“The call.” You know what I’m talking about. The call that makes or breaks a deal, a heart or something else very important. Sometimes “the call” is unexpected.
I received one of these earlier this spring when UCLA called out of the blue, inviting me to be a panelist at Alumni Day... Read More »
You heard it first at UCLA Alumni Day: Evan Kleiman’s Angeli Caffe is popping up every Monday night for the next month, complete with the same kitchen crew, servers and food. The downside - all reservations for Angeli in its temporary location, The Charleston in Santa Monica, sold out so quickly that it brought down the software of Open Tables, the online reservation service. Watch Kleiman’s Twitter feed and blogs, because you never know where Angeli will pop up next.
Bruin Olympian Ann Meyers Drysdale ’79 will be signing her new book, You Let Some Girl Beat You? The Story of Ann Meyers Drysdale, co-authored by Joni Ravenna and foreword by Julius Erving, on Saturday, May 5, noon, at the UCLA Store. Not available yet to the retail market, UCLA is the only place where you will be able to get the book until it’s general release in the summer. Autographs limited to books, DVDs and CDs purchased at the UCLA Store. No memorabilia, please. The UCLA Store reserves the right to limit the number of items to be signed.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ’69 will be signing his new children’s book, What Color is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors, co-authored by Raymond Obstfeld and illustrated by Ben Boos & A. G. Ford, on Saturday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. at the UCLA Store. Other titles and DVDs authored by Abdul-Jabbar will be available for signing. Autographs limited to books, DVDs and CDs purchased at the UCLA Store. No memorabilia, please. Arrive early. The line will be cut off appropriately to end the event. The UCLA Store reserves the right to limit the number of items to be signed.
They are both actors, writers, directors, producers, husbands and fathers. Sean Astin ’97 has garnered critical acclaim for such roles as Sam in Lord of the Rings and the title role in Rudy, and he earned an Academy Award nomination for his live action short, Kangaroo Court. Reza Sixo Safai ’96, M.F.A.’99, earned a prize at the Cannes International Film Festival for his short The Mario Valdez Story as well as the Sundance Audience Award and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Circumstance. They will both join the Life as a Movie panel on UCLA Alumni Day. Chris Gorham ’96 recently stepped down from the panel, due to the changing shooting schedule for his show, Covert Affairs.
Food is shaping our lives and stoking imagination unlike ever before. Today we are fusing what we eat - where it comes from, how it was made, who touches and prepares it – with our own identities in novel ways. I see wine as a natural extension of this evolving picture, and it affords infinite opportunities for exploration. UCLA is where I married my love of wine with my passions for narrative and business. I can’t wait to share my story as a wine writer-entrepreneur (and first time wine producer!) with all of you at Alumni Day 2012. Sante!
Academic Advancement Program alumni, conclude your UCLA Alumni Day experience with a 40th anniversary celebration. Schoenberg Hall will rock
with Latin jazz featuring the Los Angeles Latin Jazz All-Stars. The concert kicks off a two-million-dollar Alumni Summer Program Scholarship Fund that supports AAP students.
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Join UCLA Anderson faculty, alumni and their business-leader counterparts on May 4 for a day-long conference that promises to deliver new ideas on the world of business and the opportunities that lie ahead. Dean Olian will share the state of the school. And you won't want to miss the Economic Forecast. Then join Anderson graduate Marshall Goldsmith Ph.D. ’77 for UCLA Alumni Day opening session.
UCLA is where it all started for me. It is where I discovered my desire to direct, where I was encouraged to write, and where I found my voice. I remember leaving film school with a burning desire to take on the world. That desire turned to fear real quick. "How?" I look forward to sharing the stage with my fellow panelists to help answer that question for the dreamers.
I’m thrilled to return to Westwood for UCLA Alumni Day. Until then, I have several TV hits and wanted to give a heads up on my next one. I’ll be on NBC's Today show on Friday, March 23: Easter fashions for kids...nine mini-models. (Told you I was busy!) Watch for me during the fourth hour with Hoda and Kathie Lee.
As the winner of three gold, one silver and two bronze Olympic medals, Jackie Joyner-Kersee ’86 demonstrated her excellence as an athlete. But did you know that she has raised more than $12 million for underprivileged youth in her hometown? Come to UCLA Alumni Day and hear her speak about her life and goals, on and off the field of play.
As past attendees and the leaders of their respective alumni networks, the UCLA Alumni Day Ambassadors are uniquely qualified to share about the enriching and festive experience that is UCLA Alumni Day. You may have even seen them sporting their stylish ambassador buttons at your network meetings. Now you can read their testimonials about the good times that they have had at the event over the years.
Earlier today, award-winning writer, director and producer Felicia Henderson ’84, M.F.A. ’04 confirmed her participation on the Life as a Movie panel at UCLA Alumni Day. Henderson created the landmark Showtime hit Soul Food: the Series, the longest-running drama featuring African-Americans in television’s history. She has brought her unique touch as writer and co-executive producer to such high-profile shows as Gossip Girl, Fringe and Everybody Hates Chris. Henderson says she’s excited at this unique opportunity to come back to meet fellow alumni.
Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold ’82 confirmed his participation today at UCLA Alumni Day. Gold will bring his wit and wisdom to the lively conversation at the panel, The Good Life: Food and Wine and Popular Culture. Gold received the first and only Pulitzer Prize ever awarded for food criticism in 2007 for his work at the LA Weekly. Next week, he will leave the Weekly for the Los Angeles Times.
Want some tips to spice up your weekend menu? You can catch The Good Life panelist Evan Kleiman ’76, M.B.A. ’80 every Saturday morning, 11 a.m. to noon, on KCRW’s Good Food. Or tune in through iTunes radio or on the kcrw.com site. Or check out Evan’s Good Food blog anytime for recipes that will break up the humdrum of preparing your evening meal.
One of UCLA Alumni Day’s most popular events, the UCLA Planetarium show, sells out quickly every year. Register early and secure your opportunity to explore the universe in the comfort of UCLA’s unique and intimate planetarium. Enjoy an up-close and personal tour of interstellar space curated by a UCLA graduate student in astronomy.
Pentatonix demonstrated their vocal prowess last winter on NBC's show, The Sing-Off. The group's impressive chops won them the admiration of celebrity judges, including Sara Bareilles '03, and the competition. On Feb. 15, group members Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola displayed their talents again, creating an impromptu tribute to Whitney Houston. Check out their classy performance of a classic Houston hit, then make plans to come see them live at UCLA Alumni Day.
Chris Gorham ’96 stars in USA Network’s hit drama Covert Affairs, recently picked up for its third season. Chris has had a dynamic career, including roles in Ugly Betty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ryan Murphy’s Popular, which also featured Chris’s wife, Anel ’98. Anel will share their experiences managing life on and off screen while raising a young family.
L’Enfant Terrible has turned Shakespeare’s gory drama into rip-roaring fare for children and their parents to enjoy. It’s a funny and intelligent take on a classic tragedy. Cofounded by Angela Berliner M.F.A. ’07 and Justin Zsebe M.F.A. ’05, the Los Angeles troupe is critically acclaimed for its adaptions of Shakespeare for children.
Listening to the chancellor, feeling incredibly proud of fellow alumni, and being treated so lovely. I Love UCLA."
Just being on campus again, talking to other alumni -- felt like a big family. It was an awesome day."
The renewed sense of belonging, respect, and pride for the school I attended and benefited from."