Sonoma State University
Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association

We have vacancies on our Executive Board. We urge general members of ERFA to help the association by serving on the Board. We meet several times a year, as needed, generally in the Faculty Center on floor 1 of Schulz. Rashmi Singh has just resigned from the Board, as she has moved to San José. So we are short a full complement of Board members. Right now the position of Secretary is open, and so is Membership Officer. Sally Hurtado remains President, Rick Luttmann is Treasurer and also Academic Senate Representative. (Bob Plantz, though not on the Board, is our web-master.)

A note From Rick Luttmann:

Many will remember Don Farish, who served in the 1980s as Dean of Natural Sciences (as the School was then known) and in the 1990s as Provost. We have received news of his death last July at age 75. He was succeeded as Provost here by Bernie Goldstein, when he left to take the Presidency of Rowan University in New Jersey (formerly Glassboro State). Subsequently he was the President of Roger Williams University in Rhode Island..

Full obituary at: https://obittree.com/obituary/us/rhode-island/warren/smith-funeral--memorial-services/donald-farish/3551699/.

Upcoming Events

  • Medicare Part B

    This is more of a heads up from CSU-ERFSA than an Event.

    Dear Colleagues and Friends,

    If you will be subject to the Medicare Part B Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), you may be eligible to a full or partial reimbursement for this from CalPERS. I have posted information on our News & Views Page on how to apply for the reimbursement. Note that CalPERS automatically reimburses you for the basic Medicare Part B Premium, but not for the IRMAA reimbursement. You must apply for that each year.

    To access the article go to: http://csuerfa.org/news-views.html#IRMAA4

    Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

    Sincerely,

    Mark Shapiro, CSU-ERFSA webmaster

  • CSU Fire Relief Fund

    Dear Colleagues,

    As you know, in the past few weeks California has had the worst fires in the history of our State. The Camp, Hill and Woolsey fires consumed over 233 square miles of brush and forest and destroyed more than 10,000 homes . At last count, 77 people have died while almost a thousand are still missing.

    These disasters directly affect three CSU campuses- Chico, Channel Islands, and Stanislaus. Chico was by far the hardest hit, with an estimated 216 employee and student homes lost and 1,000 residents displaced from their abodes. Though we don’t have detailed data, our colleagues at the Channel Islands and Stanislaus campuses were also victims of forest fires.

    CSU-ERFSA strongly recommends that you donate to one or more of the relief funds at these campuses in order to support our colleagues and students during this extremely difficult phase of their lives. Send your contributions to:

    and/or:

    You can also be of great help by spreading the word about these relief efforts to the colleagues on your campus as well as your family, friends and neighbors.

    Bill Blischke, President

    CSU-ERFSA

  • Contact Information for ERFA Members

    Our SSU-ERFA Executive Board is working on obtaining email addresses for all of our members. One of the problems with the recent vote is that the CSU-ERFA office does not have email addresses for all of the members. This is one of the reasons why some paid CSU-ERFA members did not receive the email containing the ballot for the recent vote. Our chapter is working diligently to obtain email addresses for all of our members. This is a challenging task that we are undertaking. We will work closely with CSU-ERFA office, but we will need to ask for your cooperation to help us obtain this information.

    There are many addressees on our mailing list who are not officially members of ERFA. That is fine – we share the information we provide with anyone interested.

    But you need to be aware that just because you get our emails doesn't mean you're officially a member. Membership in the Sonoma State Chapter is automatic with membership in the statewide organization, CSU-ERFA. There are dues, but quite nominal: at most $10 a month, depending on your PERS check – which you can arrange to have deducted from your PERS check. Or you can make an annual payment. Official membership grants you, among other things, the right to vote in CSU-ERFA elections.

    To join the organization, check out this web-site: csuerfa.org/membership.html.

  • Possible CSU-ERFA Fraudulent Vote

    Follow-Up Letter from SSU-ERFA Presicent Sally Hurtado - April 22, 2018

    Dear SSU-ERFA members,

    I am following up regarding the problems our SSU-ERFA chapter had with the CSU-ERFA’s recent vote to amend the constitution. The amendment to the constitution to define all CalPERS retirees from CSU as eligible for CSU-ERFA membership passed and was adopted, January 2018.Many of our SSU-ERFA members informed us that they had not received a ballot, and, therefore, did not have an opportunity to vote.

    The SSU-ERFA Executive Board presented our chapter’s concerns to the CSU-ERFA State Council and to the Northern Cal Chapter Presidents’ meeting this passed April 7, 2018. As president of our chapter and as a CSU-ERFA State Council delegate, I argued that many of our chapter members did not receive ballots and did not have the opportunity to vote. I asked if other chapters encountered the same problem. No other chapter reported problems. There was a motion to redo the vote, but the motion did not pass.

    Upon further investigation into our chapter’s issues with the vote, I carried out a thorough research with the intent to get to the bottom of the problems with the vote. I hunted down every email sent by CSU-ERFA to the membership since January of 2018. After careful examination of every email that I was able to retrieve, I found the email, dated January 3, 2018,that contained the ballot. I had seen this email when it was sent to all members of CSU-ERFA and I asked Rick Luttmann, our executive board member, to forward this email to all of our members on our email list. Our chapter members should have received the same email from CSU-ERFA, plus the same email we forwarded to our members.

