WDCSA Newsletter – June 2016

June 2016

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.

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, June 12 5-7:45 pm
Bethesda, MD

The book group will discuss The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. All are welcome to join the discussion and participate in the potluck dinner.

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

Alumni Roundtable Discussion: Environmental Priorities for the Obama Administration and Beyond
Thursday, June 23 6-7 pm
Stanford in Washington,
2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Distance Learning Center,
Washington, DC

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Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment logo
The Washington, D.C. office of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment together with the Washington, D.C. Stanford Association are pleased to invite you to an inaugural event for D.C. based Stanford alumni who are working on or interested in environmental and related issues. With this and future events, we hope to combine substantive discussion with opportunities for alumni networking.

Hilary Tompkins, Solicitor, Department of Interior (JD ‘96),
Amy Luers (tbc), Assistant Director, Climate Resilience and Information, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (MA, PhD ‘04)

Hilary Tompkins and Amy Luers will lead a discussion on the accomplishments and key priorities for the Department of Interior as the Obama Administration enters its final six months, and will offer insights for the major challenges they see ahead for the next President. The discussion will be followed by a reception. We hope you can join us.

Tompkins is the chief general counsel for Interior and represents the Department in administrative and judicial litigation and meetings, negotiations and other contracts with Congress, federal agencies, states, tribes, and the public. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College (1990) and a Juris Doctor from Stanford University (1996), where she was associate editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Amy Luers has worked for over two decades at the intersection of environment and economic development. She is currently seconded from the Skoll Foundation to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she serves as
the Assistant Director for Climate Resilience and Information. Dr. Luers holds a PhD in Environmental Science and an M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford.

Reception immediately following discussion. There is no charge for the event. Please RSVP here by June 17. https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KHIYEOBwu7k1oh

Please contact Risa Shimoda with questions at risa@theshimodagroup.com 301-585-4677

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.

Citi Open
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.
We have two parking passes available for each session at $16/pass.

Sat 7/16 (qualifying) 10am $10 box (2 left), $5 upper, 1 parking pass left
Sunday 7/17 10am $17 box, $6 upper
Mon 7/18 2pm $40 box, $9 upper
Tue 7/19 2pm $48 box (3 left), $12 upper, 1 parking pass left
Wed 7/20 2pm $53 box, $14 upper
Thurs 7/21 2pm $58 box (sold out), $17 upper, no parking passes left
Friday 7/22 1pm (quarterfinals) $52 box (sold out), $15 upper, parking passes sold out
Friday 7/22 7pm (quarterfinals) $72 box (sold out), $18 upper – parking passes sold out
Sat 7/23 (semifinals) 12:30pm $69 box (2 left), $17 upper
Sat 7/23 (semifinals) 7pm $87 box (2 left), $20 upper
Sun 7/24 (finals) 12:30pm $94 box (2 left), $20 upper, no parking passes left

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, and their guests, and $60 for non-members and their guests.

Reserve your ticket today:

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, August 8 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.,
Baltimore, MD

The August selection is Confess by Colleen Hoover, a #1 New York Times bestselling author. This book is the winner of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance, and rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by over 1,500 Amazon readers. This is a light and enjoyable summer read.

The November selection is Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Stanford Professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, with a 2-hour, hands-on workshop by the authors in Washington, D.C., on September 22nd.

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

More information including how to signup for the September 22nd event will be provided this summer by the Stanford Alumni Association and in the WDCSA newsletter.

Ethiopian Embassy Dinner
Tuesday, August 30 6:30-8:30 pm
Embassy of Ethiopia,
3506 International Drive, N.W.
Washington, DC

Join the Harvard Club of Washington DC for this special reception. HE Girma Birru, the Special Envoy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, will address the club, followed by a Q&A session.

For more information on this event, and to purchase tickets, follow this link: www.harvard-dc.org/store.html?event_id=1163 (link for Stanford will be coming soon)

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’


8 Stanford alums at Arlington Food Assistance Center

Local Stanford alums gathered on May 14 to help to sort more than 30,000 pounds of 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 goes to AFAC.

Get Involved

  • Compost food scraps, and starve the landfill

Two people at compost siteWorkday at a DC community onsite composting site
Meet-up the 2nd and 4th Sunday each month from 12 noon – 2pm.

Compost site is at 2155 Sherman Ave NW (SE corner at the Barry Pl intersection)
Contact Jeffrey Neal for more information or to confirm atloopclosing@gmail.com

  • CAN Basketball

Members of the WDCSA CAN Coed Basketball team have formed a team to participate in DCCityball in June and July. Games are on Sundays starting anytime from 3:00 pm – 7 pm. If you are interested in playing, contact Gregory Billings at billings.g@gmail.com and 202-440-7714. Women are especially welcome!

Stanford In the News

  • Economist Jonathan Levin, former chair of the Stanford Department of Economics and a renowned expert in the field of industrial organization, will be the next dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business, effective September 1st.
  • Stanford’s 2016-17 Budget Plan addresses many of the university’s highest priorities, including providing full funding for new programs designed to combat sexual violence on campus. Provost John Etchemendy said the $2.7 million Stanford earmarked for programs focused on sexual assault education, support and adjudication represents the largest single general funds allocation in next year’s budget.

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