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June 2011


Dear Fellow BTC Members,

Sign up by June 27th for our annual Hollywood Bowl picnic and concert - thanks to the local Nebraska Club for being our Co-sponsor.  Also, August 10th is our yearly Caucus with the Tournament of Roses.  Keep up with our club news and event calendar at  We hope to see you at some of our events.

We would love to hear from you.  If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please contact us.  We are always looking for new event ideas or ways to improve the club for our members.

Have a great summer and Go Big Ten!!


Steve Green

Big Ten Club of Southern California


 6/14Directors Meeting Billingsley Steak House, West Los Angeles  
 7/30Michael Feinstein & TV Stars Live at the Bowl Hollywood BowlA dazzling parade of classic & popular American songs sung by favorite TV stars of all time
 8/10Annual CaucusPasadena Tournament of Roses Wrigley Mansion 65th Annual dinner event with Tournament of Roses officials & State of the Big Ten plus Swindle Contest
 9/13Directors Meeting Billingsley Steak House, West Los Angeles  
 12/6Directors Meeting Billingsley Steak House, West Los Angeles  
 3/13/12Directors Meeting Billingsley Steak House, West Los Angeles 

Michael Feinstein & the Singing Stars of Television

Saturday, July 30, 8:30 p.m.
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Co-sponsored by LA Nebraska Club


Join BIG TEN friends at our annual Hollywood Bowl outing.  
It is always a great night at the Bowl so grab some friends, show up early, bring bottle of wine & a picnic basket, and enjoy the company of good Midwestern folk.

A dazzling parade of classic and popular songs from the Great American Songbook - from Gershwin and Berlin to New Orleans jazz and Broadway musicals - led by the ambassador of this beloved genre, Michael Feinstein, and sung by some of your favorite television stars of all time.

6-8 pm Picnic at Camrose Park - we have a spot reserved directly adjacent to the Hollywood Bowl parking lot

8:30 pm Concert

RSVP deadline is 6/27

Questions regarding the event:  Call Len Roth, Event Chairman, 818-609-7575 x242,

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.



RAND Lecture - After bin Laden: The United States, Afghanistan, and Pakistan  Date: June 16, 2011 Time: 6:00 p.m. – Registration 6:30 p.m. – Program Location: RAND Corporation 1776 Main Street Santa Monica, CA Program What is the al Qa'ida threat to the United States from Afghanistan and Pakistan... more





Facebook: Indiana Alumni in Southern California


Orange County

Upcoming Events

Fathers Day at Mulligan Family Fun Center, Torrance
Sunday, June 19, 2 - 5pm
Mulligan Family Fun Center
1351 W. Sepulveda
Torrance, CA

Choose from two package options:
Save the date!  Registration link coming soon!

Tropical Paradise
AAUM Members:  $10 (Non-members:  $13)

Rainforest Extravaganza
AAUM Members:  $15 (Non-members:  $18)

Join us in celebrating Father's Day with all sorts of family fun activities!  There's something for everyone to enjoy -- mini-golf, batting cages, go-karts, laser tag, paddle boats, and more.  You get to play as much as you want for 3 hours!  This should be a fun-filled day that our alumni families can enjoy as well as our alumni who just want to get out and play for a day.

Please direct questions to our event organizer, Brett Oberst at

Detroit Tigers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Monday, June 20
Dodger Stadium (1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA)

Save the date!  Ticket sales will open shortly.

Check the website for future info regarding ticket sales and special extras for this event - will be updated soon!

The Amazing Race L.A.
Saturday, July 9
11am - 6pm
AAUM Members:  $35 (Non-members:  $45) 

Registration available starting next week!

Live out your dream of competing in The Amazing Race right here in Los Angeles!  Join the UM Club of LA as we compete against the LA Badgers of Wisconsin in this exciting afternoon that has been called a "scavenger hunt on steroids."  In teams of 2 - 8 people, you'll learn cool new things about Los Angeles that we'll bet you didn't know before you started the race.  Starting location is disclosed after registration.

Get your game on and contact our event coordinators, Michele and Sarah, with any questions at

Volunteer for Sealed With a Wish
Saturday, July 9, 2-5pm
4103 Elmer Avenue
North Hollywood, CA

Please join us to pack boxes for the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, as we team
up with our very own veteran alum, Ret. Col. Randolph Sinnott, a current board
member for Sealed With a Wish.  Some of you may know Randy, as he is our host
for our semi-annual trips to the Magic Castle (also on the board) and Randy also
served in Afghanistan before serving on the board for Sealed With a Wish.

There are only 5 volunteer spots for this rewarding service opportunity!  Lunch
will be provided.

RSVP to Kelly Hanker at to reserve your spot.

UM Orange County

Monday, July 4th, 6:05 pm
Angels Stadium, Anaheim with Fourth of July Fireworks show after the game

Don't miss this fun family event and Go Blue celebration of our nation's birthday!  Tickets $14/Person, RSVP today to Alveris Corson, 949.786.8217 or


Los Angeles:
E Mail:

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


We look forward to seeing you soon!

The UMAA LA/OC Board
P.S. Keep up with the chapter!
Clint, Susan, Pam, Rob & Erica

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! 



The inaugural Southern California Purple and White Gala was a huge success.  More than 400 alumni from across the Southland and across generations gathered at Moca for an evening of music and mingling with a keynote speech by Wildcat football coach Pat Fitzgerald and special appearance by Darnell Autry, star of Northwestern's 1996 Rose Bowl team.  Click here for photos of the event.



