Save the Date for Cap and Gown’s Winter Women Welcome!

This year, Cap and Gown’s Winter Women Welcome will take place on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Vidalakis Dining in the Schwab Residential Center, 680 Serra St. Come hear from Dr. Margot Gerritsen, Senior Associate Dean for Educational Initiatives, Associate Professor of Energy Resources Engineering and, by courtesy, of Mechanical Engineering and of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This year’s theme is “Walking Fine Lines: How to find and keep a healthy balance and positive perspective as a woman in a male-dominated field.” Hear Dr. Gerritsen’s story and build your network with Stanford faculty, students, and alumni who support the development of women. We’ll be serving tasty snacks and desserts. We want to see you! Please see the Winter Welcome 2017 page for more information. RSVP encouraged but not required: stanford.capandgown@gmail.com.  ...
Cap and Gown Events Update

Cap and Gown Events Update

“Meet the Leaders” Recap: Our first fall event, “Meet the Leaders,” gave potential new members the chance to learn from our women leaders’ experiences. Here are a few takeaways: “Cap and Gown is as much about growing leadership and learning from other leaders as it is about being a leader yourself. You don’t need to have any specific qualifications to want to learn from others.”  — Lauren Newby, Students Supporting Body Positivity “It’s important to have a community of role models, supporters, advocates and sounding boards; I think that we need to be each other’s strongest supporters.”  — Maya Israni, She++ “I think we should all change unhealthy environments, and I think that starts with resilience and hard work; It’s about stepping up and being a leader, regardless of what other people say you can or should do.” — Shelby Mynhier, Stanford Improv, Theater Laboratory, JamPac’d  The event empowered attendees to take advantage of the vast activities and opportunities at Stanford. The panel speakers encouraged other students to not be afraid to challenge themselves and step out of their comfort zones, to pursue their passions, and to not be afraid to take initiative and step up as a leader. Upcoming Event: Our next fall event, Insights Over Ice Cream, is coming up soon! Please save the date. This event will be geared to all undergraduate students. The event will take place on Thursday, November 10th, from 7 – 9 PM at the Black Community Services Center (BCSC). At this event, prospective and current Cap and Gown members will be able to hear stories of growth and resilience from a panel of young...
Autumn Events Snapshot: Cap and Gown

Autumn Events Snapshot: Cap and Gown

Cap and Gown, Stanford’s oldest continuing student organization, has a proud tradition of promoting intergenerational community, honoring academic excellence, developing leaders, and serving the university. Alumni include Sandra Day O’Connor and Edith Mirrielees. Below are Cap and Gown’s upcoming events: “Meet the Leaders” Thursday, October 20th, 7-9:15 PM at the Women’s Community Center “Meet the Leaders,” Stanford Cap and Gown’s first fall event, is focused on highlighting the rich student leadership and initiative across the Cap and Gown actives body, and promoting student-student connections surrounding these interests, opportunities, and causes. Speakers’ List: Pre-Professional Leadership: Michelle Ramseier, President of SWE Grace Geng, Stanford Consulting Zabreen Khan, BASES Eli Margolin, The World Bank Community Building/Creative Expression: Holly Dayton, Executive producer of Ram’s Head Theatrical Society Shelby Mynhier, Performer at Stanford Improv & dancer at Alliance, Jam Pac’d Emily Stebbins, Stanford Outdoor House Sarah Hirshorn, SWEEP Community Service: Maia Miller, Chapter advisor for Challah for Hunger Lauren Newby, Co-president of Students Supporting Body Positivity Maya Irani, Director of Sponsorships at She++ Joanne Jang, Executive Events Team at Girls Teaching Girls to Code —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Insights Over Ice Cream  Thursday, November 10th, 7 – 9 PM @ BCSC Prospective and current Cap and Gown members will be able to hear stories of growth and resilience from a panel of young alumni before breaking out into small group discussions with ice cream sundaes.  If you’re a current Stanford undergraduate student interested in joining Cap and Gown this fall or seeking more information, please email our Membership Coordinator, capgownstanford@gmail.com, to be included in our mailing list! FAQs What is Cap and Gown’s mission? The mission of Cap and Gown...

Cap and Gown in Los Angeles

Our LA 110 Celebration gathering was held on March 26th, 2016, hostessed by Sheenie Ambardar, ’99, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Beverly Hills and Malibu with a boutique private practice called ‘The Happiness Psychiatrist’. She combines Eastern and Western philosophies in the treatment of mood disorders. In addition to medication management, she incorporates meditation, kundalini yoga, and walking therapy into her sessions. Sheenie opened her beautiful apartment in Century City for our pot luck luncheon. We shared time, stories, and the opportunity to enjoy the cherished Cap and Gown membership.  Ten women joined us with several others offering to host additional meetings in and around the LA area. The women came from classes in the 1960s (2), 70s (1), 90s (2), 00’s (3), and 10s (4).  Celebrating Cap and Gown’s 110 years at Stanford, our across decade conversations were richly marked by laughter and connecting one another to new resources such as Boysen PoChan’s (’63) knitting sock pattern, and Isabella Tang’s (’11) website with her newest songs as writer and performer. Old interests were enlivened and new interests shared, the    across generation support, as always, brings a foundation to our Cap and Gown community that can’t be duplicated. We are all grateful to be Cap and Gown women.  (P.S.  Sheenie’s mirrored wall even captured our photographer,...

Cap and Gown Boston Brunch

by Addie Swartz An energetic group of Cap & Gowners gathered at Addie Swartz’s home in Concord, MA on Saturday morning (April 2nd) to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Cap & Gown. Guests arrived at 10:30. We had a wonderful brunch where we introduced ourselves and shared some memories of our “tapping” experience, as well as what life was like when we were each on campus — experiences which spanned over 50 years (1961 – 2013)! We pulled up some FAQ’s from the Cap & Gown website and then played a game with the great Alumni playing cards that Addie had (the 52 things you should do before you graduate). We each took some cards and took turns talking about which experiences were around when we were each at school. All in all, it was a great event! We wanted to share some comments with our west coast compatriots. So here goes: C&G Boston Brunch 2016 “How much fun to re-live fun adventures at the Farm! As a class of ’61 alum, I was amazed at how many adventures I had never experienced! “~ Jonnet Holladay ’61 “Great fun to be with other Stanford women and to catch up on the new traditions!”  ~ Lisa Leslie Henderson ’83 “Loved getting to meet Cap & Gown alumnae from the Boston area! It was wonderful to hear how we all connect to ​&​ remember our days on the Farm” ~ Doria Charlson ’13 “The Boston Cap & Gown brunch was a super way to reconnect with Stanford. Hearing about Stanford & Cap & Gown experiences from 1961 to 2013 was so fun! Definitely...

Cap and Gown in the South Bay

by Robin Murphy Both actives and alumnae came together at Michelle Galloway’s lovely home in Los Altos, CA, on September 26 to kick off the regional celebrations of Cap and Gown’s 110th year.  The day started with the Fall Alumnae Board Meeting and expanded to include about 40 Cap and Gown members from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  Ellen Petrill helped Michelle host the event, which offered opportunities to renew friendships and make new acquaintances spanning the generations.  Kathryn Kilner, President of the Alumnae Board, welcomed attendees and facilitated icebreaker activities that effectively ensured that everyone met someone new. It was a wonderful occasion that brought together Stanford women from current actives to members who could share stories of the university in the 1940’s.  We were thrilled to connect and become better acquainted with this diverse group of Stanford leaders.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed to such a successful event!...