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California State University Kicks-Off Super Sunday
in San Bernardino
Temple Missionary Baptist youth service
Courtesy Photo/ CSU Public Affairs

(February 8, 2009) –President Albert K. Karnig of California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) addressed a packed house during the Temple Missionary Baptist youth service on Feb. 7. It was the first time the Inland Empire heard the Super Sunday message.


To rounds of applause and shouts of Amen, the university president spoke of an era of revolutionary change. “Moments like these can change history, but only if they’re seized. Only if you capture them,” said Karnig.

A Father’s Journey

CSUSB administrators J. Milton Clark and Olivia Rosas, with CSUSB student, Michael Harrison, speak to a current community college student, Raymond Mitchell, who is interested in pursuing a 4-year degree.

When asked why a college education was important, Mitchell responded, “so [my children] can have a better life… and know that the sky is the limit.”

Mitchell continued to say that Karnig’s participation in Super Sunday opened the door for people from the church to go to CSUSB.

“I want a degree, a bachelor’s to put on my wall… open my mind to bigger things,” said Mitchell. He wants his children to see the hard work he is putting into college, and how that dedication pays off.


Commitment to Access

CSU Trustee Lou Monville, Dr. Barbara Young, Temple Missionary Pastor Raymond Turner and CSUSB President Al Karnig discuss African American access to higher education.

During his welcoming comments Pastor Turner credited President Karnig for reaching out to the African American community and making higher education more accessible.

Courtesy Photo/ CSU Public Affairs

Courtesy Photo/ CSU Public Affairs

Courtesy Photo/ Bishop Yvette Flunder

Up Next … Northern California

Feb. 15 Super Sunday travels to Northern California. CSU leaders will speak at 41 churches throughout the region.

This week, Bishop Yvette Flunder, senior pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ, San Francisco, posted a recorded invitation to Northern California’s congregations on the CSU Super Sunday blog.

In her recorded invitation, she challenges us to confront the belief that “the inner city is the third world of the United States.”

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

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