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.)

Upcoming Events

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

    Lisa Vollendorf, Provost

    • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    • Bennett Valley Room, SSU Student Center (2nd floor)
    • Noon - 1:00 PM: Brown Bag Lunch and Social
    • 1:00 - 2:00 PM: Speaker and Discussion

    She will discuss the current state of the University and the prospects for the future from her perspective as a new member of the campus community. There is much to consider, given the new leadership and such major events as the Chancellor's edicts to revise General Education and Remediation and SSU's designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). There will be a Q&A period after the Provost's remarks. This is again a brown-bag lunch. The Provost will probably begin speaking about 1 pm.

  • Faculty-Led Travel Courses

    Effective March 1, 2018, the School of Extended and International Education (SEIE) will once again be accepting proposals for faculty-led courses (i.e., travel courses led by faculty) offered for credit through SEIE in summer and winter sessions, thus lifting a recent moratorium. Summer 2019 will be the first term of potential travel. We would like to get any possible travel courses started with planning by April 1, 2018 for summer 2019. Please remember that faculty are not authorized to negotiate or enter into contract with external vendors (including travel agencies and study abroad vendors). Once we know your department and school support the course offering, SEIE and SSU will handle all contractual matters and will facilitate student agreements with the external vendors.

    Since this is administered through the School of Extended and International Education, we assume that retired faculty are eligible. Please e-mail Rob Eyler at for information on this process or to discuss your planning and any questions.

  • 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.

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 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 ( Please note applications will be submitted electronically via InfoReady. If you have questions regarding the competition or InfoReady please contact Nicole Ream at or 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:


    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.