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Cal State University officials to mix education into prayers


  • February 13, 2009

Cal State University officials credit outreach efforts with contributing to the rise in black students attending college.

Those efforts will continue this weekend with the fourth annual Super Sunday, a program in which educators from the CSU system visit area African-American churches and provide materials and information about attending institutions of higher education.

"This provides our youth with a good basis to become active, contributing and very aggressive members of the community," said Evelyn Hooker, who runs a scholarship program at Palma Ceia Baptist Church in Hayward. "And I say aggressive because once you are educated, you can move forward, reach back and help your community."

Jennifer Jones, a 2000 graduate of Cal State East Bay and a scientist at Abbott Laboratories in Santa Clara, is scheduled to visit Palma Ceia at 10 a.m. Sunday. Similar visits will be made throughout the Bay Area by CSU presidents, trustees and professors to address church congregations.

"We hope to make communities aware of the steps that students need to complete each year to get to college," CSU Chancellor Charles Reed said in a statement. "We are pleased to say that these efforts are paying off. In recent years we have noticed an increase in African-American applications and enrollment."

Reed is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. at the Center of Hope Community Church in Oakland.

Information on the application and admission process will be provided by CSU outreach directors and church education advisers following programs at the selected churches - something Bishop Jerry Macklin, pastor at Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ in Hayward, said is invaluable.

"When the university comes to these neighborhoods, it says everybody has an opportunity to attend college," Macklin said. "The program has been very successful and has been a real inspiration to youths in our community."


 8 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowship Church of Antioch, 913 Sunset Dr., CSU East Bay Professor Tammie Simmons Mosley

 10 a.m., Antioch Family Church, 55 East 18th St., CSUEB Dean Diedre Badejo

 11:30 a.m., Covenant Worship Center, 2622 San Pablo Ave., CSU East Bay Associate Professor of Marketing Stevina Evaleocha and Professor Steven Ugbah

 10 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowship Church, 700 Harvest Park, CSU East Bay Professor Barbara Paige

 9:30 a.m., New Birth Ministries, 1050 Burnett Ave., CSU East Bay Concord Campus Executive Director Emily Brizendine

 10 a.m., South Bay Community Church, 47385 Warm Springs
Blvd., CSU East Bay Associate Provost Arthurlene Towner

 10 a.m., Palma Ceia Baptist Church, 28605 Ruus Road, Abbott Laboratories Scientist and CSUEB alum Jennifer Jones

 11:30 a.m., Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ, 27689 Tyrrell Ave., CSU Long Beach President F. King Alexander

 Acts Full Gospel of God in Christ Church, 1034 66th St., Cal State East Bay President Mo Qayoumi at 8 a.m. and Cal State Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell at 11:30 a.m.

 10 a.m., Beebe Memorial Church, 3900 Telegraph Ave., CSU Fullerton President Milton Gordon

 10 a.m., Good Samaritan Cathedral COGIC, 625 West MacArthur Blvd., CSU Fullerton President Milton Gordon

 10:30 a.m., Greater Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, 1909 Market St., CSU East Bay President Mo Qayoumi

 11 a.m., Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., CSU Trustee Margaret Fortune

 11 a.m., Center of Hope Community Church, 8411 MacArthur Blvd., CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed

 11 a.m., Mills Grove Christian Center, 5410 Fleming Ave., CSU East Bay Professor Debra Alexander

 11:30 a.m., Lily of the Valley Christian Center, 1010 91st Ave., CSU East Bay Professor Nicholas Baham

 10:30 a.m., Easter Hill United Methodist Church, 3911 Cutting Blvd., CSU East Bay Assistant Professor of Social Work Diane Rush Woods

 11 a.m., Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, 662 South 52nd St.; TBA

 11 a.m., Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 684 Erlandson St., CSU East Bay Associate Vice President Stan Hebert


 9 a.m., The Revival Center Ministries, 910 Tennessee St., CSU East Bay Professor Greg Jennings

 11 a.m., Rehoboth World Outreach Center, 245 Holly St., CSU East Bay Assistant Professor Paul Wright
Feb. 22

 11 a.m., Grace Bible Fellowhip Church of Antioch, 913 Sunset Drive, Antioch, CSU East Bay Vice President for Student Affairs Sonjia Redmond

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