WDCSA Newsletter – August 2015

August 2015

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.

Tue 8/4 – sold out

Wed 8/5 2pm $56 box (sold out), $27 upper (4 left)- 1 parking pass left

Thurs 8/6 2pm $61 box (6 left), $33 upper (4 left)- 2 parking passes left
Friday 8/7 1pm – sold out
for tickets and parking passes

Friday 8/7 7pm (quarterfinals) $76 box (sold out), $36 upper (2 left)- parking passes sold out

Sat 8/8 (semifinals) noon $72 box (2 left), $33 upper (2 left) – 1 parking pass left

Sat 8/8 (semifinals) – 7pm – sold out

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: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18057

Questions? Email Nina Rodriguez at ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com

Young Alumni End-of-Summer Bash
Thursday, August 27 5:30-8 pm
Cafe Citron,
1343 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, DC

Join fellow young alumni for an extended happy hour at one of the most popular venues in Dupont Circle–
Cafe Citron! Come celebrate the end of summer and welcome the most recent Stanford grads to DC. Admission is free. Happy hour food and drink specials will be available.There will be friends and music, and your first drink will be covered by the Stanford Alumni Association and the Washington DC Stanford

We have reserved the entire VIP access area for Stanford–just mention that you are with the Stanford VIP party and you will be led to a secret door. Registration via Facebook Link or email ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/events/887407857972505/
Questions/RSVP? Contact Nina Rodriguez, MS ’05, at ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com.

WDCSA Stanford Football Game Watches
Fall 2015
Ventnor Sports Café,
2411 18th St NW,
Washington, DC

WDCSA is excited to announce our new host bar for the 2015-2016 Cardinal Football Season — Ventnor Sports Café.

Ventnor is accessible by public transit on the Red Line (DuPont Circle and Woodley Park) or the Green/Yellow Line (Columbia Heights and U Street). Please stay posted for future updates on the Cardinal schedule! Go Cardinal!

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, September 13 5-8 pm
Fairfax Station, VA

The book group will meet to discuss We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. This book won the Pen-Faulkner Prize (2014). Rosemary, the 22-year-old narrator – lonely, unmoored, and caustically funny – ponders the mutability of memories, the similarities and differences between the minds of humans and chimps, and the treatment of research animals. Fowler slowly and dramatically reveals Fern’s (the chimp) and Lowell’s (the older brother) heartbreaking yet instructive fates. This meeting will also include a potluck dinner.

The book club meets on the second Sunday of each month. The October book is A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor. The November book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The December book is Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter.

For more information, email Jennifer Presley, MA ’78, PhD ’81, at Jenniferbpresley@gmail.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, September 14 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St,
Baltimore, MD

The September selection is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This 16-week New York Times Best Seller is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by almost 4,000 Amazon readers. This book won the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for non-fiction and secured a place in either the “Best Seller” or the “Best of” lists of practically every well known institution in 2012. The final selection of the year is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

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

Stanford at the Opera
Tuesday, September 29 7 pm
Kennedy Center,
Washington, DC

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.”

Orchestra Prime seats are $117.50 Second Tier Prime seats are $79.

Send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010 Questions? Contact Betty @ bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org

Tickets will be mailed third week in September. For more information, contact
bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048.

Service Opportunity: Team River Runner’s 11th Annual DC Biathlon
Sunday, October 4
Washington Canoe Club near Key Bridge in Georgetown
Washington, DC

Mark your calendars for an upcoming service opportunity! WDCSA and the Stanford Military Service Network are coordinating a group to assist in this event that aids wounded veterans in healing through paddle sports. The event involves one mile of kayaking and three miles of running. Our group will be helping to put on this event in some capacity – stay tuned for more details!

Contact Jack Smith at jbsmith2004@alumni.stanford.edu or Risa Shimoda at
risa@theshimodagroup.com to volunteer or to get more information.

‘Vision for the Future’ – Deborah Rutter ’78, President, Kennedy Center
Tuesday, October 13 6:30-8:30 pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington DC

A ‘Q’ and ‘A’ on the present and future plans for the Kennedy Center. A ‘Q’ and ‘A’ on the present and future plans for the Kennedy Center.  Deborah Rutter will be interviewed by Pete Williams ’74, NBC News. Refreshments will include a cheese display and wine.

