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Cal State L.A. - Public Affairs Office News Release - ACCESS

January 22, 1998



Margie Yu,
Public Affars Asst.
(323) 343-3047


of Events





Cal State L.A. Hires Students to Coordinate ACCESS Center Programs

Los Angeles, CA -- January 22, 1998 -- The ACCESS Center at California State University, Los Angeles recently hired three new staff members who will serve as coordinators for the Bravo Medical Magnet University Preparatory Program (UPP), Crenshaw-Dorsey ACCESS Scholars Program, and the Middle School Science Scholars Program, respectively. They are: Manuel Gallegos, Njeri Spencer, and James Carroll. All three are Cal State L.A. students.

Los Angeles resident Manuel Gallegos is the University Preparatory Program coordinator for Bravo Medical Magnet High School. He is working toward a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and is an undergraduate researcher in Cal State L.A.'s Physics Department. He has worked with youth and on special events for the Hollenbeck Police Business Council Recreation Department. One of his unique qualifications is that he participated in the Cal State L.A.-Lincoln High School University Preparatory Program.

Gallegos' honors include Youth Ambassador to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the 1994-1995 Paul Gonzales Kid of the Year Award. He is active in the MESA Engineering Program and the Society of Hispanic Engineers and Science Students at Cal State L.A.

His job responsibilities include acting as the primary contact at the Bravo Medical Magnet UPP site. He will develop professional relationships with high school administrators, teachers, and campus support staff as well as organize and maintain records.

Los Angeles resident Njeri Spencer is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at Cal State L.A. She has created and organized science curriculum for grammar school children and, as a counselor with the UCLA Bruin Kids, supervised activities for young campers.

Spencer has worked with the Los Angeles Children's Museum as an assistant manager and a member of the exhibition staff. She also represented the museum in several of its community outreach programs. As coordinator of the Crenshaw-Dorsey Cluster ACCESS Scholars Program, her new responsibilities parallel Gallegos'. She will coordinate all aspects of the ACCESS Center pipeline and organize and maintain records.

Previously a San Diego resident, James Carroll is a recent graduate of UC San Diego. He holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. Carroll is a graduate student at Cal State L.A. working towards a master's degree in criminalistics.

Carroll has worked as a laboratory technician and researcher in UC San Diego's Department of Medicine and in the Community Service Officer Program with the University of California's Police Department. He has tutored underrepresented minorities in mathematics and basic science.

His new responsibilities as ACCESS Center Middle School Science Scholars (MS3) coordinator include managing applications, meetings, and field trips. He will coordinate all aspects of the month-long, residential Science Camp that takes place on the Cal State L.A. campus and is designed for middle-school students.

For more information on the ACCESS Center at Cal State L.A., call (323) 343-5173.


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