Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Annual 2018 BSLUG Planning Meeting and Elections

It's time again for the annual BSLUG planning meeting and elections.

Please come if you can - it's your chance to become involved with the Board and make a difference in what we do as a local alumni chapter. It's actually a lot of fun, so think about it and come check it out.

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bertucci's , 5 Cambridge Park Dr.
Alewife T station, Cambridge, MA 02140

This is when we begin planning our events for the year ahead. Do you have any ideas or suggestions about what you'd like us to do? Come to the Board meeting or send Beata an email (beata-dot-Panagopoulos-at-Verizon-dot-net)!

It is also when we elect our board members - we always welcome new folks to the Board. Maybe you'd like to start as a Member-at-Large? Come to the Board meeting or email Beata.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 23, if you plan on coming.

The BSLUG alumni group is a grassroots organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for UCSC alums in the New England region to get together, have fun, network and support the educational and social ideals of our alma mater.

We hope to see you at the meeting!

Friday, February 16, 2018

BSLUG Meetup at the ICA -- Saturday, March 31

Join us for an informal outing to the NICHOLAS NIXON exhibit at the ICA!

"Based in Boston since the 1970s, Nicholas Nixon has captured the intimate details of family, relationships, and life as it unfolds in front of his camera. Using a large-format 8 x 10–inch camera and black-and-white film, he has photographed Boston’s changing landscape, porch life in the rural South, sick or dying people, and his own family. This exhibition surveys the artist’s prolific career and is organized around Nixon’s remarkable ongoing project The Brown Sisters, a series of group portraits of his wife Bebe and her three sisters, Heather, Mimi, and Laurie taken annually since 1975. The Brown Sisters will be presented in its entirety, and each portrait will be paired with other photographs made by Nixon in the same year, drawn from various bodies of work, including schools in and around Boston, people with AIDS, couples, and landscapes. Together these pictures underscore photography’s singular ability to capture the passage of time in incremental moments and are a testament to Nixon’s extraordinary persistence of vision.
Nicholas Nixon was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1947. He lives and works in Brookline and teaches photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston." (Photo and blurb taken from the ICA website)


  • Purchase your own ticket* and meet members from the BSLUG Board and other Slugs in the ICA lobby at 11:00.
  • 11:00 – 12:30 Enjoy the Nicholas Nixon exhibit and/or visit any other exhibits that appeal to you.
  • 12:30 Regroup in the lobby for a lunch decision. We can all go together or people may want to pair off or go alone to a favorite place. Bring suggestions. Or, maybe you want to stay on and spend more time at the ICA – it’s up to you.

RSVP: Let us know if you plan on coming by responding to Beata by Saturday March 24th. Since everyone is buying their own ticket, a headcount isn’t required, but knowing numbers will help us come up with lunch suggestions.

*There are all sorts of discounts for ICA admission if you're affiliated with a university, a student, a senior, etc. Otherwise regular admission costs $15. If you want to purchase an ICA pass for one time entry that expires June 2018 for $11, just request one in your rsvp.

Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 Annual B-SLUG Holiday Party December 10

Mark your calendars! The annual BSLUG Holiday Party will take place on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 10 at the artist loft of our very generous host, Cowell alum, Jill Hoy.

The party is a fundraiser** for the Smith Renaissance Society, founded by Cowell alumnus Bill Dickinson. The Smith Society provides UCSC mentors, scholarships, and collegiate resources to foster children, homeless and runaway youth, orphans, and wards of the court.

This year we have the unprecedented opportunity to help these independent students succeed. Every donation will be matched, dollar for dollar. Four lead donors have offered $200,000 in matching funds which creates the potential for dedicated perpetual funding for $1000 minimum scholarships, plus a research fellowship, for at least 20 Smith Renaissance Society students every year!

Donations at all levels are appreciated. However, Stephen Marino has 12 copies of his Above UCSC book and an unlimited number of Above UCSC calendars that he's making available to any B-Slug who donates $150 and a calendar to any who donate $100, whether or not they attend the holiday party Bill Dickinson will match up to $2,500. That would mean, if added to the existing match, if the B-Slugs raised $2,500 it would generate $10,000 of value!

In addition to being a fundraiser, the BSLUG annual holiday party is a guaranteed great time!

Thanks to the generosity of Jill Hoy, the festivities will be held at her lovely home Somerville, Mass. You'll not only enjoy the wonderful company of fellow UCSC alums, but also partake of delicious catered delights from Dave's Fresh Pasta in Somerville, surrounded by gorgeous works of art. Friends and family are also welcome. What better way to greet the winter season!

WHEN: Sunday, Dec 10, 4-7 p.m.
WHERE: Home of Jill Hoy (near Davis Square in Somerville, Mass.)
RSVP by Friday, December 1

Email Beata for directions, car-pool arrangements, or any questions or call 617-491-3871

**All tax-deductible donations received go directly to the Smith Renaissance Society. Contributions, large and small, are most welcome. Suggested donation: $15-25 per person. Larger donations will also be much appreciated by the Society.

Checks should be made payable to: "UC Santa Cruz Foundation" and write in the memo line: Smith Scholarship Endowment

Mail checks to: Beata Panagopoulos, 28 Maple Ave., Apt. 3, Cambridge, MA 02139-1130. You will receive a receipt directly from UCSC.