Churches, CSU team up for Super Sunday

Now in its sixth year, Super Sunday, a collaboration of the California State University system (CSU) and African American churches throughout California, reminds young school students and their families about the significance of a bachelor's degree and informs them about what is needed for admission and success.

Part of the CSU African American Initiative and a partnership between the CSU campuses and African American religious leaders, the goal of Super Sunday is to increase the number of African Americans who earn college degrees. At each event, CSU faculty and administrators address the congregations. Counselors and staff from the universities are available after services to answer questions and advise prospective students on how to access the essentials including GED or placement exams, tutoring resources and financial aid.

Alicia Jackson, SF State student and daughter of Bishop Ernest Jackson at Grace Tabernacle Church in San Francisco, will be on hand at this year's Grace Tabernacle event. Jackson, who hopes to pursue a management career overseas after graduation, plans to share the practices that have helped her succeed, including finding study buddies, belonging to study groups and learning where to find other assistance once enrolled.

Though the emphasis of Super Sunday is on preparing younger students and their parents, Jackson believes that adults who would like to go to college can also benefit from the materials and advice. "I'm always very happy to tell anyone who would like to go back to school that they can do this," said Jackson, who earned an associate degree, but came to SF State to complete a four-year degree.

Northern California churches are holding Super Sunday events on Feb. 20. SF State officials will appear at Super Sunday events in San Francisco. University President Robert A. Corrigan will speak at Providence Baptist Church in San Francisco. Vice President of University Advancement Robert Nava will speak at the City of Refuge services. Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Kenneth Monteiro will speak at the Grace Tabernacle event. Held at City College of San Francisco, this event will also feature the San Francisco State Gospel Choir.

Super Sunday is among a range of programs that encourage young students to plan for college and succeed in college. They include Step to College, the Educational Opportunity Program and SF Promise, a partnership with the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District that guarantees SF State admission to qualified San Francisco public high school graduates.

For more information about the locations, dates and times of Super Sunday events throughout California, visit the CSU Super Sunday Web site.

-- Denize Springer