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Westside Network December 2013 Newsletter

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Hey Bruins!
Our December newsletter is available. We have more great events for you all to enjoy. Happy hours, Speaker & Career Panels, and many volunteer opportunities.

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  • 1. UCLA ALUMNI LOS ANGELES WESTSIDE NETWORK DECEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER
  • 2. INSIDE THIS ISSUE Westside Bruin Scholarship Fund 3 Young Alumni Ugly Sweater Happy Hour 4 An Evening with Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadjeo 4 Writing & Storytelling Panel 6 Fundraising Inaugural Meeting Recap 9 R2K at Alta Loma Elementary Recap 10 Happy Hour at Bodega Wine Bar Recap UCLA vs. Missouri Basketball Viewing Party Recap 11 Volunteer & Donate 12 Calendar of Events 13 DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 2
  • 3. Westside Bruin Scholarship Fund The Westside Network is very proud to announce our campaign to raise funds for the Westside Bruin Club Scholarship Fund (http://giving.ucla.edu/WestsideNetwork). That’s right! We have our very own scholarship, and each year we award one incoming freshman $1,000 towards tuition at UCLA. Our ability to offer this scholarship is entirely dependent on the generosity of those that give to our scholarship fund. Unfortunately our fund is very low, and our ability to continue to fund scholarships is in jeopardy. So this year we are taking a more active role in fundraising. In addition to establishing a Fundraising Committee we are also working closely with the UCLA Office of Scholarship to bring our scholarship fund to the endowment level. What is endowment level? Endowment level is $100,000. What do we have now? The last time we received our scholarship account balance it was $3,166.86. We need your help. And this is a great time to make a year-end tax-deductible donation. We’re sure you’ve already considered doing so. We’re just asking you to make that contribution to our scholarship fund. Everything counts. And it’s easy! Just go to http://giving. ucla.edu/WestsideNetwork and give whatever you can today. DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 This year the Westside Network scholarship was awarded to Alan Grusky Obviously we have a big goal, and we can’t reach it without you. Please donate. Once you’ve donated share this link (http://giving.ucla. edu/WestsideNetwork) with your friends and family and ask them to donate too. We want to continue to award this scholarship. So please help. Anything you can do is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your support. 3
  • 4. Young Alumni Ugly Sweater Happy Hour Thursday, Dec. 19th | 4:00 - 9:00 PM When you get off work grab the ugliest holiday sweater you have in the closet and join your fellow Westside Young Alumni at Brick + Mortar for a happy hour and watch party for the UCLA vs. Duke game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The game starts 4:30pm so stop by whenever you can make it! We will also hold a raffle for two tickets to an upcoming UCLA Basketball game. “Eleven national championships, the best coach to coach the game says a lot. I take offense to those who act like UCLA is just another school compared to Duke. Duke is a great school in the east, but UCLA is worldwide.” -Earl Watson Register today on BruinWorks: http://tinyurl.com/kvlxtlq Brick + Mortar | 2435 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405 DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 An Evening with Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo Thursday, Jan. 23rd | 6:30 - 9:00 PM Join the Westside Network, fellow alumni and friends as we listen to the extraordinary experiences of a True Bruin who epitomizes the UCLA optimist spirit – Brendon Ayanbadejo (http://www.brendonayanbadejo.net ). In addition to his amazing football career, Brendon has also been an outspoken advocate for marriage equality and authored the AMICUS brief written in support of the repeal of Proposition 8 in California. Currently he works as a writer for http://msn.foxsports.com, a host for FOX Football Daily, and is the owner of Orangetheory Fitness studios in L.A. and the Bay Area. This event is the first in the Westside Network’s Distinguished Alumni Speaker series launching next year, and we fully anticipate that it will sell-out as there will be significant marketing for this event from the Alumni Association and other UCLA groups next month. 4
  • 5. As a member of the Westside Network we wanted to make sure you had the first opportunity to register before it sells out. Register today on BruinWorks: http://tinyurl.com/ll9u7xc Contact : Brandie Barrera brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu Special thank you to our event sponsors: Olympic Collection Banquet & Conference Center http://www.ocbanquet.com/ MarieSam Sanchez Photography http://www.mariesamsanchez.com/ Orangetheory Fitness http://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/ Thank you to our event sponsors DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 5
