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December 2011



12/16Queens LuncheonValley Hunt Club, 
One of our marquee events!
12/31Big Ten Golf Outing Arroyo Secco Golf Course,
Fundraiser for Tournament of Roses Foundation
12/31RB Hall of Fame Luncheon Pasadena Convention CenterLunch honoring Rose Bowl HOF induction class 
1/2/2012Rose Bowl Football GamePasadena Rose Bowl StadiumBest Bowl Ever
2/25/2012    Kings vs Blackhawks NHL     Staples Center,
Downtown Los Angeles 
NHL game with lots of perks
3/13/12Directors Meeting Billingsley Steak House, 
West Los Angeles
Chatting Spring & Summer events 
4/21/12LA FoodbankLA Food Bank,
Los Angeles
Annual community service outing


Big Ten Golf Outing - Fundraiser for Tournament of Roses Foundation
December 31, 2011, 8am-11:30am
Arroyo Seco Golf Course, Pasadena

Grab some friends and hit the links with Big Ten Alumni
  • All holes are short Par 3s 
  • Scramble format - all skill levels welcome
  • Kids welcome - also has miniature putting course
  • Contests, Prizes, Trophies
  • Includes post golf lunch and Award ceremony
$50 entry fee.  

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon Ceremony
December 31st, 12pm
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA

We have just received word from the Tournament of Roses that the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon is now sold out. While we were disappointed to hear that, the good news is that there is a chance that some spots will become available later this month should there be some cancellations. If there are, the TOR will let us know so that they can then accommodate those BTC members who would like to attend. If you would like to place your name on a waiting list, please contact Jim Jacobs at 626.334.5676 or by Friday, December 23.

This year’s inductees are Ron Dayne, Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Wisconsin, famed sportscaster Dick Enberg and former University of Washington great Senator George Fleming. Keith Jackson, longtime friend of the BTC, will again serve as MC. We look forward to the possibility of seeing you on December 31!

LA Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks
February 25th, 5pm (new time)
Staples Center
1111 South Figueroa Street 
Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by the Big Ten Club and Northwestern Club of Los Angeles, join us for some exciting NHL Hockey and special bonuses for our group!

KINGS vs Blackhawks, Feb 25

  • Excellent seating in Section 207       
  • VIP Pass to attend our own Meet & Greet with an NHL player after the game
  • Raffle ticket to win a signed puck & other goodies

LA Regional Foodbank Service Project
April 21st, 8:45am – 12pm
LA Regional Foodbank
1734 East 41st Street 
Vernon, CA

The Big Ten Club of Southern California, along with the Northwestern, Michigan State and Wisconsin alumni clubs, will all co-sponsor the annual service project at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank on Saturday, April 21, from 8:45 a.m.-12 Noon. For now, just save the date – further information will follow – and make plans to join us for what has become a terrific annual event. An optional lunch will follow at a local Mexican restaurant. Questions? Please contact Jim Jacobs at or 626.334.5676.

Big Ten Club Contact Cards - Now Available

Big Ten Club Members -- We printed brand new Club business cards for our members to have and pass out to interested parties and prospective members.  We also established a permanent BTC mailing address and phone number for contacts.  Besides welcoming our newest Nebraska members, these cards are excellent for chance meetings and to get people interested in the Big Ten Club.  Send an email with your mailing address to and we'll send you us spread the good word about the Big Ten Club!!!!

Big Ten Club Website – Help Wanted

Our Webmaster Steven Green will be President next year, and he'll have plenty to do for the Club.  We are thinking of redoing the website and asking for a volunteer who can add content regularly and keep it updated.  This is a very important part of our updated Communication plan, and help here would be very useful and greatly appreciated.  The ideal person would have web design experience, a little graphic art knowledge and 3-4 hours a month available to help the Club.  Please contact Alan Freeman, Communications Committee Chair at or cell (714) 390-5190 if you would like to help in this important position.


Sunday December 18, 2011 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Starbucks 5251 East 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803 (map)


 The residents of Naples in Long Beach have modeled their community after Venice, with twisting canals lined with boats and charming homes. Every holiday season, boats and homes are laced with sparkling rivers of lights, stage sets, and music. We’ll walk the canals and gather for a potluck at the home of Doug Otto, JD’77, afterward.

See also the alumniandfriends website

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 4:30 p.m.

Meet at Starbucks 5251 East 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA. Directions to Doug Otto’s residence will be provided at the event. Free to attend; please bring a dish to share.

Questions? Contact Bill Sullivan, AB’90, at 818.842.5166 or Day of event only, call 818.209.9439.





Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Saturday, 12/31/11 at 12:30pm
Fighting Illini vs UCLA Bruins



Santa Monica: 1351 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA  - This is the original location for the LA Iowa Club which will continue to show EVERY game and include the 50% off discount to any Iowa fan who wears something with Iowa on it!

