WDCSA Newsletter – July 2022

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

Events Calendar

  • July 18 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • July 30 – August 7 – 2022 Citi Open Tennis
  • August 14 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • August 20 – Stanford Parent and Family Connection Summer Social
  • August 25 – “Reflection on a Career with a Mike” with Pete Williams ‘74

Upcoming Events

2022 Citi Open Tennis

Saturday, July 30-Sunday, August 7
16th & Kennedy NW, Washington, DC 

The Citi Open is an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour 500 tournament, making it one of the top 20 men’s tournaments in the world.  The women’s tournament is a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 250 tournament.

WDCSA has the same six platinum box seats to all sessions that we have had since 2004 (Aisle 36, Section 3). The seats are at the end of the court and very close to the court (in the third and fourth row) and provide access to the air-conditioned restaurant. We also have eight upper-level seats (Section 6, Row N) near the top of the stadium in the corner.

The featured matches are generally held on the stadium court where seating is reserved, with the remainder in the outside courts where seating is open.

Our current availability and further information can be found at www.wdcsa.org/tennis.

Please email bill@billpegram.com indicating the number and type of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

Stanford Parent and Family Connection Summer Social

Saturday, August 201:30 – 4:30 pm
Potomac, Md

Stanford parents/guardians, alumni, and students are invited to this outdoor gathering in Potomac to welcome Stanford Class of 2026 parents and students.

Details will be provided upon RSVP.

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

“Reflection on a Career with a Mike” with Pete Williams ‘74

Thursday, August 256:30-8 pm
Stanford in Washington, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center
2662 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 

WDCSA celebrates news reporting veteran Pete Williams ’74 upon his retirement!

Pete began his career in local news with the Casper, Wyoming television station KTWO and its eponymous radio station in 1974. In 1986, Williams became press secretary for U.S. Representative Dick Cheney and followed Cheney to the United States Department of Defense as Cheney became United States Secretary of Defense to be the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs in 1989. Williams became a correspondent for NBC News in 1993, and his main areas of news coverage for NBC include the Department of Justice and Supreme Court 

Pete has graciously offered his time as the moderator of noteworthy WDCSA evenings with Joaquin and Julio Castro, Congressman Adam Schiff, and Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter.

The evening will start with a reception including small bites & beverages The program will start promptly at 7pm with reflections, Q&A, and discussion.

The cost is $12 for WDCSA members, young alumni (undergrad ’11-’21, grad ’16-’21), and SIW residents; $17 for others.

Register here by August 20th:

This message from Stanford: There is a risk that you might acquire COVID while participating in this program.  Each participant must assess their own risk tolerance and make their own decision as to whether or not they feel comfortable attending, understanding that there is a chance of becoming infected.

Stanford in Washington is located conveniently across the street from the Washington DC Metro Red Line Woodley Park station.

Contact Risa Shimoda, risa@theshimodagroup.com with questions.

Stanford in the News

  • Roger N. Shepard, the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor, Emeritus, in Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences, known for his groundbreaking research on mental imagery, died May 30 at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 93. Awarded the National Medal of Science in 1995, Shepard conducted pioneering research on how the mind creates internal representations of objects in the world. He introduced techniques for quantifying mental processes when cognitive science was still dominated by research based on behavioral observations. His research contributions extended to the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, robotics, and physics.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, August 14, 5 pm
Meeting at a private home in Bethesda, Md

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

The August book is The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. 

The Testaments is a sequel to, and takes place more than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale. The theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead still maintains its grip on power, but there are signs that it is beginning to rot from within.  At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. With The Testaments,  Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, July 18, 7:30 pm
Google Meet:  Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

We’re reading While I Was Away by Stanford author, Waka T. Brown, who will be joining us for the discussion!

From the book jacket:  “When Waka’s mother suspects her twelve-year-old daughter can’t understand basic Japanese, she makes a drastic decision to ship Waka to Tokyo to live with her strict grandmother and reconnect with the culture and master the language … Plucked from her straight-A-student life in rural Kansas and sent halfway across the globe, where her reading levels are embarrassingly low, Waka embarks on what feels like the hardest five months of her life … If she’s always been the “smart Japanese girl” in America but is now the “dumb foreigner” in Japan, where is home … and who will Waka be when she finds it?”

Our September 12th book is Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig.

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