Past Events

March 9, 2020

Thanks to club member Chiyo Rowe for organizing Brown Club's March 9th event on Successful Essay Writing, presented by admissions expert Dave Marcus '82. The event was held at Corona del Mar HS in Newport Beach. Special thanks to CDMHS College Activity Coordinator, Mary Russell!

January 15, 2020
Brown Club was honored to host Financial Aid Services Dean Jim Tilton at the beautiful home of Stacey Nicholas P'21 to discuss the purpose of, and progress on, The Brown Promise - to elimate loan packages from its need-blind admissions policy. 

Brown is one of only 18 US schools to implement such a liberal policy, and while loan-free aid is now a reality, Brown needs roughly $60 million more to fulfill the goal of a fully-endowed, self-sustaining program. 
Please consider targeting your Brown gifts to this important program!
Dean Jim Tilton explaining progress on The Brown Promise

Dean Tilton w members of the BCOC board

November 11, 2019 (Veterans' Day)
Brown Club had a good turnout for our Veterans' Day event featuring Congressman Gil Cisneros. The Congressman, a naval veteran himself, talked about many issues of importance to him and his constituents including Healthcare, the Economy, Immigration, Jobs, American Foreign Policy and support for Veteran's issues. 

August 4, 2019

Brown Club attends Two Gentlemen of Verona at the UC Irvine Swan Shakespeare Festival.

July 20, 2019

Big thanks to BCOC Board members Gina Martinez and Hassan Albakri and BULAC member Marisa Hernandez-Stern for organizing this 1st collaborative event involving both organizations. Also thanks to Álvaro Daniel Márquez, ‘03, for leading a fantastic tour of the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)’s Gráfica América for the Brown University Latino Alumni Council-Los Angeles and the Brown Club of Orange County! Attendees had a fabulous time learning and taking in the exhibit!

May 8, 2019

BCOC welcomed Brown's Annenberg Institute Director, Susanna Loeb, for a riveting, informative round table discussion about the state of education in the US today - and what Annenberg is doing to move the needle on student outcomes. Special thanks to Tamara and Dr. Jeffrey Deckey '88, P'22 for hosting and catering the event at their spectacular home in Emerald Bay. Special guests included Trish Jackson, VP for Development; Andy Shaindlin, VP of Alumni Relations; and Joe Hefta, Sr. Leadership Giving Officer.

April 20, 2019
BCOC hosted two dozen class of '23 admittees and family members to a reception at the home of Amina and Hassan Albakri '00 in Newport Beach.


January 17, 2019 Since 1982, The Brown Derbies have performed and earned renown from Baton Rouge to Beijing, from San Francisco to Switzerland, and from Wayland Arch to the White House!

A record-breaking 75 alumni were entertained by the Derbies at the beautiful home of Stan and Chiyo Rowe '82 and Brown Club OC looks forward to their next visit!

November 20, 2018
Brown Club OC and Yale Club OC co-hosted our first holiday party at Pelican Hill Resort. We enjoyed wine, complimentary bites and holiday camaraderie! A great way to finish off a great year for BCOC!

October 12, 2018

BCOC drew an eclectic mix of Brown alumni and friends from Yale Club OC and elsewhere to enjoy a far-ranging discussion with Religious Studies Professor Andre Willis about how religion manifests itself in the United States of today. After 90 minutes of conversation, Andre left leaving the crowd hungry for more on his next visit!

October 10, 2018
Brown Club Orange County
& OC Ivy +

Since 2009, the Orange County alumni groups from these schools have cooperated on an annual event designed to bring the best and brightest from Orange County
together for one night.

August 26, 2018

A Midsummer Night's Dream/Swan Shakespeare Festival/UC Irvine

10 Alumni enjoyed the classic Shakespeare comedy, set in the mid-20th century, with original music and a special treat - two Brown alumni cast members!

  • Kieran Barry played the roles of Snug and Mustardseed, and 
  • Crystal Kim played Hermia.

