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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.

Reed will speak 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 CSUMentor.edu web site that provides the tools to plan and apply to a CSU campus.

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.

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