News Release| CSULA, Cal State L.A.; Here We Come!; EPIC; America Reads; America Counts

Media Advisory: Friday, May 30, 2008; 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cal State L.A.’s labs, studios, gym and classrooms

 ‘Cal State L.A., Here We Come!’

Higher-ed intro day for 250 K-5th students

‘The sooner the better’ for children to see themselves in college – painting in art, skeletons in bio, cheering at pep rally


Note to editors and news directors:

As the Class of 2008 prepares to head on, Cal State L.A. will welcome about 250 students who just might be in the Classes of 2019 to 2025—and beyond. Coming from four Los Angeles Unified School District elementary schools, the kindergarten through fifth-grade students will be on campus Friday, May 30, for a Cal State L.A.-style school day. Reporters are welcome to join them. For assistance, call the contacts listed above.

After the students unload from the buses, they will scatter across campus for geography lessons, anthropology labs, painting classes, a marine biology “touch tank,” a health talk, a pep rally, athletics demonstrations and more.

The visit is the culmination of the Cal State L.A. Educational Participation in Communities (EPIC) program’s America Reads/America Counts program, in which 25 Cal State L.A. students provide academic assistance at the schools to children who are below grade level.

The schoolchildren will come from the following Los Angeles schools:

99th Street Elementary, 9900 S. Wadsworth St., 90002

            Ann Elementary, 126 E. Bloom St., 90012

           Hammel Elementary, 438 N. Brannick Ave., 90063

            Robert F. Kennedy Elementary, 4010 E. Ramboz Dr., 90063


WHAT:          “Cal State L.A., Here We Come!“ and 250 K-5th-grade students  

WHY:             “The sooner we are able to introduce higher education and all of its possibilities to children, the sooner they will begin to see themselves as future college students.” -- Event coordinator Victoria Mosqueda of EPIC.

WHEN:          Friday, May 30, 2008

                        9 - 9:30 a.m. :              buses arrive

                        9:30 a.m.:                     welcome in gym

                        10 a.m. - noon:           demos/activities; some highlights:

                                                                Anthropology lab, King Hall D 3069

                                                                Basketball demo, Gym

                                                                Art exercises in painting/drawing, Fine Arts 206

                                                                Biology (“touch tank,” skeleton exhibit), Biological Sciences

                          Noon - 12:45 p.m.    lunch in Golden Eagle food court

                          12:50 - 1:20 p.m.       Spirit Rally in gym


WHERE:        Various locations at California State University, Los Angeles. The University is located at the intersection of the 10 and 710 freeway.

# # #

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 200,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.