WDCSA Newsletter – September 2015

September 2015


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. You don’t want
to miss out on President Hennessy’s trip to Washington, a chance to reconnect with old friends and
to make new connections, and a wonderful opportunity to interact with brilliant Stanford faculty –
all here in DC! For more information, visit https://stanfordconnects.stanford.edu/washington-dc.
Register by Thursday, September 3rd for the early registration price.

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

The 2015 Stanford football season has begun! WDCSA is excited to announce our
new host, Ventnor Sports Cafe, for the following football game watches:

Saturday, September 5 vs. Northwestern at 12:00pm
Saturday, September 19 vs. USC 8:00pm

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!

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
To register, visit https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18638. The registration deadline has been extended to Thursday, September 10.

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

https://www.google.com/maps/place/ 38%C2%B058’55.0%22N +77%C2%B013’35.2%22W/ @38.98228,-77.22574,180m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2! 3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en

Contact Risa Shimoda, risa@theshimodagroup.com, 301-502-6548 with

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

California State Society’s
"Back to School Night"
Wednesday, September 16 5:30-7:30 pm
Rayburn Office Building Cafeteria
Capitol Hill, Washington DC (Capitol South Metro)

Come reunite with former classmates, renew old
rivalries, and forge new friendships at the California
State Society’s Back to School night.

For more information, see www.californiastatesociety.com.

Boomers to Busters Fall Equinox Happy Hour
Thursday, September 17 6-8 pm
Busboys and Poets,
1025 5th St. NW
Washington, DC

Whether or not you were at our sold out rooftop
summer solstice, please join us as we say good bye to
summer and welcome fall. Come up the circular
staircase to The Loft and have a drink with people
who remember when you had to set a timer to take
a picture of yourself!

Registration is $30 until September 13th, then $35
until September 16th. Email reservations, same day
registrations and walk-ins (if available) will be
$40. Includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Minimum age is 21.

To sign up click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-equinox-happy-hour-tickets-18011682427.
For more information about BtoB go towww.uchicagodc.org/boomerstobusters.
If you have questions, email

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

Participating schools include Amherst, Barnard,
Berkeley, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Case Western
Reserve, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Columbia,
Connecticut, 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.

Service Opportunity:
National Park Service Clean-up Project
Saturday, September 19 9am-12pm

*Meeting location will be determined by the park
ranger two weeks prior to the event*

Join Stanford Alumni for a morning of volunteering
with the National Park Service! Past projects have
included beautification of the National Mall, picking
up trash, and helping to finish a project painting
benches. The ranger will let us know our project two
weeks prior to the event.

To sign up please fill out this webform: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/ 1f4MuZwcmj8tMdpDFxGOXtmU4-u7dLi0okIPePZgVsfE/viewform?usp=send_form

Contact Amy Kroll at akroll@alumni.stanford.edu with any questions.

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!

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

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. https://www.google.com/search?q=1206+H+Street %2C+NE%2C+Washington%2C+DC +20002&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS567US567&oq=1206 +H+Street%2C+NE%2C+Washington%2C+DC +20002&aqs=chrome.. 69i57.1782j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie= UTF-8 www.yelp.com/biz/the-queen-vic-washington

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

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

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/

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Friendship +Heights+Metro+Station/5353+Westbard+Ave, +Bethesda,+MD+20816/ @38.9578723,-77.1063368,15z/data=!3m1!4b1! 4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b7c990d0d7dbcf: 0xb12132c97db01069!2m2!1d-77.085767! 2d38.960997!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b7ca265112292d: 0x5c8c931f9568af13!2m2!1d-77.1059883! 2d38.9632817!5i1

The registration link will be available until the day
before the event. However, this is just a few weeks
away, so sign up today!

https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=18494 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!

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.

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 (http://
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)

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

Kennedy Center Presents
Vision for the Future:
A Conversation with Deborah Rutter
Tuesday, October 13 6:30-8:30 pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC

Join WDCSA for a ‘Q’ and ‘A’ with Kennedy Center
President, Deborah Rutter, ’78. Pete Williams, ’74, of
NBC News will interview Ms. Rutter about 2015
season, projects underway, and the state of the arts in
DC, one of the most vibrant arts communities in the
nation. Refreshments will include a cheese display and

Ms. Rutter is the artistic and administrative director
of the world’s busiest performing arts center,
managing all facets of the facility, including expansive
theater, contemporary dance, ballet, chamber music,
and jazz seasons as well as its affiliates the National
Symphony Orchestra and Washington National
Opera. Known for emphasizing collaboration,
innovation, and community engagement, Ms. Rutter is
considered one of the most influential arts
administrators in the nation.

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.

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, bettybyrne@verizon.net.

Pete Williams ’74, is a Washington DC-based
correspondent for NBC News whose main areas of
news coverage include the Department of Justice and
Supreme Court. In 1986, he became press secretary
for U.S. Representative Dick Cheney and followed
Cheney to the United States Department of
Defense as Cheney became United States Secretary
of Defense to be the Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Public Affairs in 1989.

Boomers to Busters
Ghosts of Georgetown Tour
Friday, October 23 7-8:30 pm
Washington, DC

Did you see "The Exorcist" in a movie theater?
Then come to the Ghosts of Georgetown Tour,
which starts at the Old Stone House, 3051 M Street
NW, and ends at "The Exorcist" stairs at 36th and
Prospect Street NW.

Selected as the best ghost tour by Washingtonian
Magazine, this private tour will put you in the
Halloween mood! Billed as a "creepy, cosmic and
sometimes comic crawl through paranormal
Georgetown – DC’s most historic and absurdly
haunted neighborhood!" Join us as we hear about
some of Georgetown’s secrets.

Tour takes place rain or shine and is around 1.5
miles. Every year this tour has sold out. Cost is $20
for adults and $10 for ages 10 to 21 – minimum age is
10. Closest Metro is Foggy Bottom, from there walk
10 minutes or take the Circulator or 30s buses.
Parking is tight in Georgetown but there are
commercial lots at Wisconsin and M.

To sign up click here: www.eventbrite.com/e/ghosts-of-georgetown-private-walking-tourtickets-18011988342.

If you have questions about the tour contact Margot
Ross at margot.j.ross@gmail.com.

For more information about BtoB go to: www.uchicagodc.org/boomerstobusters.

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

    We are excited to kick off the new year of college
    fairs, interviews and Admission receptions.
    For new interviewers, there will be a training at 10
    am on Saturday, Sep. 26 before the Stanford
    +Connects program (in same venue). Please see
    link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iM1yjUkhU4a7o2rdIjAvU9Ovi8NCaqOM5e7HOUhIIbc/viewform
    We are always looking for volunteers! Please email
    Meghvi Maheta Roig ’97, meghvi@stanfordalumni.org, with any questions.

  • 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

Stanford In the News

  • Stanford Hospital’s Department of Emergency
    Medicine recently introduced a program to provide
    physicians with meals, housecleaning, and a variety
    of other services to ease the work-life conflicts for
    the emergency medicine faculty. The "timebanking"
    program is part of a two-year, $250,000
    pilot funded primarily by the Sloan Foundation,
    according to reports. Doctors can "bank" the time
    they spend doing the often-overlooked work of
    mentoring, serving on committees, covering others’
    shifts or deploying in emergencies.

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