WDCSA Newsletter – April 2016

Cardinal Young Alumni Happy Hour
Thursday, April 7 5:30-8:30 pm
Parlay Sports Bar & Lounge
1827 M Street NW, Washington, DC

The UC Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, and Yale alumni clubs are proud to host a happy hour for our young alumni sponsored by Coffee Meets Bagel. Just download the Coffee Meets Bagel app to receive a voucher for a FREE DRINK AND APPETIZER during our happy hour mixer on Thursday, April 7th.

Space is limited, so RSVP today by purchasing the General Admission ticket option here: www.eventbrite.com/e/young-alums-happy-hour-sponsored-by-coffeemeets-bagel-tickets-21366569986. Participants will need to show the Coffee Meets Bagel app at the door to receive a voucher for their free drink/appetizer.

Contact Patricia Arty ’10, at patricia.arty@gmail.com for more information.

Udvar-Hazy Center Tour with General Michael Nelson ‘59
Saturday, April 9, 10 am – 12 pm
Saturday, April 23. 10 am – 12 pm
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Va

Please join WDCSA for a tour of the highlights of the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport. This spectacular museum continues to add excitement to the original breathtaking exhibits of the Enola Gay and the Concorde, with the recent addition of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Our host will be Mike Nelson ’59, a docent at the center. General Nelson has a truly distinguished record, including 35 years of commissioned service in the U.S. Air Force. During that time, he accumulated more than 3,000 flying hours in the F-100, F-105, A-7, F-4 and F-15. In 1984 he became commander of the 13th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Clark Air Base, Philippines. General Nelson returned to Air Force headquarters in 1985 as deputy inspector general. He subsequently moved to Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, where he became chief of staff, U.S. Air Forces in Europe. In 1992 he assumed command of the 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Subsequent to his retirement he continued to serve the United States military as the President of The
Retired Officers Association.

Due to tour size limitations, each tour is limited to 20 attendees. Please note that these tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis for members of WDCSA and their guests. The tour cost is free, but parking at the center is $15 per vehicle. Registration for the April 9th tour is available at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event20162 orhttp://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event20163 for the April 23rd tour. Please contact Kevin Coyne at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

If you are not currently a WDCSA member (the current membership list is located at www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp) but would like to join please do so at www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/membership_form.html.

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, April 10 5 pm
Fairfax, Va

The book group will discuss After the Quake by Haruki Murakami. All are welcome
to join the discussion and participate in the potluck dinner.

The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals that afflict Murakami’s characters are even deeper and more mysterious, emanating from a place where the human meets the inhuman. An electronics salesman who has been abruptly deserted by his wife agrees to deliver an enigmatic package—and is rewarded with a glimpse of his true nature. A man who has been raised to view himself as the son of God pursues a stranger who may or may not be his human father. A mild-mannered collection agent receives a visit from a giant talking frog who enlists his help in saving Tokyo from destruction. As haunting as dreams, as potent as oracles, the stories in After the Quake are further proof that Murakami is one of the most visionary writers at work today. This set of short stories may be more manageable for the group than Murakami’s recent masterpiece, 1Q84.

The May book selection is Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective, Richard M. Fried. (1991).

The June book selection is The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Anthony Marra. (2014)

For more information, please contact Jennifer Presley, MA ’78, Ph.D. ’81 at Jenniferbpresley@gmail.com

Boomers to Busters Post Tax Relax
Saturday, April 16 11 am-2 pm
Continental Breakfast and Tour, The Mansion at 2020 O Street
2020 O Street NW, Washington, DC

Celebrate the completion of tax season by joining Ivy Singles at what National Geographic has called one of the best hidden gems of Washington. After a nosh, we will roam through the wonderful rooms, winding staircases, and hidden doors.

Event price of $35 includes a continental breakfast of pastries and scones, with jams and creams, juice, and tea and coffee. Children are welcome.

To sign up, visit this page: http://www.uchicagodc.org/article.html?aid=725.

The Mansion at 2020 O Street is five minutes from the Dupont Circle Metro south entrance. Street parking is tight but valet parking is available.

For more information about BtoB: http://www.uchicagodc.org/boomerstobusters. If you have questions contact us at  boomerstobusters@gmail.com.

Ivy Singles Happy Hour
Thursday, April 21 6:30-8:30 pm
Chat Noir Wine Lounge
4907 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Wellesley alumnae of Washington DC are pleased to host an Ivy Singles Social Club happy hour at this charming French bistro. Chat Noir takes its name from one of the first avant-garde cabarets to open its doors in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris in 1881. Come join us for a bit of “April in Paris” and enjoy an assortment of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Prepaid reservations: $30 by check payable to Washington Wellesley Club, and sent to Deborah Tate, 1022 N. Cleveland St., Arlington, VA 22201 by Monday, April 18. Note your school on the check. Walk-ins are $40.