The cost is $20 for WDCSA members and their
guests, $25 for non-members through October 6.
The cost will then increase to $25 for WDCSA
members /guests, $30 for non-members. https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18699.
Watch for additional details in the September

Directions: Stanford in Washington is located across
Connecticut Avenue from the Woodley Park/Zoo
Metro Station, on the Red Line. We enthusiastically
encourage travel by Metro, as street parking is very
Please contact Betty Byrne with questions,


Stanford+Connects is a 16-city world tour that brings the best of Stanford University to you —
in person and online. The next stop is in Washington DC on September 26, 2015. In anticipation of
this event, WDCSA is hosting several local events. See below for a list of the specially designed
events meant to deepen connections with our local DMV community of Stanford alumni.

WDCSA+Stanford+Connects Flash Meetup
Thursday, August 6 5:30-7:30 pm
DACOR-Bacon House,
1801 F Street NW,
Washington, DC

Everyone is welcome to join us in the garden at DACOR-Bacon House for cocktails, live music, and a cash Bar. Questions: 703-298-2525.

WDCSA+Stanford+Connects Stand Up Paddling on the Potomac
Saturday, September 12 8-10 am
10697 MacArthur Blvd.,
Potomac, MD

If you have visited lakes or rivers recently where outdoor enthusiasts are out on the water, you have probably seen people standing on and paddling surfboard-like craft. These are called Stand Up Paddleboards and they are gaining popularity across the country. In the spirit of creating new ways to meet and connect with DC alumni, here’s a perfect opportunity to learn the basics from a professional SUP instructor on the calm water of the C&O Canal. No prior paddling experience is necessary. For information only, view http://paddlestrokesup.com/stand-up-paddle-lessons-in-potomac-md/

To register, visit https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18638.

The class will meet at the Old Angler’s parking lot at this location off MacArthur Blvd, across the street from Old Angler’s Inn. Plan to arrive early to allow time to find a parking spot as this is extremely popular for hikers, bikers, and kayakers. Look for us at the Paddlestroke SUP truck and trailer.

Register by August 21st so that we can guarantee space for our group. Contact Risa Shimoda, risa@theshimodagroup.com, 301-502-6548 with questions.

WDCSA+Stanford+Connects Afternoon at the Winery
Saturday, September 19 12 pm
Paradise Springs Winery Tour and Tasting, preceded by a potluck picnic lunch
13219 Yates Ford Road,
Clifton, VA

Potluck lunch begins at 12 pm, and the tour begins at 1pm. Calling all alumni of the graduate programs! Enjoy a private tour and tasting of the beautiful Paradise Springs Winery. The tour will take us through the winery’s historic log cabin, inside the vineyard, through production, and ultimately end with a tasting of their entire flight of wines. Outside food can be enjoyed on the grounds, or you can purchase snacks at the winery.

WDCSA Members and their guests: $30 (includes tax and gratuity).
Non-Members and their guests: $35 (includes tax and gratuity).

This event is open to all in the Stanford community, but we especially encourage alumni of the graduate programs to attend! Whether you spent multiple years working on your PhD, or you completed a one-year Masters program, we know you felt at home at Stanford (and especially in Escondido Village!), and we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect!

Click here to RSVP: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18634.
For questions, contact Sumana Chatterjee (MA’04) or Nina Rodriguez (MS’05) — we’re both alumni of the graduate programs ourselves!

WDCSA+Stanford+Connects Cliveden 1970-80 Meet Up
Wednesday, September 23 6:30-8:30 pm
Queen Vic,
1206 H Street, NE,
Washington, DC

Did you attend classes at the Cliveden estate, 25 miles up the Thames River from London from 1970-80?

Come on down to the Queen Vic pub for a bit of trivia exchange and shared stories of your overseas experiences. This event is open to all in the Stanford community, but we especially encourage overseas program participants from this era. Bring 2-3 questions about major events that occurred when you were overseas at or around your campus and we’ll fashion a way to reward attendees recollection of 70’s overseas trivia! www.thequeenvicdc.com/

WDCSA members are eligible for trivia game gifts; non-members can enjoy the company, excellent Old Vic fare and ambiance. There is no fee to attend besides your trivia questions, but we need to book a group space, as the Queen Vic does not accept reservations. RSVP so we know you’ll be there! https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18651

Here is a map of the Queen Vic location and Yelp reviews of this great pub.


For questions, contact Risa Shimoda ’77, risa@theshimodagroup.com, (301) 502-6548.

WDCSA+Stanford+Connects Bowling in Bethesda with a Farm Teaming Twist
Thursday, September 24 6:30-8:30 pm
5353 Westbard Ave.,
Bethesda, MD

Who are the bowling ringers among us? Join WDCSA for an evening of fun just a few days before Stanford+Connects. As silly as bowling
outings always are, we’ll add an additional twist to the fun by assigning teams that are determined by class year based on those of the people who sign up. Yes, we’ll have provisions for non-alumni guests and Stanford Parents (hmmm: will it be your graduation year or that of your child? Sign up and see!).

