Monday, April 29, 2019

What is Brown's Annenberg Institute Doing to Fix Public Education? Plenty!

Wednesday May 8Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Susanna Loeb, the new Director of Brown’s Annenberg Institute, led Getting Down to Facts projects to provide California citizens with key information about our state’s school finances and governance.
Formerly a member of the National Board for Education Sciences and the National Bureau of Economic Research, Loeb was also the founding director of the Center for Education Policy at Stanford and the co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education.
Annenberg is researching how to help STEM teachers improve their effectiveness and how to help all teachers increase graduation rates of at-risk students. This builds on Loeb’s extensive research in other areas such as the correlation of teacher pay to academic performance, why the benefits of the Head Start program tend to fade over time and what the impact is of experienced school principals on school and student success.
Please join us at the beautiful, Emerald Bay home of Tamara and Dr. Jeffrey Deckey, M.D. ’88, P’22, for catered refreshments and a stimulating, timely discussion about Brown’s role in the ongoing debate about public education in America.

Take advantage of Brown Club OC’s special membership drive discount of $3 off your admission if you renew your paid membership now.

·         General Admission: $10 ($7 with renewal of your individual College Hill or family Ever True annual membership)
·         Emeritus members (80+ years young): $5
·         Students, Young Alumni (Brown Bear) (Class of ’16 and later): FREE
For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Venue is a gated community and prior RSVP BY MONDAY, May 6th is required! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


A New Event for Ivy League/Seven Sister graduates in Greater Palm Springs 

DATE: February 28, 2019

TIME: 5pm

TOPIC: Increasing Violence and Suicide Rates in the United States 

SPEAKER:  Daniel Koenigsberg. MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale Medical School

LOCATION; Rancho Mirage, CA

contact Paula Sinclair 
phone: 7603336461

This is a new organization planning a series of events targeting the graduates of Ivy League (Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Penn, Brown, Dartmouth and Cornell) and Seven Sisters (Radcliffe, Pembroke, Smith, Wellesley, Vassar, Mount Holyoke, and Bryn Mawr) colleges who are living in or visiting the Palm Springs.

We are organizing an “All Ivy” Ivy League/Seven Sister alumni group.  Our first event will be a discussion on February 28thon “Increasing Violence and Suicide Rates in the United States” by Daniel Koenigsberg, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University and a graduate of Yale University and Cornell Medical School.  We hope to plan more events, lectures, and social events across a broad range of interests in the years to come.

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Alumni Interview Program Needs Your Help!

Calling all OC area Brown alum! Greetings from your Brown Alumni Interviewing Program local area chair. The Office of Admissions and the Alumni Interviewing Program need your help! 

Would you like to meet today's Brown applicants and provide input to the admission process? Brown needs interviewers like YOU to share your love of Brown by interviewing applicants.

We have 2 Orange County Brown Interview Days coming up. They will be held on the following dates and locations:

January 12, 2019 (Saturday) @ Tiger Woods Learning Center, Anaheim, CA.
February 2, 2019 (Saturday) @ Sage Hill School, Newport Coast, CA. 
If you are available to participate, please contact me at

Thank you!

Andrew Young

Brown Class of 1995, MD 2001
Area Chair for Orange County, CA (Areas CA-24, 25, 26, and 28)

Friday, December 28, 2018

Brown Club OC 2018 in Review

2018 has been another year of growth and change for your club including such events as our first family picnic in June and our first holiday party in November.

We were also honored to host some spectacular presentations including an election year discussion on American Democracy presented by Brown Political Science Chair Wendy Schiller (and attended by Brown Master’s Degree holder and Congressman-elect from the 39th District – Gil Cisneros!).

Here is a re-cap of the exciting, relevant and informative events we held in 2018.
With your support, we hope to do even better in 2019.
We welcome your ideas, enthusiasm and participation. Let us know what you think!
Happy New Year!
-Scott Westerfield/President

American Democracy v.2018 presented by Professor Wendy Schiller on January 16th at the Oasis Center in Newport Beach.

