WDCSA Newsletter – October 2015

October 2015

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, October 11 5 pm
Bethesda, MD

The book group will discuss A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor. This Pulitzer
Prize winner is a richly evocative story of revenge, resolution, and redemption, and
a classic work of American literature. Peter Taylor is one of the masters of
Southern literature, whose work stands in the company of Eudora Welty, James
Agee, and Walker Percy.

The November book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
For more information, contact Jennifer Presley at jenniferbpresley@gmail.com.

Meet Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter ‘78, interviewed
by NBC’s Pete Williams ‘74
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 the 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 wine.

Deborah RutterMs. 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.


Pete WilliamsPete 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.

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.

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 limited.

Please contact Betty Byrne with questions, bettybyrne@verizon.net.

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:

Thursday, October 15 vs. UCLA 10:30 pm EDT
Saturday, October 31 vs. Washington State Kick-off TBA

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!

Ivy Singles Cocktail Piano Party
Friday, October 16 6:30-8:30 pm
The University Club of Washington
1135 16th Street, NW,
Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles for light hors d’oeuvres, great background music, and a cash bar. Admission to this event is $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

To pay in advance, please send check payable to Vassar Club of Washington, D.C. to: Kari Fawcett, 14300 Gallant Fox Lane, Ste. 103, Bowie, MD 20715. Please note your school(s) name(s) on the check and also ensure your note or check has enough information for us to contact you back. Email Kari Fawcett (karifawcett at yahoo.com) for more information.

The Ivy Social Club is a coalition of Ivy League, Seven Sisters and other prestigious schools’ regional alumni associations that sponsors social activities.

Ivy Singles Hiking Event
Sunday, October 18 12 pm
Melvin C Hazen Park
Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles and friends on a hike of the Melvin C Hazen Park. We will meet at the historic Pierce Mill at the intersection of Tilden Street and Rock Creek Parkway in Rock Creek Park. We will tour the Pierce Mill before we hike.

After the hike, we will visit the Washington DC Sukyo Mahikari center where we will enjoy pizza and refreshments and receive a relaxing, revitalizing form of energy called “light” from Sukyo Mahikari practitioners. Everything, including the pizza, is free.

The hike is an easy hike and is less than two miles. We will hike through the park and return to the Pierce Mill walking along Tilden. The Mahikari Center is located at 4479 Connecticut Ave. NW. Those who prefer a shorter hike can end their hike at the Mahikari Center instead of ending at the Pierce Mill. Bring water and footwear that supports your ankles.

To RSVP or for more information visit http://mcbarnette.com/events.html or contact Sally Elsadek selsadek@gmail.com or 848-702-1085

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: https://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.

Stanford Day at the Races
Saturday, October 24 12:30-5:30 pm
198 Laurel Race Track Road
Laurel, Maryland

Join WDCSA for a day of thoroughbred horse racing at Laurel Park (www.laurelpark.com). The event includes a buffet, free parking, admission, and a tour of the racetrack. Also included is a trip to the Winner’s Circle with the winning jockey after a race named for our group. Children are welcome. We will meet inside the Clubhouse at 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $30 for WDCSA members and Young Alumni (’11-’15), $35 for non-members, $15 for children under 12.

Register online at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event19093 or send checks payable to WDCSA to Kevin Coyne, 418 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

The sign-up deadline is October 12. There is a limit of 35 attendees, so please sign up early! For more information, contact Jim Arrison at J_Arrison@msn.com.

Parents Connection Autumn Social
Tuesday, November 10 7:30 pm
Mrs. K’s Restaurant and Barrel Bar
9201 Colesville Road,
Silver Spring, MD

Come and socialize at the Stanford Parents Connection autumn event. We will share ideas and tips, ask questions, and talk with other parents. Purchase of food or drink is optional.

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

Stanford vs. Cal Big Game Viewing Party
Saturday, November 21 Kick-off TBD
Spider Kelly’s,
3181 Wilson Blvd,
Arlington, VA

It’s time to put on your Cardinal red and cheer on the Stanford football team in the 118th Big Game! The Washington D.C. Stanford Association is organizing the annual Big Game viewing party with the Cal Alumni Association. Come out and support the Cardinal as we crush those Bears!

Registration and event details will be announced in the coming weeks. Please contact Kevin Coyne at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

Ivy / Seven Sisters Winter Indoor Mixed Doubles Tennis
Saturday, November 21 6:45-11:45 pm
3010 Williams Dr.,
Merrifield, VA

Admission for players with advance registration is $25 by check or credit card. Door admission for players is $30 and is payable by cash or check, no credit card. Admission is $10 for non-players.

Tennis party policies:
1. Advance registration can be made only by mailing the registration form available at www.yaleclubdc.org. All payments must be received by 11/20/2015 to qualify for the advance registration price. There is no registration by fax, email, or telephone.
2. Requests for refunds must be received by 3 pm on 11/20/2015.
3. Door admission is available at the higher price noted above by cash or check only.
4. Each attendee is responsible for any damage to the
facility, injuries or accidents in connection with this function.

For more information: Contact David Federbush at (301)-657-4691, or email him at federbus@erols.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion and Holiday Party
Saturday, December 5 – 5 pm start
6508 Beverly Road,
Baltimore, MD

Bring your family and friends to the Stanford Book Club holiday party and book discussion. The December selection is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This novel won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. The New York Times named it one of its 10 best books of the year, staying on its Best Seller List for over a year for Hardcover Fiction.

The January selection is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

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

WDCSA Holiday Party
Thursday, December 10 6:30-9 pm
DACOR Bacon House,
1801 F Street NW,
Washington DC

WDCSA is hosting our annual holiday bash! The cost for WDCSA members, young alumni (’11-’15), and current students is $10 in advance / $15 at the door. The cost for non-members is $15 in advance / $20 at the door.

Register here: http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event19263.

For more information, contact Maggie New at maggie@middleburggroup.com or 703-298-2525.

Get Involved

Children’s Science Center Volunteering 2015-2016 School Year

The Washington D.C. Stanford Association is teaming with the Children’s Science Center to provide volunteers during the 2015-2016 school year. The Children’s Science Center will be showcasing its Family Science events at schools across Northern Virginia! Join us for fun, science-filled nights while inspiring a love of learning and STEM-literacy in our local children.

Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older and provide their own transportation. No need to be an Einstein (although we’re open to that)! All volunteers must complete a volunteer profile prior to serving with the Children’s Science Center.

Volunteers will help engage and excite children in science and engineering learning and exploration through the use of educational, interactive, hands-on instruction. Volunteers will be expected to review a volunteer instruction packet and watch a video for additional preparation.

Over 50 different dates and locations are currently planned. If you are interested in volunteering and learning more, please contact Kevin Coyne at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org.

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

Stanford’s Christopher Ré, an assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He was recognized for his work in developing a data-inference system that analyzes data with a high degree of certainty.

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