Calendar of Events

University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays at noon in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. A full buffet lunch, beginning at 11:45 AM, is available for $12.00. For those who wish to come only for coffee and dessert, the fee is $5.00. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

Holiday Schedule – There will be no program on January 3. After the holidays, our Tuesday luncheons will resume on January 10.

January program chair: Art Sutton

January 10 – “Southern Sudan, the World’s Newest Nation After One Year"


Speaker – Dr. Lako Tongun, Pitzer College

A year ago, very nearly everyone voting supported the forming of a new nation, Southern Sudan, to become independent of Sudan. Southern Sudan then became our newest nation. Our speaker, Dr. Tongun, a native of Southern Sudan, is well acquainted with the events leading up to independence and the leadership of the new nation.  It has been a turbulent first year for the new nation and the future portends considerable instability for both Southern Sudan and Sudan, with the situation in Dafur and the President of Sudan under indictment by the International Court of Justice. There is also uncertainty over the large oil reserves in Southern Sudan, with implications for the United States because of the involvement of China and others in the area. Dr. Tongun specializes in African and third-world politics and political and developmental economy.  He earned his PhD from UC Davis.

Introducer: Mel Boynton

Fellowship: Bob Swan

January 17 –  “Los Angeles Area Transit Past, Present, and Future”

Speaker – Matt Barrett, Administrator, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Transportation Library

Los Angeles has had horse cars, the Red Cars and the Yellow Cars, and now has the Blue Line, Green Line, Gold Line, and the Purple Line, an extensive MTA bus system, plus other city systems and our area Foothill Transit, with the Silver Streak to Los Angeles, and Metrolink at the Claremont station. Few know the history of LA transit and can give a glimpse of its future better than Matt Barrett. Mr. Barret is responsible for the extensive MTA Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library at MTA headquarters. The library is primarily for MTA staff and planners, but it is open to the general public a couple of days a week. A graduate of UCLA, Mr. Barret is a member of the American Library Association, the Special Library Association, where he is a past Chair of the Transportation Administration Archives.

Introduction:  Al Leiga

Fellowship: George Stoneback

January 24 – “Petroleum and Our Future”


Speaker – Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President, Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA)

Founded in 1907, WSPA is the oldest petroleum trade association in the United States.  WSPA is a non-profit trade association representing companies that account for the bulk of petroleum exploration, production, refining, transportation and marketing in the six western states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Ms. Reheis-Boyd has served on a number of energy and environment groups.  She is a member of the California Chamber of Commerce Natural Resources and Policy Committee, was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, is a past president of the Kern County Chapter of the American Lung Association, and serves on the State of California Fish and Game Blue Ribbon Task Force. She earned her BS degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has attended post-graduate classes at the University of Southern California.

Introduction:  Dean Kays

Fellowship: Michael Faye

January 31  “Egypt and the Arab Spring"

Speaker – Dr. Ashraf Singer, Future University, Cairo, Visiting Professor, Claremont Graduate University

Dr. Singer will talk to us about Egypt and the Arab Spring. He earned his PhD from Claremont Graduate University. He is now a member of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at the Future University in Cairo. Future University is a new private university, founded in 2006 and located in the heart of Cairo. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the American University of Cairo and a Member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs. Dr. Singer is involved with a project funded by the U. S. Government using game theory and political characteristics to provide insight into predicting the future outcomes most likely to result from the Arab Spring.

Introduction: Sam Mansour

Fellowship: Georgia McManigal

Birthdays: Celeste Palmer


Bulletin Committee Members: David Sonner, Opanyi Nasiali, and Roya Ardelan

Archived Calendars: 2010-2011

Ideas for good program? Contact Bob Smith, Program Committee Chair  909 625-4344