WDCSA Newsletter – November 2020

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

Calling All WDCSA Members

WDCSA is developing a series of online gatherings for alumni in the DC area. 

We are looking for Stanford alumni who may have ideas of different online events that they would want to host.  

If you have an idea and would like to host, simply fill out this form: https://forms.gle/6744HK6jWrqjYjuV7.

After submitting, we will review the idea and reach out about planning the event together.  

If you have any questions, contact: Patricia Arty ’10 at patriciaarty@alumni.stanford.edu.

Events Calendar

  • November 8 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • November 16 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • December 13 – 2020 WDCSA Holiday Get-Together

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, November 8, 5 pm

The book group will discuss God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy. 

For further information, please contact Don Bieniewicz, MS ’75, at donbien@erols.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, November 16, 7:30 pm
Google Meet:  Everyone will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

The January selection is China Dream by Ma Jian and Flora Drew.

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

2020 WDCSA Holiday Get-Together

Sunday, December 13, 7-8 pm

Who will you meet? What will one of your fellow Farm alums deliver to your doorstep to help celebrate the end of a most memorable year? 

Join fellow Stanford alumni to connect and reconnect as we ring in the holidays! This fun zoom get-together is offered in lieu of our traditional annual holiday event. We invite you to meet other local alums to and share about your Stanford experiences or into your unusual experiences year in the DMV!

The cost is $10 for members and their guests, $15 for non-members.

Participants will receive a holiday package from WDCSA which contains both goodies for your enjoyment and an insert that will come in handy during the event! 

Look for a notice from your WDCSA elf with an estimate of your holiday package delivery window.  We will ask you to 1) confirm or provide your delivery address, 2) provide special delivery instructions such as what to do at your guard gate or reception desk, and 3) let us know if you own a dog who loves to barking when holiday elves approach. We will also ask for a number to text should we encounter a delivery hiccup.

Space is limited, so please register today! http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/2020holidayparty.

Registration will end December 6th, earlier than most of our events to give the elves sufficient time to plan their delivery routes.  

Please contact Risa Shimoda risa@theshimodagroup.com with questions.

In Case You Missed It

This month we begin a new feature highlighting recent Stanford recordings that you may missed.  Please email Bill Pegram at bill@billpegram.com if you have suggestions for future newsletters providing the URL and any relevant background and whether we can use your name as recommending it.

  • Estate Planning: The New and Not So New with Howie Pearson (Stanford Office of Development, Stanford Law School) – October 5, 2020 – https://youtu.be/JfQ8mrlUO7k
  • Changes in American Politics and the 2020 Election – October 7, 2020 – Dave Brady (Stanford Graduate School of Business, Hoover Institution) – https://youtu.be/zBUasjtcp8Y

Get Involved – Stanford Oval 

Did you miss the opportunity to participate in an OVAL interview training workshop? No problem! You may access a self-paced online training module from your personal computer. By completing this 30-45 minute training, you will be eligible to interview applicants. To access the module, navigate to your Online Training Module page under the My Training tab of the MyOVAL portal and follow the instructions on that page.

Stanford in the News

  • Meeting the Moment, a new series of programs developed by Stanford’s Office for Religious and Spiritual Life for the 2020-2021 academic year, aims to help students and others confront “societal, economic and spiritual upheaval” brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The programming was designed to inspire and to help the campus community find meaning during this unprecedented academic year and is intended for those with varied – or no – spiritual or faith backgrounds.