WDCSA Newsletter – April 2022

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

Events Calendar

  • Apr 10 • Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • Apr 14 • Cardinal Young Alumni Spring Happy Hour
  • May 9 • Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Upcoming Events

Cardinal Young Alumni Spring Happy Hour

Thursday, April 14, 6-8 pm 
The Admiral, 1 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 

Join the Stanford Cardinal Young Alumni for welcome-to-spring happy hour at The Admiral! Celebrate spring with fellow Stanford grads and welcome Stanford alumni to the DC area. Bring fellow alumni.

RSVP here: https://groups.stanford.edu/events/23458

Contact Caroline Zhang, ‘21, czhang21@stanford.edu, for more information.

Stanford in the News

  • Stanford’s second solar generating plant went online last month, completing the university’s years-long transition to 100 percent renewable electricity and marking a major milestone in its larger journey to reach net zero carbon emissions on campus. Stanford Solar Generating Station #2 (SSGS2), Stanford’s portion of a larger solar and energy storage project called Slate, began commercial operation in mid-March. The 63-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant sits on approximately 420 acres in Central California, near Lemoore. The station serves as the final component in the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI), a complete redesign and transition of Stanford University’s energy system from a 100 percent fossil fuel-based, combined heat and power plant to grid-sourced electricity and a more efficient electric heat recovery system.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, April 10, 5 pm
Meeting at a private home in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, and via Zoom.

Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The April book is Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker. 

After World War II, Don Galvin’s work with the Air Force brought Don and his wife Mimi to Colorado, where their twelve children spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. Over the years, six of Don and Mimi’s twelve children were diagnosed with schizophrenia and the Galvins became among the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. 

In this book, Kolker tells the story of a household utterly defined by the mental illness that rampaged through the family. Kolker also deftly weaves the history of diagnosing and treating schizophrenia into the narrative.

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, May 9, 7:30 pm
Google Meet:  Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

We’re reading  Head of School by Hilde Kahn, P’16, P’18, P’22.  

From the book jacket:  “(This story) grapples with issues of race, class, culture, and competition, while exploring the nature of intelligence, the power of privilege, and our drive to separate ourselves from others. … (The) characters illuminate the highly charged and complex issues surrounding gifted education and elite school admissions, while encouraging informed debate on how best to ensure all children get what they need to learn.”

Our July 18th book is While I  Was Away by Stanford author, Waka T. Brown.  This author will also be joining us for the discussion!

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