Forum recognizes achievements
Posted May 15, 2009
Rafael Arellanes
Diamond Bar High School student Dejon Carter, along with President Stephen Morgan, La Verne junior James Thorn and Richard Rose, professor of religion, attended the Brothers Forum banquet Saturday. The Brothers Forum recently received the most improved organizational award at the Club Organization Award Banquet. The club became officially recognized this year.

The Brothers Forum held its end-of-the-year banquet Saturday to commemorate the club’s achievements throughout the year.

The event, titled “Three Generations,” brought together alumni, current student members of the Brother’s Forum and prospective students.

High school students, were invited to learn more about the forum and the University of La Verne.

Faculty members such as Richard Rose, professor of religion, were among the guests at the banquet along with University President Stephen Morgan.

The evening started with opening remarks from the Forum’s adviser, Eric Bishop.

He introduced the evening and explained the focus of the Brothers Forum.

“Recruitment, retention and graduation, is the ultimate goal for us,” Bishop said.

The Forum’s purpose among other things is to build a support structure on campus for African American men.

Ryan Figgs, a senior business administrations major is the Forum’s president.

Figgs acknowledged the Forum’s founders, Robert Lewis and Emmitt Terrell.

Among other events the forum helped to organize was the lecture on campus by Tavis Smiley.

The program continued with Bishop presenting the seniors with sashes.

There were also recognitions given for those who have supported the Forum throughout the years.

Morgan, gave some closing remarks at the banquet.

He said he was proud of the forum.

“It’s a place where it holds you accountable as far as your school work,” said Karanja Broomfield senior accounting major and member of the forum.

“I was glad to hear the program was still going on. It was definitely something that benefited me in my school work,” said Falone Serna, alumnus of the forum and ULV.

“It was an opportunity for me to be around a group of guys to talk about my experiences as a black man, both positive and negative,” Serna added.

Serna served as a member of the forum before he graduated in 2002.

He was also one of the guest speakers at the banquet.

Serna expressed his gratitude toward the forum

He gave words of encouragement to the graduates and prospective students of the University.

Serna also praised Figgs for his efforts in bringing awareness to the forum and for establishing the forum as an official club on campus.

The forum has also held other social events this year like a game night and a barbeque.

“The purpose of the Brothers Forum is to bring black males together to help each other succeed and reach their highest potential,” Figgs said.

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