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

March 2015 Program Chairs: Celeste Palmer and Bob Smith

March 3 – “Genealogy: True Stories About our Ancestors”


Speakers – University Club members Ray Bragg, Doug MacKenzie, and Anne Sonner

Ray will talk about his ancestor - an indentured servant who immigrated from England to Providence in 1630. This was not Providence, Rhode Island, but an island near present-day Nicaragua. Puritans, slaves and pirates are involved. Doug will present highlights from the memoirs of his mother, including the story of how he owes his existence to a nickel. Anne will tell about her great-great grandmother who traveled as a child on Oregon Trail in 1853, was run over by a covered wagon, survived the Indian Wars, and was an early settler in Washington.

Introducer: David Sonner                                                          
Fellowship: Larry Wicksted
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

March 10 – “The Oldest ‘Horned’ Dinosaur from North America”


Speaker – Andrew Farke, curator of Paleontology at the Alf Museum, Webb Schools

Andy Farke has previously spoken to the club about the Alf museum and its amazing collection. The discovery of Aquilops, the oldest example of Triceratops, shows the line to have extended 40 million years earlier into the past than was previously known. The skull of this fossil can fit into the palm of your hand. Aquilops means “eagle face” because of its hook-like beak. Collecting fossils has long been part of the field experiences open to students at the Webb Schools. Dr. Farke earned a PhD in geology at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a PhD in Anatomical Sciences from Stony Brook University. His research interests focus on horned dinosaurs, dinosaurs of western North America, and the vertebrate paleontology of Madagascar.

Introducer: Bob Smith      
Fellowship: Larry Sonner
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy

March 17 – “History of Kaiser Steel”


Speaker – Jeff Staggs, former Kaiser tour guide and current historical archivist

Jeff Staggs will tell us about the history of Kaiser Steel Corporation, one of the world’s largest steel plants, which was built during WWII to supply steel for ships. Jeff earned a BA in criminal justice from California State University, San Bernardino. During college he worked for Kaiser Steel in the Community Services Department as a plant tour guide. He then worked for 32 years for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. When Jeff retired in 2010, he volunteered as an archivist with the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society at their Western Archives in the San Bernardino Depot. There he found historical items relating to Santa Fe Railroad’s business dealings with Kaiser Steel. This provided the motivation and some of the historical material for his presentation on the history of Kaiser Steel.

Introducer: Art Sutton
Fellowship: Milt Wilson
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

March 24 – “Developing Cognitive Capacity and Changing Lives Through Storytelling”


Speaker – University Club member, Donna Bernard

Storytelling changes lives. Our brains are wired for thematic understanding and storytelling. Through shared stories, values are learned and ingrained. Telling stories is a strategy for developing cognitive capacity in nine year olds and ninety year olds.  Donna Bernard earned a BS from Central Connecticut State University and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Connecticut. She worked in the field of education for 40 years, including as school superintendent. She comes from a long line of Italian/French storytellers.

Introducer: Hal Durian
Fellowship: John Reid
Greeter: Art Parker

March 31 – “Our Own Citrus College Celebrates One Hundred years”


Speaker – Christina Garcia, Citrus College Foundation Director

Citrus College is celebrating its centennial! Established in 1915 by local educators under the leadership of Dr. Floyd S. Hayden, Citrus College is the oldest community college in Los Angeles County and the fifth oldest in the state. From modest beginnings, the college has grown into the vibrant, diverse, award-winning, and highly respected institution it is today. As Citrus continues into its second century, join us to learn about the college’s rich history and to see how the college is developing the workforce, creating leaders and strengthening our community. Ms. Garcia is in her third year at the Citrus College Foundation. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University, she is co-chair of the Centennial Celebration Committee.

Introducer: Celeste Palmer
Fellowship: Ray Bragg
Greeters: Anne Sonner and Elana Barach
Birthdays: Beverly Carpenter


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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