June 24, 2018
Family Picnic at Laguna Niguel Regional Park

April 8, 2018
Stacey Nicholas P'21 hosted the 2018 Admitted Students Reception in Laguna Hills attended by 31 alumni, admitted students, parents and family.

March 5, 2018
The club hosted College Admissions expert Dave Marcus '82 for a standing room only crowd at Corona del Mar HS for the Seven Secrets to Getting In.

February 21, 2018

BCOC celebrated Lunar New Year at Tan Cang Newport Seafood in Santa Ana.

Jan. 16, 2018
Brown Club OC celebrated its 6th annual Kick-Off Jan. 16th with an engaging, timely talk by Political Science Chair Professor Wendy Schiller: "American Democracy V.2018". Thanks to all those who attended and supported this event, to Lisa Miranda of BAA for making it possible and special thanks to Professor Schiller for a wonderful, memorable presentation.

 Link to Schiller PowerPoint presentation

Nov. 15, 2017

Join Brown Club Orange County as we enjoy the “sardonic wit and incisive social critiques” of humorist David Sedaris. 
Sedaris, “discovered” by This American Life host Ira Glass ’82 and author of such books as Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Denim and Corduroy, appears for one night only at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612, Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

BCOC has purchased a block of tickets for this event and has 15 seats remaining available on a first-come, first-served basis at $41.50 each.

If interested, contact Chiyo Rowe at for tickets.
October 11, 2017

When: Wed., 10/11/2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMWhere: AC Hotel Irvine, 3309 Michelson Drive, Irvine
Cost: FREE
Alumni from the Top 25 schools in US News & World Report’s 2018 National University Rankings celebrated at the AC Hotel.
  • Hosted by Victoria Wu ’15, BCOC Young Alumni Chair. Contact Victoria if you are interested in getting involved

A special thank you to the AC Hotel Irvine for hosting this event and providing special accommodations.

August 13, 2017
BCOC enjoyed our annual summer Shakespeare outing at the UCI production of Taming of the Shrew. This year's production had an 80s "Duran Duran" punk theme which played up the outsider, rebel aspects of the Petruchio and Kate characters. We were also treated to a pre-show lecture that emphasized some of the darker aspects of the Petruchio/Kate courtship as well as the mercantile marriage considerations that still persist to the present day. Last showing of "Taming" is September 1st.
Special thanks to Judy Kaufman '69 for arranging the event!

June 21, 2017
An Evening With Christina Paxson
BCOC achieved another milestone Friday, July 21st when we were honored to host An Evening With Christina Paxson at the beautiful Newport Coast Community Center. President Paxson shared the challenges, goals and aspirations of leading Brown University into the 21st Century, and inspired many questions from the audience. The OC Brunonians in attendance ended the evening with a renewed sense of community and determination to do our part in ensuring the success of our beloved alma mater now and in the future.

June 7, 2017
Talking about Science in the Age of Trump
Event organizer Judy Kaufman '69
BCOC co-sponsored author Cornelia Dean '69 last night at Talking about Science in the Age of Trump. Kudos to Judy Kaufman '69 for hosting and organizing the entire event attended by roughly 100 people at the beautiful University Hills Community Center near UCI. Featured speakers included UCI scientist/activists, Kevork Abazajian and Kathleen Treseder.

Featured speakers Kathleen Treseder, Kevork Abazajian and former NY Times Science Editor, Cornelia Dean '69.
Cornelia Dean

June 3, 2017
Jabberwocks Concert at the Albakri Residence

May 31, 2017

Jabberwocks Concert at the Blue Beet in Newport

70 alumni, guests and friends of Brown were at the historic Blue Beet bar in Newport Wednesday, May 31st for the first of two concerts by the Jabberwocks. The crowd was delighted, one non-Brown guest requested the 'Wocks to serenade his girlfriend, and the bar manager commented the 'Wocks easily had the highest average i.q.'s of any act they had ever booked! 

Brown Club looks forward to the Jabberwocks "second act" this Saturday, June 3 at the Albakri residence in Newport Beach.
Special thanks to event organizer Victoria Wu!!
Wowing the crowd with a smashing performance by Stephen Beswick-Bozier of the Nina Simone Hit "Feeling Good."

