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 $14.00. For those who wish to come for program attendance only, the fee is $4.00. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center


MAY Program Chair - Art Parker

May 3 – “Clara Barton and the American Red Cross "

Speaker  – Susan Higley

After many years in a business office, Susan Higley decided to go out on her own, starting her new business, “Women in History Center Stage.”  The goal is to get into the mind and soul of these courageous Ladies and enlighten the audience about their lives. Susan is delighted to appear for a return engagement at the University Club of Claremont, where she will be presenting “Clara Barton and the American Red Cross.”  Susan will become this famous lady in History to give us a glimpse at the heart of Clara and what made her “tick.” Dressed in period correct costume, Clara will tell you about her visionary work to bring the American Red Cross to reality in 1881. You may recall that she appeared at our club earlier as Mary Todd Lincoln, a program that was enjoyed by all.

Introducer: Art Parker

Fellowship: Dean Kays

May 10 – “Redefining the Inland Valley”

Speaker – Bob Smith

University Club member Bob Smith will present a talk based on his recently released book, “Redefining the Inland Valley.” This current book is a tenth year anniversary edition, updated. He will discuss his book, as well as little known facts about the Inland Valley. Also discussed will be interesting driving trips around the Valley to visit the sightseeing treasures in the area, including those you have likely visited as well as those you did not even know existed. Bob was born in Hollywood and attended LA City College, earning an AA in Music. After serving in the Korean Way, he earned his BA in Art from Pomona College and an MFA from CGU. He has taught courses and designed curricula, primarily at Chaffee College. He has exhibited paintings and drawings in various venues in the Inland Valley. He will have copies of his book available for purchase.

Introducer: Art Parker

Fellowship: Ellen Litney

May 17 – “Robots for All!”

Speaker – Dr. Zach Dodds, Associate Professor at Harvey Mudd College

Once the purview of science fiction, machines that “think” for themselves are now so common that we no longer even give them a second thought. But machines that “act” for themselves are much less common—and less capable. This difficulty comes largely in sensing how the robot gathers data about its surroundings. Zach Dodds, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College, whose specialty is vision and artificial intelligence, will look at some of the current challenges in visual sensing for robots. Dr. Zach Dodds came to Harvey Mudd College (and Claremont) in 1999, having studied robotics and computer vision at Yale University, where he earned his BA, MS and Ph.D.

Introduction: David Sonner

Fellowship: Shelby Forrest

May 24 – “Citrus College in an Era of Decreasing State Support”

Speaker – June Stephens, Executive Director of Development and External Relations, Citrus College

As we are all aware, California has a budget problem and, as a result, state funding to education has dropped. Citrus College, along with other publicly funded colleges, has had to strive to maintain quality, accessibility, and provide adequate classes for students to be able to earn their AA degree. Our speaker will discuss how Citrus College strives to fulfill its mission. As the Executive Director of Development and External Relations, June Stephens leads the Citrus College Foundation and the Marketing and Communications program. She has more than 30 years’ experience in resource development as well as public relations and marketing. She earned her bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Redlands.

Introduction: Nancy Magnusson

Fellowship: George Stoneback

May 31 – “Afghanistan”

Speaker – Nangy Ghafarshad, Owner of Walter’s Restaurant in Claremont

After 13 months working in his native Afghanistan for the Department of Defense, Nangy Ghafarshad has returned to the U.S. and has been giving talks about his experiences. He was serving as a senior cultural advisor in the area of the country where he grew up. His goal was to be a bridge between the U.S. and the Afghan people to explain to them that we were not there to occupy them. While there, Nangy camped out in the countryside right along with the NATO troops, even getting shot at. In his talk, he will discuss the mission, as well as his personal observations of what is going on, in Afghanistan.

Introduction:  Michael Fay

Fellowship: Michael Fay

Birthdays: Marie Ross


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

Past Calendars: - Jan 2011 - Feb 2011 - Mar 2011 - April 2011

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