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    MESA Culture of Effective Leadership Scholarship

    Critical for MESA Creators is knowledge of the Culture of Effective Leadership - this is a collection of 3 books that are essential for leadership development. To truly become effective leaders, the challenge for all MESA Creators is to own the Culture of Effective Leadership - this means: purchase the books, read the books, gain knowledge from the books, apply the knowledge gained, and build the wisdom that is necessary for leaders!

    The Culture of Effective Leadership has the following books:

    1. Leading Change (Author: John P. Kotter)
    2. The Culture of Collaboration (Author: Evan Rosen)
    3. Crucial Conversations (Authors: Patterson, Grenny, McMillan & Switzler)

    In Spring 2012, MESA Creators will have an opportunity to increase their knowledge about effective leadership and earn a $500 MESA Culture of Effective Leadership Scholarship. To participate, MESA Creators will be required to read the 3 books in the Culture of Effective Leadership and write an essay. The application deadline will be 12 noon, May 4, 2012.

    In addition, we will kickoff the MESA "Culture of Effective Leadership" Book Club this Spring. The Club will meet on the last week of the month (on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning) to discuss each of the books in the Culture of Effective Leadership. A City College professor will facilitate the discussion at each meeting, beginning with the Spring Kickoff. The purpose of the Spring Kickoff is to discuss Book Club guidelines and strategies for effectively reading and enjoying the books. Here is the tentative Club schedule:

    • January 27, 10-11 am @ MESA Center - Spring Kickoff (Facilitator: English Professor Paul Alexander)
    • February 29, 2:30-3:30 pm @ MESA Center -
      Book: Leading Change (Facilitator: Lance Soukhaseum, Tutorial Center Director)
    • March TBA - Book: The Culture of Collaboration (Facilitator: English Professor Oscar Preciado)
    • April 25, 2:30-3:30 pm @ MESA Center -
      Book: Crucial Conversations (Facilitator: Dr. Luis Perez, Puente Program Director)

    More than scholars, the MESA Program creates leaders! Good luck!

    Learn more about the Culture of Effective Leadership and the Spring 2012 scholarship.


    What is research? Fall 2012 Research Presentations

    Announcing the Fall 2012 schedule of research presentations, presented by MESA Program students:

    These presentations will:

    • Address the topic of “What is Research?”
    • Highlight current research at SDSU and UCSD
    • Identify research opportunities at SDSU, UCSD and USD

    See the "What is Research?" flyer for details.

    Twenty MESA students (10 from City College and Southwestern College, each) attended a 1-week Research Academy at San Diego State University (SDSU) in July 2012. The Academy was designed as a "trainer the trainer academy for understanding 'what is research?'" The Academy was designed and implemented by 3 SDSU graduate research students. The Academy schedule included:

    • Monday: Training on the research process and how to give a research presentation, including information on research opportunities at SDSU, UCSD and USD
    • Tuesday - Thursday: Students, assigned in teams of 4 (2 from City College and Southwestern College, each), conducted an "investigative shadow" of ongoing research projects at SDSU or UCSD
    • Friday: Each research team presented a 1-hour presentation on their assigned research project. The students evaluated each other using a presentation rubric.

    Beyond the Research Academy, each of the teams (in pairs) is responsible for presenting their research experience at City College and Southwestern College. In addition, each research presentation will be given to MESA pre-college programs in San Diego and Imperial County. A total of 20 presentations will be conducted in Fall 2012.

    This project is led by the San Diego MESA Alliance (San Diego City College, Southwestern College & SDSU), with funding provided by the California Space Grant Consortium – a NASA sponsored program.

    Research Academy Training Materials

    Additional Miscellaneous Documents


    Progress Reports = Dress 4 Success

    During progress report weeks, MESA Creators are invited to "dress 4 success" at least once. When you dress for success, you feel good about yourself.  When you feel good about yourself, it makes it easier to speak with professors about your progress in classes.

    It is simple to "dress 4 success": wear business casual clothing!  For men - this means slacks and a collared shirt.  For women - this means slacks or a skirt and a blouse.

    Progress report weeks are:

    • Week 4: September 10-14
    • Week 8: October 8-12
    • Week 12: November 5-9

    For more information on progress reports, view the "Benefits of Progress Reports" video.

    Dress for success and look like a MESA Creator!


    MESA Legacy: Barry Cordero, SHPE National Vice President

    Congratulations to Barry Cordero for being elected as 2011-2012 SHPE National Vice President!!!!!!

    While at City College, Barry was Vice President of the SHPE Chapter that won national outstanding medium chapter of the year! Barry transferred to UCSD in 2004. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Bioengineering. He is currently a Principal Project Engineer at Medtronic in Minneapolis.

