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  1. 1. UCLA ALUMNI LOS ANGELES WESTSIDE NETWORK JANUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER
  2. 2. INSIDE THIS ISSUE December Solicitation Summary 3 Alumnus Robert Ketchum’s work on display in Venice beach 4 An Evening with Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadjeo 5 UCLA Men’s Basketball Viewing Parties 6 Career Event - Writing & Storytelling Panel 7 Young Alumni Basketball Event: UCLA vs. Oregon State 8 Recaps: Young Alumni Event at Brick + Mortar & Sun Bowl at Rivlary Sports Bar & Grill 9 Volunteer & Donate 10 Calendar of Events 11 JANUARY 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 1 2
  3. 3. December Solicitation Summary As you may have noticed, we posted about the Westside Network’s scholarship fund in social media a lot in December. Our primary purpose was to raise awareness of our fund, and hopefully to secure some donations as well. The good news is that we did secure a handful of donations. ***Shout out to all that donated in December! Thank you cards are on their way.*** Last month was also the beginning of our uphill climb towards our fundraising goal. Our goal is to get to endowment by the end of this year. To get to the initial endowment level, our scholarship fund needs to have a minimum of $100,000. Where are we at now? Including the money we raised in December we currently have $2,404.13 in our scholarship fund. We have a loooong way to go. And we need your help to get there. So we wanted you to know that there are plenty of ways that you can help. Give your time! Take a few minutes the next time you go to Ralphs to register your Rewards Card with our scholarship. The Community Rewards Program at Ralphs will donate a portion of your eligible purchase when you connect your Rewards Card to our scholarship fund (#90758, UCLA Foundation – Alumni Scholarhsips). You can also register online using the instructions at the end of this newsletter. Give your talent! Join the Westside Network Fundraising Committee to help us reach our goal. We have a core group of folks who are executing our strategy to raise funds, and we can always use more hands to help out. You can email Brandie Barerra, BrandieBarrera@alumni.ucla.edu if you are interested. Give your treasure! Donate directly to our scholarship fund at http://www.giving.ucla. edu/WestsideNetwork. Your donations are 100% tax-deductible! Then go tell your friends to do the same. We look forward to working together to reach this goal. We promise to keep you posted on our progress along the way. JANUARY 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 1 3
  4. 4. Alumnus Robert Ketchum’s Work On Display In Venice Beach Jan 14th - Mar 2nd Alumnus Robert Ketchum’s work is on display in Venice beach. Catch the latest exhibits of an esteemed alumnus, who according to the Huffington Post is, “…our generation’s Ansel Adams”. Mr. Ketchum has been acknowledged by Audubon magazine as one of the 100 people “…who shaped the environmental movement of the 20th century.” He is one of only five artists recognized by American Photo’s “American Masters” series, sharing the company of Annie Leibovitz. Mr. Ketchum’s truly breathtaking nature photography will be exhibited at the G2 Gallery in Venice Beach from January 14 - March 2. Fun fact - Mr. Ketchum is a third generation Bruin whose father was captain of the basketball team under coach John Wooden, and played when UCLA first triumphed over Cal and USC. For more details on the exhibit, please visit: http://ow.ly/suGnk For more info on Mr. Ketchum, please visit: http://www.robertglennketchum.com/ G2 Gallery 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 (310) 452-2842 His works ORDER FROM CHAOS and WINTERS will be displayed in the exhibit entitled - “Shifting Landscapes/ Shifting Vision: Robert Glenn Ketchum, Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter.” See this exhibit while you can! JANUARY 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 1 4
  5. 5. Last Chance to Register for an Evening with Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo Thursday, Jan. 23rd | 6:30 - 9:00 PM Don’t miss the Westside Network’s inaugural Distinguished Alumni Speaker event with former UCLA football beast, Super Bowl Champion and marriage equality advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo (http://www.brendonayanbadejo.net). This event will be held at 6:30pm on January 23rd at Olympic Collection Conference and Banquet Center. In addition to hearing this True Bruin’s story, this event also includes light food and drinks, giveaways, and an opportunity drawing. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go towards our scholarship fund. We are also pleased to announce that Bruin Varsity Club has generously donated items to our silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction will go towards our scholarship fund. JANUARY 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 1 • One limited edition “First to 100” ring. This ring is a replica of a national championship ring and was only given to current and former studentathletes who won a national title at UCLA. • Two tickets to the UCLA vs. Cal men’s basketball game on January 26th. This item also includes a UCLA Men’s Basketball “We Ball” t-shirt . • Two tickets to a mutually-agreed upon, home UCLA football game during the 2014 season. This item also includes two tickets to the exclusive pre-game Football Alumni THEN NOW FOREVER tailgate party (the tailgate is open bar, full food buffet, photo booth and DJ) and one UCLA Football Adidas Climalite t-shirt. Register TODAY on BruinWorks before space runs out! 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.orangetheoryfitnesscom/ Thank you to our event sponsors 5
