Sunday, November 3, 2013

BCOC 3rd Annual Democracy in America lecture

Saturday's lecture in Shady Canyon, Irvine by Professor Aaron Belkin '88 "HowWe Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of don't ask, don't tell" was a hit with the appreciative audience of thirty alumni and friends of Brown.

The event was Brown Club's 3rd annual lecture on changes in American Democracy as we continue to feature compelling speakers, beautiful venues and interesting topics each fall. We plan to offer more such events next spring and fall so be sure to check our site often.



Saturday, October 26, 2013

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is finally history. You already knew that.

But did you know Brown alumnus, Aaron Belkin ’88, played an instrumental role in overturning this policy?

Harvard Law Professor Janet Halley says of Belkin "Probably no single person deserves more credit” for its repeal.

Brown Club OC in cooperation with TBGALA and the Asian American Alumni Association is honored to present its 3rd annual Democracy in America lecture series as it welcomes Professor Aaron Belkin of San Francisco State University discussing:

How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Don’t miss this fascinating discussion of how the unconventional tactics of Belkin’s Michael Palm Center helped to reverse discrimination in the military - and how these tactics challenge conventional progressive wisdom about how to effect social change.

The event will be held at 75 Shady Canyon Drive, Irvine 92693 and complimentary refreshments will be served. The location is in the beautiful, gated community of Shady Canyon and advance registration is required for admittance.

Admission is:

-free for Students and Brown Young Alumni (Class of ’11 or later).

-Registered Brown Club OC members are $5

-Adult General Admission is $10.

Date: Saturday, November 2

Time: Event starts at 4:30. Lecture followed by Q&A from 5:00-6:00.

Brown Club OC membership dues are $25 per year. Join now, and BCOC will extend your membership through December 31, 2014! Dues-paying members enjoy discounts on all ticketable events. 100% of your dues go to support activities and events of BCOC on behalf of its members. For more information or to join, click:

Questions? Email Scott Westerfield at or call/text 949-636-1975

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

4th Annual Brown Club OC/OC Ivy Plus Best Colleges Mixer a Success!

Over 100 people attended the Best Colleges Mixer at the BlueWater Grill in the District in Tustin on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Brown was well represented by 13 attendees including many new Young Alumni faces. Complimentary refreshments and drinks were enjoyed by our alumni, and everyone had a chance to meet local graduates of Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, Duke, Penn and other fine schools.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Brown at Harvard game a rout- party was a complete success!

Members of Brown Club OC got together at Oggi's in Mission Viejo Saturday, Sept. 28th to enjoy beers, the game, snacks, each other's company and, did I mention beer? The game didn't end well, but we were having too much fun to notice! Fight on Bruins!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Top Colleges Mixer

Brown Club of Orange County & OC IVY Plus present US News & World Report


Wednesday, October 2, 2013


District at Tustin
2409 Park Avenue
Tustin, CA 92782

Please join your fellow alumni and alumnae from the Top 25 National Universities from US News & World Report’s National University Rankings to celebrate the 2014 rankings.

No cover. Appetizers will be provided. Cash Bar with Happy Hour Drink Specials

A special thank you to the Bluewater Grill at Tustin for hosting this event and providing special accommodations and appetizers.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Brown President Chris Paxson in Los Angeles Sept. 25

Bill, Judy, Marcia and Scott attended on behalf of your club, and Scott got to make a few remarks
thanking President Paxson and introducing our club to the 300+, largely LA-based audience. We also got to meet some of our friends from Brown Alumni Affairs such as Ginny McQueen and Lisa Miranda.

Details to be announced, but Brown's new President, Christina Paxson, plans to visit Los Angeles and meet alumni, parents, and friends on Weds., Sept. 25, 2013. If you can make the trip up there, or happen to working in that neighborhood that day, I really recommend you try to meet Chris. She is the 7th of Brown's 19 presidents I'll shake hands with, and a couple I knew pretty well. They were almost all pretty impressive people.

(I'm not that old - the overlap with one president was one year, and some were pretty short-lived.)

You will be asked for money regardless of whether you meet Pres. Paxson, so you might as well meet her. Stay tuned for more info, and help us explain to the Easterners that the OC is not L.A. or San Diego.

Brown Football on TV Sept. 28! Join us in Mission Viejo

NBC Sports Network will televise the Brown - Harvard game live from Soldier Field, Boston, at 4:30 PM Pacific on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 - and Brown Club OC will gather to cheer on the Bears at Oggi's Pizza and Brewing, Mission Viejo. Here's the info on our venue

No admission/cover, family-friendly - we'll either be in the brewery room behind the bar, or on the patio outside - let me know your preference. Lots of flat-panel TV's. This is the same place we used for a game last year, so you already know where it is.

Brown is picked 3rd in the Ivy league this year behind Penn and Harvard. Can we score an early season upset? Join us at 4:30 PM on Sept. 28 and find out.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Barbara Tannenbaum presentation 6/8/13

Barbara Tannenbaum, public speaking guru extraordinaire, visited Orange County June 8th, 2013 and addressed BCOC at the home of Angela and Ranjan Gupta.
The weather, venue, food and especially the presentation were perfect, and the Club hosted dinner for Barbara and husband Cliff at the St. Regis resort later that evening.
Some photos from the event:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Accepted Students Reception: Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Class of 2017 Admittee Reception, hosted by Angela Gupta ’88, was held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Shady Canyon, Irvine from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Member Event: Judy Kaufman: The New Curriculum

On Friday, April 5, in Irvine, CA, Judy Kaufman presented "Ira Magaziner, the Genesis of the New Curriculum & Other Tales from the Class of '69". Judy shared behind-the-scenes stories about the events that shaped the unique Brown academic environment of today - and how it might easily not have happened.

To learn more about Judy's presentation, check out Ira Magaziner and Elliot Maxwell's report on Amazon.