The Nuts and Bolts of Stanford’s Hospital Construction Friday Feb. 20th

Tour of the new Stanford Hospital on Friday Feb. 20th 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Special Convenient Free Parking!    

Please RSVP here or call Ronna at 650-857-9151.


EVENT: We’ve all seen the cranes and grid irons.  Now is your chance for an up-close look at the plans and construction for the new 824,000 square- foot Stanford Hospital facility that will include 368 private patient rooms, a new Level 1 Trauma Center, five gardens and a new parking structure.  The project overview presentation will last about 30 minutes.  Following the presentation, construction managers will escort our group to the viewing platform.

LOCATION: 1190 Welch Road Palo Alto CA 94304, at the corner of Pasteur and Sand Hill.  We will meet in the Shumway Conference Room.

PARKING: We have 30 free parking places for the tour.  Please consider carpooling.  We will share a list of people that have RSVP’d a few days before the event and you can look for friends or neighbors to share rides.


  • Turn onto Pasteur Drive, turn left onto Welch Road, go past the flag men that are directing traffic.  You will see an open gate labeled Gate 2, on your right  (on your left are the 1100 apartments)
  • The flag person will direct you into the designated garage.  First start with parking in the parking structure Gate 2 – a flag person will be there to direct you to the designated parking spots.
  • Walk over to the trailer complex.  It is less than 5 minutes from parking structure, and use the 2ndentrance (you will see outdoor furniture along with bike racks to main entrance).
  • Check in at the front desk with Jessica Epstein, who will escort you to the Shumway Conference Room .

RESCHEDULED for March 25: An Evening with Journalist Anne Kornblut

IMG_0266   Join us for an exciting evening with Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Anne Kornblut.  Ms. Kornblut is Deptuy Assistant Managing Editor for National News at the Washington Post and a current Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford.

Ms. Kornblut’s extensive career covering three national presidential campaigns, her research on women in politics and her award-winning coverage of the Snowden revelations are sure to stimulate an interesting discussion!     She has written a book “Notes from the Cracked Ceiling.”

When:  NEW DATE!  Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm.   Light refreshments at the conclusion of remarks.

Where:  Stanford Humanities Center  Levinthal Hall  424 Santa Teresa Street  (near the Faculty Club).    Closest parking is Tressider or the small lot at the corner of Lomita and Santa Teresa Streets.

Who:  Members and their guests are welcome. Bring your curiosity and questions.   Please click here to RSVP or call Ronna at 857-9151.   Room Capacity 100 people.


A French Twist


SUWC members are a diverse and fascinating group of women.   One goal in the coming year is to learn more about some of the amazing people that make a difference in our club.

 Betty Cohen

It is a pleasure to share these words from Betty Cohen who co-leads the French Literature section with Daniele Archambault.

” I studied French in high school and in college, both in New York City. In 1956, my musicologist husband Albert and I went to Paris on his Fulbright Grant. It was shocking to learn that my French was totally inadequate, as I was having great difficulty following the language spoken so rapidly. I realized then that I had been taught to read, write, and translate French but that we never did have conversation practice. Fortunately, several French families befriended us, and we shared many dinners together while being forced to converse in French. Those evenings left me with my head throbbing from concentrating and making supreme efforts to participate. I used French as one of the two foreign language requirements for my PhD (virus laboratories, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health of the University of Michigan). In 1975, I was able to join Albert for three months of his longer stay on another grant and did an intensive program (four hours of classes and numerous hours of homework) at the Alliance Française in Paris. I passed the exam for the certificate for spoken French but missed obtaining the certificate for written French by two points. Between 1956 and 1975 I had returned to France several times for shorter stays to join Albert who had various grants to do his research there on 17th century French music. In the mid 1980s, I was able to leave my Palo Alto Syntex Pharmaceutical’s office to work with the Director of the Paris Syntex branch for a month.

I joined the SUWC when we moved to Stanford from the East in 1973. However, I soon became engrossed at Stanford in a post doc program and then went on to work in the Stanford Research Park, first at ALZA Corp. (drug delivery systems) for five years and then at Syntex for 14 years. When I retired at the end of 1994, I continued to do consulting and writing for biotech and pharmaceutical companies for 10 years. At the start of 1995 I rejoined the SUWC because now I had the freedom to manage my own time. Joining the French Conversation Group was a delight enabling me to get back to my love of the French language. Awhile later I learned about the existence of a French Literature Group. After some time I suggested that it become a section of the SUWC where it thrives today. I’ve discovered that I have greater pleasure reading in French than in English; the challenge entices me, and I love the sound of the words.”

Please join Betty if you enjoy French literature. This section usually meets on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 PM.  They read, review, and discuss French books in French. Each member chooses the book she would like to review.   During the critique and discussion of the selected book, they eat, drink, and have a jolly good time together.

CORRECTION 1/1/2015:  The reunion in February will feature DORA BRUDER by Patrick Modiano. Danièle Archambault will be the reviewer as well as the hostess. The book chosen for March is DESERT by Jean-Marie Gustave le Clezio.  Please see the Preview for the meeting locations and other details.

Happy Holidays!


Wishing you the warmest of holidays with friends and family

The 2014-15 SUWC Board wishes you the warmest of holidays with friends and family this year.

