WDCSA Newsletter – June 2015

June 2015

Ivy Singles Embassy Reception
Friday, June 12 6:30-8:30 pm
Embassy of Slovenia,
2410 California Street, NW
Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles and Bruce McBarnette of the Princeton Club for the Summer Embassy Art Reception at the Embassy of Slovenia. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvre, the work of local artists, a raffle, a presentation about Slovenia, and meet diplomats. You can also experience a relaxing energy practice from Japan. Thirty percent of all art sales will benefit Charlie’s Place, a homeless service center in Washington, DC.

The Republic of Slovenia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, lies at the heart of Europe, where the Alps face the Pannonian plains and the Mediterranean meets the Karst area, which is famous for its caves and natural springs. Slovenia borders Austria to the north, Hungary to the east, Croatia to the south, and Italy to the west. The embassy is one of the more modern embassies in Washington, DC and was built in 2007 by Monarc Construction, the most famous embassy builder in the country.

Dress is coat and tie for men, business attire for women.

Admission is $35, if paid by June 11, and $50 at the door. Register online at http://cornellclubdc.org/event-1932188.

For questions contact Bruce McBarnette at bruce@mcbarnette.com or 800-777-7680.

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, June 14 5 pm
Silver Spring, MD

The book group will meet at the home of Jennifer Presley and Andy Kolstad to discuss the novel about Frank Lloyd Wright, Loving Frank. Titles for future discussions will be available at the time of that meeting. For general information about the book group, email jenniferbpresley@gmail.com.

Summer Solstice Rooftop Soiree
Friday, June 19 6-8 pm
1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Enjoy the latest sunset of the year on a private rooftop taking in one of the most exquisite views anywhere in Washington: an unobstructed southern panoramic view encompassing the Jefferson and Washington Memorials, White House and the Capital. Relax with people who remember when you had to go to the movies to see a movie!

Regular registration is $25 until June 14th. Late registration will then be available for $30 until June 18th. Email reservations, same day registrations, and walk-ins (if available) will be $40. Includes light dinner buffet of sandwiches and salads, and a cash bar. Minimum age is 21.

The venue is three blocks south of the Farragut North and West metro stops. A separate room is available in case of inclement weather. Street parking is tight, but the building has paid parking. Last year we sold out.

For more information and to sign up online go to: www.uchicagodc.org/boomerstobusters and
follow the links.

If you have questions, contact us at boomerstobusters@gmail.com.

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.

Schools advertising Boomers to Busters events include Amherst, Barnard, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Case Western Reserve, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Columbia, Emory, Georgia Tech, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, Michigan, MIT, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Penn State, Pennsylvania, Pomona, Princeton, Smith, Stanford, Swarthmore, Tulane, Wellesley, Williams and the Capital Alumni Network. All others are welcome.

Stanford at the Ballpark: Washington
Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Sunday, June 21 1:35 pm game time
Washington Nationals Stadium
1500 South Capitol St SE,
Washington, DC


This FOURTH annual WDCSA outing to see the Washington Nationals has become one of our most popular Club events, and we will once again host a pre-game “Meet and Greet” with former Stanford pitcher Drew Storen in a private meeting room.*

Once the game starts, we will be seated in the shade in the outfield – Section 231. The ticket price includes entrance to the reception and the game.
Children under 2 will not need tickets. This is a great way to spend Father’s Day!

Tickets are $35 for WDCSA members and $38 for non-members, and can be purchased here: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18059.

Further details on ticket pick-up and location of the reception will be sent to those who register. The cut-off date for ticket purchases is June 12, or when we sell out.

Questions? Contact Chris Shinkman at 301-229-4427 or c.shinkman@verizon.net.

*Due to the unpredictable nature of players’ schedules on game days, Drew Storen’s meeting with us is tentative.


The Stanford Parents Connection held its Spring Social on May 9th at Chris Shinkman’s home. There were 27 in attendance, including 14 incoming Freshman students and parents, and four students from Stanford in Washington.

