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.

Spring 2017 ERFA Luncheon Schedule and Presenters

14 February 2017: “The Redwood Coast: A natural laboratory for studying how global change affects marine life,” a presentation and discussion with Paul Bourdeau, HSU Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences, and 2016 ERFA award recipient.

Understanding the relationships between organisms and their environment is a fundamental goal in ecology; one that has become all the more critical due to the unprecedented environmental changes underway across our globe. The marine environment is already registering the impacts of global environmental change. Increases in global ocean temperature since pre-industrial times is disrupting marine life, from the tropics to the poles. Further, absorption of a large proportion of carbon dioxide released by human activities is making the oceans more acidic, making it more difficult for shellfish to build and maintain their calcium carbonate shells. Such environmental changes have also been linked to increased infection and spread of epidemic diseases, which threaten to wipe out populations of marine organisms. The rocky intertidal zone of the Humboldt County coastline, which undergoes daily tidal fluctuations in temperature, has lost a large proportion of sea stars due to an epidemic disease, and is considered an ocean acidification “hot spot” due to its exposure to acidic water during periods of seasonal upwelling, making it a ‘natural laboratoryfor studying the effects of global change on marine life. I will talk about how my lab and others are using the rocky shore of the Humboldt coast to understand how marine life will deal with a rapidly changing environment.


14 March 2017: “Digital Commons and Humboldt State University Press,” a presentation and discussion with Kyle Morgan, Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian.

Digital publishing has opened a world of opportunities never before possible. This presentation will showcase how the library has adopted Digital Commons and Humboldt State University Press to take advantage of those opportunities to support the scholarly, intellectual, and creative work of our campus community while promoting high impact student practices.


11 April 2017: A presentation and discussion with Lisa Rossbacher, HSU President.


9 May 2017: “Redwood Coast Village: A new organization for local seniors,” a presentation and discussion with JoAnn Schuch, a founding member.

Getting older is a lot easier with a little help. Redwood Coast Village volunteers provide help with everyday things that a friend or neighbor might do, like rides to appointments and social events or occasional help in the home. Part of the national “Village” movement, Redwood Coast Village, a program of the Area 1 Agency on Aging, can help you, a friend or family member to continue living in your own homes (



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