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    November 5, 2004    
    Contact: Jean wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057


SSU Provides Early College Connection for
Under-Served High Schoolers in Roseland

Sonoma State University is paving the way for high-school students who fall below the federal poverty line in a southwest Santa Rosa charter school who want to strengthen their chances for a college education.

A program for students in an underserved community known morefor liquor sales and gang influence than high literacy ratesis opening at the Roseland University Preparatory School at Roseland Charter School.

Dr. Ruben Arminana, president of SSU, will be the keynote speaker at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 at an opening ceremony of the school located at 100 Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa. This event marks the official opening of the school where the first group of 80 ninth graders have already been accepted for admission. Joyce Chong, director of the University's Equal Opportunity Program, will also be on hand.

On Friday, Nov. 12, these students will visit SSU beginning at 8:50 a.m. for a day-long experience of the campus that includes a reception with Dr. Arminana, a campus tour, a panel discussion with the Latino/a student group MEChA, presentations from Upward Bound PreCollege Programs, EOP and University Admissions. Dr. Arminana will also host them at lunch. Arminana has promised students from this school that if they meet all academic criteria they will have a place at SSU.

For further information, contact Howard Willis, Director, Upward Bound Programs Sonoma State University (707) 664-4073 or Gail Ahlas, Principal, Roseland University Preparatory, Roseland School District, (707) 545-0102.


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