Board members Ed Miskevich and Victoria Wu

Board members Scott Westerfield and Victoria Wu

May 6, 2017

Day of Service: Back Bay Kayak Cleanup

(Thanks to member Marc McReynolds for the following update) Brown Club members headed up to Back Bay in kayaks May 6th to assist in a cleanup effort of the Newport Beach estuary. About thirty pounds of bay-fouling refuse was removed over two hours. One of the best parts? Volunteers were allowed into scenic areas of the bay normally off-limits to watercraft

April 27, 2017
Career Panel 2017:
Choosing the Right College Curriculum 

to find the Perfect Job

Shane Criqui '00, Geof Garth '75, Karen Shapiro '80, Jamie Temko '15 & Suzanne Waggoner '84 engaged in a lively discussion about how their Brown curricular experiences informed their career choices - and shaped their lives. Thanks to board member Hassan Albakri '00 and Corona del Mar HS college activity coordinator Mary Russell for making this event possible.

January 10, 2017

Good-bye to Obamacare? 

The outlook for "Repeal and Replace."

Professor Eric Patashnik explaining the ABCs of health care
Presentation Highlights of:
Watson Institute Public Policy Program Director, Professor Eric Patashnik,
Goodbye to Obamacare. Healthcare after the 2016 Elections.

Professor Patashnik gave a comprehensive history of healthcare in the US, why we spend twice as much per capita as the most advanced western democracies yet are in the middle of the pack on results, and what is likely to come next. Some key points:

·         Presidents have been trying since Teddy Roosevelt to implement universal healthcare. Fears of socialist influence have often stood in the way.
·         Most peer countries have a system that is either privately-run or publicly-run. The US has an inefficient hodgepodge of private,  fee for service (both uninsured people and employees with employer-related insurance coverage); publicly-subsidized private care (Medicare); and publicly-run healthcare(Veterans Administration) ,
·         By and large we pay more for the same services and use expensive tests more than other countries.
·         Even with the most expensive health care in the world, our life expectancy of ~79 years is in the middle of the pack.
·         US health care costs over 17% of GNP – the highest in the world – and is rising at an unsustainably-high rate exceeding growth of GNP. This slowed under Obamacare but is beginning to rise again.
·         The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), aka“Obamacare,” has many positive features such as coverage of children to the age of 26, coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions and insurance for 20 million more Americans than before. Its reliance on implementation via private insurance was a compromise alternative to a state-controlled single payor  system.
·         Its negatives include support/opposition that is highly partisan, poor public understanding of its actual benefits, and re-distributive  features that disproportionately help low income Americans who are not as engaged in the political process.
·         Conclusions:
o   while Republicans are determined to “Repeal and Replace” the current system, they have yet to document a viable plan and are, themselves, highly divided on how to replace the current system
o   “Obamacare” as a buzzword is unpopular, but many of its actual features and benefits are highly popular. The US populace favors repeal only so long as a similar system replaces it.
o   With all its flaws – exacerbated by the partisan way in which it was implemented – the ACA , rather than a return to the status quo, will probably survive, in some altered form, as a lasting legacy of the Obama administration.
Complimentary attendee gift bags courtesy of Board Member Chiyo Rowe!
Gift bags included club-logo pen, note pad and condiments courtesy of Brown-Alumni-Owned gourmet condiment purveyor Sir Kensingtons

August 21, 2016
Sold Out!!!
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:

Brown Club enjoyed an inspired production at the UCI Swan Theater of Shakespeare’s comedy of love and disguise, exile and companionship As You Like It reimagined in the world of Depression-era drifters with original folk music written by Alan Terricciano, and played and sung by the actors.

We were also treated to a pre-show lecture by UCI Professor and renowned Shakespeare scholar, Julia Lupton.

