WDCSA Newsletter – May 2017

May 2017

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

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:

Developing A Culture of Expectations for College Success
Sat, May 6, 2017 09:00AM – 02:00PM
1701 11th Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Volunteer at the Shaw Community Center where Executive Director Sudi West (Stanford Alum) 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 sudi.west@stanfordalumni.org

Sandwich Making for Central Union Mission!
Sat, May 6, 2017 11:00AM – 01:00PM
425 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001 https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=23643
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 mnconway@alumni.stanford.edu

Bridge-to-Bridge Potomac Heritage Trail Cleanup
Sat, May 6, 2017 09:00AM – 11:00AM
Potomac Heritage Trail, Arlington, VA
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 6, 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.

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, May 14 5-7:45 pm
Capitol Hill, DC

The book group will discuss Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. All are welcome to join the discussion and participate in the potluck dinner.

Homegoing begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenthcentury Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation. This is a highly acclaimed first novel of a Stanford grad.

Upcoming book selection: 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.

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 was 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.

Assist Urban Farm with Seasonal Planting
Sat, May 27, 2017 10:00AM – 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

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 a 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. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-solstice-rooftop-soiree-tickets-32995152389

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

If you have questions, contact boomerstobusters@gmail.com.

Citi Open Tennis
Saturday, July 29- Sunday, August 6
16th & Kennedy, NW Washington, DC

The 2017 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 air conditioned Emirates Garden Club restaurant. We also have four upper level seats (Section 6, Row N, Seats 28-31) 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 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 7/29 (qualifying) 10am $10 box (2 left), $5 upper, 1 parking pass left
Sunday 7/30 10am $14 box (2 left), $6 upper, 1 parking pass left
Mon 7/31 2pm $32 box (sold out), $9 upper, 1 parking pass left
Tue 8/1 2pm $40 box (sold out), $12 upper, 1 parking pass left
Wed 8/2 2pm $45 box (sold out), $14 upper, parking passes sold out
Thurs 8/3 2pm $53 box (5 left), $17 upper
Friday 8/4 1pm (quarterfinals) $47 box (sold out), $15 upper, 1 parking pass left
Friday 8/4 7pm (quarterfinals) $67 box (sold out), $18 upper
Sat 8/5 (semifinals) 12:00pm $64 box (2 left), $17 upper
Sat 8/5 (semifinals) 7pm $82 box (sold out), $20 upper
Sun 8/6 (finals) 12:30pm $89 box (2 left), $20 upper (2 left), 1 parking pass left

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

Stanford at the Opera
Saturday, September 23 7-10 pm
Nationals Park 1500 South Capitol Street SE Washington DC

Join local Stanford alums as we enjoy a FREE live broadcast of Verdi’s masterpiece ‘Aida’ at Nationals Park! Gates open at 5pm, so arrive early for preshow 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. Stay tuned for more information on an upcoming May 2018 performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘CANDIDE’ including a private back stage tour.

For more information, contact Betty Byrne at bettybyrne@verizon.net.

Stanford In the News

  • Over the last nine months, 15 Stanford buildings – including Bing Concert Hall, Hansen Experimental Physics Lab and the historic Meyer-Buck House – have joined what is now a constellation of 32 structures with solar photovoltaic panels on their rooftops producing electricity for the Farm. The campus solar systems, plus the Stanford Solar Generating Station, which began operating in December 2016, will produce 53 percent of the university’s electricity.

Get Involved

5th Annual Capital Soccer Classic, presented by Nike Tuesday, May 23rd at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.

The Capital Soccer Classic showcases the power of sport to bring everyone together as one team – demonstrating how soccer can be leveraged as a transformative tool in the lives of children. The night will kick off with the Embassy Tournament, featuring embassy employees representing their country in a mini world cup tournament, followed by the Congressional Soccer Match, which includes Members of Congress, soccer legends, and select corporate sponsors going head to head in a bipartisan game, Democrats vs. Republicans. Volunteers are needed for set-up/break-down, registration check-in, on-field support, crowd control and general event activation, etc.

Please contact Patricia Arty ’10 (patriciaarty@alumni.stanford.edu) and Amy Symonds (asymonds@ussoccerfoundation.org) if you are interested in volunteering.

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