SDSU Retirement Association


The SDSU Retirement Association was founded in March 1986 and has grown to over 400 members who include retired faculty and staff, their spouses and partners, members of auxiliaries, and honorary members. Our central mission is to provide scholarships, supported by member donations, to SDSU students who have a relative either retired from or currently working at SDSU and its auxiliaries. In addition to providing scholarships, we have many events that bring us together. We host webinars of interest to members, celebrate holidays, attend local events, plan tours places of interest on our growing campus, and more. While we may retire from SDSU, as the chant goes “We are SDSU.”

Please scroll down for helpful links and please feel free to contact us at [email protected].  We look forward to participating with you as we thrive and grow as an organization!

Nancy Farnan, President

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.


As amended through May 13, 2022

San Diego State University Retirement Association
Established March 1986




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




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.





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.





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 (and Vice-Chair if applicable) 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. 

With the exception of Committee Vice-Chairs, all members of the Board are eligible to vote on matters presented to the Board. In the absence of a Committee Chair, that Committee’s Vice-Chair may vote on behalf of the Committee.

Vote by Proxy – Committee Chairs in the absence of a Vice-Chair may appoint another member of their committee as a proxy to vote on their behalf.  Chairs shall brief their proxy on any matters pending before the board.  A proxy notification must be submitted by the Committee Chair to the President prior to the board meeting.


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.




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.





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.





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.
  2. Ad Hoc Committees - Ad Hoc Committees shall have defined scope and authority. Their purpose shall be intent-specific and they may conduct investigations and make recommendations for action within their areas of influence.
  3. Action/Project Committees - Action/Project Committees shall have define scope and authority. Their purpose shall be to investigate particular issues brought before the Association.


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 determine the Committee’s calendar and, if feasible, its preliminary agenda.  Committees shall also 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   PostScript Committee


Section 3. Appointment of Members to Committees

  1. The Chair of each committee shall be appointed by the President or elected from and by the membership of the committee with the approval of the President.
  2. A committee’s membership shall be determined by its Chair.
  3. With the President’s approval, a Standing Committee may elect a Vice-Chair. The Vice-Chair is a non-voting member of the Board and discharges the duties of the Chair as required in the Chair’s absence.  The Vice-Chair supports the activities of the Chair including sharing responsibilities as appropriate.


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.





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.
  4. Members of Standing Committees, Ad Hoc Committees, and Action/Project Committees shall meet as necessary to conduct the business of their respective committees.





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 Nikhil Varaiya  
Secretary John Gaughen  
Treasurer Gordon Shackelford  
Immediate Past President Dean Popp photo of Dean Popp
Senator Patrick Papin  


Directors at Large
Douglas Case
Robin Fishbaugh
Rick Schulte
Standing Committee Committee Chairs
Activities Ann LePage
Membership Kimberlee Reilly
Benefits Open
Bylaws / Rules Open
Scholarship Nancy Carmichael
Postscript Barbara Barnes
Awards Ron Young
Historian Marilyn Bredvold
University Advancement Liaison Amy Walling

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
  • Retirement Planning
  • Information on Medicare
  • Road Scholar provides travel adventures that inspire adults to learn, engage, and discover places, cultures, and history worldwide. Programs are designed for retired adults, grandparents (over age 55), and their grandchildren to participate in group educational travel. Travelers will learn from local and renowned experts and experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking, bird watching, and more.  
    This website URL will take you to the Road Scholar Senior Learning Adventures

Below is a list of current activities we hope to populate with photos as soon as we obtain permission from our members. (Photo permission is accepted or declined via the membership application.)

Borrego Escape

Day at the Races


Valentine's Day Luncheons

Kentucky Derby Party

Holiday Luncheons

Spring Luncheon and Awards

Spring Luncheon and Awards 2022

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.


Membership and Interest  Groups updates

Membership - All renewing members should have received a billing notice for the 2022/2023 year.  Please make sure to return your forms with payment or pay on-line by September 30, 2022 if possible.  If you have any questions, please contact Kimberlee Reilly at [email protected] or 619.244.2952.   This is also the time where we raise the majority of donations for our SDSURA Scholarship Programs.  All donations are appreciated and we value your membership and commitment to the SDSU Retirement Association.

