June 18, 2019

May 2019 Newsletter

Events At-a-Glance

  • Ivy+Spring Fling, May 4
  • Mount Tamalpais State Park Saturday Hike, May 4
  • Enjoy live storytelling and ramen in celebration of Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May 18
  • Norcal Columbia Alumni Club Presents Storytelling for Success, May 21
  • Ballroom Dance for NorCal Alumni, May 25
  • Tour of San Quentin State Prison, May 30
  • Volunteer at Alcatraz Historic Gardens, June 15
  • San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland Book Clubs

Club Announcements

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Upcoming Club Events

Ivy+Spring Fling

Date: Saturday, May 4

Time: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: Mayes Oyster House, 1233 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Cost: $3.18-$22.03

RSVP on Evite

Thought your days of springtime raging were behind you? Darlings, think again. We’re bringing back spring break in all its glory at our Ivy+ Spring Fling party on May 4 at Mayes in SF! We’re talking sixteen schools, six hours, and one insane night.

Stanford, Harvard, Penn, Cal, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Brown, Cornell, WashU, Georgetown, Unuversity of Chicago, McGill, Northwestern, NYU, USC, and Williams College are all teaming up to make the evening truly legendary. We’ll be bringing the full bar and DJ, as long as you’re ready to bring the party ;)

Early bird tickets are available here through this Tuesday, March 26! General ticket sales will begin afterward and run until we are sold out. Grab yours now if you're as ready as we are to throw it back to spring break vibes :)


Mount Tamalpais State Park Saturday Hike

Date: Saturday, May 4

Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Stinson Beach Market, 101 Calle del Mar, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

Cost: Free

RSVP on Eventbrite

Experience strength, balance, and beauty in nature and connect with fellow alumni! We will be traversing the Dipsea Trail and the Matt Davis Trail, two of the most beautiful trails on Mt. Tam. As we hike, we will be inspired by the majestic Pacific and wildflowers on Mt. Tam in the spring.


Enjoy live storytelling and ramen in celebration of Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center then Sobo Ramen

Cost: $14 + cost of your own food

RSVP on Eventbrite

About the event: Join fellow Columbia alumni and their guests as we attend live story telling and conversations about the experiences of Asian Americans, and the opportunity to continue our discussions over dinner and/or drinks at Sobo Ramen, right around the corner.

"Self Evident is a new podcast taking on what it means to be American by telling Asian America’s stories. With host Cathy Erway, the show tackles today’s tough questions about identity, cultural change and nationhood by presenting reported narratives, community conversations, and personal stories. 

To kick off Season 1, the Self Evident team is bringing these stories to the stage! Join us for an evening of live storytelling, engaging discussion and celebration featuring special guests."


Norcal Columbia Alumni Club Presents Storytelling for Success

Date: Tuesday, May 21

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: General Assembly San Francisco, 225 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

Cost: The first 30 tickets are free until 5/8!

RSVP on Eventbrite

What makes you stand out among your peers and colleagues? What is your superpower or special sauce? This is not your average networking event! There will be a purposeful, guided activity where you will learn a new mindset and approach to "pitching" that will empower you to make meaningful and authentic connections. Help advance your career by learning to tell memorable stories about yourself.

Please join us for networking and an interactive panel discussion with a leadership coach, Brigette Iarrusso, and executive search consultant, Lauren Argenti Rawlings, to learn how to make an impression with potential clients or employers. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to up-level in your career, you will leave this event armed with the right tools to tell your own unique story in a way people won’t forget.


Ballroom Dance for NorCal Alumni

Date: Saturday, May 25

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Arthur Murray San Rafael, 1654 2nd Street Suite B, San Rafael, CA 94901

Cost: $10

RSVP on Eventbrite

It's date night! What better way to enjoy a night out than with a little dancing before dinner. Join Columbia alumni for a complimentary dance lesson and cocktails on Saturday, May 25th at the brand new Arthur Murray Studio in San Rafael. No partner required, come solo or bring a few friends. Kids are welcome.


Tour of San Quentin State Prison

Date: Thursday, May 30th

Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: San Quentin State Prison

Cost: Free

RSVP on Eventbrite

Morning tour of San Quentin State Prison. This tour, described below, is limited to people over the age of 18 and there are a few clearance and dress code requirements.


Volunteer at Alcatraz Historic Gardens

Date: Saturday, June 15

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Alcatraz Island

Cost: Free

RSVP on Eventbrite

Columbia University Alums in NorCal - come join fellow alums on June 15th, 2019 from 8 AM to 12 PM for a day of volunteering to support Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy at the Alcatraz Historic Gardens - one of Golden Gate National Recreation Area's most popular destinations.

Partner & Community Events


Date: April May

Join us at brunchwork to connect with industry leaders and meet brilliant peers over a delicious meal!

This May, enjoy brunch or dinner with Tina Sharkey, founder of the $500M+ e-commerce startup Brandless, investors at NEA and Y Combinator, the Head of Amazon AI and more.

RSVP to events here - use code NORCAL for 20% off.

Book Clubs

San Francisco - Financial District

Date: June 5

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Gott's Roadside, 1 Ferry Building, Unit 6, San Francisco, CA 94111, United States

To join: Fill out this form

Book: “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen

South Bay - San Jose

Date: TBD

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: *details will be emailed to members

To join: Fill out this form

Book: TBD

East Bay - Oakland

Date: June 27

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: *details will be emailed to members

To join: Fill out this form

Book: We Have Always Lived in the Castle," by Shirley Jackson


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