Saturday, October 1, 2016

Upcoming Phoenix Ivy Events

The Phoenix Ivy Council is hosting four events this fall: 
·         Southwest Shakespeare Event – On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Phoenix Ivy Council will partner with the MIT Club and the Southwest Shakespeare Group to host a Merchant of Venice play at the Mesa Arts Center. The event will be set up like our successful FilmBar events, where we will have Professor Kent Sorensen speak to our alumni group about the play. We will have a social mixer with a free drink ticket included before the event. Use the "Ivy" code to register
·         2016 Election Forum – On Thursday, October 27, 2016, Dr. Michael O’Neil, prominent political commentator and pollster, will share his insights into the upcoming national and local elections. The elections forum will be held at the University Club with a happy hour before Mike’s presentation.
·         FilmBar Event – On Sunday, November 13, 2016, we will host our second FilmBar classic film event with insightful commentary by ASU Film Studies Professor Joe Fortunato. We will watch the classic film To Kill A Mockingbird. Prior to the film event, we will have a wine and cheese happy hour.
·         Ivy Council Young Alumni Happy Hour – we will forward information in the near future related to our next Young Alumni Happy Hour.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stanford Volunteer Opportunities

Event One: Artist/Musician/Writer Lecturer-Three Openings

Sat, May 14, 2016
10:00AM - 05:00PM for one hour segment
4655 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe AZ 85282 

Are you a professional (not hobbyist) artist, musician, or writer willing to share your expertise? Would you like to discuss your expertise and conduct a one hour, hands on artistic workshop for clients of Arizona Art Awakenings?  Arizona Art Awakenings is a psychosocial rehabilitiation program for adults and art therapy program for youth who are challenged by serious behavioral health issues and mental illnesses. Studios thoughout Arizona offer therapeutic programs and expressive arts therapy in a supportive setting to promote mental health, personal growth, vocational training, and physical wellness through the performing and visual arts. 

Share your expertise in the following areas:
jewelry making
glass fusion or staining
painting, of all varieties
music, instruments of all kinds
writing, poetry website design and blogging
For more information about the program, please visit

Event Two- Food Prep St. Vincent de Paul-Eight Openings

Sat, May 14, 2016
07:30AM - 11:30AM
St. Vincent de Paul Center
1420 W. Watkins St., Phoenix AZ 85002 
Map address
St. Vincent de Paul Center is south of I-17 between 7th and Central Aves. Enter from S. 3rd Drive into the north parking lot by two pink pillars.

Please join us to help prepare food for the homeless in the St. Vincent de Paul kitchen. We will be cutting up vegetables, meats, and preparing other food items, cleaning, and serving food when applicable. Wear comfortable attire: jeans, t-shirt, closed-toed shoes. Kitchen will provide gloves, plastic apron, and hairnet. Volunteers ages 16 and above are welcome. Space is limted to eight additional volunteers.
 If you are interested in either of these volunteer opportunities, please contact
Tracy Jaffe

Friday, June 19, 2015

Brown Alumni Challenge

We received advance notice that next week a new Challenge is being announced by Brown’s Annual Fund. There is an opportunity for us, as a Brown Club to have a Brown Annual Fund Scholarship established in the name of our Club. We need to join together to have the highest rate of participation in order to earn “bragging rights” for this effort.
Gifts of any amount to the Annual Fund will be tallied! If you already made a gift—thank you. If you don’t know if you made a gift—call the Annual Giving office. If you have not made an Annual Fund gift—do it now. The gift can be of any amount!!!! To make your gift go to

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Brown Book Club

The Brown Club of Phoenix is proud to present its first book club event. On Thursday, December 11, Joe Dobrow will present his latest book "Natural Prophets."

