WDCSA Newsletter – March 2013

March 2013 Newsletter

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, March 10 5 pm
Bethesda, Md.

The book group will meet at the home of Perry Seiffert to discuss Life and Death
are Wearing Me Out
by Mo Yan, the Chinese Nobel Laureate.

The April book (4/14) is The Leopard by Lampedusa.
For general information about the book group, email Alison Westfall at

Young Alumni St. Paddy’s Day Happy Hour
Thursday, March 14 5:30-7 pm
Mackey’s Pub
1823 L Street NW
Washington, DC

In an effort to reinitiate monthly Cardinal Young Alumni happy hours,
come join your fellow young alumni to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at
Mackey’s (our local favorite sponsor bar). We will be in the back section of the
bar. Happy hour specials will be available. See link for specials:

To RSVP via facebook, click on the following link:

Don’t have facebook? Email ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com.

Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Happy Hour
Thursday, March 14 5:30 pm
810 7th St NW
Washington, DC

The Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament will be tipping off in just a few weeks
and with this occasion comes our annual tradition of the Pac-12 Alumni Happy

Come join alumni from each of the Pac-12 schools for the 2nd day of the Pac-12
Tournament. Just as in years past, we’re taking over the back room of RFD for
basketball and extended happy hour specials!

We will have a beer selection from all of the Pac-12 regions. This event is much
more about the mingling and networking than the games!

Ivy Singles Mixer
Friday, March 15 6:30-9 pm
Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia
2129 Wyoming Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles at the Embassy of the Republic of
Macedonia as the guests of Ambassador Zoran
Jolevski. This will be an evening of exceptional
company and conversation. Reception will offer heavy
hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

The Embassy is located in the historic Sheridan-
Kalorama Area in a building known as the Moses
House. This historic property began the
transformation of Sheridan-Kalorama from a rural
forest to one of the elite residential areas of DC.

The Republic of Macedonia acquired the property
and initiated an extensive renovation in 2004. On
October 26, 2005, it opened as the new home of the
Embassy and residence for the Ambassador.

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.

To prepay, send $35 – by check to Steve Piekarec,
2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181, by
Monday, March 11th. Make checks payable to The
Cornell Club of Washington and note your school
on the check.
You can also pay online (Paypal fee added) up to
Wednesday, March 13th.
The cost is $40 at the door.

Contact Steve Piekarec at 703-281-4311 or
spiekare@verizon.net for more information.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, March 18 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md.

The March selection is the 658 page novel, Cutting for
, by Abraham Verghese, Professor of Medicine at
Stanford. This book was one of Amazon’s Best
Books of the Year, 2009; was a Publishers Weekly’s
Best Books (fiction), 2009; was a recipient of the
Indies Choice Book Award (adult fiction), 2010; was
on the Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist, 2009;
was on the International IMPAC Dublin Literary
Award longlist, 2011; and was a New York Times

Our next selection is No Easy Day: The Firsthand
Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden
Mark Owen.

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

HEXAGON Theater Event
Friday, March 22
6 pm dinner,
8 pm performance
Jefferson Community Theater
125 South Old Glebe Road
Arlington, Va

Join WDCSA for a delicious Mexican dinner followed
by the hilarious 2013 Hexagon show, A Raucous
Caucus. Hexagon is Washington, DC’s only original
political satire musical comedy revue. Every year
since 1956, this nonprofit has put on Washington’s
only all-original revue of its kind–with more than
$3.5 million donated to 40-plus organizations in
return. An all-volunteer membership makes up the
cast, crew, orchestra, writers, and production team.
It’s a DC tradition not to be missed! A limited
number of tickets–purchased at $10 off the general
admission price–are available with our group, first
come, first served.

