WDCSA Newsletter – November 2017


Stanford vs. Cal Big Game Viewing Party
Saturday, November 18 Kick-off 8PM EST
Cleveland Park Bar & Grill
3421 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC

It’s time to put on your Cardinal red and cheer on the Stanford football team in the 120th Big Game! The Washington D.C. Stanford Association is co-hosting the annual Big Game viewing party with the Cal Alumni Association. We’ll have use of the entire bar, including the open air upstairs roof top area if needed (heaters included!).

Please register at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event25380. $5 for WDCSA members and guests; $10 for non-members and guests. The registration fee includes admission and food/drink specials. Food specials include $2 off nachos, wings, pizza and pasta. Drink specials include $5 16 oz. bud light, $16 pitchers of miller light, $5 shots/rail drinks and complimentary sodas. Cleveland Park Bar & Grill is conveniently located within a block of the Cleveland Park Metro Station (red line). Please arrive early as we’re expecting a large crowd.

Stanford at the African American History Museum
Saturday, November 4 7-10 pm
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC

The Stanford community will celebrate a special night at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

The museum will be open exclusively for the Stanford community for an evening of
dinner, unlimited bar (beer and wine), faculty talk, and full access to the galleries.
The main event is sold out and no longer accepting registrations; however, please join us for a weekend of companion events including:

• Thursday November 2nd, 6:30 – 7:45 pm African dance class
• Friday November 3rd, 11:30- 2 pm Luncheon featuring Congressman Joaquin Castro
• Friday November 3rd, 5:30 pm Concert at Hamilton with the New Birth Brass Band
• Saturday November 4th, 12:30 pm self-guided DC walking tour
• Saturday November 4th, 10pm-2am After party at The Park at Fourteenth
• Sunday November 5th, 11am-1pm Brunch

Register for these events here: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details? event_id=25027.

Questions about the Saturday evening event at the Smithsonian? Contact Claudia Knight (knight50@stanford.edu)

Questions about all other events? Contact Greg Billings (billings.g@gmail.com) or Kevin Coyne (kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org)

Stanford Football Viewing Parties
November 2017
Ventnor Sports Cafe
2411 18th St. NW,
Washington, DC

Come join WDCSA and fellow alumni to 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).
Sat, November 4 : Vs Washington State – 3:30 pm ET
Fri, November 10 : Vs. Washington- 10:30 pm ET
Sat, November 25 : Vs Notre Dame – TBD

Ivy/ Seven Sisters Chess Social
Wednesday, November 8 6:45-9 pm
Marrakesh Restaurant
2147 P Street, NW,
Washington, DC

Join IVY/Seven Sisters alumni for a chess social for players of all levels and ages.

Advance registration for player / observer: $15 per person by check or credit card. Door admission for player and observer: $20 per person by check or cash only. Cash bar/restaurant menu available.

All payments must be received by November 7th to qualify for the advance registration price. Requests for refunds must be received by 1 pm on November 8th.

There will be chess sets available at the event, but guests are encouraged to bring their own sets; please email the organizers if you plan to do so. There will also be a learning session from 7-7:30 pm.

Registration and Payment methods:
Mail Registration with a Check: Harvard Club of Washington D.C.
3220 N Street, NW #295, Washington DC 20007
Credit Card Registration and Payment: http://www.harvard-dc.org (please indicate playing level on RSVP fields).

For more information, contact Kuni Matsuda at Stardust@smart.net or 240 294 5736 (w)
Bob Kolodney, BobkoLive@gmail.com.

Distillery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, November 11 6 pm
2052 West Virginia Ave NE
Washington, DC

Join WDCSA for a special tour and tasting at DC’s own award-winning Jos. A Magnus Distillery. Jos. A Magnus, which was founded with the financial support of a Stanford alum, has received multiple awards for their spirits. These include the Double Gold Medal and the Best Special Barrel-Finished Bourbon Award at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Gold Medal, Best in Category, and Best in Class Awards at the 2016 American Distilling Institute Craft Blended Spirits Competition.

We will begin with a private tour of the facility, followed by a tasting of Jos. A Magnus’ bourbon, vodka, and gin. The tour and tasting will take
approximately 45-60 minutes. Following the tour and tasting, we will be escorted to a room where we
can order additional spirits and mixed drinks off the bar menu. The bar will stay open until midnight.

The cost for the tour/tasting is $30 per person for members and $42 per person for non-members. You can sign up here: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details? event_id=25403

Please note: This price does not include any drinks you may choose to order off the bar menu after our tour and tasting. Please arrive prior to 6pm, as the tour will begin promptly at 6.

