Big Ten Club Blog

  • 02 Jul 2018 3:34 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    What the Eyes Don’t See: 
    A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

    Meet Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
    Assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    In conversation with journalist Geoffrey Mohan, LA Times

    Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018 | 7:30pm
    Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library

    The dramatic story of the Flint water crisis is one of the signature environmental disasters of our time—and at the heart of this tragedy is an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician and whistleblower who stood up to power. What the Eyes Don’t See is the personal story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha—accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders—proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead despite the state’s assurance that the water was safe. Paced like a scientific thriller, Dr. Mona’s new book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. Named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2016, Dr. Mona will visit ALOUD to share her journey as an Iraqi-American immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots sparked her pursuit of justice—a fight for the children of Flint that she continues today.


  • 20 Jun 2018 3:39 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    Another wonderful BTC Night at the Bowl!... Hollywood Bowl that is, with a performance by the iconic, legendary Diana Ross who did not disappoint! Still gorgeous in multiple glamorous costume changes she sang all the favorites and had the audience standing, dancing and singing at their seats. We had 60 people and filled 3 full rows! About 30 people were able to join us for the pre-concert picnic where each tablecloth was in their own school colors! The evening was topped off with fabulous fireworks. 

    Thank you to all who participated. This is an event you won’t want to miss next year! Hope to see you there!

  • 20 Jun 2018 12:43 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    The Rose Bowl has raised 85% to goal and you can help them get to the finish line.


    Keith Jackson was the author of the ‘Granddaddy of Them All’ nickname that is enjoyed today as part of a global Rose Bowl Game brand on New Year’s Day.

    Keith Jackson's voice recorded the soundtrack of the biggest moments in college football, the Olympic Games, Wide World of Sports, the first season of Monday Night Football, and beyond. For over 50 years, he was a symbol of togetherness and inspiration for sports fans across the globe. As a mentor and father figure to some, he felt like a friend to millions watching from their homes.

    2001 Big Ten Club Person of the Year

    The Big Ten Club was thrilled to honor Keith Jackson as our Big Ten Club Person of the Year in 2001Guests were treated some amazing stories and the company of a sports legend. 

    Help Honor the Memory

    Help our friends at the Rose Bowl erect the first and only statue of Keith Jackson to remember his contribution to sports for many years. Walk down memory lane with this video and be inspired to be part of this historic moment at the Rose Bowl.

    Be part of this unique opportunity to help the Rose Bowl.


  • 06 Jun 2018 2:23 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    It was a fun night for the first Euchre Tournament.  We had 14 teams, lots of food and drinks and lots of fun! 

    Congratulations to our winners Holly & Liz from Ohio State who won $100. 

    2nd Place was Trevor & Brandy who won a $25 gift Card to Tony P’s.

    Thanks to everyone for coming and looking forward to the next tournament! 

  • 06 Jun 2018 2:19 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    Only in Los Angeles will you get to see Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell reprise their Tony Award® Winning Performances

    Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play.

    Go to to purchase $49 Orchestra seats (reg. $75) for select early performances through July 15!

  • 29 May 2018 2:02 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    San Diego Chapter volunteering at the Rock'n'Roll Marathon

    Volunteer with fellow Badgers at the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon

    Thank you for your tremendous support! For the past nine years, the Big Ten alumni chapters of San Diego have worked together to staff one of the water stations during the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, and it has been a great experience for all participants. We are again hosting a water station for this year’s race — serving both the half and full marathons — and we need your help!

    The San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018, from 5 to 10 a.m. We will be at water station #5 at Boundary Street and Polk Avenue in North Park (around mile 7.5) for both races. This is the same location as last year.

    Please share this with local alumni, family, and friends. We need as many volunteers (ages 14 and older) as possible this year. The location of our station means that runners will get there early, so we need volunteers to arrive no later than 5 a.m. We will complete the marathon support early as well and will be finished by 10 a.m.

