pm
Whittemore House,
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C.

Join Ivy Singles for an evening of exceptional non-partisan 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 7th. Make checks payable to "The Cornell Club of Washington" and note your school on the check.
Online payment can be made (up to January 9th) on the Cornell Club Website (includes Paypal fee)www.cornellclubdc.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1415767&eventId=571329&EventViewMode=EventDetails
Pay at the door:
$40 for walk-ins, email (Spiekare@verizon.net), or phone reservations.

Metro/parking: The Whittemore House mansion is on New Hampshire Avenue, a half block Northeast off Dupont 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 (http://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.

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, January 13 5-8 pm
Washington, DC.

The book group will meet at the home of Araceli Valle on Capitol Hill, to discuss The Tale of Genji. The February book is The Hare with the Amber Eyes. For further information about the book group, email Alison Westfall at alisoncolew@hotmail.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, January 14 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille,
1113 S. Charles St.,
Baltimore, MD

The January selection is The Glass Castle, an autobiographical memoir by Jeannette Walls. This book was on The New York Times Best Seller list for 261 weeks and is now under development as a film by Paramount. By late 2007, The Glass Castle had sold over 2.5 million copies, had been translated into 22 languages, and received the Christopher Award, the American Library Association’s Alex Award (2006) and the Books for Better Living Award.

In 2013, the Baltimore Stanford Book Club will meet every other month. The March 11th selection is the 658 page novel, Cutting for Stone, by Abraham
Verghese, Professor of Medicine at Stanford.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at
cedarhouse@comcast.net or (301)655-5871


Juliet WilkinsThe Stanford Parents Initiative (SPI) is kicking off 2013 with a new leadership team! Juliet and Jonathan Wilkins, P’15, and Helene Myers, P’14, were selected by the WDCSA board to take SPI to the next level. SPI was founded by outgoing co-chairs, Chris Shinkman, P ’98, and Melissa Clark P ’10, as a way for area parents to share experiences, build a support network, and plan events tailored specifically for current Stanford parents.

Jonathan WilkinsJonathan Wilkins, UMUC ’95, is a Sr. Manager who provides IT Management consulting services to public and private organizations. When not working, Jonathan is a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) mentor and enjoys sports, board games and reading. As SPI Co-Chair, Jonathan will work to establish ongoing events that help parents and students on either coast engage in life at the farm.

Juliet Wilkins has homeschooled her six children since 1997. Traveling, gardening,
and reading English & American literature are some of her hobbies. She also volunteers with FIRST Robotics and National Society of Black Engineers Jr. activities. Prior to homeschooling her children, she worked for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc (formerly National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.). As SPI cochair, Juliet will work to maintain an informed parent constituency and enhance communication between parents as vital members of the Stanford community.

Helene Myers Helene Myers is the mother of Ethan, a Junior at Stanford, and Wesley, a recent Carnegie Mellon graduate. Although she has her Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland at College Park, she epitomizes a woman’s "freedom of choice" by staying at home and homeschooling her children from the start. She enjoys going to Stanford’s Bowl games every year, and she also leads the Baltimore Stanford Book Club. Her goal for SPI is to make every incoming parent feel as welcomed into the Stanford family as she was.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, atcedarhouse@comcast.net or (301)655-5871

Stanford Basketball Game Watch
Saturday, January 19 4:30 pm
1823 L Street, NW,
Washington, DC


Now that the Rose Bowl trophy is safely tucked away in the Stanford Trophy Case, it’s time to watch some action on the hardwood. Join Stanford fans at Mackey’s for the Cal at Stanford men’s basketball battle. No reservation is required. Food and drink specials will be provided. Wear your Cardinal garb and come ready to support our team.

Stanford In the News

  • No. 8 Stanford powered past Wisconsin 20-14 to win the 99th annual Rose Bowl.
  • The founders of Yahoo!, a pioneer of earthquake engineering and a former U.S. Secretary of Defense are among the seven people selected as this year’s Stanford Engineering Heroes, an honor recognizing those who have advanced the course of human,
    social and economic progress through engineering.

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