Thursday, May 18, 2017

FWC Annual Spring Luncheon 2017

Just a step before our historic Centennial Celebratory year 2017-2018, we honored Pat Hardwick as the FWC Outstanding member at the Annual Spring Luncheon 2017. She has been with FWC for almost 60 years, and has actively participated in a variety of significant and enduring programs, projects, and activities. Details are published in our UPDATE by Jo Knopoff, who nominated Pat for this Award.

Pat Hardwick (with yellow rose and the FWC Outstanding Member Award 2017)
with Charlotte Brown and Jo Knopoff (from left) and Penny Hutchinson

Pat Hardwick (center) receiving her Outstanding FWC Member Award
Carol Betti (left) President and Zorana Ercegovac, Past Presidents Panel Co-chair

Penny Hutchinson about to blow out her birthday candle
and wish her wish with Jo Knopoff (center) and Yda Ziment,
our new member, at the FWC Annual Spring Luncheon 2017

Jeffrey Ho, cellist, playing J.S. Bach's Allemande and prelude in G major
Sarah Worden, violinist, performing Adagio and Fugue in g minor

Dr. Lorraine Flint, with the U.S. Geological Survey, speaking at the Spring Luncheon
about her research on climate change

Barbara Lippe, FWC President Elect, exhibiting her art pieces at the Annual Art Show 

Finally, past presidents are traditionally honored with a yellow rose

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Prof. Andrea Ghez recognized as UCLA's FWC Woman of Distinction

Whether you meet Professor Andrea Ghez in the hallways of the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, at the UCLA’s Faculty Center with her postdocs, at the Royal Society of London receiving the Bakerian medal, or listening to her crisp and direct answers to “37 questions” as UCLA optimist, you will notice: she is fully engaged, direct, passionate about her work, and inspirational speaker. 
Prof. Andrea Ghez presents her research, April 18, 2017 as the recipient
of the UCLA's Faculty Women's Club WOMAN of DISTINCTION AWARD
In a cosmic regularity and predictability, Prof. Ghez, MIT (1987) and CalTech graduate (1992), is awarded with a series of prestigious awards; just a few examples include:
2004 elected to the National Academy of Science
2008 MacArthur Fellow “genius grant” for her work in surmounting the limitations of earthbound telescopes
2012 The Crafoord Prize for Astronomy (some equal it to the Nobel Prize)

2015 The Bakerian Medal from the Royal Society of London (est. 1665; 1775).

In order to "see" invisible exotic objects, Prof. Ghez uses her own techniques of adaptive optics for crisper images in order to observe otherwise unobservable monsters.

To inspire young women to reach for the stars, Prof. Ghez co-authored a children's book. She brought many copies yesterday, and upon quick perusal of several pages, I learned: that inspiring teachers can be powerful in a child's curiosity and choices, that asking questions gets you started, that solving puzzles is exciting, that access to well written books matter, that parental support is an imperative, that finding a right discipline to study is rarely a linear process, and being at a right time and place may help.

Prof. Ghez co-authored a children's book"You can be a woman ASTRONOMER"
This little book asked the questions such as, are stars born alone or double, what is the life cycle of stars, do you like to explore, what stardust really is, and many others. If you want to learn more, take Prof. Ghez's INTRO to ASTRONOMY class at UCLA.
Andrea Ghez with Zorana Ercegovac

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


UCLA's Faculty Women's Club Annual Scholarship Dinner welcomes twelve extraordinary young scholars: two graduate students and ten undergraduates. It was a time to meet and greet old and new colleagues and friends, and to congratulate our awardees.

From left standing:
Michael Lin Chen, Yuna Kim, Haven Alicia Nisly, Yang yang, Fadi Aboud Syriani, Mercede Amber Ramjerdi, Brenda Rubio, Lily Hui, and Francesca Albrezzi
Front row: Joslyn Elena Garcia, Hannah Marie Hylen, and Chloe Pan

The students had a chance to network, interact with members of the Faculty Women's Club, and to tell their stories, aspirations, and to briefly describe their projects and career paths.

Our guest speaker Dr. Verna Porter was herself a recipient of the FWC Scholarship award as an undergraduate student at UCLA in the 80s. She is UCLA Health Sciences clinical professor of neurology and director of clinical programs at the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA.

Dr. Verna Porter presenting at the FWC Scholarship Dinner February 7, 2017
Porter discussed advances in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and current approaches to treating neurogenerative diseases of the brain.

Three generations: Scholarship winner Verna Porter in 1987 with
her grandmother, FWC member, and her mother Prof. Donna Vredevoe, UCLA School of Nursing

Awardees for the first met with their peers, reconnected with scholarship committee members, and got introduced to other UCLA faculty and their spouses.

Merry Cerrito, Scholarship Committee and Barbara Lippe Board member and Scholarship Committee, with two recipients: Joslyn Elena Garcia and Haven Alicia Nisly
Zorana Ercegovac, Co-chair of the FWC Centennial Committee and Past President
Prof. Emeritus Ho who with his wife Shirley Ho (not in the photo) sponsored
the Shou-Nan Hsing Chang Scholarship, established in loving memory by her daughter Shirley Ho's Family
Prof. emerita Joy Frank chats with a recipient Michael Lin Chen
Recipient Joslyn, mechanical engineering third year student with
Jarka Wilcox, Scholarship Committee member
FWC keynote speaker for 2017 Scholarship Dinner Dr. Verna Porter (right) with
FWC President Carol Betti

Friday, June 3, 2016

In the SPOTLIGHT: 2015-2016

Our 2016 Annual Spring Luncheon was celebratory in so many different ways. We started off with a program by Distinguished Professor Philip W. Rundel's presentation titled "Our California Flora in a Global Context." Next we honored our own Joanne Knopoff, this year's recipient of the Outstanding FWC Member Award. Jo's contributions to FWC go back to the 1960s when she joined the organization, she was President (1973-1974), and has been contributing to FWC in many substantial ways since the 60s.