Lunar New Year Dinner at Tan Cang Newport Seafood in Santa Ana on February 21st.

Brown Alumni Interview days
on January 13th at Sage Hill School and February 3rd at the Tiger Woods Learning Center

College Admissions Expert Dave Marcus presented The Seven Secrets to Getting In at Corona del Mar High School on March 5th.

Admitted Students Party held at the home of Stacey Nicholas on April 18th

Family Picnic at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park was held on June 24th

BCOC attended A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the New Swan Shakespeare Festival at UC Irvine August 26th. Special thanks to Judy Kaufman ’69.

Brown participated in the annual OC Ivy Plus Top Colleges Mixer at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine in Irvine on October 10th

On October 12th the club hosted Brown Religious Studies Professor Andre Willis at Sage Hill School in a lively discussion on religion in contemporary American culture

BCOC and Yale Club OC co-hosted our 1st annual Holiday party at the Pelican Hill Resort on November 20th

Brown Club elections were held December 11th.
Your BCOC board members for 2019 are Secretary/Historian, Ed Miskevich; Treasurer, Carl Schulkin; Vice President, Gina Martinez; and President, Scott Westerfield. Calendar planning for 2019 is underway, starting with our first event in three weeks The Brown Derbies concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 17th in Newport Beach at the home of Chiyo and Stan Rowe.

Reserve your tickets now by clicking HERE FOR TICKETS

If you have questions, contact BCOC Vice President, Gina Martinez at or 949-750-9442
Happy New Year ! See you in 2019!
***Special Membership Offer: Club memberships now run July 1 through June 30.
Renew now and receive six months free membership. Offer good through January 17, 2019.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Brown Derbies to perform in Orange County One Night Only-January 17th!

Since 1982, The Brown Derbies have performed and earned renown from Baton Rouge to Beijing, from San Francisco to Switzerland, and from Wayland Arch to the White House!

Over the years the Derbies have changed their repertoire and style, but three things remain true. All Derbies wear the obligatory vest and bowler derby, can sing up a storm and riff you off your feet, and they do it all with a sense of humor and a smile.

Recently touring in London and Switzerland and releasing a single this past fall, The Brown Derbies are back in California to sing, dance, and take refuge from a frigid northeast winter! 

Join BCOC for this once-in-four-years opportunity to see the Derbies perform here in Orange County!
Admission: $10 for Adults, Kids and Students are FREE!
Time: 7-8:00 p.m.
Address: 3 Shoreridge, Newport Coast, CA 92657

Questions: Call Gina at 949-750-9442 or 


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pre-Holiday Mixer at The Resort at Pelican Hill

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Pelican Hill Resort
22701 Pelican Hill Road South
Newport Coast, CA


  • General Admission - free
Brown Club of Orange County
Yale Club Orange County


Tuesday, November 20th

5:30 – 7:30 PM
Pelican Hill Resort
22701 Pelican Hill Road South
Newport Coast, CA 92657
Join your fellow Brown Alumni, Family & Friends for an after work Pre-Holiday Mixer. 
 The Great Room Social Lounge @ Pelican Hill offers entertainment, imaginative handcrafted cocktails with Happy Hour selection of wines, and a delicious menu of gourmet shareable bites. First round of tray-passed small bites is on us.

 Complimentary valet.

Questions? Please contact Scott D. Westerfield at

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Andre Willis on Race, Religion and Politics

Andre C. Willis has traveled from the Yale Divinity School to an appointment as assistant professor of religious studies at Brown. The terrain is wide open. This fall, he is teaching a sophomore seminar on Christianity and economic inequality, examining the beliefs — not necessarily religious beliefs — behind the drive toward consumption and wealth, and listening to a variety of voices, not strictly economics. “That’s the can I want to open.”
Brown Club Orange County is proud to host Professor Willis for an insightful discussion about the politics of religious freedom. Come hear him speak at the Sage Hill School Library on Friday, October 12th.
Admission: complimentary and pre-registration is required
Reception starts at 6:30 p.m.
Professor Willis presentation will be from 7-8:00
Sage Hill School Directions: