Welcome Back MESA Students ~ Spring 2016!
We hope you had a wonderful holiday break 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 spring 2016 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. Our long-awaited move to “one location”
with the STEM Center has been postponed until fall 2016.
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 110, 161, and 162; Biology 124, 150 and 154; Engineering 154, 156 and
170;, Computer Science 111 and 112; and Chemistry 140, 150, and 151. You may review
the schedule of session offerings as well as our tutor availability at http://www.hancockcollege.edu/mesa/aew-tutoring-schedules.php
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 January and May to verify you are on track academically. Please
work with Dorine 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: http://www.hancockcollege.edu/mesa/index.php
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 http://www.hancockcollege.edu/stem/documents/Calendar%20of%20Events.pdf
If you are planning to transfer to university fall 2016, 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 “Outta Here” workshops this term for those students accepted to universities
to help you in making a successful transition. Every MESA student who is preparing
to transfer fall 2016 is required to attend one of these workshops (and I think you
will find the experience invaluable).
We encourage all MESA students to get involved in the Science and Engineering Club
on campus. For more information, visit the STEM Center.
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 Spring 2016!
Christine and Dorine
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