West Hollywood:  8447 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA - This location will be showing EVERY Iowa game just like the Santa Monica branch and it WILL include the 50% off deal to all Iowa fans as well! For those of you who live in the West Hollywood/Hollywood area, it will be a quicker drive/cab with all the same deals as coming to Santa Monica.

* West Hollywood Gamewatch location host: JJ Banicki. He will be there to answer any questions you may have and keep the Hawkeyes spirit high! In fact, JJ back in college at Iowa was our beloved mascot, Herky!

Pasadena: 99 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA - This location will be showing EVERY Iowa game just like the Santa Monica branch and it WILL include the 50% off deal to all Iowa fans as well! For those of you who live in the Pasadena area etc., it will be a quicker drive/cab with all the same deals as coming to Santa Monica.

* Pasadena Gamewatch location hosts: Brooke & Kristy Sexton & Patrick Carberry. They will be there to answer any questions you may have and keep the Hawkeye spirit high!

Burbank: 250 N. 1st St. Burbank, CA - This is the NEW location for 2011 and will be showing EVERY Iowa game just like the other 3 branches. It will also include the 50% off deal to all Iowa fans as well! For those of you who live in the Burbank, Valley area etc., it will be a quicker drive/cab with all the same deals as coming to Santa Monica.

* Burbank Gamewatch location host: Stephanie Sorensen. She will be there to help answer any questions you may have and keep the Hawkeye spirit high!


Facebook: Indiana Alumni in Southern California

It's Basketball Season and the Hoosiers are off to a great start.  IUAA Los Angeles has a “new/old” Hollywood game watch location; our Old El Guapo is now the New Parlor on Melrose:

The Parlor Melrose
7250 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Join us on Facebook for invites to all our events, including last minute game watch events.


Orange County

UM Orange County 


Los Angeles:
E Mail:

GAME WATCH LOCATION (Hollywood Location)

Orange County:
Contact: Aimee Bolen, (517) 230-9577,  email

Michigan State University - Orange County Game Watch Locations:

Central & Coastal Orange County - Rudy's Pub & Grill, 3110 Newport Blvd,  Newport Beach
Phone: 949-723-0293

South Orange County - Players Sports Grill, 24401 Ridge Route Dr. #B105, Laguna Hills
Phone: 949-588-5973 

North Orange County/Long Beach- Buster's Beach House, 168 N. Marina Dr., Long Beach
Phone: 562-598-9431


Not yet a UMAA member?  You can also join or renew your membership in the University of Minnesota Alumni Association through our website.  Scroll down to the bottom of this link and you will find links to the membership forms for new and renewing members.  Make sure to use campaign code NP4LA when you register! 


CFN Hotline Number: 949-651-9174 - email CFN
P.O. Box 51986 Irvine, CA 92619





Join local L.A. Alumni for ‘Cats Football Every Saturday @ Rush Street Bar & Grill – upper loft
9546 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA

Good cheer, Chicago beer, and more!




Los Angeles:
PSU LA – South Bay

Orange County:
Psu Oc (page profile)
Penn State Alumni Association Orange County Chapter  (group)



2012 Hollywood Dance-a-THON 

EXCITING NEWS! The 2012 Hollywood Dance-a-THON is coming your way in support of THON and THE FOUR DIAMONDS FUND and their FIGHT AGAINST PEDIATRIC CANCER. And WE NEED YOU, our Penn State Alumni and Friends to make this event a HUGE SUCCESS. We are thrilled to announce:

- The event will be held at the historic AVALON THEATER in the heart of HOLLYWOOD (the BEATLES played here)

 - Our 1st Sponsor, the Smiles for Life Foundation, has contributed $5,000 to kickoff our fundraising efforts

 - Our Website is LIVE! You can now REGISTER to be a DANCER or make a DONATION at

- We have our first DANCERS registered, and we are looking for many more. 

Help us support the fight against children's cancer. SIGN UP to be a DANCER today on the website. And get your FRIENDS to SIGN UP TOO! The more the merrier. Click here for DANCER INFO.

Be a SPONSOR - We are looking for INDIVIDUALS and BUSINESSES to be a SPONSOR of this event. Sponsors get VIP tickets to the event, recognition on the website and at the event, and other benefits, including a letter confirming a charitable contribution for tax purposes (PSULA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization). 

Click here for SPONSOR INFO.

So save the date now, Sunday January 29, 2012. Tickets will be on sale within 2 weeks.  

