Welcome Back MESA Students ~ FALL 2014! 

We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for another exciting and productive term in the MESA Program and in your courses.  We wanted to notify you of a few important items of business as you begin your fall 2014 term. 

  • Just a friendly reminder to please be respectful that the center is a STUDY center and your GPA is very important to your educational success.  We welcome group study and working together to support one another’s academic success.  Please respect your peers and behave in ways that promote your academic success and that of your peers. 
  • The MESA Center will be open throughout the term Monday through Wednesday 9AM – 6PM; Thursday 9AM – 5PM; and Friday 9AM – 2PM.  We are going to need your understanding this term as we transition into not having Dorine around.  For those of you who have not heard, Dorine received a well-deserved promotion.  She will now be coordinating services in the University Transfer Center in Building A.  She will always be a MESA supporter tried and true!  Please make sure to stop by the UTC and say hello to her.  Catalina will be filling in for her this semester as the STEM Center and the MESA Center make arrangements to be under one roof in a new location spring 2015 term. 
  • We will be continuing to offer supplemental instruction workshops for your academic success.  This term we are offering weekly review sessions and organized study groups for Physics 161, Physics 163, Biology 150, Biology 155, Biology 128, Engineering 170/171, Engineering 152, and Anthropology 101.  You may review the schedule of session offerings as well as our tutor availability  at 
  • All MESA students were mailed a letter from Christine in late June.   This is a very important letter and is mailed out annually.  It contains your personal MESA “To Do List”.  It is your responsibility as a MESA student to take care of your “To Do List.” All students have items that require action with deadline dates. If you have misplaced it, we have a copy in your file.   
  • If you haven’t met with Christine Reed, MESA Counselor/Coordinator recently, please make an appointment to do so.  It is important that every MESA student meet with her sometime between September and December to verify you are on track academically.  Please work with Catalina to schedule an appointment after the first two weeks of classes. 
  • If you have not had a chance to utilize the MESA website regularly, please get in the habit of checking it at least every two weeks for news and important information.  All MESA/STEM events, activities, field trips, and workshops are posted on the website, as well as the Review Sessions/Organized Study Groups and tutoring schedules.  There is also lots of other useful information.  You can access the website by visiting the main Hancock site and selecting MESA from the student services menu or the Quick Links.  Here is also a link to it: 
  • The STEM/MESA Activities and Workshop schedule for the term is completed and posted to the MESA website.  It is required that all MESA students attend at least 3 activities/workshops within the term.  If you are experiences difficulties attending, you must notify me and explain your circumstances.  We will be taking attendance and electronically keeping records of your MESA involvement.  I think you will find the workshops valuable and a good use of your time.  Please visit to review the times, dates, location, and topics.  
  • If you are planning to transfer to university fall 2015, please check your email regularly for updates and deadline notifications from the universities.  Make sure to stay connected to the MESA program as you prepare to transition to the next level (exciting!).  We will be holding “TAG You’re In” workshops in September and “UC and CSU Application” workshops throughout October and November.     
  • The MESA/STEM Club is on hold this year in order to allow us, as a team, to evaluate its focus and plan for the future. Christine will be looking for volunteers this year to join the STEM student team to bring the Club back in fall 2015. 

We look forward to seeing all you wonderful people in the MESA Center soon.  If there is anything we can do to help you get off to a great start this term, please feel free to let us know. 

Take Care and Happy Fall 2014! 

Christine and Dorine

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