  • 6. WRITING & STORYTELLING PANEL Wednesday, Feb. 19th | 6:00 - 9:00PM We all have a story to tell. We can all relate a humorous anecdote among friends, reveal a deeply intimate struggle, or offer an uplifting tale about triumph over tragedy. But, how do we write these stories for other people? How do we make them care about our stories, our voice, and our message? Register for the Los Angeles Westside Network’s Writing & Storytelling Panel and learn methodologies from a diverse panel of writing professionals who will share their experiences and knowledge gained while forging their careers. Corey Mandell Screenwriter Panelist DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Julia Roberts, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment, and Walt Disney Pictures. Corey is also a distinguished instructor at UCLA, where he earned his MFA. 6
  • 7. Jennifer Chow Writer, Novelist Jennifer J. Chow holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA. She has taken multiple courses through the UCLA Writers’ Program. Her short fiction has appeared in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, IdeaGems Magazine, and Mouse Tales Press.   Her Taiwanese-American novel, The 228 Legacy, made it to the second round of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and was published by Martin Sisters Publishing in July 2013. Panelist Linda Venis Director, UCLA Extension Department of the Arts and Writers’ Program Linda Venis is the editor of two new screenwriting books, Cut to the Chase: Writing Feature Films with the Pros at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and Inside the Writing Room: Writing TV with the Pros at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program published by Gotham Books/Penguin (USA). She is the Director of UCLA Extension Department of the Arts and Writers’ Program, and was a lecturer in the UCLA English Department and recipient of the prestigious UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. Venis earned three degrees at UCLA: a B.A and M.A in English and a Ph.D. in British Romantic Literature. Panelist DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 7
  • 8. Nancy Nigrosh Writing Instructor, Consulting Editor Panelist Nancy Nigrosh is a former talent and literary agent at Innovative Artists and The Gersh Agency. She represented a number of writers and directors, including Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), Stuart Beattie (Collateral, Pirates of The Caribbean), Amanda Brown (Legally Blonde), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), and Randy Brown (Trouble With The Curve), among many others. She now works as consulting editor for authors and screenwriters. She earned her M.A in Education from Antioch University and her M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Film, Theatre and Television. She teaches a class for screenwriters at The Writer’s Program at UCLA Extension and serves as a judge for UCLA’s Master Screenwriting Competition. Bruce Beiderwell Director of UCLA Writing Programs Moderator DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 Bruce Beiderwell has served as director of the UCLA Writing Programs since 2001. He regularly teaches developmental writing classes that serve students who arrive at the university without the preparation or skills they will need to succeed. And he has developed a well-attended summer workshop for high school students. Bruce has also taught a wide range of literature courses for UCLA Extension. For that work, he received a teaching award in 1997. His book, Power and Punishment in Scott’s Novels, was nominated for a McVitie’s Prize. Bruce was also guest editor of a special edition of European Romantic Review that was devoted to essays on Walter Scott. In addition, he is the coauthor (with Jeff Wheeler) of the widely used literature anthology The Literary Experience, published by Wadsworth in 2008. Bruce and Jeff have just finished work on the second edition of that textbook, now scheduled to appear in 2015. 8
