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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

We hope that you and your families have a wonderful holiday season,full of relaxation, joy, and fun!

NDNU will be closed from December 24 to January 4.  Classes for Spring Term I begin on January 19.  If you have any questions, need to register for spring classes, or want more information, feel free to contact us and we’ll return emails as soon as possible:

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2013 Coastal Cleanup Day

coastalThis just in, from the Belmont Patch:

2013 Coastal Cleanup Day is Sept. 21

San Mateo County officials are seeking volunteers to help clean beaches and parks during the annual 2013 California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Belmont residents who want to stay close to home can meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of City Hall, located at One Twin Pines Lane. Volunteers will be sent out to various locations throughout the city. The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m.-noon.

Last year, volunteers collected about 42,000 pounds of trash in San Mateo County, according to the San Mateo County Health System.

The county urges volunteers to bring their own bags or buckets to collect trash, as well as gloves and a water bottle.

Water and refreshments will be provided at the Belmont location.

For more information on Belmont’s Coastal Cleanup Day, contact Diane Lynn in the Public Works Department at For more information about the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program or cleanup sites within San Mateo County, visit or call 650-372-6214.

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Alumni Spotlight: Zita Agazzi

zita2Zita Agazzi  graduated in 2012 from our Human Services program and is now pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Education with NDNU.  She is promoting a fundraising event for The Grateful Garment project, a 501(c)3 non profit that several recent Human Services alumni are involved with.  Lisa Blanchard, ’11 created The Grateful Garment project as her capstone project; Zita worked for it, doing herculean supply inventory and is now on the Board; and William Cotter, ’13 recently finished a project that addressed technological needs and made major updates to marketing materials.

If this organization is new to you, here is its description: “The Grateful Garment Project is a non-profit organization whose entire mission is to assist in the process of returning dignity to victims of sexual violence.  We accomplish this by providing resources to Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) facilities, Community Based Organizations (CBO), social service and law enforcement agencies, to benefit people who have been victims of sexual assault.  Our scope is wide but our purpose is narrow: To reduce any further negative impact on victims of sexual assault.”

This summer, the peninsula-area India Community Center is hosting a Sevathon race festival to raise funds for various Bay Area non-profits, and The Grateful Garment Project has been selected to receive a portion of the proceeds. Zita tell us:

This time you can support The Grateful Garment Project, too! You can do so in three ways:

 1) Run, walk, or push a stroller or a wheelchair:

The Event:  5K, 10K or Half-Marathon

Sunday July 14th

Baylands Park – Sunnyvale

Registration is $25 for 5K or 10K, and $40 for Half-Marathon (all registration levels include free T-shirt, hot breakfast, and more!)

Click here (find the Register button on the right – all the money from registrations goes to the participating non-profits!):


2) Can’t make it or you feel extra generous? Consider donating!

If you can’t make it to the event, consider donating directly to The Grateful Garment Project (you select your amount – and all the money goes straight to TGGP):


3) Your pockets are dry? You can still help!

Help us spread the word! Forward this to all your contacts, post the link on your blog, or share the page on all your social media!

Cheers and Happy Summer!



PS: “seva” means selfless sacrifice. All of the money raised for the Sevathon goes to the non-profits, the India Community Center does not make money out of this event

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