Emeritus & Retired Faculty & Staff Association Luncheons

ERFSA Luncheons

All Humboldt State University retirees who are CALPERS annuitants, and such other who have been accorded faculty status, are invited to attend the monthly luncheon programs held at noon on the second Thursday of the month at the Plaza Grill (Upper Floor) in Arcata. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00 per person (includes beverage, tax, and tip), and spouses, guests, and friends are welcome. Coffee (free) will be available at 11:40 AM. before the luncheon. Come early and have an opportunity to visit with old and new friends.

In an effort to reduce costs and paper usage, one mailing per semester will be sent via USPS announcing the upcoming luncheon schedule and scheduled presenters. Monthly reminders will be sent via email thereafter. Note: To help defray the postage and materials costs, the annual dues are $20.00. Checks should be made payable to: HSU Emeritus & Retired Faculty & Staff Association and sent to the University Senate Office, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 95521. You may also pay your dues at the luncheon meeting.

If you would like to request to be added or removed from the mailing list, please send an email to Jeff Borgeld (jcb2@jhumboldt.edu) or call the University Senate Office (707-826-3657). All HSU retirees who are CALPERS annuitants, and such other who have been accorded faculty status are automatically added to the ERFA mailing list. Luncheon notices are sent to local zip codes only, unless requested otherwise. If you wish to receive the notices via email, send your name and email to the University Senate Office.


Spring 2020 ERFSA Luncheon Schedule and Presenters


13 February 2020: Scientific Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at Humboldt State University, a presentation and discussion with Dave Marshall, IT Consultant and Computer Science/Mathematics Faculty 

This presentation will cover UAS history at HSU.  Some faculty and departments have started to integrate UAS in the classroom for geoscience and environmental research. A number of HSU faculty have completed training and are now FAA part 107 Remote Pilots. This has been a 5-year journey, which began with an $18,000 grant from the HSU Loyalty Fund, and has shown tremendous promise in providing high spatial and temporal data resolutions in a cost-effective way.


12 March 2020: "The Enrollment Challenge at HSU: Strategies for Increasing the Student Population and How ERFSA and the Community Can Help" – a presentation and discussion with Jason Meriwether, Vice President for Enrollment Management 

Maintaining and increasing enrollment remains a significant and ongoing challenge at HSU. VP Jason Meriwether and the Enrollment Management team have initiated a number of creative strategies to address this issue and are achieving positive results. VP Meriwether will offer insights into the current status of the student population, approaches to sustaining and increasing enrollment, and how ERFSA and other invested community members can contribute to these efforts.


9 April 2020: Toyon's Six-Decade History at HSU, a presentation and discussion with Janelle Adsit, Assistant Professor in Department of English and 2019 ERFA award recipient, and students Erika Andrews and Asha Galindo

Come celebrate sixty-six years of publishing history at Humboldt State University. The present-ers—two student editors and the faculty advisor of “Toyon Multilingual Journal of Literature and Art”—will share stories found in the HSU archives. The sixty-six volumes of Toyon reveal much about our community's history, and that history is now available in a student-authored book. The authors, Erika Andrews and Asha Galindo, will discuss the process of composing the book, with highlights from their findings. Copies of the book will be available following the presentation for a suggested donation.


14 May 2020: “Water Development and Student Research in the Peruvian Andes, a presentation and discussion with Jasper Oshun, Assistant Professor in Departmetn of Geology, and 2019 ERFA Award recipient 

Margaret Lang (ERE) and Jasper Oshun are managing a two-year water development project funded by Geoscientists Without Borders. The objectives are to understand the amount of water draining from high elevation grasslands, locally known as “puna”, assist the community of Zurite in constructing irrigation canals, and provide opportunities for students to apply their classroom knowledge in an international setting.