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

Some examples of recent HSU-ERFSA activities include:

  1. The HSU University Senate representative was able to advocate for staff and lecturers, besides tenured faculty, to be eligible for emeritus status. Now all retired staff and faculty are eligible to apply for emeritus status which will allow them access to rights such as library privileges, access to HSU’s computer system (including email account and web page) and free parking privileges.
  2. Clarification of how emeriti may obtain a free HSU Parking Permit.
  3. Input into the proposal that HSU become a California Polytechnic university, including two HSU-ERFSA representatives on the planning committees.

Socially, HSU-ERFSA has monthly luncheons during the academic year, currently using Zoom, with dynamic and versatile speakers; presenters include faculty, staff and students affiliated with HSU, 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.

How to join (state and local organizations)

To join HSU-ERFSA, please pay electronically at: or send your check to the Cashier’s Office, SBS 285, 1 Harpst St, Humboldt State University, 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

How to obtain parking permit

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

Coordinating Committee Members

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

Current Coordinating Committee Members

Marshelle Thobaben, Emerita Professor, Nursing, Co-Chair, HSU University Senate Representative
Ken Fulgham, Emeritus Professor, Rangeland Resources Sciences, Co-Chair and Treasurer
Rollin Richmond, President Emeritus; Past Chair
Jeffry Borgeld, Emeritus Professor, Oceanography-Membership Chair
Bernadette Cheyne, Emerita Professor, Theatre, Film and Dance, Program Chair
James Floss, Emeritus Lecturer, Communications, At-large Representative
Susan Dobie, Emerita Lecturer, Communications, At-large Representative

Contact individual HSU-ERFSA Coordinating Committee Members by clicking their names above.

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

Meeting/Event Schedule:

"HSU and the Polytechnic Designation- An update as we shift toward implementation" – a presentation and discussion with Jenn Capps, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Sherie Gordon, Chief of Staff to the President.  They will discuss the university’s plans to become the CSU’s third polytechnic institution and will share information about implementation, funding, infrastructure, academic programs, and next steps.  

Date: September 9, 2021, 11:30am

The link will be sent the week of the meeting. 

Due to the continuing pandemic, the HSU-ERFSA monthly meetings are currently being held virtually, using ZOOM. We will notify members when the meetings will be in-person at the Plaza Grill View Room, 780 7th St, 3rd Floor Jacoby's Storehouse, Arcata, CA.

An elevator is available for your use.

The meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from September to December; February through May. The luncheons begin at 11:30; the general HSU-ERFSA meeting will meet at 11:45; the presentations are scheduled for 12:00pm.

Applying for Emeritus Status

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 Humboldt State University-Emeritus, Retired Faculty and Staff Association (HSU-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 Humboldt State University;
  • 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 HSU/CSU.