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Black Faculty and Staff Association

East Tennessee State University

President's Message

September 2, 2016


On behalf of the ETSU Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), we welcome new and returning members, to the 2016-2017 School Year! The all new executive committee members and I look forward to working with you as we have several exciting things in mind for this year and we need your input and participation.

"It shall be the mission of the BFSA to provide an atmosphere of cultural and social networking among the black faculty and staff of ETSU. It shall be the mission of the organization to aid in the recruitment and welcoming of black faculty, staff and students, to a supportive network for new and continuing black faculty, staff and students, and to improve the retention and quality of life of African-Americans and others at ETSU through the development of a multicultural perspective."

   BFSA President

 Given our mission statement above, I personally appeal to you to become both a financial and active member of YOUR organization. The annual membership dues are still unchanged at $25.00 - $5 of which is deposited into a separate account that is used for our student assistance fund (e.g., to help purchase textbooks). The remainder of the dues is deposited into the general operational fund to help cover the costs of BFSA-sponsored activities and events such as the annual Heritage Banquet we host every February, a bereavement fund for members who lose loved ones, and member socials.

Kindly complete the membership form (click "Forms" in the left margin) and forward it along with your dues (make checks payable to BFSA) to Ms. Queen Brown, BFSA Treasurer, at campus Box 70720. Should you have any questions concerning dues or finanicial reports, Ms. Brown may be reached at 423-439-6146 or . You may also contact me with questions, suggestions or concerns using the information in my signature. Our first general meeting invitation and agenda are forthcoming soon once details are finalized. 

Have a wonderful academic year!

Warm regards, 

Lorianne D. Mitchell, Ph.D
President, ETSU BFSA
Associate Professor of Management, College of Business and Technology
Box 70625, Johnson City, TN 37614-70699
Office: 306 Sam Wilson Hall
Phone: 423-439-5664

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