WDCSA Newsletter – April 2015

April 2015

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 Book Club Discussion
Sunday, April 12 5 pm
Bethesda, MD

The book group will meet at the home of Kathie Krumm to discuss the novel A Hero of Our Time by Lermontov. The May book is the novel So Big by Edna Ferber.

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

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.
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.

Rare Access Conversation with Sandy Lerner, MS ’81, Co-Founder of Cisco, and Founder of Ayrshire Farm
Tuesday, April 28 6:30-8 pm
Disruption Corporation HQ
2231 Crystal Dr., Suite 1000,
Arlington, VA

Join Ms. Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems, for a conversation on a life-well-lived beyond the start-up years at Cisco Systems, when she addresses Stanford
Entrepreneurship/Washington, D.C., and the Stanford GSB DC/Baltimore alumni groups on Tuesday, April 28th. Learn about the highs and lows of going public in 1990—and how she stayed calm during that turbulent time– and what it was like dealing with venture capitalists when Cisco was acquired.

Hear about Sandy’s subsequent career as a writer and philanthropist. Listen to how she completed Second Impressions– a sequel to Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice– a labor of love written over the course of 26 years. In the UK, Sandy bought and restored Jane Austen’s brother’s home and established “The Centre for the Study of Early English Women’s Writing, 1600-1830.” In recognition of her accomplishments in the UK, Sandy will receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II, very soon.

An award-winning serial entrepreneur, Sandy founded and will discuss Ayrshire Farm and her extensive knowledge on the importance of eating local food and protecting the nation’s food supply. Ayrshire Farm is the first Certified Organic, Certified Humane farm in Virginia. The farm is also Certified Predator Friendly. Lerner’s restaurant “Hunter’s Head Tavern,” and market “Home Farm Store” are the only Certified Organic, Certified Humane restaurant and market in the country. The farm and restaurant are located in Upperville and the market is just a short distance away in Middleburg, Virginia.

This event is $30 for regular admission and $15 for young alumni (’05-’14 undergrad, ’10-’14 grad). The event will be catered with food and beverages (including portions from Ayrshire’s sustainable farm!)

Questions? Contact Zachary Pogue, ’03, at zpogue@stanfordalumni.org.
Register at http://stanford.io/19VmcF5

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, click here: 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.

Parents Connection Spring Social
Saturday, May 9 2-4pm
5607 Wood Way
Bethesda, MD

Please join the Stanford Parents Connection for our spring social, as we welcome the new Stanford Class of 2019 parents. We will be joined by students from Stanford in Washington with firsthand knowledge of all the ins and outs of Stanford. Join us for fellowship, ask questions, or provide answers.

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

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 a costume dress-up rack (this year’s theme is ‘Prince and Princess’ so there is a throne on which to pose), face painting, local group performances, arts and crafts – all before the start of the show! This is an opera for everyone. Bring a picnic; bring neighbors, family, friends!
Stanford will have a reserved section.

For more information, see Kennedy Center website: www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/OPWMO or contact Betty Byrne at bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Tuesday, May 26 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.,
Baltimore, MD.

The May selection is A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. This book won the Aventis Prize for best general science book in 2004, won the Descartes Prize for science communication in 2005, and was rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by over 1,700 Amazon readers.

The July selection is Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.

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

Get Involved

Softball Players Wanted!

Looking to dust off some old softball/baseball skills or just hang out with a fun group of Stanford alums? Join Stanford’s DC alumni coed softball team! One of the Washington DC Stanford Association’s longest running 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 it’s a lot of fun. All are welcome, so come on out!

Email Louisa Marion, ’04, at lmarion@gmail.com or Brian Burke, ’99, at brianrburke@gmail.com to be added to the softball roster.

Stanford In the News

  • Stanford has extended undergraduate admission offers to the Class of 2019 and announced an increase in financial aid. Now, parents with annual family incomes below $125,000 and typical assets will be expected to pay no Stanford tuition. And there will be zero parental contribution toward tuition, room or board for parents with annual incomes below $65,000 and typical assets.
  • Stanford neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, MD, who wrote eloquently and movingly for The New York Times and Stanford Medicine about facing mortality after being diagnosed with lung cancer, died of the disease March 9. He was 37. Read more of his story here: http://paulkalanithi.com/.

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