WDCSA Newsletter – March 2015

March 2015

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, March 8 5 pm
Washington, DC

The book group will meet at the home of Alison Westfall to discuss the nonfiction book The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. The April book is the novel, A Hero of Our Times, by Lermontov. For information, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com

Capital Alumni Network Alumni Basketball Game
Thursday, March 12 9 pm*
John Adams Elementary School
5651 Rayburn Avenue,
Alexandria, VA

Come cheer on the Stanford Alumni basketball team as we battle UCLA! We won our first game of the season with a gritty 54-51 overtime win over Georgia Tech, so the season is already off to a great start.

*Date and time of the game are subject to change. Check http://dcalum.org/basketballschedule.aspx for up- to-date information about the game.

Questions? Contact Gregory Billings gregory.billings@stanfordalumni.org.

Ivy Social Club Reception
Friday, March 13 6:30-9:30 pm
Historic International Student House
1825 R Street NW,
Washington DC

Join Ivy Singles for a reception at the Historic International Student House (ISH). This 19th century Tudor-style mansion with oak paneled walls, fine stonework, antiques, and artwork is now the home to ISH, a non-profit serving visiting scholars, interns, and clerks working at our major institutions, embassies, and Congress. Join us for food, wine, and fine conversation with fellow Ivy alumni.

Admission: is $35 if you prepay or $45 at the door. Price includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres.Register online here:http://washingtondc.alumclub.mit.edu/s/1314/clubs-classes-interior.aspx?sid=1314&pgid=23103&gid=29&cid=38016&ecid=38016&post_id=0 or send a check payable to MIT Club of Washington to:

Greg Howland, 6312 Carnegie Drive, Bethesda MD 20817. (Please write your school and email address on the check.)

Questions: Contact Charlotte Perry ‘81, 202-341-8799 cell or text, or CharMPerry@gmail.com.

Stanford at the Opera
Friday, March 13 7:30 pm
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC

In March, we sail with Wagner’s ‘Flying Dutchman.’ All Stanford ticket holders are invited to a backstage tour before the opera. In Richard Wagner’s retelling of the nautical legend, formidable bass-baritone Grammy Award winner Eric Owens, one of the most in-demand American opera stars of our day, returns to the Washington National Opera to make his stage debut as the Flying Dutchman, condemned to wander the seas on a ship of ghosts. He can only venture ashore once every seven years to seek his salvation: a woman’s unconditional love.

Prime Orchestra tickets are $152; Second Tier Prime tickets are $103. For tickets – send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010. Contact Betty at 202.483.4048 or bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org.

Hexagon 2015: The Spoof, the Whole Spoof, and Nothing But the Spoof!
Saturday, March 14 8 pm
Woodrow Wilson High School,
3950 Chesapeake St NW,
Washington, DC

Join your fellow alumni for Hexagon’s 2015 "original, political, satirical, musical comedy revue, "The Spoof, the Whole Spoof, and Nothing But the Spoof! Founded 60 years ago, Hexagon is a DC-based, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that raises money for local charities through its annual performances. The show is a comedic interpretation of local, national, and international political and social issues, and is known to feature a local celebrity or two.

Cost: $25 for WDCSA members, young alumni (’10-’14), and guests; $30 for non-WDCSA members and guests. First come, first served. Tickets will be
distributed in the lobby before the show.

Please register at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event17375 by March 13. We regret that no refunds will be given after March 9.

Pre-Show Dinner: We’d love for you to join our group for a 6 pm dinner at Guapo’s (4515 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016), a 5 minute walk from the school. Please let Laura know by March 13 if you’re interested in attending the pre-show dinner.

Questions? Contact Laura Chang at lkchang@alumni.stanford.edu or 650-260-4552

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

The March selection is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. This book won the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award under historical fiction, and rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by over 8,000 Amazon readers. DreamWorks Pictures is producing the film, and Touchstone Pictures is scheduled to release it in 2016.

The May selection is A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

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

SBAA-DC Game Night
Saturday, March 21 7 pm
Penn Station
801 E Street NW
Washington DC

Come spend an evening with the Stanford Black Alumni Association of Washington, DC, enjoying games, food, fun, and networking. Food, drinks, and
some games are available a la carte throughout the venue. We look forward to seeing you there.

Questions? Contact Faith Davis ’07 fadavis@stanfordalumni.org or Gregory Billings gregory.billings@stanfordalumni.org.

