Campus Life Staff

Our Campus Life & Student Learning team is excited to work with students.  Below is the contact information and biography information for our team members. 

Campus Life & Student Learning Team

Alejandra Espinoza

Alejandra Espinoza
Campus Life and Student Learning Manager
Student Activities Center
East Campus Student Center Room 3
(209) 575-6479
espinozaa@yosemite.edu

 

Alejandra is the administrator who oversees all staff and operations of Campus Life Student Learning.  Under her leadership this past year, ASMJC has had one of the more successful years in its history.  She has guided ASMJC to their first balanced budget in over a decade, over 40 events, and many leadership training seminars. Prior to joining the Campus Life & Student Learning team, Alejandra was the coordinator for the EOP&S Bridge Program at MJC.

Alejandra is a graduate of Downey High School in  Modesto.  She is also an Alum of MJC, having earned her Associates of Art in Behavioral and Social Sciences.  She then transferred to CSU Stanislaus where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Communication Studies. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Counseling, also from CSU Stanislaus. 

When asked about the best part of her job, she replied “The best part of my job is the student interactions I have on a daily basis. My passion is education and helping in any way I can. As an MJC alumnus, I connect to our students and I know that sometimes we just need guidance and someone to listen when needed”.

Alejandra enjoys learning and spends her time away from work reading.  She is also active in the community with the Latino Community Roundtable, Hispanic Leadership Council, and Women Education Leadership League

When asked what advice she has for students, Alejandra replied, “College is a challenge, but it’s a challenge you can overcome. You might feel stressed and overwhelmed at times, but it’s important to remember your ultimate goals. Ask yourself every day ‘How bad do I want to succeed?’ and you’ll continue to pursue your dreams.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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John Griffin III
Program Assistant
Student Activities Center
East Campus Student Center Room 3
(209) 575-7992
griffinj@yosemite.edu
 

John oversees all the day-to-day activities in the  Student Activities Center on the MJC East Campus.  Those activities include overseeing student workers, ID Card production, the ASMJC Student Benefit Program, and assisting with ASMJC activities and events.  John has a passion for giving and helping.  John is always willing to go above and beyond to help students.  He is often seen walking a student through a process, or even escorting them to their destination. 

John is an alum of MJC, having earned his Associate of Arts in General Education.  John transferred to Brandman University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.

When asked about what is the best part of his job, John replied “Accomplishing goals such as helping students, answering questions, and being there for people. I like the fact that each day is different from the other rather than the old routine”.

John has many activities that keep him busy away from work.  John loves to barbecue and even creates his own special sauces. 

John is a mentor in a very successful youth mentoring program in the community for African American males called Project Uplift.  This program helps provide a pathway to college for at-risk teens.   John has also been giving in his spare time, having volunteered for the local Church in the Park.  

When asked what advice he has for students, John replied, “don’t waste time!  Be willing to learn about yourself, even if it hurts.  In the end, it will all help you reach your goals”.

 

 
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Mitch Miller
Student Center Technician
West Campus, Mary Stuart Rogers (MSR)
(209) 575-7994
millermi@yosemite.edu
 

Mitch is  the  Student  Center  Technician.  His duties include oversight of the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center on the  MJC West Campus. In addition to making sure all is well with the Game Room, computer lab, and front desk, Mitch is the person responsible for helping to make the magic happen for Campus Life events held in the Mary Stuart Rogers Building.  Mitch has played an integral role in helping upgrade many parts of the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Center. Upgrades include new scenic drapery, lighting, staging, a beautiful new podium, as well as new gaming systems for the game room.  Mitch graduated from Beyer High School in Modesto.  He has also completed coursework at Modesto Junior College and CSU Stanislaus.  Mitch’s passion for event technical planning is evident to any who are around him.  He can be found working sound and lighting for many MJC and Campus Life events such as the MJC African American Education Conference as well as the Campus Life Positive People Speaker Series.  When asked about the best part of his job Mitch stated, “I have a unique opportunity to use my knowledge, skills, and creativity to develop and foster an atmosphere of exploration, empowerment, and success in education. Watching the students I work with overcome their barriers and challenges, to achieve their goals to move forward with their lives is by far the most gratifying experience while working at MJC.”

 
 
 
Rebecca Tilger
 
Rebecca Tilger
Administrative Technician
Student Services
Morris Memorial Building Room 209
(209) 575-6057
tilgerr@mjc.edu
 

Rebecca is the Administrative Technician for Student Services. Her duties include processing paperwork and assisting with the Campus Life & Student Learning, Access & Outreach, Student Conduct, and Veterans Services departments. Rebecca was splitting her time with TRIO Student Support Services and Campus Life. Beginning October of 2018, she became a full-time team member with Campus Life. 

Rebecca was born in Merced and raised in Atwater. She graduated from Atwater High School. She completed vocational training courses in Microcomputers in Business and Medical Office Technology at Merced College and obtained a credential as a California Certified Medical Administrative Assistant. She worked for Merced College for 13 years as a Training Assistant for the Career Advancement Academy before joining Modesto Junior College in August of 2017.

When asked about the best part of her job, Rebecca stated "The best part of my job is helping students. It is the most rewarding part of what I do."    

 
 
 Carmen De La Cruz
 
Carmen De La Cruz
Program Specialist
Campus Life & Student Learning
Student Center East, Room 2
(209) 575-6704
delacruzm@mjc.edu
 

Carmen is the program specialist for Campus Life Student Learning. As part of her role, she is responsible for helping with ASMJC Events, Campus Clubs, Free Lunch on Wednesdays (FLOW), Positive Peoples Speaker Series, as well as part of the MJC Commencement committee.

Carmen started her education at Fresno City College and received her Associates in Liberal Arts and then transferred to CSU Fresno where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. She is also a graduate of CSU Stanislaus where she earned her Master’s in Public Administration.

Quote: The thing that I enjoy the most about my job is being able to help students in different capacities. I enjoy that I can be the mentor that I wish I had going through my education journey.

Carmen is also a volunteer with Stanislaus County Office of Education 6 Cups to College Mentoring Program where she mentors first-generation college students as they become High School seniors through their first year of college. Carmen also volunteers with Community Hospice where she provides companionship to patients who are diagnosed with a terminal illness. Carmen enjoys going to the beach and going on travel adventures.