WDCSA Newsletter – September 2010

Stanford Day at the Ball Park:
Washington Nationals vs. Florida Marlins
Sunday, September 12,
12 pm

Nationals Stadium
first pitch at 1:35 pm
Washington, DC

Enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark as we watch the Washington Nationals take
on the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park. Cheer on the Nats and former
Stanford Baseball player Drew Storen with your fellow Washington DC
Stanford Alumni.

Drew Storen was the 10th overall draft pick in the 2009 baseball draft and has
quickly made it to the major leagues, already proving to be one of the nation’s
top rookie relievers. We have a good chance of watching him pitch thanks to
Drew recently earning the role as the Nats closer.

Tickets are $24 for WDCSA members and $29 for non-WDCSA members. A
limited number of seats are available so please register at
http://pgnet.stanford.edu/goto/event7057reg as soon as possible.

The ticket price includes seating on the 3B Mezzanine Level and access to the
conference center located next to our seats prior to the start of the game.

***While his appearance is yet to be confirmed and can’t be guaranteed, the
Nats organization is working with us to confirm a private meet and greet with
Drew Storen (Stanford Alum). The meet and greet would take place at noon in
the conference centers located next to our seats on the Mezzanine level.

Contact Jackie Crespo if you have any questions at jcrespo@stanfordalumni.org.

Book Club Discussion
Sunday, September 12 5 pm
Fairfax, Va

The book group will meet at the home of Walter and Diana Wilson to
discuss the new translation of Gilgamesh by Stephen Mitchell.
The books for October and November are The Devils’s Highway by Urrea, and
Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar by Nicolson.

On November 7 , book group members and others are invited to a special
meeting to discuss Sometimes Eagles’ Wings, the story of Aeropostale, the first
transcontinental airmail aviation concern. The author, Joy Dunkerley, will host. For information, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com. To
join the book group for future announcements, go to

Sarena on beach


Sarena McRae, BA ’06, spent her undergraduate
years at Stanford developing and exploring her
interests in the areas of English and
Communication. Her love of writing and desire
to craft compelling messages led her to pursue
her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper
and Online Journalism at Syracuse University.
Determined to find a career that combined her
journalistic skills and passion for public service,
she now works as a Production Editor for the
U.S. Navy where she manages the publication
and dissemination of maritime analysis. Sarena
assumed the role of WDCSA Newsletter Editor
in 2009 as a way to connect with local alums,
stay informed of current events and to acclimate herself to her new surroundings. A recent transplant to
Washington DC, she enjoys the varied cuisine and rich cultural offerings in the metro area.

Boom to Bust Patio Party
Thursday, September 16 6 – 8 pm
DoubleTree Hotel
1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Were you in college during the double digit inflation
or the end of the cold war? Have you ever made a
collect call – on a rotary phone? If you were an
undergraduate around the mid 1970s to mid 1990s,
the University of Chicago Club of Washington, DC
has started a new group just for you. Those too old
for the young alumni and too young for the seniors
will feel at home.

Please come to enjoy a relaxing start of fall in a
surprising gem: a quiet patio in a nationwide hotel
chain in the middle of the city. Chat with people
who are old enough to know where they were when
the Challenger blew up, but young enough that they
cannot do the same for when JFK was shot. In case
of rain, we will be indoors and watch the drops fall
on the patio.

To RSVP, please send your name, university,
graduation year, email address, and check for $30 per
person made out to The University of Chicago Club
of DC to Sander and Suzanne Davidson, 6332
Windermere Circle, Rockville, MD 20862.
Prepayment must be received by Monday, September
13th. Email reservations (to sdavidson@karpfrosh.com) and walk-ins are $40. If
you cannot attend the event but would like to be
added to the email list send the above information to

The DoubleTree is on the northeast corner of Scott
Circle. Exit the Dupont Circle Metro stop and walk
4 blocks east, or McPherson Square Metro and walk
6 blocks north or take 14th or 16th street buses.
Hotel has parking. Dress code: anything goes.
Boomers to Busters is targeted for undergraduate
and graduate alumni of the University of Chicago and
similar schools who were undergraduates from the
mid 1970s to mid 1990s, and their spouses and
partners; others may also attend.