David KennedyWho Bleeds, Who Pays?
The All-Volunteer Force and the Growing Civil-Military Divide
Monday, March 23 6– 8:30 pm
Ft. McNair Officer’s Club,
4th and P Streets SW, Building 60,
Washington, DC

In 1973, the United States gave up its military draft system and transitioned to the all-volunteer force. Now, more than four decades later, Americans warmly honor their warriors and take pride in their nation’s fighting machine. But do civilians fully understand the nature of the modern military’s missions? Are the burdens of service fairly shared? Perhaps most importantly, has the all-volunteer force, by its very nature, weakened civil society’s authority over the force that fights in its name and its behalf?

Please join us for an evening reception and lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning Professor Emeritus David Kennedy ’63, Donald J. McLachlan Professor
of History Emeritus, who has spoken about this topic as part of TedxStanford.

A lauded professor for 40 years, Professor Kennedy received the Pulitzer Prize in History (2000) and Hoagland Prize for Undergraduate Teaching (2005) and is the founding Co-Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. According to History Prof. Jack Rakove, following Kennedy’s retirement in 2008, "David has been virtually a legendary figure at Stanford. His participation in University affairs has been across the board and he has really been a ‘Mr. Stanford’ and overall University citizen. Very few of our colleagues have contributed as much as he has to the University."

Doors open at 6:00. The Main Gate will close to event attendees at 7pm sharp. If you arrive after 7:00 we’ll be unable to provide a refund.
From 6:30 – 7:30pm, there will be a reception- heavy hors d’ouevres, cash bar followed by remarks, Q & A from 7:30 – 8: 30pm.

Register online through March 19th at https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=17027.

Early Admission, through March 6: $15 for Stanford alumni and guests, $10 for alumni ’05 – ’14 Regular Admission, beginning March 7: $20 for
Stanford alumni and guests, $15 for alumni ’05 – ‘14. Registration ends March 19th.

Traveling to Ft. McNair:
Google Map
Ft. McNair Map: www.jbmhh.army.mil/WEB/JBMHH/JBMHH%20Maps%20&%20Directions/Fort_McNair_Map_2012.pdf
Driving? See instructions here: www.jbmhh.army.mil/WEB/JBMHH/JBMHH%20Maps%20&%20Directions/JBMHHMapsDirections.html#tomcnair
When you arrive at the Main Gate, you will be asked for a photo ID. Once inside the gate, drive straight on 3rd Avenue to a ‘T’ intersection at an open field. Follow a sign that directs you to turn left onto B Street, right onto 4th, and right onto C Street. You will be heading toward Building 60, the Officers’ Club, a two-story brick building with four columns marking the front entrance. Parking is ample and free.

Metro and walking? Take the Green Line to Waterfront Station. Walk south on 4th Street to P Street. Turn left and the Ft. McNair Main Gate will be to your immediate right and you are halfway! Once inside the gate, head straight toward an open field, and walk to the far right/southeast side of the field to
Building 60, the Officers’ Club. Allow thirty minutes to walk from the Metro station, through Security and to the event.

Please contact Rachel Dolkas, rdolkas@stanford.edu, 650-497-3099 or Risa Shimoda, risa@theshimodagroup.com, 301-502-6548 with questions.

Boomers to Busters: Songs of the 1980s Cabaret
Saturday, March 28 7:30-11pm
Atlas Theater,
1333 H Street NE,
Washington, DC

If you have ever taped songs off the radio, come listen to the first songs of Prince, Madonna, and Whitney Houston that hit the air waves while Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera were opening on Broadway. Let the Congressional Chorus bring you back to the songs and dance of the decade of leg
warmers and headbands.

Tickets are $60 for Reserved Seating and $45 for General Admission. For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit: http://www.uchicagodc.org/boomerstobusters. This show has always sold out so get your tickets as soon as possible.

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

Rock Creek Park Trash Clean-up
Saturday, April 11 9 am – 12 pm
Under the Taft Bridge Near the Woodley Park Metro
Washington, DC

Come spend a morning helping to keep our District and the Potomac River Watershed clean by volunteering to pick up trash. As part of the Alice
Ferguson Foundation’s Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, the Washington DC Stanford Alumni Association is hosting a clean-up site. To RSVP
please fill out this webform (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-YmOqO2Znjr-D_N5p6b23KeYpGhlGCUQpAiixAzIQgQ/viewform?usp=send_form).

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Kroll, Class of 2012, at akroll@alumni.stanford.edu.

