University Senate

Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association 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 Emeritus & Retired Faculty 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 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.

Spring 2018 ERFA Luncheon Schedule and Presenters

13 February 2018: Stable isotopes, Diet, and Migration in an Early Medieval Prussian Population at Bezławki, Poland,” a presentation and discussion with Marissa Ramsier, HSU Assistant Professor in Anthropology, and 2017 ERFA award recipient.

Bezławki is an early Medieval (mid 14th-15th Century) site in Poland from around the time of Teutonic Knights and the transition to Christianity.The site is at the crossroads of Medieval Europe and contains one of the few remaining well-preserved Old Prussian cemeteries known to exist. Beginning in 2014, faculty from the HSU Anthropology Department have partnered with Polish archaeologists and the local community to analyze the skeletal remains from the site to better understand the demographics, health, and life ways of the population.This presentation will discuss the current state of the project, preliminary results of skeletal and isotopic analyses, and implications and future directions.


13 March 2018: "3 Cs=Infinity: How Conviction, Courage, and Compassion Lead to Infinite Possibilities," presentation and discussion with Manohar Singh, Dean of the College of Professional Studies


10 April 2018: “Consolidation of Media Ownership and the Loss of Local Voices,” a presentation and discussion with Sean McLaughlin, Executive Director, Access Humboldt.

Corporate mergers and acquisitions impact media localism and diversity. What is happening to the social contract between media owners and the public interests they are meant to serve? Access Humboldt is on the front lines - so we'll look at this global phenomenon from our distinctly local perspective behind the Redwood Curtain.


8 May 2018: Sonoma Tree Voles at the Schatz Tree Farm,” a presentation and discussion with Lucy Kerhoulas, HSU Assistant Professor in Forestry, and 2017 ERFA award recipient.

The Sonoma tree vole (Arborimus pomo) is a small arboreal rodent that feeds almost exclusively on conifer needles and is a California species of special concern. My research uses ground- and canopy-based observations to resurvey for Sonoma tree voles at the L.W. Schatz Demonstration Tree Farm. As logging and urban development have reduced much of the habitat available to native California tree voles and little is known about colonization and survival rates of these canopy mammals following timber harvests, this resurvey serves to deepen our understanding of tree vole colonization and nest persistence in young second-growth forests.

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