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CSULB Officials Address Congregations At Local Churches As Part Of CSU’s Super Sunday

Published: March 1, 2012

A trio of CSULB officials, including President F. King Alexander, took part in Super Sunday 2012, a statewide effort that features leaders from the California State University (CSU) system speaking at more than 100 predominantly African American churches throughout the state in February.

Alexander spoke on Feb. 12, at Gospel Memorial Church of God in Christ in Long Beach. He was joined by Marie Alford, CSULB director of admissions, who spoke at Long Beach’s Praise Temple, the same day. On Feb. 19, CSULB Vice President for Student Affairs Douglas Robinson spoke with the congregation at Faithful Central Church in Inglewood.

“As an admissions professional, a parent, and a concerned member of the community, I understand the critical role that both encouragement and access to information play in supporting the educational goals of our students,” Alford said. “Speaking to parents and students at our Super Sunday events provides a great opportunity to both encourage and inform students and parents.”

Started in 2005, Super Sunday reaches more than 100,000 churchgoers and is part of CSU’s outreach to educate students and families about the requirements to successfully enter college. A central theme of Super Sunday messages is a call for students to begin planning for college admission as early as middle school and to enroll in challenging classes that prepare them for college.

“The goal of Super Sunday is to continue the personal relationships with the churches and the families that attend them. We want them to consider the wonderful options the CSU provides,” said Valerie Bordeaux, director of CSULB’s University Outreach and School Relations who was at Gospel Memorial Church with Alexander. “Super Sunday is making a difference in the numbers of African American students and families who are applying for and attending the CSU. So, we’re excited to meet with prospective students and their parents and to answer their individual questions about getting ready and preparing for college.”

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After the church services, parents and students had the opportunity to talk to CSU representatives and receive the “How To Get To College” poster — a practical guide about how to prepare for college beginning in the sixth and seventh grades. The guide, available in several languages, provides the list of classes that students need to take grade by grade to qualify for CSU admission. It also provides tips for parents and mentors to help students succeed.

Participants also received information about financial aid and the CSUMentor.edu website that provides the tools to plan and apply to a CSU campus.

The annual Super Sunday event is produced by the CSU African American Initiative — a partnership between CSU campuses and African American religious leaders with the goal of increasing college going rates among African American students. The initiative is led by CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and engages CSU Trustees, campus presidents, executives and staff.

Now in its seventh year, Super Sunday, which began with 24 churches, expanded to include approximately 100 churches throughout the state.

–Rick Gloady