Interest Group Updates 
Walking Group - Our walking group has been walking at Lake Murray.  If you would like to join us, all levels are welcome.  We have been walking a little over an hour.  Come on out and visit with other members while getting some exercise and seeing the beautiful lake.  See you there!  Contact Kimberlee Reilly [email protected] if any questions.  We meet at 8:30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

Bridge Group - The Bridge Group has had its first meeting. Anyone who is interested in joining the group, please email one of the individuals below.  They will be meeting at SDSU at the Faculty/Staff Club

Golf Group - There is a Golf Group that meets once a month.  They have played courses that includeMission Bay, Singing Hills, Balboa Park 9-hole, Lomas Santa Fe, Willowbrook, Mt. Woodson, and several courses in Borrego Springs during Desert Escape. If you are interested in joining, contact Rick Schulte at[email protected] 

Potential Travel Group - Is anyone interested in forming a travel group where members could share travel experiences, photos, tips, etc.either by Zoom or in person?  If so, please email [email protected]

New Interest Groups - If you are interested in starting up an interest group, please email us at [email protected]  and we will email the membership to get a group going.

September October November December
  21 - October Fest, Santee Lakes 11:30


8 - Holiday Luncheon, Marie Calendar's

January February March April
  14 - Valentine's Luncheon, Tom Hamm's Monday 20-Thursday 23 - Borrego Desert Escape TBD - Scholarship Awards, Business Luncheon
May June July August
TBD - Kentucky Derby


  TBD - Day at the Del Mar Races

*Information and invitations will be mailed prior to events


SDSU Retirement Association trip to the SDSU Viz (Visualization) Center. It is part of the Homeland Security Graduate Program. It is a fascinating place, located on campus, with an international reach!  Below are descriptions of and links to some very interesting websites with brilliant maps and earth views sent to us by the Director, Eric Frost.  To read about the center, visit   Opening the links below will give you an idea of how data are represented visually through the use of earth maps  .  Well worth a click!

  1. is an Open-Source global map built by millions of people. It started in Europe, so best developed in Europe (go visit parts of London or other cities and hiking trails and all sorts of other things --- can see the impact and potential). It is invisibly hosted in servers around the world. We hosted the whole thing for many years, then really expanded to many other places---invisible to most people. Because this is present in most places like Turkey and Syria, it gives a "pre-event" metric of a disaster. It also provides a very specific way that people can help from afar by looking at satellite or drone images and updating the map---which then everyone in the world can see and use. Most people learn how to use OpenStreetMap (getting user name and password) simply using YouTube tutorials. Also a special group, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Teams (HOT) that are responders to nearly everything in the world.

Google, Bing, and Apple all scrape this site to get updates to their maps, so wonderful way to update lots of things. Just looking at your own neighborhood and places you shop (or don't) and putting information in can be very powerful! As an example, nearly all SDSU information has been put in by our students---but still needs more updating. As an example, the area where major destruction took place in Turkey is shown here and noticed that many, many of the large apartment buildings that were mapped (so in PPT slide) are gone. Major tool used in responses on a global scale. Satellite imagery that is current is often available is from which images the entire world every day.  They have a fantastic free listserv with compelling imagery---wonderful to see world in ways never before possible to do.

  1. Looking at the weather for hurricanes, typhoons, fires, storms heat, waves and host of things is best done at Ventusky (, which is visualization of about 45 NASA & NOAA satellites. Most powerful part is that you can step through time---so see where the storm is going at extraordinary accuracy far beyond that of the National Weather Service. You can also mouse over each area to see things like wind speed, amount of rain or snow, temperature, size of waves (as for surfing or direction of motion of Tijuana sewage). One of the most powerful ways of helping in wildfire responses as well. Here are three views of Typhoon Freddy (longest last typhoon in history) today---wind gusts, precipitation, and waves. With each of these you can push the triangle in lower left to animate and go through time so easily see what will be happening and when in the next 10-14 days.
  1. Another visualization of similar NASA-NOAA data is at ( All the instructions (commands) are under the word "earth" in the lower left corner. This shows air (sfc or surface is the default and can flip around the world and see what is going on every day. You can also push play button to go through time much like in Ventusky. Power of this is that you can also go up in the atmosphere (250 mPa equates to about 60,000' so is where radiation as from Fukushima came to US. Can flip the globe around and see the winds blowing around the world. Example is:,31.26,677