The book is available for purchase herehere and here. The book club event will take place at the Phoenix Public Library Burton Barr Branch from 5:45 to 7:30. Contact Faith Klepper '93 at faith(dot)klepper@alumni(dot)brown(dot)edu for more information or to register.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Phoenix Ivy Council May Events

The Phoenix Ivy Council invites Brown alumni to attend the following Ivy events:

Ivy Council/Columbia Club Social Mixer - Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Based on the attendance of over 80 alums at our last Ivy Council social mixer, we will be hosting our spring social mixer on Wednesday, May 14th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  The cost is just $10 per person which will include light appetizers and a no host bar.  This happy hour event will also include a brief special presentation by Lyndsey Fry, US Olympic team Silver Medalist in ice hockey and Harvard undergraduate.  Lyndsey is Arizona's first medalist in the Winter Olympics. 
You can register via this link.
Arizona Diamondbacks Picnic Pavillion - Sunday, May 18th
The Penn Club is hosting for Ivy Council members a fun family event at the Picnic Pavillion at the Arizona Diamondbacks – LA Dodgers game on Sunday, May 18th at 1 pm.   The cost is just $38 per person, which includes private party of the Picnic Pavillion that includes  hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, chips, soda, and water.   To register, please contact Alexa Luzecky at

Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 Salon: Today's Challenges in Local Media

The Brown Club of Phoenix is proud to announce the theme for this year's Salon event: Today's Challenges in Local Media. This is going to be a very special treat for all of you. For the first time, the Salon will bring together four illustrious alumni - Steve Krafft '77, Reporter for Fox 10 News, Dee Dee Sturr '82, Producer for Clear Channel Radio, Mark Rodman '76, General  Manager for Fox 10 News, and Jerry Cobb '83, PIO for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office - to discuss the current (and future) issues facing members of the Fourth Estate.

Please join us at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in downtown Phoenix on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm for this exciting event.

This event is being offered for free and is a Brown 250+ Event. To register, please contact me by comment here or on our Facebook page by Wednesday, April 30 at 5pm.

You won't want to miss this!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

St. Mary's Food Bank Volunteer Event

Phoenix Ivy Council invites Brown alumni to its Eighth Annual St. Mary's Food Bank Volunteer Day on Saturday, December 28, 2013  from 8:00 am to 11:00 a.m.  

We will pack emergency food boxes that will eventually be distributed to Phoenix-area homeless shelters, senior centers, and rehabilitation centers.

Please note that there is a limitation of no more than 125 volunteers for this event.   In past years, we reached this limitation well in advance of the event.  Thus, your RSVP is mandatory to ensure we do not exceed this limitation.

Please RSVP to Tracy Jaffe at if you'd like to participate.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Innovation Summit

The Phoenix Ivy Council would like to invite all Brown Club of Phoenix alumni and their guests to the inaugural 2013 Innovation Arizona Summit on Tuesday, June 11th from 3 pm to 8 pm at the Tempe Center for the Arts.  The Innovation Summit attendees will get to network and hear presentations by successful entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts who will share their best advice, tips on what has worked and hasn’t worked, along with how to avoid pitfalls. We have three featured presentations open for all attendees.  All this and you can enjoy a little noshing and rocking out with a Grammy award-winning artist and his band.
The event is being hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum and Arizona Commerce Authority. 
Event:              INNOVATION ARIZONA SUMMIT 2013
Date:                 Tuesday, June 11
Time:                3PM – 8PM
Location:        Tempe Center of the Arts
Get more details about the event at and register today.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Remember your old mailbox number?

