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The Humboldt Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association (Humboldt-ERFSA), working with the statewide organization (CSU-ERFSA), strives to secure and protect the rights & benefits of Humboldt/CSU retirees. The association works to keep Humboldt retirees connected with each other and with the activities that are ongoing at the Humboldt campus.

Some examples of recent Humboldt-ERFSA activities include:

  1. The Humboldt University Senate representative was able to advocate for staff, administrators  and lecturers, besides tenured faculty, to be eligible for emeritus status. Now all retired staff, administrators and faculty are eligible to apply for emeritus status which will allow them access to rights such as library privileges and access to Humboldt’s computer system (including email account and web page.
  2. Efforts to clarify how emeriti may obtain a free Humboldt Parking Permit are a work in progress.
  3. Advocacy to allow emeriti to enroll in the Humboldt Wellness program. 

Socially, Humboldt-ERFSA has monthly luncheons during the academic year, currently using Zoom, with dynamic and versatile speakers; presenters include faculty, staff and students affiliated with Humboldt, and sometimes a community member. Once it is safe, our meetings will again be in-person, as well as evening social receptions for all members.

Applying for Emeritus Status

Retiree completes: Humboldt-University Senate: Application for Emeritus Status form link.

Retiree’s Nominator completes: 2022/23 Humboldt Staff & Faculty Emeritus Nomination form link.

Nomination letters are due September 1, and February 1.

Faculty Handbook: Section 540:Emeritus Faculty and Staff Policy

Emeritus status may be granted to any currently retired academic, administrative, staff or faculty if they have a written nomination from their former department personnel committee, Department Chair, or Supervisor in their former academic unit or working unit ; or the Cal Poly Humboldt-Emeritus, Retired Faculty and Staff Association (Humboldt-ERFSA) can nominate them when their previous supervisors or department chairs are no longer employed or in a position to nominate them verifying they meet the criteria for emeritus status:

  • retirement from the Cal Poly Humboldt;
  • having provided ten or more years of full-time service or its aggregated equivalent at this campus; and
  • meritorious contributions to teaching, scholarship, and/or service to Humboldt/CSU.

Awarding Emeritus Status: The Cal Poly Humboldt University Senate, Humboldt-ERFSA and Provost Office "Vetting" and Notification Process

Benefits of Emeritus Status at Cal Poly Humboldt

In accordance with Email Policy P21-01, Section I.E.: Retired faculty and staff with an official emeritus designation may retain their individual employee email accounts as long as their accounts remain active (defined as accessing the account at least once a year and not allowing the password to expire). 

So far as space, resources, and priorities permit, Cal Poly Humboldt offers amenities to assist emeriti faculty, staff and administrators in their scholarly or professional pursuits, including but not limited to: the assignment of an appropriate office space if available, and access to equipment or services; the right to compete for research grants through the Sponsored Programs Foundation; use of the library; attendance at department faculty meetings as ex-officio, non-voting members with floor privileges; the same discounts for use of academic resources such as books and software as active faculty; eligibility for the appointment and/or election to faculty committees; and free parking. Emeritus faculty, staff, and administrators are also encouraged to become members in the CSU Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association, as well as the Humboldt ERFSA (

Cal Poly Humboldt Emeritus Status ID

There are two ways to get your Cal Poly Humboldt Faculty Emeritus Status ID.

  1. At the library’s front desk ask for an emeritus faculty ID. The staff looks up your emeritus status & then they will print you an ID. The library hours vary. 
  2. Online--the instructions link is:

How to obtain parking permit

Emeritus Faculty may obtain an Humboldt free Parking Permit by sending an email in advance to or requesting a parking permit at the Humboldt Parking Kiosk. You must bring your Humboldt Emeritus ID to show the Parking staff to get your free parking permit.

Meeting/Event Schedule


October 13, 2022: 

Up-to-date Information on Covid 19 Vaccinations--A presentation and Q & A with Melinda McLarin, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Humboldt County Public Health Department Supervising Public Health Nurse and Immunization Coordinator. Melinda will be providing up-to-date information on COVID-19 Vaccines, including the boosters that provide protection against the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants. These newer subvariants are more contagious and able to evade protection that your body might have against earlier subvariants.


From Gold Rush to Green Rush – a presentation and discussion with Kaitlin Reed, Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and Co-Director of Rou Dalagurr Food Sovereignty Lab and Traditional Ecological Knowledges Institute, of her forthcoming book manuscript From Gold Rush to Green Rush. The recent surge in cannabis production has been dubbed the “Green Rush,” an apt reference to a Gold Rush-era ideology of manifest destiny, resource extraction, and wealth accumulation. This project will be the first book-length manuscript that solely focuses on the experiences of California Indians within the context of cannabis studies and ongoing discourses of capitalism and settler colonialism.

How to join

(local and state organizations)


To join Humboldt-ERFSA, please pay electronically at: or send your check to the Cashier’s Office, SBS 285, 1 Harpst St, Cal Poly Humboldt, Arcata, CA 95521. Semester dues are only $20.00 to help defray the cost of advertising, mailings, socials, and other miscellaneous expenses, you can also opt to pay for the entire year, by using the "Quantity" drop down menu to the left of the amount, shown below:

You can click the down arrow and will be able to pay for up to four (4) semesters at a time.


To join CSU-ERFSA please go to CSU-ERFSA dues range from $5 to $10 per month depending on the retiree's gross monthly retirement benefit from CalPERS (or in a few cases STRS). A portion of these dues is returned to the member's local affiliated campus retiree organization if any. The membership information page includes more details and a membership application. For more information visit

Executive Committee Members

The day-to-day operations of Humboldt-ERFSA are carried out by the Executive Committee, which is composed of volunteer members of the association.

Humboldt-ERFSA Executive Committee Members

Marshelle Thobaben, Emerita Professor, President, and Cal Poly Humboldt University Senate Representative

Susan Dobie, Emerita Lecturer, Development Chair

Bernadette Cheyne, Emerita Professor, Program Chair

Jeffry Borgeld, Emeritus Professor, Membership Chair

Ken Fulgham, Emeritus Professor, Treasurer

James Floss, Emeritus Lecturer, Communications Chair

Frank A Whitlatch, Cal Poly Humboldt Administrative Liaison

Contact individual Humboldt-ERFSA Executive Committee Members by clicking their names above.

You may also use this link to contact the entire Executive Committee.