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 $15 meeting fee (effective April 1st) includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

May Program Chair: Art Parker

May 3 – “Russia and Central Asia Today”


Speaker – Bill Forti
Last fall, University Club member Bill Forti traveled for five weeks to Russia and the Central Asia countries
of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. He will give us his impressions of the
life and politics in these countries today, 25 years after the collapse of the USSR, using dozens of interesting
pictures. Bill Forti is a retired businessman and past president of the University Club.

Introduction: Larry Wicksted
Fellowship: Tom Helliwell
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

May 10 – “Shining Light on the Future of Renewable Energy


Speaker – Professor Hal Van Ryswyk
Dr. Van Ryswyk will discuss our energy requirements for the present and future, and he will address a
number of important questions in his talk: What is the future of renewable energy? What are the possible
sources? If solar energy is to carry a major portion of the load, are silicon solar panels part of the answer?
And how much renewable energy will the planet require? Dr. Van Ryswyk earned a bachelor’s degree from
Carleton College and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the John Stauffer Professor
of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College where solar energy conversion is one of his research fields.

Introduction: Doug MacKenzie
Fellowship: Marie Ross
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

May 17 – “Hard Drive: A Family’s Fight Against Three Countries"


Speaker – Mary Todd
Mary Todd is the mother of Dr. Shane Todd, who was murdered in Singapore. Since the morning she heard
of her son’s death, she has been a mother on a mission, intent on exposing evil, fighting for truth and justice
and warning Americans about the dangers of the illegal transfer of technology to China. Mary’s story has
been featured in the Financial Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, several local and national
newspapers and radio shows, an Asia One documentary, and 48 Hours. She is an international speaker who
earned her MA in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. As part of the John Maxwell
Team, her passion is training leaders and speakers to connect and communicate more effectively.

Introduction: Hal Durian
Fellowship: Rich Phillips
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

May 24 – “Glaucoma – The Disease, the History of its Detection, and Treatment”


Speaker – Dr. Winthrop Aldrich
Dr. Aldrich will talk to us about glaucoma, which is a complicated disease where damage to the optic nerve
leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. It is not
curable, and vision lost cannot be regained, however, with medication and/or surgery, it is possible to halt
further loss of vision. Dr. Aldrich’s professional work included the development of the Non-Contact
Tonometer commonly used today in the detection of glaucoma. Dr. Aldrich earned his BS in Mechanical
Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his MSc and PhD in Materials Science, Medicine, and
Applied Math at Brown University. He has taught engineering at Boston University, MIT, and Worchester
Poly. He was head of Materials and Process Research at American Optical Corp. and manager of the Sesame
Research Division of Polaroid Corp. Before he retired in 2004, he was a professor and chair of Chemical and
Materials Engineering, and associate dean of engineering, at Cal Poly Pomona.

Introduction: Pat Kelly
Fellowship: Beth Smith
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy

May 31 – “My Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago”


Speaker – Maria Redinger
The Camino de Santiago in Spain is a path of pilgrimage to the resting place of Christ’s apostle, Saint
James. Since the re-discovery of his remains around 900 AD, people from all areas of the world and all
walks of life have traveled to Santiago de Compostela on the Camino to pay homage to the saint. Last fall, Maria Redinger took a 2-month sabbatical to experience the spiritual pilgrimage of the Camino. Her journey began in Barcelona, continued to St John Pierre de Port, across the Pyrenees, then across northern Spain into Santiago de Compostela, and finally to Finesterre and Muxia on the Atlantic coast. She will be sharing some experiences, photos, and insights from her journey. Ms. Redinger earned her masters degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been in the health care field for over 18 years.

Introduction: Michael Fay
Fellowship: Gail Sparks
Greeter: Anne Sonner
Birthdays: Roya Ardelan


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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