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Super Sunday preaches preparation

Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez, Provost and Vice President Joseph Sheley and Associate Vice President Edward Mills visited area churches Sunday, Feb. 20, during services to highlight the importance of early academic preparation. 

The Sacramento area visits included Gonzalez at Antioch Progressive Church, Sheley at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, and Mills at Oak Park United Methodist Church. 

The Super Sunday initiative, now in its sixth year, is a California State University outreach partnership program with area churches with the goal of increasing college-going rates among African American students. CSU officials including trustees, Chancellor Charles B. Reed and other campus presidents will reach out to more than 100 churches throughout the state in February. 

“We need to make sure that every qualified student from the Sacramento area knows how to get to college,” said Gonzalez. “Because when students from our region go to college here, they end up staying here after they graduate – and we keep all of that talent and all of those jobs in our communities.”

At each church, University officials from Outreach and Admissions and Financial Aid were on hand to answer the questions of prospective students and their families, as well as to provide information on applying to college, obtaining financial aid and what high school students need to do to prepare for college.

Financial Aid representatives stressed the importance of students completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2 in order to ensure they have access to the aid for which they are qualified.

“We want you to know there is a place for you at Sacramento State,” Sheley said. “Every student in Sacramento who is qualified for Sac State gets to Sac State. It’s our University, and we want you there.”

Sacramento State hosts tours that bring hundreds of prospective students to campus each year. Tour sign ups are available at The campus will also hold college preparation forums this spring for students in grades 6 through high school, with information such as admission requirements, study skills and financial aid.

For more information on admissions and financial aid, visit For media assistance, contact Sac State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.