Calling all Olympians to HOMECOMING 2013!

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Check back soon for information on the 2013 Homecoming event. If you are an alumnus and would like to get involved, please join the linked in group San Diego Mesa College Alumni, or call Lina Heil at 619-388-2759.

HOMECOMING 2012: A Great Day to Be an Olympian!
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Amid cheers and glittering blue pom-pons, the San Diego Mesa College Olympians made sure that the first homecoming game in school history on October 20th was one to remember. Grads, students and friends mingled during pre-game activities held at the new East Athletics Plaza at the Merrill Douglas Stadium. The event included a Mesa Memory Booth, a trivia game, and a scholarship opportunity drawing. Half-time was devoted to celebrating Mesa’s winning athletic teams, Olympian scholar athletes, and a presentation of the Chet DeVore Trophy.

For alumna Maryanne Hernandez, it was a “sweet homecoming.”

“My mother and I represent two generations of Mesa graduates, and I plan to keep this family legacy of education going,” said

Hernandez, who attended the game with her mom, father and nephew. “It was an education received with appreciation.... Mesa’s in my heart for life!”

Charles “Buddy” Farnsworth, Mesa College’s first Student Body President, Class of 1964, was the Homecoming alumni honoree. He flipped the traditional coin toss, which went to Victor Valley. To the crowd’s delight, the Olympians held its lead into the fourth quarter. In tense closing moments, and after giving up a two-yard touchdown run, the Mesa defense stopped a game-tying two -point conversion attempt. Mesa recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the win.

The athletes weren’t the only winners. Winning the scholarship opportunity drawing that totaled $410 was Jordan Hands, daughter of Ashanti Hands, Mesa’s Dean of Student Affairs. The beaming 11-year-old said she was thrilled, and that she wants to create a scholarship that rewards college students for doing good things in their community. (See more photos at