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March 2011



Dear Fellow BTC Members,

Please sign up today to attend the Hoosiers screening this coming Sunday, March 13. The afternoon begins at Yankee Doodles on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica for the CBS March Madness Selection Show and then moves on to the Criterion Theater for a screening of Hoosiers, considered by many to be one of best sports movies ever made. Two special guests who will attend and speak are Maris Valainis, who played Jimmy Chitwood (who takes the game winning shot at the end of the movie), and Emmy-winning TV producer- director David Anspaugh, who directed Hoosiers and other movies such as RudyThe Game of Their Lives and Fresh Horses. Further information can be found in the newsletter but space is limited and if you have not yet registered I'd encourage you to do so now.

As you may already know, March also includes the annual club service project at the Los Angeles Foodbank, which we will once again co-sponsor with Northwestern. This has turned into a wonderful club tradition as we assist the Foodbank in its efforts to provide food to the needy members of our communities. Then, after a morning of packing and sorting the donated food items, we'll all head out for lunch at a local restaurant. Last year, there were over 30 members of our group who attended the lunch and we hope to have even more this time.      

Finally, I'd like to once again mention the Person of the Year dinner on April 13, when the Club will honor former Paramount Studios CEO (and Northwestern alumna) Sherry Lansing and long-time club volunteer and past president Len Roth (Michigan State) will receive the Member of the Year Award. Held at the beautiful home of the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, this is always one of the highlights of the year for our club and we look forward to the possibility of seeing you then. Further information about the dinner can be found in this newsletter. The dinner can only accommodate 100 guests so I'd encourage you to register sooner than later.

We look forward to seeing you at one - or all! - of these events this spring. As always, check the club's website for the latest club news and events. And, of course, you are always welcome to contact me at 626.334.5676 (home) or

Go Big Ten!


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


3/13HOOSIERS Special ScreeningAMC Criterion Theater / Santa MonicaMarch Madness Kickoff, Jimmy Chitwood Q&A, 25th Anniversary
3/21Officer MeetingConference CallExecutive Committee Members
3/23Past Presidents Dinner The California Club - LA Past Presidents
3/26 Community Service Project Los Angeles Regional Foodbank Volunteer a Saturday morning to package food for the needy 
 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; and Club member Len Roth
 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

HOOSIERS Special 25th Anniversary Screening with Jimmy Chitwood and director David Anspaugh

Sunday, March 13th, 2011 from 3 pm – 7:30 pm (PT)
AMC’s Criterion Theater
1313 3rd Street Promenade 
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Join us Sunday March 13th for a special 25th anniversary screening of the basketball cinema classic Hoosiers.  The evening will also be topped off with a Q&A session with Director David Anspaugh and the film’s game winning star Jimmy Chitwood (Maris Valainas).  Proceeds from this event will go to the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Boyle Heights for a new gymnasium.

The afternoon consists of the following activities:

  • 3:00pm - CBS March Madness Selection Show viewing at Yankee Doodles on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica
  • 4:30pm - HOOSIERS Special movie screening followed by Q & A program with director David Anspaugh and Maris Valainas, aka Jimmy Chitwood at Criterion Theater on 3rd Street Promenade
  • 7:00pm - Event ends

Don’t miss your chance for a fun filled family friendly Sunday afternoon.  RSVP HERE.


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 HERE 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. RSVP HERE

You may also direct questions and RSVP to Ron Holsey (NU) at

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

April 13, 2011 - Tournament House, Pasadena

Northwestern alumna Sherry Lansing is a former actress and American film studio executive. In 1984, she was the first woman to head a major film studio when she was named president of 20th Century Fox. Later, as an independent producer, she was responsible for such successful films as Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal and The Accused. She returned to the executive ranks in 1992 when she was appointed head of Paramount Studios, and during her highly successful 12-year tenure oversaw such hits as Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic, the highest grossing movie of all time! 

In 1996, she became the first woman studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2005, became the first woman studio head to place her hand and foot prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater. In 2001 Ladies Home Journal named her one of the 30 most powerful women in America. 

