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Published Apr 1, 2017 8:00 AM


Arts & Entertainment / Sports / ALUMNI EVENTS


Courtesy of UCLA Alumni.

Interview With a Bruin

The job interview is the most crucial part of the job hunt. To give students a cutting edge, Interview With a Bruin pairs experienced alumni with UCLA students to help them sharpen their interview skills. Alumni conduct mock interviews and give students valuable feedback and professional advice. Volunteering takes only a few hours and can make a positive impact on a student’s life. The event is also a great opportunity to network with other professional alumni from a variety of fields and outstanding students. Stick around for a reception immediately following the second round of interviews.

APR. 25 / TUES / 5:30–9 P.M. Location: James West Alumni Center & Ackerman Grand Ballroom. Web: alumni.ucla.edu/traditions/interview-with-a-bruin/foralumni/ .

Rose Bowl Bruins Annual Day at the Races

Dust off your most dapper duds and don a fabulous chapeau, because the Rose Bowl Bruins Annual Day at the Races is fast approaching. Celebrate Kentucky Derby Day in style at the beautiful and historic Santa Anita Park with fellow Bruins. Enjoy fashion, food and fun as the Rose Bowl Bruins take off to the races!

MAY 6 / SAT / GATES OPEN AT 10:30 A.M., LUNCH AT 11:30 A.M., FIRST POST AT NOON. Location: Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007. Contact: rosebowlbruins@alumni.ucla.edu.

Social Enterprise Academy Final Showcase

Want to experience student programming at its finest? Join other Bruins at the Sixth Annual UCLA Social Enterprise Academy Final Showcase and Pitch Competition, hosted by the UCLA Division of Social Sciences, Partnership UCLA and the Academies for Social Entrepreneurship. Watch student teams representing local community organizations pitch innovative business ventures for more than $30,000 in cash prizes!

JUNE 9 / FRI / 3 P.M. Location: Northwest Campus Auditorium, UCLA. Contact: partnership@partnership.ucla.edu. Register: partnership.ucla.edu/seacademy.


It’s Time for Spring Sing

Every year, Spring Sing draws thousands of students, celebrities and alumni to Pauley Pavilion for a night of spectacular entertainment. So be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, May 19, and come experience the musical, comedic and performance talents of your fellow Bruins at Spring Sing 2017.

Spring Sing has a long, star-studded history that reaches back to the early days of the university. Originating in 1945 under the direction of William Ackerman, Spring Sing began as a singing competition among fraternities held in Royce Hall. However, the event quickly gained popularity in the community and overflowed into the historic Hollywood Bowl. After a brief hiatus, Spring Sing was revived by an ambitious group of students in 1978 and was finally adopted by the UCLA Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association in 1986.

Today, Spring Sing is a full-fledged entertainment showcase with laugh-out-loud comedy, acrobatic dance performances and musical talent that could rival any Top 40 artist. Spring Sing now hosts more than 15 artists who are grouped into six different categories: solo, duet, a cappella, band, production and exhibition. Rounding out the event is Company, a comedy troupe that cracks up the audience between artist performances with sidesplitting skits, songs and parodies. The group has become a Spring Sing staple and audience favorite. Check out Company’s videos and past Spring Sing performances at youtube.com/UCLASpringSing.

Throughout its history, Spring Sing has attracted celebrities and high-profile alumni who attend the event as spectators, judges and masters of ceremonies. In 1952, Ronald Reagan served as a guest judge and master of ceremonies, a position he held for six consecutive years. Actors Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), as well as Grammy Award-winner Paula Abdul, have all participated in Spring Sing as special celebrity judges. Notable Bruins such as Sean Astin ’97 and Saturday Night Live’s Nasim Pedrad have also returned to their alma mater to act as guest judges.

In addition to student performances, the distinguished George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement is presented at the annual event. Established by the Student Alumni Association in 1988, the Gershwin Award is given to an artist or musical group for their contribution to American music. Past award recipients include Ella Fitzgerald (1989), Tom Petty (1996), Stevie Wonder (2002), Julie Andrews (2009) and Anthony Kiedis (2015), who stunned the audience with an impromptu and intimate acoustic musical performance. In 2016, the Gershwin Award went to rock ’n’ roll legends The Who.

Yet Spring Sing would not be possible without those working behind the scenes. Each year, a committee from the Student Alumni Association (SAA) is responsible for the organization and execution of Spring Sing. The opportunity to host such a professional and large event gives SAA students firsthand experience in project management, marketing, business relations and more. From selecting talent to selling tickets, the SAA student committee oversees the success of this one-night-only event.

The stage is currently being set, the talent is warming up and soon the curtain will rise on one of UCLA’s oldest and most dazzling traditions. To buy tickets or to get a sneak peek at who will be rocking Pauley in May, visit alumni.ucla.edu/traditions/spring-sing. Questions about Spring Sing? Send an e-mail to SpringSing@alumni.ucla.edu.

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