CSU's 'Super Sunday' puts CSUSM President Haynes in Pulpits of Regional Churches


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

President Karen Haynes and Provost Cutrer team with congregations to draw African Americans toward higher education.

Note to editors and news directors: For details and background on the California State University's Super Sunday efforts, visit this website: http://www.calstate.edu/supersunday/. Available there are a list of churches, a 90-second promotional video and a blog by participants

Throughout February, California State University officials will reach out to more than 100,000 families in 100 African American churches statewide to encourage students to prepare early for college.

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) President Karen Haynes and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emily Cutrer 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.

"The path to a college degree starts long before a student sets foot in high school," said Reed. "Our message to students is to start meeting CSU's eligibility requirements early, and to be prepared to compete for admission at a CSU campus."

CSU officials will bring their message to 100 congregations in almost 40 California cities to engage the community in helping students get on track and succeed in college.

Haynes 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. 14 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Haynes will also speak to the congregants of St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, 1524 Lemon Street, Oceanside on Feb. 28 at 10:45 a.m. Cutrer will speak on the Feb 28 at the Second Missionary Baptist Church, 5301 Mare Road, Oceanside at 11 a.m.

"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."

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 2010 Super Sunday Web site and includes locations in Northern California, Southern California and Fresno. For the first time, this list includes congregations in Corona, Temecula, 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.