Mesa's 50th anniversary party "Celebration on the Mesa" was a success!
A 'night of entertainment' was no understatement at Mesa's 50th anniversary party on October 3rd. Guests were entertained all night with amazing live music ensembles, accapella performers, a debate team battle, a preview of the theatre's current play Macbeth, fashion shows, and several dance performances. President Pam Luster went all out to fill the evening with good humor by dancing a comedy number with Mesa student dancers. The Mesa culinary students kept everyone going with delicious foods and "mocktails". The silent auction was a great success and lots of fun as almost everyone got something they bargained for. Guests enjoyed a nostalgic trip down memory lane with a historical slideshow to end the evening.Check out the pictures on facebook!
Mesa Homecoming 2013 kicks off at 5:00 p.m. in the East Athletics Plaza next to parking lot #3. Festivities include the alumni-sponsored Mesa Memory Booth, opportunity drawings, and more. Half-time activities include an introduction of 2013 alumni honoree Jeanne Lenhart, winner of the Pay-It-Forward Scholarship Opportunity Drawing, performances by the Mesa College Pep Band, and the popular t-shirt toss with the women’s volleyball team. Alumni and neighbors are also invited to tour of the campus at on Thursday, Oct.17. The college is being transformed through a voter-approved $450 million dollar capital bond improvement plan.
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 www.facebook.com/sandiegomesacollege).