For questions or additional information, contact us at

RAINN Fund Raiser

As a result of the events at Penn State this fall, a grassroots network of PSU alumni are standing up for the victims of sexual abuse by supporting the efforts of RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network – to prevent and treat victims of sexual abuse. This national network includes alumni, students, parents and fans and they are well on their way of reaching their goal of $557,000, or one dollar for each of Penn State’s 557,000 alumni. To make a donation, please go to For further information, contact Jerry Needel (Penn State ’98) at


Our mission is to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valued services and benefits to members, and support the University's mission of teaching, research and service.  Members receive discounts & exclusive offers, newsletters, access to online alumni networking information, special advance invitations, and a unique connection to the Penn State Family of Alums throughout the Los Angeles area.

Visit this website to register. The LA Chapter receives $50.00 for every life member who joins the National Alumni Association.  Please include the Chapter code 'ALF' as the reference code when you sign up for membership.  For more info:




Chapter membership is annual from July 1 to June 30 but new members are welcome any time! Dues are $20/individual and $30/couple, and support chapter administration, events and the Endowed Scholarship Fund.  Please check the website for updated dues information and the 2010-11 Membership Application.

Board meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of every month at HDR Engineering Office, 3230 El Camino Real, Suite 200 in Irvine.  Meetings are open to all members. For further information or to RSVP, contact Andy Dale,, (717) 512-9597 prior to each meeting date.  




Purdue Men's Basketball Season

Be sure to check out the Purdue Men's Basketball schedule below and let us know if you would like to organize a game watching or post on our Facebook page where you will be watching the games!

12/3/2011 at Xavier - 3:00 PM

12/7/2011 vs. Western Carolina - 7:30 PM

12/10/2011 vs. Eastern Michigan - 4:00 PM

12/17/2011 vs. Butler (Crossroads Classic, Indianapolis, Ind.) - 2:00 PM

12/20/2011 vs. IPFW - 6:30 PM

12/28/2011 at Iowa - 9:30 PM

12/31/2011 vs. Illinois - 4:00 PM

1/5/2012 at Penn State - 8:00 PM

1/8/2012 at Minnesota - 6:00 PM

1/12/2012 vs. Wisconsin - 7:00 PM

1/17/2012 vs. Iowa - 8:00 PM

1/21/2012 at Michigan State - 12:00 PM

1/24/2012 vs. Michigan - 7:00 PM

1/28/2012 at Northwestern - 4:00 PM

2/4/2012 vs. Indiana - 7:00 PM

2/7/2012 at Ohio State - 9:00 PM

2/12/2012 vs. Northwestern - 6:00 PM

2/15/2012 at Illinois - 8:30 PM

2/19/2012 vs. Michigan State - TBA

2/22/2012 vs. Nebraska - 6:30 PM

2/25/2012 at Michigan - TBA

2/26/2012 at Michigan - TBA

2/29/2012 vs. Penn State - 6:30 PM

3/4/2012 at Indiana - 6:00 PM

3/10 - 13/2011 at Big Ten Tournament, Indianapolis, Ind. - TBA

Did you know...

Purdue University has the second-largest international student population among U.S. public universities and is fourth overall, according to the 2011 Open Doors report released Monday (Nov. 14) by the Institute of International Education. Read more.




New Commenting Features at

In an effort to help generate more conversation about Purdue Alumni happenings in the LA and OC area we have implemented many new commenting features at our website.  

The following is a short list of the major features being introduced today:

· Social Sharing - Share articles via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and email

· Use Preexisting Accounts - Use your Google/Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, or Yahoo accounts to comment on each article

· Real Names - Using these accounts will help identify real people much like Facebook commenting works today.

Go to this article to find out more details: Link

 Twitter: @labadgers 
 Contact: Rob Webb, 858-722-4574, 



12/27 - UW vs Nebraska Basketball
1/28 - Badger Winter Beach Bar Party Bus
1/2 - UW vs. Oregon - Rose Bowl
2/4 - UW vs. Ohio St. Basketball 
2/7 - Q1 2012 Leadership Meeting
2/25 - UW vs. Ohio St. Basketball

For folks who like an extra reminder, LA Badgers send an evite about a week prior to most events. All the information contained in the evite is on the website. Please email Robert at if would like to be added to the distribution list.  ON WISCONSIN!

UW Orange County



Monday, Jan. 2nd: ROSE BOWL; Wisconsin versus Oregon; Kick-off 2:10 PM PST. See the WAA 2012 Rose Bowl Information website for all the game details.

Wednesday, Jan. 10th: OC Badgers Board Meeting 6:30 PM at iHop (18542 MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine; across from John Wayne Airport); all are welcome to attend. Book Club, Young Family Alumni, Golf Committee, Scholarship Committee, Membership, Social Co-Chair, and Treasurer Positions are Open. We will also be holding President & VP elections. If interested, please attend meeting!

November 2011 - March 2012: Badger Basketball Viewing at Classic Q's!  Come cheer on our Men's Basketball Team as they make a run for the Final Four!

SAVE-THE-DATE: Feb 25: 11th Annual Big Ten Beer & BowlingON WISCONSIN!



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