Sonoma State University
Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association

Upcoming Event

    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

Firestorm Resources

  • Since we have not identified sufficiently many individuals to speak we are regretfully cancelling this proposed event:

    Several ERFA members have suggested to the ERFA Board that we organize a panel of those who had tragic or harrowing experiences during the recent firestorms (lost a house or had to evacuate under threat of loss). There seems to be significant interest in this topic right now. We will get busy organizing something, probably for either the week before Thanksgiving, or the week after. Please help us by notifying us (Sally Hurtado, if you would like to participate or if you know someone who might. In the latter case please be sure to include contact information.

  • 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:

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.”


  • 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

  • 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.