June 20, 2016
Professor Jessaca Leinaweaver spoke to BCOC in Corona del Mar  about the Politics of Reproduction including transnational adoption, delegated childcare and surrogacy. Professor Leinaweaver has recently been chosen to serve as head of Latin American studies at Brown. 
Afterwards the club hosted Leinaweaver and Development Dept guest Amy Jacobson at the Crow Bar for dinner.

April 26, 2016
Brown Club brought together four distinguished, local alumni at Corona del Mar High School to discuss how Brown prepared them for their careers.
Panelists –
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 

Victoria Wu '15, Advanced Technology R&D Engineer, Edwards Life Sciences

February 6 & 8, 2016

Brown Club hosted its most well-attended event ever with a double appearance by author and alum, Dave Marcus, who appeared at Sage Hill School on Feb. 6th and Corona Del Mar HS on Feb. 8th to talk about the college admissions process. ~400 people attended the two events to hear Dave's advice about how to choose - and gain admission to - the right school for you. 
Parents and students were lined up afterwards to snap up autographed copies of Dave's most recent book Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges--and Find Themselves

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.
Imagine America... Without L.A.

Dr. Lucile Jones ’76 – the “Earthquake Lady”  as she is affectionately known to millions of Southern California residents – spoke to a BCOC crowd of 100 people on Veteran’s Day evening at the beautiful University Hills Community Center in Irvine.

Lucy presented a detailed description of the geophysics of earthquakes as well as a down-to-earth examination of how Southern California residents will have to cope with the post-quake realities of broken water and sewer systems, non-functioning electrical grids, impassable roads and unsafe housing and workplaces.

Doctor Jones stressed that the ultimate outcome of such a natural disaster could be relatively rapid recovery or a prolonged catastrophe – depending on the collective and individual choices we make to protect ourselves, our homes and our society.

For more information about what you can do, please visit the links below. 

Friday, June 26, 2015
How will social diversity in the 21st Century change – and be changed – by Brown?

o   Meet Mary Grace Almandrez, Director of the Brown Center for Students of Color, at Sage Hill School Friday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. for a conversation about how social justice impacts Brown and Brown’s role as a leader and trendsetter in US education. For information and tickets Click Here

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Cruising Catalina Island

Brown Club members were treated to a virtual trip to the secret coves and harbors of Catalina Island that few are privileged to see. We enjoyed cocktails and snacks at the beautiful Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (courtesy of member Roz Laudati) while Board member Bill McNeely '72, the acknowledged expert on Catalina, regaled us with stories of Catalina past and present.

Bill is the author of Cruising Catalina Island (now in its 2nd edition) and such videos as Cast Off for Catalina. For those interested in visiting or learning more about Catalina, contact Bill at or visit Cruising Catalina Island 2nd Ed. on Facebook.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 Brown Club OC helps clean up the Back Bay.
BCOC in cooperation with the Kiwanis enjoyed a pancake breakfast, bbq lunch and, in between, paddling around Newport's Back Bay in kayaks to clean up trash and keep BB Beautiful!
club members taking a rest after paddling around Back Bay on our cleanup mission
Marc McReynolds getting double duty out of his Brown Bookstore bags!

Friday, March 27, 2015 Breakfast with Christina Paxson

Local Brown alumni enjoyed breakfast with President Christina Paxson on Friday, March 27th  - hosted by local alumna, Andra Greene '78, at the offices of Irell & Manella in Newport Beach.
All enjoyed hearing President Paxson talk about changes at Brown and where the University is headed in terms of physical expansion, curricular innovation and its mission as a leader in 21st Century education.
Many thanks to President Paxson, Pat Watson, Meghan Frost and especially Andra Greene for hosting this wonderful event for Orange County alumni.

 Sunday, March 1, 2015 Renowned cookbook author Anne Willan explains everything you wanted to know about medieval cooking but were afraid to ask!
BCOC hosted renowned cookbook author and James Beard Award-winning chef Anne Willan

as she talked about the origins and evolution of the modern cookbook through four centuries. From the spiced sauces of medieval times to the massive roasts and ragoûts of Louis XIV’s court to elegant eighteenth-century chilled desserts, Anne Willan described how each cookbook reflects its time. Afterwards club members enjoyed a wine & cheese reception hosted by alumni Carl and Bonnie Schulkin.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 An Evening with Ira Glass
Club members meet Ira at reception following Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass at the Barclay Theater, UCI

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Concert by The Brown Derbies
The Brown Derbies give two concerts at Van Damme Academy and Sage Hill School; take Orange County by storm!


