WDCSA Newsletter – August 2023

Events Calendar

  • Fall – WDCSA Stanford Football Game Watches
  • Jul 29 to Aug 8 – Citi Open Tennis Tournament
  • Aug 12 – Renwick Gallery Private Tour
  • Sep 10 – Sixth Annual Pac-12 Day with the Nationals
  • Sep 17 – Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Tour
  • Sep 17 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • Sep 18 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Upcoming Events

WDCSA Stanford Football Game Watches

Valor Brewpub/The Ugly Mug
723 8th St SE, Washington, DC

Come join Stanford alumni to watch the new season of football! Stanford is seeking a fresh start under new coach, Troy Taylor. This season includes games against Taylor’s former school, Sacramento State, against Colorado, who has new coach Deion Sanders, and the final games against USC and UCLA before they leave the Pac-12. Check the WDCSA Groups page for info about upcoming games.


  • 9/9 at USC – 10:30pm
  • 9/16 Sacramento State – 8pm
  • 9/23 Arizona – TBD
  • 9/30 Oregon – TBD
  • 10/13 at Colorado – 10pm
  • 10/21 UCLA – TBD
  • 10/28 Washington – TBD
  • 11/4 at Washington State – TBD
  • 11/11 at Oregon State – TBD
  • 11/18 Cal (Big Game) – TBD
  • 11/25 Notre Dame – TBD
  • 12/1 Pac-12 Championship – 8pm

Citi Open Tennis Tournament

Saturday, July 29th – Sunday, August 8th
William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center
Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.

The Citi Open is an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour 500 tournament. As announced June 1st in the Washington Post, both the men’s and women’s tournament this year are 500 level events, making it one of the top 20 men’s and women’s tournaments in the world.

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 held on the stadium court where seating is reserved, with the remainder on 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 User of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

Renwick Gallery Private Tour

Saturday, August 12th 1 – 2 PM
Renwick Gallery
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Join Stanford alumni on a tour of the Sharing Honors and Burdens: Renwick Invitational 2023 special exhibition at the Renwick Gallery. Melissa Clark P’12 will be leading a tour of the exhibit. Space is limited to 10 people, but please sign up for the waitlist if you are interested.

Sharing Honors and Burdens: Renwick Invitational 2023 focuses on fresh and nuanced visions by six Native American or Alaska Native artists who express the honors and burdens that connect people to one another. The 55 artworks in the exhibition arise from traditions of making that honor family, community or clan, and require broad community participation.

Register for this free event here.

Sixth Annual Pac-12 Day with the Nationals

Sunday, September 10th 1:15 – 4:15 PM
Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, D.C.

Join your fellow PAC-12 DC Alumni, family & friends for our 6th annual PAC-12 Day with the Washington Nationals! This year, the Nationals will be facing off against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:35pm on Sunday, September 10th.

As in previous years, we will arrange for a pregame social hour and brunch at a nearby venue (hopefully Walters again) to get to know each other before the game starts – details will be added to this page when they are nailed down. We may also try to do some sort of social gathering at the ballpark itself, depending on ticket sales.

We have arranged for special discounted tickets. Seats are reserved in Outfield Reserved in section 142. We generally sell out our allotment, so if you want to sit with us, be sure to get your tickets early!

Buy your tickets here: https://fevogm.com/event/Pac124.

September 8th is the deadline to purchase tickets. Please join us!

If you have questions, email PAC12DC@gmail.com.

See the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/188438097469104.

Connect with other Pac-12 DC Alumni on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/14099509.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Tour

Sunday, September 17th 1 – 2 PM
Smithsonian American Art Museum
G St NW & 8th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Join Stanford alumni on a tour of the Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea special exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Melissa Clark P’12 will be leading a tour of the exhibit. Space is limited to 12 people, but please sign up for the waitlist if you are interested.

Ideas about the American West, both in popular culture and in commonly accepted historical narratives, are often based on a past that never was, and fail to take into account important events that actually occurred. The exhibition Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea examines the perspectives of 48 modern and contemporary artists who offer a broader and more inclusive view of this region, which too often has been dominated by romanticized myths and Euro-American historical accounts.

Register for this free event here.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, September 17th 5-7:30pm
Meeting at a private home in Bethesda, Maryland. Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The September book is In the Light of What We Know: A Novel, by Zia Haider Rahman; Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2014, 512 pages. Available in hardbound, paperback, audiobook, and Kindle editions.

The novel is narrated by a Pakistani-American investment banker. The novel begins as one day in 2008 a Bangladeshi immigrant to the UK appeared at the narrator’s home in South Kensington, in a disheveled state. The man had been a classmate at Oxford (a mathematics prodigy) and a colleague in the financial industry, but then he had disappeared. The novel explores the relationship between the narrator and his long-lost friend. This story manages to combine many of the themes that have dominated public debate in our century: Islam, American neo-imperialism, and the financial recession.

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

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

We are reading The Precious Jules by Shawn Nocher. This fictional story “examines the thin line between selfishness and what passes for love. This family story asks what is best for one child in light of what is perceived as the greater good, and just what is the collective legacy of buried family secrets, shame, and helplessness. (It) is a deeply felt family narrative that will make you fall in love with these flawed and imperfect characters standing on the threshold of an awakening they never expected.” (From Blackstone Publishing)

Our November 13th book is On Tyranny – Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder.

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