Thursday, January 2, 2014

Alumni, Parents and Friends of Brown,

2013 has been an exciting and productive year for your Club!

We averaged one event per month, and activities covered the gamut from lectures on cultural, political and social topics to mixers centered on Brown football, networking with other Ivy alumni, and hiking in the great OC outdoors. We also hosted a musical concert, attended a comedy show, volunteered for the Brown interview program, met President Paxson and introduced our Club to the greater Southern California Brown Alumni community.  Some particulars:

1.       January 2013 – Student interview days at Sage Hill School and Tiger Woods School organized by Marc McReynolds.

2.       April 2013 -  19 people enjoyed a look back at Ira Magaziner, the New Curriculum & other Tales from the Class of '69 presented by Judy Kaufman.

3.       April 2013 - We welcomed this year’s successful OC applicants at an Acceptance Party hosted by Angela Gupta at her beautiful, Shady Canyon home.

4.       May 2013 - The Pembroke Institute (TPI)director, Professor Kay Warren, addressed 14 club members at Board member Chiyo Rowe’s lovely Pelican Hill home regarding the history and mission of TPI.  Club board members collectively raised $1,000 and donated to the Institute on behalf of the Club.

5.       June 2013 - Jabberwocks concert at Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo, arranged by Chiyo Rowe.  50 BCOC members, friends and their families enjoyed the concert, followed by an a capella singing class for the kids.

6.       June 2013  - Faculty superstar Barbara Tannenbaum presented her inimitable talk on Public Speaking at the Gupta home. 50 members and friends attended this popular event . As per Club tradition, the Board hosted a post-event dinner and presented a gift book to the speaker.

7.       September 2013 - Brown at Harvard football game mixer at Oggi’s in Mission Viejo organized by Bill McNeely. 15 alumni, parents and friends enjoyed beer, snacks and the game on the patio at Oggi’s.

8.       October 2013 - Best Colleges Mixer at Blue Water Grill in Tustin. 15 Brown alumni attended the 4th annual occurrence with over 100 participants from Ivy and other renowned schools. Thanks to Jarrid Johnston’s outreach, this was our most successful Young Alumni event of the year.

9.       October 2013 - Christina Paxson Reception at The California Club. 4 Board members were among 300 SoCal Brown alumni in attendance, and yours truly was honored to make closing remarks and introduce our club to the greater LA alumni community.

10.   October 2013 – Board member Shawna Schaffner organized and led a San Juan Capistrano Hike complete with snacks, sunshine and fresh air in abundance.

11.   November 2013 – The Club’s 3rd annual faculty lecture this year featured Professor Aaron Belkin ’88 discussing his book Inside the Defeat of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.  Aaron’s talk drew 30 alumni and friends to discuss the political lessons gleaned in the successful effort to overturn DADT.

12.   November 2013 - David Sedaris in Long Beach. Organized by Chiyo Rowe,  our club’s purchase of 15 tickets  to see this popular comedian sold out almost immediately!

Thanks to you for your support this year.
We look forward to more great events in 2014 as we celebrate Brown’s 250th anniversary!
Your Club has a new Board for 2014 and a brand new website at

We invite you to browse the site and to become a dues paying member of Brown Club by signing up now at:

You are our primary source of support, and your dues to Brown Club Orange County go exclusively to fund the activities of this club. Your contributions to Brown or other alumni groups do not go to this club, so join today and enjoy discounts and other member benefits for all of 2014.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, Brunonian 2014. Looking forward to seeing you all this year!

Scott Westerfield
President, Brown Club OC


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