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Fishing Club Members Benefit
Marine Biology Program

In 1925, a group of local fishermen organized SCTC, a private fishing club based in Long Beach. Today, SCTC’s 236 members from the greater Long Beach area and Orange County—many of whom are CSULB alumni—cover the spectrum of professions and share a love of sport fishing along with an appreciation for maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem.

It was the idea of member Robert D. “Bob” Handloser to start the SCTC Marine Biology Education Foundation, a separate entity from SCTC. Club member contributions provide scholarships for CSULB’s highly regarded marine biology program.

Handloser, who earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in industrial arts from CSULB, died in 2004, but his legacy continues through the foundation as well as by a separate $100,000 donation from his estate to the marine biology program.

“Since 1997, the foundation has given 34 scholarships totaling more than $50,000,” said marine biology Professor Christopher Lowe. A number of recipients have gone on to careers with government, business and private organizations, or are pursuing Ph.D. or master’s studies.

Handloser’s estate gift is funding a graduate student tuition grant program. The first recipient, Stephen Trbovich, came to CSULB from the University of Miami.

SCTC members “love to fish and they see our program as the future of marine conservation in California,” Lowe said.


Painting of Gordon Hampton

Hampton Art Collection Exhibition Scheduled This Summer

The first of five annual exhibitions from CSULB’s Gordon F. Hampton art collection takes place at the CSULB University Art Museum (UAM) from June 28-Aug. 12, made possible through a pledge from Wesley Hampton. “Grand Gestures: Selections from the Hampton Collection” will feature specific pieces curated by Laurie Monahan, an art historian specializing in post-World War II American art. A reception honoring Wesley Hampton takes place in the UAM on June 28 and a catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

In 1999, the children of Los Angeles attorney and art patron Gordon Hampton—Wesley Hampton, Roger Hampton, and Katherine Hampton Shenk—donated their father’s outstanding collection of 85 mid-century American paintings and prints to the UAM for its 25th anniversary.

 The works by 42 artists include Lee Krasner, Al Held, Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney, Claes Oldenburg and Milton Resnick. The collection remains on view at the downtown Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, where it is accessible to the public, students and scholars.

Subsequent exhibitions will focus on individual artists, starting with Al Held in 2008. For more information, visit