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All Things to All People

By La Roya V. Jordan
Pastor of Christian Education and Children’s Discipleship
Faithful Central Bible Church

Pastor La Roya V. Jordan

Pastor La Roya V. Jordan

Paul writes to the Corinthians, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”  

I love that verse and it is so true about the partnership between the California State University and churches like mine.  The brilliance of CSU Chancellor Emeritus Charles Reed was that he realized the university alone could not reach all children, schools alone could not reach all children, parents alone could not reach all children and churches alone could not reach all children.  Yet, we together as the CSU African American Initiative strive to become all things so that we might save our children from poverty, frustration and the worst curse of all – failure to achieve their potential.

This month our efforts took shape as CSU Super Sunday.  This clarion call from the pulpit focuses our efforts throughout the year, reminding both the university and church about our common mission. More …

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Voices Unite for Access, Part 1

Throughout the months of February and March, many voices will carry the CSU Super Sunday message of college access.  Below are just a few images from Feb. 17.  CSU Super Sunday events continue with the schedule available online.

CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell (left), CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White (center) and CSU Chief of Staff Lars Walton (right) sit in the pews of Saint John Missionary Baptist Church as the chancellor prepares to speak to a Super Sunday congregation for the first time. More …

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Super Sunday – Creative Democracy in Action

Rev. Tommy E. Smith Jr.
Pastor, Palma Ceia Baptist Church
Hayward, CA

Pastor Tommy Smith

Pastor Tommy Smith

Our democracy, despite its historical inequities and sometimes slow response, is nevertheless a masterpiece of human socio-political engagement.  One of the keys and requirements of its ongoing success is the need to be innovative and creative in crafting solutions to needs that, for a variety of reasons, may not lend themselves to being solved by a specific governmental entity.  The California State University Super Sunday program is a highly successful example of one such program.  Super Sunday is a collaboration between the Cal State system and the African American faith community.  This unique paring is based on two important realizations; the fact that African American participation in post secondary education needs to improve, and the fact that churches and other houses of worship are a very effective means of reaching out to African American students. Super Sunday is a creative and effective way to address educational under-participation by using African American churches to help “Spread the word!”  More …

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From Clarinet to College

By Rudy Silva
CSU Long Beach student

Silva shares his story with the CSU Board of Trustees during their January meeting. His speech acknowledges Bob Cole, whose generosity continues to support music instruction and student scholarships at CSU Long Beach.

Silva shares his story with the CSU Board of Trustees during their January meeting. His speech acknowledges Bob Cole, whose generosity continues to support music instruction and student scholarships at CSU Long Beach.

As a kid from Indio, it was impossible to realize that the clarinet would be my path to Cal State Long Beach.

At the urging of a church friend, I somewhat reluctantly decided to explore the band program in middle school.  The clarinet was my choice for a simple reason: I was able to get a decent sound out of it on the first try.  With no musicians in the family, that note – if it could be called an actual note – opened up an entire world.  I went from dancing with the radio to quickly advancing through music books.  In fact, my teacher would not believe me at first when I told her I was ready for new material.

I continued making music throughout high school with the marching band, jazz band, district honor band, and community orchestra.  I even found myself as drum major in my junior year of high school.  With all that, I never thought of my future in music until my band teacher asked me, “Are you going to be an artist or a band director?” as we worked on a prop for a performance.  The potential that he saw in me made the next step seem possible. More …

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Partnering for Our Children’s Future

By Nicole Trimble
Parent of CSUN Students
Member of Glory Christian Fellowship
Volunteer at Morningside High School

I met California State University, Chico’s President Paul Zingg at Glory Christian Fellowship in February, 2010. He was participating in a program called CSU Super Sunday, a partnership between the Cal State system and African American churches across the state. From the pulpit, President Zingg shared the message that college is an attainable dream, a catapult for success and he personally wants our students to be successful at his campus. I took the president at his word and, after talking to the president myself, passed on contact information for the assistant principal of my children’s high school, Morningside. The Assistant Principal was a little apprehensive because she had never heard of such a partnership, but took the information anyway. The next day, President Zingg called Morningside’s assistant principal and now Chico State administrators are in continuous contact with a high school 500 miles away in Inglewood.
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The Point Sur Arrives

Congratulations to the crew of the R/V Point Sur for their Jan. 26 arrival at Palmer Station on Anvers Island, Antarctica.  Their journey has already spanned nearly two months since departing from home – Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in the Monterey Bay area. More …

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Higher Education for All

James M. Rosser
President
California State University, Los Angeles

Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser greets prospective CSU students from the congregation of the New Covenant Baptist Church in Norwalk.

Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser greets prospective CSU students from the congregation of the New Covenant Baptist Church in Norwalk.

Like many of the thousands of CSU employees, alumni, students, and, of course, our partners in church congregations across the state, I placed high hopes on the Super Sunday effort and our collective aspirations of encouraging more young African Americans to enroll in college.

From those very first town hall meetings that inspired the CSU African American Initiative, to now our eighth year in this effort, our success is more than apparent; it is applauded and serves as a model for educational outreach and change across the nation.

Next month, when I again stand in front of a congregation to discuss the Road to College and the life-enriching benefits of a college degree, I look forward to making meaningful connections with the young people and those for whom this information is so critical. For some, shedding a little more light on the path is all that is needed. For others, the information is a call to action.
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The Point Sur

The Point Sur photographed from the coast as it departs for Antartica under cloud cover

On November 29, the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories’ (MLML) Research Vessel Point Sur and its crew departed for Antarctica to provide sea-going support to a number of National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research teams from around the country.

Below is the first blog entry from the Point Sur’s voyage:

The Point Sur’s home is Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in the Monterey Bay area, but she will be steaming to new foreign ports and traveling over 8,000 miles before reaching the final destination of Palmer Station in Antarctica. This is a very exciting time for the crew in Marine Operations and the entire MLML community!

In Antarctica, we will be supporting various scientific research groups for two months. We will be there in the “summer” as it is the only time of the year a vessel of like ours can navigate around the Palmer peninsula. This is a historic voyage for the Sur and we are proud to be part of supporting science in one of the most remote and dynamic places in the world.

Throughout this journey we will be reporting on the adventure. Look for future posts to learn about the current transit, how we prepared for the trip, what science is happening in the Antarctic region, our cast of characters and, of course, lots of spectacular photos!

Last week, the day the Point Sur departed, one of our local news channels, KION, aired an in-depth report which was an exciting way to profile the beginning of our epic journey.

We will be back with more updates soon, in the meantime, take part in following the Point Sur’s progress underway with the vessel tracker on our website.

CSU Voices and View will also follow the Point Sur – posting images and captions of the ship and crew’s journey.  Below is the first of those images.

The Point Sur, cruising along the coast of Mexico and getting ready to pass Acapulco, is treated to a gorgeous sunset as it sails South.

This photo was taken by India Grammatica who is the relief cook handling the transit South.

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Called to Serve

Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper
President, California Maritime Academy

President Cropper and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood during LaHood's recent visit to The California Maritime Academy

President Cropper and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood during LaHood's recent visit to The California Maritime Academy

Great organizations lead with best-in-the-world attributes.  The California Maritime Academy is a world leader in “pracademics” — the practical reinforcement of academics by real world application.  Cadets seamlessly go from learning metallurgical concepts in the classroom to creating functioning parts on the Training Ship Golden Bear.  Intellectual learning is tested throughout summer training cruises under the guidance of strong faculty and proven maritime professionals.  Cal Maritime is exemplary of a devotion to hands-on learning that one encounters on all Cal State campuses.  I know the power of this type of education — I have personally witnessed the tremendous benefits of the CSU approach as the proud father of a son who completed his Cal Maritime degree and a daughter who is finishing at San Diego State. More …

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Training for Life

By Travis Fugate
CSU Monterey Bay student
Army Veteran of the Iraq War

Travis Fugate sits on a bench accompanied by his black Labrador service dog, Mr. Fess.

Travis Fugate sits on a bench accompanied by his black Labrador service dog, Mr. Fess.

I was able to see the world around me for most of my life.

At the age of most students at CSU Monterey Bay, I was driving cars and playing video games.  I had an experience of life that was similar to the one they know.  Then I made the fateful decision to serve in the Kentucky National Guard.  I expected that decision to change my life, but I had no idea how different things would become.

An ethos that defines the military experience is success through training.  A person is almost infinitely capable if they commit to train.  I believe this and face every day with the determination to learn.

This determination served me well as a soldier stateside and in Iraq.  Something often forgotten in discussions about the military is the level of responsibility entrusted to young people.  Soldiers who are still teenagers are making critical decisions in the field.  Training is key to making the right choice in the heat of the moment. More …

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