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 Barbara Parks       Norma Brandel-Gibbs       Rita Jones

Above, left to right: Barbara Parks, Norma Brandel-Gibbs and Rita Jones

 

Q&A WITH THE ASSOCIATION OF EMERITI AND ERFA

Some readers of EmeriTies may be curious about the two organizations available on the CSULB campus for retired faculty and staff. Below are answers to questions about the Association of Emeriti from Co-chairs Norma Brandel Gibbs and Barbara Parks and the Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (ERFA) from President Rita Jones.

Association of Emeriti:

Q. What is the purpose of the Association of Emeriti?

A. According to the bylaws of the association, “The objectives of this association shall be to unite in good fellowship, to continue in contact with the university through the interchange of pertinent information, and to provide an avenue for the expression of ideas regarding civic, academic, social and scientific matters affecting the community at large."

Q. What are the requirements to join?

A. The bylaws state that “All faculty, librarians and administrators who have been retired from CSULB shall automatically become members of this association.” Staff is now included.

Q. What are the benefits of being a member? 

A. The benefits of being a member are keeping up to date with your colleagues, becoming current on the happenings of the university, but primarily enjoying the fellowship of one another at the meetings.

Q. How often do you meet and who are some of your most recent guest speakers?

A. Luncheon meetings are held once in the spring semester and once in the fall semester. We try to have a variety of speakers. From the administration we have had President F. King Alexander, former Provost Karen Gould and Associate Vice President David Salazar. Other speakers have included Assistant Professor Nancy Sheley, EBM Japanese Garden Director Jeanette Schelin, as well as faculty emeriti Sylvia Maxson, Gerald Locklin, Larry Meyer, David Carlberg and staff emeritus Jon Regnier. The programs have always been enlightening as well as entertaining.

Q. Why did you join and how do you feel personally about the organization?

NBG: I joined when I graduated to the emeriti status. I love seeing former colleagues and getting up to date on their lives. I always look forward to our meetings!!

BP: I am involved because I have enjoyed my years working on campus, and it's great to see friends from those times. Also, I like to stay informed about Cal State Long Beach. 

 

Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (ERFA):

Q. What is the purpose of ERFA?

A. The California Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association's main goal is to address the concerns and protect the rights of retired California State University faculty and staff. ERFA works not only on behalf of the 9,000 retired faculty members, but also protects the rights of current CSU employees. ERFA represents all former and current employees before the state legislature and federal government, all relevant state and local agencies and the CSU Chancellor's Office. CSU-ERFA has a close affiliation with the California State Employees Association, State Coalition of Retired Employees, Retired Public Employees Association, CSU Academic Senate, and individual campus and retiree associations.

Q. What are the requirements to join?

A. All CSU retired and emeritus faculty members are eligible for membership. Retired staff members, who are affiliated with local campus retired faculty organizations that are affiliated with CSU-ERFA, are eligible for membership and are encouraged to join. The dues range from $5-$10 a month, depending upon the retiree's gross monthly retirement benefit from PERS. The local chapter receives a portion of these dues each month.

Q. What are the benefits of being a member?

A. CSU ERFA represents the interests of all employees in Sacramento. At the present time, the legislature is considering initiatives that would replace the current defined benefit retirement plan for new CSU employees and reduce health care benefit choices. Pensions and health care benefits are their highest priority. CSU-ERFA is the only statewide organization that represents the interests of CSU employees—current and retired.

Q. How often do you meet and who are some of your most recent guest speakers?

A. CSULB ERFA hosts three luncheon meetings a year in the Chartroom on campus. Our speakers reflect topics of current interest, such as the state of the university, our role in the Olympics representing the United States, PERS, etc. Some of our most recent speakers include President F. King Alexander, CSU ERFA Past President Donald Dewey, former CSULB Senior Associate Athletics Director David Benedict and our Olympic athletes. Our next meeting will be Friday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the Chartroom.

Q. Why did you join and how do you feel personally about the organization?

A. I joined ERFA upon my retirement because I was impressed with their role in representing the rights of all employees. I also felt a responsibility to express my appreciation for the contributions made by the retirees who have joined this organization when it was founded in l985, which helped secure my retirement benefits.