Dr. Aubrey Wendling Memorial Scholarship

Meiyen Sung is a second-year student majoring in English with a Weber Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor and Personality and Social Psychology minor. Her passion for teaching sprouted from volunteering at the Buddhist charity organization, Tzu Chi Foundation, alongside her volunteering parents. She started with little tasks as a child, and advanced to a teaching assistant for its Chinese school as a middle schooler and high schooler. Having a community that resembled family made her value mutual support and kindness towards others, even those with no blood relations. She pursued her interest in education during high school, when she worked as a part-time Kumon tutor. The rewarding feeling to be part of students’ improvement spurred her choice of major. She wishes to strengthen students’ motivation for learning and help them recognize English as a global tool that can further their own understanding of communication and philosophy. Her fascination with culture and people’s potential stems from her SDSU CFD lecturer mother. Meiyen is the Cultural Coordinator for SDSU’s Asian Pacific Student Alliance for the 2022-2023 school year. For Fall 2023, she plans to study abroad in the United Kingdom, a historical origin of English. At SDSU, Meiyen wants to continue involving herself with many opportunities to make herself a well-rounded person capable of educating the next generations of high school students.


Dr. Kurt & Julie Bohnsack Memorial Scholarship

I am attending San Diego State and working towards earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. Upon graduation, I plan to shift into a college football recruiting coordinator position, as I am currently a recruiting intern for the Aztec football program. I am a junior and am on pace to graduate in the spring of 2024, and with being rewarded the Dr. Kurt & Julie Bohnsack Memorial Endowed Scholarship, my journey will be much easier.


The David and Joan McArthur Scholarship

Hello, I am Karly Mahumed. I am currently a third-year student at SDSU and I am in ITEP (Integrated Teacher Education Program). I am in the multiple subjects area, but I plan on getting my masters degree in special education. My goal since third grade has been to become an elementary school teacher. In seventh grade I became interested in special education, so that is what I am currently working towards. I have actually been able to work with children with special needs for the past two years and volunteer in elementary school classrooms which has given me so much knowledge and experience in the field. It has been a very fun journey so far and I am excited to continue to work toward my goals. Thank you.


The William Sherrard Scholarship

I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at SDSU majoring in General Business with minors in Management Information Systems and Statistics. After exploring my options at        SDSU, I decided on my area of study in hopes of pursuing a career in data analytics. What I love most about this field is that its versatility will allow me to apply my skills across             multiple industries. Although, as of now, I’m pursuing areas within sports and higher education settings. I’m currently an active member of SDSU’s student organization Women in Sports and Sport Business Initiative, while also volunteering at the Associated Student’s Food Pantry on a weekly basis. My most predominant role on campus, besides being a student, consists of chairing the Associated Students Campus Program Funding Committee, where up to $110,000 is allocated to fund recognized student organizations on campus events. One addition to my plate includes starting a position in SDSU’s Busine Business Athletics Office as an intern working on travel budgets. I’m eager to continue my      development at SDSU and Go Aztecs!


SDSU Retirement Association Scholarship

Kat Prevo is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Learning Design and Technology at San Diego State University.  She also serves as the social media manager for the School of Public Affairs at SDSU, while working full time as a lead fourth grade elementary teacher in East Harlem, New York.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and English from Manhattan College. With her degree in Learning Design Technology from SDSU, Kat Prevo plans to develop her knowledge and skills of technology and instructional design. Additionally, she wants to be able to contribute to the progress of online resources for learners in alignment with curriculum programs, providing accessible tools for teachers everywhere. She is very thankful to the generous donors in the Retirement Association who are making these goals possible for her.


The Dr. Richard Schulte Scholarship

I am currently a masters student in the math department. My research interest is primarily in commutative algebra. After finishing my thesis, I plan to obtain a PhD in order to pursue an academic career.


The Nore and Nancy Thiesfeld Scholarship

My name is Katelyn Medley and I am a second year social work major and child development minor here at SDSU. I have specifically grown a passion for child welfare social work. After graduation I hope to pursue a career in the field of social work and possibly attend graduate school.


The Drs. Ronald and Rinda Young Scholarship

Because Abigail is in France studying, we do not currently have information to publish. However, she is very appreciative of her scholarship award; and soon after receiving it said that she has been saving in order to study abroad and is very grateful for the Retirement Association's generous award.