WDCSA Newsletter – May 2013

May 2013 Newsletter

Representative Joaquin CastroMayor Castro

An Evening with the Castro Brothers:
Representative Joaquin Castro and Mayor Julian Castro
Tuesday, June 11 6:30-8:30 pm
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street, NW,
Washington, DC

Join us at the lovely Mexican Cultural Institute as WDCSA hosts Joaquin and Juliàn Castro ’96, who graduated with honors from Stanford and received their Juris Doctorates from Harvard. Your attendance at this event will help warmly welcome Representative Castro and Mayor Castro into the Washington, DC Stanford alumni community.

Joaquin Castro was elected last fall to to the US House of Representatives from San Antonio, Texas after serving five terms in the Texas State Legislature. He was chosen co-President of the House freshman Democrats and named Assistant Democratic Whip.

Joaquin’s twin brother Julian is the second-term Mayor of San Antonio, the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American City, and was one of Time Magazine’s "40 under 40" list of rising stars in American politics. He was earlier the youngest elected city
councilman in San Antonio history. Introduced by his brother Joaquin, Mayor Castro gave the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The Mexican Cultural Institute, a Washington DC Historic Landmark, is a Beaux Arts mansion that served as the Mexican Embassy from 1921 to 1990, and now shares Mexican art and culture with the Washington community.

The guest moderator for the evening will be Pete Williams ’74, Justice Correspondent for NBC News.

The cost to attend is $25 for young alumni, $30 for WDCSA members, and $35 for non-members in advance. At the door, admission is $35 for young alums and WDCSA members and $40 for non-members. Refreshments will be provided. A cash bar will be available. Space is limited, so please sign up at http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=11824 by June 1.

Stanford Military Service Network Happy Hour
Thursday, May 16 6:30-8:30 pm
Penn Social
801 E St NW,
Washington, DC

Join Stanford Military Service Network DC for its monthly meet up of fellow Stanford military alumni. Military supporters and friends are also welcome to join the SMSN group at Penn Social.

If you have difficulty finding the group, on the day of the event, call 703.930.8040. SMSN DC point of contact is Jerry Reid GSB ’94, (jerry.reid@alumni.stanford.edu)

Beyond the Farm: Global Day of Service
Saturday, May 18 9 am-4 pm
Washington, DC

Meet fellow alums in your area. Create change while having a great time getting to know alumni-right in your backyard! WDCSA is sponsoring the following four projects:

1. CAFB Garden Building, 9am-12pm: The Capital Area Food Bank’s Urban Demonstration Garden is a hand-on learning laboratory for food growing education. This project will include a wide variety of tasks associated with creating the infrastructure of the garden like digging, building, painting, planting and getting your hands dirty. This is a great opportunity for individuals and groups interested in volunteering outside and in helping to bring the food bank garden to life.

2. CAFB Warehouse Distribution, 12:30pm-4pm: Join the Capital Area Food Bank to help us in our new Food Distribution Center! This project typically involves packing and/or sorting donated food and assisting with various other tasks at the
food bank. All tasks typically involve standing up and lifting up to 35 pounds. Temperatures can fluctuate, so please dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes.

3. AFAC Produce Bagging, 12:30-2:30pm: (Currently sold out) Join fellow alumni for produce bagging at the Arlington Food Assistance Center. The center 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 closed-toed shoes are recommended.

4. The Farm at Walker Jones, 10:00am-2:00pm: Join fellow alumni as we help The Farm at Walker Jones promote early childhood education, enhance the science curriculum at the DC Public Schools, and feed those in our community who have the greatest need. We will be preparing The Farm for when the students arrive. This will include tilling the soil, weeding and pruning in the garden, and assisting with any other Farm related tasks. This project welcomes children ages 4 and up, with parental supervision. Participants are asked to bring their own bag lunch and bottled water.

Anyone interested in volunteering can signup online by visiting https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/volunteering/beyondthefarm/lendahand.

Stanford Parents Connection Social
Saturday, May 18 2-4 pm
5607 Wood Way,
Bethesda, Md

Please join the Stanford Parents Connection at the home of Chris Shinkman, P’98, Vice-President of WDCSA. There will be a panel of current students from the Bing Stanford in Washington program and recent graduates to answer any nagging questions you might have. Questions/RSVP: Contact Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net or (301)655-5871

Stanford Night at DC United Game
Saturday, May 25 7 pm
RFK Stadium,
Washington, DC

Join WDCSA and alumni from fellow Pac-12 schools at the DC United vs Portland Timbers game! Discounted tickets ($28) can be purchased at the following link, https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/go.htmI?l=EN&t=dcunited&o=172&g=2255, using promo code: Oregon. For more information, contact Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net.

Rappahanock Cellars Winery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, June 1 11:30 am
Rappahanock Cellars
14437 Hume Rd,
Huntly, Va

Enjoy a private tour and tasting of the beautiful Rappahanock Cellars, which is owned and operated by fellow Stanford alumnus John Delmare. For $8, tour the winery and sample eight wines. Be sure to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds
afterwards. Rappahanock Cellars is approximately one hour from DC and is located near a number of other vineyards, so you can make an afternoon of it! We’ll meet at the winery. To register for this event, visit http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/rappahanock.

