Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Science in the Age of Trump with former NY Times Science Editor Cornelia Dean '69

Join us Wednesday, June 7th for a forum
“Talking About Science in the Age of Trump,”

featuring Cornelia Dean ’69, long time science writer and former Science Editor of the New York Times, affiliate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Brown, discussing her new book Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin(Harvard U. Press)

Ms. Dean will be joined by two UCI scientist/activists, Kevork Abazajian and Kathleen Treseder, to discuss the timely topic of how to help non-scientists deal with and evaluate scientific controversies and scientific "fake news.” 

Location: University Hills Community Center
on the UCI campus,
1083 California Ave., Irvine, CA 92617,
hosted by Judy Kaufman ’69.

Admission: FREE but please rsvp to ensure adequate seating.
Click Here to Register
 Questions? Call Scott at 949-636-1975 or
Judy at 949-929-5919

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Jabberwocks Are Coming to Orange County May 31st and June 3rd only

Come see the world-famous Jabberwocks, Brown's oldest a capella singing group, two dates only.

Wednesday, May 31st, at The Blue Beet, OC's oldest restaurant bar at 107 21st Place, Newport Beach, CA 92663; from 7:00-8:20 p.m. Free admission - no cover charge. Registration requested.


Saturday, June 3rd, at the beautiful residence of Amina and Hassan Albakri '00, 1789 Port Tiffin Circle, Newport Beach, CA 92660; for an afternoon, family party from 3:00-5:00 (concert ~3:00-3:45 with kids' music workshop following). Free admission, REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

To RSVP for The Blue Beet concert on Wednesday, May 31st, click here: Blue Beet registration
To RSVP for the Family Concert and kid's music workshop at the Albakri residence on Saturday, June 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 click here: Family Concert and workshop registration

Questions? Contact Hassan Albakri 917-608-7700 or Scott Westerfield 949-636-1975

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Alumni Career Panel at Corona del Mar High School

 Corona del Mar High School
 Present a Panel Discussion on:
 Choosing the Right College Curriculum 
to find the Perfect Job
Network with local Brown alumni and learn how their curricular choices impacted their professional lives.  Our panelists include Orange County-based Brown alumni from a wide cross-section of careers, from fresh graduates to seasoned professionals in the medical, legal, media and business fields.

Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Corona Del Mar High School - Student Resource Center
2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach

Members of this prestigious Brown Alumni panel include: 
o    Shane Criqui '00, partner, Stuart Kane law firm
o    Geof Garth '­­75, president, Aspen Medical Products
o    Karen Shapiro '­­80, independent media producer
o    Jamie Temko '15, medical student, UCI
o    Suzanne Waggoner '­­84, personal stylist, J. Hilburn Menswear

Admission and parking are free and pre-registration is requested.
For more information contact:

·         Scott Westerfield, scott.ed@cox.net  
949-636-1975 or

·         Hassan Albakri,  Hassan.Albakri@bryancave.com 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Back Bay Kayak Cleanup Day Saturday May 6

Brown Club Orange County Day of Service 

Join us for some fresh air, exercise and good karma while you help keep the OC "Green"!

Back Bay Kayak Cleanup Day 2017

Kayaks/paddles/flotation vests will be provided free to participants. These kayaks are the very stable "sit on top" type used for rentals to novices - or you may use your own.
Bring a shade hat, drinking water, a trash collection bag and any sort of lightweight stick or pole for use in snagging things while sitting in the kayak.

Aquatic Center, 1 Whitecliffs Dr, Newport Beach
Date: Saturday, May 6th, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
RSVP to Marc McReynolds: marcmcreynolds@gmail.com

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring Ahead with Brown Club Orange County!

Hold the Dates for these BCOC Spring Events

As we “spring forward” into Daylight Savings Time, Brown Club Orange County is gearing up for a busy spring 2017 calendar. You will want to “hold the date” for these upcoming events:

Thursday, April 27th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. BCOC hosts our 2nd Career Panel at Corona del Mar High School. Accomplished local Brown alumni from the worlds of healthcare, law, business and media production share their experiences about how Brown prepared them for their current careers. Alumni, students, parents and friends of Brown will all enjoy hearing their stories and networking with each other.

Wednesday, May 31 to Sunday, June 4th. The famous Brown Jabberwocks a capella singers return to Orange County for two command performances. We are working on an appearance at the Blue Beet in Newport Wednesday, May 31 and a private venue concert the following weekend. The Jabberwocks haven’t toured the west coast since 2013, so you won’t want to miss this rare appearance!

Wednesday, June 7th. 6:30-8:30 p.m. BCOC presents Cornelia Dean ’69, former Science Editor of the New York Times and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Brown, discussing her new book Making Sense of Science:  Separating Substance from Spin.
Bokus.com says “Cornelia Dean draws on thirty years of experience as a science journalist with the New York Times to expose the flawed reasoning and knowledge gaps that handicap readers with little background in science." 
Publisher’s Weekly finds “Dean’s excellent primer will be welcomed by those who find themselves lost in the fog of rival claims about scientific issues that affect us all.”

Join us for a fascinating and timely discussion of the intersection between evidence-based science, public perception and government policy-making.

More details and registration links to follow…
Ever true,
-Scott Westerfield/Pres. BCOC
C: 949-636-1975
E: scott.ed@cox.net

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Seven Things You Need to Know About Healthcare After Obama

Goodbye to Obamacare?

