Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's 250 yrs. for Brown, and 50 years for Brown's women's Ice Hockey team. We of an age remember the most feared women's hockey team in the U.S. (the ONLY women's hockey team in the U.S.), the mighty Pembroke Pandas. 

Reuniting from those days at Meehan last week were center Alli McMillan (L) and right wing Susie Barnes Waldrop '72 (R). They had a trip to Canada each winter to play other female college hockey teams - there were none south of the border. 

It's been a while since these two suited up - but note jerseys in the locker behind them say "Brown Pandas." Pembroke lives, ladies!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Brown Club OC events calendar for February 2014


Brown Club OC February event updates

Join Brown Club OC at a free concert by Brown alumnus Gabe Kahane at Sage Hill School,6:45p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 4.

Los Angeles native Gabriel Kahane has quickly become one of the stars of the Brooklyn music scene. Gabe is a singer-songwriter, pianist, and occasional banjo-player who became known for his 2006 song cycle “Craigslistlieder”—a series of songs inspired by ads posted on Craigslist. Since then he has composed music for the Public Theatre & Yale Repertory Theatre, collaborated with Rufus Wainwright and Sufjan Stevens, and received commissions by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. His first album “Where are the Arms” was released in 2011 to stellar reviews. His latest song cycle, "25 Addresses in Los Angeles” – a musical ode to the city that is constantly reinventing itself—premieres at the Laguna Beach Music Festival on Saturday, Feb. 8.

To attend this complimentary concert Tues. February 4 at 6:45 p.m. with post event “Meet and Greet” for Brown Club members from 8:30-9:00, please click on Gabe Kahane Concert at Sage Hill School

For more information, contact Scott Westerfield at Scott Westerfield or Angela Gupta at Angela Gupta

Brown Club OC hosts Professor Matthew Gutmann at UC Irvine’s Faculty Club on Tuesday, February 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Professor Matthew Gutmann comes to Orange County on Tuesday, February 18 to present "Men are Animals in Love and War".

Gutmann is Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. As a scholar, his research and teaching have focused on studies of masculinity; public health; politics; and the military.

From 2009 to 2013, Gutmann was Vice President for International Affairs at Brown, leading the University's efforts to build collaborations and exchanges with leading institutions around the world, recruit top faculty and students, and oversee major programs relevant to internationalization. He has also been a visiting professor in China, France, Mexico, and Spain. In addition to working in Latin America for the last two decades, Gutmann's undergraduate major was modern and classical Chinese.

Come join us for a lively discussion about a key aspect of human nature and its impact on culture the world over.

Pre-registration required at TICKETS

Directions to the University Club at UC Irvine: Directions

Complimentary refreshments provided.

Ticket prices:Young Alumni FREE / Club Members $10 / Non-Members $15

Questions? Call or text Scott Westerfield at 949-636-1975 or email

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