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


September Program Chair: Opanyi Nasiali

September 6  – "ROAR! ‘The Other Africa’ on Demand”


Speaker – Mr. James Makawa, Co-Founder and CEO, ROAR! Africa on Demand
Mr. Makawa will speak about ROAR!, a global venture with a mission to drive business, tourism, trade and e-commerce in and out of Africa. Its objective is to make the continent accessible to consumers in North America, Europe, Asia, and within Africa itself through the power of the Internet. A sought-after public speaker and moderator, Mr. Makawa, has been profiled on CNN, in The Los Angeles Times, and in numerous publications worldwide. He has testified before Congress about the telecommunications industry and serves on several boards. He talked at the TedX 2012 conference and at the GATE Story Conference in 2013, a gathering of creative visionaries who believe in the transformative power of entertainment to change the world. A native of Zimbabwe, Mr. Makawa has over 25 years of executive management and entrepreneurial leadership in media and entertainment in Africa, Europe, and the US. Before founding ROAR! in 2016, Mr. Makawa was founder and CEO of The Africa Channel and co-founded the African Barter Company, where he negotiated and acquired content from CBS, NBC, Paramount, and other television stations across 23 countries in Africa.

Introduction: Opanyi Nasiali
Fellowship: Art Sutton
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

September 13  – “Higher Education in the 21st Century:  Why Online Learning Will Go Away and Ubiquitous Learning Is Here to Stay”


Speaker – Dr. Laura M. Burgis
Higher education is experiencing disruption at unprecedented levels. How will emerging transformational digital delivery systems, such as online learning, change the learning experience for today’s and tomorrow’s students, faculty, and traditional institutions? Dr. Burgis will give us an overview of the landscape, predictors about the future, and thoughts on implications for higher education and students. Following 19 years at Arizona State University, she worked at Claremont Lincoln University from 2012 until 2016, as Senior Vice President. At CLU, she led the efforts to build strategic partnerships and alliances. Her published work and research focus on holistic pedagogy, effective compassionate leadership, and how to foster intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual growth in students. Dr. Burgis earned degrees from Augustana College, Northwestern University, Loyola University, and Arizona State University.

Introduction: Opanyi Nasiali
Fellowship: Vera Eyzendooren
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

September 20  – “Update on Ontario International Airport”


Speaker – Mr. Kelly J. Fredericks, CEO, Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
After almost 50 years of management and ownership by Los Angeles World Airports, the Ontario Airport will be independent starting the second half of 2016. As CEO of Ontario International Airport, Mr. Fredericks is responsible for overall management, operations, development, and marketing. He has over 34 years of transportation industry experience at airports in Rhode Island, Florida, and Pennsylvania. He is an Accredited Airport Executive, a Registered Professional Engineer, and a private pilot. He is active in industry organizations and serves on several advisory boards. He earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Introduction: Gene Smith
Fellowship: Art Parker
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

September 27  – “Ships Inertial Navigation System (SINS)”


Speaker – Mr. Parker G. Emerson, Small Business Development Consultant
Mr. Emerson will talk with us about how submarines and other marine vessels constantly calculate their position and, in the case of Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines, how they communicate that information to a missile for launch. Mr. Emerson has spoken to the club previously about his work as a Shelter Box Ambassador. He earned his BS from Old Dominion University and his MBA from USC. After service in the Navy and a career that spanned many roles in several businesses, he is now mostly retired but writes grants for non-profits and provides small business coaching and development services. He is president of the Claremont Chorale and a member of the Claremont Sunrise Rotary Club.

Introduction: Chuck Cable
Fellowship: Mel Boynton
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Fred Gattas


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner


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