SDSU Retirement Association

Message from our President, Nancy Farnan

2021-2022

Welcome to the website of San Diego State University's Retirement Association. We are continuing to add functions to this site, so please browse and see what might be useful and relevant to you. We are beginning to have in-person events; and it’s wonderful to get together again! Perhaps you have already attended one or more. We continue to grow as an organization. Our membership is increasing. We continue to be vibrant and active and are working to create an increasingly strong sense of community among the membership, as well as contributing in various ways to San Diego State University and its students. Volunteer members worked again this year with the university to review students’ applications for many of SDSU's scholarships, including our Retirement Association scholarships. We awarded the association's 2020-2021 scholarships and were able to meet many of the awardees at our annual Business Meeting/Luncheon. We have an increased website presence; and membership dues, scholarship donations, and updated member information can now be accessed on our website, in addition to the usual paper mailing. New interest groups are being formed. PostScript continues to be a wonderful and informative publication for members. You will notice that no one is named in this message, but the list of active members is long. Suffice it to say that everything we do is driven by a committed and talented Board and other association members. We look forward to participating with you as we thrive and grow as an organization. Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected], and stay safe during what continue to be challenging times.

The SDSURA is available to all retired and current faculty and staff of SDSU and its Auxiliary organizations.  The SDSURA

  • Sponsors scholarships
  • Publishes a newsletter Postscript (3 times per year)
  • Sponsors activities that allow members to learn, have fun and make new friends
  • Communicates with representatives of the University, government, and other groups in matters affecting retired persons on the behalf of the membership
  • Offers opportunities to stay connected and be a part of SDSU’s cultural richness and cutting-edge developments

The California State University, SDSU and its Auxiliaries provide many benefits to retired faculty and staff. Benefits include health and dental coverage, retention of the SDSU ID card, continued use of the SDSU email address, parking, library facilities and the Faculty/Staff club. Benefits may vary based on the organization from which you retired, your years of service, and whether you are faculty or staff.  Check with the appropriate offices to determine how benefits apply to you.  Helpful links are provided which may be of interest or assistance.

The SDSURA Board includes a Benefits Committee which monitors legislation and other decisions that may affect our benefits and welfare. The committee provides regular reports and updates to the Board and informs the membership with articles in Postscript.

The SDSURA is a non-profit organization. It was established in 1986 through the cooperative efforts of retired and active SDSU faculty and staff and with the support and encouragement of President Thomas B. Day. It is one of the few such organizations that embraces both faculty and staff.  In the past the Association has helped fund projects such as the Symphonic Carillon – the wonderful sounds that you hear while on campus.

Mission:  To serve the mutual benefits and interests of retired and near-retired faculty and staff. To facilitate continuing contributions by members to the furtherance of the scholarly and other professional objectives of San Diego State University.

BYLAWS

As amended through September 2021

San Diego State University Retirement Association
Established March 1986

ARTICLE I

NAME

 

This organization shall be known as the San Diego State University Retirement Association.

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE

 

The San Diego State University Retirement Association (the Association) is a nonprofit on-campus organization; its purposes are to:

  • Encourage communication between the University and retired faculty and staff;
  • Develop information on and to sponsor educational programs related to problems of retired persons, such as housing, medical care, and other economic and social concerns;
  • Work for improvement of the retirement program of San Diego State University;
  • Provide members with information concerning continuing professional and educational activities of retired faculty and staff;
  • Communicate on behalf of retired San Diego State University personnel with representatives of the University, government, and other groups affecting the welfare of retired persons;
  • Facilitate continuing contributions by members to the furtherance of the scholarly and other professional objectives of San Diego State University;
  • Sponsor or facilitate social and recreational activities of interest to retired San Diego State University faculty and staff; and
  • Sponsor scholarships for San Diego State University full time students who have a family member currently working for or retired from San Diego State University or its auxiliaries. Family members may be a parent or grandparent or may be a first-generation aunt or uncle.

 

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1. Membership in the Association is available to all retired or current SDSU faculty and staff and university auxiliary organization employees and/or spouses/partners of same.  Listed below are the categories of membership.

