University Senate

Retired Faculty Luncheons

All retired HSU faculty, tenured faculty and lecturers vested in CalPERS, are invited to attend the monthly luncheon programs held at noon on the second Tuesday 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 $10.00. Checks should be made payable to: HSU General Faculty 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 Ken Fulgham ( or call the University Senate Office (707-826-3657). All retired and emeritus faculty 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.

Fall 2016 ERFA Luncheon Schedule and Presenters

13 September 2016:  “Marijuana Businesses in California, Regulations, and Initiative, 2016,” a presentation and discussion with Erick Eschker, HSU Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Humboldt Interdisciplinary Institute for Marijuana Research.

Voters in California will decide through a ballot initiative in 2016 whether to legalize marijuana for adult recreation use. Currently, state agencies are writing statewide regulations for the cultivation, manufacture, and sale of medical marijuana. This presentation summarizes recently collected data about marijuana businesses within California, including spending habits by dispensary patients, employment at dispensaries, and the number of businesses. The experience in Colorado and Washington is discussed as is the relationship between the upcoming ballot initiative and existing law in California.


11 October 2016:  " The Power of Folklorico Dance," a presentation and discussion with Linda Maxwell, HSU Lecturer in Theatre, Film & Dance, and 2016 ERFA award recipient.

Take a journey through the various meanings and regions of dance in the Mexican Culture, highlighting Calpulli Danza Mexicana Dance Company.  Featured will be demonstrations, video clips, including anecdotal incidents, as a learning process and inspiration.


8 November 2016:  “The Many Compatible Uses of Humboldt Bay,” a presentation and discussion with Greg Dale, Harbor District Commissioner and Manager of Coast Seafoods.

This presentation will focus upon current projects, opportunities and needs associated with the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District.  It will include discussion of shipping, shellfish, fishing, dredging and waterfront industrial uses.


13 December 2016:  “Recirculating Aquaponic System Using White Sturgeon and Leafy Vegetables,” a presentation and discussion with Rafael Cuevas Uribe, HSU Assistant Professor in Fisheries Biology, and 2016 ERFA award recipient.

Aquaponics is the integration of hydroponics (soilless plant culture system) with a recirculating aquaculture system. The fish waste feeds the plants, the plants clean the water that returns to the fish.  This presentation will focus on the research at the HSU Aquaponics System in Samoa, CA.  Aquaponics offers a novel platform for learning where hands-on experience is encouraged.  After his presentation, Professor Uribe will lead a tour of the aquaponics facility, which is located in front of the Samoa Cookhouse, and invites all interested parties to join him.



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