CSU Super Saturday Shows the Route to College
At the 2011 Super Saturday College Fair more than a thousand middle and high school students met with CSU campus representatives to find answers about admission requirements, majors and campus life.
Super Saturday,produced by the CSU African American Initiative, is conducted to inform underserved communities about opportunities in higher education.
Opening Ceremony at CSUDH's University Theater
The audience made up of students, parents, mentors and educators was estimated at 1,750 and surpassed the capacity of the University Theater at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Hundreds who were not able to enter the theater for the opening ceremony took a campus tour instead and then joined the larger group at workshops. Frame 1 (left): after her performance, singer Ayanna Bereal is congratulated by CSU Vice Chancellor Garrett Ashley; Frame 2: CSUDH Associate Vice President William Franklin welcomes the audience; Frame 3: CSUDH Director of Outreach Gayle Ball-Parker, gives the day's marching orders; Frame 4: The audience totally filled the University Theater.
T. Fox, director of the MESA Center at Cal State Los Angeles, speaks about the value of a college education during the opening ceremony.
Student Groups Tour CSUDH Campus
Youth associated with the National Society of Black Engineers during a visit to CSUDH Student Union.
Super Saturday keynote speaker T. Fox (r) poses with high school students
Super Saturday Movers and Shakers
Frame 1: Joan Hippolyte and Gayle Ball-Parker; Frame 2: Barbara Young and Don Singleton; Frame 3: Jorge Haynes, T. Fox, Ayanna Bereal, Garrett Ashley, Tony Ross; Frame 4: Darius Riggins.
Super Saturday participants had their photo taken in cap and gown as a reminder of the college goals set during the college fair.
Frame 1: Chris L. Hickey leads the parent empowerment workshop; Frame 2: Paula Mason and her grand child during the parents workshop; Frame 3: Jacques Bordeaux speaks at the scientists workshop; Frame 4: Audience listening to Marjani Chidinma as she explains how to use the CSU Mentor website to plan for college.
What Do Scientists Do?
At the Black Scientists and Inventors workshop, students learned about Lonnie Johnson, an aerospace engineer employed at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Pasadena, CA, who invented the Super Soaker.
Johnson's idea was to improve the plastic water gun of his childhood. The small device lacked the pressure and capacity to sustain a good water gun battle.
During his free time at home, Johnson created a prototype of a large water gun that uses an air pump to pressurize the water.
The high-performance water gun now known as the Super Soaker was patented by Johnson and has generated more than $200 million in sales.
Jacques Bordeaux, CSULA specialist on Urban Science Education, shows the Super Soaker.
At the campus booths CSU students and staff answered questions from visitors about GPA requirements, transferring from community college and campus life.
CSU Fullerton students volunteering at their campus booth.
Marcy Johns, assistant principal at the Opportunities for Learning Charter School attends the parent empowerment workshop with her
4-month old daughter.
Ian Amos, a fourth grade student at Woodcrest Elementary, was in charge of taking pictures during the parent empowerment workshop.
The goal of CSU Super Saturday is to increase the number of underserved students who enroll in college and graduate.