WDCSA Newsletter – November 2023

Events Calendar

  • Nov 3 – Ivy Social at District 5
  • Nov 13 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • Nov 16 – Capital Area Food Bank Sort & Pack Donations
  • Dec 2 – Young Alumni Rubell Museum Visit
  • Dec 2 – Alumni Night at Studio Theatre: “Fat Ham”
  • Dec 3 – Smithsonian American Art Museum Third Floor Galleries Tour
  • Dec 10 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • Dec 14 – WDCSA Holiday Party

WDCSA Welcomes Our New Social Media Board Member

Headshot of Andrew Lokay

Hello! My name is Andrew Lokay. I grew up in northern Virginia and graduated from Stanford in 2020. I now live in DC.

I double-majored in International Relations and French and wrote an honors thesis through the Center for International Security and Cooperation. Some of my favorite Stanford memories include participating in the Bing Overseas Studies Program in Paris, hosting wine and cheese nights in my dorm, and serving as a peer advisor for the IR major.

I’m excited to contribute to the Washington, DC Stanford Alumni Association by supporting our social media and spreading the word about all the great things we do. Go Cardinal!

WDCSA Welcomes Our New Executive Board!

Our chapter extends a warm welcome to our newly elected executive board officers!

President: James Yan, PhD ’18

James has lived in Washington, DC for four years, where he works at the US Environmental Protection Agency. He has been involved with WDCSA since moving, serving as the Pac-12 (RIP) DC Alumni Representative and as a Vice President.

He graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from Stanford in 2018. While at Stanford, he was involved with the ultimate frisbee team, Stanford Outdoor Education, and the Asian American Graduate Student Association.

Vice President: Risa Shimoda, BS ’77

Risa is excited to support our Stanford alumni community as WDCSA Vice President! As a 2004-06 WDCA Co-President, past President of four other regional Stanford Alumni regional clubs (NY/NJ, Cincinnati, Georgia and NC/SC), and a past member of both the Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors and Stanford Associates, Risa is a firm believer in the importance of doing all we can to great opportunities to experience the incredible resources available through our alumni community in the amazing region we call “home.” Whether you are enjoying a one year fellowship, beginning a first ‘real’ job and becoming acquainted with the depth and breadth of DMV environment, or continuing your residence in the National Capitol Region and interested in the continued vibrance and innovation that thrive amidst the institutions that run our nation, we can learn so much from you and other amazing fellow alumni. As your Vice President, Risa will strive to find ways to help grow opportunities to learn with and from fellow Cardinal alumni (you can help more than you know!) to enjoy the arts, visit with campus and DC-based Stanford faculty, pursue sports-based fun and serve those less fortunate.

Vice President: Cindy Sehgal, MBA ’94

Cindy is looking forward to supporting our accomplished alumni community with engaging programs and events and continuing to strengthen partnerships with local Stanford graduate alumni chapters. Cindy served as VP, Secretary and Board Member of the Stanford GSB DC Chapter for over five years, helping to rejuvenate the chapter.

She loved her Stanford experience and led the Students Against Homelessness organization and the Business Development Association, matching up entrepreneurs with MBA students to develop strategic plans.

Cindy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. Early in her career, she was an aerospace engineer for GE Astro Space designing satellites and analyzing launch vehicles for NASA. After graduating from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Cindy came to DC to work for AOL’s venture fund, evaluating early Internet investments. She continued strategy consulting at Kearney, focused on aerospace and defense clients. At Oracle, Cindy headed up several enterprise application product lines, launching a new software suite for the hospitality industry. She has held numerous executive positions in program management at SAIC and GDIT, managing major IT contracts for state and federal government agencies.

Cindy is a proud Philadelphian who is married to a Bronx native and enjoys tracking down their two teenagers – an aspiring social media influencer and a hopeful pro golfer. Before kids, she was an interesting person who played the harp, piano and attended all types of cultural events from beatboxing to slam poetry. Someday she hopes to pursue her dreams of writing and performing stand-up comedy!

Treasurer: Jim Arrison, BS/MS ’87

Jim Arrison (BS/MS Industrial Engineering ’87) has served as Treasurer for 3 years.

He has been active with WDCSA for over 20 years and focuses on sporting events.

Thank You From the OVAL Team

As the OVAL team gears up for another admissions cycle, we would like to thank our current volunteers who take time out their schedules to interview students interested in attending Stanford and otherwise represent the Farm in the DC Metropolitan Area! If you are an interviewer, Restricted Early Action interviews begin soon so be on the look out for emails from the team.

If you’re interested in learning more about OVAL, please contact one of the co-chairs: DeLise Bernard, ’98, MA 99 at delise.bernard@stanfordalumni.com or Mark Kogan, ‘09 at mkogan@stanfordalumni.org.

Upcoming Events

Ivy Social at District 5

Friday, November 3rd 6- 8:30 PM
District 5
1911 W Main St, Richmond, VA

Connect with Ivy League alumni, family, and friends at local craft beer establishment, District 5 in Richmond, Virginia!

Register here.

