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.)

SSU-ERFSA Board membership vacancies

From Rick Luttman, SSU-ERFSA Treasurer and Representative to the Academic Senate:

I'm sure that, like me, you are busier in retirement than ever during paid service. So that's why I'm writing to you: "If you want something done, ask a busy (wo)man!"

The SSU-ERFSA Board has some openings for retirees, and it is my great pleasure on behalf of the local Board to invite you to participate. We need a Secretary, a Vice-President, and most importantly a representative to the Academic Senate. We also have openings for at-large members. We meet approximately monthly, usually in the late mornings.

So that you can have an idea of what goes on at our meetings the minutes of our most recent meeting, which occurred 4 November 2019, are available under the Executive Board heading on the left. When you get there, scroll down to Executive Board Meeting Minutes.

If you would like to see what goes on at our meetings in person, you are welcome to join us at our next scheduled meeting, which is on Tuesday, 28 January or Friday, 31 January at 9:30 am. We meet in the A&F Offices in Salazar. (See the Jan. 23 minutes in the Executive Board section.)

Please let me or our President, Sally Hurtado, know of your interest. I hope you will consider supporting the Sonoma State Emeritus and Retired Faculty/Staff Assn (SSU-ERFSA)!

Upcoming Event

  • SSSU-ERFSA Board Meeting

    The Board met on Jaunary 23, 2020 and is planning another meeting on either Tuesday, January 28 or Friday, January 31. Please see the minutes of the January 23rd meeting in the Exective Board section on your left.

  • Phil Temko, Prof. Emeritus, Philosophy

    We learned on December 19, 2019, that Phil died at age 95. His widow, Judy Temko, has invited ERFSA members to attend the memorial service for Phil, which will be held at Temple Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati, on Sunday, February 2, at 2PM.

  • Annual Emeritus Recognition Event

    This year the event will be a luncheon.

    Friday, March 6, 2020 - 12:00 - 3:00

    Legends at Bennett Valley

    3328 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 94505

    Emeriti to be honored:

    • Melinda Barnard, Communication Studies
    • David Bero, Geology
    • Robert Caruso, Computer Science
    • Caroline Christian, Geography, Environment and Planning
    • Suzel Bozada-Deas, Sociology & Women’s and Gender Studies
    • Randall Dodgen, History
    • Johanna Filp-Hanke, Early Childhood Studies (cannot attend)
    • Catherine Kroll, English
    • Judy L. Navas, Theater Arts
    • Nancy C. Shaffer, Nursing
    • Francisco Vazquez, Hutchins (cannot attend)
    • Elizabeth Warner, Degree Completion Hutchins
    • Robert S. Wilson, Mathematics and Statistics

    Luncheon Buffet (Prix Fixe - $32):

    • Roasted Tri Tip Mushroom Cabernet demi glace
    • Artichoke Chicken Oven roasted chicken breast, Garden Artichoke Cream Sauce
    • Pesto Pasta Primavera
    • Caesar Salad
    • Herb Roasted Potatoes
    • Fresh Roasted Vegetables
    • Fresh rolls and butter
    • Chocolate Mousse
    • Brewed Coffee, Iced Tea, Water

    RSVP by February 21. Send your RSVP to Make checks out to SSU or pay by credit card at:

    Your RSVP will not be confirmed until payment is received. After February 21st, we cannot provide refunds.

Things of Interest

  • Final Evaluation of Community College Bachelor's Degree Pilot (Program)

    This article has been added to the CSU-ERFSA Latest News Page:

  • CSU-ERFA Charitable Foundation Funds Ten Research Grants

    The CSU-ERFA Charitable Foundation has awarded research grants to ten CSU faculty:

  • CalPERS Draft Climate-Change-Impact Report

    This report considers how the CalPERS pension fund will be affected by climate-change factors. The URL for the article is:

  • Upload Information for Medicare Part B Reimbursement Request

    Mark Shapiro, CSU-ERFSA webmaster has provided a link to upload the files for the IRMAA Additional Reimbursement Request through your MyCalPERS account:

  • Medicare Part B

    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:

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


    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:


    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


  • 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:

  • 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 to indicate your interest.


    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

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.