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California State University Expands its Outreach to the African American Community with ‘Super Saturday’ Event

(Aug. 1, 2007) Expanding its commitment and success in encouraging college enrollment within the African American community, California State University will host “Super Saturday” on August 4 at California State University, Dominguez Hills from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Super Saturday was designed to help African American students and their parents throughout Los Angeles County understand the college application and admissions process, housing, financial aid, course requirements and collegiate life at CSU’s 23 campuses. CSU alumni, faculty, students and staff from across the state will provide a systemwide perspective during a variety of workshops scheduled for the day. There will also be workshops for students intending to transfer from community college.

“The CSU is going into its third year of partnering with church leaders and congregations to reach out and attract more students within the African American community to the college classroom,”said Gayle Ball Parker, CSUDH’s director of outreach. “Super Saturday will be a fun and festive, yet very informative event. Along with refreshments, entertainment, giveaways and prizes, we will also be providing campus tours, and awarding one scholarship to one student in attendance.”

Bishop Clarence E. McClendon of Full Harvest International Church and former CSUDH Interim President Boice Bowman will welcome those in attendance at 10 a.m., followed by the energetic sounds of The Full Harvest International Choir. The college fair and workshops will extend from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The creation of Super “Saturday” reflects the success and growth of CSU’s “Super Sundays.” For the past two-and-a-half years, Super Sunday events have featured Chancellor Reed and CSU campus presidents addressing African American congregations throughout the state to bring awareness to the role of parent involvement and early preparation in getting to college.

Since the first Super Sunday in February 2006, CSU staff and church education liaisons have met regularly to develop ways to further reach out to African Americans. Some of the new programs include regular financial aid workshops, expanded distribution of college materials to students from sixth through 12th grade and their parents, and the development of an advisors' guide for those who work directly with families within these communities.

Super Saturday will take place in CSUDH’s Sculpture Garden, located across from Parking Lot 6. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 9 a.m.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 417,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 86,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. 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. See

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Last Updated: August 1, 2007

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