Happy Thanksgiving!

26 11 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Whether you are having a vegan feast or a traditional dinner, whether you are at home or away, we wish you a wonderful, restful, celebratory holiday full of love, joy, friendship, and good food!

If you find yourself inspired to contribute to some of the NDNU efforts this holiday, there are boxes on campus for NDNU’s “Thanksgiving in the Park” event and you can still drop off edible perishables at the cafeteria (I left two pumpkin pies yesterday; yum!)  Scroll down this blog or check your student email if you’d like details about how to join the effort in Golden Gate Park or to get involved preparing or serving dinner at a Table of Plenty event in Half Moon Bay.

Good luck with your final papers and research projects.  Only two weeks of fall semester classes left when we return next week!

PS:  Still need to register for spring?  No worries… email your advisor for an appoinment and we’ll get you squared away.


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Alumni Spotlight: Al Pardini New East Palo Alto Police Chief

25 11 2014

Al PardiniAl Pardini graduated from our Human Services program in 2010 and we are thrilled to celebrate his appointment as East Palo Alto’s Chief of Police. A link to more information about Chief Pardini and this appoinment is here; congratulations, Chief!


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Professional Certificates To Be Offered Spring 2015

18 11 2014
certificateThe School of Business and Management is thrilled to announce two certificate programs for spring, 2015: Leadership and Performance Coaching and Human Resource Management. These certificates are composed of courses offered on the weekends. They do not count toward a degree, but are a handy supplement to a resume and are taught by excellent faculty with experience in each field.



Leadership and Performance Coaching:

The Program is designed for those looking at a career in HR, for managers who want to understand how to effectively manage their employees, and for senior managers who want to understand their HR responsibilities and how to create and monitor effective HR systems. Program content includes:

  • decreasing operational costs
  • key functional areas for profit and non-profit organizations

o  increasing organizational effectiveness through the use of the technology of performance management including risks manager requirements for organizations

  • managing within the law and managing a diverse work force
  • international human resource management concepts

See the flyer for more information: Leadership Certificate

Human Resource Management:

This certificate program offered by the School of Business and Management addresses the “best practices” in this demanding field through an up-to-date evidence-based management approach to program development. The program is taught over four Saturdays with a one-week break in between classes, a format that has been very successful for working individuals. Students have the option of registering for an additional two-week session to receive an International Human Resource Management Certificate. The program is designed for those looking at a career in HR, for managers who want to understand how to effectively manage their employees, and for senior managers who want to understand their HR responsibilities and how to create and monitor effective HR systems.

See the flyer for more information: HR CERTIFICATE

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Strategies for Finding Jobs

17 11 2014

Job WantedWhere are the Jobs?  We found this article and wanted to share its suggestions to achieve full time employment in this odd economy.  Seems well timed to our presentation at Canada Community College tomorrow (5-6PM, Room 101-2, Building 6), in case you know people who are interested in learning more about options for finishing a degree.  Doing so isn’t a guarantee of a job, but it does help improve prospects.  Here’s a flyer to share if you know anyone interested:  exploring careers event


It’s been an ongoing question nobody has a good answer to: Why don’t more people feel good about the economy given the drop in the unemployment rate to nearly pre-recession levels?

Well, according to the latest survey from CareerBuilder, it’s because many part-time workers who want permanent, full-time employment simply can’t find it.

According to the study, it’s pretty simple: 32 percent of part-time workers say they want to work full-time but haven’t been able to land a full-time job.

A struggle to find full-time work

Of those part-timers, 31 percent say they are the sole breadwinner in their household, and 39 percent say they struggle to make ends meet financially. One in four part-time workers who want full-time jobs said they currently work two or more jobs.

Think about that for a minute: One-third of all part-time workers want to take on full-time work but either can’t find it or don’t get hired when they do.

“Though we’re seeing an uptick in full-time, permanent hiring, many workers are still having difficulty finding positions in their field of expertise,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, in a press release about the survey.

She adds: “For some, a part-time job is just a means to a paycheck; for others, it’s a preferred work arrangement or stepping stone. Those looking to make the transition to full-time employment should approach a part-time job as an opportunity to learn a new skill set, make new professional connections or explore a new career path. In addition, they should seek out companies they are interested in working for and join their talent networks so they will be first to hear about new job openings with those companies.”

Why they can’t find a regular job

That all sounds good, but easier said than done — particularly when you look at some of the reasons why part-time workers give for why they can’t find full-time, permanent work:

  • There aren’t as many jobs available in my field as there were pre-recession (given by 54 percent);
  • I don’t have the skills necessary for in-demand jobs (51 percent);
  • I haven’t looked for full-time jobs on a regular basis ( 31 percent);
  • I don’t have the education needed (29 percent).

And just in case you are thinking that these part-timers aren’t really all that motivated, consider this: The survey also found that the majority of these workers (62 percent) say they would be willing to work without pay for an organization for a period of time to prove the value they can bring as a full-time employee.

Click here for the rest of the article, which comes from TLNT, the Business of HR

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Transfer Credit Agreements

17 11 2014

ask-an-advisor1It is November and you have (or will soon) register for spring 2015 classes.  Perhaps you are also interested in taking a lower division requirement at a community college and you want to make sure it transfers.  Be sure to check this handy list of the current transfer credit agreements.  And if you lose this link, it will be posted under the “Helpful Links” tab above!

