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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

Winter Vacation Reminder – There will be no club luncheons either on Tuesday December 25 or Tuesday January 1. We will resume our Tuesday luncheons after the New Year on Tuesday January 8.

January Program Chair: Art Sutton

January 1 – NO MEETING


January 8 - “The State of Education in California and Other Issues”


Speaker – Dr. Jack Scott
Dr. Scott is uniquely qualified to speak on California issues, particularly education.  He chaired the Senate Committee on Education and authored bills to strengthen education in California.  He continued with sweeping reforms of community college education while serving as Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.
Dr. Scott was president of Cypress College 1978-1987 and president of Pasadena City College 1987-1995.  He served in the California State Assembly 1996-2000 and in the California State Senate 2000-2008.  Dr. Scott was unanimously selected as the 14th chancellor of the California Community Colleges and served from 2009 until his recent retirement.  He received his PhD from Claremont Graduate University, where he was named Alumnus of the Year in 2000.  He is presently serving as Scholar in Residence at CGU.

Introduction: Michael Fay
Fellowship: Pat Kelly
Greeters: Pat Kelley, Art Parker

January 15 – “Driving Robots on Mars”

Speaker – Matt Heverly
Matt Heverly is the lead driver at JPL for the Curiosity rover now exploring the surface of Mars. Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5, 2012 and is currently characterizing the planet to assess if it ever had an environment able to support life. Matt will present an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory mission and talk about the challenges of driving a robot on the surface of a planet 325 million kilometers away. Matt grew up in La Verne and is a graduate of Bonita High School. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MS in robotics from Boston University. He has worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 2005 where he has developed research robots and has been a rover driver for both the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers.

Introduction: Joe Silva
Fellowship: David Sonner
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Mike Pichler

January 22 – “The Arab Spring – Where From and Where To?”

Speaker – Dr. Jamal Nassar
The Arab Spring is rooted in Arab frustration with their own internal oppression and with the way outside powers have treated them in supporting forces and regimes that humiliated them for decades. While the Arab Spring has given rise to forces of extremism, its future holds hope for the fulfillment of popular aspirations in the region.
Jamal Nassar is dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University San Bernardino. His many books on the Middle East include the award winning Globalization and Terrorism: the Migration of Dreams and Nightmares and Intifada: Palestine at the Crossroads. Dr. Nassar is a graduate of Jacksonville University, the University of South Florida and received a Ph.D from the University of Cincinnati.

Introducer: Sam Mansour
Fellowship: Bill Waggener
Greeters: Ed Gaylord, Brian Bowcock

January 29 – “Portraying the Iron Horse: Railroads and the Changing American Landscape”

Speaker:  Dr. Peter J. Blodgett
In this illustrated lecture the curator of the Huntington Library’s current exhibition, “Visions of Empire: The Quest for a Railroad Across America, 1840-1880,” will discuss the impact of the transcontinental railroad on the perspectives through which Americans viewed the landscapes of the trans-Mississippi West in the 19th century. Dr. Blodgett is the H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western Historical Manuscripts at the Huntington Library. He earned a BA in American history from Bowdoin College and a doctorate from Yale University. Dr. Blodgett received the Sustained Service Award from the Society of California Archivists, the Award for Meritorious Performance from the California Council for the Promotion of History, and the Frederic W. Beinecke Prize from Yale for the best dissertation on the history of the American West.

Introducer:  Art Parker
Fellowship: Deepak Ubhayakar
Greeters: Joe Farrell, Opanyi Nasiali
Birthdays: Donna Bernard


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

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