UCLA Westside Network March 2014 Newsletter

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  • 1. UCLA ALUMNI LOS ANGELES WESTSIDE NETWORK MARCH 2014 NEWSLETTER
  • 2. 2MARCH 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 3 2 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Save The Date! - An Evening with Coolhaus CEO Natasha Case Orangetheory Fitness LA Young Alumni Basketball Recap Writing & Storytelling Panel Recap Westside Board Welcomes New Members UCLA vs. Stanford Basketball Viewing Party Recap Help the Westside Network Build a Website Volunteer & Donate Calendar of Events 4 3 5 6 7 7 8 8 9
  • 3. 3MARCH 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 3 3 Save The Date! An Evening With Coolhaus CEO Natasha Case The Westside Network in partnership with the Young Alumni Engagement team is proud to announce our next big event with Coolhaus CEO Natasha Case! Join fellow alumni and friends as we listen to this True Bruin speak about how her love of food and architecture led to the creation of Coolhaus, and how her innovative approach is changing the game. This is also a great opportunity to re-connect with other UCLA alumni. UCLA School of Architecture alumna Natasha Case, founded Coolhaus in 2009 with Freya Estreller after she was working at Walt Disney Imagineering. They launched their architecturally-inspired, gourmet ice cream sandwich company from their barely driveable postal van at the Coachella Music Festival to an audience of 100,000. They built a loyal following over the festival weekend and returned to Los Angeles to an abundance of viral press, a rapidly building social media following, and an eager foodie audience. Since then, Natasha has been named a Forbes 30 under 30 and Zagat 30 Under 30, 2012 - NYC. Coolhaus has become one of the leading innovative small dessert businesses, growing significantly to include nine trucks, one cart, and two storefronts from LA to NYC. Consumers can now find Coolhaus’ pre-packaged ice cream sandwiches in 1,000+ gourmet grocery stores nationally, including Whole Foods and Sprouts. Today Natasha works as the CEO of Coolhaus, creating new product opportunities, building new relationships and innovating ideas that keep Coolhaus on top of its game as zealous expansion continues. This event is scheduled to commence on the evening of April 23rd. For more information regarding this event contact: Brandie Barrera
  • 4. 4MARCH 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 3 4 Introducing Orangetheory Fitness Los Angeles Have you heard? Our friend Brendon Ayanbadejo is about to open his new- est Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) studio in our backyard! Right now you can support our fellow Bruin in his latest business venture by becoming a founding member and taking advantage of discounted pre-sale rates. Founding members of Orangetheory Fitness in Brentwood will also receive two weeks of complimentary classes during the soft opening at the end of April. (There are no contracts or initiate fees.) This offer is limited, so show your support and take advantage soon! Orangetheory Fitness Los Angeles is located at: 11661 San Vincente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049 If you have questions you are welcome to call 310-649-5656 or e-mail Nicole Rush at nrush@orangetheoryla.com. Like them on Facebook Follow them on Twitter Insta Follow them on Instagram Follow them if you’d like to learn more about Orangetheory Fitness Los Angeles
  • 5. 5MARCH 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 3 5 Young Alumni Basketball Event UCLA Bruins vs Oregon State Beavers Recap The Westside Network hosted a group trip to the last home basketball game for the 2013- 2014 season, exclusively for the Young Alumni (class of 2003-2013). Young Alumni received a lower level seat at Pauley Pavilion with the rest of the group, right next to the band and current students in section 122. Included in the ticket price was a two hour pregame buffet featuring an open bar in the Press Room of the Hall of Fame. Special guest Baron Davis spent the afternoon with Young Alumni chatting about his time with the Bruins, while also singing Network Co-President Christie Asselin Happy Birthday! Born and raised in Los Angeles, this NBA All- Star and UCLA Basketball Alum brought down the house for our Young Alumni. Davis played for the Bruins from 1997-1999 before entering the draft and starting a lucrative basketball career. Playing for five teams between 1999- 2012, Baron finished his NBA career in 2012 with the New York Knicks. The Westside Network thanks UCLA Athletics & Baron Davis for participating in this event. Photos from this event, and all other events can be found on our Facebook photo album. from left to right: Christie Asselin, Brandie Barrera, Matt Ross, Chet Patel, Arielle Moyal, Baron Davis
  • 6. 6MARCH 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 3 6 The Westside Network launched the newest incarnation of their Professional Career Panel Series on Wednesday, February 19, at The COFFEE CONNECTION. The sold out event attracted a large audience of 100 attendees, who were all there to learn and ask questions about the methods and paths to becoming a more polished writer. Audience feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, creating additional demand and opportunity for more panels. This event was largely supported by the generosity of our hosts, The COFFEE CONNECTION, and promotional support provided by the UCLA Alumni Association & UCLA Extension. Also we’d like to thank the following volunteers: Brandie Barrera Adam Pica Camille Herrera You guys killed it! Thank you for the help! Hope to see you at future career and distinguished speaker panels. Photos from this event, and all other events can be found on our Facebook page. Writing & Storytelling Panel Recap from left to right: Brandie Barrera, Adam Pica, Jennifer Chow, Amy Friedman, Corey Mandell, Bruce Beiderwell, Camille Herrera, Chet Patel