    He is a role model and inspiration for all of us! MESA Creators make dreams come true!


    Legacy of the AWIS San Diego Scholars

    The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a national organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.  Since 2003, six remarkable young women from the San Diego City College Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program have received a $1,000 scholarship from AWIS San Diego.  Overcoming life challenges – first in their family to attend college, low income, single mom or military veteran, this is their inspiring story of transfer, achievement and success! Most recently in 2012, MESA Creator Hue Simone, a mathematics major, was awarded the AWIS Scholarship. The previous five MESA Creators who received the AWIS scholarship have earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in Math, Engineering and Science areas, and they have all gone on to graduate study, including 1 Masters program and 4 Ph.D. programs at Harvard University, University of North Florida, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyStanford University and Rice University!

    Click here to meet these amazing MESA Creators!

    Handout: Legacy of the AWIS San Diego Scholars (PDF)


    Bridging the Gap - Forbes Magazine & NBC 7/39

    November 22, 2011 - San Diego City College MESA Program Director Rafael Alvarez was interviewed by NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine, in response to a Forbes Magazine article on Hispanics in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Below are links to the Forbes article and NBC 7 video. Also included in the video is a San Diego State University MESA student and President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) – SDSU Chapter.

    Article – Forbes Magazine, Tuesday, November 22
    Are Hispanics America’s Next Great STEM Innovators?

    Video – “As seen on” NBC 7, Tuesday, November 22:
    Bridging the Gap: There are high paying, professional jobs for college graduates, but not enough qualified people to fill them.


    Internships/Research Opportunities

    You learn the fundamentals in the classroom. This knowledge is very important. It creates your foundation. But there is more learning that takes place outside the classroom!

    Research programs and industry internships give you fantastic opportunities to expand your knowledge and gain valuable experience - wisdom! There are many research and internship opportunities waiting for you. Find your future. You won't know what is possible, unless you apply.

    In particular, did you know? The National Science Foundation (NSF) has research programs in math, engineering and science for undergraduate students, and these programs give priority to community college students! The programs are known as REU's (Research Experience for Undergraduates). Special thanks to Xuemei Wang - Education Coordinator @ UCSD Engineering Research Center - Center for Integrated Access Networks, for visiting City College to present her REU on Integrated Optics for Undergraduates. Learn more, see the REU website for Xuemei's REU program or see the NSF website for all available REU's at many top universities thoughout the country. The deadline to apply is in February. Apply early! Note: Xuemei is in the center of the announcement picture, surrounded by many MESA Creators.

    Learn more, see the Other Internships/Research webpage under Industry Exposure -  Academic, Personal, Professional Development



    Scholarship deadlines are coming up! Apply. Apply. Apply! Deadlines vary. APPLY NOW!

    Learn more, see the Scholarships webpage under Academic, Personal, Professional Development


    California Connects

    The San Diego City College MESA Program is a participant in California Connects, part of a national effort to expand access to broadband technology and increase digital literacy in underserved communities. Participating MESA students will receive digital literacy training and will serve as Community Trainers to engage and educate our communities. In addition to experiencing an empowering community service opportunity, MESA students will receive Microsoft certification, earn a Digital Literacy Community Trainer Certificate and receive an HP laptop computer. Community Trainer volunteers are needed for this Spring program. Learn more, see the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program webpage.


    2011 MESA Summer Team Internships - Application Deadline: March 1, 2012

    The MESA Summer Team Internship program is an excellent opportunity for students to develop new skills, gain experience working in science and engineering firms, collaborate in a team, and build relationships with potential employers. Students will be placed in teams of 2-4 students. Summer internships will occur between May and August. Participating students will receive a $1,250 stipend for completing the 100 hour internship. For more information, please see the internship website and internship application.


    Industry Exposure - Career InfoNet

    Industry Exposure is a key part of the professional development for all MESA creators. How much do you know about your career choice? Visit CareerOneStop - America's Career InfoNet to increase your career knowledge. Every MESA Creator must be familiar with this website! This is a fantastic site for finding an "occupation profile" for your career choice. Occupation profiles include an occupation description, career video, wage information, employment trends, important knowledge, skills & abilities, tools & technology, eduation and training, and much more! Enter your desired occupation in the "site search" window, then choose the occupation(s) that best matches your interests.

    Also, visit the Industry Exposure page on the MESA Program website for other information.


    MESA Hour

    Every Friday from 12 pm - 1 pm in the MESA Center!

    Come join us for an hour of music and relaxation as a way to celebrate the end of another week!  MESA monthly birthdays are also celebrated during MESA Hour on the first Friday of each month.