CSUSM President Haynes Takes College Message to Temecula Church

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Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

President Karen Haynes teams with Mountain View Community Church of Temecula to draw African Americans toward higher education

Temecula, Calif. - California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) President Karen S. Haynes will address the congregation of Mountain View Community Church in Temecula during two services this Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., as part of a California State University 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.

Cal State San Marcos serves the region of Southwest Riverside and recently opened an off-campus center in Temecula.

"As community leaders, I believe it's our role to work together to motivate and prepare our young people for college," said Haynes. "All it takes to kindle hope in a student is one glimpse of opportunity."

Who:  CSUSM President Karen S. Haynes

What:  Haynes will address the congregations of Mountain View Community Church and speak about the value of higher education while sharing her personal story of being the first in her family to graduate college.

When:  Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Where: Mountain View Community Church, 29385 Rancho California Road, in Temecula

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.