Brown Club OC hosts Health Reform After the 2016 Elections
presented by Professor Eric Patashnik
Director of the
Brown Public Policy Program

President-elect Trump plans to scrap the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) yet says everyone should have health coverage.  According to the January 6th LA Times, there are seven things you need to know about the future of Obamacare:

1. Insurance mandates. Americans now need to have insurance or pay a tax penalty. If this is abolished, how will healthcare funding be affected?
2. Guaranteed coverage. If coverage isn’t mandatory, what happens to people with pre-existing conditions?
3. Insurance markets. If subsidies and minimum coverage requirements disappear, who loses?
4. Medicaid expansion. Will more flexibility at the state level help or harm millions who have gained coverage?
5. Medicare Part B. Is this popular program, including expanded coverage of prescription drugs, at risk?
6. Taxes. Various taxes have been increased to subsidize expanded coverage. How will tax cuts impact funding?
7. Adult children. ACA allows coverage of children under parents’ plans up to age 26. Will this change?

Come join the discussion and learn what you need to know about the coming healthcare changes!

Patashnik is the editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
and the recipient of the Louis Brownlow Book Award for Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, January 10th 
Location: Argyros Family Lecture Hall, Sage Hill School, 20402 Newport Coast  Drive, Newport Beach
Map  Sage Hill School 
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.          
*Students and Club members: Free
*Non-current members and General Public: $5.00
Admission FREE if you renew your $25 annual dues now!
Dues Renewal Lin
6:30-7:00 Reception
7:00-7:45 Presentation
7:45-8:00 Q&A
8:00-8:15 Wrap up

Plus receive a special, complimentary gift including Sir Kensington condiments from the Brown ’08 alumni “Kings of Ketchup” Mark Ramadon and Scott Norton!

For tickets and more information click
 Tickets and Information
or contact Scott at 
scott.ed@cox.net  or 949-636-1975

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Brown Club OC 2016 in Review and upcoming events

Happy New Year to my fellow Orange County alumni and to Brown parents, students and friends of Brown Club OC.

2016 has been a year of progress for your club and we owe our success to your support.

The year in review:

  • January- Kickoff with Board elections
  • February  – Lecture and book signing by Pulitzer Prize-winning alum Dave Marcus  at Sage Hill School and at Corona del Mar High School on his book Acceptance, the college
    admissions process, and the importance to the applicant of picking a school that is a good fit.
  • April – Brown Women’s Water Polo at Chapman University. BCOC-hosted post game pizza celebration for the team, Coach Felix Mercado and Asst. Coach Allie Kosich.
  • April – Career Panel at CDMHS featuring four local alumni discussing how Brown prepared them for their careers. They were Chad Nelsen '92, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation; Darren Rosenberg '92, COO & Co-Founder of Kaenon Polarized;  Jarrid Johnston '10, Sr. Associate at Mont Pelerin Capital; and Victoria Wu '15, Advanced Technology R&D Engineer, Edwards Life Sciences.

  • May Day of Service –Back Bay kayak Cleanup.
  • June – Jessaca Leinaweaver , Brown Anthropology professor and author of The Circulation of Children: Adoption, Kinship, and Morality in Andean Peru speaking at the Corona del Mar Senior Center headed a discussion about the practice and social impact of 1st world adoption of children from the 3rd world.
  • August  – BCOC continued a five year summer tradition by attending As You Like It at the New Swan Shakespeare Festival including a pre-show lecture by dramaturge Julia Lupton.
  • October  – Best Colleges mixer at the Blue Water Grill. Brown Club helped organize this perennial favorite and welcomed several first-time alumni attendees to this event including Geoff Garth, Anish Dube, Hassan Albakri and Suzanne Waggoner.
  • December – Brown Club elections and calendar planning for 2017
  • In addition BCOC supported the local interview program with February interview days at Sage Hill School and the Tiger Woods Center and participation at the OCSA College Fair in October.

Yours truly began my 2nd calendar year on the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors and was proud to accept appointment as co-chair of the Regional Strategy (i.e. Clubs) committee of the BAA.  This gives our club unprecedented visibility and access to the decision making process, and your input, participation, ideas and support are needed and welcome as never before.

Please join me in a special shout out to board members, in alpha order, Angela Gupta (VP/Arts & Culture co-chair), Judy Kaufman (Secretary), Marc McReynolds (Member-at-large and interview program liaison), Ed Miskevich (member-at-large), Chiyo Rowe (Membership chair & Arts & Culture co-chair), Carl Schulkin (Treasurer) and our newest board members Hassan Albakri ’00 (Young Alumni Chair), Victoria Wu ’15 (Athletic Chair) and Karen Shapiro ’80 (Member-at-large). Your club wouldn’t exist without the tireless efforts of these individuals!

Calendar planning for 2017 is already in full swing, and our first event of the year is coming up in only two weeks on Tuesday, January 10th, 6:30 p.m. at Sage Hill School with Professor Eric Patashnik  of the Watson Institute here to speak about the impact of the 2016 elections on US health reform.
The topic couldn’t be more important and more timely, so reserve your seat now by clicking this link
tickets andinformation
Space is limited, so if you have questions, please contact me at 949-636-1975
scott.ed@cox.net for more details.

Renew your BCOC membership now and your ticket is free

Happy New Year ! See you in 2017!

-Scott Westerfield
President, BCOC