University Senate

Emeritus Faculty Luncheons

HSU Emeritus and Retired Faculty 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 a.m. 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 programs. Monthly reminders will be sent via email thereafter. Note: To help defray the postage and materials costs, the annual dues are $10. 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 call the University Senate Office (707-826-3657), or send an email to Paula Petersen ( All retired and emeritus faculty are automatically added to the ERFA mailing list. Luncheon notices are sent to local zipcodes only, unless requested otherwise. If you wish to receive the notices via email, send your name and email to the University Senate Office.


Upcoming Luncheons:

10 February 2015:  “The Redwoods:  A Documentary” presented by David Scheerer, HSU Professor of Film.

Join HSU Professor Steve Sillett 175 feet in the air as he discusses his pioneering Redwood Forest Canopy research for the short documentary film produced by HSU Professor David Scheerer for the Redwood National and State Park Visitor Centers.  This film was made with the support of a $3 million NSF grant as part of the California Environmental Legacy Project, a transmedia endeavor designed to inspire people with the science behind the incredible natural beauty of this landscape and to invoke environmental change for the future.


10 March 2015“From HSU Student to Arcata City Council,” a presentation and discussion with Sofia Pereira, HSU Alumna, Class of 2009.

Please join Arcata City Councilmember Sofia Pereira as she talks about her time at HSU (2005-2009) and what inspired her to pursue a career in public service. She will give a short presentation and will then open the floor for Q&A and discussion about city issues.


14 April 2015Taking a Walk on the ‘Wild’ Side: A Journey on the Pacific Crest Trail” presented by Dr. Rees Hughes, HSU Director of Student Life (Retired).

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) crosses some of the world’s most spectacular wilderness landscape in its 2,650-mile journey from Mexico to Canada.  It climbs more than 60 major mountain passes, traverses 3 national monuments, 7 national parks, 24 national forests, and 33 federally mandated wildernesses (including the Trinity Alps and Marble Mountains). The public profile of this amazing trail has been elevated tremendously by the success of the book and movie, “Wild.”  I have been hiking the PCT since 1981. Cory Lewis (HSU’s English Department) and I co-edited a two-volume collection of stories from the trail, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader (The Mountaineers Books, 2011) and have spoken about the PCT from San Diego to Bellingham.  I will share images from the trail, talk about trail angels and trail magic and base pack weight, and do a ‘show and tell’ regarding the changing nature of backpacking equipment (steripens, shoes, and stoves).


12 May 2015:  "Missing Links: Lost letters of Darwin and Lyell" presented by Tom Jones, HSU Emeritus Professor of European Cultural History.

This presentation attempts a reconstruction of the lost and long-forgotten, but critically important, correspondence exchanged between Charles Darwin and Sir Charles Lyell in the week immediately following the former's claimed receipt of Alfred Russel Wallace's paper, 'On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely from the Original Type,' on June 18, 1858.



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