  • 7. 7MARCH 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 3 7 On Saturday, February 22nd, the Westside Network hosted its last viewing party of the regular season at Rivalry Sports Bar & Grill with a small and intimate group of hard core, bleed blue-type Bruin fans. Big shout out to those that came out, and thank you to everyone who made it out to any of our basketball viewing parties during the past couple of months. We’d also like to remind you that Rivalry Sports Bar & Grill is our home base for watching basketball, and Westside Bruins are always welcome! And since they carry the PAC 12 Network just for UCLA games, you can see the games there anytime. Feel free to head over wearing blue and gold to watch the PAC 12 Tournament and make new friends. Rivalry Sports Bar & Grill 6311 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048 323-413-2957 We hope you will make it out to future happy hour and viewing parties. Look for dates and details on our BruinWorks and Facebook page. UCLA vs. Stanford Basketball Viewing Party Recap It is with great pleasure that the Westside Network announces new Board members! Carol Nguyen has officially accepted the post of Secretary Carol graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She has been an active network member and participates in both the Fundraising and Events Committees. She wanted to join the Westside Network Board because she felt a need to give back to UCLA. Carol describes her UCLA experience as, “Wonderful!” Carol says, “I am looking forward to giving more of my time and energy to helping others discover what a treasure it is to be a part of such a dynamic and vibrant community.” Arielle Moyal has officially accepted the post of Events Chair. Arielle graduated from UCLA in the fall of 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations and a specialization in pre-med. She also earned her master’s degree in sports management in the summer of 2013. Arielle is currently in her fifth season as an administrative assistant for the UCLA Mens’ Basketball program. She wanted to join the Westside Network to get more involved with UCLA alumni, and give back to the group which I have been a part of for so long. Arielle says, “I look forward to helping connect fellow Bruins with one another and strengthen their ties to the University.” The Westside Board Welcomes New Members
  • 8. 8MARCH 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 3 8 Join a Westside Network Committee Did you know that the Westside Network is always recruiting for our committees? That’s right! It’s easy to get more involved with us! If you’re interested, here are the committees that you could join today: Communications - For more info e-mail Chet Patel Community Service - For more info e-mail Christie Asselin Events - For more info e-mail Arielle Moyal Fundraising - For more info e-mail Brandie Barrera Sports - For more info e-mail Brandie Barrera Young Alumni - For more info e-mail Matt Ross Ralphs Community Rewards Here’s how you can help us raise scholarship funds without spending a single dime... Ralphs will donate 1-4% of your eligible purchases made with your Ralphs Rewards Card to the UCLA scholarship fund. Takes just a few moments to sign up! 1. Go to http://www.ralphs.com 2. Sign in to your account. a. If you don’t have an account it’s only five easy steps to set one up. Make sure you tie your Rewards Card to your account. 3. Link your Rewards Card to the Westside Network scholarship by clicking “Edit” in the Community Rewards section. a. Enter the number 90758 in the Find Your Organization box and click “Search”. b. Select UCLA Foundation – Alumni Scholarships by clicking on the circle to the left of UCLA Foundation – Alumni Scholarships and then click “Save”. ALL DONE! Your Ralphs Rewards account is now connected to the Westside Network’s scholarship until the end of August 2014! Please don’t forget to go through these steps again this September! Volunteer Opportunities Support the UCLA Alumni Scholarship Are you skilled in HTML? Love to blog? Looking for somewhere to show off your creative skill set? Perfect. The Los Angeles Westside Network is looking for someone to aid in the creation and upkeep of a brand new website! This project is great for students looking to bulk their resume, or anyone wanting to get involved with the Westside Network in a fun way. Contact Arielle Moyal for more information. Help the Westside Network Design A Website
  • 9. 9MARCH 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 3 9 Join the Los Angeles Westside Network Connect with us Questions? Comments? Interested in getting more involved? We look forward to hearing from you! Contact Co-Presidents: Christie Asselin, Brandie Barrera Calendar of Events Mar. 2014 - Apr. 2014 April 23rd | TBD Distinguished Speaker Series Event - Coolhaus Ice Cream CEO Natasha Case Westside Network Board of Directors 2013-2015 Co-Presidents Christie Asselin & Brandie Barrera Vice President Vacant Secretary Carol Nguyen Treasurer Claudia Hart Membership Chair Vacant Events Chair Arielle Moyal Young Alumni Chair Matt Ross Communications Chair Chet Patel Scholarship Chair Vacant Members at Large Tory Haas Brian Blake Gloria Whitmoyer Immediate Past President Julie Stewart click on the icons above to reach us online We’re on BruinWorks Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter Check out our Alumni pages You are receiving this newsletter because you’ve been added to our mailing list. Just so you know, we don’t sell or share our list so your information is safe with us. We just want to keep you in the loop about all of the great things we have going on. So if you don’t tell us otherwise, we’ll assume you’re good with that and we’ll keep you on our list. Insta