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Summer 2012 Happenings


Published Jul 1, 2012 8:00 PM

Association Events

Student Send-offs: Welcoming the Newest Bruins


The Bruin family got bigger last spring, a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more diverse. UCLA admitted more than 15,000 freshmen out of a record pool of more than 70,000 applicants for fall 2012. When the dust settles, UCLA expects about 5,425 new freshmen, including the approximately 4,000 seats traditionally reserved for Californians.

“Our newest Bruins will make up UCLA’s most ethnically, geographically and socioeconomically varied class to ever,” says Ashli Wolf, director of Bruin Recruitment. “All 50 states and 69 countries are represented in this incoming class. Many of them are the first in their families to go to college. This diversity opens up new opportunities for students and alumni all over the globe.”

“We want to welcome these new Bruins to UCLA,” says Alex Gruenberg ’08, senior manager, alumni networks. “Giving them a good introduction to UCLA is one of the best ways alumni can help ensure their success.”

Each year, alumni networks all over the country host student sendoffs for freshmen and transfer students and their families. These events welcome them all into the UCLA community, acquaint them with the UCLA support they have in their communities, and make sure they learn the 8-Clap. An active volunteer with the alumni network in Washington, D.C. before he joined the UCLA staff, Gruenberg witnessed first-hand how much students and alumni both gain from these events.

“Incoming students love the chance to meet other Bruins,” he says. “It really gets them excited to be welcomed into the whole UCLA experience by people who have been there.”

“I really appreciated the efforts to make that Bruin sendoff a blast,” says current UCLA student Caresse Vuong, remembering the San Diego sendoff she attended before coming to UCLA. “Meeting fellow students and alumni only reassured me that UCLA was the place for me.”

While the students get excited about UCLA, their families take comfort in seeing their new Bruins warmly welcomed, and find out they are part of the UCLA community, too.

“Parents are grateful to meet one another,” says Jaclyn Min Park ’89, who welcomed local Bruins in Santa Barbara. And they get their first glimpse at the vast UCLA network that their students are joining for the rest of their lives. Alumni benefit from the experience, too.

“It’s our pleasure to host the welcome picnic,” says June Kim ’65, who helps organize the Orange County Network’s student sendoff each year. “We love meeting new students and seeing the excitement on their faces.”

From July to September, alumni will host more than 20 Student Sendoffs – a new record for UCLA – all across California and in cities in 13 additional states, from Seattle to Miami, Dallas to Chicago.

For information about the event closest to you, visit To plan an event in your area, contact Ashli Wolf at or at (310) 825-5188.

Fifth Annual Nachos and Networking

Mingle with the San Fernando Valley Network, Bruin Professionals and Chancellor's Associates.

July 30 / Mon / 6 p.m. Location: Sagebrush Cantina, Calabasas. E-mail:


Photo courtesy of:The San Diego Padres.

Exclusive "On the Rooftop"

The San Diego Network, through Jeff Moorad '78 (vice chairman of the San Diego Padres), takes over the rooftop of the Western Metals Building at Petco Park as the Padres play the Chicago Cubs.

Aug. 7 / Tues / 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $65. Location: Petco Park, San Diego. E-mail:

San Diego Bruins get VIP treatment and a rooftop view of a National League game between the homestanding Padres and visiting Chicago Cubs at Petco Park.

Happy Birthday, BruinWorks

In just one year, UCLA's professional networking site has helped Bruins find jobs and opportunities where they live. BruinWorks, available exclusively to UCLA graduates, streamlines the professional networking experience, facilitating trustworthy interactions among its growing user base of 11,000 members.

Year-round. Web:


Photo by: Todd Cheney.

UCLA Film and Television Archive

UCLA Alumni Association members save $2 off general admission to all screenings by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The archive presents an eclectic mix of more than 400 films and videos each year, combining the best of the classic and the new, the mainstream and the cutting edge.

Year-round. Location: Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum. Phone: (310) 794-8888. Web:

The Los Angeles Athletic Club

The Los Angeles Athletic Club is the premier athletic and social private club in Los Angeles. Since its founding in 1880, the club has been a haven for up-and-coming members of the Los Angeles community. The UCLA Alumni Association partners with the club to provide special access for UCLA alumni. The initiation fee (valued up to $500) will be waived for life members.

Year-round. Phone: (213) 630-5200 E-mail: Web:

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