CSUSM Leaders Take to the Pulpit in Oceanside and Temecula for Super Sunday Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Emily Cutrer, and Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Eloise Stiglitz call for early college planning.

California State University officials, including two from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), will be speaking at Super Sunday events at more than 100 predominantly African American churches throughout the state this month.

CSUSM Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emily Cutrer and Vice President for Student Affairs Eloise Stiglitz will join CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, trustees, fellow campus presidents and other higher education representatives as they call on parents and students to begin planning for college admission as early as middle school and to enroll in challenging classes that prepare them for college.

"Super Sunday is an opportunity to highlight the value of receiving a college degree," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Nearly eight in 10 future job openings in the U.S. will require postsecondary education. We want to make sure that each year more African American students graduate from college and are able to compete for these jobs."

Stiglitz will speak about of the value of higher education and the need to prepare youth for college to the congregants of Mountain View Community Church, 29385 Rancho California Road, in Temecula on Feb. 27 at 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Cutrer will speak to the congregants of Faith Temple Christian Center, 1985 Peacock Blvd., Oceanside on Feb. 27 at 10:00 a.m. 

Following Super Sunday services, CSU outreach staff and church education counselors will provide information about college admissions 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.

The complete list of churches and schedule of events is available online at the CSU 2011 Super Sunday Web site and includes locations in Northern California, Southern California and Fresno. For the first time, this list includes congregations in Corona, Oceanside, Oxnard, Santa Ana, Yorba Linda, Fresno and the San Fernando Valley.

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.

For more information on Cal State San Marcos, contact Public Information Officer Margaret Lutz at 760-750-4011.

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 fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.