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

Mayprogram chair: Art Sutton

May 1 – “Stroke: What you need to know”

Speaker – Deborah Keasler, RN, MS

Ms. Keasler, the Director of the Stead Heart and Vascular Center at Pomona Valley Hospital, will update us on the advances in the care of stroke. She will talk about FAST identification of stroke symptoms, stroke treatment, and how to manage risk factors associated with stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. This program may save your life. Ms. Keasler has been with the Medical Center since 1999. For the last eleven years, she has been responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the complete cardiovascular service there. She has developed and implemented a number of case management systems that have led to more efficient and effective handling of cardiac cases. 

Introduction: Art Parker
Fellowship: Margaret Ward

May 8 – “Storms in the Arab Spring: Syria and Beyond

Speaker – Dr. Adnan Aswad

We’ve watched as various countries in the Middle East have experienced their own version of an Arab Spring. We’ve also watched as Syria has undertaken its own version of the Arab Spring with President Bashar al-Assad resisting the movement. Adnan Aswad, who is originally from Syria, will discuss what is currently happening there and give us information that we can use to understand future events in Syria. Dr. Aswad is Professor Emeritus of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he served as Department Chair and as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.  He grew up in Syria and graduated as a mechanical engineer from Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey. He immigrated to the US in 1959, earning a Ph.D. in Industrial & Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he met his wife Barbara and got married 50 years ago. 

Introduction: Rezik Abusharr
Fellowship: Ray Lockhart

May 15 – “A Child Holocaust Survivor Honors Young French Women who Fought for Liberty and Justice”


Speaker – Monique Saigal

During World War II, Ms. Saigal was a Holocaust survivor, a hidden child who was lucky enough to be saved by a Catholic family who kept her hidden for eight years. After she talks about those experiences, she will then talk about the activities of 18 young women in the French Resistance during WWII whom she much later interviewed for her book. Ms. Saigal was born in Paris but moved to California and attended UCLA where she earned her B.A, M.A and Ph.D. She recently retired from Pomona College where she taught French language, French literature, French films, and French culture for 45 years. She has published French Heroines 1940-1945: Courage, Strength and Ingenuity (Paris, Ed. Rocher 2008), the book on which much of her talk is based.

Introduction: Georgia McManigal
Fellowship: Mel Boynton  

May 22  –  “Genealogy:  Discoveries and Mysteries”

Speaker – Anne Veazie Sonner

University Club member Anne Sonner will talk about her recent journey into family history, which started from a stack of old envelopes. Genealogy is intellectually stimulating, as you become a detective trying to solve mysteries, all of which tie into history. The talk will cover how to search for ancestors, plus stories of interesting ancestors, such as her great-grandfather who was a teenage Civil War soldier, bullwhacker, prospector, and minister. Anne is a graduate of Pitzer College.

Introduction: David Sonner
Fellowship: Rizek Abusharr

May 29  –  “Civil Engineering Infrastructure: Past, Present & Future”


Speaker – Dr. Hany Farran

This presentation will highlight the various elements constituting the broad spectrum of civil engineering projects, particularly in the public domain. A segment of this presentation will highlight the impact of natural disasters and terrorism, as well as lack of quality assurance in construction practices on the cost of rehabilitation, retrofit, or possible replacement of the total system. As evidenced by archeological, historical, political and social studies, the first sign of deterioration in any empire is related to the inability to maintain its existing civil engineering infrastructure. This was true for the Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Mayas, Aztecs, Incas and even the Hohokam Indians. Winston Churchill observed that structures are a measure of man’s civilization. Dr. Farran is a Professor of Civil & Structural Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. He has lectured throughout the United States and the world. He has been a construction structural engineer in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, and has worked for several educational institutions, CALTRANS, Northrop-Grumman, and the US Air Force as a consultant.

Introduction: Art Sutton
Fellowship: John Najarian
Birthdays: Shelby Forrest


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

Archived Calendars: 2010-2011  - Jan 2012 - Feb 2012 - March 2012 - April 2012

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