Private Tour of the Getty Museum

This popular annual club event features a private one-hour docent-led tour of the collection’s highlights, followed by an opportunity to explore the museum and the gardens on your own or with other alumni. There are two dates to choose from, each limited to 40 participants, so please RSVP soon.

Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00pm 
Saturday, June 25 at Noon  

Non-members: $10
Club members: Free
Parking: $15
For more details, see our event page. 

C’mon, Get Happy Hours
Each month, the NU Club of LA hosts a casual after-work get-together in a different neighborhood around town.  The next event is scheduled for June in Hollywood.  Admission is free. Stay tuned for more details.


 2nd Annual Shakespeare by the Sea
Saturday, June 25th, 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Point Fermen Park San Pedro, CA

If you have never been to Shakespeare by the Sea or maybe never heard of it here is the scoop. Shakespeare by the Sea is a free (yes you read correctly FREE) production of a Shakespeare play.  This year’s performance will be “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”.  The location is in Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.  The show starts at 8:00 but come early (around 7:00) and join are picnic in the park before the play.  Everyone is repsonsable for their own food and drink.

Getting to Point Fermin is easy.  Just take the 110 South till it dead ends into Gaffey St.  Turn Left and continue to head south on Gaffey till Gaffey dead ends into Point Fermin Park.  The parking lot in the park is usually full so park in the lot across the street from the park.  It will be on your right just before you enter the park.

Point Fermin Park is right on the ocean so it does get very chilly at night.  A heavy sweatshirt or a coat is a must and a blanket will also help besides having something to lay down on the ground for the picnic.  Bring a lawn chair for the show and in case we do not save any bench seats.

Finally if you are busy on June 25th but still think Shakespeare by the Sea sounds fun go to and check out the other shows not only in San Pedro but through out the South Bay, Orange County and Pasadena.

To register and let us know you are coming click here.
To learn more about Shakespeare by the Sea click here.
Any question please email

Hope to see you there.

If you have never read or seen "MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING" it is:
A classic romantic comedy about the battle of the sexes: Beatrice and Benedick create fireworks as they fight mutual attraction with razor-edged wit.


Los Angeles:
PSU LA – South Bay

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


Saber Fencing at Avant-Garde Fencers Club

Avant-Garde Fencer's Club
2209 Barry Avenue
West Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 473-8890

Come join your fellow Penn Stater's for an awesome experience. We will be fencing at Avant-Garde Fencers Club in West LA. It is headed by Coach Daniel Costin, who has trained fencing champions at the Olympic level. The fencer's club will be closed to us as a private event. A cap of 25 people can come and join. There is a $30 fee per person. Which includes an hour of instruction with Coach Costin, rental of the club, as well as all rental gear. The retail price for this is $60 per person, so we are getting a 50% discount. This is a great opportunity to come out and try something new for half the price!


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:



Annual Chapter Elections
Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 7:00 PM
HDR Engineering Office
3230 El Camino Real, Suite 200
Irvine, CA
This is our chapter’s most important meeting.  This year we need to fill some key positions.  Please consider joining our Board of Directors or Chairing an event/project.  Meetings are held once a month in Irvine.  Let’s give the same “old” people a break this year.  Contact Erin Norton at to RSVP and for directions.  We will also choose our 2011 Scholarship winners at this meeting.  

Penn State goes to Angels Stadium (Angels vs. Mariners)
Sunday, July 10, 2011, 12:35PM

$22.00 per person Price includes a hot dog and soda. We have a block of 40 tickets.  Contact
OCCPSAA Athletics Chair, Brian Snyder, 714-399-5624 to reserve yours. We have a few tickets left. Bring the whole family!  No refunds.  Tickets are transferable. Send checks payable to OCCPSAA to: Andrew Dale, 1151 Walnut Ave. #10, Tustin CA 92780. 


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.  



 Annual Scholarship Golf Benefit
June 12, 2011 - Castle Creek Escondido

The San Diego Alumni Club has invited us to join them this year for their Second Annual Scholarship Tournament with all proceeds benefiting the club Scholarship Program

For more information on the tournament visit the event page:

Officer/Committee meeting
Saturday, June 18 from 2-4pm
@ El Torito 
7591 Carson Blvd.
Long Beach, CA  90808-2365
In the Towne Center Mall, one block west of 605 Fwy

All are welcome! We are looking for new volunteers to help plan events with the club!  One goal of the meeting is to set up commitees based on location so we can have events in more locations throughout the year.

RSVP to or Natalie @ 317-409-5912 by Thursday, June 16  

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



6/11 - 
West Coast Leadership Conference - OC
6/12 -Cheesehead Classic - OC Badgers Golf Outing 
6/18 - Angel City Brewery Tour and Tasting
6/25 - LA Badgers Doubledecker Party Bus
7/7 - Sony Studios Patio Mixer  

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



Saturday, June 11th: WAA Western Regional Chapter Leader Conference in Orange County, CA! CLICK HERE for all details and to RSVP!

Sunday, June 12th: It's time to RSVP for the 15th Annual "Cheesehead Classic" Golf Tournament & Scholarship Fundraiser on Sunday, June 12th at the beautiful Tijeras Creek Golf Club. Not a Golfer? Come join us after the tournament for the Silent Auction and Banquet. This is the Chapter's biggest fundraising event for the general scholarship fund! CLICK HERE for all event details and registration form.

2011 SAVE-THE-DATE: July 17th Summer Picnic & Student Send-Off plus WAA's 150 Birthday Party Celebration & Aug 6th Relay for Life!
Aug. 14th Del Mar Horse Races;  Aug. 27th Pacific Symphony;  Sept. 17th Light the Night Walk;  Sept. 25th Race for the Cure! 




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