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January 2011



January 10, 2011

Dear Fellow BTC Members,

On behalf of the Big Ten Club Board of Directors, we want to wish you the very best for a Happy New Year in 2011. While all of our teams may not have won their bowl games, I trust that your holiday season was still an enjoyable and memorable one.

As many of you know, December is one of busiest months for the Club and this past year was no exception. Close to 100 members and friends attended the annual holiday party (thanks to all of you who brought a gift for some of the less fortunate children in our community), the Queen's Luncheon at the Valley Hunt Club was another big success and, while the Badgers did not prevail in the Rose Bowl game, it was quite a sight to see almost 3/4 of the Rose Bowl covered in red and white. Several of us also attended the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame's induction luncheon ceremony where Hardern Fry, former Iowa coach, and Leroy Keyes, former Purdue star, were both inducted. It was a busy month indeed and the Big Ten Club was well-represented all over town!

In looking ahead to 2011, I encourage you to participate in the Club's many and varied activities. The Club's Board of Directors meets on January 25 and March 29 and non-Board members are encouraged to attend and learn more about the Club. We are especially hopeful that we can find additional Board members from Iowa, Ohio State and Illinois. If interested in learning more, please let me know.

Our annual spring community service project takes place on Saturday, March 26 at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank - if you have not yet volunteered for this event, why not make this year the one that you do?! We always have a great time while giving back to our local communities and then, afterwards, we'll head out for an enjoyable lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant. And the annual Person of the Year dinner is set for Wednesday, April 13 when we'll honor former Paramount Studies CEO (and Northwestern alumna) Sherry Lansing.    

Finally, don't forget to check the Club's web site for all of the latest news and upcoming events - Better yet, why not bookmark it as one of your 'Favorites' so that you can easily check it out on a regular basis!      

We wish you the very best for the New Year and look forward to seeing you soon at an upcoming Club event.

Go Big Ten!


Jim Jacobs
Northwestern (B.S.)
Wisconsin (M.S.)  


 1/25Board Meeting  Billingsley's Steak House / West Los AngelesDirectors / Past Presidents
and Club members
3/26 Community Service Project Los Angeles Regional Foodbank Annual Event 
 3/29Board Meeting     Billingsley's Steak House / West Los AngelesDirectors / Past Presidents
and Club members
 4/13Person of the Year DinnerTournament of Roses - Wrigley Mansion Honoring Sherry Lansing - former CEO Paramount Studios 


Saturday, March 26th, 2011 from 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM (PT)
Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
1734 East 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA 

We have fun. We do good. We'd love you to volunteer with us Saturday morning, March 26th, for our Club's annual community service project at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. Please RSVP by 3/20. 

Our goal is to have 50 Big Ten friends to volunteer. The Foodbank is a non-profit organization that solicits, stores and distributes donated food and grocery projects to charitable agencies throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. 

As we've done in past years, we'll sort, clean and repackage donated items for a morning under the direction of the Foodbank staff and then, if there's interest, we'll head off to lunch at a local restaurant. This is always a rewarding event to participate in, it's free, and you will receive good karma for another year. 

Please note: the minimum age to volunteer is 14. 
  • Make a positive difference for our Los Angeles community 
  • It's really not horrible work...some even claim it to be fun 
  • Meet other good looking and smart Big Ten alumni 
  • Advance the good name of the Big Ten Club of Southern California 
Co-Sponsored by the Northwestern University Club of Los Angeles. 
Questions? Jim Jacobs, Big Ten Club Vice President (NU) at or call him at 626.334.5676 (home)

APRIL 13th - Save the Date!

Person of the Year Dinner Honoring Sherry Lansing - former CEO Paramount Studios

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 p.m.

Tournament of Roses House, Pasadena 

The Club will proudly honor Sherry Lansing at our annual Person of the Year Dinner on April 13 and invitations will be sent next month. For now, please save the date on your calendar and make plans to attend. Since we expect an excellent response to this special event, and the Tournament House can only seat 110 for dinner, we encourage you to RSVP as soon as you receive your invitation. The February newsletter will have further information about the dinner.

Sherry Lansing (born July 31, 1944) is a former actress and American film studio executive. She is former CEO of Paramount Pictures, and when president of production at 20th Century Fox was the first woman to head a Hollywood studio. In 1996, she became the first woman named Pioneer of the Year by the Foundation of the Motion Picture Pioneers, and the first woman studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, she became the first woman studio head to place hand and foot prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater.  In 2001, she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal, and The Hollywood Reporter named her fourth on its Power 100 list in 2003.

New Newsletter Editor- Nathan Reynolds (WI)

Nathan Reynolds, a Wisconsin graduate and new member of the Big Ten Club, has offered to take over the responsibility of producing the Big Ten Club Newsletter!  Please note that if you would like something posted in the newsletter, you will need to send an email to

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 or cell (714) 390-5190 if you would like to help in this important position.


January 25, 2011 | 6–10 p.m.BarFood ( Wilshire Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90026This event is free! Just buy your own food and drinks.Come mingle with other young alums over drinks and snacks. Let’s start the year with some fun. O ... more

University of Chicago Los Angeles Club Goes to the Santa Anita Races 
 Sunday, February 27 | 12–3 p.m.Come spend the day at Santa Anita Park, home to Seabiscuit - winner of the famous race with War Admiral in 1938 and subject of the recent movie. We will learn about historic Santa Anita and have a handicappe ... more


 No updates other than our basketball team is off to a good start at 3-0 in the Big Ten. 


