What is Anthro Club?

Porterville College’s Anthropology (‘Anthro’) Club is a student club dedicated to the Anthropological values of Curiosity, Exploration, and Understanding about the people and cultures of the world, past and present.   

The club was started in 1996 by Professor Richard Osborne, now retired, who established a tradition of motivated students eager to supplement their education with experiences that would last a lifetime through field trips, research projects, and community service (and fun).  From 2012 to 2015, the club was co-advised with new PC Anthropology Professor Robert Simpkins, and since Professor Osborne’s retirement, Professor Simpkins and the students have endeavored to carry on this tradition.

Anthro Club students Carlos Lopez, Karsten Arellano, Teresa Rodriguez and Yahaira Murillo promote the club at the annual campus Club Rush in 2015.

Anthro Club Activities

Each year, students discuss and vote on club activities.  We strive to have all activities provided through club fund-raising and using college transportation so that all active club members have the opportunity to participate.  Some activities repeat past successful events, and others are new.  Examples of past club activities include:

Field Trips:

  • Manzanar National Historic Site
  • Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita
  • Lecture by Jane Goodall at Bakersfield College
  • Getty Center in Los Angeles
  • Porterville Historical Museum
  • Zalud House in Porterville
  • Fort Tejon State Historic Park
  • Carrizo Plain National Monument
  • Tulare County Museum

At the memorial for the cemetery at Manazar National Historic Site, in 2016 (Photo by Park Ranger and Archaeologist Jeff Burton).

Receiving a tour of the Gibbon Conservation Center from Alma Rodriguez; the center, located in Santa Clarita, is devoted to protecting and conserving these rare Asian apes.

In 2014, famed primate researcher Jane Goodall gave a fantastic lecture at Bakersfield College; we attended the lecture and stayed for the chance to have her sign our books and meet her.

The Club in the gardens of the Getty Center in Los Angeles in 2016.

West of Porterville, over the mountains beyond Coalinga is Carrizo Plain National Monument, a site with major prehistoric significance for Native cultures in the region.  We received a tour of Painted Rock, a place where regional cultures met and traded centuries ago. 

Community Service:

  • National Public Lands Day at Lake Success
  • Relay for Life

Anthro Club representing the community at the 2015 National Public Lands Day at Lake Success, volunteering time to help with projects to improve the lake.

Anthro Club members Susan Sanders and Rick Woods painting the guard rail by the boat dock at Lake Success for National Public Lands Day, 2015.

Anthro Club Scholarships

Anthropology Club students receive special consideration for selected scholarships offered through the Porterville College Foundation.  These include:

The Gay Weinberger Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 to a single student, with a preference for Anthropology or Social Science majors.

The William “Bill” Richardson Scholarship: for active members of the Anthropology Club; amount and number of scholarships may vary.

Anthro Club members who received scholarships from the Porterville College Foundation: with Club Advisor Robert Simpkins, Susan Sanders, Yahaira Murillo, Carlos Lopez, Carina Aldaco, and Karsten Arellano.

Donations to both scholarship funds are welcome, and will increase the amount or quantity of awards we can offer our students.  Use this link and please specify the fund to which you wish to donate:   http://home.portervillecollege.edu/foundation

Anthro Club Membership

Active Membership in the Anthro Club requires a love of Anthropology, attendance at one or more meetings in each academic year, and the submission and acceptance of a membership form to the Club President.  Once these requirements are met, membership remains active for that academic year.  Active members may become club officers as well; the club maintains officer positions for a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  You do not need to be an Anthropology major to be a member of the Anthropology Club.

Anthro Club students posing at the famous “rock face” in the Alabama Hills just west of Lone Pine.

Anthro Club Benefits:

Participation in the Anthro Club not only provides opportunities for experiences beyond the classroom and fun trips outside the college area, but also chances to meet experts with diverse interests, gain experience in event planning by helping organizing campus events (such as CHAP), spend additional time with students and faculty with shared interests, and eligibility for campus scholarships.  PC graduates who have been active members of the club also receive the club’s special “Certificate of Meaningfulness” in a rite of passage at the end of each school year.

Anthro Club students have special opportunities to meet and talk with visiting guest speakers, including famous Archaeologist and author Brian Fagan, seen here between Professors Richard Osborne and Robert Simpkins

2015 graduating members of Anthro Club, with Club Advisor Robert Simpkins, Jacob Kasimoff, Crystal Edwards, Ashley Sanchez, and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Richard Osborne.  Each student has been presented with their “Certificate of Meaningfulness”.

Anthro Club Interest List

The Anthro Club maintains an email list for those interested in the club’s meetings and activities but who are not formal members of the club.  Sign up information is listed below.


Contact Anthropology Club Advisor, Professor of Anthropology Robert Simpkins at Robert.simpkins@portervillecollege.edu

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