Journeys of Purpose

11 12 2014

Journeys of PurposeFrom Dr. Therese Madden, Human Services Program Director:

I recently published a book called, Journeys of Purpose, Inspired by Wisdom, Fueled by Imagination, which is now available on The book is about the journeys of individuals who have found purpose in their work and my work on it began with my own curiosity about how people find satisfaction in work and their process for developing their own understanding of purpose. The book is based on amazing research conversations that I had with extraordinary (and yet ordinary) people who live rich lives imbued with purpose.  Their shared revelations were diverse from one another and yet contained common threads of wisdom that were quite different from what I Gibranwould have anticipated.

One of my favorite quotes is one I took a picture of many years ago at the Kahil Gibran garden in Washington, D.C. This well-known Lebanese poet he tells us that “work is love made visible.” In the context of my research, I defined work broadly as activity that we engage and the individuals with whom I spoke include both their paid employment and other activities – parenting, relationships, volunteer activities – in their reflections. They also include insight about the way that their relationships with God influence their journeys.
I am deeply honored that people took the time to talk with me about their journeys. You may recognize the voices of some who shared their stories, which are each individually quite different, but which together inspire with their wisdom.
Recently, my friend Jill in New Zealand shared an article that relates to this topic.  It takes a less serious tone (some might find it downright irreverent) and poses provocative and interesting questions to ask ourselves when searching for life purpose.  By Mark Mason, the article is titled, “Seven Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose.”  I found them intriguing and would love your input about whether they are valuable.
Here’s a bit more of a description about Journeys of Purpose, Inspired by Wisdom, Fueled by Imagination:
Knowing that we each have a purpose and living our lives in fulfillment of that purpose provides us with a sense of confidence, of satisfaction, and of direction that guides the development of our values, the decisions that we make about our lives and the way that we conduct our relationships with others. Often, people struggle with the process of discerning life’s meaning and many make great ongoing efforts throughout their lives both to unravel the depths of that purpose and to align their actions so that their values, their decisions, and their work represent a consistent manifestation of their authentic being. These stories share wisdom from those who have engaged this search, seeking inspiration from their satisfaction and joy, insight from their challenges, and understanding about the nature of a journey of purpose from the uniqueness of their individual experiences. The implications include insight for others who seek greater purpose in their work. The stories inspire, inform, and provide the foundation for future action by creating new worlds full of joy and satisfaction.

What insights have you gained about your own journey thus far?  Do you consider yourself to be on a Journey of Purpose?  If so, what have you learned about yourself through your journey?  How does your wisdom inform your imagination about your future?

Job Opportunity: CuriOdyssey

9 12 2014

curiOCuriOdyssey is a science and wildlife center that gives children real-world experiences with inquiry and investigation. We provide visitors with the opportunity to explore interactive science exhibits and have up-close encounters with native California animals. Our offerings include in-house designed and fabricated science exhibits, a native animal zoo, wildlife programming, and science classes and camps.

