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Issue #41
August 2013

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Students Explore Their Asian Identity While Learning About College Preparation at Sacramento State University

Super Saturday College Fair

Figuring out how to become ready for college, how to apply for admission to the CSU and who is eligible to receive financial aid to pay for college: These were some of the themes that more than 300 middle and high school students explored during the Journey to Success’ Day of Culture, Education and Empowerment for students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.

The event, held at Sacramento State University on Aug. 6, also featured a student life panel during which current Sac State students shared their stories about the transition from high school to college and what it's like to be a college student.

A discussion about the Vietnam War helped students explore Southeast Asian history and the identity of Asian-Americans with roots in Southeast Asia.

Participants also learned about gang violence within the Southeast Asian communities and factors contributing to gang activities among youth.  

Students also became familiar with Asian, Pacific Islander organizations and clubs on campus and their benefits for developing leadership skills and strength of character.

Journey to Success is a program of the CSU Chancellor’s Office to increase college preparation and enrollment among students in underserved communities.

See Sac State’s Facebook photo gallery: http://on.fb.me/16y4ujd

CSULA President James M. Rosser to Retire; James Covino Will Become the Next Campus President

Dr. Rosser speaking at the podiumAfter 33 years of service as president of California State University, Los Angeles, James M. Rosser will retire at the end of August.

President Rosser served with distinction on the CSU Presidents’ Council on Underserved Communities, where he was a forceful supporter of the CSU initiatives that reach out to underserved families and students and a powerful spokesperson for the principles of social justice.

For more than eight years, Rosser led the CSU African American Initiative, developing the nation’s largest partnership between a university system and religious leaders of predominantly African American churches. The initiative promotes college preparation, enrollment and graduation among students in underserved communities.

Read more about President Rosser’s legacy here

Bill Covino, President of CSULAThe CSU Board of Trustees named William A. Covino the next president at CSULA. Covino will begin his new position on Sept. 1. He has been provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State since 2009. Recently he was named the recipient of the 2013 William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement. The award is presented by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in recognition of exemplary leadership in advancing civic learning through a variety of programs and activities.

Joseph Castro Assumes His Role as President of California State University, Fresno

Joseph Castro, Fresno State President

A native of Hanford, Calif., Joseph Castro began his new position as president of Fresno State University on Aug. 1.

Castro, 46, previously was vice chancellor for student academic affairs at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the first Latino and first California-born to serve as president of Fresno State.

During his inaugural address, Castro made the following statement: “To underscore my roots here, let me give you a little family history. My great grandfather immigrated from Mexico about 100 years ago to help build the railroad through the Valley. My wife's family immigrated to the Valley from the Azores. Both families, like so many families in the Valley, came here to find a better life.”

Castro said his priorities include improving on-time graduation rates, helping to drive the local economy and partnering with community colleges to build pathways from those schools to Fresno State.

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Es el Momento Education Fair Wins L.A.-Area Emmy Governor’s Award

High School Counselor Meets with Student

CSU’s Es el Momento Team celebrates during the Emmy Awards’ evening at the Goldenson Theatre. From left, David Gamboa, CSUDH President Willie Hagan, Jorge Haynes and Toby Bushee.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized the Es el Momento Education Initiative with an Emmy Award that was presented to Univision's KMEX 34 at the 65th Los Angeles Area Emmys ceremony on Aug. 3.

The award recognized KMEX 34's extraordinary achievement in providing parents and students with information about educational opportunities in California. 

Es el Momento is produced as a partnership between KMEX 34 and the California State University system, and CSU Dominguez Hills. The event has been held for four years at CSU Dominguez Hills. In 2013, the Es el Momento education fair also will be presented by Univision's KUVS 19 at the Sacramento State University campus on Aug. 24.

Link to the Emmy’s Web Page here


Free Transportation to the Super Saturday College Fair on Aug. 17

FSuper Saturday Transportationamilies who live in areas near Moreno Valley, Rancho Cucamonga, Oxnard and Lancaster will have free transportation to the Super Saturday event, courtesy of the McDonald’s restaurants of Southern California.

Find out about the pick-up and drop-off locations here.

The Super Saturday College Fair is designed to familiarize students and their families with the California State University’s 23 campuses and to inform them about how to prepare for college.

The 2013’s Super Saturday Program is ready and can be downloaded here.


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California Is Getting Ready to Implement National Common Core Educational Standards

During the 2014-15 academic year, California will join 44 other states in implementing the new federal Common Core Educational Standards for students in grades K-12.

Once the Common Core Standards are implemented, students and teachers will experience major changes in the way math and English are taught. For example, the new standard emphasizes practical application of mathematical concepts and understanding rather than memorization.  

The new English standard calls for more reading of nonfiction, use of informational texts and support of theory through argumentation. There will be less emphasis on the use of opinions and students will have to justify their reasoning by providing evidence from texts. 

The new standards are part of a nationwide initiative to set a common set of English and mathematics standards for the United States.

The new standards are expected to better prepare students for college and the workforce. The A-G classes required for college admission to the CSU will also incorporate the Common Core Standards.

California adopted the standards in 2010. The first state-mandated test for the new mathematics and English standards will be applied in spring 2015.


Upcoming College Events and Fairs

August 17
Super Saturday
Multicultural College Fair
CSU Dominguez Hills
Information flier

August 24
Es el Momento
Hispanic Education Fair - Univision's KUVS 19
Sacramento State University

October 5
Es el Momento
Hispanic Education Fair - Univision's KMEX 34
CSU Dominguez Hills


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