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,...

Spotlight on a Cap and Gown Member: Pathways to Firsts – Toni Zeiss’ Way

American Psychological Association, the largest organization of researchers, consultants, students, and clinical psychologists in the United States, awarded Antonette Marie Wood Zeiss, Stanford Class 1970, the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology Award at its annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii this August, 2013. Chosen for Cap and Gown, Dr. Zeiss became the first woman, first non-physician, and first psychologist to lead the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health policy office. The pathway to so many future trail blazing firsts for Dr. Zeiss, Toni as she prefers to be called, may have had an early window opened in Eleanor Maccoby’s Introduction to Psychology course in the spring quarter of Toni’s freshman year. “I saw this amazing psychologist elegantly balancing work and family, and I knew I’d found a new exciting role model.” But Toni was primed for this moment. She credits her mother and maternal grandmother for helping her appreciate that context matters. “I learned to find what you love to do from my maternal grandmother, Clara Crosby Wood, Stanford class of 1913. She was a Cap and Gown woman, biology major, and started graduate school, but circumstances – societal constraints and more altered her path. Social context matters and we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.” Toni grew up knowing her grandmother had regrets about not completing grad school, but circumstances make a difference. Toni’s family guided her to learn that “There should be no limits based on gender. When you ask yourself “What do I love to do? Try to not worry about ‘can I do this as a woman.’” Her mother came...

More about our newest Honorary member

Laura Carstensen, newest Cap and Gown Honorary member, is the founding director of Stanford’s Center on Longevity whose goal is redesigning a long bright future for us all.  Author of over 120 studies, award winning professor, Guggenheim Fellow, and supported by the National Institute on Aging, Dr. Carstensen explains in the last century, 30 years have been added to our life expectancy.  Summarizing Dr. Carstensen’s presentation, “To the degree that people reach old age mentally sharp, physically fit, and financially secure, the problems of individual and societal aging fall away.” Dr. Carstensen was tapped in the old fashioned way at the Cap and Gown Spring Luncheon.  As Cap and Gown Members Ellie Mansfield, ’58, ’60, Carmen Vice Sebro, ’09, and Samantha Crow Quist, ’03 wove in out of the tables wearing the traditional black graduation gown, Michelle Greer Galloway ’86, ’89 presented our history as the oldest student group at Stanford.  Stopping behind her chair and welcomed by Alumnae President Kathy Chou, ’85, Dr. Carstensen became our 33rd honorary member in 10 years. While membership in Cap and Gown is awarded only to Stanford undergraduate women through leadership, community service, and academic achievement, Honorary membership can be conferred upon women faculty, faculty wives, and women actively involved in the Stanford community making valuable contributions to our organization.  Our Active members choose honorary Cap and Gown...