CuriOdyssey has a job opening for a full-time Membership Manager. The deadline to apply is January 5, 2015. See this link for more information:
Membership Manager
The Membership Manager is responsible for CuriOdyssey’s membership program to achieve revenue goals, provide exceptional member service and support the CuriOdyssey brand to this valued audience. We are looking for someone who loves data, is highly organized and brings creativity and flexibility to the role. The Membership Manager reports to the Director of Marketing.
Primary Responsibilities:
Membership Marketing
• Develop and execute a year-round membership marketing plan that incorporates promotions, renewals, on-site sales, online opportunities and direct mail
• Send renewal, lapsed, and upgrade mailings
• Work with vendors to conceptualize, draft and oversee production of all direct mail projects
• Manage on-site membership sales campaigns, including personal sales of memberships
• Develop signs and communications material to promote membership in the museum
• Support guest services manager in training guest service staff on the value, benefits and selling of memberships
• Develop attractive new membership benefits as needed
• Collaborate with development team on joint efforts to build a supporting community of members, donors and partner organizations
Membership Fulfillment
• Process, acknowledge and record all memberships in a timely and accurate manner
• Manage inventory of all membership supplies including membership cards, stationery and brochures
Member Services
• Develop and execute a year-round members program that includes special events (e.g. exhibit openings), appreciation opportunities and other creative approaches to member service
• Respond promptly and with exceptional customer service to member phone calls and emails.
• Submit pertinent articles for members of inclusion in newsletters, emails, etc.
• Conduct and analyze regular member surveys
• Organize and supervise all membership events
Membership Administration
• Analyze and report on membership performance and trends and recommend changes as needed
• Provide regular financial reports for accounting reconciliation and performance tracking.
• Train and manage volunteers and/or temporary data entry administrators as needed.
• Generate mailing lists for member mailings
• Find appropriate volunteer support to execute the membership program.
• Work closely with the development team to implement a unified solicitation strategy that moves members into the donor base
Marketing and Development Team Support
• Manage creation of all on-site museum signs for members and member activities
• Work directly with print and other vendors on all membership projects
• Support social media efforts as needed to communicate to members and visitors
• Participate and assist at all marketing events and promotions
• Provide support to guest services manager when needed based on staffing and vacations
• Cross-train in onsite admissions to provide support when needed
• Support joint marketing and development team projects and events
Job Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree preferred (or an Associate’s Degree and equivalent experience)
• Knowledge of fundraising databases required (Altru, Raiser’s Edge, FileMaker Pro, etc.)
• Experience working in a sales environment or demonstrated ability to meet revenue goals
• High level of comfort with a variety of software packages
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required
• Proficiency in InDesign and Photoshop
• Prior proven experience with data accuracy
• Demonstrated aptitude for data-oriented analysis, tracking, and production
• Excellent phone manner and ability to deal with members in a personable, effective and courteous manner
• Excellent writing skills and rigorous attention to detail
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, non-profit environment
• Comfort and affinity in a creative, solution-oriented environment
This position will require occasional work on weekends.
Compensation and Benefits
• Full-time, exempt
• Salary: Competitive salary depending on experience
• Benefits include: individual medical, dental, life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, museum membership
• Expected start date: January, 2015
To apply
Please mail or email by January 5, 2015 a cover letter and resume to:
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
Email: pjenkins (at)
Thank you for your interest.
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9 12 2014

free pizza


During your class break tonight (and every night this week), courtesy of the Student Life and Leadership office.  Come to their new offices (behind the new “Welcome Center/Admissions offices,” where the vending machines used to be during your class break.

Happy Holidays!


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Celebrating the Holidays

8 12 2014

Holiday To Do ListHappy Monday!  We hope that you are enjoying this season of preparation and happily anticipating this final week of classes.  I love this image – a reminder to slow down amidst the chaos and focus on that which is most important.

To help celebrate the end of fall semester and ease your load a bit this week, Student Life and Leadership will have pizza available for you in their offices during class break time every night this week.  And if you are off campus, they are arranging to have pizza delivered to your classrooms at Canada and Mission.  Many thanks to SL&L Director Dr. Gillian Wallace for this!


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Alumni News: Michele Yoskovich

2 12 2014

MicheleYMichele Yoskovich has a new position, at the University of California at Santa Cruz’ Department of Physics.  Congratulations, Michele!

As many current students and alumni know, Michele is a Human Services graduate (2014) and has also worked as the advisor for the School of Business and Managment’s MBA program for the past four years.  We will miss you, Michele, and wish you the best of luck at UCSC.

Ask an Advisor

1 12 2014

ask-an-advisor1As we near the Christmas holidays, we thought we’d include links to some previous posts with questions and answers about advising questions.  Hope that you are registered now for spring; if not, be sure to make an appointment or come in to see you adviser today:

Human Services: Judy King ( or Therese Madden (

Intensive Business: Vicki Silver ( or Lillian Barden (

Liberal Studies: Helene Laroche-Davis (


Where can I find a list of current Transfer Credit Agreements so that I make sure the Lower Division class I take at a community college will transfer?

Where can I find a list of online classes to take?

Why do I have to keep submitting my transcripts?

What is residency?

Which classes do I have to take at NDNU; which can I take elsewhere?

How do I make sure that I graduate on time?

Any tips on satisfying my math requirement?

Why can’t I take 12 units?

Is college worth it for me?  Not sure about juggling work and school or facing friends or family who aren’t convinced?  Articles about the value of an undergraduate degree.

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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