Have any other questions or need more information?  That’s why we are here!  Just let us know….  Happy Monday!

Get Out Your Calendars! Events and Activities On and Off Campus

11 11 2014

Happy Veteran’s Day, with appreciation for all those who have served and special acknowledgement to the men and women of the armed forces who are part of NDNU.

Veteran Day 2014



 native amAt the Library All Month:  Native American Heritage Month Display.  Come and see our Library display celebrating Native American Heritage Month.






Thursday, November 13, 2014, in the Cunningham Chapel:  NDNU’s Students for Interfaith Committee is proud to host the following guests for a panel discussion:

  •  Anne Symens-Bucher, Canticle Farm
  • Davin Wentworth-Thrasher, Ecology Center of San Francisco
  • Elijah Reynolds, Santa Clara University
  • Jacob Kraybill, Interfaith Power and Light
  • Lauren Van Ham, Chaplaincy Institute

Fair Trade refreshments to follow…. All are welcome!

Art as a TransformativeSaturday, November 15, 6-9PM, Taube Center: Art as a Transformative Experience.  Come hear speakers from Drexel University, Stanford, and NDNU speak about Art Therapy and enjoy a display of doctoral-student art.  See flyer to the left for more info.


job boot campJob Hunters Boot Camp
Sponsored by Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Friday Nov. 21, 9:30 am-1:00 pm
San Mateo Event Center, Fiesta Hall
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo

Mark your calendars! If you are unemployed, looking for a better job or a career change, this is a must attend event. More than 30 employers with job openings have already signed up to participate and the list is growing every day. The six workshops will include topics such as perfecting your interviewing skills, getting unstuck in your job search, challenges faced by mature workers, new college graduates, and veterans, networking, and best practices on LinkedIn. Sign up here!

From Dr. Cheryl Joseph:  Some of you have already inquired about the Thanksgiving Picnic in Golden Gate Park this year. I am pleased to say that we are celebrating this event wherein we gather together as the NDNU community with the 200+ homeless individuals who reside in the Park for the 24th year in succession. Very soon, you will see donation boxes available throughout campus with a list of items we will need to make the picnic a success again this year. Monetary donations are always appreciated and can be dropped off either at my office (SJ110) or at the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center. Checks should be made out to “Sr. Dorothy Stang Center” with a notation on the memo line that reads “Thanksgiving Picnic.”
More important than your donations, however, is your participation in this community-wide event. We hope to see you at the Picnic itself on Thanksgiving Day anytime from 11AM-2PM off Stanyan Street between Haight and Oaks Streets. Alternately, we’d like to have your involvement in the food preparation which will take place in our cafeteria kitchen on Tues., Nov. 25 and Wed., Nov. 26 from 5:30-8PM each night.
Though Gabby Reyes and the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center are responsible for organizing the Thanksgiving Picnic in Golden Gate Park this year, I am happy to answer any questions you might have.  Sincerely and in the spirit of Thanksgiving,  Cheryl Joseph
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Toy Drive: For incarcertated men and women in San Mateo County jails to give to their children.  Please bring an unwrapped toy for a child from newborn to 18 before December 5 to the entrance to the Chapel or to the drop box near Public Safety.
Fpulse-banneror more events, see also the NDNU Pulse, NDNU’s weekly student newsletter.
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Musical Arts at NDNU this Weekend

7 11 2014

NDNU MUsiciansCAMERATA, “Pictures at an Exhibition”
Friday, November 7, 7:30 pm, Cunningham Chapel
Director, Michael Schmitz

The Camerata Ensemble of instrumentalists presents arrangements of music by Modest Mussorgsky, written in 1874 in celebration of the artwork of Viktor Hartmann.

Student performers: Kuan Wen Chen, Brian Connor, Keith Fongheiser, India Hargett, Angelica Kamen, Terry Kitagawa, Susan Lin, Geena Morales, Tom Romero, Matthew Wang, Yang Yang
Special Guest Artists: Anna Sackmann (clarinet), Dr. Greg White (french horn)

Saturday, November 8, 7:30 pm, Taube Center
Directors, Debra Lambert & Daniel Lockert

Great songs and arias from musicals, operettas and operas, from 1788 to the present, from Paisiello and Debussy through Cole Porter, Sondheim, and the 2006 musical, “Chaplin.”

Student performers: Megan Bartlett, Andrea Butler, Juan Castro, Delaney Corbitt, Koffi Gassou, Tidy Gill, Brennah Kemmerly, Heidi Kobara, Sarah Lodick, Nicole Lopez-Hagan, Deanne Mandapat, Melanie Mardesich, Kodi Mattox, Khemya MitRahina, Elizabeth Neff, David Nuñez, Melissa Padilla, Aimée Puentes, John Rinaldi, Andrew Rotchadl, Samantha Sandy, Caroline Schauf, Michael Strelo-Smith, Brennan Whitaker, Jacquelyn Villena-Whitaker
At the piano: Daniel Lockert & Elizabeth Neff


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