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CSU Super Sunday Message Comes to California’s Southland

Temple Missionary Baptist youth service
Courtesy Photo/ CSU Public Affairs

(March 3, 2009) –Chancellor Charles B. Reed of California State University (CSU) addressed an audience of thousands at West Angeles Cathedral on Sunday, Feb. 22, in Los Angeles.

From the pulpit, Chancellor Reed quoted the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “we all can be great, because we all can serve.”

The chancellor then led the church in reciting those words, calling on the entire congregation of West Angeles to serve the mission of preparing young people for college.

CSULB Welcomes a New Student
Courtesy Photo/CSULB Media Relations
Courtesy Photo/CSULB Media Relations

California State University, Long Beach President F. King Alexander welcomed fall 2009 freshman Kiara Martin, currently a senior at Jordan High School in Long Beach, to the university during Super Sunday at Antioch Church of Long Beach.

President Alexander challenged young people to begin preparing for college as early as the sixth grade and urged parents to become active partners in their children's education. Martin was encouraged by the president's "be college ready" messages at the church on Feb. 22 and during last year's Super Sunday.

CSUN Arrives Ready to Serve
Courtesy Photo/ CSU Public Affairs
Courtesy Photo/ CSU Public Affairs

California State University, Northridge President Jolene Koester spoke from the pulpit and led a group of volunteers and outreach staff as they provided materials and answered questions for West Angeles Cathedral.

This was CSUN student Simone Miller's second time participating in Super Sunday. Working closely with university outreach staff, including Assistant Director Gigi McGuire, Simone provided first hand experience of a student who is succeeding in college.

Simone talked about how, even on the CSUN campus, students will come to her to help them through the college paperwork.

Simone has taken that knowledge to her community. And Simone shares her college story, including the friendships and relationships forged at CSUN.

Cal State L.A. Pushes Preparation

Chisa Houston (left), member of the
Full Harvest International Church,
speaks with student journalists
as Cal State L.A. President Rosser
(middle) visits with church leader
Frank Stokes (right).

California State University, Los Angeles President James M. Rosser was hosted by Bishop Clarence McClendon, senior pastor for Full Harvest International Church in Gardena, to discuss options for African American students to go to college.

"I am the youngest in my family and the first to get a college education,” said President Rosser. “I was able to do it because there were people like you supporting and inspiring me along the way.

"Most people think that money is the obstacle to go to college. That is not true. There are plenty of scholarships and financial aid for needy students. This church is among the many institutions that provide scholarships for students.

"The real obstacle to college is academic preparation.  That’s why we come to the churches to let you know you have help and people willing to talk to you."

Temple Missionary Baptist youth service
Chancellor Reed (left) and Bishop Charles E. Blake (right) after the Super Sunday speech at West Angeles Cathedral.

Super Sunday 2009 Comes to a Close

Today, March 3, Chancellor Reed posted a closing blog, thanking all who participated in this year’s Super Sunday.

The CSU has also posted multiple videos capturing moments from this year’s Super Sunday.

Video is available on the media page:

Video is also available on the blog page:

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Visit the Super Sunday site to see the current blog, list of participating churches and speaker, news and more.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 89,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.