The vintage doors of the student mailboxes were removed when Faunce House was recently renovated and rather than just sending the doors to a scrap yard, Brown partnered with Scholarly Awards to craft beautiful bank mementos. The banks are made with an original mailbox door, and beautiful dark stained wood. The best part is, you can reserve the mailbox you used as a student! The mementos are available strictly on a first come, first serve basis. So reserve your old mailbox number today before every other alumni with the same mailbox number and keep a piece of your college days with you forever. Click here to reserve your mailbox:

Friday, March 15, 2013

Welcome, Class of 2017

The notices are not out yet, but we will soon know who has been admitted to the Brown Class of 2017. Many Brown Club members have worked hard to interview hundreds of applicants. To thank them for their hard work and to welcome our newest Brunonians, we are having a reception at the home of BASC co-chair Jennifer Prendiville. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to me at faith.klepper(at) Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Back to Class

Don't miss our next event! It's our annual Back to Class lecture. Professor Kenneth Wong will present "Improving Public Schools: From Policy to Classroom and Beyond." The Back to Class lectures are always interesting and this one will be no exception.

Back to Class with Professor Ken Wong
February 10, 2013 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arizona Historical Society Museum, 1300 N. College Avenue Tempe
$15 per person, includes 1 ticket to museum

Here is some more information on our illustrious visitor:

Kenneth Wong is the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair for Education Policy at Brown. He has conducted extensive research in the politics of education, federalism, policy innovation, outcome-based accountability, and governance redesign (including city and state takeover, management reform, and Title I school-wide reform).

His research has received support from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, the Social Science Research Council, the Spencer Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Broad Foundation, the British Council, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

He has advised the U.S. Congress, state legislature, governor and mayoral offices, and the leadership in several large urban school systems on how to redesign the accountability framework. Currently, he is co-editor of a major educational policy journal, Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

He is a co-author of The Education Mayor: Improving America's Schools.

As always, if you would like to attend these events, please contact me to reserve your spot.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Alumni Salon

On January 12, engineer Steve Jordan '82 will lead our second alumni salon with a discussion about his work on the new Maricopa County Superior Courthouse Tower.
As you may know, this courthouse was controversial from start to finish. Steve will discuss the challenges of constructing a public building that must serve the needs of judges, lawyers, law enforcement, jurors, victims and witnesses, and the general public.

Alumni Salon with Steve Jordan '82
January 12, 2013 10:30 am - noon
Phoenix Country Day School, 3901 E. Stanford Drive Scottsdale
$10 per person

Here's a brief video introduction to some of the features in the new court tower.

And a view of the tower under construction.

If you're interested in attending, email me at faith.klepper (at)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Happy Hour

For the first time in Brown Women's Soccer history, Brown will be playing in a nationally televised game. The televised event will be the Bears' 2012 Ivy League finale at home against Yale on November 1st at 7PM EST. The game will be featured on the Fox Soccer Channel and we want you to be a part of the action!

When: Thursday, November 1st from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Where: Half Moon Grill, 2121 E. Highland (south of Camelback and 20th Street), Phoenix

Hosted by former Brown soccer player Nicki Barber '93, The Brown Club of Phoenix and The Brown University Sports Foundation.

Come mingle with other Bears and enjoy light appetizers courtesy of BUSF. Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. Game time is 4:00 AZ time and should last about two hours.

Please RSVP by email to Brown Club President Faith Klepper or on our Facebook page (click on the button to the right of this post).

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Volunteer Opportunity

Once again, the Phoenix Ivy Council is volunteering at St. Mary's Food Bank on Thanksgiving. Here's the information if you are interested in helping out.

For Ivy Council alumni interested in community service, they can join us for the 7th Annual St. Mary’s Food Bank Volunteer Event that annually attracts over 100 of our alumni.  This event will be held from 8 am to 11 am.  Last year, we had over 20 people on the wait list, if you would like to participate and since volunteer space is limited, please RSVP to Tracy Jaffe at

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2012 Election Outlook

Polls and Pols: 2012 Election Outlook
Michael O’Neil, PhD
Pollster, Political Analyst and Market Researcher

Less than two weeks before the 2012 election, the Phoenix Ivy Council hosts a reception and presentation on polling and the 2012 election. Mike O’Neil has been conducting public opinion polls that have been widely reported in national and Arizona media for over 30 years. His presentation reflects on what he has learned -- with a special emphasis on aspects that the public often misunderstands.

