WDCSA Newsletter – October 2023

Events Calendar

  • Oct 4 – Welcome 2 DC
  • Oct 8 – 2023 (and final) Pac-12 DC Alumni’s “Golden Mile” Bar Crawl
  • Oct 14 – Renwick Gallery Private Tour
  • Oct 17 – Annual Sunset Cruise on the Potomac
  • Oct 21 to 22 – Stanford Sailing at the 2023 Open ACC Finals
  • Oct 29 – Smithsonian American Art Museum “Many Wests” Tour
  • Nov 12 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • Nov 13 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion

WDCSA is seeking a Social Media Board Member

Our chapter is looking for a dedicated alumni volunteer to take stock of our current social media channels, develop a social media strategy and maintain social media channels. This general board position will provide social media updates at the WDCSA monthly planning meetings.

Questions? Interested? Please contact Cindy Sehgal (MBA ’94) cindysehgal@alumni.stanford.edu

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

2023 (and final) Pac-12 DC Alumni’s “Golden Mile” Bar Crawl

Sunday, October 8th 12 – 6 PM
Adams Morgan, Washington, D.C.

For the final year, we’re headed to our #1 neighborhood: Adams Morgan. Per usual, we’ll get together on Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend again, so hopefully everyone has Monday off to recover from being out with Pac-12 Alumni on a Sunday. We’ll have prizes for people showing the best school spirit and specials at each bar.

  • 12pm – Death Punch
  • 1pm – Town Tavern DC
  • 2pm – Johnny Pistolas
  • 3pm – The Game Sports Pub
  • 4pm – Grand Central
  • 5pm – Le Mont Royal

Take a look at the Facebook Event to see the bars’ specials: https://www.facebook.com/events/848105620299502

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.

Annual Sunset Cruise on the Potomac

Tuesday, October 17th 5:45 – 8 PM
Boomerang Boat Tours
3100 K Street NW Washington DC 20007 (31st and K Streets), Washington, D.C.

Join us for one of our signature events of the year!

Watch a gorgeous sunset, take in historical sights, and see the monuments and memorials light up at night aboard our chartered cruise. Mix and mingle with fellow alums, connect with classmates and network with established local alumni. Enjoy a premium open bar with delicious happy hour food!

Please plan on arriving between 5:30 PM and 5:45PM to check in. The boat will be leaving promptly at 6PM!!

We are limited to 60 people so register here ASAP: https://groups.stanford.edu/networks/events/61637

  • For WDCSA Members & Guests:
    • Early Bird Registration (through 9/30/23) $55 per person
    • Regular Registration (starts 10/1/23) $65 per person
  • Non-WDCSA Members & Guests:
    • Early Bird & Regular Registration $85 per person
  • Become a WDCSA Member!

Cancellations are permitted for a full refund up until October 12th.

Refunds will not be provided for late arrivals or no shows!

In the event of bad weather and the cruise is rescheduled – you will be notified by email.

Dock Directions:

Meet us on the dock at the Washington Harbor. We will board in the commercial vessel boarding zone at Georgetown Waterfront (Washington Harbor). The closest street address is 3100 K St. NW DC, 20007 & the cross streets are 31st and K St. From there, you want to continue down 31st Street by foot. At the end of 31st, you’ll see the dock. Boarding is on the left, in front of the Fiola Mare Restaurant & Nick’s Riverside Grill. There are many paid parking garages nearby. https://www.ridetheboomerang.com

Bring a valid ID. Wear practical shoes since you are boarding a boat with stairs. There are restrooms on-board.

QUESTIONS? Contact Cindy Sehgal (MBA ’94) cindysehgal@alumni.stanford.edu

Stanford Sailing at the 2023 Open ACC Finals

Saturday, October 21st 10:00 AM – Sunday, October 22nd 5:00 PM
The James P. Muldoon River Center
47498 Trinity Church Rd, St Marys City, Md

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 their 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.

Contact jjyan@alumni.stanford.edu for more information.

Smithsonian American Art Museum “Many Wests” Tour

Sunday, October 29th 1 – 2 PM
Smithsonian American Art Museum
G St NW & 8th St NW, Washington, DC

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.

Tour tickets will be limited to paid WDCSA members until 10/8.

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.

Contact jjyan@alumni.stanford.edu for more information

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, November 12th 2- 4:30pm
Meeting at a private home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

Note: The October meeting has been Cancelled. We will discuss The Water Defenders some time in early 2024, instead.

The November book Magpie Murders: A Novel, by Anthony Horowitz; HarperCollins, 2017, 448 pages. Available in hardbound, paperback, audiobook, and Kindle editions.

This novel consists of two linked parts, set in London and rural England in 1955. The key character in the first part of the book is mystery author Alan Conway’s fictitious detective, Atticus Pünd, who investigates a murder in Saxby-on-Avon. Conway is himself the main character of the other story. In the second part of the book, the key characters are Conway’s editor Susan Ryland and her boss, publisher Charles Clover. The New York Times called it “A double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don’t often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers.”

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