WDCSA Newsletter – March 2014

MARCH 2014

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse
Sunday, March 9 1 pm

The 2014 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Team is here in our area for an exciting match against 14th-ranked Georgetown University at 1:00pm. On Friday, Stanford defeated 11th-ranked Towson 8-7 in overtime.

Come and cheer for the Cardinal as they close in on a bid to the NCAA tournament. Questions? Contact Chris Shinkman, c.shinkman@verizon.net or 301-229-4427

Stanford In Washington Book Party
Friday, March 14 6:30 pm Reception
Stanford in Washington 7:30 pm Remarks
2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC

Join Stanford in Washington in celebrating the release of Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America by Huey Copeland. Copeland is an Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University.

RSVP to Nichole Grant, ngrant@stanford.edu

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, March 16 5-8 pm
McLean, Va

The book group will meet at the home of Diane Charnov to discuss The Remains of the Day by Ishiguru. The April book is the novel The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing. For general information about the book group, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com

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

The March selection is Divergent, a science fiction by Veronica Roth. This New York Times Bestseller won Favorite book of 2011 in Goodreads Choice Awards, is HarperCollins’ highest grossing e-book ever, and is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by over seven thousand Amazon readers. The film version will be released on March 21 of this year. The May selection is The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson.

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

Ivy Singles Macedonian Embassy Reception
Friday, March 21 6:30-9 pm
Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia
2129 Wyoming Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, DC

The Ivy Singles Social Club will be the guests of Ambassador Zoran Jolevski at the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia. The 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 started the
transformation of Sheridan-Kalorama from a rural forest to one of the elite residential areas of the U.S. Capital. In 1893, Thomas Franklin Schneider designed the house for the family of W.H. Moses, owner of a renowned furniture and carpet store. In 1925, it was redesigned to its current neo-classical appearance.

The Moses House served as a French Embassy and Chancery from the 1940s until 1984. An interesting tale related to this house is portrayed in Danielle Steel’s bestseller "Crossings" concerning the pre-World War II activities of the French Ambassador who worked and resided here at the time. After the French Embassy sold the property, it remained vacant and the building physically deteriorated

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 of the Republic of Macedonia in Washington D.C., as well as the residence for the Ambassador.

To RSVP and prepay, send $32 by check to Steve Piekarec, 2535 West Meredith Drive, Vienna, Virginia 22181, by Monday, March 17th. Make checks payable to "The Cornell Club of Washington" and note your school on the check.

You can also pay online (Paypal fee added) until Wednesday, March 19th. www.cornellclubdc.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1415767&eventId=829749&EventViewMode= EventDetails
If you pay at the door, the cost is $40 – for walk-ins, email, or phone reservations. Contact Steve Piekarec, at 703-281-4311, or
spiekare@verizon.net for more information.

Rock Creek Park Hike
Saturday, April 12 1pm
Cleveland Park Metro Stop,
Washington, DC

Explore the beauty of Rock Creek Park in early spring. Meet at 1 pm next to the ground level of the elevator at the Cleveland Park Metro. Bring water and a snack. We plan to walk about 7 miles on relatively level terrain. Please call Jim Finucane at (301) 365-3485 before 9 pm to RSVP.

Appalachian Trail Work Trip and Rose River Canyon Hike
Sunday, April 27
Shenandoah National Park,

Join us for a great spring time service trip and a hike in the Shenandoah National Park. We will spend a
couple of hours working on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in the norther section followed by a circuit hike down the Rose River Canyon in the central section. The service trip portion will be an inspection of the AT including carrying out modest repairs (clipping of vegetation, picking up litter, etc.). The Rose River Canyon is spectacular and offers great swimming opportunities (depending on the water temperature). Bring a lunch, liquids to drink, and a swimming suit & towel (optional). Please call Jim Finucane at (301) 365-3485 before 9 pm to RSVP and to arrange carpools.


Stanford Cardinal Alumni Basketball Team

The 2014 season of the Stanford Cardinal Alumni Basketball team is off to a challenging start but, as always, we are having fun and representing Stanford to the fullest! We opened by blasting the Cal Bears in our season opener 50 – 20. Then, unfortunately, we lost our starting point guard Kate McKeon, which disrupted our flow. We came up short in our next five games against alumni from Tulane, Maryland, Tufts, Arizona, and Boston University. However, that didn’t stop us from continuing to develop our chemistry as a team. We are looking for wins in our final two games against
powerhouses Syracuse and Notre Dame. Go Cardinal!

Our games are played at John Adams Elementary School. If you are interested in playing, contact Gregory Billings (email billings.g@gmail.com) or Nathan Keegan (nathanjkeegan@gmail.com). From left to right: Greg Billings, Daniel Reynolds , Max Wernecke, Evonne Greenidge, Jamelia Morgan, Nathan Keegan, Avery Weidman, Cecil (Chip) Talbott, Chris (Doc) Shinkman, Scott Otteman

Get Involved

Softball Players Wanted

  • Come one, come all and join Stanford’s DC Coed Alumni Softball Team! One of WDCSA’s longestrunning activities, our Capital Alumni Network team welcomes old and new faces to the Cardinal squad. The season kicks off in April, and features
    preseason tournaments, weekend doubleheaders, the obligatory Cal rivalry game, and a postseason tournament/party extraordinaire!
    Games are on or around the Mall, and we generally go out for postgame food and drinks nearby. It’s a great way to take advantage of DC’s spring and summer weather, and a lot of fun. We welcome players of all skill levels, so come on out!

    Email Louisa at lmarion@gmail.com or Nate
    at nkeegan@stanford.edu to be added to the softball roster.

CAN at ShamrockFest

  • The Capital Alumni Network will be at the ShamrockFest on March 22nd at 3pm on the RFK fairgrounds. In order for Stanford to get a portion of the ticket sales, enter the code "CANstanford" when you buy your tickets.

Stanford In the News

  • Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education co-sponsored the Dalai Lama’s February 24th visit to Silicon Valley for a talk on business, ethics and compassion. It highlighted recent achievements at Stanford’s center, which continues to make research progress in the "science of compassion" while calling attention to the importance of well-being in our society.
  • Computer simulations by Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson have shown that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages.

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