Given the timing, his presentation will focus on the 2012 Election, but not just who is likely to win.
His aim is to educate the listener about how to figure out how to evaluate polling and attitudinal trends for themselves.

Topics include:

. How the media reports the polls -- why the worst polls can get the most coverage (and why this is unlikely to change)
. How networks “call” elections (what the networks will and won’t tell you about what they know on election night)
. Trends in public opinion: not just data, but with an attempt to explain and interpret trends in a way that listeners can see the underlying patterns.
. The when measured “opinions” are real and how they can be manufactured

Location: the University Club, 39 E. Monte Vista Phoenix (just south of the Heard Museum)
Date: Thursday October 25, 2012
Time: Reception 5:30pm, Presentation 6:30pm
Cost: $20 includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, no host bar (pre-register at
Note: Limited to 100 attendees, likely to sell out. Early booking recommended.

Speaker Bio
Dr. Mike O’Neil has overseen over 1,700 research projects over the last 30+ years -- for just about every type of entity known to man. The only common thread is that each involved understanding what some definable group of people think. His survey research training includes significant work at both of the world’s leading academic survey research institutes: graduate work at the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago and postdoctoral studies at the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
He has been appointed to the faculty at the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois, and Northwestern University before starting his own firm, O’Neil Associates, in 1981. Listed in Who’s Who in America, Dr. O’Neil is a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of Brown University, from which he also holds a Master’s degree in Sociology. His Ph.D. is from Northwestern.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter concert

She's coming to town this Saturday, September 29. If you're going, you're welcome to join other Brown alumni before the concert at AZ88 restaurant in Scottsdale. For more information, check out our Facebook page.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer Social

The Phoenix Ivy Council invites all Brown alumni to attend its summer social gathering on Thursday, July 26 from 6 - 8 pm at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix.

A broad array of free appetizers and hors d' oeuvres will be served in the elegant Clara Vista meeting room. No host cash bar. Cover charge of $5 for alumni classes 2009 and older. Cover charge of only $2 for undergraduates and alumni class 2010 and younger.

Registration is limited to 50 people so hurry and register at the Phoenix Ivy Council website:

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Brown alumnus has designs on ASU

Craig Barton '77 has just been named the director of the ASU Design School. Professor Barton starts his new position in August. Here is the ASU announcement.

After successfully completing an extensive international search, Kwang-Wu Kim, dean and director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, announced the appointment of Craig Barton as a full professor and director of The Design School. Barton, a designer and urban expert, currently is associate professor of architecture and former chairman of the University of Virginia’s Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Barton brings an impressive academic and public service background to The Design School director’s position and begins his new role on Aug. 1, 2012.

“Craig Barton’s vision for the future of design education and his deep engagement with community and place are highly compelling,” said Kwang-Wu Kim. “I believe that under his leadership, The Design School will build upon its many successes and achieve yet higher levels of excellence and innovation.”
Barton, a Connecticut native, said that The Design School’s faculty and its reputation as an innovative, multi-disciplinary, top-ranking program in addition to Arizona State University’s status as the nation’s largest public research university attracted him to the Southwest. “I’m a teacher at heart and I am eager and willing to put myself in a new environment that will require me to learn a new set of limits and opportunities. It’s what designers do,’’ Barton said.

“During Professor Barton's campus visit, it was amazing how fast he was able to develop a collaborative and mutually respectful relationship with the faculty and students in The Design School. He is clearly the leader we need to further advance the school,” said Michael Underhill, executive dean for the Herberger Institute, professor of architecture and chairman of the search committee.

In addition to a long list of academic and civic awards and grants, Barton was editor of the anthology, Sites of Memory: Perspectives on Architecture and Race, Princeton Architecture Press. He has contributed to a range of anthologies including the City of Memory, Row: Trajectories Through the Shotgun House and the recently published Writing Urbanism.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Welcome the Class of 2016

Admissions decisions are out! Brunonians and soon-to-be-Brunonians are invited to attend a welcome reception to the incoming Class of 2016.