Her immense talents and energies are now devoted to the Sherry Lansing Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer research and supporting public education, art and culture. Stand Up To Cancer and the EnCorps Teachers Programs are just two of the foundations initiatives, benefitting our local communities. 

Sherry is married to the director William Friedkin, who won an Academy Award for The French Connection, and has directed over 30 other movies including The Exorcist, Rules of Engagement and The Hunted. 

The Club is also delighted that Len Roth (Michigan State), a former Big Ten Club president and long-time volunteer, will be recognized with our Member of the Year Award. Len has served the club well for many years and this will give us the opportunity to say an official thanks to him for all that he has done. 

Until March 1, only BTC members will be able to register. After March 1, the dinner will be open to non-club members and may quickly sell-out so we encourage you to register now.

SAVE THE DATE - July 30, 2011

Big Ten Outing to the Hollywood Bowl - 8:30 pm

Featuring Michael Feinstein and television stars Dick Van Dyke, Florence Henderson (of the Brady Bunch), Vanessa Williams, Cheyenne Jackson, and others

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.



Gallery KM: Exhibit and Reception 

Sunday March 13 | 2–4 p.m.Gallery KM ( Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Corner of Yale and Santa Monica) 310.828.1912 Pricing:$5/person donation at the door Gallery KM, owned by Pat Klowden, AB’67, ... more

Heal the Bay Beach Clean Up 
Saturday March 19 | 10 a.m. Heal the Bay is dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy, and clean. Join alumni and hundreds of LA neighbors to help Heal the Bay ensure that there is nothing but sand on our local beaches.Open to all alumni and ... 

Chemistry Alumni Reception at the ACS Meeting 

Tuesday March 29 | 5 p.m. Please join faculty, alumni and friends of the University of Chicago chemistry department for a reception at the American Chemical Society Spring National Meeting. We will toast Professor Stephen Kent, who will receive the Alfred Bader Award later in the e ... more





Facebook: Indiana Alumni in Southern California

Whale Watch – Saturday March 19th, 9:30am – 1:00pm

It’s a 3 hour tour hosted by Indiana University Los Angeles Chapter.  The tour is 10:00-1:00 and we need to be at the dock between 9:30 and 9:45 to check in. It is $10 for Big Ten Club and Indiana University Alumni - both children and adults (regularly $23). After the whale watch, we will head to Nadja's for burgers and beer if you are interested.  To reserve your spot, email Cindy Strong at no later than March 10th.  Please be sure and register so we can send you any last minute changes.

Redondo Beach Marina, 233 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (310) 372-2111

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  323-465-1750


Orange County

Upcoming Events

U-M Symphony Band @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
Sunday, May 29

Its a little ways away yet, but the University of Michigan Symphony Band will be performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this upcoming May.  The performance will celebrate the culmination of the U-M Symphony Band?s May 2011 tour to mainland China.  Its presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and will feature compositions by U-M faculty including William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster and Bright Sheng as well as Alumni favorites performed by the critically acclaimed Symphony Band.

Tickets can be purchased at the link below.  Please purchase tickets from the Music School instead of from the LA Phil.  The Music School has reserved most of the tickets for Alumni, and we will all be seated together.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is world-renowned for being an acoustic pleasure.  Combined with the Symphony Band, this is sure to be an amazing performance!

UM Orange County


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 Spring 2011 event schedule, including Long Beach wine tasting and a LA Kings hockey game.

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

P.S. Keep up with the chapter!

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! 



Northwestern Dance Marathon Sets New Record! 

Thanks to the LA area Northwestern alumni who participated in this year's Dance Marathon Trivia Night.  A fun time was had by all and we raised over $300 in support of Dance Marathon.

Dance Marathon 2011 had more than 900 dancers and, for the first time, passed the million dollar mark, raising $1,019,130!  The money will go to the Children's Heart Foundation and the Evanston Community Foundation to fund vital research and important programming in the Evanston community.  Here's a link to North by Northwestern's coverage of the event:


The NU Club of LA is excited to announce its first in a series of neighborhood Happy Hours. Join us at Copa D'Oro in Santa Monica on Monday night, March 14, for good food, good cocktails and great company.

