WDCSA Newsletter – September 2023

Events Calendar

  • Fall – WDCSA Stanford Football Game Watches
  • Sep 10 – #6 Stanford Women’s Soccer at #20 Georgetown
  • Sep 10 – Sixth Annual Pac-12 Day with the Nationals
  • Sep 17 – Smithsonian American Art Museum Private Tour
  • Sep 28 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • Sep 30 to Oct 1 – Stanford Sailing at the 2023 Women’s ACC Round 1
  • Oct 4 – Welcome 2 DC
  • Oct 8 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • Oct 14 – Renwick Gallery Private Tour

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.


  • 9/1 at Hawaii – 11pm
  • 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

#6 Stanford Women’s Soccer at #20 Georgetown

Sunday, September 10th 1 – 3 PM
Shaw Field
1580 West Rd NW, Washington, DC

Watch Stanford women’s soccer take on Georgetown! #6 Stanford is currently 2-0-0 on the season, while #20 Georgetown is 1-0-1.

Tickets can be purchased through Georgetown University 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.

Stanford Sailing at the 2023 Women’s ACC Round 1

Saturday, September 30th 10 AM – Sunday, October 1st 5 PM
James P. Muldoon River Center
47498 Trinity Church Rd, St Marys City, Maryland

Watch Stanford Sailing compete in southern Maryland! Races should commence at 10am each day. There is no official end time on Saturday, but the no race may commence later than 3pm on Sunday. Spectating is free to all. Viewing is usually excellent from the surrounding shoreline at the campus waterfront.

Stanford is coming off its best sailing year ever. Last season, Stanford won the ICSA Women’s and Open Fleet Race Championships and the Leonard Fowle Trophy as the best overall program.

Register for this event here.

Welcome 2 DC

Wednesday, October 4th 6 – 8 PM
Dacha Beer Garden Shaw
1600 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Join fellow alumni as we gather and welcome new grads and recent arrivals to the DC area!

If you’re new(-ish) to the area, come meet other alumni who can help you get acquainted with navigating the DMV area. If you’ve been here a minute, come help the new arrivals by sharing your favorite spots and more.

Regardless of your class year or how long you’ve lived here, this is a great opportunity to see who else from your Stanford fam calls DC home.

Enjoy food and drink in an outdoor area at Dacha Beer Garden and catch up with old friends and make new ones!

This event is for Stanford alumni and their guests.

Registration includes light bites and 1 drink ticket. Additional drinks may be purchased from the cash bar.

Ticket details:

  • $5 – Class of 2023 (undergrad and grad)
  • $10 – Classes ’14 – ’22 (undergrad) and ’19 – ’22 (grad)
  • $20 – All other alumni class years and guests

Sorry, we are unable to offer refunds for this event.

Register for this event here.

Renwick Gallery Private Tour

Saturday, October 14th 1 – 2 PM
Renwick Gallery
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

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.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, October 8th 5-7:30pm
Meeting at a private home in Beltsville, Maryland. Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The October book is The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Defended a Country from Corporate Greed, by John Cavanagh and Robin Broad; Beacon Press, 2021, 211 pages. Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and Kindle editions.

This book tells the story of a community that took on an international mining corporation and won two historic victories. In the early 2000s, many people in El Salvador were at first excited by the prospect of jobs, progress, and prosperity that the Pacific Rim mining company promised. However, farmer Vidalina Morales and others soon discovered that the river system supplying water to the majority of Salvadorans was in danger of catastrophic contamination and decided to stop the destruction of their homeland. This story is replete with corporate greed, violent threats, murders, a transnational lawsuit at a secretive World Bank tribunal, and, surprisingly, victory.

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Thursday, September 28, 7:30 p.m. (NEW)
Google Meet. Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

* * * Special Guest: Shawn Nocher * * *

This book is inspired by The Maryland State Asylum and Training School for the Feeble Minded, founded in 1888, closed in 2009, and the families who had loved ones in this institution.

This 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