When: April 22, 2012
            2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Home of Dee Dee Sturr '82, P'15
RSVP: Email Dee Dee Sturr or call (480) 970-1597

Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Brown Market Shares Program

The Brown Market Shares Program has been chosen from thousands of applicants as one of 15 finalists in the White House's Campus Champions of Change Challenge .  The public can vote until March 3rd to send the top five finalists to the White House for a ceremony.  This opportunity and recognition would be huge for the BMSP and for Brown.  

The students are working hard to get out the vote and have asked the Brown Club of Phoenix to spread the word. Please click on the Challenge link above and vote for the Brown Market Shares Program.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Musical Instrument Museum Event

On Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10 am, the Phoenix Ivy Council will be hosting a docent-led group tour of the Musical Instrument Museum’s (MIM) galleries. For Phoenix Ivy Council group tour participants, vouchers will be available for a $5 discount to a continental breakfast at the MIM Café, beginning at 9:15 a.m.

The admissions includes free access to the “Experience Brazil” festivities that will include vibrant costuming and live Brazilian music, plus original artwork, unique themed-merchandise, a specialty cocktail, and Brazilian cuisine. Go to the Phoenix Ivy Council's webpage to register.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Upcoming Events

Please join us at one or more of the following Brown Club events.

March 17, 2012 2-4 pm: "The Politics of Food" with Ross Cheit. Has our food system become more fragile and less healthy in recent years? Or are we living in an era of remarkable food safety and choice? Or could both of those things be true? Join us at the Burton Barr Branch of the Phoenix Public Library to find out. Cost: $5 per person.

April 29,
2012: BASC Acceptance Party. Join us at the lovely home of BASC area chair Dee Dee Sturr '82 (who stars in this wonderful video) for our annual party celebrating the newly admitted members of the Class of 2016.

April or May (Date TBA): Alumni Salon. Comedian Malik Robinson '99 will give us insight into the tough job of making people laugh in this second in a series of events designed to learn more about the different ways Brown alumni contribute to our community.
To RSVP, please email club president Faith Klepper '93.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Volunteer Opportunity

The Phoenix Ivy Council is volunteering at St. Mary's Food Bank later this month. If you're interested in helping out, please read this message from Stanford alumna Tracy Jaffe:

Hello Past St. Mary's Food Bank Volunteer,

I hope you are doing well. In September I sent you an invitation to join Stanford, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Ivy-Plus alumni at St. Mary's Food Bank to pack emergency food boxes. The food will eventually be distributed to Phoenix-area homeless shelters, senior centers, and rehabilitation centers. I'm sending you this second email because we still have a few volunteer openings. Family members age twelve and older are welcome to participate.

Saturday, November 26 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving), 2011
8:00- 11:00 a.m.
2831 N 31st. Ave.
Phoenix, AZ
602-352-3640 (food bank)

If you'd like to join us, please let me know!


Tracy Jaffe
Phoenix Stanford Chapter

RSVP tracyjaffe(at)

Alumni Salon

Our first ever Brown Club Salon was a success.

Thanks to Professor Espinosa for showing his informative and entertaining documentaries. Professor Espinosa also treated the group to a preview of his upcoming film about San Diego musician "Chunky" Sanchez. We look forward to seeing the completed work.

And thanks to all our attendees for the spirited discussion. We hope to see you all again at our next event!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ivy Council Happy Hour

The Phoenix Ivy Council cordially invites all Brown alumni to attend their next happy hour event. Here are the details:

What: Greet and network with other area alums No-host cash bar Appetizers will be provided

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: R Bar at the Camelback Inn Resort 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Charge: No cover charge (requested voluntary donation for St. Mary’s Food Bank)

For additional information or to RSVP, contact Jon Hall (Harvard, Stanford) at (602) 469-1460,

Friday, October 7, 2011

Our First Ever Alumni Salon

The Brown Club of Phoenix is proud to announce our first ever Alumni Salon, an event where Brown Club members gather to learn about the exciting things our fellow Arizona alumni are doing.

