WDCSA Newsletter – May 2016

Ivy Singles Embassy Tour
Saturday, May 7 10am-12 pm
Embassy of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles on a tour of four embassies beginning with the Embassy of Indonesia. Bruce McBarnette, a Princeton alumnus, is organizing the tour. All the embassies will be within a mile of Dupont Circle.

Each embassy will have an open house reception as part of the Around the World Embassy Tour. For more details about the open houses, visit www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/passport-dc1.

Register for this free event here: http://mcbarnette.com/events.html Contact: Charlotte Perry ’81, 202-341-8799 cell/text. CharMPerry@gmail.com.

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, May 8 5-7:45 pm
Bethesda, MD

The book group will discuss Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective by Richard M. Fried. All are welcome to join the discussion and participate in the potluck dinner.

The June book selection is The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Anthony Marra.

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

Ivy Singles Embassy Tour
Saturday, May 14 10am-12 pm
Embassy of Great Britain, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC

Join Ivy Singles on a tour of four embassies starting at the British Embassy at 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW at 10am. The other embassies are within a mile of the British Embassy. Bruce McBarnette, a Princeton alumnus, will be leading the group. Each embassy will have an open house reception as part of the European Union Embassies’ Open House. For more details about the open houses visit http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/passport-dc1.

Register for this free event here: http://mcbarnette.com/events.html Contact: Charlotte Perry ’81, 202-341-8799 cell/text. CharMPerry@gmail.com.

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.

PAC-12 Night with the Washington Nationals
Saturday, May 14 7:05 pm
Nationals Ballpark, Washington, DC

The PAC 12 DC Network is hosting an outing to Nats Park. Join your fellow Pac-12 alumni for our annual Night with the Nationals! This year’s game is Nats vs. Marlins. Tickets can be purchased following this link: https://groupmatics.events/Pac12 The group will be meeting at 5:30 at the Fairgrounds/Bullpen for a pre-game gathering.

An Evening with Stanford Professor Jack Rakove: What Is Really Wrong with Our Presidential Electoral System: Deep History and Contemporary Politics
Monday, May 16 6:30-8:15 pm
Stanford in Washington, 2661 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Please join us for a very special evening with Stanford historian Professor Rakove, the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) Law at Stanford, where he has taught since 1980.

He earned a B.A. in History at Haverford College in 1968, studied at the University of Edinburgh, and received his Ph.D. in History in 1975 from Harvard. Before coming to Stanford, he taught at Colgate University from 1975-1980.

At Stanford he teaches courses in early American history and the origins and interpretation of the Constitution. He is the author of six books, including Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1996), which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in History. Professor Rakove will address his suggested topic by
examining “common misconceptions about the origins of the electoral college and current concerns about presidential elections.”

Light refreshments will include a display of domestic cheese, whole fruit, crackers and French bread, cocktail sandwiches, chips, dip, soft drinks, and bottled water. The online registration fee is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

Registration will be open at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/professorrakove2016 through Friday, May 13th. We’ll ask an additional $3 ($15 total) for members and $5 ($20 total) for those who join us on the 16th without having registered.

Stanford in Washington is conveniently located across Connecticut Avenue from the Woodley Park / Zoo Red Line Metro Station.

Please contact Risa Shimoda at risashimoda@msn.com 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, it’s easy! Visit  www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/membership_form.html.

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.

Summer Solstice Rooftop Soiree
Friday, June 24 6-8 pm
1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Enjoy the latest sunset of the year on a private rooftop taking in one of the most exquisite views anywhere in Washington: an unobstructed southern panoramic view encompassing the Jefferson and Washington Memorials, White House and the Capitol.

Event includes a light dinner buffet of sandwiches, salads, and soft drinks. There will be a cash bar for wine and beer.

Early bird registration is $30 until June 17th; then regular registration is $35 until June 22nd; after that late registration, and walk-ins (if available), is $40. Last year we sold out. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-solstice-rooftopsoiree–tickets-24533743086
This event location is three blocks south of the Farragut North and West Metros. Street parking is tight but the building has paid parking.

