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Fall 2017 Happenings


Published Oct 1, 2017 9:00 AM

Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS

Photo courtesy of UCLA Alumni Association.

Beat 'SC Bonfire and Rally

As the countdown to the UCLA-USC game approaches, Bruins will gather under night skies to light a 30-foot tower of wooden pallets in a bonfire of pride and spirit. Hosted by the Student Alumni Association, this annual, student-run tradition unites alumni, students, celebrities and performers with players and coaches in anticipation of a UCLA football victory against crosstown rival USC. Fans worldwide may access the event via livestream.

NOV. 15 OR 17 / TIME TBA. Location: Wilson Plaza, UCLA campus. Web:

A Veterans Day Commemorative: Remembering Our Fallen

Join author, historian, speaker and research expert Bill Beigel ’80, M.A. ’83 and the UCLA Veterans Network to pause, remember and hear the stories of UCLA alumni who fought and died to save the world and our freedom in the Second World War. Beigel’s work — featured by USA Today, CBS News and dozens of other media outlets — has highlighted service histories, lives, deaths, and the last acts in wartime of soldiers and of entire fighting squads.

NOV. 9 / THURS / 6-8 P.M. Location: James West Alumni Center, UCLA. For information or to RSVP:

UCLA Alumni Mentor Program Orientation

Help students build a bright future by sharing your academic, career and personal development insights as a mentor. You can interact through social and volunteer events, mixers and workshops, but mentorship is not confined to campus. Geographically dispersed pairings can establish closeness through Skype or FaceTime chats and virtual events. Sign up by early October for the best chance to be matched as a mentor. Attend the Mentor Program Orientation in person or by livestream.

NOV. 8 OR 12 / 7-9 P.M. Location: Ackerman Grand Ballroom, UCLA. Register: Join and select "Willing to be a Mentor"

Business Leaders, the Sharpe Fellows Program Needs You

Recruitment for UCLA’s William Sharpe Fellows Program for Undergraduate Internships is in full swing, with industry leaders from the fields of investment banking, finance, consulting and technology coming on board and students vying for one of 40-50 places in the 2018 cohort. The program, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on September 14, occupies a distinguished position in the suite of programs that has become “Partnership UCLA.”

Named in honor of Nobel Laureate and UCLA alumnus William F. Sharpe ’55, M.A. ’56, Ph.D. ’61, the creation of the Sharpe Fellows program was spearheaded in the Department of Economics by Professor Andy Atkeson, director of business economics, and Kevin Albert ’74, M.B.A. ’78, member of the economics board of visitors, both of whom recognized the need to draw business leaders to UCLA. The program’s founders felt that success in the business world required the critical thinking skills developed through a liberal arts education.

“We knew UCLA had bright, capable students who could make a positive impact on their chosen industry — we just had to get them the exposure to the right people and coach them into how to put their best foot forward,” Albert says. “Partnering with the economics department to launch this program was not only a great way to give back to my alma mater, but a way to make a contribution to my industry.”

The program was created to address the needs of three groups of people: employers who liked the academically ambitious students UCLA produces, but who had stopped coming to campus simply because it was too expensive to sift through the hundreds of applications they would get for each job opening; students who had the raw talent to succeed in those industries, but not the exposure or polish needed to ace an interview; and alumni who had succeeded in these fields without extensive connections but who wanted to establish the kind of network that, for example, is present at Ivy League schools. Crucially, Atkeson saw in these alumni a “remarkable eagerness to come back and get involved. They know that even a brief meeting can have a huge impact on the course of a student’s life.”

The program, which runs for an entire academic year plus the following summer, is geared to juniors with at least a 3.2 cumulative UCLA GPA who expect to graduate in the following academic year. (The recently created Simon Fellows program is an extension of the Sharpe Investment Banking portion for candidates interested in careers on the buy-side of the industry.) During the school year, fellows have opportunities to connect with industry mentors, alumni and other students. New this year are “peer mentors” — students from the previous year’s cohort.

These nurturing and interconnected relationships — involving students, alumni, industry leaders, former mentees and even program staff — are the key to building the community of support, mentorship and partnership that makes the Sharpe Fellows program a great success and a shining example of what UCLA can offer students as well as alumni.

To get involved with the William Sharpe Fellows Program as a mentor or employer, email



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