The Power of Gratitude

26 11 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope that you are enjoying a day of rest and of joy, however you celebrate.  We are grateful to each one of you for your many contributions in the classroom and are awed by the many things that you do within the organizations at which you work, in your families, and in the community.  We know that the very best thing about our programs is you, the students who are in them.

On the theme of gratitude, this short blog post about the value of gratitude within organizations is especially appropriate.  It includes this excerpt about research about gratitude that was done at USC:

“…grateful brains showed enhanced activity in two primary regions: the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). These areas have been previously associated with emotional processing, interpersonal bonding and rewarding social interactions, moral judgment, and the ability to understand the mental states of others…

In other words, gratitude isn’t merely about reward—and doesn’t just show up in the brain’s reward center. It involves morality, connecting with others, and taking their perspective.”

In other words, being grateful is an act of social justice and relates direcctly to NDNU’s Hallmarks and mission!  The whole post is called, “On Thanksgiving, Remember the Connecting Power of Gratitude at Work” and it is a good (short) read  that can be found at the hyperlink.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving. Know that we are deeply grateful for YOU!

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Ask An Advisor: What is CLEP?

19 11 2015

ask-an-advisor1“Have you CLEPped any classes?” your adviser asks.  What is CLEP?

CLEP stands for “College Level Examination Program.”  It is administered by the college board and billed as “the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 40 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities….  This rigorous program allows students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects and earn college credit.  Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.”

NDNU students have used the CLEP exams to supplement their unit counts in a variety of lower division classes and for some prerequisites.  Is it for you?  Well, it depends.  Some of us, no matter how smart, don’t enjoy being tested and may not perform well on examinations.  For most, the answer is case-by-case, depending on the examination and our level of experience with that subject.

CLEP offers study guides (about $25) and practice examinations (about $10 each), so you can help determine its appropriateness to your needs in a relatively low-risk way.  The exams themselves are offered at various testing centers in the Bay Area and cost about $100 each to take.

If uncertain, talk with your adviser.  Judy and Vicki, Therese, Lillian, and Helene are all here to help both with your experience while in classes and to get you to graduation on a pace that makes sense within your individual career and personal goals.

KEEP IN MIND  that some of the units offered for CLEP exams just changed. (We were notified this week.)  Ask your adviser if you were hoping for a certain number of units from an individual exam and we can compare against the new list.


Ask An Advisor

10 11 2015

ask an advisorIt is November, which means it is time for advising for spring classes.  We thought this would be a good time to include some links to previous posts with questions and answers about advising.   Is your question not here?  Let us know… we’re glad to feature new questions or simply to answer yours in a one-on-one meeting.

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.


Library Workshops

8 10 2015

Library workshops


Our wonderful librarians have devised a series of workshops, many of which may be of interest to you.  The following are the ones offered in the evenings:

Formatting Your Research Paper:  This workshop will go over citation management features of Microsoft Word as well as how to format a document to automatically generate a Table of Contents, a Bibliography, and Footnotes (though the last isn’t required in APA, so is less relevant for our classes, FYI).  Wednesday, November 4, 5-5:30PM

PowerPoint – Designing Effective Presentations.  Tips on designing effective presentations.  Wednesday, November 11, 5-5:30PM

Excel – Introduction and Basic Commands.  Learn how to create a basic spreadsheet and make simple charts and graphs.  Wednesday, November 18, 4:30-5:00PM.


No need to register!  Notice courtesy of Sanjyot Pia Selkirk, our Academic Technology and Instruction Librarian.  (Thanks, Pia!)


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Job Hunters Boot Camp

5 10 2015

Job Hunters Boot Camp 2015Tuesday, October 13, 9-1

Sponsored by Congressional Representatives Jackie Speier and Kevin Mullen

San Mateo County Event Center, Fiesta Hall

1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA

Workshops, one-on-one resume review sessions, networking, and a chance to talk with employers who are hiring.

Use this link for more information and to register.  Our thanks to Human Services alum Jeff Day for sharing this information!


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Diversity Week at NDNU

29 09 2015

Diversity WeekSome events that may fit the schedules of evening students:
Tuesday, September 29:  St. Joe’s Lounge, 4:30-6:30, Film Screening:  If These Halls Could Talk.

Wednesday, September 30:  St. Joe’s Lounge, 4:30-6:30, Film Screening:  “Out and Around:  Our Not-So-Straight Journey Toward Equality.”  Film makers present!

Save the Date! Internship and Volunteer Fair Next Wed

16 09 2015

Internship Fair Sept 15Wednesday, September 23, 3-5:30, St. Joe’s Patio and Lounge.

A great way to learn about ways to get involved in the community, to connect for your capstone project (Human Services students), and to build relationships and connections.



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