WDCSA Newsletter – May 2014

May 2014

The 16th Annual University Row at the Virginia Gold Cup Steeplechase
Saturday, May 3 9am-5 pm
Great Meadow,
5089 Old Tavern Road,
The Plains, Va

Are you ready to dress your best, head out to the race tracks, enjoy the spring sun, and be part of a grand social gathering steeped in tradition and fun? The MIT
tent will host alumni from the Ivy League, Seven Sisters, Stanford, Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Amherst, and Williams. The 2014 University Row will be celebrating its 16th season and remains the place to see and be seen. This year’s University Row will host 10 tents and alumni from over 90 local chapters, totaling over 1,000 guests, making it one of the largest inter-alumni social events in the Mid-Atlantic region. University Row is where DC’s finest watch the races and where they mingle with fetching women in sundresses and dapper men in pastels. This year’s
Row will build upon last year, with our expanded space across from Members Hill, along with new transportation and catering partners.

All tickets to University Row provide access to our exclusive tent area, our quality buffet, an open bar with premium liquor, beer, and wine selections, and of course, the races themselves. Most tickets also include luxury transportation to and from the Row. Since we treat all our guests like VIP’s, University Row provides the best value at the Virginia Gold Cup!

Purchase tickets at: www.showclix.com/event/3823328/pre-sale. Questions: contact Nina Rodriguez MS’ 05 at ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com

Stanford at the Opera
Saturday, May 3 7-10 pm
Nationals Park,
Washington, DC

Join local Stanford alums as we enjoy a free live broadcast of Washington National Opera’s The Magic Flute in English with spectacular sets and costumes at Nationals Park!

Gates open at 5 pm, so arrive early for pre-show entertainment and activities. This is an opera for everyone. Bring a picnic and the whole family.

Stanford has a block of 30 seats reserved. When you walk in go to the information desk to find out where that block of seats is. For general details on this event, visit
or contact Betty Byrne (bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048)

Spring Picnic Potluck on the National Mall
Sunday, May 4 2-6 pm
National Mall,
Washington, DC

Come and join your fellow Stanford alumni in our second annual picnic on the National Mall. Bring a blanket and some food to munch on. We’ll have a
kickball and frisbee in case anyone wants to play.

There will be some friends from the Stanford Alumni Association filming for a project that SAA is doing about Alumni clubs all around the nation, so please come out so that we can show the rest of the clubs how awesome WDCSA is!

We’ll meet in the south-west corner of the Washington Monument (on 17th street, across from the WW2 Memorial). Wear Stanford gear! Questions? Contact Nina Rodriguez at ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com

Cinco de Mayo HH at Cafe Citron
Monday, May 5 5:30-7:30 pm
1343 Connecticut Ave, NW,
Washington, DC (DuPont Circle)

Come celebrate at Cafe Citron for Cinco de Mayo! We’ve got the upstairs mezzanine area reserved for the Stanford group. When you walk in, walk straight and then go up the stairs. Happy hour food and drink specials! Questions? Contact Nina Rodriguez at ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, May 11 5 pm
Silver Spring, Md

The book group will meet at the home of Jennifer Presley and Andy Kolstad to discuss the nonfiction book Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize by Sean Carroll. The June book is Pale Fire by Nabokov.

For general information about the book group, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, May 12 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md

The May selection is The Devil in the White City:
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
by Erik Larson. This is a non-fictional account of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. This book was voted the number one non-biographical, non-fiction in Goodreads. This book won a whole slew of awards in 2003 and 2004, including New York Times Best Seller, International Horror Guild Award, San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. Leonardo DiCaprio purchased the film rights to the book in 2010. The July selection is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

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

Parents Connection Q&A Event
Saturday, May 31 2-4 pm
5607 Wood Way, Bethesda, Md

Please join the Stanford Parents Connection for our annual Q&A event. We will have a panel of current students, recent graduates, and experienced parents. Join us for fellowship and an opportunity to ask questions, questions, and more questions.

