Archive for January, 2011

Student Book Collectors!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Sixty-third Annual UCLA Campbell Student Book Collection Competition

This year marks the sixty-third year of the Robert B. and Blanche Campbell Student Book Collection Competition, among the oldest competitions of its kind in the country and one of the most distinguished. UCLA student book collectors, both graduate and undergraduate, are invited to submit their collections for judging and the chance to win awards ranging from $150 to $1,000.

Applications are due by Friday, February 25, 2011.  Awards will be announced at a ceremony in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

Over the years, many well-known writers have served as guest judges of the Campbell Competition, including Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood. Previous award-winning collections have reflected such diverse student interests as mathematical puzzles and diversions, Anglo and Afro-American fiddling, robots in science fiction, the workings of the human eye, the culture of 1950s Cuban nightclubs, amusement parks, Aztec writing and culture, the King Arthur legend, and classic children’s books on horses.

The competition is named for the Campbells, founders of Campbell’s Bookstore, the original book supplier to UCLA and a vital part of the university community for fifty years. The shop opened in 1924 across the street from the first UCLA campus on Vermont, and followed the university to Westwood Village in 1929. Beloved by all who knew them, the Campbells served the campus community until they retired in 1974, fifty years to the day after they opened their first bookshop.

Launched in 1948, the Campbell Competition stimulates and fosters student interest in book collecting and reading. It is supported by an endowment established by Robert and Blanche Campbell, as well as by gifts from donors including Clarice Campbell Olcott, Christy Beaudin, the Southern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, Dr. Bruce Tyler, and the UCLA Library Staff Association.

A much-loved annual event on the UCLA Library calendar, the Campbell Competition celebrates the pleasures of books and collecting. Please join in!

Click here to read about the application process and download form.

Click here to read about the prizes.

Musical Respite Care

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the Herb Albert School of Music are teaming up for a series of concerts to relieve patients, staff, and families going through medical situations.

Neal Stulberg, professor and director of orchestral studies at the Herb Alpert School of Music proposed the idea and so this form of respite care will take place at the Tamkin Auditorium in the medical center. The concerts will take place at noon but the seating will be limited so get there early for the concerts.

Here is a schedule:

Jan. 28
Angeles Saxophone Quartet
Feb. 25
Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”
March 18
Belles Aires Woodwind Quintet
April 15
Music Made in Los Angeles
May 20
Monaco Brass
June 3
UCLA Camarades String Ensemble
For more information, please call 310-267-8186.
Click here to read the UCLA Newsroom article by Amy Albin

Pirouetting with Melissa Ng (A how-to video)

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Okay! I will admit that I have tried this position and I am comfortable with this admission, but Melissa makes it look so easy! It is time we give dancers a “pat on the back,” or, more succinctly… a  “step-up,”  in the right direction.

Learn to twirl with ease and grace with ballet instructor Melissa Ng as she demonstrates how to perform a basic pirouette.

Pirouetting with Melissa Ng

Bruins Care: Broadway Cares

Friday, January 21st, 2011


Friday, January 21, 2011
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Sunset Village – Northwest Campus Auditorium

“Bruins Care: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS ’11″ This program will be comprised of a two-act musical cabaret, with 20 full musical numbers. There will be a pianist, a guitarist and possibly a drummer. The musical numbers are taken from popular Broadway shows. The show will begin with a talk on HIV/AIDS, with condoms being given out in the lobby, as well as laptops so that attendees can donate to Broadway Cares. After the show, on Saturday, there will be a discussion with the actors about how the show has grown and how everyone can support HIV/AIDS research. Because HIV/AIDS is such a major global issue, it is something about which many groups are concerned. Through the power of music, Bruins Care, in conjunction with ORL, Act iii Theatre Ensemble and the USAC Gen Rep Three office, are working to raise money for HIV/AIDS research and bring awareness to issues of safer sex. Through this program, residents will learn about HIV/AIDS and what they can do as members of a global community to help fight this pandemic.

Free and open to the public

Wallace Shawn Speaking

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Royce Hall – Auditorium

The writer and actor delivers a reading and interpretation from his most recent work alongside an offering of excerpts from the works of writers and thinkers he admires.

 Known to stage and film audiences as an extraordinary character actor, Shawn is also an Obie Award-winning playwright and best-selling author. His celebrated works include The Designated Mourner and The Fever, along with the poignant film My Dinner With Andre, which Shawn co-wrote.

His most recent work, Essays, released in 2009, is a highly personal, often self-deprecating collection of Shawn’s perspective on life, politics, morality and the power of art.

Ticket prices: $28/38/48 ($15 UCLA students). Purchase at the Central Ticket Office.

Coffee Please!

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Did you know that coffee may protect you from type 2 Diabetes? Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes, type 2 being the most common.

Researchers don’t know exactly why, but they found possible molecular activity in the coffee that combats diabetes. So, perhaps (We don’t know this for sure, the study just seems to indicate the connection) the more coffee you consume, the less of a risk of getting diabetes.

Waiter, Waitress, somebody, coffee here!

Click here to read the UCLA Newsroom story by Mark Wheeler.

Henry Lim: Lego Maniac

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Did you ever wander into a museum and you are just struck by the shear artistry of a person? I get this numerous times, being the clunky, some-what long haired passionate person for art and music, but when someone does things outside the box of normality, my brain goes, wow…”a person who sees the world beyond the box of “normal.”

When I see Henry Lim’s work either as a musician or an artist (he is also an excellent photographer), I get that.
I knew Henry was into Lego’s but I didn’t know the back-end of the story of how he got involved and how he goes about the sculpture.

Click here to read the UCLAToday story on Henry Lim and his amazing sculptures written by Alison Hewitt.

Click here to view Henry Lim’s photos.

Music in the Rotunda

Friday, January 14th, 2011

UCLA Chorale and Chamber Singers: Bach Night

Friday, January 28
Two performances: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Donald Neuen, along with graduate students Amber Kim and Helen Chon, will conduct members of the UCLA Chorale and Chamber Singers, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra, in a performance of two of the most well loved of the Johann Sebastian Bach cantatas: BWV 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden” and BWV 80, “Ein fest Burg ist unser Gott.” Accompaniment will include trumpets, oboes, timpani, and continuo.

The rotunda is on the second floor of the Powell Library Building, which is directly across from Royce Hall. Parking is $10; the closest parking is in structures four, two, or five. See the UCLA maps and directions page for more information.

Admission to the concerts is free, and seating is unreserved.

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Seminar

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Royce Hall – Room 314

A lecture by Professor Stephen Mitchell (Harvard University).

Free and open to the public

Calling: Future Business Leaders of America!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

UCLA Networking Night

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ackerman Union – Second Floor Lounge (2414)

The Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) at UCLA host a Networking Night, where students can find out more about different industries and speak to professionals.

Free for UCLA students.