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. No fee is charged for program attendance only. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

October 5– “Parasitism in the Plant Kingdom”

Speaker – Dr. Jeffery Morawetz
Parasitism is a fascinating phenomenon within the plant kingdom, and is a successful life strategy: of the 250,000+ named species of flowering plants, about 2% (4,500 species) are known to be parasitic. Dr. Morawetz will provide an overview of parasitic plant diversity, and talk about his research on some of these peculiar plants. Dr. Morawetz grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, earned his B.S. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his PhD from The Ohio State University. He’s traveled extensively in Africa for his research (10 trips, 9 countries, over 1.5 years in Africa from those trips). Dr. Morawetz was a postdoc at the University of Michigan, and is now a postdoc at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Introducer: Robert Thorne
Fellowship: Bob Swan


Founders Day Dinner, Monday October 11, at the Claremont Double Tree Hotel – Reception begins 5:30PM

Speaker – Patrick Nunally
Mr. Nunally will describe recent advances in the technologies that make synthetic consciousness possible and how "consciousness" machines will affect our lives. Mr. Nunally is an internationally recognized leader in the development of machine vision, image understanding, and cognitive processing systems. While still a teenager, Mr. Nunally was involved in project development for the Department of Defense. He designed significant portions of the fire command control systems for the U.S. Navy's Trident class submarines. In his 20s, he invented a breakthrough technology: a unique neural network device that could learn like the human brain. The device is capable of very complex learning, including not only recognizing human faces and understanding speech, but also drawing its own inferences. Today, numerous products and emerging technologies rely on his pioneering work as well as his 95+ granted or pending patents worldwide. Through the years, Mr. Nunally has worked for or with numerous high-technology companies including General Dynamics in nearby Pomona. Numerous times he has received official recognition for his for his accomplishments.
Introducer: Bill Forti


Due to the Founders Day dinner on Monday night, there will be no lunch meeting on Tuesday October 12

October 19 – “Museums at the Crossroads”

Speaker – Philip Nowlen, Executive Director of the Getty Leadership Center at CGU
More than 40% of the world’s museums have come into existence since the 1970s.  In addition, they find themselves asked to do far more than the traditional “collect, preserve and interpret.”  The variety of new goals amounts to a reinvention of the traditional museum, with important challenges to current practices and the values that animate them. Should anyone care? Mr. Nowlen has held deanships at the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia. He was a Vice Chancellor in the University of California system at UC-Irvine.  He has been widely published on topics related to the design of learning experiences.
Introducer: Patrick Larkin
Fellowship: Dean Kays


October 26 – “What’s Growing on at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden”

Speaker – Patrick Larkin, Executive Director, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
There have been a number of changes at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in the last few years, and some exciting changes coming in the future. From butterflies and big bugs, to a training program for veterans and an expansion of the nursery to the Westside of Los Angeles, exhilarating things are happening with the largest garden dedicated to California native plants. A University Club Member, Patrick Larkin serves as Executive Director of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA, an AAM Accredited institution and the largest garden dedicated to California’s native flora. He serves on the City of Claremont Sustainability. Patrick began his public horticulture career working for the Virginia Tech Arboretum while working on his Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture with a minor in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He earned the Master of Science degree in Public Horticulture Administration through the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware.  He serves as a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums, and is a Director at Large on the board of APGA.
Introducer: Brian Bowcock
Fellowship: Gene Smith
Birthdays: Ellen Litney


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

The University Club does NOT meet during August.
 Our Tuesday meetings and programs will resume on September 7, 2010

Past Programs: Nov 2009 - Dec 2009 - Jan 2010 - Feb 2010 - Mar 2010 - April 2010 - May 2010 - June 2010 - July 2010 - Sept 2010
Ideas for good program? Contact Bob Smith, Program Committee Chair  909 625-4344