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.          
Tickets
*Students and Club members: Free
*Non-current members and General Public: $5.00
Admission FREE if you renew your $25 annual dues now!
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Agenda:
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!
www.sirkensingtons.com 



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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
or
scott.ed@cox.net for more details.

Renew your BCOC membership now and your ticket is free
membershiprenewal

Happy New Year ! See you in 2017!


-Scott Westerfield
President, BCOC

Monday, December 12, 2016

Goodbye to Obamacare? Brown Club OC hosts: Health Reform After the 2016 Elections




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
  
The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") has insured more than 20 million Americans, improved access to care, and led to better health outcomes.

President-elect Trump has pledged to scrap the ACA, yet also said everyone should have health coverage.  Can Republicans make good on the “repeal and replace” pledge?
  • What will the new U.S. healthcare system look like?
  • What changes are in store for Medicare and Medicaid?
  • What role will the states play in the health reform debate?
  • What will changes in health policy reveal about the direction of American democracy?

The answers will shape our nation for decades to come!









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
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Tickets
*Students and Club members: Free
*Non-current members and General Public: $5.00
Admission FREE if you renew your $25 annual dues now!
Click Here to Renew

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




Saturday, November 12, 2016

2017 Inter-Ivy+ Ski Weekend at Mammoth Mountain February 10-12, 2017


MIT Club of Southern California will host this year's Inter-Ivy+ Ski Weekend at Mammoth Mountain
Fri. Feb. 10 - Sun. Feb. 12


$329 per person includes:

§ Round trip bus with snacks, 
§ 2 nights at comfortable condos (e.g. St. Anton or equivalent), 
§ Friday night pizza party and beverages, 
§ Saturday night bus ride to the village for dinner and dancing.
Lift tickets and Saturday dinner not included in price.


This event is organized by MIT Club of Southern CA and invited alumni clubs include Brown OC, Penn, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Stanford and others.


If interested contact Scott Westerfield at scott.ed@cox.net  or 949-636-1975 for more details.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Record Brown Club OC turnout for sixth annual Best Colleges mixer


Brown Club co-hosted the 2016 OC Ivy Plus Best Colleges mixer at the Bluewater Grill at The District in Tustin on Wednesday, October 5th. 18 Brown alumni were in attendance along with alumni from Yale, Penn, Dartmouth, Duke, Northwestern, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia and other fine schools.

The Club thanks our Brown guests Amy Jacobson/Regional Development Director and Lindsey Yates-Grimley of Planned Giving for honoring us with their attendance.


BCOC would also like to welcome first time attendees Anish Dube, Hassan Albakri and Suzanne Sherrill Waggoner.

Congratulations to Scott Warner Griswold '95 for winning the Brownopoly raffle which raised $50 for the club!


BCOC's next event will be our "signature" fall speaker series. More details soon!



Friday, September 30, 2016

Alexander Blum '16 named Top Regional Winner for research paper in Agricultural Biotechnology

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —  With the top research paper among North American undergraduates in his discipline, Brown University Class of 2016 graduate Alexander Blum earned honors as the 2016 United States/Canada regional winner of the prestigiousUndergraduate Awards in the category of earth and environmental sciences.

Blum award article link



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