WDCSA Newsletter – August 2022

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

Events Calendar

  • July 30 – August 7 – 2022 Citi Open Tennis
  • August 20 – Stanford Parent and Family Connection Summer Social
  • September 11 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • September 12 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • October 6 – “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 20, 1:30 – 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, October 66:30-8 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!

Join us as we celebrate and thank Pete Williams ’74, Washington DC-based correspondent for NBC News whose beat has been the Department of Justice and Supreme Court for nearly 30 years.

Pete began his career with the Casper, Wyoming television and radio stations upon his departure from the Farm. In 1986, he became press secretary for U.S. Representative Dick Cheney and followed him to be the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs in 1989. In 1993, Pete became and has since been a correspondent for NBC News, specializing in coverage of 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: https://groups.stanford.edu/networks/events/28604 by Oct 1st.

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

  • Jeffrey Glenn, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, is on a mission to de-fang COVID-19 and prepare the world for future viral threats. To see this through, Glenn has assembled a team of more than 100 Stanford faculty, external consultants, postdoctoral researchers, students and other staff to develop drugs to combat viruses that pose a high pandemic risk. Their first priority: SARS-CoV-2. The effort, dubbed SyneRx, is made possible by a $69 million grant Glenn received from the National Institutes of Health. Those funds are a game changer, according to Glenn. They will support significant progress developing drugs that can target current and future pandemic threats.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, September 115 pm
Meeting at a private home in Tysons Corner, Va

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

The September book is The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society, by Binyamin Appelbaum.

This book focuses on how economics came to dominate policy conversations and the operations of government after World War II. The leading figures discussed include Milton Friedman, Arthur Laffer, Walter Oi, Alfred Kahn, and Thomas Schelling. Their guiding principle was that markets would deliver steady growth and ensure that all Americans shared in the benefits, provided that the government would stop managing the economy. Appelbaum argues that the resulting reduction of taxes and economic regulations in favor of free market operation has come at the expense of economic equality, the health of liberal democracy, and future generations.

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, September 127:30 pm
Google Meet:  Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

We’re reading the central volume in the acclaimed Montana trilogy, Dancing at the Rascal Fair, written by native Montanan Ivan Doig.  From the book jacket:  “… an authentic saga of the American experience at the turn of the twentieth century and a passionate portrayal of the immigrants who dared to try new lives in the imposing Rocky Mountains.”  The New York Times Book Review praised:  “… a prose as tight as a new thread and as special as handmade candy.”

Our November 14th book is Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present by Ruth Ben-Ghiat.

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