  6. 6. UCLA Bruins Basketball Viewing Parties Join the Westside Bruins at Rivalry Sports Bar & Grill. Rivalry has a dedicated space with sound just for us. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on an individual basis. Make sure to wear your Bruin best and get ready for an 8-clap! Seating is limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis so don’t wait to register! Check BruinWorks and our Facebook page for the latest details. Saturday, Feb. 8th UCLA Bruins vs. USC Trojans Saturday, Feb. 22th UCLA Bruins vs. Stanford Cardinals Saturday, Mar. 8th UCLA Bruins vs. Washington State Cougars Rivalry Sports Bar & Grill 6311 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 413-2957 For more information on the USC & Washington games contact: Arielle Moyal, ajmoyal@gmail.com For more information on the Cardinals game contact: Brandie Barrera, brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu JANUARY 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 1 6
  7. 7. Writing & Storytelling Panel Space is limited. Reserve your seat for $25 by February 5, 2014. $40 at the door, space permitting. Please register on BruinWorks for this event and for detailed bios of our panel members. Wednesday, Feb. 19th | 6:00 - 9:00 PM 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. Registration will close at 5pm on February 15, 2014. Light snacks and beverages will be 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 Slated to appear at this event: Corey Mandell - Screenwriter & UCLA writing instructor Jennifer Chow - Writer, Novelist Linda Venis - Director of UCLA Extension Department of the Arts and Writers’ Program http://www.westLAcafe.com/ The COFFEE CONNECTION offers a number of exquisite spaces ideal for socialization, study, collegial gatherings, and performing arts. Nancy Nigrosh - UCLA Writing Instructor, Consulting Editor Bruce Beiderwell - Director of UCLA Writing Programs JANUARY 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 1 7
  8. 8. Young Alumni Basketball Event UCLA Bruins vs Oregon State Beavers Sunday, Mar. 2nd | 4:00 PM The UCLA Alumni Los Angeles Westside Network is hosting a group trip to the last basketball home game for the 2013-2014 season, exclusively for the Young Alumni (class of 2003-2013). Young Alumni will receive a lower level seat at Pauley Pavilion with the rest of the group (a $102 value) right next to the band and current students in section 122. Included in the ticket price is a two hour pregame buffet featuring an open bar in the Press Room of the Hall of Fame. Expect appearances by former UCLA Men’s Basketball players to mingle with the group prior to the game. Space is limited, so reserve your seats now. All guests should be UCLA Alumni. Register for this event on BruinWorks. A buffet will be provided to all Young Alumni in attendance that includes: - BBQ pulled pork sliders, buffalo wings, chips & guacamole - Caesar chicken salad, cookies & brownies - Soda, water, bottled beer, chardonnay & cabernet sauvignon Pricing Early Bird (ends Jan 31)--> $50 Regular Admission (ends Feb 15) --> $60 Night Owl (ends Feb 28, space permitting)--> $70 For more information contact: Arielle Moyal, ajmoyal@gmail.com JANUARY 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 1 8
  9. 9. Young Alumni Ugly Sweater Happy Hour Recap Kenny Booker makes a surprise visit On December 19, 2013, members of the Westside Network gathered for a happy hour at Brick + Mortar in Santa Monica. We had a wonderful turn-out and lots of fun, 64 people signed in (biggest happy hour yet). Former UCLA basketball player Kenny Booker, who played under Coach Wooden during his final season, stopped by for a visit. 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. Sun Bowl Football Viewing Party Recap On New Year’s Eve morning the Westside Network took over Rivalry Sports Bar & Grill in Mid-City Los Angeles for a Sun Bowl viewing party. Rivalry is a new Bruinowned establishment that has been beautifully renovated and features twenty-six televisions and an amazing menu. Just imagine the scene – Bruins everywhere, all TVs tuned into the Sun Bowl, a premium sound system, and a custom menu just for us! Did I even have an original national championship banner that used to hang in Pauley Pavilion hanging in their restaurant? The only thing better than the venue itself was the BIG WIN over Virginia Tech. Go Bruins!! We were proud to partner with Rivalry for this event, and we are looking forward to future viewing parties there! JANUARY 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 1 9
  10. 10. 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 email 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 2014! Please don’t forget to go through these steps again this September! JANUARY 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 1 10
  11. 11. Calendar of Events Jan. 2014 - Mar. 2014 Join the Los Angeles Westside Network Connect with us Jan. 14th - Mar 2nd Robert Ketchum Art Display Questions? Comments? Interested in getting more involved? We look in Venice beach forward to hearing from you! Jan. 23rd | 6:30 - 9:00pm Contact Co-Presidents: An Evening with Super Christie & Brandie Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo Christie Asselin: Feb. 8th | TBA christiemasselin@alumni.ucla.edu UCLA Bruins Basketball vs USC Trojans Brandie Barrera: brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu Feb. 19th | 6:00 - 9:00pm Writing & Storytelling Panel Feb. 22nd | 7:00pm UCLA Bruins Basketball vs Stanford Cardinals Mar. 2nd | 6:00pm Young Alumni Event UCLA Bruins Basketball vs. Oregon State Beavers Westside Network Board of Directors 2013-2015 Co-Presidents Christie Asselin & Brandie Barrera Vice President Vacant Secretary Vacant Treasurer Claudia Hart Membership Chair Ranjun Chauhan Young Alumni Chair Matt Ross We’re on BruinWorks Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter Communications Chair Chet Patel Check out our Alumni pages Scholarship Chair Vacant Members at Large Tory Haas Brian Blake Gloria Whitmoyer Mar. 8th | 7:30pm UCLA Bruins Basketball vs. Washington State Cougars click on the icons above to reach us online 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. JANUARY 2014 VOL, 2 ISSUE 1 11

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