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CSUF President Taking College Message to Communities
Gordon to Address Irvine Congregation Sunday

February 19, 2008 :: No. 151

Cal State Fullerton President Milton A. Gordon will address congregants Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Irvine as part of a California State University effort to encourage early planning for college and the involvement of community members as mentors for young people.

The CSU’s third annual “Super Sunday” campaign began last weekend in northern California, where Gordon spoke before those gathered for services at the Good Samaritan Cathedral in Oakland. He was among dozens of other CSU presidents, trustees and administrators who fanned out to 30 churches serving largely black congregations.

“At Super Sunday, thousands of students and their families learn that planning for college starts in the sixth grade,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “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. In fall 2007, African American enrollment increased by 6.5 percent at CSU campuses.”

Gordon is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Christ Our Redeemer AME Church at 46 Maxwell in Irvine, during the CSU’s visits to 22 churches in Southern California. Following the services, CSUF outreach staff and church education counselors will provide information about the application process for colleges and universities and about financial aid.

Also Sunday, Robert L. Palmer Jr., vice president for student affairs, is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. at Price Chapel AME in Los Angeles.

Black students constitute four percent of Cal State Fullerton’s enrollment, as tallied in the fall 2007 census, reflecting a steady rise in the past five years, particularly among black undergraduates.                     

Media Contacts: Christopher Bugbee, Public Affairs, 657-278-8487
Paula Selleck, Public Affairs, 657-278-4856

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