SSU Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association                    

Recent Events

  • Forum: Congressman Mike Thompson and Professor David McCuan

    Brown-Bag Lunch Event

    • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    • Noon to 12:30 PM - Brown Bag Lunch
    • 12:30 to 2:00 PM - Forum
    • Student Center, Ballroom A

    More information is on this Flyer.

  • 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.

  • Special Lecture

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

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

    • Thursday, February 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

    Victor presents a personal perspective of his grandmother’s role in the historic birth control movement.

    “The Nation” magazine for 22/29 May 2017 published the photo below 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, including Victor’s mother.

    The photo appears with a book review entitled “The Work of Equality: A new book on the Constitution captures America’s fierce battle over sexual freedom” by Anna North. The book being reviewed is Sex And The Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century, by Geoffrey R. Stone. See www.thenation.com/article/the-fight-over-sexual-freedom.

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

    Carmen Works (Chemistry), Faculty Chair, and Elaine Newman (Mathematics), CFA Chapter President

    Topic: State of the Campus

    • Thursday, November 2, 2017
    • Alexander Valley Room, 2nd floor of the SSU Student Center
    • Noon - 12:300: Brown Bag Lunch and Reconnnecting
    • 12:30 - 2:00: Speakers and Discussion

    Matters of possible interest:

    • New Provost List Vollendorf
    • Effect of the Firestorm
    • Chancellor White's recent Executive (dis)Orders 1100 and 1110 substantially revising General Educations and Remediation.
  • ERFA Annual General Meeting, Spring 2017 (for retired faculty/staff and guests)

    SSU President Judy Sakaki joined us to share and discuss some of the recent changes on campus since our retirement.

    • Thursday, February 16, 2017
    • Alexander Valley Room, SSU Student Center
    • Noon - 1:00: Brown Bag Lunch and Reconnnecting
    • 1:00 - 2:00: Speaker and Discussion

  • Annual Emeritus Faculty Recognition Dinner

    For a list of retirees being honored and the menu, read about it here.

  • ERFA Executive Committee Meeting

    Jan. 20, 2017.

  • ERFA Biannual General Meeting

    Senator Mike McGuire, District 2, Northern California, SSU Alumnus

    Topic: "The State of California and the General Election"

    • Tuesday, September 6, 2016
    • Alexander Valley Room, SSU Student Center
    • Noon - 1:00: Brown Bag Lunch
    • 1:00 - 2:00: Speaker and Discussion

    RSVP with Sally Hurtado de Lopez via email, comadre5@hotmail.com, or by phone, 707-875-2305.

    September 6, 2016

    Dear Senator McGuire:

    On behalf of the ERFA Board and all members of the campus community who were present at your presentation today, I want to give you a hearty thanks for your willingness to come and speak to us. Your thoughtful and well-informed remarks were very interesting, and helpful in our making sense of a chaotic political season. We have new respect for your patience in dealing with the roadblocks in Sacramento to getting important things done that obviously need to be done. We look forward to further conversations. Thanks again for coming!

    Rick Luttmann, PHD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, on behalf of the SSU ERFA Board.


    • Thursday, Oct 1, 2015 in Schultz 3001.
    • Noon - 12:15: Brown Bag Lunch
    • 12:15 - 2:00: Panel
    • 2:00 - 2:20: General Discussion

    The following panelists will address important issues concerning the search for our next SSU President, followed by discussion with ERFA members.

    • Richard Senghas, Chair of the Faculty and member of the Search Committee
    • Carmen Works, Vice Chair of the Faculty and acting CFA Chapter President
    • Elaine Newman, CFA Chapter President and elected facutly member of the Search Committee
    • Ben Ford, elected facutly member of the Search Committee
    • Andy Merrifield, past CFA Chapter President and past Chair of the Statewide Bargaining Team

    These three questions are posed to the panelists to engage the SSU-ERFA membership in discussion and interaction:

    1. What do you see as the most significant issues which the new President will face now and over the next 5 to 10 years?
    2. What sort of management style should the campus community require in a President to ensure a cooperative and collegial governance environment?
    3. Given the campus' fragile budgetary situation and opaque accounting procedures, what qualities and experiences should a presidential candidate have in his/her background to prepare for dealing with the university's fiscal pressures in the future?
  • ERFA-SSU Presented Dr. David McCuan, SSU Professor, Political Science, on April 30, 2015. The event was held in the Alexander Valley Room in the Student Center. After a brown bag lunch at noon, Dr. McCuan spoke to us about national, state, and local politics.

    Dr. McCuan is co-author of Initiative Centered Politics: The New Politics of Direct Democracy and is frequently interviewed by local and national news organizations regarding our state and local elections including the subject of ballot initiatives. He also addresses international and national politics, international security and terrorism, state and local politics, campaigns and elections, and political behavior. Several of his former students have served as staff members for California state legislators following graduation.

  • ERFA Executive Committee Meeting Jan. 16, 2013

  • Provost Andrew Rogerson March 6

  • Estate Planning 101 October 3