There’s No Such Thing As A Small Act of Kindness

25 03 2015

ripplesI thought that this blog post and its message are the perfect way to start the day in the middle of this super-busy week.

Here’s a teaser:

Yesterday, I gave a talk at a charity luncheon on the topic of the ripple effect of kindness — like tossing a pebble into a pond, even the smallest act of kindness can have an effect that continues longer and farther than we can imagine. In my talk I shared a few stories, but I loved one in particular, about Bishop Desmond Tutu. I’m ashamed to say that prior to preparing for this talk, I knew very little of his life — I knew he was an Anglican bishop, of course, and I certainly knew that he is committed to the equal rights of all people, and that his work earned him a Nobel Peace prize. But I didn’t know anything about his childhood. So I thought I’d share what I discovered about him with you today, for two reasons — first, just because it’s a cool story.

Desmond Tutu was born on October 7th, 1931, in Klerksdorp, a city in the north west province of apartheid South Africa. He was one of four kids, and the only boy. His father was a teacher, and his mother was a cleaner and a cook – a domestic – at a school for the blind.

One day, when Desmond was about nine years old, he was walking in the slums of Sophiatown, a suburb of Johannesburg. He recalls what he described as “a white man in a black cassock” approaching. The man was Trevor Huddleston, the neighbourhood’s parish priest. As he passed Desmond and his mother, he doffed his hat – and Desmond was flabbergasted.

Read the rest of the post at the blog chookooloonks.  A quick, great read.

The end message?  A challenge to take action TODAY to make the world a better place.  You make a difference.


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Balancing Parenting and Work: Panel Discussion Tonight

24 03 2015

empowered womenJoin us for what will be a fascinating conversation with a panel of experts on:

Having It All: The Grace and Chaos of Balancing Parenting, Career, and Possibilities.”

We are excited to feature:

Dr. Marianne Delaporte, Chair of NDNU’s Philosophy and Religious Studies Departments and mother of two.

Kelly Johnson, mother, employee at the Center for Nursing Excellence at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and NDNU student graduating May 2015.

Jennifer Moore, Project Manager in the Protein Analytical Chemistry organization of a Biotech company, mother of four, graduating May 2015.

Kim Samayoa, Amgen employee, mother of two, and breast cancer survivor.

Lisa Solari-Williams, mother, grandmother, Captain in the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office, and NDNU alum (’14).

Tonight:  6:30-7:30, Weigand Gallery.  All are welcome!

Sponsored by the NDNU Women’s Week organizing commitee and the School of Business and Management.

***FREE Babysitting provided!***


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Student Input Sought

23 03 2015

SBMAs you probably know, WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges) is the accrediting agency for NDNU and they will be on campus this week. They would like your input and have said that they want to hear from you about the following:


“Students are encouraged to comment on issues of academic rigor and consistency, availability of student support services, accuracy of information provided by the institution, and other matters related to the quality of the educational experience.”


If you can attend, they have set aside time to meet with students on Wednesday, March 25, 4:30-5:15, Library.


If that doesn’t work for you, they have also set up a way to communicate with them via email. Note that the team is particularly interested in hearing from students at off-campus sites (ahem, that’s you, Mission and Canada friends!) The Provost’s Office has explained how this works:


The email account is created by a WSCUC staff member and only authorized WSCUC staff and team members have access to it. The emails are not viewed by any representative of the institution. The email account is created for this visit only and will be closed once the WASC team leaves the campus. Only comments made before or during the visit will be considered as part of the review process. Institutional reports, on-campus interviews, open sessions, and email comments become part of the information collected and reviewed by the team. Please note that team members will not respond individually to comments provided through any of these venues, including the confidential email account. However, the input from comments, along with other forms of information, will be considered as the team undertakes its work and develops recommendations to the institution. The team is not able to meet individually with members of the campus community, so please do not use the email account to request private appointments.

To write to the WSCUC team, please address your email to:

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Inspiration Friday

20 03 2015

BridgeNPR posted this story as part of their “Storycorps” series, which carries the subtitle, “sharing and preserving the stories of our lives.”  It is a powerful story of a man who intended to end his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and the conversation that made a difference because he could hear compassion in the voice of the California Highway Patrol Officer who responded.  A quick read and worthwhile; posted with gratitude for all of you who make a difference in the work you do with and for others every day.

Ten-Years Later, Two Strangers Revisit What Might Have Been Lost


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Interfaith Forum on Immigration

20 03 2015
The Bay Area Honors
Monseñor Romero and the Martyrs of Mexico and Central America
How can we welcome and protect the immigrants in our midst?
Interfaith Forum and Prayer
Saturday, March 21, 2015
4:00pm Forum:
Why do we need Sanctuary
6:00 PM Interfaith Prayer
Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist
110 Julian Ave at 15th St., San Francisco
Sponsors: Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Cristosal, EcoViva, Episcopal Diocese of California, Episcopal Migration and Immigration Task Force, Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), Romero Foundation, Los Misioneros de Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas, San Francisco Bay Area Coalition for Immigration Reform, San Francisco Interfaith Coalition on Immigration, San Francisco Interfaith Council, San Francisco Organizing Project, SHARE, SHARE El Salvador, Centro Latino Cuscatlan, Sister Dorothy Stang Center, Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco
Anouncement courtesy NDNU’s Sister Dorothy Stang Center

Hungry? Consider Panda Express Today and Support Latinos Unidos

19 03 2015

Latinos UnidosThe student organization, Latinos Unidos, has a fundraiser today! If
you are hungry, and enjoy Panda Express, the company will donate a portion
of any purchases today (11AM-9PM) to the club. See the Panda Express flyer
for more information – this is valid for the location right near the Belmont campus on El Camino.

You do not even have to print the flyer; you can just show it on your phone/mobile device.

So, if you were going out for lunch or dinner anyway (or if you want to change your plans :), please show them this flyer!

Thank you for your support…

“Creating Your Life Vision” Speaker On Campus Tonight

18 03 2015

MarkAATonight (Wednesday, March 18th) Mark Alexander Andre will be speaking on “Creating Your Life Vision.”  For more about him, see his web site.  His talk will be from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in the chapel. 

Beth Prejean recently had him speak to her Stress in the Workplace class and says that her students all gave him really good reviews and mentioned the difference he made to their perspective on life.

More information available on the event flyer:  Mark Alexander Poster


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