Joanne Knopoff with her daughter
Past Presidents Panel Co-Chair Zorana Ercegovac introduced "Jo" and briefly spoke of Jo's accomplishments as President, Vice President for Programs, Vice President for Sections, representative to the Faculty Center Board of Governors, and in many other leadership positions.
Zorana introducing "Jo" as our 2016 recipient of the
Outstanding FWC Member
Finally, we enjoyed The 2016 Sylvia Winstein UCLA Emeriti Arts and Crafts Exhibit. Twenty six artists and their works were featuring photography, drawings, watercolors, painting, quilting, jewelry, and mixed media.
Barbara Lippe displays her photographs at the 2016 Exhibit. My favorite  photograph
was TREE OF KNOWLEDGE which would be perfect for our BOOK CLUB

Shirley Ho is our outstanding MUSIC SECTION contributor
Social interactions at Spring Luncheons and Artists' Exhibits offers an opportunity to network with FWC members across different sections, to be inspired by, plan for the following season, and chat about interesting programs, campus events, and FWC Centennial Planning in 2017-2018.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

UCLA FWC Sections: Books and Sounds

           Welcome to the First Meeting of our Book Section, 2015-2016

We (the "bookies" as Debby Kennel call us) enjoyed our first meeting in 2015/2016. Our hostess Barbara Crandall (4th from left in the photo below) offered her residence for our first gathering, October 13th 2015.
Marjorie, Amelita, Ann, Barbara Rapoport, Barbara Crandall (the hostess), Zorana, Joy, Jarka
photo credit: Zorana

We discussed Patrick Modiano's work "Suspended Sentences" published  by Yale University Press in 2014. Zorana discussed the book which consists of three separately published novellas (Afterimage, Suspended Sentences, and Flowers of
Not included in the above group photo are Debby Kennel, Ira, Margaret, Phyllis, Bette, and Rochelle.

We also enjoyed our October Salon de Musique which was held at Debby Kennel's house. Here are a few photos from that gathering.

Debby Kennel, the presenter and the hostess for the October  Salon,
seated from left: Zorana (chair), Arlene, Rochelle, Shirley, Helen
standing: Simone, Jo (our guest), Ida, Mireya, Madonna
not included in the group photo: Roma

                                  Welcome to the world of POETRY !

Book Section of the UCLA's Faculty Women's Club started off the New Year (2015!) with poetry readings. The group, consisting of eleven members (see the photo below) gathered at the home of Barbara Crandall, socialized, and read self-selected poems.

Betti, Rochelle, Marjorie, Zorana (seated), Joy, Amelita, Barbara (our hostess)
Sheridon, Margaret, Barbara (outgoing chair for many years), and
Debby Kennel (new Chair of Book Section, behind Barbara)

Discussing Donna Tartt's book, The Goldfinch, was lively and fun. We enjoyed our friendship and great appetizers with refreshments. Charlie Rose interviewed Tartt; she talks about The Goldfinch (2013) as well as about her style of writing.

"The Goldfinch" made in 1654 by Carel Fabritius

The FWC Book Section members (4/8/14)
Standing (from left): Marjorie, Rochelle, Jarka (our hostess), Phyllis, Lissy, Katherine
Sitting (from left): Zorana, Ida, Barbara (co-chair), Noel (co-chair and reviewer), Margaret

Book review and discussion 

Noel reviews The Goldfinch and leads
book discussion.

Really? You're not in a book club was published in NY Times (March 27, 2014) by James Atlas.

Jarka graciously offered her "music room" as a soiree place for our newly
formed MUSIC SECTION (more information forthcoming from Zorana) check the music blog periodically

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Faculty Women's Club is 95 years old !

Our next President Rochelle Caballero (2014-2015) with Mary Lou Ward
ROSES for UCLA FWC Presidents
UCLA Faculty Women's Club celebrates our 95th anniversary at the Spring Luncheon!
Our speaker Sherry Lansing spoke about her many interests and accomplishments as an educator, CEO, UC Regent, humanitarian, healthcare advocate, and philanthropist. As a filmmaker, she was involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners Forrest Gump (1994) and Titanic (1997). Details are in the article published in Daily Bruin.

Sherry Lansing (middle) with Jo Knoppoff (L) and Zorana Ercegovac (R)

Carol (FWC Hospitality Chair) and Prof. Frank Betti with Guest

Spring Luncheon 2014
Sherry Lansing with Jo and Susan Shemin

Zorana with Shirley: click on MUSIC SECTION to see our newly founded Section !

Marilyn Slater is the recipient of the 2014 FWC Award

Patricia Nagy
Sonny Harris

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Celebration of Anne Bodenheimer's 100th birthday

Grand Centennial Celebration for the grand Lady: Anne Bodenheimer turns 100 !

Anne Bodenheimer (1914- ) treated her colleagues and friends at the UCLAs Faculty Center
for her very special Birthday

Zorana interviewed Anne in October 2012 as a part of the Oral History Program

UCLA music school students performed Handel's sections from one of his Oratorio: L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, Il Moderato

Alexys, Danielle, Terrence, Gregory, Terri with Paul Floyd

Zorana with UCLA students performing Handel's Oratorio
Please visit our newly formed MUSIC SECTION for details on programs, events, and scheduling. More is coming, so check the music section blog periodically. All FWC members are welcome including spouses and partners.