                       

Section 2. The categories of membership are:

  1. Regular - Regular members meet the requirements stated in Section 1. Regular members pay annual dues to the Association in an amount specified by the Board of Directors;
  2. Associate - Associate members are neither retired nor current faculty or staff at SDSU but have been, with approval of the Board of Directors, invited by a regular member to join the Association and its activities. Associate members pay the same dues as regular member but they may not hold office in the Association. 
  3. Honorary - Honorary members have been so designated by the Board of Directors by virtue of their exceptional service to SDSU or to the Association. Honorary members are not required to pay dues but they have all the rights and privileges of Regular members.

ARTICLE IV

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Section 1. Composition - Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall be composed of The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, and Senator.

Section 2. Composition - Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall be composed of The Executive Committee, three (3) Directors-at-Large, chair of each Standing Committee, chairs of special committees appointed by the President and deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee to serve on the Board, and members who are appointed by the President as

Representatives of organizations or agencies deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee.

 

Section 3. Terms of Office

  1. Officers (see Article V) and Directors-at-Large shall hold office for two (2) years. Terms of office shall begin on July 1.
  2. Officers and Directors-at-Large may be reelected to the same or any other office.

 

Section 4. Replacement or Removal of Board Members

In the event that a vacancy occurs, the Executive Committee shall appoint a member of the Association to serve the remainder of the vacated term.  A partial term by appointment by the Executive Committee will not constitute a term of office as described in Section 3 of this Article. Any member of the Board of Directors may be removed from office at any time by two-thirds vote of the total number of members of the Board.  

 

Section 5. Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall control and manage the property of the Association, its business and activities for the general welfare of the Association.  All members of the Board are eligible to vote on matters presented to the Board.

 

The Board of Directors shall:

  1. Fix the time and place of regular meetings.
  2. Establish the amount of annual dues.
  3. Determine the depositories for all funds of the Association and require funds to be deposited in the name of the Association.
  4. Make rules for the use of properties of the Association.

           

Section 6. Powers and Duties of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall:

  1. With the President choose members for the Board of Directors as indicated in Section 2 of this Article.
  2. Exercise the powers of the Board of Directors whenever decisions must be made and time does not permit convening the Board of Directors.
  3. Not exercise powers beyond those of the Board of Directors.

 

 

 

ARTICLE V

OFFICERS

 

Section 1. Establishment of Officers

The Association shall provide for the following officers:

President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, and Senator.

 

Section 2. Duties and Powers of Officers

  1. The duties of the President shall be:
  • To act as the Presiding Officer at all meetings of the Association;
  • To serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Association, including responsibility for management of its office, staff, and resources;
  • To make appointments to Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, as necessary; to appoint representatives to outside organizations;
  • To provide or coordinate liaison with other appropriate retirement organizations; and
  • To be responsible for collection and deposit into the proper Association accounts all dues and other monies payable to the Association and to transmit a report of such deposits to the Treasurer for purposes of reconciliation and financial record keeping.
  1. The powers of the President shall be:
  • To act as the official representative of the Association;
  • To obligate the Association in matters approved by the Board of Directors;
  • To sign agreements and acts of legislation within the scope of the Association's realm of influence; and
  • To serve as an ex officio member of all committees.
  1. The duties of the Vice President shall be:
  • To assume temporarily the duties of the President in his/her absence, inability, or vacancy of Office; and
  • To perform all duties assigned by the membership of the Association or the President.
  1. The powers of the Vice President shall be:
  • To assume temporarily the powers of the President in the event of his/her absence, inability to serve, or vacancy of office; and
  • To serve with the Past President as Co-chair of the Nominating Committee and as an ex officio member of all other committees when requested.
  1. The duties of the Secretary shall be:
  • To assume temporarily the powers of the Vice President in the event of his/her absence, inability to serve, or vacancy of office;
  • To provide minutes of meetings of the Association, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors;
  • To provide for review of all financial records and documents of the Association upon request of any Association member;
  • To be the custodian of all non-financial records and documents of the Association; and
  • To conduct, at the direction of the President, the official correspondence of the Association.
  1. The duties of the Treasurer shall be:
  • To keep accurate records of all financial transactions;
  • To report the financial status of the Association to its membership, at least annually. Reports may be more frequent, at the discretion of the Treasurer and the editorial board of the PostScript;
  • To prepare annually a budget for approval by the Executive Committee;
  • To authorize all financial disbursement documents; and
  • To provide for review all financial records and documents of the Association upon request of any Association member.
  1. The duties of the Senator shall be:
  • To attend Senate meetings and otherwise participate in the activities of the SDSU Senate;
  • To represent the interests of the retired SDSU faculty and staff;
  • To communicate the concerns of the Association to the SDSU Senate; and
  • To report regularly to the Association Board of Directors all matters of interest to the Association.

