WDCSA Newsletter – September 2016

September 2016

Football Viewing Parties Fall 2016
Ventnor Sports Cafe
2411 18th St. NW,
Washington, DC

Come join fellow alumni and cheer on the Cardinal this season at our official bar, Ventnor Sports Cafe in Adams Morgan. 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). The first game is Friday, September 2nd against Kansas State. (9:00pm EDT kick off) Go Cardinal!

September schedule:

Friday, September 2 vs. Kansas State (9:00 p.m EDT kickoff)
Saturday, September 17 vs. USC (8:00 p.m. EDT kickoff)
Saturday, September 24 vs. UCLA (TBA)
Friday, September 30 vs. Washington (9:00 pm EDT kickoff)

Check out our Facebook page for updates (www.facebook.com/groups/192108686046/).
Questions? Contact Patricia Arty, ’10, at  patriciaarty@alumni.stanford.edu.

Young Alumni End-of-Summer Bash
Thursday, September 8 5:30-8 pm
Cafe Citron
1343 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Join the Stanford Cardinal Young Alumni-Washington, DC for our annual end-of-summer bash, an extended happy hour at Cafe Citron! Celebrate the end of summer with fellow Stanford grads and welcome new Stanford grads to DC. Happy hour food and drink specials will be available, and the first drink is free! For questions and to RSVP, contact Patricia Arty, ’10, at  patriciaarty@alumni.stanford.edu.

Register here: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=21790.

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, September 11 5-7:45 pm
Potomac, MD

The book group will discuss Best Boy, by Eli Gottlieb. All are welcome to join the discussion and participate in the potluck dinner.

Upcoming book selections:

October 9th – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
November 13th – Regeneration by Pat Barker
December 11th – The Evolution of Useful Things by Henry Petroski

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

Clean Energy Reception
Wednesday, September 14 5:30-7 pm
Offices of Edison Electric Institute
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, 4th Floor
Washington DC

The Washington, D.C. office of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Washington, D.C. Stanford Professionals in Energy are pleased to invite you to a networking reception. Chris Field, David Hayes, and Arun Majumdar will provide brief remarks on the latest Stanford research to address such topics as U.S. climate policies, climate adaptation, and clean energy R&D. We hope you can join us.

Chris Field is the incoming Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. He was the founding Director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology. He has served as the Faculty Director of Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and Co-Chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

David J. Hayes is a Consulting Professor at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment and a Distinguished Lecturer in Law. Previously, Hayes served as the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of the Interior for Presidents Clinton (1999-2001) and Obama (2009-2013).

Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and codirector of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He has served as the Vice President for Energy at Google and was the Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) October 2009 – June 2012.

There is no charge for this event, thanks to the generosity of the event sponsors! Please rsvp here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alumni-eventaccelerating-the-clean-economy-addressing-climatechange-tickets-27289505646 by September 9.

Visual Thinking Workshop
Wednesday, September 14 5:30-9 pm
AARP Hatchery
575 7th St NW, 5th Floor,
Washington DC

You know the old saying “a picture is worth 1,000 words”? It’s why leading organizations such as Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, and Wal-Mart and universities, non-profits and governments are tapping into the power of visual thinking.

Join the Stanford GSB DC/Baltimore Chapter for an interactive workshop on visual thinking at the AARP’s new innovation lab, The Hatchery. The workshop will be led by Caryn Ginsberg, MBA 1987.

The cost is $20 for Stanford alumni and their guests and $25 for non-Stanford alumni.
Register here:

Ivy Singles Happy Hour
Friday, September 16 6:30-8:30 pm
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I Street NW,
Washington, DC

The Cornell Club of Washington is pleased to host the Ivy Singles Happy Hour Fall Kick-Off! Explore two floors of spacious rooms where monthly exhibits of paintings and photography line the walls.

Relax with old friends and meet new ones. A good selection of appetizers will be served, and happy hour drink prices will be available for the duration of our party at the cash bar.

Registration: Online at http://www.cornellclubdc.org/event-2081818

Alternatively, you may send a check for $35 by Tuesday, September 15th payable to Cornell Club of Washington to
Steve Piekarec,
2535 West Meredith Drive,
Vienna, Virginia 22181

Please note your school on the check. Walk-ins are $45 at the door; (cash or check only please). RSVP to spiekare@verizon.net even if you’re planning to pay at the door.

Designing Your Life
Thursday, September 22 6:30-8:30 pm
Renaissance Washington
999 9th St. NW,
Washington, DC

Designing Your Life is a mini-workshop based on a course taught by Dave Evans, ’75, MS ’76, and Bill Burnett, ’79, MS ’82, that shows people how to approach their lives with insight and creativity. This hands-on, personal journey provides an opportunity to dive into the logistics of life design and learn how to reframe dysfunctional beliefs. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll gain tools and ideas for reframing your life’s odyssey. Tickets are $50. This joyful, profound experience is not to be missed.

