By Marlyn Rodriguez |Managing Editor|
The Black Faculty, Staff and Student Association (BFSSA) held their third annual Pioneer Breakfast in the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) last Friday, Feb. 20 in recognition of Black History Month.
The Pioneer Breakfast is an event that acknowledges students, faculty, staff and alumni who have influenced CSUSB in some way.
This year’s honorees are James Person, Cita Jones, Carolyn Stevens, Margaret Hill and Dr. Tom Rivera.
SMSU Facilities Coordinator, Anthony Roberson, informed us that the Pioneer Breakfast serves as a fundraiser for CSUSB student scholarships that are awarded to students enrolling in the Fall quarter.
There are currently three scholarships and will soon launch the addition of a fourth.
The scholarships are the Overton, Henry, and Monette scholarships. The fourth is set to be titled J. Milton Clark scholarship.
Dr. Milton Clark was the speaker for the event.
In an attempt to promote campus resources, the Pioneer Breakfast incorporates an Annual Essay Competition where all CSUSB students can participate by turning in an essay with the help of the CSUSB Writing Center.
The audience was comprised of the honorees and their families, students, faculty, staff as well as other community members.
BFSSA is an organization made up of individuals whose goal is to help on campus groups and serve as advisers and mentors in organizations like Student African American Brotherhood, Student African American Sisterhood and Black Student Union.
In addition to the Pioneer Breakfast BFSSA also sponsors the annual Black Graduation Recognition Ceremony.