  • 9. Space is limited. Reserve your seat early for $25 by 5pm December 31, 2013 to take advantage or our introductory price. $40 at the door, space permitting. Please register on our BruinWorks page: http://tinyurl.com/lryq8yx Registration will close 5pm on February 15, 2014. Complimentary refreshments and beverages provided. Check in begins at 6:00pm. Panel discussion will begin at 7:00pm. Send inquiries to Chet Patel, cpatel@alumni.ucla.edu This event hosted & sponsored by The COFFEE CONNECTION offers a number of exquisite spaces ideal for socialization, study, collegial gatherings, and performing arts. Fundraising Committee’s Inaugural Meeting On December 3rd the Westside Network hosted our first Fundraising Committee meeting via conference call. The purpose of this meeting was to provide committee members with some background regarding Westside Network funds and to begin organizing for our official fundraising campaign. And that’s a good thing because our goal is to take the Westside Bruin Club Scholarship (http://giving. ucla.edu/WestsideNetwork) to endowment level ($100,000). A big thank you to all that participated and committed to this goal! If you’re interested in helping the Fundraising Committee meet this goal email brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu for more information. DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 9
  • 10. R2K Event at Alta Loma Elementary Recap On November 9, the Westside Network invaded Alta Loma Elementary School to take part in the Reading To Kids College Spirit Day Reading Club! Volunteers mix at El Cholo. Left to right: Christie Asselin, Jesse Lin, Andy Sigal, Nevra Shapiro, and Elisa Frank. Reading to Kids (“R2K”) is a grass roots, non-profit organization dedicated to instilling a passion for literacy in children. They coordinate reading clubs on the second Saturday of every month. Volunteers read aloud to the children and create arts and crafts projects, in and around the downtown Los Angeles area. Each child also takes home a book. Every year, R2K holds College Spirit Day to encourage students to think about college. In addition to reading, the Westside also gathered donations including blue and gold pompoms, Bruin Bears (pictured above) and basketball posters. We were lucky to receive these from UCLA departments including the Alumni Association, Government & Community Relations, and Athletics, respectively. If you are interested in getting involved in the Community Outreach Committee, please contact Christie Asselin: christiemasselin@alumni.ucla.edu DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 10
  • 11. Bodega Wine Bar Happy Hour Event Recap On November 7, 2013, members of the Westside Network gathered for happy hour at Bodega Wine Bar in Santa Monica. We had a wonderful turn-out and lots of fun. We hope you will make it out to future happy hours and viewing parties. Dates and details will be listed on BruinWorks and Facebook. UCLA vs. Missouri Basketball Watch Recap On December 7, 2013, the Westside Network took over Busby’s East in Mid-City Los Angeles for a fantastic viewing party. The venue was not quite ready for our group so we pitched in by collecting food and beverage orders. Despite the loss on the road we enjoyed watching the game and meeting new faces. Many thanks to our server/bartender/waiter Vladimir for taking such great care of us on short notice. We had a wonderful turn-out and lots of fun. We hope you will make it out to future happy hours and viewing parties. Dates and details will be listed on BruinWorks and Facebook. DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 11
  • 12. Volunteer Opportunities 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: Business Networking - For more info email ranjun@alumni.ucla.edu Communications - For more info email cpatel@alumni.ucla.edu Community Service - For more info email christiemasselin@alumni.ucla.edu Events - For more info email brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu Fundraising - For more info email brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu Sports - For more info email brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu Young Alumni - For more info emaii mross@alumni.ucla.edu Support the UCLA Alumni Scholarship 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 next year! Please don’t forget to go through these steps again next September! DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 12
  • 13. Calendar of Events Dec. 2013 - Feb. 2014 Join the Los Angeles Westside Network Connect with us Questions? Comments? Dec. 19th | 4:00 - 9:00pm Young Alumni Happy Hour Interested in getting more involved? We look forward to hearing from you! Jan. 23rd | 6:30 - 9:00pm An Evening with Super Contact Co-Presidents: Bowl Champion Brendon Christie or Brandie Ayanbadejo Westside Network Board of Directors 2013-2015 Co-Presidents Christie Asselin & Brandie Barrera Vice President Vacant Secretary Vacant Treasurer Feb. 19th | 6:00 - 9:00pm Christie Asselin: Writing & Storytelling Panel christiemasselin@alumni.ucla.edu Claudia Hart Brandie Barrera: brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu Membership Chair Ranjun Chauhan Young Alumni Chair Matt Ross We’re on BruinWorks Facebook & LinkedIn Check out our Alumni pages click on the icons above to reach us online Communications Chair Chet Patel Scholarship Chair Vacant Members at Large Tory Haas Brian Blake Gloria Whitmoyer Immediate Past President Julie Stewart 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. DECEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 5 13