Welcome Back MESA Students ~ Fall 2015!
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 2015 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 good academic study habits.
- The MESA Center will be open throughout the term Monday through Wednesday 9AM – 6PM;
Thursday 9AM – 5PM; and Friday 9AM – 2PM. Fingers crossed, we are scheduled to move
to a new location on campus (M433 and M434) with the STEM Center (we will be “as one”)
in January. December may be a bit hectic as we prepare for that move. Your understanding
and patience is greatly appreciated.
- We will be continuing to offer supplemental instruction workshops for your academic
success. This term we are offering weekly review sessions for Physics 161, Physics
163, Biology 150, Biology 155, Biology 128, Engineering 161, Engineering 152, and
Chemistry 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
- All continuing 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 August and December 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 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 our website to review the times, dates, location,
- 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 “TAG You’re In” workshops in September and “UC and CSU Application”
workshops throughout October and November.
- If you are interested in participating in a club to strengthen your leadership and
student life skills, I encourage you to consider the Science and Engineering Club.
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 Fall 2015!
Christine and Dorine
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