 

ARTICLE VI

ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE

 

Section 1. Eligibility for Nominations and Elections

  1. With the exception of Associate members, all Association members are eligible for election to the Board of Directors, except that the Office of Senator must be filled by an Emeritus Faculty.
  2. All Association members are encouraged to submit names in nomination for election to the Board of Directors except that nominations for Senator must be made only by Emeritus Faculty.

 

Section 2. Nominations and Elections

  1. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of nominees to the Board of Directors and shall receive any additional nominations from the members of the Association prior to the Spring Meeting.

      The Nominating Committee shall review all nominations to determine eligibility, and shall contact those nominated to determine their willingness to serve.

  1. Elections shall be conducted at the annual business meeting or by other means deemed appropriate by the Board.
  2. Election of the three (3) Directors-at-Large shall be as follows:
  • Two (2) Directors-at-Large in each even-numbered year; and
  • One (1) Director-at-Large in each odd-numbered year.

ARTICLE VII

COMMITTEES

 

Section 1. Types of Committees

There will be three types of committees

  1. Standing Committees - Standing Committees of the Association shall have defined scope and authority, shall hold regular meetings and shall maintain a regular membership of not fewer than three. The Chair of each Standing Committee shall be appointed by the President or elected from and by the membership of the Committee with the approval of the President. 
  2. Ad Hoc Committees - Ad Hoc Committees shall have defined scope and authority, shall hold meetings as necessary to conduct business, and shall maintain a regular membership of not fewer than three. The Chair of each Ad Hoc Committee shall be elected from and by the membership of the Committee except where otherwise provided in the Bylaws.  Ad Hoc Committees are intent-specific and may conduct investigations and make recommendations for action within their areas of influence.
  3. Action/Project Committees - Action/Project Committees of the Association may be appointed by the President. Their purpose shall be to investigate particular issues brought before the Association.

     PostScript, the Association’s publication, is managed by a volunteer team composed of an Editor-in-Chief and an Editorial Board with the approval of the President.  The PostScript Editor-in-Chief and/or co-editor(s) sit on the Association’s Board of Directors.  As a volunteer team, there are no limits on the term of participation.

 

Section 2. Establishment of Committees

The following Standing Committees shall be established by these Bylaws.  Other Standing Committees may be established through amendment of these Bylaws. All new committees shall be Ad Hoc for a period of one (1) year before being added to the list of Standing Committees. All committees shall bring recommendations for action to the Executive Committee.

  1. Communications Committee Scholarship Committee
  2. Legislative/Social Actions Committee             Membership Committee
  3. Activities Committee Benefits Committee
  4. Bylaws/Rules Committee Awards Committee
  5. Nomination Committee

 

Section 3. Appointment of Members to Standing and Ad Hoc Committees

  1. Following election of officers, the President, in consultation with the Vice President, shall appoint the membership of the Nomination Committee. The Vice President, acting as Chair, shall verify the willingness of Nomination Committee members to serve and shall be responsible for the prompt convening of the Committee.
  2. The Nomination Committee shall convene to develop slates of nominees for all Standing Committees.
  3. Upon being presented with a slate of nominees for each Committee, the President shall appoint the membership of each Committee and shall delegate to one member of each Committee for election of a Chair, determination of the Committee's calendar and, if feasible, its preliminary agenda.

 

Section 4.  Resignation or Inability to Serve

In the event that a vacancy occurs on a committee the President shall appoint a member of the Association to serve the remainder of the vacated term.

ARTICLE VIII

MEETINGS

 

Section 1.   Meetings

  1. The Executive Committee shall meet as requested by the President.
  2. Board of Directors shall meet regularly as requested by the President.
  3. At least one of the general membership meetings shall be held in the spring of each year, for the purpose of conducting Association business.

 

ARTICLE IX

SPECIAL PROVISIONS

 

Section 1.    Provisions for Matters Not Expressly Covered

  1. Any items not expressly covered in the Bylaws may be decided by the Executive Committee of the Association, which may vote to poll the general membership for their endorsement or rejection of policies or actions deemed to be non-routine.
  2. The Association may enact no rule or decision which is in conflict with the Bylaws of the Association.

Section 2.   These Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Board of Directors by a vote of a majority of the members present, or at any general meeting of the Association by a vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting.