  Saturday, November 15, 2014 Admissions Workshop with Dean Jim Miller



Summit highlights included:

  • A discussion on the role of the alumni interviewer in the admission process and updates on current admission initiatives.
  • An applicant case study session
  • A Q&A with Dean of Admission James S. Miller ’73

Interesting factoids from the summit:

  • More applications and admissions come from California than from any other state in the Union!
  • It took 215 years for Brown applications to hit the 10,000 mark. It took another 29 years to hit 20,000. It took only  six more years to hit 30,000!
  • Currently over half of Brown admittees matriculate in STEM fields although roughly 1/3 of those graduate in another field.
  • Contrary to myth, interviewer write ups are read - at least twice and up to five times - during the review process. Your interviews count, and your participation as an alumni admissions interviewer is critical to the process.
It's fun, it's important, and it helps the overworked Brown admissions team get a well-rounded profile on the over 30,000 applicants they must screen each year. Please volunteer to help in this process.

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Brown Club OC hosted another great event Friday night featuring Brown Computer Science/Robotics professor Chad Jenkins. BCOC welcomed alumni, local students and members of the Dana Point Robotics Club to our event. The crowd was treated to a live link with Brown's robotics lab, Professor Jenkins' 11 year old daughter remotely driving the robot around our room from her home in Rhode Island, and a demonstration of a remote controlled drone - a real crowd pleaser for the younger members of the audience who were allowed to pilot the craft using their tablet computers. BCOC looks forward to welcoming Professor Jenkins back again soon for an encore presentation!

Future robot scientists of America!

Introductory remarks

Professor Jenkins with the Board of BCOC
Remotely controlling the Beam robot from Rhode Island!
Members of the Robotics Club of Dana Point

Jenkins discussing drones
The real thing!
Flying the drone and making it flip in the parking lot!
Chiyo showing the raffle prize (thanks to Shawna Schaffner for donating)

Marcia wins the raffle!
The Brown Reader sold like hot cakes

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

"A Golden Life" - the story of how Xeno Muller '95 won Olympic Gold in rowing and how his experience at Brown University impacted his success.

Location: Newport Sea Base/ERG Room, 1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Brown Club Orange County & OC Ivy Plus present:

US News & World Report


 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


in the District at Tustin
2409 Park Avenue
Tustin, CA 92782 

Please join your fellow alumni along with alumni from the Top 25 National Universities from US News & World Reports National University Rankings to celebrate the 2015 rankings.

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

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brown Club Orange County hosted its biggest event to date Tuesday, April 29 with an appearance by Brown's inimitable Professor and Dean extraordinaire - Barrett Hazeltine.

Over 70 people showed up at the beautiful University Hills Community Center in Irvine (arranged by Judy Kaufman '69) to hear Dean Hazeltine talk about ground-breaking entrepreneurial efforts spawned by Brown alumni in developing countries around the world.

Brown's VP for Alumni Relations, Todd Andrews, attended with colleagues Michelle Wachs/Director West Coast Office, Manjusri Ratnayaka/Asst. Dir. Comm. Relations-West Coast, and Michael Verzino/Brown Annual Leadership Officer. Also in attendance was Gordon McNeill, President of the Sage Hill School in Newport Coast.

Gourmet refreshments were supplied by board member Shawna Schaffner '01. Activities included a Brown 250+ blanket raffle, a Brown Birthday Cake cutting, champagne toasting and singing Happy Birthday to Brown and Ever True to Brown, photo op's and a personal book signing by Dean Hazeltine of copies of just-released  The Brown Reader obtained by Chiyo Rowe '82 for the occasion.

