WDCSA Newsletter – April 2017

April 2017

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, April 9 5-7:45 pm

Address provided upon RSVP

The book group will discuss Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World, by Roger Crowley. All are
welcome to join the discussion and participate in the potluck dinner.

In 1521, Suleiman the Magnificent, Muslim ruler of the Ottoman Empire, dispatched an invasion fleet to the Christian island of Rhodes. In Empires of the Sea, acclaimed
historian Roger Crowley has written a thrilling account of this brutal decades-long battle between Christendom and Islam for the soul of Europe, a fast-paced tale of
spiraling intensity that ranges from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar.

Upcoming book selections:
May 14th- Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
June 11th- Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville

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

Stanford Yoga in the Park
Saturday, April 22 4-5 pm
Meridian Hill Park,
2400 15th St NW,
Washington DC

Join Stanford Alumni this Earth Day for a yoga class led by Stanford Alum, Maria Fortino, ‘12. Maria is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance who teaches vinyasa flow yoga for all levels in Northern Virginia and DC. We will conduct the class at the grassy area near 15th St. and Euclid. Bring a mat and water.

Registration is not required, but recommended for head count: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=23748.

Ivy Singles Nature Hike
Sunday, April 23 1-4 pm
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 N. Marcey Road,
Arlington, VA

Join Ivy Singles for a free hike from Potomac Overlook Park to the Potomac River and back. This 2.5 mile hike is moderate to slightly challenging with several stream crossings. This outing includes a brief presentation about the geological forces that created the area’s interesting rock and boulder formations, remains of a Native American settlement, and a visit to the park’s nature center.

Questions: Contact Cathy Broad, (202) 440-1190, cathbroad@gmail.com
RSVP: www.cornellclubdc.org/event-2493349

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Tuesday, April 25 6:30 – 8:30 pm
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC – SOLD OUT

This event has reached capacity. Unfortunately, due to the demand for this event, the Stanford Alumni Association is unable to maintain a wait list. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you at future events.

Beyond the Farm: Alumni Day of Service
Saturday, May 6

Save the Date! Mark your calendars and plan to join WDCSA in a local community service project as more than 200,000 alumni around the globe participate in an annual day of service. One day can make a world of difference. See below for several local options:

Assist Urban Farm with Seasonal Planting
Sat, May 06, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00PM
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington DC 20020


Get your hands dirty as we help THEARC Farm prepare for the upcoming season by planting eggplant, tomatoes, and other crops. We will also assist with general maintenance, which could include weeding and watering in their hoop house and raised beds and assisting with the final stages of making compost!

DeLise Bernard, ’98, MA ’99, delise@beyondexcell.com

Developing A Culture of Expectations for College Success
Sat, May 06, 2017 09:00AM – 02:00PM
1701 11th Street NW, Washington DC 20001


Volunteer at the Shaw Community Center where Executive Director Sudi West is working to enfranchise local families and youth uprooted by
gentrification. Volunteer Activities Include: garden and grounds work, painting, and connect with 1st Gen College prospects.

Sudi West, ’01,

Sandwich Making for Central Union Mission!
Sat, May 06, 2017 11:00AM – 01:00PM
425 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC


Get to know fellow alumni while making sandwiches for the Central Union Mission! Across six locations throughout the DC area, Central Union Mission operates emergency shelters and rehabilitation programs, in addition to running a food, clothing and furniture distribution center and a camp for underprivileged children.

Meaghan Conway, ’14,

Bridge-to-Bridge Potomac Heritage Trail Cleanup
Sat, May 06, 2017 09:00AM – 12:00PM
Potomac Heritage Trail, Sterling VA 20165


Steward the Potomac Heritage Trail, a National Park that lines the Virginia shores of the Potomac River, in a single day clean up that changes the fate of an entire season!

Julie Randall, MA ’88 ecomtinternational@verizon.net

Beautify Baltimore – Community Cleanup
Sat, May 06, 2017 09:00AM – 01:00PM
26 N. Fulton Avenue, Baltimore MD 21223


Join your fellow Stanford alums, elementary school
students, and neighbors in west Baltimore for a community spring clean-up, hosted by Bon Secours Community Works, Fayette Street Neighborhood Association, and the “Clean & Green” neighborhood revitalization team!

Gloria Goins, ’85 g_goins@yahoo.com

Parents Connection Spring Social
Sunday, May 7 2-4 pm,
Potomac, MD

Address provided upon RSVP.

Join the Stanford Parents Connection for our spring social to welcome the new Stanford Class of 2021 parents. A panel of Stanford in Washington students will be on hand. Come to fellowship, ask questions, and share your experiences and insights. Please bring a snack to share.

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

PAC-12 Alumni Nationals Game Outing
Saturday, May 13 7:05 pm
Nationals Park,
Washington, DC

Join the DC PAC-12 alumni group for an outing to watch the Nats vs. Phillies. Purchase tickets here: https://groupmatics.events/event/Pac12DC.

Contact Graham Gilmer at grahamgilmer@gmail.com for more information.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, May 15 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille,
1113 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD

The May selection is The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. In 2016, this book is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction, and a finalist in the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The July selection is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

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

Boomers to Busters Rooftop Soiree
Friday, June 16 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.

Light dinner buffet of sandwiches and salads, and soft drinks included. There will be cash bar for wine and beer.

Early bird registration is $30 until June 4th; then regular registration is $35 until June 11th; after that late registration, and walk-ins (if available), is $40. Last year we sold out. To register click here.

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


The 2017 Washington DC Stanford Cardinal Alumni Basketball season was a real rollercoaster. We started out blasting Georgia Tech 75-36 in the season opener and rolled out to a 3-1 start. However, we lost the next four games, including one to the two-time defending champion Syracuse Orange Alumni team. The post season tournament put us back on top with a solid 62-48 win against Georgia Tech, but ended with another loss to Syracuse. Our final record, including the tournament, was 5-5 after our loss to West Virginia was converted to a win, a penalty for using too many non-alumni players in the game.

Special shoutouts are due to Micki Ream, Whitney Martin, and Lizzie Epstein who came through at a clutch time for the team.

Basketball season normally runs from January – March and games are played at John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria. If interested in playing during the 2018 season, contact Gregory Billings (email billings.g@gmail.com). Go Cardinal!

6 WDCSA basketball players smiling for picture

From left to right: Rajan Patel, Sean McIntosh, Carina (Micki) Ream, India Alston, Greg Billings, Xin Xie
Not pictured: Whitney Martin, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Epstein, Matt Hafer, Jackson Brossy, Max Wernecke, Kenneth Blacks, Nathan Keegan, Kelsei Wharton, Faith Begay

Stanford In the News

Stanford University announced that 2,050 high school students have been admitted to the Class of 2021 from a pool of 44,073.

WDCSA Election Results

Congratulations to the winners of the recent WDCSA elections! Kevin Coyne was re-elected
President and Patricia Arty was elected Co-Vice President, each for a two-year term. Kevin has been the President since 2015 and previously served as Co-Vice President. Patricia previously served as the leader of DC’s Cardinal Young Alumni. Thanks to all the WDCSA members who participated in the election!

WDCSA Election Committee:
Patricia Marby Harrison
Bill Pegram
Risa Shimoda
Chris Shinkman

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