The John M. Pfau Library is pleased to announce that a photo of the very first CSUSB students awarded a graduate degree has found a HOME at the John M. Pfau Library. Iwona Contreras, Administrative Analyst/Specialist of Pfau Library, and Cesar Caballero, Dean of Pfau Library, were excited to add the photograph of the first Masters Candidates from the School of Education taken thirty-eight years ago to the library collection.
Donated to the library by Danny and Pete Carrasco, the photo can be seen next to the photo of the first CSUSB Ph.d. students near the new elevators. Says Danny Carrasco: “While visiting the library for a meeting with the John M. Pfau Library at California State University, Latino Baseball History Project, Pete and I noticed a photograph of the Doctoral Candidates from the College of Education. We were elated to see the College of Education’s pioneering spirit. We immediately recalled that the School of Education in 1973 had also reached a milestone. It was on this date that Pete and I along with four other Master’s Candidates became the first recipients of the Masters of Arts degree in the field of elementary education from California State University, San Bernardino.”
“The original letter from Cal State University, San Bernardino’s first president, Dr. John M. Pfau, to my brother Pete is also posted next to the picture. The letter is dated October 9, 1973. Pete and I spent many hours in the university’s first library originally built in 1965 as well as in the John M. Pfau Library. Preparing for the Comprehensive Examination and doing research for our classes consumed a lot of our precious unallocated time. So it is an honor to have our photograph housed in the library. We are hopeful that the photograph will be an inspiration to future teachers and Master of Arts candidates.”
In the historic photo are: S. Orrock, R. Rubio, C. Wallace, Pete Carrasco, Danny Carrasco, and L. Caldwell.