Please RSVP to debtate2001@yahoo.com so we can plan to order enough food.

Le Chat Noir is about a 10 minute walk from the Tenleytown or Friendship Heights Metro stops: http://lechatnoirrestaurant.com/info_dir.htm Parking is available on side streets. Take the stairs up to the Wine Lounge. There is no handicap access, so please let us know if you will need special assistance.

Stanford at the Theater
Thursday, April 28 8 pm
Constellation Theatre @ Source
1835 Fourteenth Street NW, Washington, DC

“Journey to the West” by Mary Zimmerman is a brilliant adaptation of an ancient Chinese novel about a Buddhist monk who travels from China to India in search of sacred scriptures. A rambunctious monkey, an insatiable pig, and a formidable river monster join Tripitaka, the monk, on his travels and help him overcome temptations and traps. Energetic comedy, lyrical poetry and clever satire intertwine in this epic adventure about the human search for enlightenment. Live music by Tom Teasley.

We will host a “dutch treat” meet-up before the performance.

Tickets are $28. Send a check payable to WDCSA to Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010. Contact Betty at  bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or 202.483.4048 for more information.

Beyond the Farm: Arlington Food Assistance Center
Saturday, May 14 5:30-8:30 pm
AFAC Warehouse, 2708 S. Nelson Street, Arlington, Va

Join fellow alumni and friends in helping to sort nonperishable food items donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) in response to the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Each year, the National Association of Letter Carriers dedicates the 2nd Saturday of every May to serving communities nationwide by collecting food to be delivered to local hunger organizations. In Arlington County, all food collected by letter carriers will go to AFAC.

We will be sorting more than 30,000 pounds of food being brought to the AFAC Warehouse. This will be fast-paced and physically demanding work, as we unload and sort bins of food from vans and trucks that will continue to arrive throughout the day. Please be sure to wear closed-toed shoes. And, of course, wear Stanford gear!

If there is interest within the group, we will walk over to Shirlington to celebrate and socialize afterwards.

Register here: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=20597.

Contact: Sumana Chatterjee, MA’04 sumanachatt@yahoo.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Tuesday, May 31 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille. 1113 S. Charles St. Baltimore, Md

The May selection is Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson, which is a historical account of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, a British passenger ocean liner, by the Germans during WWII.

It won a plethora of accolades in 2015, among them are World Magazine’s Book of the Year in history, Goodreads Choice winner in history& biography, Washington Post’s Notable Nonfiction Book, St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Best Book, Miami Herald’s Favorite Book, BookTrib’s Best Narrative Nonfiction Book, LibraryReads’s Top Ten Book, Library Journal’s Top Ten Book, Kirkus’s Best Book, Indigo’s Best Book, and Amazon’s Best Book of the Month in March. The July selection is Confess by Colleen Hoover.

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

Parents Connection Spring Social
Sunday, June 5 2-4 pm
5607 Wood Way, Bethesda, Md

Join the Stanford Parents Connection for our spring social to welcome the new Stanford Class of 2020 parents. Come to fellowship, ask questions, and share your experience and insight. Please bring a snack to share.

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

Get Involved

    Our co-ed , slow-pitch Stanford softball team is one of the best in the Capital Alumni Network (CAN) and we have great fun competing against teams representing the Washington alumni chapters of colleges and universities from across the nation, including most of the other PAC-12 institutions. Games are played in the evenings on the Washington Monument grounds and Ohio Drive fields during June and July (including some weekends) and the season concludes with a championship tournament. Players of all skill levels are welcome. For details, contact Head Coach Brian Burke at brianrburke@gmail.com.
  • Congratulations to the winners of the recent WDCSA elections! Mike Kass (’01, JD ’06) was elected Vice President and Patricia Marby Harrison (’91) was elected Treasurer, each for a two-year term.  Patricia is continuing as Treasurer and Mike will assume the role of Vice President this month. Thanks to the WDCSA members who participated in the election. We’ll have more about Mike and Patricia, as well as retiring Vice President Chris Shinkman, in an upcoming newsletter.

Stanford In the News

  • On March 25th, Stanford University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission announced that 2,063 high school students had been admitted to the Class of 2020 from a pool of 43,997.
  • Paul Allen announced he will give $100 million over the next 10 years to fund scientific endeavors at the “frontiers of bioscience.” The Microsoft cofounder’s efforts will fund “discovery centers” at Stanford and Tufts to encourage innovative approaches to projects in tissue regeneration, antibiotic resistance and the development of brain circuitry.

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