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. Meetings start at 11:30 AM. The $13 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

February Program Chair: Sam Mansour

February 2 – "The Evolution of Evolution"


Speaker Dr. Bill Waggener
University club member and past president Bill Waggener will talk about evolution. He says, “hardly any innovative discovery occurs in a vacuum – rather, such wisdom comes out of the study, understanding and reflection of the discoveries and insights of previous workers.” He adds, “Charles Robert Darwin’s elucidation of gradual change through descent was no exception; without his deep familiarity with the work of his predecessors, his famous 1859 book On The Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection would have never been written.” Dr. Waggener earned a BA in music from Pomona College, an MA in music from the Claremont Graduate University, a MS in vertebrate zoology from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, and a PhD in physiology from the University of California at Riverside. He is an emeritus professor of biological sciences at Mt. SAC.

Introduction: Michael Fay
Fellowship: Vera Eyzendooren
reeter: Doug MacKenzie

February 9 – “Syria and the Current Refugee Crisis”


Speaker – Dr. Adnan Aswad
Dr. Aswad will give us an overview of the geography and history of the Middle East, the root causes and events which led to the present tragic state of chaos in Syria, the resulting tidal wave of Syrians seeking refuge all over the world, the moral responsibility of the western colonial powers towards these refugees, and possible conditions for a peaceful resolution of the conflicts in the region. The speaker, as an expatriate of Syria, will also present examples of personal experiences. Dr. Aswad is professor emeritus of engineering at the University of Michigan. He grew up in Syria and graduated as a mechanical engineer from Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey. He immigrated to the United States in 1959, earning a PhD in engineering at the University of Michigan.

Introduction: Rizek Abusharr
Fellowship: Nancy Magnusson
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

February 16 - The presentation on this date has been cancelled.


February 23 - "Haiti After the Storms"


Speaker – Dr. Serena Beeks
Dr. Serena Beeks will present a general view of Haiti, and talk about its population makeup, the rebuilding since the recent devastating storms, the educational system, and the island’s most critical needs. Dr. Beeks earned a BA from UC Berkeley, an MA from Claremont Graduate University, and a DMin from Virginia Theological Seminary. She is the founding head of St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Upland and is currently the Executive Director of the Diocesan Commission on Schools, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. She assists with the coordination of the Haiti Partnership Program for the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and has made almost 50 trips to Haiti since 1999.

Introduction: Craig Smyser
Fellowship: Art Parker
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Dick Newton


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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