WDCSA Newsletter – March 2024

Events Calendar

  • Mar 7 – Stanford Young Alumni Happy Hour
  • Mar 9-10 – Stanford Sailing at the 2024 St. Mary’s Team Race
  • Mar 11 – Baltimore Book Club Discussion
  • Mar 14 – SIW: National Service and AmeriCorps: Past, Present, and Future
  • Apr 2 – NBA Game: Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks + Meet and Greet with the Lopez Twins
  • Apr 12 – Stanford-Cal Trivia Night
  • Apr 14 – Washington DC Book Club Discussion
  • May 4 – National Museum of Women in the Arts Guided Tour

Event Spotlight: WDCSA Lunar New Year Dim Sum

On February 11th, 33 members gathered at Da Hong Pao restaurant for the Lunar New Year event co-hosted by the Washington DC Stanford Association and Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club (SAPAAC).

Upcoming Events

Stanford Young Alumni Happy Hour

Thursday, March 7th 6 – 8 PM
Casta’s Rum Bar
1121 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC

Register here and join area young alumni for the next happy hour event.

Stanford Sailing at the 2024 St. Mary’s Team Race

Saturday, March 9th 10 AM – Sunday, March 10th 5 PM
James P. Muldoon River Center
47498 Trinity Church Rd, St Marys City, Md

Come 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 finished the fall season #1 in the Women’s and #6 in the Open rankings.

Register here.

SIW: National Service and AmeriCorps: Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, March 14th 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Stanford in Washington will host Catherine Milton, author of the new book, Creating AmeriCorps: Bipartisanship in Action for a panel discussion.

Speakers include:

  • Catherine Milton – Author, Creating AmeriCorps, Founder, Haas Center for Public Service
  • Adrienne Jamieson – Director, Stanford in Washington
  • Fagan Harris, ’09 – Chief of Staff to Maryland Governor Wes Moore
  • Jonny Dorsey, ’09; MBA ’14 – Deputy Chief of Staff to Maryland Governor Wes Moore

Space is limited and you must RSVP to Pamela Beltran-Mayen at Pamelabm@stanford.edu

NBA Game: Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks + Meet and Greet with the Lopez Twins

Tuesday, April 2nd 7PM
Capital One Arena
601 F St NW, Washington, DC

Join fellow alumni as we take in a Wizards game! The Wizards will be hosting the Milwaukee Bucks, who have former Cardinal players Brook and Robin Lopez. The Lopez twins helped lead Stanford to the ’08 Sweet Sixteen before leaving for the NBA draft. Brook is the starting center for the Milwaukee Bucks and won an NBA championship with them in 2021. Robin joined him on the Bucks this year as a backup center.

Brook and Robin have generously agreed to a meet and greet with attendees after the game, so stick around through the end! (Thanks to Patricia Arty ’10 for organizing!)

We will be getting tickets in the Upper Level corners. Purchase your tickets before February to guarantee a seat with other Stanford alumni. Tickets purchased after 1/31 may result in seats outside of the alumni block.

Tickets are refundable through 1/31. After then, you can get a refund if someone else is able to take your place. Please contact James Yan at jjyan@alumni.stanford.edu if it is past the refund deadline and you wish to give up your seat.

Register here.

Stanford-Cal Trivia Night

Friday, April 12, 2024 7- 9 PM
Astro Beer Hall
1306 G St NW, Washington, DC

We’re baaaack!

Meet up with your favorite Cardinal and Golden Bear alumni in the DMV to show off your knowledge of trivia about a variety of general interest topics. Every team will be a winner or prizes whose value will vary from silly to awesome.

You must be 21+ to participate.

Form your own team of up to 6 players and buy the corresponding number of tickets and tell us the name of your team and teammates. OR If you’d like to be adventurous, just register as an individual player and we will assign you to a team! One ticket will provide one space at a table of 6. Register a partial or entire team. Tickets are $10.

Space is LIMITED (max. 60 players) and registration will close when capacity is reached.

Register here.

National Museum of Women in the Arts Guided Tour

Saturday, May 4 1-2 P
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC

Join WDSCA for a private tour of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). The first museum in the world founded to champion women artists, NMWA continues to be a leader in advocating for better representation for women in the art world.

Nineteen spots are available and will be limited to paid WDSCA members until April 13. The tour will begin at 1 pm. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to purchase a museum admission ticket ($13 for DC residents and adults over 70, $16 general admission).

Did you know that only 11 percent of acquisitions at major US art museums in the last 10 years were by women? NMWA reopened last fall following a top-to-bottom renovation and boasts a rich collection of works from artists of diverse backgrounds from the 16th century to today. This hour-long tour of collection highlights will be led by Andrew Lokay ’20, a docent at the museum.

The closest Metrorail stations are Metro Center and Gallery Place-Chinatown. If taking Metrobus, take routes 80, G8, S2, X2, D6, D3, 68, D1, or 42 and get off near the corner of H St and 13th St NW. Street parking is highly limited but nearby garages are available. The museum is ADA-accessible.

Register here.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, April 14th 5pm
Meeting at a private home in Annandale,Va. Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The April book is Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World, by Matt Parker; Riverhead Books, 2020, 336 pages. Available in hardbound, paperback, audiobook, and Kindle editions.

Humble Pi is a charming and readable guide to some of humanity’s all-time greatest miscalculations. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near misses, and mathematical mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman Empire, and an Olympic team, Matt Parker uncovers the bizarre ways math trips us up, and what this reveals about the essential place of calculations in our modern world. Getting it wrong has never been more fun.

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, March 11th, 7:30 pm
Google Meet: Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

We are reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown, who has an MBA from Stanford.

“Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter. By forcing us to apply more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy-instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.” (From book cover)

Our May 13th book is The Feast of the Goat, a Spanish novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, translated to English by Edith Grossman.

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