Sonoma State University
Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association

Upcoming Events

  • GE Faculty Retreat

    • Thursday, January 18, 2018
    • 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Library Teaching Center, 2nd Floor of Library

    The retreat will start at 8:30 am with Coffee and a light breakfast, lunch at noon and snacks in the afternoon. We plan to work from 9 am to 3 pm in the Library Teaching Center on the 2nd floor. Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can plan for enough refreshments by emailing hlmstrl@sonoma.edu.

    Given the recent GE program review, and the WASC accreditation visit, we have a unique opportunity to think carefully and creatively about our vision and goals for undergraduate general education. After a thoughtful discussion at our last Senate meeting the general consensus was to continue to move along this trajectory in reforming our GE program and take into consideration the viewpoints of all stakeholders including our interpretation of the revisions to EO 1100. However, we are clear that will not drive our curriculum.

    To begin this process, we invite everyone (whether you teach a GE course or not) to participate in this year’s faculty retreat to be held on January 18, 2018. This retreat is an opportunity to discuss our vision of how the GE program can contribute to every SSU undergraduate’s successful experience. Even if you or your department do not offer GE courses, your students still must complete the GE program. If you or your department only teach graduate students, many of your students might be SSU graduates. Now is our chance to articulate the common intellectual skills, opportunities for community engagement, exposure to diversity and sustainability that we want every SSU undergraduate to have. The work from this retreat will be used directly as our campus proceeds with implementation of a new program and develops processes for the incorporation of current GE courses, the development of new courses, and possible packages and pathways.

    The GE subcommittee is recommending a task force to be charged with envisioning different possible GE programs that build upon the program’s current innovations and addresses our goals as determined during the retreat. At the same time, the GE Subcommittee will focus on addressing necessary changes for Fall 2018 and insuring that the appropriate curricular processes and resources are in place for larger curricular changes. Therefore, the GE subcommittee will “pause” review of proposals for any new GE courses or proposals for extensive modifications to existing GE courses until Fall 2018. The one exception will be proposals for stand-alone GE Area A1 courses.

    Heather Smith, Chair of the GE Committee; Melinda Milligan and Jennifer Lillig, Chairs of EPC; Carmen Works, Chair of the Senate; Laura Watt, Vice-Chair of the Senate; Ben Ford, Past Chair of the Senate

  • Statewide ERFA Constitution Amendment Vote

    Current paid ERFA members will be getting a ballot to vote on an amendment regarding eligibility for membership. Voting takes place up to January 28, 2018.

    Article III, Section 2 currently reads:

    • Members. All retired California State University faculty, professional librarians, and academic administrators who are CalPERS annuitants and such others as have been accorded faculty status on individual campuses, or who are members of a campus organization affiliated with CSU-ERFA and who have official recognition as being retired, are eligible for membership in this Association.

    The amendment would change it to read:

    • Members. All California State University retirees who are CalPERS annuitants are eligible for membership in this Association.
  • Annual Emeritus Dinner

    Unfortunately, Prelude is not working within my budgetary requirements for the Emeritus Dinner, so I’m looking off campus again. I will likely need to change the date too. Laurel

    • Thursday, February 8, 2018
    • Prelude Restaurant, Green Music Center
    • Watch this space for cost and time, which will be announced later.

    This is our opportunity to honor newly retired colleagues and welcome them to the ranks of emeritus/retired.

  • Special Lecture

    (Originally scheduled for October 17 but postponed because of the campus closure due to the fires.)

    Victor Garlin, Professor of Economics, Emeritus; Member, State Bar of California

    Topic: "My Grandmother Rose Halpern: Working-Class Activist in the Birth Control Movement"

    • Thurssday, February 15, 2018
    • Dry Creek Valley Room, SSU Student Center (2nd floor)
    • 11:30 AM or noon (will be announced later): Brown Bag Lunch and Reconnnecting
    • after lunch: Speaker and Discussion

    Victor Garlin will speak on the role played by his grandmother Rose Halpern (1881-1976) as a working-class activist in the birth-control movement led by Margaret Sanger. The Nation magazine for 22/29 May 2017 published a photo showing Margaret Sanger and ‘an unknown woman, with her children', whom Sanger frequently brought along when speaking publicly, including to Congress. It turns out that this woman is Professor Garlin’s grandmother, with her children.

    As usual we will have socializing over brown-bag lunches for the first 30 minutes, then turn to the presentation.