There's no cover charge and the $5 drink and food specials last all evening long, so come on out and catch up with your fellow alums on the last day before March Madnesstakes over. 

This is this first in a series of casual after-work get-togethers that the NU Club of LA is going to be hosting around town, from Burbank to Silverlake and everywhere in between, so help us kick it off in style at the club Yelpers give 4 stars and call the "Best Happy Hour in Santa Monica."

Event: C'mon, Get Happy Hour

Date: Monday, March 14, 2011
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Admission: No cover charge
Place: Copa D'Oro, 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Then, join us at one of most rewarding recurring events as we volunteer at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank on Saturday, March 26th (See pg 3 for details).  Bring friends, neighbors, and family (kids must be 14 and older) to spend the morning volunteering to help this cause that helps so many others. 




Los Angeles:
PSU LA – South Bay

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

Local alumni host a great event for the kids!


BBQ at Eberle Winery
Saturday, 04/30/11 at 12:00pm
Join Penn State alumni and friends for a BBQ at Eberle Winery in Paso Robles hosted by PSU alumnus and renowned winemaker Gary Eberle!

Save The Date: 21st Annual Community Service Day for Hillsides
Saturday, 05/14/11 at 9:00am
Sign up today for our 21st annual Community Service Project with Hillsides in Pasadena. It's a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with your fellow Penn Staters and help out a fantastic organization!

Wanna go CAMPING?
Date To Be Determined.
Join us for the chapter's first campout in June!


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:


“State” Patrick’s Day
March 11, 2011
Time TBD
Silky Sullivan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub
10201 Slater Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708 

Check the website (“Events”) in the coming weeks for times.

PSU vs. LBSU Men’s Volleyball
March 12, 2011

Long Beach State University
The Walter Pyramid
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Join the OC Chapter to cheerlead the PSU Men’s volleyball team on March 12 at LBSU!  Don’t miss out on this $6.00 special group rate that will surely sell out!  For information or to reserve your tickets, go to PSU LA Men's Volleyball or  For more information: Brian Snyder, Sports Chair, (714) 893-1936 or Last day to send checks is Feb. 20. Tickets will be at a pre-game Happy Hour or at Will Call 20 minutes prior to game time.

Happy Hour Pre-Game 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Riley’s Belmont Shore – 5331 E 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803
Parking: on street free and metered
Dress Code: PSU Casual
RSVP for ample seating to Joan McLane or Brian Snyder


April 15 OCCPSAA Bowling Party TBA
May 14 Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner TBA

Board Meeting are held every 4th Tuesday of the month in Irvine.


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 the2010-11 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.  (The next meeting is scheduled for March 22, 2011.) 




President Cordova coming to LA as part of Purdue on the Road - Tuesday, March 15 

President France A. Córdova & Purdue Alumni Executive Director & CEO Kirk Cerny
cordially invite you to join fellow Boilermakers at the

Purdue on the Road Reception
featuring remarks by President Córdova and Kirk Cerny

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.  

Trump National Golf Club
1 Ocean Trails Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, California      

R.s.v.p to the Office of Special events
(800) 213-3044, (765) 494-0900 or
Registration fee $20.00 per person
Valet parking only, $10
Please advise of special needs
Business Casual 

Running to Raise Purdue Scholarships

Robin Fichtelberg, BS '89, is running the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 20.  Besides the personal satisfaction of actually finishing - and hopefully beating her 5 hour 7 minute time from last year, she'd like to raise money for the club scholarships given to students from LA and OC attending Purdue.  The race is 26.2 miles - perhaps a dollar per mile? $5 per hour?  Robin will match the first $1,000 raised.  Donations are tax deductible if given directly to Purdue.  Please email Robin ( for more information.  Thanks for helping!   

Hope to see you out there cheering Robin and 25,000 other crazy people on!        

Please contact Robin Fichtelberg if you are interested in donating at 

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



3/11-13 - Bucky vs The Big Ten 
3/17-4/4 - 
Bucky vs The NCAA 

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!




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