East Halls Black Student Union is established

November, 1979

The East Halls Black Student Union was established as part of the East Halls Residence Association. The group’s mission was to help bring East Halls African American students, a majority of whom were freshmen, into the mainstream of Penn State residential life through social functions and networking.

Early presidents of the group included John Warren (1979-1980), Alvistico “Gary” Ricketts (1980-1981), James McCall (1981-1982) and Rhonda McDaniel (1982-1984).