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San Jose State President Mohammad Qayoumi, faculty and staff attended four San Jose churches to inform families that it’s never too early to strive for higher education during CSU Super Sunday Feb. 16.
Ready for Greatness
Parents and youth, such as Jahne Hill, a high school sophomore, sought more insight into college readiness.
Whatever choices you make now affect what you are going to do in the future, especially for college,” she said.
Grandmother Flavor Dyer, ’81 Liberal Studies, encouraged her three young grandchildren to introduce themselves to Qayoumi at Emmanuel Baptist Church, as she insisted that they too would be doctors.
Greeting the President
Catherine Mann, ’12 Art and Art History, waited for Qayoumi’s arrival after the 8 a.m. service because she wanted to shake the hand of her alma mater’s president.
Qayoumi participated in the entirety of the 11 a.m. service, standing, sitting and bowing in reverence to the speakers, songs and prayers before he spoke to the congregation about financial and admission opportunities within the CSU system.
Despite campus dissonance, Qayoumi said the administration wants to make SJSU more hospitable.
If there are changes that need to be done whether it’s in our training, whether it’s in our outreach, whether it’s the general knowledge [or] whether it’s the policies, changes will be incorporated,” he said.
“Unfortunately, bad things happen in our society. The key is … how do we use that information so that we can strengthen the university?”