The first presenter is Professor Paul Espinosa '72, an award-winning Filmmaker and Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.  He has been involved with producing films for over 30 years, specializing in documentary and dramatic films focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region.  Espinosa's films have been screened at festivals around the world and have won many awards including eight Emmys. 

Using clips from a number of his films, his presentation will provide a historical and cultural journey through the border region, including: a short introduction to the historical moment which gave rise to the creation of the current border (The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848); a profile of the labor recruitment system for mining in Arizona (Los Mineros); a portrait of the dramatic challenges of living as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. (In the Shadow of the Law); and an examination of how contemporary spoken word artists utilize language to redefine cultural spaces (Taco Shop Poets).

You can see summaries and brief clips of these films at Espinosa's website:

When: Friday, November 4, 2011 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Where: Rosson House Museum, Heritage Square, Phoenix

Cost: $5 per person. First Friday Rosson House tours are also available for an additional $1.

RSVP: By Email

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Executive/Career Coach Webinar Series

Do you need help with your career? Are you stuck in a rut or not where you want to be? If so, join a professional Brown alumni executive/career coach every third Friday of the month, from September through May, for a free career webinar. Presentations will focus on topics important to effective career management. You can find more information about the Executive/Career Coach Webinar Series here.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Incredibowl Fun

To kick off the 2011-2012 Brown Club year, we're going bowling! On August 28 from noon to 2 p.m., we will meet at the new Lucky Strike Lanes in downtown Phoenix for bowling, lunch, networking and all around fun. We're even giving out fun prizes for the best (and worst) bowlers, the littlest competitors (and the most seasoned), the best outfit and more!

Come alone or bring the whole family. All ages and skill sets are welcome, so don't worry if you're a gutterballer like me. The cost includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, and food.

What: Bowling!
Where: Lucky Strike Lanes, 50 W. Jefferson, Phoenix AZ
When: August 28, 2011 12-2 p.m.
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for kids under 15
RSVP: Email me by August 24

Alumni News

Are you a foodie? Check out Perry Herst's (Class of 1986) blog at The latest entries take the reader on some delicious culinary travels. Yum!


Filmmaker Paul Espinosa '72 is developing a new film about San Diego musician Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez. The film is an engaging tale of how art and culture can play a role in achieving justice and social change.  If you're interested in learning more about it or in helping to "kickstart" this project, check out Paul's Kickstarter page.

Finally, former Brown Club president Mike O'Neil '73 recently appeared on PBS' Horizon program to discuss the new Tequila Party. Watch the video here.

Do you have news you'd like to share with your fellow Brown Club members? Email me and we'll spread the word.

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Service for Brown Alumni

Looking for a job, new career, or professional growth? The Brown Alumni Relations team has created a new program that can help!

In February, Alumni Relations launched the Executive/Career Coach Referral Program. According to the launch announcement, the service is
a resource for alumni at every stage, whether actively employed or in transition, who may be facing more complex career and professional development concerns. As many alumni strive to actively manage their careers, obtain leadership positions and encounter work environment challenges, we wanted to develop a resource to assist with these types of scenarios. Alumni Relations is very pleased to offer this referral service to our alumni of a diverse, qualified pool of executive and career coaches – who are also all Brown alumni.

To ensure this program is accessible to the global alumni community, all participating alumni are at ease - and some quite prefer - to work telephonically. Therefore, alumni from smaller cities, rural areas or remote countries have access to the same coaching talent as those from major metropolitan areas.
So so if you hear of a fellow alumni working on their personal or professional branding, struggling with moving to the next professional level or exploring a career move, please let them know about Brown’s Executive/Career Coach Referral Program, the newest addition to the Brown Alumni Career Navigator.

