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Recent Emeriti News

(Send news items to for inclusion.) See the CSU-ERFA "newsbox" at the right (or above) for links to news of interest to all emeriti.  Members who have moved or changed their email address recently are encouraged to send their new information to so that we can update our records.

Picture of Emeriti 2015-16 scholarship awardees.

President Garcia hosted a luncheon for Emeriti on September 16, 2015 in honor of Emeriti and Benson-Emeriti scholarship awardees for 2015-16.  Four of the awardees and their family members were able to attend.  Shown above are awardees Kyle Hess, Natalie Graham, Christopher Chacon, and Jose Ramirez.  More pictures from the luncheon are available on our flickr photo page.

Professor Murray speaks on ocean acidification at Morningside

Steve Murray, Professor of Biological Sciences Emeritus, spoke on ocean acidification caused by global warming at the May 19, 2015 Emeriti Luncheon at Morningside Retirement Community in Fullerton.  More pictures from the luncheon are available on our flickr photo page.

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the science fiction classic Dune by Frank Herbert.  The CSUF Library is sponsoring a series of events throughout the month of October and into November related to Dune.  Members of the Emeriti are encouraged to attend.  There is no charge for any of the Dune events.  See this flyer for more details.

In addition Faculty Affairs & Records is sponsoring a theater party on campus on Sunday, October 18th to which all members of the Emeriti are invited.  The play is Carrie-the Musical on Sunday, October 18th at 2:00 pm in the Clayes Performing Arts Center.

Following the performance there will be a reception sponsored by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation. The director of the musical, Jim Taulli, will be on hand to give background on the production and answer questions attendees may have.

If interested in attending please contact the theater box office by Friday, October 9th to obtain your tickets and indicate you will be with the faculty group. Also call Kelly Marconi in the FAR Office (ext. 2125) or email her at to indicate your name and the name of your guest (if any).  See this flyer for details.

We have received the sad news that Mary Lynn Hartman, Lecturer in Communications Emeritus passed away on September 5, 2015 at age 80 from multiple myeloma. She is survived by son David and Teresa Hartman of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; daughter Donna and Doug Haley of Sedalia, Missouri; and, granddaughter, Heather and Josh Hodosh of Trabuco Canyon, California. Family survivors also include: brother John and Jan Walden of Anaheim, California; nephew Johnny and Rene Walden and their children, Andrew, Lucas and Noah, of Anaheim, CA; niece Jennifer and Martin Perez and their children, Dante, Jacob, Madelynn and Roman, of Placentia.

Our Scholarship Committee (Linda Andersen-Fiala, Tony Rimmer, and Lee Broadbent) has chosen the awardees for this year's Emeriti Memorial Scholarships (1 undergraduate student and 1 graduate student), and for this year's Benson Emeriti Scholarships (4 undergraduate students and 2 graduate students.)

Emeriti Memorial Scholarships

The  Emeriti Memorial Scholarships  are awarded annually to one undergraduate and one graduate student to assist them in completing their degree program.  This endowment is funded by the Association's contributions in memory of deceased emeriti and voluntary family, friends' and members' contributions.

Natalie R. Graham, B.S. in Human Services, is preparing academically and experientially to help seniors live enriched lives. She excels in her ability to relate to seniors and has volunteered in a memory care program at Autumn Years and interned at Age Well Adult Day Services. 

Christopher Chacon, M.A. in History, earned his Bachelor degree in Anthropology, History, and Religious Studies all within the traditional four-year timeframe and with numerous awards.  He plans to obtain his doctorate in South Asia History studying nationalism and modernity.

The Russell V. and Betty   L. Benson Emeriti Scholarship Endowment Fund wa s created in 2014 as part of the gift to the university from Professor Benson's estate, which also funds scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Mathematics and has provided a substantial gift to the Fullerton Arboretum.  The first six Benson Emeriti Scholarships are being awarded this year.

Benson Emeriti Undergraduate Awards 2015

Jamie L. Butts, B.A. in Political Science, has excelled in her Honors Program and displays great leadership ability.   She is working toward a career in law and seeks to understand the justice system from all sides. On the CSUF moot court team, she won the third place respondent brief at the national level.

Todd D. Callahan, B.A. in Public Administration, has overcome extreme adversity to excel in his university studies.  His goal is to save lives both as a fire fighter, not only on the front lines but also in other aspects such as engineering, education, policy formulation and investigation; and secondly as a motivational speaker helping others overcome major challenges in order to recognize and realize their full potential in life.

Kyle N. Hess, B.S. in Biological Science with a minor in Chemistry, is focusing on biomedical research into health and disease at the molecular and cellular level with particular interest in the evolutionary biochemistry of the cellular stress response.  For his doctorate, Kyle plans to examine factors that contribute to metabolically-related diseases, particularly those which affect the nervous system.

Jose G. Ramirez, B.S. in Health Science, was brought to the U.S. by his parents determined to seek a better life.  Jose has earned a 4.0 average at CSUF despite working full-time and mentoring other aspiring transfer students.  Jose also volunteers for Kid Works in Santa Ana as tutor and mentor and for Hermanos Unidos organizing community service events and striving to dispel negative stereotypes of the Latino male.  He plans to continue further studies in Public Health.