DC’s Jair Lynch and Stanford Professor David Grusky discuss Economic Inequality: Facts, trends, and solutions
Tuesday, April 21 6:30-8:30pm
Stanford in Washington Campus,
2661 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, DC


  • Why has income inequality increased so spectacularly in the last 30 years? Why has poverty remained so intransigently high?
  • Are extreme inequality and persistent poverty our inevitable socioeconomic reality -or- can anything be done to effectively address them?

Please join us for a reception and presentation and discussion with one of DC’s prominent and innovative real estate developers and one of the nation’s leading experts on income inequality addressing these questions and answers.

Jair Lynch won a silver medal in gymnastics at the 1996 Olympics. He had an innovative and polished style that stood out. He’s parlayed that same innovation, skill, and hard work in his real estate development company. JAIR LYNCH Development Partners is an urban regeneration company that specializes in the responsible transformation of urban markets. The firm combines social responsibility with thoughtful economic development to create a lasting impact and extraordinary neighborhoods. He is committed to empowering people, developing place, and creating prosperity for everyone.

David B. Grusky is the Barbara Kimball Browning Professor of Sociology at Stanford University. He is the director of the Center on Poverty & Inequality, the California Welfare Laboratory, and Recession Trends – a website that monitors and reports on economic and social effects from the economic downturn. He is a coeditor of Pathways Magazine and the Social Inequality Series. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, corecipient of the 2004 Max Weber Award, founder of the Cornell University Center for the Study of Inequality, and a former Presidential Young Investigator.

The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, one of the country’s three federally-funded poverty centers, is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to monitoring trends in poverty and inequality, examining what is driving those trends, and developing science-based policy on poverty and inequality.

For more information, visit these Websites:

The evening’s reception, including light hors d’oeuvres and beverages, will begin at 6pm, followed by the 6:45pm presentation.

Register here:
http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event17448 by March 31st for early bird price of $20
General admission and $15 for WDCSA members and young alumni (’10-’14).
Regular admission is $25 General admission and $20 for WDCSA members and young alumni

No refunds will be given after April 7th.

Contact Jeffrey Neal at jnealpe@gmail.com for more
information about this event.

Stanford Black Alumni Summit
May 1-3
Atlanta, GA

The Stanford Black Alumni Association – Washington, DC cordially invites local alums to attend the 2015 Stanford Black Alumni Summit. The previous Summit in New York, 2013 was amazing! This year it will take place in Atlanta, GA and the theme is Rising to the Occasion: Answering the Call for Leadership in the Black Community. Black alumni from across the globe, classes, schools, eras, professions, and walks of life will convene in Atlanta to network and celebrate. For more information about the Summit, visit www.stanfordblackalumni.org/.

The registration fee is $350 and $250 for classes 2010-2014.

To register, visit this link: http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/2015sbas.

If you have any questions about the Summit, visit the FAQ page here: www.stanfordblackalumni.org/2015-black-alumni-summit-faq/ or send an email to sbaanational@stanfordalumni.org.

Opera in the Outfield
Saturday, May 16 7pm
Nationals Park,
Washington, DC

Join local Stanford alums as we enjoy a free live broadcast of Washington National Opera’s performance of Rossini’s romantic comedy Cinderella with spectacular sets and costumes at Nationals Park!

Gates open at 5 pm, so arrive early for pre-show entertainment and activities including dress up. This is an opera for everyone. Bring a picnic; bring neighbors, family, friends!

Stanford will have a reserved section. See our April Newsletter for further details.

Get Involved

  • The OVAL team is looking for alumni volunteers to attend two upcoming college fairs this spring:

    • The Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Cafe in Baltimore on Monday, April 20th from 5:30-8:30pm
    • Thurgood Marshall Academy’s Sixth Annual Spring College Fair in DC on Thursday, April 23rd from 9am-12:30pm

    Anyone interested in manning booths at these fairs should contact Lisa Larragoite at larragoite@aol.com or Meghvi Roig at meghvi@gmail.com.

Results of WDCSA 2015 Board Elections

Congratulations to Kevin Coyne and Nina Rodriguez, incoming WDCSA officers!

Kevin Coyne 56%
Mark Kogan 44% 

Co-Vice Presidents:
Nina Rodriguez – unanimous
Chris Shinkman – continuing

20% of our membership participated in the voting. 

Thanks to all our candidates for their willingness to serve.

Stanford In the News

On February 13th, hundreds of invited guests, students, members of the media and onlookers gathered as Stanford welcomed President Barack Obama and a host of business, government and academic leaders for the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection.

This month’s newsletter is available for download in PDF format.