WDCSA Newsletter – May 2020

This month’s newsletter is available for download in PDF format.


Due to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak and an abundance of concern for the well-being of our community,  The University’s senior leadership has recommended that all large events be cancelled or postponed.  

As a result, the WDCSA Board has decided to cancel all in-person WDCSA events until June and will reassess the need for further cancelations in late-May.  We will communicate when events have been rescheduled and regret any inconvenience this change of plans may have caused.

Our monthly board meetings will be held virtually until further notice.  See below for the May meeting details.

We are going to take this time as an opportunity to brainstorm fun activities and events for the DC-area Stanford community. If you have any ideas for events, do not hesitate to reach out to the WDCSA Board!

Also, if you are interested in joining the WDCSA Board, we will host elections in mid-May for a Vice President and Treasurer (see page 3 of this newsletter).  

To learn more, reach out to WDCSA President, Patricia Arty, patriciaarty@alumni.stanford.edu, WDCSA Vice President, Stephanie Tan stephanie.tan@stanfordalumni.org, or departing WDCSA Vice President, Ingrid Jernudd, ingridj@alumni.stanford.edu

Thank you,

Patricia, Ingrid, Stephanie, and Jasmaine

Events Calendar

  • May 4 – WDCSA Virtual Board Meeting
  • May – WDCSA Elections
  • May 18 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • May 20 – Women Winning the Vote: The Largest Expansion of the Franchise in U.S. History

Upcoming Events

WDCSA Virtual Board Meeting

Monday, May 4, 7-8 pm

Join us for our monthly board meeting. We will be using Zoom Meeting,

https://virginia.zoom.us/j/523147651, with the following meeting ID: 523 147 651.

You can also call in using the numbers below:

  • (786) 635-1003, meeting ID 523147651 or
  • (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 523147651

Contact Patricia Arty, patriciaarty@alumni.stanford.edu, for more information.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, May 18, 7:30 pm                   

Audio Conference Call: Dial 978-990-5000, enter 211027#

Our May selection, Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal, is a colorful tale of character growth and culinary genius.  It traces the development of Eva Thorvald, orphaned as an infant through the death of her father, and abandonment by her mother.  Eva progresses from a baby’s gustatory joy in Moonglow tomatoes, to growing 500+ Scoville unit chocolate habaneros, to creating epicurean once-in-a-lifetime dinners costing $1000+.  Along the way, she discovers and loses unworthy lovers, forms lasting friendships, and nurtures an indomitable spirit.  Laced with humor and gut-wrenching revelations, this story delights the reader at every turn.  The July selection is The Great Pretender:  The Undercover Mission that Changed our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. 

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

Women Winning the Vote: The Largest Expansion of the Franchise in U.S. History

Wednesday, May 20, 6-7 pm                   

Via Zoom

Join us as Nancy Tate, ’70, former Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of the United States and chair of the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative, discusses the 72-year fight for American women to win the constitutional right to vote with passage of the 19th Amendment.  

Utilizing original photos, her presentation will  cover not only the overall story of this social justice movement, but also a close-up look at what happened in Virginia, Maryland, and California.  The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.

The Zoom link will be emailed to all registered attendees.  

Register here: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=32625.

WDCSA Elections

WDCSA is a volunteer organization led by a team of four officers: President, two Vice Presidents, and Treasurer. We are currently seeking candidates for two offices, Vice President and Treasurer, for a term of two years, May 2020-April 2022. The other two officers’ terms end in March 2021. We hope you will consider nominating yourself or an enthusiastic alum to help us move the organization forward! Following is a description of the position responsibilities:

Vice President

  • Assist with WDCSA’s daily operations
  • Plans and presides over meetings, in coordination with the Co-Vice President, in absence of President
  • Chairs special events and ongoing activities
  • Prepares and posts minutes of meetings
  • Attends planning meetings, keeps weekly communication with President
  • Serves the President on special assignments
  • Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per month


  • Pays bills and provides reimbursements to members
  • Deposits checks for membership dues and event revenues
  • Maintains the organization’s bank account
  • Prepares monthly reports on the financial condition of the organization prior to monthly
  • planning meetings
  • Prepares quarterly and annual financial reports for SAA
  • Time commitment: 5-10 hours per month

To learn more about either position, reach out to Patricia Arty, patriciaarty@alumni.stanford.edu; Stephanie Tan stephanie.tan@stanfordalumni.org, or Ingrid Jernudd, ingridj@alumni.stanford.edu.  

If you are interested in running for one of the two positions, email a short Bio/Statement of Interest (100-150 words in length) and photo to Risa Shimoda (risa@theshimodagroup.com) by April 20th. Voting instructions will be emailed to WDCSA members in May, and the polls will be open until May 15th. Thank you for your interest and support for WDCSA!

Stanford in the News

  • Donald Kennedy, a neurobiologist who became the eighth president of Stanford in 1980 and helped set the stage for its transformation into one of the nation’s top research universities during his 12 years in office, died April 21, 2020, of COVID-19 at Gordon Manor, a residential care home in Redwood City where he resided for the past two years. President Kennedy spoke to local Stanford alumni at several events over the years – at a WDCSA evening with Don Kennedy at Stanford in Washington in May 2004, a WDCSA breakfast briefing at the Old Ebbitt Grill in March 1999, at the Stanford in Washington 10th Anniversary Day Conference at the National Press Club in April 1998, and in March 1991 at an information session for Stanford alumni before his indirect cost testimony before John Dingell’s House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.