For more information about BtoB, visit: www.uchicagodc.org/boomerstobusters.


WDCSA Basketball Team

The 2016 Washington DC Stanford Alumni Basketball team had its best regular season ever, finishing with a 5-3 record. Though expectations were high for the post season tournament, the team unfortunately lost its first round game to Penn State Blue, mainly because we played 4 players against Penn State Blue’s 5 players. We battled in that game as we led Penn State Blue with about 7 minutes to go in the game. However, a win was not for the Cardinal that night. Despite the ups and downs, the team enjoyed the season and is looking forward to playing together in 2017. Register by Thursday, September 3rd for the early registration price to join in on the fun!

Back Row: Christopher ‘Doc’ Shinkman, Kenny Blacks, Max Wernecke, Matt Hafer, Dyvon Walker, Clint Gerdine, Matt Ashton, Kelsei Wharton

Front Row (kneeling): Denise Whitfield, Xin Xie, Gregory Billings

Not Pictured: Jenny Patten, Kala Stepter, Grace Jones, Lani Marsden, Faith Davis, Yasmine Harik, Isabelle Askansas, Faith Begay, Jermaine Davis

Citi Open Tennis
Saturday, July 16- Sunday, July 24
16th & Kennedy, NW
Washington, DC

The 2016 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 and provide access to the Emirates Garden Club restaurant.. We also have four upper level seats (Section 6, Row N) which are near the top of the stadium in the corner. 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.

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.

Sat 7/16 (qualifying) 10am $10 box, $5 upper
Sunday 7/17 10am $17 box, $6 upper
Mon 7/18 2pm $40 box, $9 upper
Tue 7/19 2pm $48 box, $12 upper
Wed 7/20 2pm $53 box, $14 upper
Thurs 7/21 2pm $58 box, $17 upper
Friday 7/22 1pm (quarterfinals) $52 box, $15 upper
Friday 7/22 7pm (quarterfinals) $72 box, $18 upper
Sat 7/23 (semifinals) 12:30pm $69 box, $17 upper
Sat 7/23 (semifinals) 7pm $87 box, $20 upper
Sun 7/24 (finals) 12:30pm $94 box, $20 upper
We have two parking passes available for each session at $16/pass.

8th Annual WDCSA Happy Hour Cruise
Thursday, August 4 7:15-9:30 pm
Washington Harbour, Georgetown
Washington, DC
(31st and K streets NW)

Join us for a sunset cruise past the monuments! We’ve rented a beautiful boat for the exclusive use of DC Stanford alumni. Mix and mingle with your fellow alums, enjoying happy hour food and a premium open bar.

Tickets are $45 for WDCSA members, young alums (’12-’16), and their guests, and $60 for non-members and their guests.

Reserve your ticket today: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=21016

Washington Harbour is located in Georgetown at 31st and K Streets, NW, across from the Riverside Grille on the dock. Please arrive promptly at 7:15, as the boat will sail shortly thereafter with or without ticket holders. Refunds will not be granted to those who arrive late, no shows or cancelations. In the event of postponement for bad weather, we will notify ticket holders and attempt to reschedule for a later date. If you have any questions, please contact Nina Rodriguez ’05 at ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com

Stanford at the Opera
Saturday, September 24

Watch future bulletins for OPERA IN THE OUTFIELD – ‘FIGARO’ and a fall Kennedy Center outing for ‘DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT’

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.

Stanford In the News

  • Researchers at Stanford University have helped develop a humanoid robot diver that was used to recover treasure from a 17th century shipwreck. The OceanOne robot was used to recover artifacts from a wreck – King Louis XIV’s flagship, La Lune, that sunk off the coast of France in 1664.
  • Twelve U.S. journalists and journalism innovators have won John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University for the 2016-17 academic year Fellows spend a significant part of their time pursuing their journalism challenges, while also participating fully in the intellectual life of Stanford and the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley.

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