>> Get information about the workshop and the tour here:

>> Get information about the DC event and register here:

Questions? Contact Rachel Dolkas at rdolkas@stanford.edu.

Stanford at the Opera
Saturday, September 24 7-10pm
Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street SE,
Washington DC

Join local Stanford alums as we enjoy a FREE live broadcast of Washington National Opera’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ with spectacular sets and costumes at Nationals Park! Gates open at 5:00 pm, so arrive early for pre-show entertainment and activities including a Costume Studio dress-up section for young and old. This is an opera for everyone. Bring a picnic and the whole family. There will be a special reserved Stanford section. Ask a group representative as you enter the park for the Stanford location.

Presidential Election Panel
Wednesday, October 26 6:30-8:00 pm
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC

WDCSA will welcome four experts for an exciting evening to hear diverse insights fresh from the 2016 campaign trail:

1) Dave Fahrenthold, Washington Post: covering the presidential campaign with front page investigative articles

2) Ron Elving, Senior Editor, Washington Desk, NPR; and regular voice on NPR’s Politics Podcast

3) Doyle McManus, LA Times, and frequent guest on PBS Washington Week, CBS Face the Nation

4) Nancy Tate, Co-Chair, 2020 Women’s Vote
Centennial Initiative; former Executive Director,
League of Women Voters.

Purchase your tickets, $15 for WDCSA members/guests and $20 for non-members/guests, by Oct. 26 by visiting
https://pgnet.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=21711. Refreshments will be available from 6:30-7; the presenters begin promptly at 7 pm. You won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to hear from professionals covering U.S. electoral politics in 2016!

Questions? Contact Garry or Barbara Tyran ’75 at gktyran@aol.com or 301-652-6632.

Boomers to Busters
Ghosts of Georgetown Tour
Friday, October 28 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-26272430547.

If you have questions about the tour, contact Margot Ross at margot.j.ross@gmail.com.
For more information about BtoB go to: http://www.uchicagodc.org/boomerstobusters.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Tuesday, November 15 7:30 pm
(author workshop in DC on Sept 22nd)
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille,
1113 S. Charles St.,
Baltimore, Md

The November selection is Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Stanford Professors Dave Evans and Bill Burnett. This book is the essence of the most popular class at Stanford – "Designing Your Life." Along with the September 20th release of the book, the Stanford Alumni Association is hosting a 2-hour workshop by the authors in Washington, DC, on Thursday, September 22nd.

Go to the workshop, read the book, do the homework, and let’s talk about our discoveries over delicious food. Go to https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=21724 to register for the workshop. The January selection is The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah.

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

Stanford at the Opera
Wednesday, November 16 7:30 pm
Kennedy Center,
Washington, DC

‘La fille du regiment’
Military might meets aristocratic delight in this stylish production of Donizetti’s masterful opera comique, which blends instantly hummable melodies and flagwaving anthems with innocent romance and plenty of slapstick ‘faux pas.’ Among all the vocal acrobatics, perhaps the most famous is the show-stopping ‘Ah mes amis’ (Ah, my friends) sometimes dubbed the ‘Mount Everest’ of arias, requiring the tenor to sing a succession of high C’s! Our Captain of the ‘High C’s’ is Lawrence Brownlee!

Back Stage tour prior to opera available to ALL ticket holders! BUY TICKETS NOW!
Prime Orchestra $145.50 ; 2nd Tier $96.

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.

Get Involved

  • Stanford OVAL

We are launching another OVAL cycle in the fall. If alumni are interested in interviewing applicants or attending college fairs on Stanford’s behalf, please contact meghvi@stanfordalumni.org. We always need more volunteers to help with admission activities and it is a very rewarding experience.

Stanford In the News

  • Stanford’s contingent of 39 athletes wrapped up action at the 2016 Summer Olympics, putting the finishing touches on the most successful competition in school history. Olympians with Cardinal ties produced a school-record 27 medals (14 gold, 7 silver, 6 bronze), surpassing the previous best of 25 (8 gold, 13 silver, 4 bronze) from the 2008 Beijing Games. Stanford’s 14 gold medals trail only the 18 won during the 1996 Atlanta Games. It’s also the fourth time Stanford affiliates brought home at least 20 medals, having collected 21 in both the 1996 Atlanta Games and 1924 Paris Games.

    • Stanford will now prohibit hard alcohol at undergraduate parties. Only beer and wine will be allowed. The university’s decision comes despite a campus-wide referendum this spring, in which 91 percent of students opposed such a move.

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