CSUSM Leaders Go to Church for Super Sunday

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Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

President Karen Haynes and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emily Cutrer bring college message to St. John's Missionary Baptist and Second Missionary Baptist churches in Oceanside

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) President Karen S. Haynes will address the congregation of St. John's Missionary Baptist Church in Oceanside at 10:45 a.m. and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emily Cutrer will speak during services at Second Missionary Baptist Church in Oceanside at 11 a.m. this Sunday, Feb. 28 as part of the California State University's (CSU) "Super Sunday" statewide effort to encourage early planning for college and the involvement of community members as mentors for young people.

Following Super Sunday services, outreach staff members and volunteers will provide information about preparing for college and financial aid. Students and their families will receive information about CSUMentor, the Web site that prospective students use to find information and apply to a CSU campus. Participants will also receive the "How to Get to College" poster, which provides middle and high school students and their parents with step-by-step information on planning for college.

"Super Sunday is our way of sharing the good news with community partners that a college education is within the reach of every young adult," said Haynes. "As the first person in my extended family to earn a college degree, I understand first-hand the transformational impact higher education can have on an individual."

Who:  CSUSM President Karen S. Haynes and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emily Cutrer.

What:  Super Sunday is a CSU program to connect with and inform African American students and their families about what it takes to get into college. Both speakers will address the value of higher education and importance of preparing students for college as early as middle school.

When/Where: Sunday, Feb. 28. Haynes will address the congregation of St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, 1524 Lemon Street, Oceanside at 10:45 a.m. Cutrer will address the congregation of Second Missionary Baptist Church, 5301 Mare Road, Oceanside at 11 a.m.

Why: To promote higher education, as well as highlight the role of parental involvement and early preparation in facilitating successful access to college for African Americans.

About Super Sunday

Super Sunday is a CSU program to connect with and inform African American students and their families about what it takes to get into college.

On three consecutive Sundays each February, CSU leaders including the chancellor, trustees, presidents and others speak at various churches across the state to share with students, parents and community mentors information about preparing for college, applying to the CSU's 23 campuses, and obtaining financial aid.

The event is part of the CSU African American initiative which started in 2005 when Chancellor Charles B. Reed and Bishop Charles E. Blake convened community, civic, business and education leaders together to develop new ways to educate K-12th students, parents and families about the value of a college degree to ensure a stable future.

A central theme of Super Sunday messages is a call to begin planning for college admission as early as middle school and to enroll in challenging classes that prepare students for college.

In addition to Super Sunday, the CSU African American Initiative includes a yearlong schedule of events, including Summer Algebra Institutes; Train the Trainer workshops, and Super Saturday education fairs.

For more information, visit the CSU Super Sunday Web site.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.