SDSU Retirement Association

Message from our President, Nancy Farnan

Welcome to the San Diego State University's Retirement Association. I think most people were glad to say goodbye to 2020, with the hope that 2021 would bring solutions to many of the past year's challenges, perhaps the most life-changing being a pandemic like the world has not seen in over 100 years. As an organization, we have remained active, albeit via Zoom. We have worked with the relevant businesses to postpone our traditionally held activities. We continue to aspire to be vibrant and active; to create a strong sense of community among ourselves, as well as with our university; and to contribute in various ways to San Diego State University's students. In 2020, volunteer members worked with the university to provide input to applications for many of SDSU's scholarships. We awarded the association's scholarships and met recipients during a Zoom Board meeting. We will continue our outreach efforts and plans for the future with current and prospective members. Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected], and stay safe during what continue to be challenging times. We look forward to better days when we can once again gather as an organization!

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.

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

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*, Tom Ham's Lighthouse 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