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Word From Westwood - Sept. 25, 2012
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Sept. 25, 2012

With the start of classes for the fall quarter now less than 48 hours away, the UCLA campus is teeming with people from all over the globe. The start of the academic year also means that the annual student-athlete picnic -- held the night before classes begin each year -- is right around the corner. It is one of very few events at which our more than 700 Bruin student-athletes gather in the same place (Drake Stadium) and share a meal and some camaraderie before classes get underway. This casual setting is a wonderful time for them to get to know one another and start to forge relationships that often last a lifetime ...

Football Team Boulder-Bound for Saturday's Game
The 3-1 UCLA football team travels to the Mountain time zone for a matchup Saturday against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. The game will kick off at 3 pm PT and will be televised LIVE on the Pac-12 Networks and broadcast on KTLK 1150 AM in the Los Angeles area. The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Buffs, 5-2, and won the most recent matchup, 45-6, at the Rose Bowl on November 19, 2011.

Kickoff for October 6 Cal Game Slated for 7 pm
The Pac-12 has announced that UCLA's October 6 game at Cal will be played at 7 pm and will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks. Bruin fans unable to be in front of the TV for the game should listen to it live on AM 570 FOX Sports LA.

Olympic Sports Report
UCLA's Olympic Sports teams put together another strong week of results.

  • The #4-ranked women's volleyball team split a pair of matches, falling to USC on Wednesday before bouncing back to defeat Oregon State on Friday. The team next heads to the Pacific Northwest for matches against the Washington schools this Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday night's match against the Huskies begins at 7 pm PT and will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
  • The #3-ranked women's soccer team posted yet another shutout, this time a 0-0 tie with Washington State last Thursday and is off to Arizona and Arizona State for their next two matches. Monday's contest against the Sun Devils is a 7 pm PT kickoff on the Pac-12 Networks.
  • The #2 UCLA men's water polo team defeated LMU in its only match last week and will take a short trip up the California coast to Santa Barbara to face high-level competition in the SoCal Tournament.
  • The #6-ranked men's soccer team went undefeated in road matches against UC Santa Barbara on Friday and Cal Poly on Sunday and continues its road trip with a pair of games in Northern California -- Friday at 4 pm against Stanford LIVE on the Pac-12 Networks and Sunday against Cal at the same time, also televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
  • The #30-ranked men's cross country team placed second and the women's cross country team fourth at the Pac-12 Preview meet last week at Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita. Neither will return to action until the second weekend in October.
  • The #2-ranked women's golf team completes play at the GolfWeek Collegiate Invitational at Red Sky Golf Club in Vail, Colorado Wednesday, while the #4-ranked men's team wrapped up the Ping/Golfweek Preview at Crabapple Golf Club in Woodstock, Georgia this afternoon with a fifth-place finish.
  • The men's tennis team heads to Tulsa for the ITA All-American Championships, while the women stay much closer to home, competing in the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades.
  • Carmageddon II Means No Home Games This Weekend
    This coming weekend will mark a very rare occurrence at UCLA -- none of the university's 24 athletic teams will serve as the home team in official competition. The reason: Carmageddon II, which will shut down much of the 405 freeway most of the weekend, including the two most-used exits to access campus at Wilshire and Sunset Boulevards. The Bruins will have plenty of home contests in the weeks that follow, however, so fans will still have ample opportunity to cheer on the Bruins in the friendly confines of their favorite home venues.

    BVC Hosts Special Dinner in Morgan Center
    The Bruin Varsity Club and the With My Own Two Hands Foundation, which was founded by one of UCLA's all-time great women's basketball players, Lindsey Pluimer, are teaming up to host the Hands For Africa Charity Benefit Dinner on Thursday, October 4 at the UCLA Hall of Fame Press Room.

    The event will include keynote speaker, former NFL star Christian Okoye, and features a dinner by Newport Rib Company, live music and exciting silent auction items. All proceeds will go towards building a four-bedroom orphanage/home for the St. Ann Baby and Children's Home in Nakuru, Kenya.

    For more information or to register for the event, please click here.

    Reminder: Howland to Speak on Upcoming Season at WAF Event in October
    In an event that coincidentally falls on the same day as this year's men's basketball media day, the Wooden Athletic Fund and the UCLA Alumni Association San Fernando Valley Network are joining forces for a reception featuring men's basketball coach Ben Howland on Wednesday, October 10 at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank.

    The reception will begin at 6:30 pm, and Coach Howland will begin speaking at about 7:15 pm. The cost to attend is $25 if confirmed prior to the event and $40 at the door. To register online, click here. Any further questions regarding the event should be directed to Gina Garrett at

    Thoughts from the Athletic Director

    This past week, I had the distinct pleasure of opening our annual all-staff meeting. This is the first time all school year where each of our coaches and staff, now more than 300 people, gathers to hear about the year ahead. I am proud to say that our coaches and staff, in units throughout the department, are world-class.

    One of the really special parts of this meeting involves service awards. Three of our women's coaches celebrated impressive milestones this year- head women's golf coach Carrie Forsyth has now been at the University for 15 years, head women's tennis coach Stella Sampras Webster has been a Bruin for 20, and head women's gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field has logged a whopping 25 years in Westwood. However, these three were outshone by a staff member in our Travel department who has been at UCLA for 45 years - Aldean Bowsky. In fact, Aldean gave me my scholarship checks when I was baseball student-athlete in the early 70's.

    This group, as well as the others recognized, brings tremendous value to our organization in so many ways. We are truly fortunate that many have stayed the course at UCLA for so many years. Carrie, Stella, and Val are the best in class in their respective sports. A trio of coaches better than the combination of these three does not exist anywhere in the country. They represent 60 years of sheer excellence. In conjunction with Aldean, that is over a century of quality. Thank you and congratulations to all. You've all set a great example.

    Go Bruins!

    Dan Guerrero
    UCLA Athletic Director

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