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

Renew your BCOC membership now and your ticket is free

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. 
*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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 or 949-636-1975