Handkerchiefs were in short supply as four Club members - Quinn Tamm '06, Ron Frantz '79, Ed Miskevich '79 and Bill McNeely '72 - opened the program by sharing personal reminiscences about the important role Dean Hazeltine played in their personal lives at Brown.

Board members Angela Gupta '88, Marc McReynolds '79, Carl Schulkin '64 and Grisselle Escotto '12 all supported the publicity, logistics and member outreach that brought a multi-month planning effort to fruition. The Club welcomed many first-timers and new members to the event, and we look forward to seeing all of you at upcoming events this year. Stay tuned for more photo postings to follow!

Monday March 3, 2014

BCOC celebrated the 250th anniversary of the filing of Brown's original charter under King George III. Brown has changed a lot since then. Government with intrusive powers and society marked by social divisions and prejudice? Still working on that one.
Check out the Van Wickle Gates on our cake!

Tuesday, 2/18/2014
Is Biology Destiny? Are sexual norms universal or culturally variable? Professor Matthew Gutmann led us on a provocative exploration of "masculine" traits across cultures and how they relate to social issues such as crime and violence.
His lecture, presented to Brown Club OC February 18th at the UCI University Club was entitled "Men are Animals in Love and War."

Left to right rear row Keith Glassman, Sung Suh
front row Jif and John Massey
Post event Q&A
Presentation of gift book by the Club
An anthropological text for an anthropologist: Southern California Curiosities
Board members enjoy dinner with Professor Gutmann at Bistango in Irvine.
Left to right Ed Miskevich, Angela Gupta, Matthew Gutmann, Scott Westerfield

A suggested bibliography from Professor Gutmann for those who would like to read more on related topics:

Kate Clancy (2013) "Ladybusiness Anthropologist Throws Up Hands, Concedes Men Are the Reason for Everything Interesting in Human Evolution." Scientific American

Frans de Waal (2013) The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates, W.W. Norton.

Stephen Jay Gould (1981) The Mismeasure of Man. New York: W.W. Norton.

 T.M. Luhrmann (2000) Of Two Minds: An Anthropologist Looks at American Psychiatry. New York: Vintage.

Jonathan Marks (2003) What it Means to be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and Their Genes. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Cynthia Eagle Russett (1976) Darwin in America: The Intellectual Response 1865-1912. San Francisco, CA: W.H. Freeman.

Robert Sapolsky (2001) A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons. New York: Scribner.

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    Brown Club enjoyed listening to the virtuoso performances of Gabe Kahane '03 and Rob Moose of Bon Iver at Sage Hill School on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Newport Coast. Many thanks to Carla Neuss of the Laguna Beach Music Festival, Mary Robinson of the Sage Hill Theater Department and Angela Gupta and Chiyo Rowe of BCOC for putting the event together! Check out for additional concert dates and ticket info.

    June 2013
    • Sunday, June 2: Jabberwocks, a Capella choral group concert
      • Event Info: BOC members $15, General $20, Young Alumni ('10 and later) and 18 years and under - complimentary. Space is limited.   
      • Location: Van Damme Academy at Temple Beth El, 2A Liberty, Aliso Viejo, CA
      • Time: Concert 3:30-5:00PM, Workshop 5:00-6:00PM
    • Saturday, June 8: Barbara Tannenbaum, public speaking "rockstar" professor
      • Event Info: Barbar Tannenbaum will give her inimitable presentation on the science and art of public speaking.
      • Location: TBD
      • Time: TBD
    May 2013
    • Saturday, May 18: Professor Kay Warren lecture 
      • Event Info:
      • Location: Newport Beach, CA
      • Time: 1:00-2:00PM

  • April 2013 
    • Saturday, April 20: Class of 2017 Admittee Reception hosted by Angela Gupta '88
      • Event Info: Invitations to follow or contact Marc McReynolds, Interview Program Chair, for more information at
      • Location: Shady Canyon, Irvine, CA
      • Time: 2:00-4:00PM 
  • April 5, 2013: Judy Kaufman: The New Curriculum

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