Hope to see you at one of the many wonderful events this month including Author’s Coffee with David Kennedy,  Book Group, Chop Chop, Cuisine Club and Music Group.

Please see the Preview for dates, times and locations.






Carolands Tours 2014

We were extremely lucky to secure a third tour date for Wednesday, November 19th.  This will be our last tour.  The story of Chateau Carolands is a 100 year saga of a 100 room mansion. Built by one of the richest women in the world, the Chateau is a three dimensional window into life among America’s elite, a tale of wealth and ruin.

” Thank you so very much for including me in the Carolands Tour this afternoon. This tour by Paul at Carolands was more than fantastic…I liked the tour even better than Filoli. You made a marvelous memory for my life.”

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SUWC members enjoying Carolands

Chop Chop: Apple Galette Workshop on Wed. Oct 22

Chop Chop Gallete

ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT!   Join us for for a fabulous fun evening of friendship and cooking on Wednesday, October 22 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the Bechtel International House Kitchen (on campus near the Stanford Faculty Club)           
Learn to make a simple and delicious Galette, or flat round crusty tart, with caramelized apples. The workshop will be hands-on, and everyone will have an opportunity to roll out dough, shape and bake their own Galette, which you can take home to enjoy.  While your creations are in the oven, we will have the chance to sit down and enjoy a galette pre-made by the chef.  The Galette is a classic and versatile dessert into which you can substitute a variety of fruits according to the season.  All ingredients, materials, and written instruction will be provided. Please bring an apron and wear comfortable shoes.  The fee is $50 per person.
Instructor:  Toshiko Ueda
Toshiko is a graduate of the Tante Marie Cooking School and the Ecole Ritz Escoffier in Paris, where she earned the Diploma of the Art of French Pastry and Master of French Pastry. She has apprenticed in noteworthy kitchens such as the Hotel Ritz Paris, Masse’s Pastries in Berkeley, and MC Square restaurant in San Francisco. She continues to share her training and enthusiasm with home bakers since the opening of her baking workshop, atelier b. in 2004.
Please RSVP now by sending a email to Meng Sui at

Basketball Game Bonanza Sunday Nov. 2nd 2 pm

Join us for the opening Stanford Women’s Basketball exhibition game against Vanguard at Maples Pavilion. Stanford is coming off its sixth NCAA Final Four appearance in seven years. Last year, the Cardinal finished 33-4 overall and captured its 14th straight Pac-12 regular season title. Lower level tickets are only $10 and will be held at will-call. Members and their guests of all ages are very welcome. Audrey and Ronna need to receive your money for tickets by Tuesday, October 28.  Complete the attached contact form and we will send you our address for payment.   Go Stanford!

pumkin basket ball

Robert Frank in America

Robert Frank in America
Join the Explore the Campus and the Visual Arts Sections on Friday, October 3rd, 2pm, for our kick-off collaborative event, a docent led tour of the exhibition, Robert Frank in America, at the Cantor Arts Center.  The tour will conclude with an informal walk through of another exciting exhibition, Pop Art from the Anderson Collection at SFMOMA, consisting of 10 pieces from artists such as Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and others.  Meet in the lobby of the Cantor Arts Center at 1:50.   Parking is in front of the Cantor Art Center and behind in Parking Structure 1 off of Campus Drive.  Parking is a challenge.  Carpooling is strongly recommended and please allow adequate time to park.

The Robert Frank in America exhibition of photographs sheds new light on the making of influential photographer Robert Frank’s prHollywood5ovocative book, The Americans. Frank traveled the nation between 1955 and 1956 for this project. His images document subjects such as Hollywood (seen both from within the studio and from the fans’ perspective) and the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, while probing social issues such as politics, race, religion, and postwar consumer culture. The exhibition, which includes photographs from the book as well as many unknown and unfamiliar pictures, explores a rich body of work that remains largely hidden more than half a century after it was made. Learn more           IMAGE: Robert Frank (U.S.A., b. Switzerland, 1924), Hollywood, 1958. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Bowen H. McCoy, 1984.493.70 © Robert Frank.
If you need more information please contact Deanna Mann (965-3035) or Daniele Archambault (330-1111 ext.1)

A Page in Time

1994 Connie003

We aren’t sure when the book group first met but, after 1965, one major leader for many years was Connie Pratt, working with various co-chairs.  She was the Dean of Admissions at Radcliffe College when she married Peter Pratt in 1958.  Peter left  Harvard to join the Stanford Med School administration in 1965 and they moved to our campus.  Connie was a life-long educator and especially enjoyed poetry.   She was on the faculty of Castilleja School and had her own business of advising on college applications.   Connie passed away in 2011, leaving a host of friends.

Nancy Rubenstein served with fellow Wellesley alum, Connie, and became lead chair when Connie retired after a serious auto accident. Nancy served ten years and retired.   The club is now fortunate to have Toby Montgomery and Janet Germane as volunteers to organize this section.   Readers are always welcome to join Book Group.    Click here to see the great choices for this year and the meeting dates.   

In addition to Book Group we also have “Author’s Coffee” where top-notch writers join us to discuss their works.    After a hiatus of a couple years,  Andrea van Niekerk has stepped up as chair.     On Thursday, October 23, Joan Hancock will host author James T. Campbell, a Stanford professor, to discuss his new book.   Please read the Preview for more more details.


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