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  • Mesa College Art Gallery Celebrates LatinX Heritage Month with, In Lak´ech: Tu eres mi otro yo, Featuring Artworks by Maria de Los Angeles and Ryan Bonilla

    September 27, 2022  |  Office of Communications

    San Diego, CA. – On Wednesday, September 28, San Diego Mesa College will hold a reception for In Lak’ech: Tu eres mi otro yo, featuring artworks by Maria de Los Angeles and Ryan Bonilla. The Reception will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., in the Mesa College Art Gallery (FA-103). In Lak’ech: Tu eres me otro yo (You are my other me) invokes a Mayan concept popularized by Chicano playwright Luis Valdez. This affirmation reflects a philosophy of caring and connecting with the human spirit of one another. This idea sets the tone for this two-person exhibit at the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month. Through evocative paintings, wearable dress sculptures and drawings, artist Maria de Los Angeles – a former Dreamer and community college student, who is now a Professor at Yale University - connects with America’s multiple selves: those of the immigrant, the refugee, the undocumented, the indigenous. She questions and breaks down racist stereotypes and tackles otherness and the concept of belonging. Sharing the space, Ryan Bonilla’s monotype prints and Polaroid installation titled “We are Misfits” are a celebration of alternative culture.

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    Filed Under: art gallery, Ryan Bonilla, Maria De Los Angeles, Art Exhibit

  • New president shares vision for Mesa

    September 22, 2022  |  Hana Marrone

    Joy and excitement fill the heart of the new Mesa College President, Dr. Ashanti Hands, now that students are back on campus. From Summer Cruise to the Olympian Olympics event, Hands says there are so many things to look forward to this year. When students are on campus, there is the unique opportunity to get to know people face to face on a level that online learning does not provide which is why Hands says, “I love doing this work and being able to interact with people. I think there’s just an energy that we’re able to bring into a space when we’re all together.” Through the “Listening and Learning Tour,” the Mesa College president is able to get an idea of the different opportunities and struggles of each department, which serves as a great reminder of why she does the work that she does.

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    Filed Under: Farmer's Market, Olympians, President Ashanti Hands

  • San Diego Mesa College Athletics Trainer Saves Life of Senior Runner

    September 22, 2022  |  Office of Communications

    San Diego - On Sunday, September 18, 2022, San Diego Mesa College Athletic Trainer, Yuki Matsuzawa, along with two students and a coach, helped save the life of a 66 year old athlete, who collapsed on field after his event during the annual Senior Games Track Meet held on campus at Merrill Douglas Stadium.

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    Filed Under: Athletic Training, Exercise Science

  • In Response to Recent Enrollment Boost, Mesa College has More Fall Classes Available

    September 09, 2022  |  Office of Communications

    San Diego, CA – Amidst nationwide declines in enrollment, San Diego Mesa College has recently seen an uptick in enrollments and registration in Fall 2022 short-term and late-start classes that are specifically designed to meet student needs. Mesa College offers over 100 courses that are short-terms (less than the traditional 16 weeks) and are also “late-start”, meaning that those classes begin weeks or even months after the traditional August semester start. Short term classes are a great option for working students, and allow student to earn units much more quickly. Many of these courses prepare students for local careers, which will have a direct positive impact on the local economy. California's community colleges such as Mesa College have added $128.2 billion in income to the California economy.

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    Filed Under: In The News, short-term classes, Enrollment

  • Dr. Isabel O´Connor, San Diego Mesa College Vice President, Announced as a 2022-23 Fellow of HACU´s Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo

    September 06, 2022  |  Office of Communications

    SAN ANTONIO – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is pleased to announce the 39 fellows who will be part of the fourth cohort of its Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo, which includes Dr. Isabel O’Connor, Vice President of Instruction at San Diego Mesa College. The program is designed to increase diverse representation in executive and senior-level positions in higher education. Fellows participate in an array of leadership development activities preparing them for leadership roles in the full spectrum of institutions of higher learning, with an emphasis on Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Emerging HSIs.

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    Filed Under: Isabel O'Connor, HACU, Hispanic Serving Institutions

  • In-Depth: Community Colleges see post-pandemic enrollment boost

    August 31, 2022  |  Jared Aarons

    At Mesa College in San Diego, Vice President of Student Instruction Isabel O'Connor noticed something this fall that she hasn't seen in years. "As I was driving to campus, there was a lot of traffic," she says. "And I was just so thrilled to see that." Traffic issues aside, community college administrators across San Diego are thrilled to see enrollment numbers rise this year, following nearly five years of annual declines. "It almost feels like we're at a crossroads now and people are ready to re-enroll in college," says Dr. Mark Sanchez, the President and Superintendent of Southwestern Community College.

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    Filed Under: Enrollment, In The News, Mesa Students

  • Mesa College Art Gallery Reception and Exhibition: The Shape of Color, the Weight of Light, August 25

    August 25, 2022  |  Office of Communications

    San Diego, CA. – Today, San Diego Mesa College will hold a reception for The Shape of Color, the Weight of Light, featuring artworks by Kaori Fukuyama, Christian Garcia-Olivo, and Melissa Walter. San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery hosts this exhibition of pictorial and sculptural investigations on color, light and texture, featuring recent artworks by San Diego-based artists Christian Garcia-Olivo, Kaori Fukuyama and Melissa Walter. The exhibition will run August 22 – September 8, 2022. Artist Kaori Fukuyama will hold a Gallery Talk on Friday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m., with Gallery walk-throughs and talks on Wednesday, August 31 at 3:00p p.m. and Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m.

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    Filed Under: Art Exhibit, latest news

  • San Diego Mesa College Listed by Best Universities as one of the Top Five "Best Fashion Design Schools in California"

    August 22, 2022  |  Office of Communications

    Best Universities’ latest publication includes new rankings of the top fashion design schools in California, which includes San Diego Mesa College in the top five. Designed for students looking to complete or further their education, the rankings evaluate fashion design programs in California. In order to create the list of the best fashion design schools in California, Best Universities has collected college data sourced from the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

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    Filed Under: Fashion Design Program, San Diego Mesa College Fashion Program