Future Programs

University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. A full buffet lunch, beginning at 11:30 AM, is available for $13.00. For those who wish to come only for coffee and dessert, the fee is $6.00. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

February 2015 Program Chair: Sam Mansour

February 3 – “Understanding Islam and Muslims – Truths and Myths”


Speaker – Dr. Ahmed Soboh, Director of Chino Valley Islamic Council and dentist

Dr. Ahmed Soboh will explain the beliefs and principles of Islam, one of the three main monotheistic religions in the world, practiced by one-third of the world’s population. Dr. Soboh is a regular speaker and Imam at several Islamic centers and educational institutions in Southern California. He is active in interfaith work and speaks regularly at churches and synagogues. He is director of the Chino Valley Islamic Council of Southern California and advisor to the president of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school. Dr. Soboh received his DDS degree from the University of Jordan in 1999, and certification by the American National Dental Board in 2001. He has been practicing dentistry in California since then.

Introducer: Rizek Abusharr                                                          
Fellowship: Ed Ansel
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

February 10 – “Wave the Flag – An Engineering Design Process”


Speaker – Chris Watson, engineer and business owner

Chris Watson will talk about hybrid vehicles and, in particular, how they get great mileage because of hybrid synergy technology and aerodynamic efficiency. Mr. Watson earned his Master of Arts degree in engineering from Trinity College at Cambridge University. He worked for 20 years at Standard Telecommunications Laboratories, a research facility for ITT based in England. In 1979 he was assigned to ITT’s facilities in the U.S., where he worked on flow technology and electronic instrumentation. He then started his own business – Custom Sensing Instrumentation, designing and building prototype electronics for several companies in Southern California.

Introducer: Michael Fay    
Fellowship: Tom Helliwell
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy

February 17 –“Buddhism: The Journey from Tibet to the West”


Speaker Dr. Lourdes Arguelles, Lopon, therapist, and professor

Dr. Lourdes Arguelles will talk to us about Buddhism. Born in Cuba, she became a Buddhist 50 years ago and studied in India and Nepal under several Tibetan Buddhist teachers including the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. She is a Lopon, a Senior Dharma Teacher at Drikung Choling, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Escondido. She earned her Ph.D. from N.Y.U. and is professor emeritus of education at Claremont Graduate University. Before C.G.U., she taught at Pitzer College where she held the McArthur Chair in women studies and also taught Chicano/Latino studies. She is also a senior staff therapist at the Clinebell Institute, a center of pastoral counseling and psychotherapy in Claremont, and is a licensed psychotherapist and a spiritual care team chaplain at Pilgrim Place.

Introducer: Mel Boynton
Fellowship: Rizek Abusharr
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

February 24 –“Does it have to be Science Versus Religion?”


Speaker – Dr. Alma Zook, professor of astronomy, Pomona College

Is being a practicing scientist incompatible with being a person of faith? Does taking religion seriously require rejecting much of modern science? Can science and religion learn to play nicely in the same sandbox? Professor Zook will address these questions in her talk. She earned her B.A. in physics from Pomona College and her Ph.D. in astronomy from U.C. Berkley. She taught physics at Hamilton College for four years before returning to Pomona College. Her research interests include extragalactic astronomy, particularly optical monitoring of blazers (which are among the most energetic phenomena in the universe) using Pomona’s one-meter telescope at the Table Mountain Observatory, and the physics of woodwind instruments.

Introducer: Gene Smith
Fellowship: Nancy Magnusson
Greeter: Art Parker
Birthdays: Dick Newton


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

Calendar Archive (2010-2014) | Jan 2015

Ideas for good program? Contact Bob Smith, Program Committee Chair  909 625-4344 Bsartist@netscape.com