    This event is co-sponsored by ERFA and the Sonoma Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, in conjunction with United Nations week. The theme of this year’s UN week is ‘Stand Up For Someone Else's Rights’. Rose Halpern viewed the effort to decriminalize the distribution of contraceptive information and materials as a way dramatically to improve the maternal health of women like her all over the United States.

  • ERFA General Meeting (for retired faculty/staff and guests)

    Lisa Vollendorf, Provost

    • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    • Meeting place to be determined, but probably in the SSU Student Center (2nd floor)
    • Noon - 12:300: Brown Bag Lunch and Reconnnecting
    • 12:30 - 2:00: Speaker and Discussion

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.

Still Academically Active? Funding Opportunities Notice

The Faculty Subcommittee on Sponsored Programs (FSSP) and the Office of Faculty Research & Sponsored Programs are pleased to announce the Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2018 – 2019 Mini-grants and 2018 Summer Fellowships.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Funding Available:

  • Mini-grants ($5,000 maximum plus $2,000 for student wages)
  • Fellowships ($5,000 maximum)

Funding Period:

  • Mini-grants (May 24, 2018 – May 22, 2019)
  • Fellowships (May 26, 2018 – August 15, 2018)

The RFP and related forms are available on request (rick.luttmann@sonoma.edu). Please note applications will be submitted electronically via InfoReady. If you have questions regarding the competition or InfoReady please contact Nicole Ream at nicole.ream@sonoma.edu or orsp@sonoma.edu. You may also contact your school’s representative to FSSP listed in the RFP.

Firestorm Resources

The University has established a help center, Noma Cares, for anyone impacted by the recent fires — physically, financially or psychologically. It includes a link to a Facebook Group where people can share their needs and help.

CalPERS Scam Alert!

CalPERS is warning of a new telephone scam targeting its retirees. The Sacramento Bee reported on Nov. 2, 2017 that there have been reports of CalPERS annuitants receiving telephone calls telling them that they owe money to the pension fund and have to remit the money owed via a prepaid credit card in order to continue receiving their pensions.

CalPERS advises that it never contacts annuitants via telephone calls to request payments, and never requests payment by prepaid or reloadable credit cards. If you receive such a call, hang up immediately.

The URL for the SacBee article is: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article182386441.html

The following events were cancelled due to the fires. We hope to reschedule Victor Garlin's presentation. More information will be provided when available.

  • ERFA General Meeting (for retired faculty/staff and guests)

    Victor Garlin, Professor of Economics, Emeritus; Member, State Bar of California

    Topic: "My Grandmother Rose Halpern: Working-Class Activist in the Birth Control Movement"

    • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    • Dry Creek Valley Room, SSU Student Center (2nd floor)
    • Noon - 12:300: Brown Bag Lunch and Reconnnecting
    • 12:30 - 2:00: Speaker and Discussion

    Victor Garlin will speak on the role played by his grandmother Rose Halpern (1881-1976) as a working-class activist in the birth-control movement led by Margaret Sanger. The Nation magazine for 22/29 May 2017 published a photo showing Margaret Sanger and ‘an unknown woman, with her children', whom Sanger frequently brought along when speaking publicly, including to Congress. It turns out that this woman is Professor Garlin’s grandmother, with her children.

    As usual we will have socializing over brown-bag lunches for the first 30 minutes, then turn to the presentation.

    This event is co-sponsored by ERFA and the Sonoma Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, in conjunction with United Nations week. The theme of this year’s UN week is ‘Stand Up For Someone Else's Rights’. Rose Halpern viewed the effort to decriminalize the distribution of contraceptive information and materials as a way dramatically to improve the maternal health of women like her all over the United States.

  • Other UN-week-related events:

    • Rashmi Singh, Professor Emerita of SSU and President of the Sonoma County UNA-USA Chapter, will speak at the War & Peace Lecture Series on Tuesday, 17 October 2017, at 5 pm in Warren Auditorium, Ives 101, on the topic “The Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.”

News:

  • SSU-ERFA now in Academic Affairs

    The SSU-ERFA Executive Board delights in informing the membership that our chapter of ERFA is now housed in Academic Affairs. The board thanks the SSU-ERFA membership and the administration for their support and encouragement along our path to achieving this goal. We look forward to growing our chapter as we strengthen our relationship with all stakeholders, including the administration, the faculty, and the student body. We encourage all of our members to participate with the board in our endeavor to move forward.

  • New Bylaws

    The SSU-ERFA Executive Board passed new bylaws on 20 January 2017. Please use the menu on the left to read them.

  • 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

  • Resolution Regarding Inclusion and Recognition of Emeritus Faculty

    The SSU Academic Senate unanimously approved this resolution on October 27, 2016.

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.