    The real problem is that most of us did not read the email containing the ballot carefully and thoroughly. The email had the title “ballot” in the subject box, but the ballot was buried at the bottom of 19 pages or so dealing with the proposed amendments to the constitution. The ballot simply asked members to mark ‘Yes or no’ and to send it back to CSU-ERFA. I am sorry to say that, though I read all emails from CSU-ERFA rather carefully, I missed the last page of the 19 pages or so of the email. Lesson learned! I am determined to read all emails from CSU-ERFA more carefully and I ask our members to please do the same in the future.

    Concerning the amendment to the constitution that was adopted, CSU-ERFA states that ‘it does not affect membership provisions for campus affiliates’. In fact, some campuses, like our SSU-ERFA Chapter, already extend membership opportunities for retired staff. For individual chapters that do not accept staff retirees, those retirees can now apply directly to CSU-ERFA for membership. Accepting retired staff, as members, does not award Emeritus status to staff. A staff person who joins is simply entitled to the benefits offered by the association. The benefit to the association is that it increases the membership numbers.

    Also, the adoption of the amendment to the constitution requires further changes, including the name of the association. At the CSU-ERFA State Council meeting, held April 7, 2018, the delegates voted to accept the change for the name of the association from CSU-ERFA (CSU-Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association) to CSU-ERFSA (CSU- Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association). The change in name is not official until it is approved by the CSU-ERFA Executive Board and by the State Council delegates.

    Our SSU-Executive Board is working on obtaining emails for all of our members. One of the problems with the recent vote is that the CSU-ERFA office does not have emails for all of the members. This is one of the reasons why some paid CSU-ERFA members did not receive the email containing the ballot for the recent vote. Our chapter is working diligently to obtain emails for all of our members. This is a challenging task that we are undertaking. We will work closely with CSU-ERFA office, but we will need to ask for your cooperation to help us obtain this information. You will hear from us concerning this issue in the near future.

    For more information, please log in to CSU-ERFA website, www.csuerfa.org. You will find many important issues that may be of interest to you. Click on the ‘Reporter’ for more information on the recent vote.

  • Fire Response Working Group

    Initial Meeting

    • Thursday, March 8, 2018
    • Schulz Hall, Room 3001
    • 1:00 - 2:00 PM

    In the aftermath of the devastating fires that impacted our community, and in recognition of the ongoing challenges our community will face as a result, the Center for Community Engagement is composing a Fire Response Working Group. The working group is open to all university community members. The focus of the group will be to match community needs with SSU community resources and to increase collaboration among SSU faculty, staff, and students. These resources may take the form of service-learning courses, community-based research, or volunteerism.

    We plan to meet once a month. If you are interested, please come to our initial meeting. If you are unable to attend this initial meeting, please contact Missy Garvin at missy.garvin@sonoma.edu to indicate your interest.

Medicare Part B Reimbursment

If you are enrolled in Medicare Part B, you should have received recently a letter from the Social Security Administration advising you if you are subject to the Income-related Monthly Medicare Adjustment Amount (IRMAA).

CalPERS automatically reimburses you for the basic Medicare Part B Premium ($134 for 2018). What you may not know is that if there is sufficient money available in your CalPERS health benefit account, they also will reimburse you for all or part of the IRMAA. However, this reimbursement is not automatic. You have to apply for it each year.

Detailed instructions on how to apply for the IRMAA reimbursement can be found at http://csuerfa.org/news-views.html#IRMAA2). Note that the reimbursement covers the entire year, so if you do not get this done in time for your first 2018 retirement payment(s), they will pay retroactively in a subsequent monthly payment.

News:

    Dear Fellow Members of SSU-ERFA

    CSU-ERFA is asking the chapters on different campuses to provide information on the types of involvement its members are continuing to have with their home campus once they have retired from working there. They have provided us with a list which you will find here of some 19 possibilities activities that might be either currently happening or at least possible on some of the campuses. If you have at least recently been doing any of these activities on the list at SSU we ask that you send an e-mail with the number associated with the appropriate item or items on the list and if you include #19 (other) we ask that you tell us what that activity is.

    Please send your e-mail with this info to Sally Hurtado comadre5@hotmail.com

Who We Are:

The SSU Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (SSU-ERFA) provides opportunities for maintaining professional relations with colleagues; works to address concerns and preserve the rights and benefits of emeritus and retired faculty and staff; provides a voice for retired faculty through an elected representative to the SSU Academic Senate; and, keeps up to date with the statewide organization, California State University - Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (CSU-ERFA), which protects the rights of retired California State University faculty and staff.

When you join CSU-ERFA you automatically become a member of SSU-ERFA. Please visit the CSU-ERFA website to learn the many benefits of membership, including a Grants Award Program. Download and complete the CSU-ERFA membership application or call the CSU-ERFA office at (818) 718-7996 to request an application.

SSU-ERFA sponsors local events, usually two each semester. Our next event will be in Fall 2015. Watch here for details as they become available..

In addition to its affiliation with CSU-ERFA, SSU-ERFA has its own Bylaws. Our activities are governed by our Executive Board. If you are an emeritus or retired faculty member from another CSU campus and live near Sonoma State, you are most welcome to join us.

SSU Staff are also invited to join ERFA. SSU-ERFA is one of several ERFA programs that invites staff as well as faculty to the program to enjoy all of the member benefits.