    To register:

    1. Sign up here.
    2. Enter the password bigten2018. (Our station will show up once you’ve entered the password.)
    3. Select the box to the left of W5 Big Ten (it will be highlighted in yellow). Then scroll down to enter your registration information.
    4. Enter your volunteer information.
    5. Under “Group Name,” enter Wisconsin.
    6. You can add additional volunteers with the plus sign (+) just above the waiver.
    7. Click the waiver, and submit your registration.

    Please contact the WAA: San Diego chapter’s Amy Parr ’07 at if you have any questions. Thank you. We’ll see you there!

  • 02 May 2018 9:26 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    It was another great day at the Los Angeles Food Bank for our Annual Day of Giving.  In total, we had over 30 volunteers with Michigan State bringing the most peopele. We helped sort through 23,441 lbs of corn and oranges plus sorted bread. That's the equivalent of 19,456 meals going out to the community. Thanks to everyone who came out for the morning.  

    2018 LA Food Bank Photos

  • 02 May 2018 9:17 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    Golf Tourney
    Silent Auction

    Sunday, June 10th, 2018

    Our “Cheesehead Classic” fundraiser golf tournament will be here soon. The well deserving students and our local UW Chapter thank you for your support and dedication to the great cause. This is our largest fund raising event of the year for local UW - Madison students. 

    TIJERAS CREEK GOLF CLUB in Rancho Santa Margarita remains our scenic destination. Wisconsin Badger and Iowa Hawkeye friends will come together in search of one more copper etching just below the wicker cranium trophy.

    The all inclusive price for golf, dinner, contests, prizes, auctions etc. is just $170.

    Everyone is welcome, golfers with or without a handicap. For those with handicaps or who have played in the last several years, please provide a best guess of your handicap on the official sign up form. Please also note the name or names of other golfers that you would like to team up with. You will see email reminders and some nice incentives for being a hole sponsor this year, along with playing in a foursome. For non-golfers, you can also support the great cause and enjoy an “All you can Eat” Brunch Buffet, raffle, silent auction etc.

    The cost for all of this is just $25.00.

    To register, send your check (payable to UW Alumni Club of Orange County) to Susie Lynch at 25672 Dillon Road, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. 

    For any questions or additional information, feel free to contact Joe Fischman at 949-232- 5959. We all thank you for making this scholarship fundraiser a fun event to support our local students.

  • 02 May 2018 9:12 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    Soft Power
    Ahmanson Theatre

    May 3 – June 10, 2018

    World Premiere

    A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of America’s great theatre artists: Tony Award® winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Flower Drum Song) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens: a future, beloved East-meets-West musical. A Chinese executive visiting America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted US leader—Hillary Clinton—as the power balance between their two countries shifts following the 2016 election. As original as it is topical, Soft Power overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the golden age of Broadway. Hwang and Tesori have created one of the most eagerly anticipated new works of the year.

    soft pow·er (noun)

    a persuasive approach to international relations, typically involving the use of cultural influence.

    Produced in association with East West Players.

    Go to and type in DHHWANG to purchase $49 Orchestra seats (normally $75) for select early performances! 

  • 05 Apr 2018 9:25 AM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    Madness was in full swing this year in the NCAA tournament. Congratulations to Michigan for getting to the finals and well done to Purdue, Michigan State and Ohio State making the Big Ten proud with their wins.  


    • Only 0.6% of bracket players picked the biggest upset in tournament history. #16 seeds are now 1-135 all time.

    • Just 0.00003% of players correctly picked all four teams. #11-seed Loyola Chicago busted many of your brackets.

    • 20.6% of our Big Ten Group successfully predicted Villanova would win including our winner!


    Congratulations to our 2018 Bracket Challenge Winner Reef Karim, University of Illinois!! Reef picked both Michigan and Villanova to be in the finals.  Great job Reef for winning $25 and braggin' rights for the year! 

    Here are the top 5 scores this year out of 72 participants. 

    1.  Reef Karim  299

    2.  Lisa Winger  259

    3.  Jonas Wadler  247

    4.  Shiva Sharma  246

    5.  Adam Haussman  223

    Thanks to everyone who participated and we will do it again next year!  

    GO BIG TEN! 

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