CSU Super Sunday includes Chancellor White, Pres. Castro

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CSU Super Sunday includes Chancellor White, Pres. Castro

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro will speak at two local African-American churches Sunday, Feb. 16, as part of CSU Super Sunday — the flagship event of the CSU African-American Initiative that focuses on closing the college achievement gap for African-American students.

White will speak at the 10:45 a.m. service of Saints Rest Baptist Church (1550 East Rev. Chester Riggins Ave.) with Minister Bryson White and Castro will speak at the 9 a.m. service of the West Side Church (1424 W. California Ave.) with the Rev. Paul Binion.

The two congregations are among nine predominantly African-American churches in Fresno — and more than 100 statewide — participating this month in CSU Super Sunday, a system-wide effort to inform communities about the opportunities to earn a college degree in California.

Throughout California, CSU campus presidents, trustees, the chancellor and other higher education officials will speak from the pulpit about college readiness and the possibilities for obtaining financial aid.

Other area churches being visited by Fresno State representatives Sunday are Bethesda Apostolic, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

On Feb. 23, church visits will be made to Saints Community Church of God in Christ, Family Word Fellowship Church, New Beginnings Community Baptist Church and Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church. (See list below).

Dr. Castro also will visit Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles (7901 S. Vermont Ave.) on Sunday, Feb. 23 for the 10 a.m. service with Pastor Fredrick K. Price, Jr.

After the services, parents and students can engage with CSU representatives, obtain posters on How to Get to College and learn how to navigate CSUMentor.edu — a website to help students explore campuses and majors, as well as apply to the CSU.

Launched in 2005, CSU Super Sunday is an annual event where leaders throughout the 23 CSU campuses work together in a united effort to give underrepresented students the tools needed to successfully enter college. To date, almost 500,000 churchgoers have received information about financial aid, been introduced to the 23 CSU campuses and learned how to achieve academic success at the university.

“We are committed to bolstering the number of pathways to a university education for traditionally underrepresented students and producing highly-skilled graduates that will help meet the nation’s changing workforce needs,” White said. “Higher education changes the trajectory of life and by working with our partners throughout the state during Super Sunday, we can ensure that students are ready to enroll and succeed in college.”

The CSU African-American Initiative (AAI) is a partnership between CSU campuses and leaders in the African-American community dedicated to increasing the number of African America students who attend and graduate from college. In addition to the AAI, the CSU has formed many other partnerships aimed at increasing college opportunity for students of color and of underrepresented populations. These include initiatives for the Asian-American and Pacific Islander, Latino and Native American communities.

For more information, contact Frances Pena, Fresno State’s director of University Outreach Services at 559.278.2048.

 

CSU Super Sunday 2014 – Fresno State

SUNDAY, FEB. 16

9 a.m.WEST SIDE CHURCH

Pastor Paul Binion

1424 W. California Avenue

Fresno, CA 93706

(559) 237-1444

E-mail: Paulbinion@wscog.org

Fresno State speaker:  Dr. Joseph Castro, President – California State University, Fresno

Volunteer staff:  Mrs. Frances Pena, Outreach director, Ms. Kornya Lansana, and Ms. Mailee Lee, Outreach counselors.

 

10:30 a.m.MOUNT OLIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

Reverend Edward B. Lee Jr.

101 W. Clinton Avenue

Fresno, CA 93705

(559) 228-1880

E-mail: mtolivefresno@comcast.net

Fresno State speaker:  Ms. Melissa Knight, lecturer – Women Studies Program

Volunteer staff:  Mrs. Melissa Rodriguez

 

10:45 a.m.FELLOWSHIP MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

Reverend Richard L. Daniels

2529 East Belmont Avenue

Fresno, CA 93701

(559) 441-1661

E-mail: fellowshipmbc@sbcglobal.net

Fresno State speaker:  Dr. Cynthia Matson, vice president – Administrative Services & chief financial officer

Volunteer staff:   Mr. Rick Chacon, Outreach Counselor

 

10:45 a.m.SAINTS REST BAPTIST CHURCH

Minister Bryson White

1550 East Rev. Chester Riggins Ave

Fresno, CA 93706

(559) 237-5551

E-mail: office@saintrest.org

CSU speaker:  Dr. Timothy White, Chancellor, California State University System

Volunteer staff: Mrs. Frances Pena-Olgin, Outreach director, and  Ms. Kornya Lansana, Outreach counselor

 

11 a.m.BETHESDA APOSTOLIC CHURCH

Pastor Tobias Brookins

3723 East Dakota Avenue

Fresno, CA 93726-5106

(559) 225-1673

E-mail: bethesdaexperience@gmail.com

Fresno State speaker: Dr. Ida Jones, director of the Central for Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CSALT).

Volunteer staff:  Ms. Louise Pacheco, Outreach counselor

 

SUNDAY, FEB. 23

9 a.m.NEW BEGINNINGS COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH

Reverend Angulus Wilson

5089 East McKinley Avenue

Fresno, CA 93727

(559) 904-3868

E-mail: info@ nbcbc.org

Fresno State speaker:  Dr. Hasan Johnson, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies

Volunteer staff:  Ms.  Louise Pacheco, Outreach Counselor

 

9:45 a.m.SAINTS COMMUNITY CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST

Reverend Bruce E. McAlister

3740 E. Ashlan Avenue

Fresno, CA 93726

(559) 227-9819

E-mail: saintscommunity@sbcglobal.net

Fresno State speaker: Dr. Lynette Zelezny, associate provost – Academic Affairs

Volunteer staff:  Mrs. Jennifer Page-Smith, Outreach counselor

 

10:30 a.m.FAMILY WORD FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

Reverend Bruce Franklin

1444 West Shield Avenue

Fresno, CA 93726

(559) 312 3313

Email: pastorblf@gmail.com

Fresno State speaker: Ms. Benita Washington, field faculty, Social Work Education

Volunteer staff: Mrs. Frances Pena-Olgin, Director, Outreach counselor

 

10:30 a.m.RISING STAR MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

Pastor Booker T. Lewis

1104 Collins Avenue

Fresno, CA 93706

(559) 442-1908

Email:btlewis@hotmail.com

Email: debmarius@gmail.com

Fresno State speaker: Mr. Thomas-Whit Ellis, Theatre Arts professor

Volunteer staff: Mr. Jesse Farias, Outreach counselor

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Photos by Cary Edmondson/University Communications

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