Retired Faculty and Staff Association

RFSA Events

Upcoming Events

February 18, 2021

The Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Association's winter quarter program will be conducted virtually Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 2-3 pm. The theme of the program will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic in San Luis Obispo County, including Cal Poly. A panel consisting of county Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein; Aydin Nazmi, a faculty member in the Food Science and Nutrition Department and member of the Cal Poly COVID-19 testing task force; and Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey will update attendees on topics related to COVID-19. Click here to register. The Zoom meeting link, password and instructions will be emailed upon your reply. Questions about the event can be directed to RFSA President Bill Kellogg at

In addition, your Board has been seeking out events and other opportunities for you to check out on your own until we can gather together in-person as a group once again. Take a look at our Facebook page to see what we've come up with.

Past Events

October 8, 2020

The Fall 2020 program, held virtually, featured Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong giving a campus update on the start of the Fall quarter and the challenges facing the university, including funding, increasing diversity, and slowing the spread of COVID-19. President Armstrong was joined by epidemiologist and nutrition professor Aydin Nazmi, who described how the university is continuing to expand its testing and infection monitoring capabilities and the protocols that have been put in place for contact tracing, quarantining, and support for infected students.  The program was emceed by RFSA President Bill Kellogg and former president Rich Equinoa, and included the opportunity for participants to spend some time in break rooms connecting with fellow retirees.

June 28, 2020

June Jubilee, held virtually. The afternoon was filled with messages of appreciation from President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, new Provost Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, and Retired Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship recipients Maximilian Plotzeneder and Madison Shepherd, with a special musical compilation by the Cal Poly Music Department. New RFSA officers were elected, including V. L. Holland, Programs Vice President, and Elaine Ramos-Doyle, Newsletter Editor.

February 27, 2020

At this luncheon, held at the Elks Club, Guest speakers President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Vice President Keith Humphrey provided a campus update with particular emphasis on the role of Student Affairs in delivering high-impact programs and services that advance student learning, development and success.

November 6, 2019

This luncheon in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center featured Cal Poly Professor of Photography and Video and independent filmmaker Sky Bergman. Sky discussed her work with her nationally recognized film, Lives Well Lived, and her plans for future projects. Lives Well Lived is a feature documentary film that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest.

October 17, 2019

Retired faculty and staff took a field trip to visit The Getty Center, which is known for its architecture, gardens and view overlooking Los Angeles. Participants enjoyed a 45-minute tour of the Getty Center, and took in the permanent and temporary exhibits, including a Notre Dame Cathedral display.

June 2, 2019

Sponsored by Cal Poly University Development, attendees enjoyed an excellent lunch and the Cal Poly Choirs' Spring Concert, "For the Beauty of the Earth." The Jubilee was hosted by President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and his remarks included an announcement that the minimum amount contributed by current and retired faculty and staff to fund a scholarship endowment has been reduced to to $12,500. An endowment can be funded by an individual, or by a group of individuals. Retired Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship recipient Madeleine Ciano also made a presentation.

May 15, 2019

Held at the Cal Poly Dairy Innovation Institute on campus, this program featured a tour of the Cal Poly Strawberry Center and a presentation by Dr. Peter W. Shearer, the Strawberry Center's entomologist. The only organization in the United States dedicated solely to strawberry research and education, the Strawberry Center has access to 10 acres of prime farmland on campus for purposes of field research and demonstration, including certified organic land, all within walking distance of the main campus.

February 27, 2019

Guest speakers at this luncheon were Dr. Phil Bailey, Director of Frost Endowment, and Dr. Kathryn Rummell, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Bailey provided an overview of the Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex, the 100,000 square-foot building that will house culinary, sensory, food safety, product development and food and nutrition labs. Dr. Rummell provided an update on the CLA. We also heard from Matt Harsh, Director, Center for Expressive Technology, and David Gillette, Co-Director of the Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Degree.



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