From the Outgoing President of the Alumnae Board

As I complete my second and final year as President of the Stanford Cap and Gown Alumnae Board, I leave with only wonderful memories and a sense of accomplishment. When we started in the Fall of 2011, our focus was around bolstering our Stanford Cap and Gown Alumnae community and continuing to drive high quality events. We conducted a visioning session where we were able to refi ne and update what makes Stanford Cap and Gown unique. We have strengthened our community and I am continually amazed at the passion and initiative our board members have for Cap and Gown. I am excited to hand over the reins to Samantha Quist. She was instrumental in developing and executing our Communications strategy and is more than ready to step in and take Cap and Gown to the next level. I will remain on the Executive Committee to support Samantha in her new role! Thanks again to all of you. You have made a difference in my life and I am forever grateful to have served as President from 2011-2013. Best regards, Kathy Chou ‘85,...

2012 Tapping Tea

Tapping Tea was wonderful! Many thanks to Samantha Lasarow, Kristen Glass, the alumnae board and actives officers who worked hard to make last night such a delightful and welcoming evening! The room was beautifully decorated and there was plenty of food and drink for all! We have 40 new Actives with diverse backgrounds who are extremely accomplished. Well done, Kristen, Hannah and Jacquelyn in your selection! Twenty-eight new Actives were ‘tapped’ last night and the remaining twelve, most who were studying abroad, were also recognized. There was a lot of energy and excitement in the room and ample time for socializing and mingling. The new Actives are excited to be a part of our Cap and Gown family. We refreshed the Tapping Tea program by adding a roundtable discussion, a skit highlighting the creation of Cap and Gown in 1905 and an updated history of Cap and Gown. We had several local alumnae present and Naomi Waltman, our board member from New Jersey made a special effort to attend. One of our alumnae pronounced ‘this was the best Tapping Tea she has attended!’ Also, singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Ellen Petrill was a nice touch 🙂 Thanks to Melissa and Jessica for being our photographers for the evening. We look forward to seeing the photos! Congratulations to everyone for another successful...

From the President of the Alumnae Board

I am very excited to begin my second year as Stanford Cap and Gown Alumnae president.  I have learned so much in leading this wonderful organization which recognizes women leaders at Stanford from all generations.  We continue to focus on our purpose of recognizing and bringing together women leaders who have been constructively active in student affairs and the community and undertaking projects which support and enhance the opportunities for Stanford women students. We have already gotten off to a great start.  We conducted a visioning session in early September which led to the following four guiding principles: Guiding Principles: We will focus on events/activities that are unique to Cap and Gown.  What makes us unique can be summarized as follows: Cross-generational relationships, Stanford, Women, Leadership and Tradition We will focus on high quality events We will focus on activities, events and communications that cross generations and create a sense of community We will focus on reaching out to Cap and Gown alumnae globally Key Goals for 2012: Strengthening our communication with alumnae and actives utilizing multiple communication vehicles including social media Engaging our remote alumnae by piloting a program with active Cap and Gown alumnae organizing one local event in the next year Foster ongoing relationships with university officials to leverage university resources and increase recognition on campus Continue to improve upon our four major events – Tapping Tea, Winter Welcome, Spring Luncheon, and Graduation Tea We would like to thank several amazing women for their service to the Cap and Gown Alumnae Board.  X, Y and Z left the board this year to pursue other interests.  We...