Friday, January 22, 2016


Come to Brown Interview Day 

at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim on Saturday, February 6th.

Orange County is now one of  the largest sources of applicants to Brown - over 500 this
year - with unfortunately one of the smallest number of alumni interviewers.

"We want the good ones," as Admissions Dean Miller puts it, and we need your help to get them interviewed!

We provide the venue, the applicants, coffee, donuts, lunch, snacks, and sparkling conversation.

The interview day goes from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Come from 10 AM - 1 PM or 1 PM to 4 PM or stay the whole day! 

If you can't make the interview day, but can do phone/Skype interviews, that's great too!

If you can help, please rsvp to Grace Park '90 at

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"Seven Secrets of College Acceptance” Presentations by Pulitzer-Winning Brown Alumnus in Orange County

“Seven Secrets of College Acceptance”Presentations by Pulitzer-Winning Brown Alumnus in Orange County 

Pulitzer Prize winner David Marcus ’82 will share his “seven secrets of college admissions” when he speaks at two Orange County schools in early February.

  • The first presentation is Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 pm at Sage Hill School (20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast) in the Black Box Theater.
  • The second is Monday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Corona del Mar High School (2101 East Bluff Drive, Newport Beach) in the Lecture Hall.

Both are open for free to Brown alumni and their children in grades 8-12.
His talk will be about 45 minutes long followed by Q&A.

Here are links to Dave’s book and and a couple of articles, as well as some PDFs.

Admissions expert Dave Marcus will be giving practical tips for students and parents who are thinking about the right college. Please encourage your children to attend with you  -- and join us for what will be an enlightening hour that also will ease family tensions about admissions.

“Families in places like Orange County have lost perspective about the college application game,” says Marcus. “It’s not about test scores and stress. It’s about helping our teenagers find their strengths.”

To research his first book, What It Takes to Pull Me Through, Marcus volunteered at a boarding school with struggling teenagers who had been sent away from home.

Marcus then authored the widely-praised college admissions book, Acceptance - the true story of seven students applying to college.  Although he has studied and taught at Ivy League campuses, he cautions parents not to get caught up in the “college name game.” 

Marcus will discuss dozens of “hidden gem” colleges that he’s visited across the country. He emphasizes that what a student does in four years on campus is far more important than the "ridiculous ranking" of the college. He also tells parents to emphasize lifelong learning rather than college admissions.

A graduate of Brown University, Marcus was a fellow at Harvard—yet he notes that a Spanish course at a community college changed his life. That course led to a career as a foreign correspondent that took Marcus to more than 50 countries. For his work on newspaper articles about violence against women, he shared the Pulitzer Prize.

Marcus, who lives in New York, has been featured on the Today Show and National Public Radio. His education and parenting commentaries for the New York Times, Newsweek, and other publications have led to speaking invitations across the country.

The Brown Club of Orange County helped organize this appearance and invites you to meet and hear Dave Marcus in person. Please contact Chiyo Rowe '82 with any questions at 949-903-9666 or

Journalists and those looking for speakers at schools, churches and synagogues can contact David L. Marcus:

Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Inter-Ivy Plus Ski Weekend at Mammoth Mountain Feb. 19-21

MIT Club of Southern California will host this year's Inter-Ivy Plus Ski Weekend at Mammoth Mountain Fri. Feb. 19-Sun. Feb. 21

$329 per person includes:

  • Round trip bus with snacks, 
  • 2 nights at St. Anton Condos, 
  • 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.
Other options available:
  1. Lodging only if you have your own transportation
  2. Bus transportation only if you have your own lodging
This event is organized by MIT Club of Southern CA. 

For more details go to

Contact Miral Kim-E at for more info. or Scott Westerfield at 949-636-1975

President Paxson appointed Boston Federal Reserve Director

Thanks to BCOC Young Alumni Chair, Sean Zhang, for spotting this recent press release about President Paxson.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Brown Club OC kicks off 2016 on January 12th

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

As Brown Club OC embarks on its fifth year as a chartered alumni club of Brown University, I’d like to take a moment to review our accomplishments this past year.
In 2015, Brown Club OC hosted or participated in:
·         January – Brown Derbies concert at Sage Hill School and the Van Damme Academy
January – Engineering  Dean Larry Larson speaks at Sage Hill School on interdisciplinary aspects of the study of Engineering at Brown
February – Year of the Goat Lunar New Year celebration at J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine, Tustin
February – Reinventing Radio, an Evening with Ira Glass at the Barclay Theater, UCI, followed by a reception with Ira

March – Breakfast with President Christina Paxson at Irell & Manella in Newport Beach
·         April – Accepted students reception in Newport
May – Back Bay Kayak Clean Up and Pancake Breakfast day of service with Newport-Irvine Rotary Club

June – Cast Off For Catalina presented by Bill McNeely at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Newport
·         June – Presentation on Social Diversity at Brown in the 21st Century by Mary Grace Almandrez, Brown Director of Diversity, Sage Hill School.

  August – Much Ado About Nothing at the UCI Summer Shakespeare Festival
·         October – US News Best Colleges mixer hosted by BCOC at the Bluewater Grill, Tustin
·         November – Lucy Jones Imagine America Without LA presentation at University Hills Community Center, Irvine

  November – Dean Larry Larson Bringing Ideas to Market hosted by Geoffrey Garth ’75 at Aspen Medical, Irvine.
·         December – Holiday Mixer with Yale Club OC at Aqua Lounge, Island Hotel, Newport.

Brown Club OC had an unprecedented number of events in 2015 including record breaking attendance for Dr. Lucy Jones ‘74 speaking about the implications of a 7.8 earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault.

To keep BCOC vibrant, growing, relevant and fun, we need YOU!  BCOC is your club, and we need your participation, ideas, enthusiasm and support to ensure our 5th year is our best ever.

I recently joined the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors and am honored to represent your interests. I welcome your ideas and invite you to let me know how that organization can better serve our needs and interests.

Likewise, I invite you to attend the annual BCOC kick-off meeting on Tuesday, January 12th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  The agenda will include board elections and preliminary calendar planning for 2016 – so this is your chance to be heard about the types of events you want to support this year.

Space is limited, so if you are interested, please contact me at 949-636-1975 or for more details.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and, on behalf of the entire Brown Club OC board, wish you a Happy, Healthy 2016!

-Scott Westerfield