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 $6.00. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center


November Program Chair: Bill Forti

November 5 – “Practical Survival: The Skills of the Native Americans are Relevant Today

Speaker – Christopher Nyerges
We can learn how to live better with less by learning some of the practical lessons of the past. Mr. Nyerges will show us some of the wild foods that sustained millennia of Native Americans, and some of the tools they used in daily life, made entirely from nature. You will also learn their modern counterparts today, to enrich your life and to make you more prepared for emergencies. Since 1974, Mr. Nyerges has been teaching classes in wild food identification and uses, urban preparedness, primitive fire-making and weaponry, and many of the other practical skills that our ancestors took for granted. He is the author of ten books, including Guide to Wild Foods, How to Survive Anywhere, and Self-Sufficient Home. He was the editor of Wilderness Way magazine for seven years, and has authored thousands of newspaper and magazine articles. He does a weekly pod-cast and does occasional TV work, including two years on Fox TV as "Nature Man." He has appeared on Huell Howser's Visiting, and more recently, on National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers show.

Introducer: Mel Boynton
Fellowship: Vera Chaparian
Greeters: Doug MacKenzie, Ellen Litney

November 12 – “Air National Guard Predator Drone (MQ-1) Operations

Speaker – Lt. Col. Keith "LJB" Ward
Lt. Col. Ward will talk to us about the unique capabilities of the Air National Guard and the MQ-1, also known as the Predator Drone, including myths about drones. He will give us an overview of the Predator’s combat operations and the kinds of missions performed for ground forces. He also will cover Predator support to firefighters in the recent Rim Fire Incident, and what it took to provide them a capability they have never had before. He will discuss the successes and limitations of wildfire support operations. Finally, he will discuss the future for remotely piloted aircraft. Lt. Col. Ward’s presentation will provide us with an understanding of the roles and missions of the Air National Guard and the 163d Reconnaissance Wing at March Air Reserve Base, from combat to supporting local, state and federal entities. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and has more than 5,000 hours of flight time. He is rated as a Command Pilot.

Introducer: Hal Durian
Fellowship: Mel Boynton
Greeters: Pat Kelley, Art Parker

November 19 – “Are Men and Boys in Trouble? The Demise of Guys


Speaker – Ronald E. Riggio, the Henry Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at CMCStatistics suggest that boys are in trouble. The school dropout rate for boys is much higher than for girls. Men are the minority in colleges. Boys and men are showing increased rates of social deficits and decreased rates of social interpersonal skills. What’s happening?  In many ways, men and boys are not participating in social life – and that includes school activities – at the same rate as women, and there is a general decline. Men are “dropping out” of social life. Instead, boys and men are spending increased time watching television and on-line playing games, watching pornography, and when they do interact socially, it’s more likely to be through social media than face-to-face. Research on social skills suggests that men have certain social skill profiles and deficits that hamper good interpersonal relationship formation and maintenance. Professor Riggio will discuss the social skills that males are lacking, the reasons for it, and what it means for the future of men. Discussion will center on how to overcome some of these problems, and the implications for parents, teachers, and leaders.

Introducer: Michael Fay
Fellowship: Georgia McManigal
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

November 26 – “The Health Care Economy: Trends and Issues”

Speaker – Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle, President and CEO of ImagingBiz
The graying of America, consolidation of health systems, diminishing resources, and the newly-mandated "Accountable Care Organizations" combine to form a complex web of models and demands that are increasingly difficult to manage and nearly impossible to navigate.  This talk will focus on a few of the most significant issues at the core of US health care, which is nearly 20% of the GDP. Mr. Kauffman-Pickelle earned his BA in journalism from Cal State Fullerton and has spent more than 35 years in the field of medical journalism. He has been the publisher of 40 medical journals. Since 2005, he has been the CEO of ImagingBiz, dealing with medical imaging.

Introducer: Bill Forti
Fellowship: Ellen Litney
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Georgia McManigal


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

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