Capital Area Food Bank – Sort & Pack Donations

Thursday, November 16th, 5:15-8:00pm
Check In: 5:15pm-5:30PM (Volunteer Shift begins at 5:30PM sharp)
4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE Washington DC

If using a GPS for driving directions, use: 4900 6th St NE, Washington DC

Join Stanford volunteers for this important volunteer opportunity leading into Thanksgiving season. There are 10 volunteer spots available and participants must be at least 12 years of age. Any volunteer under 18 will need a signed parental consent form to participate. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Register here.

Contact: Beth Presser beth.presser@gmail.com 805-729-2382 for more information.

Young Alumni Rubell Museum Visit

Saturday, December 2nd 1 – 3:30 PM
Rubell Museum
65 I St SW, Washington, DC

WDCSA Young Alumni will visit the newly-updated Rubell Museum exhibition. The museum opened last year in a building that started as Cardozo Elementary School in 1906 and became Randall Junior High School in 1927. Come by anytime 1-3:30pm to check out the exhibition and meet fellow Stanford alumni. After touring the museum, stick around for coffee and conversation at Grace Street Coffee Roasters, which is located in the building.

Admission is free for DC Residents (with ID) and Bank of America Museums on Us customers. Otherwise, tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, and $10 for Students.

Register here.

Alumni Night at Studio Theatre: “Fat Ham”

Saturday, December 2nd 7 – 10 PM
Studio Theatre
1501 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Join Alumni Night at Studio Theatre in Logan Circle for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Fat Ham”! Enjoy a fabulous production, discounted tickets, and an opportunity to network with other local alumni organizations!

Written by James Ijames and directed by Taylor Reynolds, The Studio Theatre production of Fat Ham is described as Hamlet, but with more barbeque and disco. Swapping a Danish castle for a North Carolina BBQ pit, Fat Ham remakes Shakespeare’s story of murder and revenge into what the New York Times calls “a hilarious yet profound tragedy smothered in comedy.” Juicy, a Black queer Southern kid, has a lot on his plate already when his father’s ghost shows up, demanding vengeance. As generations clash at the family’s backyard barbeque, Juicy must face the legacies of violence he’s been raised with and shape the man he wants to be in James Ijames’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play fresh from its Tony-nominated Broadway run.

Register here.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Third Floor Galleries Tour

Sunday, December 3rd 1 – 2 PM
Smithsonian American Art Museum
G St NW and 8th St NW, Washington, DC

Stanford alumni will tour the newly-reopened Modern and Contemporary art galleries at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Melissa Clark, P’12, will lead a tour of the exhibit and explain the thinking behind the Lincoln Gallery spaces configuration, as well as some of the curatorial decisions to incorporate works by self-taught artists as well as craft pieces. We’ll see works by Kerry James Marshall, Theaster Gates, Audrey Flack, Tiffany Chung, Judith Scott and many others.

Space is limited to 12 people, but please sign up for the waitlist if you are interested.

Tour tickets will be limited to paid WDCSA members through November 10th.

Register here.

WDCSA Holiday Party

Thursday, December 14th 6 – 9 PM
Wunder Garten
1101 First St NE, Washington, DC

Looking to add some Cardinal red to your holiday?

Plan to join your fellow Stanford alumni to celebrate the holiday season at Wunder Garten for our annual Holiday party. Registration includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. You may purchase additional subsidized drink tickets in advance. The drink tickets are good for any drinks with the exception of beer steins. You may also purchase drinks yourself at the bar. The venue is located two blocks from the NoMa Metro station (Red Line). The event will be in an open tent area with heaters, so dress accordingly.

  • Early Bird Rates:
    • Register before December 8th
    • $30 for Washington DC Stanford Association members and guests
    • $45 for non-members and guests
  • Regular Pricing:
    • After December 7th and at the door
    • $40 for all WDCSA members and guests after December 7th
    • $45 for non-members and guests
  • Refunds are available up to 10 days before the event.
  • Attire:
    • Festive (According to google: It is a combination of cocktail attire and dressy casual with a holiday flair)

We cannot wait to see you there!!

Register here.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, December 10th 2- 4:30pm
Meeting at a private home in Bethesda, Maryland. Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The December book is The Postcard: A Novel, by Anne Berest (translated by Tina Kover); Europa Editions, 2023, 464 pages. Available in hardcover, audiobook, and Kindle.

In 2003 an anonymous postcard is delivered to the Berest family home. On the front, a photo of the Opéra Garnier in Paris. On the back, the names of Anne Berest’s maternal great-grandparents, Ephraïm and Emma, and their children, Noémie and Jacques—all killed at Auschwitz. Fifteen years later, Anne is moved to discover who sent it and why. Aided by her mother, other family members, friends, associates, a private detective, a graphologist, and many others, she embarks on a journey to discover the fate of the Rabinovitch family.

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, November 13th, 7:30 pm
Google Meet: Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

We are reading On Tyranny – Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder, a Yale historian who is an expert on Eastern Europe, the Second World War, political manifestos, and the rise of tyranny in the contemporary world.

“The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.” (From book cover)

Our January 15th book is Seven Games: A Human History by Oliver Roeder.

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