Big Ten Club Blog

  • 05 Apr 2018 9:11 AM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    The Illinois Alumni Association and Orange County Illini Club invite you to join them for a live performance and artist meet and greet!

    University of Illinois Swanlund Chair Professor of Voice and alumnus, and America’s leading baritone, Nathan Gunn sings selections from classic American musicals, contemporary songs and a little bit of opera fun in his personal story, Flying Solo. This “Sexiest Man Alive” (People Magazine) recounts how he became an elder of his heritage, the Scottish Clan GUNN, and learned what life is really about.

    Please join us, and Nathan, after the 5:30 p.m. performance at The Deck on Laguna Beach for conversation, cocktails, and camaraderie!

    SPECIAL OFFER FOR ALUMNI: get 25 percent off the ticket price for Flying Solo by using the code "UofI25" or through this promotional link.

    Sunday, April 15
    5:30 p.m. performance at:

    The Laguna Playhouse
    606 Laguna Canyon Road
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    7:30 p.m. reception at:
    The Deck on Laguna Beach
    627 Sleepy Hollow Lane
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651

  • 01 Mar 2018 7:50 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)


    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.


  • 07 Feb 2018 10:15 PM | Carlos Paret (Administrator)

    Join the Northwestern Alumni Association and the NU Club of Orange County for a special evening at the Bowers Museum, featuring a presentation by Northwestern art history professor Huey Copeland. 

    Wednesday, March 21

    Where: Bowers Museum
    Fluor Family Gallery and Historic Balcony
    2002 North Main Street 
    Santa Ana, CA 

    5:30 p.m. Check-In, Gallery Viewing
    6:30 p.m. Networking Reception (hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine)
    7:15 p.m. Presentation, Q&A
    Cost: $15 All Alumni and Guests 

    Registration Deadline: March 13 or until capacity is reached. 

    Select this LINK to register.

    Presentation Information: 
    Touched by the Mother: On Black Men and Artistic Practice, 1966–2016
    In this presentation, Copeland will discuss his latest book project, which brings together his new and previously published articles, essays, interviews, and reviews on male cultural practitioners of African descent and contemporary visual engagements with black masculinity. In so doing, he offers a focused yet expansive consideration of identity's evolving import in contemporary culture, both in the United States and abroad.

    Questions: or call 847-491-7975

  • 30 Jan 2018 2:00 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    Looking for more bowling events. We have you covered. The Annual Beer and Bowling event hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Club of Orange County will be on Saturday, March 3, starting at 4 PM. They have great bowling prizes, trophies and raffle drawings for additional prizes. Bowlers of ALL skill levels are welcome.


    Here is the location and attached PDF flyer for you to share with friends. Beer and Bowling 2018 Form.pdf

    LOCATION:  Forest Lanes: 22771 Centre Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92630 (949.770.0055)

    QUESTIONS? Contact organizer Mike Olson at 949.467.4097 or

    Happy Bowling!  

  • 28 Jan 2018 5:12 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    Our Rose Bowl Celebration Mixer was an evening of fun, food and celebration for the Rose Bowl. Guests had the exclusive opportunity to meet the 2018 Rose Queen and her Royal Court and Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation President Lance Tibbet. Big Ten Club members and friends, mingled with other Tournament of Roses board members as well.  

    Read more and see all of our photos. >>

    Thank You to Our Sponsor 

    We would also like to thank our sponsor SoFi for providing guests a complimentary drink helping make this a fun event for everyone. Click to connect with SoFi and see how they might help you. 

    Official Lending Partner of the Big Ten Conference.

  • 26 Jan 2018 6:11 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    Three Acclaimed Plays Tell One Extraordinary American Story

    Los Angeles audiences will have the rare opportunity to follow Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy playing concurrently at theatres across the city in early 2018. Center Theatre Group's production of Pulitzer finalist Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue (at the Kirk Douglas Theatre January 27 through February 25, 2018) and Pulitzer winner Water by the Spoonful (at the Mark Taper Forum January 31 through March 11) will be joined by Latino Theater Company's production of the final installment of the trilogy The Happiest Song Plays Last (at the Los Angeles Theatre Center February 17 through March 19). It is the first time all three plays will run at the same time in one city. Learn more at

    Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue
    January 27 – February 25, 2018

    Kirk Douglas Theatre

    Downtown Culver City

    Elliot Ortiz is a young soldier, like his Pop was before him, like his abuelo before him. But despite the things they share—their love of music, their love of each other, and their experiences of war—they can’t communicate, even when they desperately need to.

    This powerful portrait of a Puerto Rican military family is a breathtaking symphony of music, memories, and the things that mark our bodies…and our souls.

    Go to and type in the word TRILOGY1 to purchase $25 Price Level B seats (reg. $45) for select performances through February 18!

    Water By The Spoonful

    January 31- March 11, 2018

    Mark Taper Forum

    Downtown L.A.


    A janitor. A software mogul. A college grad. An IRS paper-pusher. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: they’re recovering addicts who have found a safe haven in an online chat room. There, with liberal doses of jokes and bullying, they help each other navigate the broken terrain of their lives. But when an Iraq War veteran’s tragedy spills over into their cyberhome, everything changes. This fearless Pulitzer Prize-winning play challenges our notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage.


    Go to and type in the word TRILOGY2 to purchase $35 Price Level B seats (reg. $70) for select performances through February 25!

  • 29 Dec 2017 5:45 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    We were excited to partner with SoFi for our 2017 Rose Bowl Celebration Mixer, December 19th.  It was a pleasure working with their representatives and we look forward to teaming up for more events in 2018.

    Below is a message from our friends at SoFi:

    From all of us at SoFi, thank you for letting us share what we do this season! We look forward to continuing our partnership in 2018 as the Official Lending Partner of the Big Ten Conference.

    SoFi is a new kind of finance company taking a radical approach to consumer finance. We believe that by providing our members with innovative products and unprecedented services, we can help propel them to new levels of financial greatness. Whether you're looking to buy a home, save money on student loans, ascend in your career, or invest in the future, the SoFi community is here to help accelerate your success!

    Visit: to learn more.

  • 04 Dec 2017 7:01 PM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    “'Something Rotten!' is 'The Producers' + 'Spamalot' + 'The Book of Mormon.' Squared!”– New York

    Welcome to the ‘90s—the 1590s—long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting, and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti) are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard” (Tony nominee Adam Pascal). When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz. 

    With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals—those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point! From the director of Aladdin and the co-director of The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten! is "Broadway’s big, fat hit!" (The New York Post).


    Go to and type in the word OMELETTE to purchase $49 Price Level B seats (reg. $85) for Tuesday – Friday performances through December 15!

  • 20 Nov 2017 1:28 AM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    You won't want to miss this event as we celebrate the Rose Bowl teams and fans at the Valley Hunt Club in Pasadena.  

    Click here to find out more and Buy Tickets. 

    Hope to see you there. 

  • 09 Oct 2017 8:10 AM | Lisa Winger (Administrator)

    The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation has a new experience to share with everyone.  The opening of their 1922 locker room which is a collection of memorabilia and a stadium overview video that will choke you up for sure.  Recently they have the dedication of for the newest attraction and they have been kind enough to share with us. Check it out and enjoy.  I dare you not to choke up when you view it.  :) 

    Full Dedication Event Video -

    Video Short #1 -

    Video Short #2 -

    Donor naming opportunities are available within the 1922 locker room, which all benefit the future of the Rose Bowl Stadium. If interested, contact  Dedan Brozino, Rose Bowl Stadium Executive Director, Legacy Foundation (626) 577-2540.

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