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February 21, 2010

California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed joined Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joe Sheley as they visited churches in Sacramento’s African-American community Feb. 21 to promote higher education.

Reed will spoke at 10 a.m. at Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 3996 14th Ave. Gonzalez spoke at 10 a.m. at Antioch Progressive Church, 7650 Amherst St. Sheley spoke at 11 a.m. at Oak Park United Methodist Church, 3600 Broadway.

Now in its fifth year, the CSU outreach program, called Super Sunday, provides information to prospective students and their families about preparing for college, the application process and obtaining financial aid.

Since Super Sunday was launched, the CSU has seen a 78 percent increase in the number of African American students applying for freshman admission and a 20 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment by African American students from 2004 to 2008.

A central theme of Super Sunday messages is a call to begin planning for college admission as early as middle school and to enroll in challenging classes that prepare students for college.

“We want students to know that a college degree is within reach, and we want to help them obtain it,” Gonzalez says. “The first step is being prepared, and Super Sunday helps us share that message with potential students and their families.”

The CSU program, which began with 24 churches, has expanded to include more than 90 churches throughout the state.