Welcome Back MESA Students ~ Fall 2017!
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 2017 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 for everyone.
- The MESA Center will be open throughout the term Monday through Wednesday 9AM – 6PM;
Thursday 9AM – 5PM; and Friday 9AM – 2PM.
- We will be continuing to offer Review Sessions, Organized Study Groups and tutoring
for your academic success. Students who regularly participate in this service earn
higher grades. You may review the schedule of session offerings as well as our tutor
availability at http://www.hancockcollege.edu/stem/tutoring-hours.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, Events 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 2018, please check your email regularly
for updates and deadline notifications from the MESA/STEM programs and the universities.
Make sure to stay connected to the MESA/STEM 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 deadline
to apply to university is November 30, but we encourage all our students to file their
application before Thanksgiving break. Stay tuned for me information and a step-by-step
outline to be emailed to you in late September from MESA/STEM
- We encourage all MESA students to get involved in the Science and Engineering Club
and/or the Math Club on campus. For more information, visit the STEM Center.
We look forward to seeing all you wonderful people in the MESA/STEM 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 2017!
Christine and Dorine
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