H/T: Brown Club Leaders' Cafe

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Welcome the Class of 2015

The results are in! Admissions decisions have been issued for the Class of 2015. This was a tough year; only 8.7% of applicants were admitted. That's the lowest percentage ever.

Now it's time to meet the newest Bears and welcome them to our beloved alma mater (and convince the ones who are on the fence that Brown is where it's at). Please join us for a welcome reception co-sponsored by our local Brown Alumni Schools Committee:

Saturday, April 30, 2011
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
At the home of Dee Dee Sturr ’82
4363 N. 66th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Email Dee Dee Sturr ’82 by clicking on her name or call (480)970-1597.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Alumni News

Local filmmaker Paul Espinosa '75 will present a series of films starting this weekend at the Musical Instrument Museum.

American Sabor Film Series

February 20, March 27 & May 8, 2011
Sundays @ 2:00pm
Musical Instrument Museum

Film Screenings and Discussion led by Dr. Paul Espinosa

Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music which is on display at MIM through May 18, 2011.

Tickets - Free with museum admission

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music tells the story of the profound influence and impact of Latinos in American popular music. Through a rich display of artifacts, instruments, audio/visual interactives, listening kiosks, and films, this dynamic exhibition showcases some of the most important and iconic Latino musicians of the 20th century, including Los Lobos, Ritchie Valens, Linda Ronstadt, Freddy Fender, Selena, Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, Rubén Blades and Celia Cruz.

The Chicano WaveFebruary 20, 2011, Sunday, 2:00pm

From Ritchie Valens and Freddy Fender to Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, and Selena, a new generation of Mexican Americans raised on rock, rhythm and blues, and country music expresses their cultural identity through Chicano rock, Latin rock, and Tejano. This film is part of PBS’s LATIN MUSIC USA Series which highlights the great American music created by Latinos, and celebrates the Latin rhythms at the heart of jazz, rock, country, and rhythm and blues.

Ballad of an Unsung HeroMarch 27, 2011, Sunday, 2:00pm

This half-hour documentary, produced and written by Paul Espinosa, chronicles Pedro J. Gonzalez's long and colorful life, from his early days with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution, to his career as a popular recording star and radio personality in Los Angeles in the 1930s, to the controversial court case that sent him to San Quentin Prison.

The Salsa RevolutionMay 8, 2011, Sunday, 2:00pm

Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms, adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa. Follow the rise and fall of legendary Fania Records with famed artists Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, and Rubén Blades. This film is part of PBS’s LATIN MUSIC USA Series which highlights the great American music created by Latinos.

Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd. | Phoenix, AZ 85050 | 480.478.6000

For more info, visit

Mike O'Neil '73 has written an article about Egypt, entitled "Egypt: Now the Hard Part"

Many thousands of Egyptians, fed up with 30 years of oppressive rule, successfully called for Mubarak's resignation. Their rhetoric is all about Democracy. If their focus remains only on Mubarak, however, they're unlikely to end up with anything resembling real democracy.. . . unless other institutions are in established and new norms of civic behavior are operative, the version of democracy that Egypt may end up with may resemble that which we have seen in numerous countries elsewhere in Africa: "One Man, One Vote, One Time."

See the rest at the Huffington Post.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ivy Council Winter Party

The tradition continues…
Join us for the 5th annual Ivy Council winter gathering
  • January 8, 2011, 6 pm – 10 pm
  • The Valley Ho Ballroom, Hotel Valley Ho. Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, carving station
  • RSVP with your ticket purchase via PayPal at the Phoenix Ivy Council's website. Due to catering requirements, we strongly encourage advanced ticket purchase.
  • $40 for recent grads, $45 before 12/15, $50 until 1/7
  • Questions? Email us at or call 602.377.1639 (Lori)

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