WDCSA Newsletter – April 2009

Sun 4/19 Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sat 4/25 Community Service: Hands on DC Work-a-thon
Sun 4/26 Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point Horse Races
Sat 5/16 WDCSA at the Arena Stage

*Calling Stanford Softballers*
*WDCSA Member Profile*
*Stanford in the News*

Stanford Book Club Meeting
Sunday, Apr 19 5:00pm

The book group is meeting on Sunday, April 19, to discuss The Discovery of Freedom by Rose Wilder Lane. For additional information, or to join the yahoo group site, please e-mail alisoncolew@hotmail.com.

Community Service: Hands on DC Work-a-thon
Saturday, Apr 25

Come volunteer with fellow WDCSA members at the annual Hands on DC Work-a-thon on Saturday, April 25th! The WDCSA team will be part of an all-volunteer, community-wide effort to create better schools and brighter futures for students at one of more than 30 DC public schools in this day of service. We’ll be helping to refurbish a local school through a variety of projects requested by the school principal, which typically include painting and landscaping. All supplies are provided and no experience or donations are necessary.

Please register ASAP so Hands on DC can get accurate numbers to assign us to a school! Join our team by registering on http://handsondc.kintera.org and select the "WDCSA – Stanford Alums" team (or by emailing tracyw@gmail.com). We’ll send additional details to the team as soon as they are available.

Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point Horse Races
Sunday, Apr 26 1:00pm
Glenwood Park,
Middleburg, VA

Get out your hat and binoculars for a day at the races! Join WDCSA near the finish line for the Middleburg Hunt Point-to-Point Horse Races.

The cost is $35 per person, which covers admission, a tasty tailgate picnic and libations, patron space near the finish line, and a souvenir program. Children under 10 are free. The event is held rain or shine.

Limited space is available so please purchase your ticket by April 19. Reserve your ticket below or by sending a check payable to WDCSA to Margaret New, Middleburg Group, P.O. Box 933, Middleburg, VA 20118-0933. Tickets and directions will be mailed to you.

For further information call Margaret New at 703-298-2525 or email at Margaret@middleburggroup.com.

WDCSA at the Arena Stage
Saturday, May 16 2:00pm
1800 South Bell Street,
Arlington, VA 22202

Join WDCSA as we host an afternoon at the Arena Stage, Crystal City with a presentation of "Legacy of Light," a world premiere drama written by the Class of 1991’s very own Karen Zacarias.

It’s the age of Enlightenment and Emilie du Châtelet, the dazzling, brilliant physicist of Voltaire’s dreams, suddenly realizes she is with child. At 42, and faced with a deadline, Emilie fights to finish her experiments to ensure her mathematical immortality. Jump to the present day, and fiery Olivia, on the verge of an unprecedented scientific discovery, abruptly feels an astonishing pull towards motherhood. Unable to conceive, she hires the charming and lively Millie as a surrogate. The growing light inside Millie connects the three women across the generations as they learn to balance domestic maternity, insatiable intellectual curiosity and the quest to have it all.

After the presentation, Karen will talk to us exclusively to take your questions about the play, the process of researching it and writing it, and how being a Stanford student continues to influence her writing.

Tickets are $20 for WDCSA members and young alumni (class of ’04 – ’08) and
$41.25 for non-members. Tickets are limited, so purchase yours as soon as possible but
no later than Friday, May 8. You may purchase tickets below. Please contact Kimberly Loffer Coerr, ’91 at
kcoerr@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

Calling Stanford Softballers

The Washington DC Stanford Association is one of the most active chapters in the Capital Alumni Network, an umbrella organization for college and university alumni clubs in the DC area. Among other activities, CAN manages a co-ed, slow-pitch softball league of 70 teams which play games at 6:30pm between April 15 and August 15 on the Washington Monument grounds. The fee for participation will be $25 for WDCSA members and $30 for non-members (with the $5 difference buying a membership). Players are expected to make a commitment to play in as many games as their schedule will allow. To join the team, or for more info, contact Chris Shinkman at 301-229-4427 or c.shinkman@verizon.net.

WDCSA Member Profile: Lois Herrmann

Lois Herrmann (MA ’68) was at Stanford in the late ’60s when "changing society" was very much on the student agenda. To casual observers that period might have appeared to be only a sharply turbulent time, but Lois says that for many of the students who lived it — it was a time of idealism and serious commitment to making society better. Lois works in public affairs at the State Department, and is excited by the new beginnings in Washington now, including a more prominent diplomacy. When not working, she likes hiking, swimming, theater and community service. An active Stanford alum, she has served on the DC Stanford Association Board for several years.

Stanford in the News

– The Stanford Women’s Lacrosse team recently completed a successful trip to the Washington area with a win over Johns Hopkins and a loss to (nationally #2 ranked) Maryland.

– Education Professor William Damon was interviewed in the Chronicle Review regarding the role of schools in moral development and how to encourage students to define goals and aspirations.