Marine Corps Evening Parade
Friday, June 7 7:30-10 pm
Marine Barracks
8th & I Streets SE,
Washington, DC

Stanford military alumni, military supporters, and friends are invited to join Stanford Military Service Network (SMSN) DC for an evening of musical performance and precision marching. The Evening Parade features "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band, "The Commandant’s Own" The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers, and LCpl. Chesty XIII, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington.

There are 30 SMSN DC group seats available for this free event. Contact the SMSN DC representative, Jerry Reid GSB ’94, (jerry.reid@alumni.stanford.edu)
to request seats.

Non-Profit Alumni Potluck Dinner
Saturday, June 8 7 pm
Arlington, Va.

Stanford alumni in the DC area who work in the NGO/Non-profit field are invited to a casual potluck dinner. This event is part of a fun series of potluck dinners created by Mark Kogan (’09) and Tom Kohn (’83), hosted at alums’ homes, for small gatherings with a great mix of both young and "seasoned" alums working in the same field.

No pressure. No business cards. Great food and drink. Interesting people. Join us! Please contact Patricia
(patriciamarbyharrison@gmail.com or 703-347-3141), Tom (kohntom@gmail.com) or Mark (markskogan@gmail.com) if you are interested in
attending. We look forward to seeing you

Air Force Association Cycling Classic Challenge Ride
Sunday, June 9 7:30 am
2100 Crystal Dr.,
Arlington, Va

Military and non-military cyclists are invited to join Stanford Military Service Network (SMSN) DC in this annual event! Cycling enthusiasts of all abilities will be able to ride on the car-free, 16.5 km course, completing as many laps as possible within the 3.5 hour allotted time-frame. Medals are awarded for completing six or more laps (gold), 4-5 laps (silver), and 1-3 laps (bronze). Following this ride, the Men’s and Women’s Professionals take to the 1 KM Criterium course along Crystal Drive. Stop by to view some of the nation’s top cyclists compete. The cost of registration is $45 ($35 Active Duty/Reserve Military/Retired Military). For more information, visit http://cyclingclassic.org/. The SMSN DC point of contact is Jerry Reid GSB ’94,

5th Annual WDCSA Happy Hour Cruise
Thursday, June 20 7:15- 9:30 pm
Potomac Riverboat Cruise
Departing Washington Harbour
Georgetown, Washington, DC

Join fellow Stanford alums for a happy hour cruise and evening boat tour of DC’s monuments! Your ticket is all-inclusive: a premium open bar, catered happy hour food, a cruise along the Potomac, and up to 120 new Stanford friends to meet.

We will have a private 2-hour tour on the Miss Mallory, with the Potomac Riverboat Company: www.potomacriverboatco.com/miss-mallory.php.

Spaces are limited. Reserve via the Stanford Alumni Association website at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event12001. See who’s coming on the same page. The cost is $40 for WDCSA members and their guests, as well as for Young Alumni (’09-’13), $50 for nonmembers and their guests. We regret that no refunds will be given after June 13.

This was one of our MOST POPULAR events for the past four years, so reserve early. Be ready to enjoy the cool breezes (i.e., bring a jacket) and meet new people in a casual environment.

Not sure if you’re a WDCSA member? Check at www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp.

Washington Harbour is located in Georgetown at 31st and K Streets, NW, across from the Riverside Grille on the dock. Please arrive promptly at 7:15, as the boat will sail shortly thereafter with or without ticket holders. Refunds are not available for cancelations. In the event of postponement for bad weather, we will notify ticket holders and reschedule for later in the summer.

Any questions? Email Steven Kelts, Ph.D. ’02 at kelts@stanfordalumni.org. For communication on the
day of the event, you can call Steven at 202-365-9342.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, July 15 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.,
Baltimore, Md

The July selection is the 528 page science fiction, Wool Omnibus Edition (1-5), by Hugh Howey. This book is the #1 bestseller on Amazon, winner of Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book of 2012 award, and is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 4,600 Amazon readers. The film rights have been sold to 20th Century Fox.

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

Stanford Capital Alumni Network (CAN)

For those following the Stanford CAN Basketball team, our successful season in this very competitive league ended with a 10-point loss (59-49) to Wake Forest in the first round.

Contact billings.g@gmail.com if you are interested in playing next season.

The team banquet was held on March 21st. The winners of the coach’s awards were:
Most Fearless Player: Evonne Greenidge
Best Defender: Nathan Keegan
Most Improved: Katie McKeon
Most Valuable Male Player: Jackson Brossy
Most Valuable Female Player: Grace Jones
Highest Energy Player: Robert Walker

Stanford In the News

  • Former Stanford basketball star Jason Collins ’01 became the first openly gay active male athlete in a major U.S. professional sport to come out in an announcement last month.
  • Scores of community members and leaders gathered for the May 1st groundbreaking marking the formal start of construction for the new Stanford Hospital & Clinics. The 824,000-squarefoot hospital is slated to open in 2018.

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