To reserve tickets, first email
charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org or call
Charles at (202) 285-1023 (cell), and then mail a
check made out to "WDCSA" to Charles Hokanson,
3000 Spout Run Parkway #B-605, Arlington, VA
22201. Tickets are $23 each (includes $3 processing
fee). Checks must be received by Friday, March 15, for
Charles to mail you your tickets prior to the
Pre-Show Dinner: Prior to the performance, we
encourage you to join our group for a 6 pm dinner at
El Paso Cafe, http://www.elpasocafeva.com, at 4235
N. Pershing Drive in Arlington, off N. Glebe Road,
about 1/2 mile from the Theater . RSVP for the
dinner to Charles when you reserve your tickets, by
Friday, March 15.

Boomers to Busters: A 1970s Cabaret
Saturday, March 23 8 pm
The Atlas Theater
1335 H Street NE
Washington, DC

Too young to have gone to Woodstock… but old
enough to wish you had? Come experience the
sights and sounds of the 1970s – when people
relaxed in bean-bag chairs, wore "mood" rings and
polyester leisure suits, and listened to the music of
Queen, the Bee Gees, John Denver, and Donna
Summer on 8-track tapes. Let the Congressional
Chorus take you on a wild trip back to the music and
dance of the "ME" decade. Optional pre-theater "pay
as you go" dinner at 6 pm at Shamrocks and Stars, a
"combination Jewish deli and Irish pub." Enjoy the
best of both worlds!

The Atlas Theater is in the heart of the emerging H
Street NE corridor and reachable by the X2 bus
from Gallery Place. Paid parking is available at 1410
H St. NE.

Reserved table seats are $50. General admission is
$35. Advanced registration is required at: http://www.uchicagodc.org/events.html.

Boomers to Busters is sponsored by the University
of Chicago Club of DC. It is targeted for
undergraduate and graduate alumni of Chicago,
Stanford and similar schools who were
undergraduates from the 1970s to 1990s, and their
spouses, partners, and guests.

Young Alumni Cherry Blossoms Picnic
Saturday, March 30 12-2 pm
National Mall
Washington, DC

It’s Cherry Blossom Season! Come spend an
afternoon with other Stanford young alumni, make
new friends, and experience the Cherry Blossoms.
Weather permitting, we will have a potluck picnic/get
together on the mall. Everyone can bring some food/
drinks to share and eat and a blanket to sit on.

Impromptu kickball and frisbee may/will occur
depending on the turn out! We will gather on the
southwest side of the Washington Monument (off of
17th across from the WWII Memorial) from
noon-2pm and then walk around the tidal basin. If
interested, RSVP via facebook by clicking on the
following link or email ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com. For details the day
of, call Nina Rodriguez at 305-803-1783. http://www.facebook.com/events/459041657501569/

March 13 Potluck Dinner


Jack Kramer, ’65, opened his amazing home
to us as host of the latest installment of the
Stanford Alumni Potluck Series. The March
2nd media-themed potluck was a huge
success. Both young and seasoned alums
gathered and shared stories of working at
media outlets across the country, as well as
foreign news correspondent experiences.
Several of the alums recounted their days at
Stanford when journalism was offered as an
undergraduate major. In a city like
Washington DC, known for its unparalleled
excellence in journalism, the group of about
20 alums naturally filled the evening with
lively conversations while feasting on an
impressive spread. Stay tuned for details on
the next themed potluck scheduled for late

Boomers to Busters: Historic Tour of
Union Station
Saturday, April 27 10 am tour
Union Station 12pm lunch
Washington, DC

On this 90-minute indoor (mostly) walking tour, learn
about Union Station’s central place in Washington
over the past 100 years, as well as its possible future
roles, from one of our own Boomers to Busters,
Williams ’84 researcher, Bill Wright.

A “pay as you go” Tex-Mex group lunch follows at
noon at Thunder Grill in the Main Hall of Union
Station. For more information and to register, visit:
http://www.uchicagodc.org/events.html Union Station is on the Red Line and is connected to
a paid parking garage. This tour is wheelchair and
stroller accessible.