Cost: $25 for WDCSA members, $30 for nonmembers (includes rental of a pair of awesome bowling shoes)

Bowlmor is located 1.6 miles from the Friendship Heights Metro station (Red Line) where you can hop on the 23 bus. Parking is plentiful and free. Their number is 301-652-0955. www.bowlmor.com/bethesda/


The signup deadline is August 23, 2015. This is just a few weeks away, so sign up today !

For more information, contact Chris Shinkman, 301-229-4427, c.shinkman@verizon.net.

WDCSA+Stanford+Connects Runners
Tour DC
Saturday, September 26,
Washington, DC

Calling all Stanford Runners! What better way to start off the day of the Stanford+Connects event than to tour DC with fellow alumni on the running paths! We’ll offer a couple different distances, pace for conversation, and include sweet treats and coffee at Baked and Wired in Georgetown to reward our hard work. We’ll also identify a location to shower/change so that we can head over to lunch and the main event! The exact route is still under construction, but please contact Jack Smith at jbsmith2004@alumni.stanford.edu if interested. Hope to see you on the trail!

WDCSA+Stanford+Connects Walk/Hike on the C&O Canal or Billy Goat Trail
Saturday, October 3 10 am
Meet at Great Falls Tavern
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
11710 MacArthur Boulevard,
Potomac, MD

There is a $10/vehicle entrance fee at the park, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Open to all ages, join us as we enjoy the fall season
and beauty of the Potomac River. Take a 2.1 mile stroll on the towpath, or hike on the 1.75 mile Billy Goat Trail A (strenuous trail involving much scrambling over rocks), to Old Angler’s Inn (www.oldanglersinn.com). There, we can stop for refreshments before heading back via the towpath (Note: this is an approximately 4 mile round trip and, as an alternative, some may want to coordinate a car shuttle back to the Tavern).

RSVP here: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18640 . Questions? Contact Vicky, ’77, and Frank Chang, ’76 (vhc313@gmail.com or 301-983-9749)
Laura Chang, ’09, and John Petrofsky, ’08 (lchang614@gmail.com or 650-260-4552)

Get Involved

WDCSA Mentorship Program

Are you interested in becoming a mentor or mentee to local Stanford Alumni? We are pleased to announce that WDCSA is launching a mentorship program and is now taking applications. To find out more information, please view this document:

Download the referenced google mentor/mentee form, fill it out, and save to your desktop. Then email to Nina Rodriguez at ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com. Please be sure to not write your information on the google document as that is public and everyone would be able to see
your details. If you have any questions on how to fill the form, please email
ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com for more details.

The deadline for the first wave of applicants will be September 15, 2015. Thanks and we look forward to the start of this WDCSA Mentorship Program!

OVAL Updates

  • Lisa Larragoite is taking a sabbatical from OVAL because she is not eligible to participate in the coming school year (her child is a senior in high school). We thank her for her tremendous service, vision and accomplishments as OVAL chair for the past five years. We also thank other leadership team members as well as volunteers who are not eligible to participate next year.
  • We are so grateful for our alumni volunteers. We had a successful year of events, interviews, college fairs, and outreach. We are looking forward to kicking off the new admission cycle in the fall.
  • For those alumni who would like to interview Stanford applicants, there will be a training prior to the Stanford+Connects event on September 26. More details will follow in the Stanford+Connects information. Please encourage friends to attend so we can grow our interview volunteer base and reach every student who applies to Stanford!

Stanford Parents Connection

  • The Stanford Parents Connection now has a Facebook page: “Stanford University Parents Connection of Washington DC”, www.facebook.com/groups/1644734342414183/. It is a meeting place for parents of past, present, future, and prospective Stanford University students. Share ideas and tips. Ask questions. Talk to other parents.

Cardinal Young Alumni Representative

  • WDCSA is looking for one or two enthusiastic and committed, young alumni to help run the CYA club. If you would like to volunteer to be one of these leaders of the Cardinal Young Alumni for WDCSA, please contact ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com.

Stanford In the News

  • Sakurako D. Fisher, president of the San Francisco Symphony and a longtime supporter of Stanford University, has been elected to the university’s Board of Trustees. She will begin a five-year term Oct. 1. Fisher is also chair of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution and serves as co-chair for the Smithsonian Campaign. She is a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a co-founder of O2 Initiatives, an organization that supports sabbaticals for executive directors of nonprofit organizations.

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