PAC-10 Football Kick-Off Party
Wednesday, September 22 6 pm

810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC

All WDCSA members and friends are invited to the
PAC-10 Football Kick-Off Party. Food and drink
specials will be provided and no RSVP is required.
Donations of canned foods will be collected and
distributed to a local food kitchen. Questions?
Contact Chris Shinkman at c.shinkman@verizon.net 301-229-4427

Stanford vs. Notre Dame Game Watch
Saturday, September 25 3:30 pm
The Exchange
1719 G Street, NW
Washington, DC

The 2010 Stanford football season will soon get
underway and we have arranged two early-season
WDCSA game watches at our official sponsor bar,
The Exchange, (202)393-4690. Put on your Stanford
garb and come to the X to cheer for the Cardinal as
we battle Notre Dame.
Food and drink specials will be available. Questions?
Contact Chris Shinkman P ’97 at
c.shinkman@verizon.net, 301-229-4427.

Stanford vs. USC Game Watch
Saturday, October 9 8 pm
The Exchange
1719 G Street, NW
Washington, DC

We will be back at the X to watch the Cardinal add
further humiliation to the USC Trojans.
Come out and show your support for the Cardinal
football team during the game watch party. All
Stanford fans are invited!

Stanford at the Opera
Wednesday, October 20 7:30 pm
Kennedy Center
Washington, DC
Salome – Strauss

Deborah Voight – leading Salome of her generation
and one the greatest sopranos of the 21st century
makes her WNO debut. Washington’s beloved
Heinz Fricke conducts.
Deadline for ordering is September 20. Tickets will
be mailed week of September 27th.

Prime Orchestra $156.50; 2nd Tier $ 81.50.
For tickets – send a check payable to WDCSA to
Betty Byrne, 1822 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington
DC 20010. Contact Betty at bettybyrne@stanfordalumni.org or (202)483.4048.
All performances are by the Washington National
Opera (WNO) and are at the Kennedy Center.

Stanford In the News

• On Sierra magazine’s most recent list of “Cool
Schools,” Stanford is listed as #5.

• Stanford researchers found an unusual linkage
between solar flares and the inner life of
radioactive elements on Earth.

Get Involved!

• Athletes wanted! Men and women, all ability
Ever dream of being the hero of Big Game? Then
join the Stanford team in the Capital Alumni
Network (CAN) flag football league this fall. Along
with DC’s own "Little Big Game" against Cal, we will
play a schedule of games on Saturdays and Sundays
for ten weeks, with a season-ending tournament in
December. Women athletes are especially
encouraged to participate on the co-ed teams.

WDCSA sponsors a number of recreational sports
teams through CAN. Joining a team is a great way
to meet local Stanford alumni, and have a blast as we
face off against alumni clubs from other schools
(including Cal!).

If you’re a former college or high school athlete, or
even a weekend warrior who just wants to get
involved and have some fun, get more information by
contacting Steven Kelts, Ph.D. ’02, at kelts@gwu.edu

Housing Postings

• Hi, I’m a recent grad who finished her coterm in
Earth Systems in June of 2009. Just four weeks ago,
I moved out to DC to take on a short assignment
at Conservation International. Unfortunately, I also
came without a housing option beyond August, and
Craig’s List has not been my friend.
I am looking for either a single room/apartment,
sublet (up to $1500/month for no more than 3
months) or longer term (less than $1000/month) –
OR – two bedroom accommodation for another
recent grad (from Harvard, though!) and myself, in
the same price range. Preferably something in the
NW of DC, but could be flexible depending on the
situation. Will welcome any leads!
Feel free to contact me by
email: RFriedman16@stanfordalumni.org or phone: (425)894-8866