Benson Emeriti Graduate Awards 2015

Julia Harrison, M.S. in Counseling, hopes to advocate for people experiencing adversity and help them grow through her own life experience.  She has worked with 100 Black College Women of UC Irvine, Helping Hearts for the Homeless, and as a C.O.R.E. Campus Organizations and Resource Center Consultant and interned with The Third Option, a subdivision of Healthy Relationships California.  She has conducted research on black political leadership in the Haitian revolution and traditional African American healing and holistic therapy.  She hopes to make a significant difference in others' lives.

Summer B. Schulze, M.A. in Communicative Disorders, is continuing her distinguished study in her major field and her minor in Gerontology to become a Speech Language Pathologist.  She plans to work with older adults in nursing homes and/or hospital settings, helping stroke patients regain their communicative skills and other abilities.  She has gained practical experience at Fullerton Gardens Alzheimer's and Dementia Facility.

The Emeriti Center has moved to the fourth floor of Pollak Library North - Room number PLN-433.  It is available for use by all members of the Emeriti.  Contact Betsy Gibbs for information about how to access the center.

We have received the sad news that Ernest Works, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, passed away on August 3rd.  Professor Works was born in Little Rock, AR in 1929.  He received his B.A. degree from Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.  He taught at Bowling Green before joining the CSU Fullerton faculty in 1964.  In addition to teaching, he served as Chair of the sociology department.  Professor Works received emeritus status in 1989. His research publications included several papers on inter-group prejudice.

Professor Works was a Korean War veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart.  He is survived by his wife Future, a daughter Valerie, and a son Jason.  Interment was at Riverside National Cemetery.

We have received the sad news that Eula Mae Stovall, Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Emeritus passed away on August 11, 2015. The following obituary for Eula is from the Amarillo Globe-News:

TUSTIN, Calif. — Eula Mae Stovall, 87, of Tustin died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Amarillo, Texas.

.... Eula was born Oct. 3, 1927, in Carson County to A.L. Stovall and Lela Mae Burrell Stovall. She graduated from White Deer High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Colorado State University before teaching a year in Detroit Public Schools. She then served as a social worker for two years assisting in the flood areas of the eastern United States. She joined the Navy serving three years active duty as a fitness instructor and 17 in the Naval Reserve. She retired in 1987 as one of only six women ranked as captain.

Eula returned to complete her Master’s Degree at San Francisco State University, and earned her PhD in Physical Education from the University of Southern California in 1966. She later taught at California State University Fullerton until her retirement in 1989.

Eula used her vacation time to return to the family farm in Panhandle for three weeks each June to help her family by driving one of the John Deere combines for wheat harvest.

Survivors include her sister, Allene Stovall of Panhandle; two nephews; a niece; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Allene Stovall Scholarship Fund, WTAMU Foundation, WTAMU Box 60909, Canyon, TX 79016.

We have received the sad news that J. Bryan Moffet, Professor of Teacher Education Emeritus passed away on June 17th at age 93. Professor Moffet received his A.B. and M.A. degrees from Miami University, and his Ed.D. from U.C.L.A. He taught at Ohio University before joining the CSUF faculty in 1968. Professor Moffet published a number of articles and the 1977 book Teaching Elementary School Social Studies. He also was a member of the California Association of Professors of Elementary Education, the California Council for Social Studies, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Professor Moffet was granted emeritus status in 1985.  Professor Moffet was a veteran of World War II, and saw action as a U.S. Navy officer aboard a destroyer during the Battle of Okinawa.

We have received the sad news that Charles F. Williams, associate professor of teacher education emeritus, died April 29 at age 89.

Williams joined the campus in 1967 as an assistant professor of science education after earning his doctorate at the University of Texas, Austin, where his dissertation was on "A New Approach for Teaching the History and Development of Scientific Concepts in Junior High School Science." Prior to joining the University, Williams was a secondary school teacher.

During his 23 years on campus, Williams was appointed to the statewide Committee to Evaluate and Suggest Revisions of the 1970 Science Framework for California Public Schools and served on the California Department of Education's Science Instructional Materials Evaluation Panel. During his CSUF tenure, he wrote two books that were used as textbooks in junior high schools.

He was a life member of the National Education Association and National Science Teachers Association, as well as a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Science, National Association of Biology Teachers and Phi Delta Kappa. He was president of the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science, Southern California Section from 1969-1976, and president of the California Science Teachers Association from 1980 to 1981.

When he retired in 1990, he was given a commendation by the campus chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, which he founded in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Estate of Russell V. Benson makes major gift to CSUF.  We have learned that the estate of Russell V. Benson, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, has made a substantial contribution to the university to establish three separate endowed scholarship funds, and also to support a lighting project for the Fullerton Arboretum.

An initial gift of $1,476,000 will fund the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowment Fund for Undergraduate Mathematics Students, the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowment Fund for Graduate Mathematics Students, and the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowed Emeriti Scholarship Fund.

The Benson estate also donated $246,000 to the Fullerton Arboretum to support a lighting improvement project.

The criteria for awarding scholarships from the Benson Endowed Emeriti Scholarship Fund will be the same as for our current Emeriti scholarships.  More information will be provided about the Benson Endowed Scholarships when it becomes available.

  In Memoriam
A complete list of deceased Emeriti is available in the Emeriti Directory, which is mailed to all members annually.
Here we list those members of the Emeriti who have passed away since the 2015/16 edition of the Directory was published.

Mary Lynn Hartman
, Lecturer in Communications, Emeritus