WDCSA Newsletter – December 2015

December 2015

Ivy Singles Holiday Party
Friday, December 4 6-9 pm
DACOR Bacon House
1801 F Street, NW (on the corner of 18th Street),
Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles at the elegant and historic DACOR-Bacon House for its annual holiday party. Each floor will be festively decorated for the holiday season. We will feast on hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a selection of fine wines, bubbly, cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks from a cash bar. Please join us in your festive holiday, cocktail or business attire.

Advanced registration is $42 through this link: https://ycwd.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_206936.

Walk-ins welcome at $47.00 by check made out to WDCSA, cash or credit. Street parking is available after 6:30 pm. Nearby parking garages close before midnight.

Contact Charlotte Perry ‘81, CharMPerry@gmail.com or text/cell 202-341-8799.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion and Holiday Party
Saturday, December 5 5 pm
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. 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.

By George, By Ira, By Gershwin
Saturday, December 5 7 pm
Source Theatre,
1835 14th Street NW,
Washington DC

Join your friends in the D.C. Stanford and Cal Alumni Club for a lively evening of music with an option for a pre-performance dinner nearby within walking distance of the Source Theatre.

Showtime is Saturday December 5 at 7:00 PM, with a pre-dinner starting at 5:30 PM.

Tickets are $38, with a special $25 ticket available for those ages 34 or below, and $22 for students. We are still working on dinner plans and anticipate $25 (including tip and tax) per person, not including alcohol.

“By George, By Ira, By Gershwin” brings Embraceable You, ‘S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm, heartfelt songs, memorable show-tunes, iconic jazz classics … such is the legacy of George and Ira Gershwin, the incomparable, fraternal songwriting team. Our concert-in-cabaret spans Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and Porgy & Bess: all your favorites, and then some! Directors Abel Lopez, Reenie Codelka, Frank Conlon, and Angelisa Gillyard (choreography) lead an exuberant cast.

For more information and/or to RSVP, contact Rob Tobiassen via email at Robert.tobiassen@gmail.com or phone at 202-203-1930.

WDCSA Stanford Football Game Watch
Stanford vs. USC (PAC-12 Championship Game)
Saturday, December 5, 7:45PM
Ventnor Sports Café
2411 18th St NW,
Washington, DC

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). Go Cardinal!

Boomers to Busters: Zoo Lights
Wednesday, December 9 6-9 pm
National Zoo,
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington DC

Come see the National Zoo when it is lit up for the holidays. Visit the lions, tigers and bears – and – reptiles and pandas. Ride the "Conservation Carousel" and "Zoo Choo-Choo."


We will meet at 6 PM at the main entrance of the zoo at 3001 Conn Ave. NW. The zoo is midway between the Woodley Park and Cleveland Park Metros. The L2 bus stops at the entrance. Parking is tight.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Margot Ross MBA’86 at (202) 557-4542 or margot.j.ross@gmail.com.

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.

The historic, antique-filled mansion will be decorated for the season as singers from the Capitol Hill Chorale regale us with holiday favorites.  A DACOR docent will describe the history of the House (Supreme Court justices including John Marshall and other distinguished Washingtonians lived there) and will offer tours.  And of course, there will be Holiday food and drink .

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

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

Wreaths Across America
Saturday, December 12
Arlington Cemetery,
Arlington, VA

WDCSA and the Stanford Military Service Network (SMSN) are coordinating a family-friendly community service opportunity with the Wreaths Across America organization. We will honor veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery by laying wreaths at their grave sites.

Please RSVP to volunteer and receive additional details. You can also find more information at the following links: www.facebook.com/ArlingtonWreaths and www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

To RSVP, contact Jack Smith, MS ’14, at jbsmith2004@alumni.stanford.edu

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, December 13 5 pm
McLean, VA

The book group will discuss Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Catherine Anne Porter. It was written in 1939 (reissued in 1990), and is just 216 pages long. It is a collection that contains three novellas–Old Mortality, a story of race tracks, of the Deep South, and of the survival and shattering of a family legend; Noon Wine, a story of Texas and a dairy farm rescued from decay by a man who turns out to be an escaped lunatic from Dakota and of the tragedy that ended it all; and Pale Horse, Pale Rider, a mystical story of the narrow ledge between life and death, set at the time of the flu epidemic.

For more information, contact Jennifer Presley at jenniferbpresley@gmail.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Tuesday, January 19 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.,
Baltimore, MD

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. This book is the 2013-2014 New York Times Best Seller in nonfiction, the 2014 American Booksellers Association’s adult nonfiction Book of the Year, a 2014 American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction recipient, and rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by over 15,000 Amazon readers.

The March selection is Inferno by Dan Brown.

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

Renwick Gallery Tour
Saturday, January 23 11 am
Renwick Gallery
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW,
Washington DC

Enjoy a docent led tour of the newly renovated Renwick Gallery, which is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art. The debut exhibition, WONDER, features large-scale artwork created from unexpected materials, turning the building into a larger-than-life work of art. The Renwick is a short walk from the Farragut West Metro Station. R.S.V.P. is required for the tour. We will socialize afterwards at
the Potbelly Sandwich Shop across the street.
Purchase of food is optional.

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

Wreaths Across America Clean-up
Saturday, January 23
Arlington Cemetery,
Arlington, VA

WDCSA and the Stanford Military Service Network (SMSN) are coordinating a family-friendly community service opportunity. On January 23, we will be picking up the wreaths laid at grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery during the December 12th Wreaths Across America event

Additional event details can be found on the website: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

To RSVP and receive additional details regarding our group’s participation, contact Jack Smith, MS ’14, at jbsmith2004@alumni.stanford.edu

Stanford at the Opera Spring 2015
Kennedy Center Opera House
Washington, DC

Washington National Opera presents for the first time Wagner’s full four opera Ring Cycle.
Cycle 1 – 4/30, 5/2, 5/4, 5/6
Cycle 2 – 5/10, 5/11, 5/14, 5/15
Cycle 3 – 5/17, 5/18, 5/20, 5/22

Watch for details in upcoming newsletters. Contact Betty at 202.483.4048 or bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org for more information.

Get Involved

Capital Alumni Network

WDCSA expects to compete in the Capital Alumni Network coed basketball league from January 2016 –
March 2016 in Alexandria, Va. Games are generally one night per week and start at 7, 8, or 9 pm. If you are interested in playing competitive alumni basketball, contact Gregory Billings atbillings.g@gmail.com, 202-440-7714

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.

OVAL Updates

  • OVAL just finished the Early Action cycle of interviews in the DC/MD/VA area. We have added several new interviewers to our group and are grateful because many hands make light work.
  • Our team also visited several area college fairs this fall.
  • We had a successful training at Stanford +Connects, and if anyone would like to be an interviewer for the Regular Admission Cycle, please contact meghvi@gmail.com for training.
  • Decisions will be out in December for Early Action applicants. We will have a reception in the early part of 2016 to welcome students to the Stanford family.

Stanford In the News

On November 24th, Stanford opened Meyer Green, a landscaped bowl featuring curving walkways and gentle grassy slopes surrounded by groves of eucalyptus and cedar. It is the former site of Meyer Library. By razing the library and creating an open space, Stanford has restored one of the original axes of the campus along Escondido – from student residences on the east side of campus to the Main Quad – and created a visual connection between the Law School and Green Library.

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