President Mohammad Qayoumi

CSU, Churches Unite Behind Message of College Preparation

President Mohammad Qayoumi

President Mo Qayoumi

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(February 8, 2012) – California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed, trustees, and campus presidents are among the group of officials who will speak at Super Sunday events held at more than 100 predominantly African American churches throughout the state in February, celebrating Black History Month.

President Qayoumi

SJSU President Mo Qayoumi spoke Feb. 12 at Antioch Baptist Church.

Just a few blocks north of campus, Antioch is among the oldest African American churches in the South Bay. The church’s congregation included the first African American woman to graduate from SJSU. Lucy Turner Johnson completed her degree in 1907.

Top SJSU administrators will speak at a total of six churches this and next weekend as part of the CSU Super Sunday program. Details are provided below.

Chancellor Reed

Reed spoke during the 10 a.m. service at Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 12.  On Feb. 19, Reed will take to the pulpit during the 10:30 a.m. service at Family Bible Fellowship in Newark.

“The California State University continues its commitment to reach out to California’s communities with the information students need to prepare themselves for success,” said Reed.  “Education is more important than ever.  The CSU awarded 99,000 degrees last year and these college graduates return the benefits of their success back to families and communities while also contributing to the economic recovery for all Californians.”

The events, reaching more than 100,000 churchgoers, are part of CSU’s outreach to educate students and families about the requirements to successfully enter college and obtain a degree.  Participants also receive information about financial aid and the web site that provides the tools to plan and apply to a CSU campus.

“How to Get to College”

After the church service, parents and students will have the opportunity to talk to CSU representatives and receive a How To Get To College poster — a practical guide about how to prepare for college.  The guide, available in several languages, in print and electronic form, provides the list of classes that students need to take from sixth grade to twelfth grade to qualify for admission to the CSU.  It also provides tips for parents and mentors to help students succeed.

The annual Super Sunday event is produced by the CSU African American Initiative — a partnership between CSU campuses and African American religious leaders with the goal of increasing college going rates among African American students.  The initiative is led by Chancellor Reed and engages CSU trustees, campus presidents, executives and staff.

Matthew Jenkins, a member of the California State University Foundation Board, has additionally created scholarships for students attending churches participating in the CSU African American Initiative.  Interested students will apply through designated church scholarship offices.

Efforts of the initiative are paying off, as more African American students prepare for and apply to the CSU.  During the months of October and November 2011, the CSU received 16,588 applications from individuals self-identifying as African American.  This is an increase of nearly 1,000 from the prior year.

For more information about the list of participating churches, times of service and locations, go to the Super Sunday website.

Visit the CSU External Relations website to learn more about the CSU African American Initiative and other community initiatives and partnerships to address college access for underserved communities.

February 12, 2012
Sunday Worship Service

Antioch Baptist Church
10 a.m.
268 E Julian St., San Jose, CA 95112

Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church
10 a.m.
1930 W San Antonio St, San Jose, CA 95112

February 19, 2012
Sunday Worship Service

Emmanuel Baptist Church
7:30 a.m.
467 N. White Road, San Jose, CA 95127

Maranatha Christian Center
10:45 a.m.
1811 S. 7th St., San Jose, CA 95112

Bible Way Christian Center
11 a.m.
2090 Oakland Road, San Jose, CA 95131

Greater Love Church of God in Christ
3 p.m.
159 Dixon Road, Milpitas, CA 95035

Interim President Don Kassing speaking to the congregation at Maranatha Christian Center.

CSU Super Sunday: Kassing Supports Investing in Young People

Interim President Don Kassing speaking to the congregation at Maranatha Christian Center.

Interim President Don Kassing speaking to the congregation at Maranatha Christian Center.

By Keith Bryant, Digital Communications Assistant
Photo By Irving Perez, Public Affairs Volunteer

SJSU Interim President Don W. Kassing visited Maranatha Christian Center Feb. 13 for CSU Super Sunday, an outreach program seeking to connect the CSU with African American churches to open a dialogue about what it takes to get into college. Kassing was welcomed with open arms, and enjoyed a lively and energetic service. He also spoke to the congregation about the importance of investing in our youth.

“Our offer is to create opportunities for young people to go to college to work their way out of the recession, as it is going require education, and in this region, innovation,” Kassing said. “We want these young people to have a chance.”

Kassing also attended Emmanuel Baptist Church, while Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Laker visited Bible Way Christian Center. After the services, SJSU outreach staff members spoke one-on-one with church goers to answer questions and distribute materials.