Section 3.   Enforcement

  The enforcement powers of these Bylaws are vested in the    officers and membership of the Association.

Section 4.   Robert's Rules of Order

                  Robert's Rules of Order, newly revised, shall govern the deliberations of this Association in all procedures not expressly covered by these Bylaws.

Section 5.   Dissolution

  1. If the Board of Directors concludes that it is no longer feasible for the Association to continue, the Board shall call a special meeting of the Association members. The decision to dissolve must be ratified by a majority of the Association members present and voting at the special meeting.
  2. In the event of dissolution, the assets shall be liquidated and distributed in a manner deemed appropriate and recommended by the last Board of Directors and ratified by a two-thirds vote of those Association members present and voting at the final meeting.

Assets must be distributed to one or more nonprofit entities organized and operated for the benefit of San Diego State University or the students or faculty at San Diego State University. Such entities must qualify for federal income tax exemption under Sections 501(a) and 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and be organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, or education purposes.

  1. None of the final assets shall inure to the direct benefit of any director, officer, or member of the Association or to the personal benefit of any private individual.

Our office does not have permanent staff but we welcome your calls and emails. Please be patient as responses may not be immediate.

The SDSURA is overseen by a Board of Directors of approximately 20 members.  The term for elected officers is 2 years.

President Nancy Farnan nancy farnan
Vice President Dan Gilbreath dan gilbreath
Secretary Barbara Barnes photo of Barbara Barnes
Treasurer Robin Fishbaugh Robin Fishbaugh
Senator Gordon Shackleford

photo of Gordon Shackleford

Immediate Past President Dean Popp photo of Dean Popp

 

Directors at Large
Patrick Papin
Gloria Ross
Rick Schulte
Standing Committee Committee Chairs
Activities Ann LePage
Membership Kimberlee Reilly
Benefits Tom Donahue
Bylaws / Rules Lesley Bryant
Scholarship Nancy Carmichael
Postscript Barbara Barnes, Leif Fearn, Maggi McKerrow
Awards Ron Young
Historian Barbara Barnes
University Advancement Liaison Amy Walling
Faculty/Staff Club Liaison Nancy Carmichael

Retirement Association Links

San Diego State University Links

Government Links

Miscellaneous Links

  • AROHE, (Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education)
  • AARP, (American Association for Retired Persons)
  • CSU-ERFSA, (California State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association)
  • CSEA, (California State Employees Association Retirees Division news)
  • California Faculty Association

Per privacy laws, photos are being held in abeyance pending permission authorization from individual members. (Permission is accepted or declined via the membership application.)

Borrego Escape

Day at the Races

Octoberfest

Valentines Luncheon

Kentucky Derby Party

Holiday Party

Spring Luncheon and Awards

The POSTSCRIPT is published three times a year by the SDSU Retirement Association. POSTSCRIPT has information about the activities of the SDSU-RA and related campus and university news.

After a year put on hold we are looking forward to getting back to our traditional schedule of activities as well as exploring opportunities for new activities.  Please put the following dates on your calendar.

January February March April
    3/15/22-3/17/22 - 2022 Desert Escape, Palm Canyon Resort, Borrego Springs  
May June July August
       
September October November December
9/1/21 - Scholarship Luncheon*, Tom Ham's Lighthouse 11-3

10/22/21 - Octoberfest*, Santee Lakes 12-3

  12/9/21 - Holiday Luncheon*, Claim Jumper, Grossmont Mall 12-3

*Invitations will be sent out prior to the event

San Diego State University Retirement Association Scholarship Awardees - 2020

($2796.00 awarded to each)

Sama Aziz - Dr. Aubrey Wendling Memorial Scholarship University Major – International Economics and German

Abigail Castro (Previous Awardee) University Major – Child Development and Recreation and Tourism Management

Daniel Chalfa University Major – Business Administration

Tristin Hooker – Nore and Nancy Thiesfeld Scholarship University Major – Aerospace Engineering

Avi Martin (Previous Awardee) - Norma Summersgill Memorial Scholarship  University Major - Astronomy with a minor in Computer Engineering and Honors

Luna Miller  University Major – Criminal Justice

Rebecca Pierce (Previous Awardee)  University Major – Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy

Pierre Sherrill II– Dr. Jerry Koppman Memorial Scholarship  University Major – Education/Doctoral Candidate