Basketball Team


The inaugural season of Stanford Basketball in the Capital Alumni Network (CAN) ended with a record
of 3-5. The team, pictured above after its 42 – 35 win against Texas A & M, is headed to the playoffs!
The CAN single elimination post-season tournament begins the week of March 11th and playoff rosters
are now locked. We expect to give a good showing in the tournament! Go Card!
Back Row: Faith Davis, Rita Lomio, John Ten Hoeve, Jackson Brossy, Nathan Keegan, Chris “Doc” Shinkman
Middle Row: Greg Billings, Katie McKeon, Grace Jones, Evonne Greenidge
Front Row: Josh Chasse

April 27-28
Arlington, VA to Gettysburg

Stanford Military Service Network (SMSN)
DC chapter presents: Face of America
bike ride with Wounded Warriors
April 27-28
Pentagon (Arlington, VA) to Gettysburg, PA
(overnight stop in Frederick, MD)
Be part of this two-day, non-competitive, bike ride
from the Pentagon to the historic battlefields of
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, which honors our disabled
veterans and active duty military.

The Face of America
Ride is an annual bicycle ride organized by World
T.E.A.M. Sports, a 20-year-old not-for profit
organization. The two-day, 110 mile ride is fully supported
with rest stops, and mechanic support.
This event is free for disabled service-members.
Event donations will cover their costs, including
accommodations, food, bikes, and other associated
expenses. Non-veterans are also welcome to
participate and show their support!

For Face of America info and event registration, visit: http://worldteamsports.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1044729 or join Jerry Reid’s Bike Navy! team in the Face of
America ride:

SMSN DC point of contact is CAPT(retired) Jerry
Reid GSB ’94 (jerryreid@alumni.stanford.edu)

Stanford Day at the Horse Races
Sunday, April 28 1 pm
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 per person will cover a
tasty tailgate picnic in a patron space overlooking the
finish line. Children under 12 are free.
Space is limited, so please RSVP by April 20 with a
check payable to WDCSA and send to Margaret
"Maggie" New, P.O. Box 933, Middleburg, VA
Tickets and directions will be mailed to you.
For further information, call Margaret "Maggie" New
at 703-298-2525 or email

Get Involved

Meals for Stanford Alternative Spring
Break Students. From March 23rd to 30th, Stanford has two groups
of 14 students coming to the Washington DC area
to spend Spring Break academically engaged in our
community. One group is studying the issue
"Liberty and Justice for All?" co-led by Dan Ashton,
and the other group is studying the issue "The
Human Rights Fad? International Human Rights
Advocacy and the Ethics of Humanitarianism", coled
by Emily Witt. These students are looking for
people who would like to host them for dinner. If
you can help, please contact Dan Ashton
at dashton@stanford.edu, (513) 604-2260, or Emily
Witt at ewitt@stanford.edu, (720) 244-8223.

Save the Date

  • Stanford Night at DC United Game!
    Mark your calendars and plan to join WDCSA at the
    DC United vs Portland Timbers game at 7pm on May
    25th. Stay tuned for more details on our special
    group rate. For more information, contact Chris
    Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net.

  • Beyond the Farm: Global Day of Service on May 18th
    Meet fellow alums in your area. Create change while
    having a great time getting to know alumni–right in
    your backyard! Local alumni projects will include
    volunteer opportunities at the Capital Area Food
    Bank and the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

Join the Stanford Alumni Softball Team

Wishing you’d gotten to hit a home run on the
Sunken Diamond? Love getting active on the mall?
Hoping to meet some other Stanford Alums? Or
just looking for a valid excuse to still play flip cup
on a Wednesday night? We have what you are
looking for!
Join Stanford’s Capital Alumni Network softball
team. Games begin in April and go through August.
We usually play about once a week and while we
hope for regular attendance, we are sensitive to
your busy DC schedule. Ringers, novices, and
comedic entertainment of all ages welcome.
Please contact Louisa Marion for more details (lmarion@gmail.com).

Stanford In the News

  • The Stanford University Board of Trustees has
    elected four new members who will take their
    seats at the upcoming board meeting in April: Fred
    W. Alvarez, Gail B. Harris, Bernard Liautaud and
    Lloyd M. Metz.

  • The first winners of the Stanford Prize for
    Innovation in Research Libraries are the
    Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library
    of France) and the Miguel de Cervantes Digital
    Library in Spain.

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