California State University, Fresno President John D. Welty will help launch the month-long California State University Super Sunday program when he visits Saint Rest Baptist Church 1550 E. Chester Riggins Ave., Fresno, at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13.

The Super Sunday program is designed to educate students and families about the requirements and resources available to obtain a college degree through the CSU. During February, CSU and campus leaders visit more than 100 predominantly African-American Churches, reaching more than 100,000 churchgoers.

On the next three Sundays, Fresno State, CSU and California State University, Bakersfield officials will visit seven Fresno churches. After church services, parents and prospective college students talk with CSU representatives and receive practical guides and tips to successfully enter college.

Fresno area churches scheduled are:

  • 9 and 11 a.m. Feb. 20 — Family Community Church (2434 E. Nees Ave.),
    Dr. Benjamin F. Quillian, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer.
  • 9:15 a.m. Feb. 20 — Westside Church (1424 W. California Ave.),
    Dr. Maxine McDonald, Fresno State assistant vice president for Student Success Services.
  • 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20 — Bethesda Apostolic Church (3723 E. Dakota Ave.),
    Dr. Horace Mitchell, president, CSU, Bakersfield.
  • 10 a.m. Feb. 27 — Saints Community Church of God in Christ (3740 E. Ashlan Ave.),
    Francine Oputa, director of the Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute at Fresno State.
  • 11 a.m. Feb. 27 — Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church (2529 E. Belmont Ave.), Welty.
  • 11 a.m. Feb. 27 — Mount Olive Baptist Church (101 W. Clinton Ave.), McDonald.

CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed will speak at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Bakersfield.

“Nearly eight in 10 future job opening in the U.S. will require a postsecondary education,” said Reed, announcing the sixth CSU Super Sundays. “We want to make sure that each year more African American students graduate from college and are able to compete for these jobs.”

Super Sunday events are produced by the CSU African American Initiative, a partnership between CSU campuses and African American religious leaders.

For more information, visit CSU info: Erik Fallis, 562-951-4064. Fresno State info: Tanya Crabb, University Outreach Services counselor, 559.278.2048.

(Copy by University Communications news intern Christy Patron)

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