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June 2015 Newsletter

As the academic year comes to a close, OASIS is sending off our graduates and preparing for our annual summer transition programs. Below you will find events to participate in for the upcoming month.

Upcoming Events

Triton 5K 

Join us for the OASIS Summer Bridge Team for the Triton 5K on Saturday, June 6, 2015. It would be nice to see you all at our SB tent at the finish line for a mini informal reunion!

Alumni Weekend 

Check out various events for UCSD alumni from June 4–7, 2015.

Alumni Spotlights


Desmond Fletcher | 1983

Workers Compensation Claim Administrator in Insurance

He is on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Long Beach, the board of a nonprofit adult softball league, and inducted into the softball hall of fame. Desmond grew up in South Central Los Angeles with a single parent but had a lot of input from his grandparents, uncles and aunts. He returned to Los Angeles after graduating has been able to travel extensively for softball and personal leisure. He has been to about 36 states and 5 continents (Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North America) and plans to go to South America next year.

Email: Blklbc@aol.com


Lydia Zendejas | 1990

MESA Director/ Undergraduate Advisor at UC Santa Cruz, Jack Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE)

Lydia is a collaborative team member and strong advocate for students. She advises students on the various undergraduate degrees in the School of Engineering and prospective and current students regarding academics and degree standing. She directs the MESA Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP), including overseeing the academic services, budget allocation of external funds, resource development and evaluation methods of the program.She serves as program director for the annual Engineering Summer Bridge Program for incoming underrepresented engineering students.

Email: chicana_eagle@hotmail.com 


Stephaney Smith | 2000

Hardware Quality Assurance Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)

After graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, she was hired by the U.S. Air Force as an Electronic Warfare Test Engineer. She tested global hawk payloads and F-35 sensors, then worked as a Project Lead Engineer at Edwards Air Force Base's anechoic chamber. She currently works on the Mars 2020 rover at JPL after gaining her Masters in Mechanical Engineering at CSULA. She is always eager to learn and enjoying what life has to offer.


Samantha Acuña | 2010

Law and Business student at University of Hastings

Samantha will be interning for an international business law firm in Bangkok, Thailand this summer. She is currently part of the student body government, a diverse organization, and planning on joining more organizations on campus. Samantha is fairly well-traveled, covering 6-7 continents. Her job experiences in the past include working for law firms and being a business developer of big tech companies.

Email: samanthacuna@gmail.com