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 $13 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

September 2015 Program Chair: Opanyi Nasiali

September 1 – “Political Corruption and Environmental Protection in America”


Speaker – Dr. Evaggelos Vallianatos, former staff for the Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Vallianatos will talk about the corruption of science and the regulation of pesticides. The industrialization of agriculture and other industries has raised the toll of disease and death, especially since the mid-twentieth century, which is why the Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970. However, industrial interests have all but nullified the work of the EPA. They exercise their influence on the EPA both directly and indirectly, through the White House and Congress. Dr. Villianatos earned a BA and MA from University of Illinois and a PhD from University of Wisconsin, with postdoctoral studies at Harvard. He worked for the EPA from 1979 to 2004. He also has been a visiting professor at several universities and has written six books.

Introduction: Joe Silva
Fellowship: Larry Wicksted
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

September 8 – “San Gabriel Mountains National Monument”


Speaker – Jeffrey Vail, Forest Supervisor, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

On Oct. 10, 2014, amidst cheers and protests, President Obama designated 342,177 acres from the Angeles National Forest and 4,002 acres from the San Bernardino National Forest as the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Although the Interior Department’s National Park Service manages most national monuments, this new national monument will continue to be managed by the Agriculture Department’s Forest Service, which will also continue to manage the remaining parts of the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests. Find out what are the goals and plans for this nearby and new national monument. Mr. Vail currently is Director of Lands, Minerals and Uses for the Forest Service Southern Region. He earned a BA from American University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Starting in 1991, he has worked in various roles in the USDA, including in the Office of the General Counsel and as Assistant Director of Lands and Realty Management.

Introduction: Mel Boynton
Fellowship: Rizek Abusharr
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

September 15 – “What’s In That Vaccine?”


Speaker – Dr. Joseph Lyons, retired medical research scientist, and Claremont City Councilmember

Dr. Lyons will talk about the influenza vaccine and the phenomenon of herd immunity, which forms the basis of public health vaccination programs. He will give us an overview of the body’s innate mechanisms to defend itself against infectious agents, how this understanding allows scientists to propose possible vaccine candidates, how these are tested, and how, if effective, they are prepared for use in humans. He also will discuss the recent measles epidemic. Dr. Lyons earned a BS and MS in microbiology from San Diego State University and a PhD in immunogenetics from Vreije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A medical research scientist for 37 years, he started his career in the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and concluded his career as the Senior Research Scientist of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory that he helped create at the City of Hope.

Introduction: Fred Gattas
Fellowship: Tom Helliwell
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy

September 22 – “Mental Health Criminal Justice Project”


Speaker – Hon. Jackie Lacy, Los Angeles County District Attorney

On Dec. 3, 2012, Jackie Lacy was sworn in as the 42nd District Attorney of LA County. She is the first woman and first African-American to serve in that office since it was established in 1850. Her top priority is keeping the streets of Los Angeles County safe from violent and dangerous criminals, and she is committed to safeguarding children from sex traffickers, seniors from financial elder abuse, and communities from environmental crimes. A Los Angeles native and graduate of UC Irvine and University of Southern California Law School, she has spent most of her professional life as a prosecutor, manager, and executive in the DA’s office. She leads a staff of about 1,000 lawyers, 300 investigators, and 800 support staff employees. Her office prosecuted more than 71,000 felonies and nearly 112,000 misdemeanors in 2014.

Introduction: Opanyi Nasiali
Fellowship: Donna Bernard
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

September 29 – “Claremont Girl Scouts’ Cabin – The Fight to Save a Hidden Gem”


Speaker – Dr. Catherine Caporale, Co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 2584, marriage and family therapist

Hear the story of how Claremont Girl Scout Troop 2585 took action in the uphill battle to save the 1947 La Casita Girl Scout cabin in Claremont from the chopping block. Dr. Caporale earned an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from California Graduate Institute. She has worked as a marriage and family therapist for over 25 years, was an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne, and is a consultant for the Claremont Unified School District.

Introduction: Opanyi Nasiali
Fellowship: Larry Sonner
Greeter: Anne Sonner
Birthdays: Georgia McManigal


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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