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

NNeka OgwumikeStanford Afternoon at Washington Mystics Game
Sunday, June 1
3:30pm Visitor’s Fan Tunnel
4pm Game Start
Verizon Center,
Washington, DC

Come join us as we watch the Mystics play the LA Sparks and Nneka Ogwumike.
Please purchase tickets using the following link with special code "MYSTICS": www.msesales.com/mystics/stanfordalumni
The link will have Section 121 Center Preferred Rows L-T seats for $25.00 and the tickets will be emailed directly following the purchase.

Each fan that purchases will be able to participate in the Visitor fan tunnel (high-five line) as the team comes onto the floor for the game (we will meet at 3:30 pm for this). After the game ends, we will have you all stay in section 121. We will then have a postgame meet and greet/autograph session with Nneka Ogwumike. The availability of professional athletes on game day is always uncertain, but we fully expect that Nneka will be able to join us for a private meet-and greet
after the game.

Wear Stanford Gear! Any questions, contact Chris Shinkman @ c.shinkman@verizon.net or Nina Rodriguez @ ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com

2014 Citi Open
Saturday, July 26- Sunday, August 3
16th & Kennedy, NW
Washington, DC

The 2014 Citi Open is an ATP World Tour 500 tournament, making it one of the top 20 men’s
tournaments in the world. We have the same six platinum box seats to all sessions as in previous years (Aisle 36, Section 3). The seats are at the end of the court and very close to the court. These seats provide access to the Emirates Garden Club restaurant. We have two parking passes available for
each session at $16/pass. We also have four upper level seats (Section 7, Row G) at the same end of the court as our boxes to each session. The featured matches are generally held in the main court where seating is reserved with the remainder in the outside
courts where seating is open. Tickets also include the women’s WTA International Level Event to be held at the same facility during this week. Please email bill@billpegram.com or call 703-486-0952 indicating the number and type of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will process requests in the order they are received and confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

The start times each day have not yet been determined; the times shown below were the start times in 2013.
Sat 7/26 qualifying) 10am – $9 box, $6 upper
Sunday 7/27 10am – $16 box, $10 upper
Mon 7/28 2pm $38 box, $16 upper
Tue 7/29 2pm $45 box, $21 upper
Wed 7/30 2pm $50 box, $25 upper
Thurs 7/318/1 4pm $56 box, $30 upper
Friday 8/1 1pm (quarterfinals) $48 box, $25 upper
Friday 8/1 7pm (quarterfinals) $69 box, $33 upper
Sat 8/2 (semifinals) noon $65 box, $30 upper
Sat 8/2 (semifinals) – 7pm $82 box, $36 upper
Sun 8/3 (finals) 12pm $90 box, $36 upper

Get Involved

Stanford in Government DC Housing

The Stanford in Washington house, which hosts Stanford students in the Bing Stanford in Washington program during the academic year, is closed over the summer and Stanford undergraduates interning in DC are in desperate need of housing to accommodate them for the duration of the summer.

To fill this need, Stanford in Government, SIG, is calling on local alumni to host students for the summer. This home-stay program would nominally provide students with accommodations, but also, with any luck, help establish connections between SIG members past and present that will yield
positive growth for the organization as a whole. We are extending this opportunity to all of you
because we think that you have so much to give in
the way of wisdom and knowledge to our current corps of undergraduates interested in politics and policy.

If you are interested in hosting a Stanford student and/but have any questions or concerns, please email stanfordsigalumni@gmail.com. For those of
you who are already sold, the sign-up webform can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aYz8DgkjeG0MBneb2h2Ooldqxd8-Cocl_TLjRHpUqOw/viewform Thank you so much for your time and for your continued support of Stanford in Government!

Stanford In the News

  • Eleven Stanford professors recently have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious honorary learned societies, and a leading center for independent policy research. Among its more than 4,600 members and 600 foreign fellows are some
    of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, social policy, energy, global security, the humanities and the arts. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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