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

May Program Chair: Art Parker

May 7 – “South Asia after 2014: Prospects for Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India”

Speaker – Retired Ambassador Cameron Munter
Our speaker, Cameron Munter, was the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan until July 2012. Over a two-year period he guided U.S.-Pakistani relations through a succession of crises (including the Ray Davis affair and the operation against Osama bin Laden), while leading a 2,500-employee embassy. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, where he negotiated Serbian domestic consensus for European integration and managed the Kosovo independence crisis. Ambassador Munter also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, overseeing U.S. civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of U.S. troops, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Czech Republic and Poland, where he managed the American contribution to those countries’ integration into Western civilian and military institutions. In January 2013, Ambassador Munter became visiting professor of international relations at Pomona College.

Introduction: Art Parker
Fellowship: Gail Sparks
Greeters: Doug MacKenzie, Ellen Litney

May 14 – “Are Ethics Alive and Well in Education?”

Speaker – Dr. David Stine
Dr. David Stine, a member of our club, will discuss the issue of ethics in education, with emphasis on the California education system. He brings with him 21 years of experience serving as an elected member of the San Bernardo County School board. He has taught Human Resources Management and Policy, Politics and Governance at Cal State San Bernardino. He is the co-author of a recent book entitled “Professional Responsibility for Educators and the California Code of Ethics.” He will discuss the role of ethics from a personal as well as a legal standpoint, including recent court cases and several case studies. This presentation should prove very interesting, as it looks at education from a standpoint that is not often done in the news.

Introduction: Donna Bernard
Fellowship: Anne Sonner
Greeters: Pat Kelley, Art Parker

May 21 – “Does Print News have a Chance in Today’s News Environment?”


Speaker – Al McCombs
Questions hang over the newspaper industry about whether it will survive in its traditional form in the face of the rise of electronic media and the changing habits among the public in its quest for news. Club member Allen P. (Al) McCombs, in his 57th year as owner of the Chino Champion, will discuss the state of the Fourth Estate and where it may be heading. He will also describe some of his experiences over the seven decades he has been associated with journalism, from reporting, at age 10, the birth of a future master photographer and covering an important world conference, to fighting with city councils and school boards over public informational issues and being fire bombed for his community service. He has seen newspaper-printing change from Linotype machines to desktop computers. Along the way he has had a number of adventures, and he brings with him some observations about the state of newspapers today and their future.

Introduction: Ellen Litney
Fellowship: John Suchocki
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

May 28 – “Reflections On Some Ancient Olympic Conundrums”

Speaker – Steve Glass
Says Dr. Glass, “An old professor of mine was fond of reminding his students that, whatever path one embarked upon, sooner or later one would meet an ancient Greek coming back the other way.” In the western world, at least, nowhere is this truer than in the world of competitive athletics. This singular, almost obsessive preoccupation of the Greeks is as difficult for us to account for and assess as it was for the Greeks themselves. En route, Dr. Glass will address the problems of the origins of the Olympic games, the puzzling associations of the games with the site of Olympia itself, and some of the peculiarities of the ancient Olympic contests, sometimes like and sometimes so unlike our own.

Introduction: Wyn Aldrich
Fellowship: Mel Boynton
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: TBD


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

Calendar Archive (2010-2012) - Jan 2013 - Feb 2013 - Mar 2013

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