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...

My Long, Wonderful Life

by Margaret Strong At age ninety-four as the future shrinks and I contemplate my long, wonderful life I am struck by how completely Stanford has been woven into the fabric of that existence.  My father was one of Jane Stanford’s “poor boys” who graduated from Stanford in 1914.  He attended Stanford because his high school English teacher, Miss Post, who was among the first women to graduate from Stanford, recognized in him a keen intelligence and love of learning.  She also knew that he, like most young men then, assumed he would go to work and be self-supporting when he graduated from high school.  She convinced him that attending college was possible, particularly at Stanford. Armed with his Stanford degree my father found work opportunities that would not have been open to him without it.  Inspired by the efforts of Miss Post on his behalf, she became the role model he held up to his two daughters.  At a time when high school graduation marked the end of most girls’ formal education, my sister and I grew up knowing from the time we could remember that we were going to Stanford. Living in first Gilroy, and then Palo Alto, made frequent visits to the campus possible, including going to all the major football games; we had a sense of belonging long before we actually enrolled.  This feeling was reinforced by the Stanford Alumni Club’s frequent, family oriented social functions. My sister graduated before me and I saw her obtain a prized teaching position at the height of the depression because of her Stanford degrees.  Being selected to be a...

A Sweeping Liberal Arts Education

By Marcia Cohn Growdon, ’67 PhD’76 I particularly like the question, how did you find your way into your field.  There is a slightly worn saying, life is what happens while you are making other plans.  A child of Sputnik, I, like so many others, began to focus on the sciences in high school.  I loved biology, which in the early 1960s was still botany and zoology.  I came to Stanford as a biology major.  But I was also really eager to go to Stanford-in-France.  My father, class of ’25, only made one suggestion about my education, which was that to prepare for Europe, I should take the art history survey courses – the same ones he had taken forty years before!  So I did that at the beginning of my Sophomore year.  I was stunned at how the sweep of visual history appealed to me, and I was equally thrilled at how well I did in the classes.  There was a dramatic contrast between how natural the visual arts felt, compared to how I was struggling in organic chemistry and the brand new human biology series.  A three-quarter break, with almost eight months in Europe made it clear to me that art history was my future.  Three degrees later, I did, suddenly, have to pause again.  After helping my husband start a retail computer business, I welcomed an opportunity to be part of the institution that became the Nevada Museum of Art.  As a curator, as a director, I had come home.  I later taught the “pyramids to Picasso” survey courses at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Throughout...

The Science and Art

by Mercedes Gail Gutierrez I started as a scientist and graduated a scientist and an artist. After sophomore quarters in Stanford in France, Group VIII, on the advice of my advisor, I switched majors from Pre-Med to Studio Art. The switch from the sciences to the Humanities had begun in France where I had to prove theories personally than on laboratory observation, chemical laws and proven formulae. Studio Art may sound like fun and play, but making art is agonizingly challenging. It utilizes both sides of my brain, scientific and aesthetic. It is a full- time job, filled with painful moments and days perfecting techniques, planning and some days looking and questioning, but when it is right it is glorious. Before I was twenty-seven, I spent a year on a Fulbright-Hays fellowship in Madrid, completed a Masters in Sculpture at U. C. Berkeley in 1971, and showed in Bay Area museums and galleries. I have continued making and showing art in a series of solo shows all over the United States and the world. Opportunities just open up. After an intense creative period a hiatus occurs when I have used up what I need to say. There may be years of smaller works, projects, teaching, and learning to maintain a visual edge, until the next burst of creative focus occurs usually in a new medium or genre. I stayed married to my Stanford beau, raised three outstanding children, taught Western Civilization and World History at local colleges and at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, and volunteered doing social action programs in the communities where I lived. After 20 years as the Arts Program Administrator for the statewide multi-disciplinary Fine Arts program in adult prisons, Arts-in-Corrections, California Department of Corrections...

“Sure, You Are Ready.”

by Mercedes Gail Gutierrez Sure, you are prepared for life with a Stanford degree, credibility, proof of excellence, STANFORD seal of authenticity, SU branding. You are certain you are prepared but Life will throw you entirely different problems, challenges and opportunities that you NEVER imagined.  You can do it, just stay loose in your knees, bounce on the balls of your feet, be ready to turn, pivot, go. This is the best thing I learned at Stanford, “Be ready to turn and take it on.” How? I returned to the Farm from Stanford in France, Group VIII. My pre-med advisor recommended I switch majors. What, change my direction after years of science and math? Why not? I became a Studio Art major in the middle of my junior year and intensively studied art. Way behind other Studio Art majors I had a lot of hand-eye technique to learn but I did and graduated with Honors.  While at the post office changing my address, I bump into my printmaking professor, he suggests I apply for a Fulbright-Hays fellowship, at large. I spend a Fulbright year in Madrid. Returning to California, my plans to marry fall apart, so I end up earning a Masters in Sculpture from U.C. Berkeley and showing my work in Bay Areas museums, colleges and galleries. Married, a child and I am in Southern Illinois, I am elected to the married graduate student council and initiate student gardens, softball teams, childcare program, new playgrounds and receive an offer from the university to be an assistant dean of graduate affairs. This life was not what I planned. My son was three so I create a Saturday art program at the nursery school site in exchange for...