The Emeriti of California State University, Fullerton, first
organized in 1975, is a formal association of all persons awarded
emeritus status by the president of CSUF. Additionally, the spouses of
deceased emeriti participate as associate members. As an association,
the Emeriti exists to promote the welfare of California State
University, Fullerton; to enhance the continuing professionalism of the
emeriti; and to provide for the fellowship of the members.
The Emeriti meet regularly during the academic year for membership
luncheons and other events. Members of the active and emeritus faculty appear frequently
as guest speakers on topics of interest from the arts, science,
politics, foreign policy, literature readings, as well as estate
planning and health care.
The members assist, as volunteers, in special projects for the Emeriti
and for the University, e.g., aiding the Its Your University program,
and in partnership with the Patrons of the Library, staff the Book Sale
Center. The university president each year honors the support groups
and their volunteer activities either at the fall "Concert under the Stars or at
a separate recognition luncheon."
Emeriti volunteers so recognized have been--
1994 - Kenneth Doane
1995 - Mildred Scott
1996 - Ruth Nycum
1997 - June Pollak
1998 - Ralph Beckett
1999 - Herbert Rutemiller
2000 - Ralph Bigelow
2001 - Charles Frazee
2002 - Emmett Long
2003 - Helen Hayner
2004 - Lee Bellot
2005 - Sy Scheinberg
2006 - Jim Young
2007 - Mark Shapiro
2008 - Larry de Graaf
2009 - Nelson Woodard
2010 - Donna Powell
The association regularly conducts excursions to sites of interest in
the area. In recent years the group has visited the J. Paul Getty
Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the
Huntington Library and Gardens, the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda
Heights, the Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar, and the Bowers Museum
of Cultural Arts in Santa Ana.
The Emeriti publishes an annual directory of all emeriti and maintains
the Book of Tributes honoring deceased members.
The Emeriti Center
The Emeriti Association moved in to its new Emeriti Center (Pollak
Library S170) in late spring 1999. The Center has two desks, including
the first desk used by the university's first president, William
Langsdorf, a conference table with chairs, and a computer linked to the
campus network. The Center is used for meetings of the executive
committee as well as by any member who wishes to schedule a small
meeting or to use the computer for research.
Emeriti Endowment Funds
Gertrude Reith, president of the Emeriti in 1986-88, was instrumental
in establishing the Emeriti Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Bylaws
stipulate that the fund shall be on permanent deposit and that the
interest be used for one or more scholarships. The principal sources of
money for the fund are member donations and association funds in memory
of deceased emeriti. Family and friends of emeriti colleagues also
contribute. Initially, one scholarship was awarded each year, and that,
by tradition, to a CSUF student concentrating in gerontology studies.
In recent years the executive committee has authorized a second
scholarship to a CSUF student with an outstanding record in academic
studies (open to all majors) and community service.
Library Fund. In
February 1998, the CSUF Emeriti officially established the Emeriti
Library Endowment Fund. Funds from this account will be used, at the
direction of the Executive Committee, to help build collections in the
In sum, the Emeriti Association—
1. Provides informative and entertaining programs of interest to
2. Provides at such programs opportunities for periodic renewal of
friendships with fellow emeriti.
3. Provides opportunities to be in touch with the current campus life
of the university.
4. Keeps emeriti abreast of developments at the university.
5. Provides representation in the Academic Senate for emeriti where
issues relating to emeriti privileges at the university are provided.
6. Provides a newsletter, Emeritopics, to put in print items noted
above and to be a source of information about fellow emeriti.
7. Provides an opportunity to award an annual scholarship to a
university student studying gerontology and a second general
8. Provides a mechanism for memorializing emeriti through the
Memorial Tributes, contributions to the scholarship fund in their
memory, and an invitation to spouses to continue with us as associates.
9. Provides, through our affiliation with the systemwide emeriti
organization, CSU-ERFA, representation of emeriti concerns to all
branches of government and the Office of the CSU Chancellor.
10. Provides opportunities for emeriti to maintain relationships with
the university in faculty governance, curricular programs, and the many
activities on campu
|CSU Fullerton Emeriti Presidents
|Stuart McComb, 1975-76
||Willis McNelly, 1988-89
|Louis O. Brockmann, 1976-77
||Allen Zeltzer, 1989-91
|Edwin R. Carr, 1977-78
||Emmett Long, 1991-93
|Ernest Lake, 1978-79
||P. June Pollak, 1993-95
|Jeanette Lake, 1979-80
||James Conant, 1995-96
|Barbara Hartsig, 1980-81
||Ralph Beckett, 1996-98
|C. Elmer Schneider, 1981-82
||Ralph Bigelow, 1998-2000
|Kenneth Doane, 1982-83
||Emmett Long, 2000-02
|Arthur Earick, 1983-84
||James Young 2002-06
|Bernard Hyink, 1984-85
||James Friel 2006-10
|Elmer Johnson, 1985-86
||Nelson Woodard, 2010-
|Gertrude Reith, 1986-88