No updates other than our basketball team is not off to a good start at 0-3 in the Big Ten. 

Indiana Alumni in Southern California

Our annual “BTOWN in TINSELTOWN” (formerly “Kirkwood on Melrose”) will be held at Capitol City in Hollywood on February 12, 2011 from Noon – 6pm. This is one of our biggest events of the year. Not only will we cheer the Hoosiers on as they play Michigan in basketball, we will have raffles, giveaways, BTOWN menu and drinks, and entertainment provided by local IU Hoosier alumni in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more information.  Questions? 

IUAA Los Angeles has a new game watch home.  Please join us at Capitol City and be sure and tell them you are with Indiana University for Happy Hour prices.  Capitol City mgr Brian Shober is expecting us.

Capitol City
1615 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Orange County

JOB POSTING:  Head Football Coach


Los Angeles:
E Mail:

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 


Stay tuned for details on our Winter/Spring 2011 event schedule, including Long Beach wine tasting and a LA Kings hockey game.

· Long Beach Wine Tasting - late January / early February TBD

· Minnesota Wild hockey game @ LA Kings, Staples Center, Thursday, February 24, 7 pm

We look forward to seeing you soon!
The UMAA LA/OC Board
Clint, Susan, Pam, Rob & Erica

P.S. Keep up with the chapter!

Find us on Facebook We recently changed our Facebook Group to a Page to offer greater functionality in communicating to our members.  If you haven't already, check it out and "Like" our page at

Check out our chapter page on!  Additional updates coming soon.   

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 the above page and you will find links to the membership forms for new and renewing members.  Make sure to use campaign code NP4LA when you register! 

Interested in getting more involved? Send us an email at to express your interest. 




We won our bowl game.
Note we play Michigan in hoo
ps on Tuesday, Jan 12th at 3:30pm. 


Los Angeles:
PSU LA – South Bay

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

Volunteers Needed for Hillsides Annual Benefit, "Diamonds Are Forever"
Join in PSULA's 21-year tradition of supporting Hillsides, a foster care children's charity in Pasadena!

20 Volunteers are needed for Hillsides' annual benefit fundraiser:

  • Date:  Saturday, February 26th, 2011
  • Time:  4PM - 11PM
  • Location:  California Club, 538 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA
  • Attire:  Formal!  Jackets and ties for men.  Dresses / slacks for women.  For details, please visit:
  • Dinner:  Will be provided to volunteers @ 4PM during orientation.
  • Sign-Up:  Please Click Here by February 15th to sign-up as a volunteer.  Please follow the directions carefully and record your RSVP!  This page looks similar to the check-out used for ticketed social events, but will simply be used to record your contact information.

For 21 years, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association (PSULA) has supported Hillsides, a foster care children's charity, through volunteer service.  Although we are primarily known for our ongoing efforts to beautify the Hillsides campus, we are expanding our support of Hillsides through particpation in additional events as well.

Among those, this year, our chapter will be providing volunteers for Hillsides' annual benefit fundraiser, "Diamonds Are Forever".  This event is the primary fundraiser for Hillsides, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.  Our volunteers will be assisting with guest check-in, as well as the live and silent auctions.  Our service ensures that the event runs smoothly, and is greatly appreciated by Hillsides!

For the first time, Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show Loveline, as well as Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew on VH1, will serve as master of ceremonies and celebrity auctioneer.  In addition to a chance to mingle with fellow alumni and hob-nob with celebrities, "Diamonds Are Forever" is a wonderful opportunity to expand our organization's contribution to Hillsides.

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 to register or email Joe Fugarino at for more information.  The L.A. Lion wants you!

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:


January 25:  7pm, Board of Directors Meeting, HDR Irvine
January 30th: 8pm, Musical Review of Hair, OC Performing Arts Center
February 22: 7pm, Board of Directors Meeting, HDR Irvine
February 26: TBA, Academy Awards Party, TBD


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, 512-9597 prior to each meeting date. 




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


Jan 12th - School of Journalism Event - Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza 7pm  The Future of Journalism: News or Entertainment?

Jan 15th - Bucky vs. The Fighting Illini - Basketball Viewing Party - Busbys Santa Monica 12pm  Brats, Curds, Drink Specials, Badger Music, Prizes and Badger Fans.

Jan 18th - Monthly Badger Networking Happy Hour - Busbys - Santa Monica 5:30pm   Meet other profession Badgers for an informal monthly networking happy hour

January 30th - Bucky Goes Wine Tasting - San Antonio Winery, Los Angeles 12pm Tour LA's Historic winery while enjoying fine wine and gourmet lunch

Feb 6th - Bucky vs the Spartans - Basketball Viewing Party - Busbys Santa Monica - 10am  Brats, Curds, Drink Specials, Badger Music, Prizes and Badger Fans.. I can't wait

Feb 7th - Q1 LA Badgers Networking Speaker Series - Busbys East - 7pm  Listen to Dr. Richard Green former head of UW real Estate Dept. and current USC Professor

With so many great events, we need volunteers to help run them. If you're interested, please email or attend our next Q1 Leadership Team Meeting on February 15th 

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.


January 22Big Ten Happy Hour, Max's Sports Grill, 5-7pm, Have fun with Big Ten friends as we enjoy beer specials and food discounts. Questions?  Contact Emily Sauter at 




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Nathan Reynolds, editor

Derek Hildebrandt,
Feb 10, 2011, 8:45 PM