Parents Connection Autumn Social
Sunday, November 12 2-4 pm
Arlington, Va (address provided upon RSVP)

Stanford Parents Connection’s autumn social features a book signing and discussion with Alison Carpenter Davis, author of Letters Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence from Students of Stanford University. Tony Award-winning playwright and screenwriter David Henry Hwang ’79 called this book “…essential reading for anyone seeking to anticipate or revisit the joys and challenges of the life passage known as college.” Read the book ahead of time and then come to reminisce about your college days. Alison’s personalization will make this book a perfect present! Please bring a snack to share.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, November 12
Potomac, Md

The book group will discuss Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. All are welcome to join the discussion and participate in the potluck dinner.

Orphan Train is based in fact; from the mid-19th century through the first quarter of the 20th century there was no system for dealing with orphans. It was left to churches and charitable organizations. Their solution was to take the children into various cities and give them away to anyone who wanted a child. No background checks, no follow up, no nothing. These children were left with people in the hopes that they would be given a good life. Many became nothing more than house slaves.

Reason why we should read it: Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry
that keep us from finding out who we are. It is a compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage.

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, November 13 7:30 pm
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.,
Baltimore, Md

The November selection is Letters Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence from Students of Stanford University by Alison Carpenter Davis, and she will be there to sign and discuss the book! “This fascinating collection looks at the experience of young people undergoing the incredible intellectual and personal growth that occurs in college … from building resilience, to living in an intellectually vibrant community, to learning the challenges and opportunities of being an independent, thoughtful adult. An exhilarating and insightful read!” (John L. Hennessy, 10th President of Stanford University,
2000-2016.) Relive your time at Stanford through these pages, then come and reminisce with us. The January selection is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net

Ivy / Seven Sisters Winter Indoor Mixed Doubles Tennis
Saturday, November 18 6:50-11:50 pm
Four Seasons Tennis Club
Merrifield, Va

Admission for players with advance registration is $30 by check or credit card. Door admission for players is $35 and is payable by cash or check, no credit card. Admission is $10 for non-players.

For further information and to register, visit www.yaleclubdc.org.

Contact: Kuni Matsuda (Harvard), 240 294 5736 (w), 703-622-7999 (m), Stardust@smart.net; or David Federbush (Yale), 301-657-4691 (h), 301-657-4680 (w), federbus@erols.com.

WDCSA Holiday Party
Friday, December 15 6:30-9 pm
DACOR Bacon House
1801 F Street NW,
Washington, DC

Looking to add some cardinal red to your holiday? Please join your fellow Stanford alums to celebrate the festive season at the DACOR-Bacon House. The venue (built 1824-25) is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been home to several Supreme Court Justices, members of Congress, and a Maryland governor. The DACORBacon House will be decorated for the holiday season and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. The venue is located 4 blocks from the Farragut-West Metro station (Orange and
Blue lines).

The advanced registration price is $15 for WDCSA members, young alumni (’13 – ’17), and guests; $25 for non-WDCSA members and guests. Please RSVP and pay online at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event25390.

The price at the door is $20 for WDCSA members, young alumni (’13 – ’17), and guests; $30 for non-WDCSA members and guests. We regret that no refunds will be given after December 9. Please contact Kevin Coyne at Kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

Wreaths Across America
Saturday, December 16
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Va

WDCSA is coordinating a family-friendly community service opportunity with the Wreaths Across America organization. We will honor veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery by laying wreaths at their grave sites.

Please RSVP to volunteer and receive additional details. You can also find more information at the following link: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/volunteer-at-arlington/.

To RSVP, contact Meaghan Conway ’14, at mnconway@alumni.stanford.edu

Stanford In the News

  • Stanford’s School of Medicine was one of four institutions awarded a grant from the National Cancer Institute to establish a Center for the Immune Monitoring and Analysis of Cancer. Together, the centers will form a network of laboratories to support adult and pediatric immunotherapy trials by analyzing patients’ immune phenotype and function and performing deep tumor profiling. The grant provides the Stanford center approximately $12.5 million over five years.

Get Involved

  • WDCSA Planning Meetings
    Tuesday, November 7 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    Monday, December 4 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    Stanford in Washington
    2661 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Are you interested in organizing alumni events and planning for the future of the Washington D.C. Stanford Association? Get involved by joining us at one of our upcoming planning meetings. Please contact Kevin Coyne at
    Kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions and to RSVP.

  • Stanford Interview Cycle about to Launch!
    We need more volunteers! If you would like to interview prospective Stanford students, please email Meghvi Maheta Roig ’97 at meghvi@stanfordalumni.org to get set up for an online interview training. You can choose your time commitment – every little bit helps to get us to the finish line.

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