7th Annual WDCSA Happy Hour Cruise
Thursday, July 23 7-9:30 pm
Washington Harbour, Georgetown
Washington, DC (31st and K streets NW)

Join us for a sunset cruise past the monuments! We’ve rented a beautiful boat for the exclusive use of DC Stanford alumni. Mix and mingle with your fellow alums, enjoying happy hour food and a premium open bar.

Tickets are: $45 for WDCSA members, young alums (’11-’15), and their guests; and $60 for non-members and their guests.

Reserve your ticket at: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18060.
Washington Harbour is located in Georgetown at 31st and K Streets, NW, across from the Riverside Grille on the dock. Please arrive promptly at 7:00 to check in and mingle with friends/other alumni.

The boat will start boarding at 7:15 and will leave promptly thereafter with or without ticket holders.

Refunds will not be granted to those who arrive late – no exceptions. In the event of postponement for bad weather, we will notify ticket holders and attempt to reschedule for a later date. If you have any questions, please contact Avery Weidman at averyweidman@gmail.com.

If you are not a WDCSA member, this is the perfect time to sign up and become one. You’ll get your money’s worth for future events! www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/membership_form.html.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion and Summer Barbeque
Saturday, July 25 5 pm
3512 Newland Road,
Baltimore, MD

Bring your family and friends to our Baltimore summer barbecue and book discussion. The July selection is Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. This #1 New York Times bestseller won the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America. This crime fiction is the first of a trilogy, and will be turned into a TV series with Mr. King himself as the executive producer.

The September selection is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

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

2015 Citi Open
Saturday, August 1- Sunday, August 9
16th & Kennedy, NW,
Washington, DC

The 2015 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. We also have the same four upper level seats (Section 7, Row G) as last year. All of our seats provide access to the Emirates Garden Club restaurant. 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.

The price to us of our box seats increased over 10%, and our upper level seats by 27%, so we have had to increase prices to break even. However, Andy Murray (#3 in world) and Ken Nishikori (#5 in world) have committed to play in the tournament.

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. We have two parking passes available for each session at $16/pass.

Sat 8/1 (qualifying) 10am – $10 box (sold out), $8 upper – 1 parking pass left
Sunday 8/2 10am – $18 box, $11 upper
Mon 8/3 2pm $42 box, $18 upper (2 left)
Tue 8/4 2pm $50 box, $23 upper (2 left)
Wed 8/5 2pm $56 box (1 left), $27 upper – 1 parking pass left
Thurs 8/6 2pm $61 box, $33 upper
Friday 8/7 1pm (quarterfinals) $55 box (sold out), $27 upper – 1 parking pass left
Friday 8/7 7pm (quarterfinals) $76 box (2 left), $36 upper – 1 parking pass left
Sat 8/8 (semifinals) noon $72 box (3 left), $33 upper
Sat 8/8 (semifinals) – 7pm $91 box (3 left), $39 upper
Sun 8/9 (finals) 12pm $99 box (4 left), $39 upper (sold out)- 1 parking pass left

Stanford at DC United
Saturday, August 22 4:30 pm
RFK Stadium,
2400 E Capitol St NE,
Washington, DC

Join your fellow Stanford alumni to cheer on DC United against San Jose Quakes! We will have a potluck tailgate prior to the game as a way to mingle and enjoy the great company. Game time is 7pm and we’ll start tailgating at 4:30pm by the tailgating tents in the RFK Parking lot. Look for the Stanford banner. And if you can’t find us, call Nina at 305-803-1783.

The cost is $25 for WDCSA members and $28 for non-members.

Tickets can be picked up at the tailgate up until 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. There are a limited number of tickets available so sign up on the Stanford Alumni page:

Questions? Email Nina Rodriguez at ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com

Stanford at the Opera
Fall 2015 – CARMEN

This sizzling production of Bizet’s final opera shifts the classic story to a Latin American setting smoldering with sensuality and danger, using the original version of the score. The music pulses with erotic power – from Carmen’s rousing “Habanera” aria and uninhibited dancing in a smokey tavern to the famous “Toreador Song” – all culminating in a spectacular finale at a bullfight.

This one is a winner and … we’ll be there with a before opera “meet-up.”

See our July newsletter for information on the cost and dates. For more information, contact bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048.

Stanford In the News

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