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“Have You Checked The Portal?”

You’ve probably heard that term, perhaps when you were inquiring about your grades.  There is a lot of information available to you on ‘The Portal,’ and knowing how to navigate it will give you easier access to information about your progress toward graduation.  To that end, the Registrar’s Office has provided the attached navigation guide to ‘The Portal.’  Let us know what you think!

Campus Portal Tutorial for Studentsonline


Hope that you are doing well in this second week of Fall Term I!  Let any of us know if you have questions with anything or can help in any way.

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Mental Health Policy Blog: Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

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Below is a link to San Mateo County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Blog, which is a forum for discussing policies and issues related to mental health and substance use in our area. See also their current campaign, “Be the One,” for individuals committing to fight the stigma around mental illness. Good resources for those interested in the field of mental health!

Courtesy of Jessica DiVento, NDNU Counseling Services 
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Alumni Spotlight: Katie Ritchie of Deborah’s Palm

As you may know, when Katie Ritchie was a Human Services senior, she used her capstone project to start Palo Alto’s only nonprofit women’s community center.  The following are highlights from her August newsletter, much of which might be of interest to current students, alumni, and your friends and family from career and personal perspectives.  Note that some events are free whereas others charge a small fee.  For more information, be sure to see their website for a cornucopia of resources.


Deborah's Palm

Welcoming August at Deborah’s Palm
All the latest updates, classes & activities!

Dear Friends,
Well, Hello August! The summer is flying by, but we anticipate a great early Fall and have some wonderful, new programming ready for you coming soon! This newsletter highlights some of the new offerings:
Chess Class w/ Lauren
New night! Starting Mondays, 7:30-8:30 PM, all skill levels are welcome! 1/2 hour of instruction & 1/2 hour of play! Tactics, strategies and coaching. Meets weekly. Registration is required; Please email:

Career Exploration Panel: Is There Life Beyond the Cubicle?
Meet five women entrepreneurs who were fed up with corporate life & found fulfillment beyond the cubicle. Wednesday, August 6, 7-9 PM. RSVP: 650/473-0664

Women’s Support Group
A new 6-week session starts this week, on Thursday, August 7, 6:30-8:30 PM. Wonderful & supportive group, learning & sharing together. Registration is required. Please email:

Free Workshop!
Phone Interview Prep
Wednesday, August 13, 5:30-7:00 PM. Come and find out how to best prepare yourself for this interview process! Session is free & registration is required. To register, go to:

Assertive Woman Workshop w/ Philippa
4-week workshop designed to educate and empower women in the skill of assertiveness. Monday nights, starting August 18, 7-8:30 PM. Contact Philippa for more details and to register:


Live Your Vision
A Coaching/Mastermind Program for Women Business Owners, led by Anne Martin. Are you making your business vision a reality or are you lost in the fog? Group work, coaching, and workbook. 8 weeks. Starts August 21; Thursdays, 10-12 Noon. For more information, please call Anne at 415/830-2373.
Strong & Beautiful Women
Do you need a confidence boost? Would you like to explore your strengths? Does your attitude affect your overall happiness? Facilitated by Susan Thomas, this 4-session series starts Thursday, August 21, 6:30-8:00 PM. For more info & to register, contact Susan:

Origami Lotus Flower Workshop: Thursday, September 4 @ 6:30 PM
Cherishing the Non-Mom in You: A Self-Care Group for Women with Young Children: Friday, September 5 @ 7:30 PM
For Women 50+ In Transition: Get Clear About What’s Next, with Donna: Starts on Mondays @ 1-3 PM, September 8-Ocotber 20
From Difficult Teen to Empowered Family Team, with Kiran Gaind: 9-month group starts on Tuesday, September 9, 10 AM to 12 Noon
From Empty Nest to Fulfilled Flight: Led by Kiran Gaind. A group for 8-10 Moms to explore life after the kids have left the house; 9-month group starts on September 11, Thursdays, 1-3 PM
For details and registration information, please visit our website:

BOOK CLUB: Will be meeting on Friday night, August 22 @ 7 PM. The book for August is: “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd.

LUNCHTIME MEET-UPS: Every Wednesday at Noon for FREE!
8/6: Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson Learn about the mechanisms in our brain that manage our reactions and how we can re-wire them to be happier, healthier, and more at peace.
8/13: Women’s Salon (Discussion Group)
8/20: Speaker @ Noon: Our friends at the Ecumenical Hunger Program will be sharing about what they are currently doing in our surrounding community.
8/27: Speaker @ Noon: Annie Ritchey will be sharing “Tips and Tricks to Selling on Etsy.”

Be sure to check out Deborah’s Palm Italian Soda Booth during the Festival of the Arts, Saturday and Sunday, August 23 & 24, 10-6 PM. The booth is located on Tasso Street, where the Italian Chalk Art Paintings are. Come by & say HI!

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey

Free Tutoring Help

Canada College’s University Center has a rich medley of opportunities for any student who is taking classes at NDNU.  This is a great FREE opportunity, especially if you feel challenged in a particular assignment or are delaying taking one. (Ahem.  I know more than a few people who feel this way about their math requirement.  Be sure to also read our blog post if you are math phobic, which explains various helpful options.  And remember our FREE summer math “boot camp.”)


Patricia S.Patricia Sehl is their Math Instructional Aide. She has a MS degree in Biochemistry form the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and specialized in tutoring in the areas of math, science, and study skills. Her hours are Mon/Wed 9:30-4:30, Tuesdays from 11-6, and Thursdays from 9:30-1:30. (We apologize that these aren’t entirely convenient for evening students, but do note the later hours on Tuesdays.) Email:



Jason JJason Jimenez is the Writing Instructional Aid. he has a BA in Philosophy and a MFA in Writing and he specializes in the areas of English/literature, personal statements, grammar, reading comprehension, and general research/essay help. His hours are Monday 10-4, Tuesday 10-6, and Wednesday and Thursday 10-4:30. Email:


For appointments with either, you can use their email or call 650 306-3111; their office is in Building 9, room 214 at Canada College in Redwood City.


We are very grateful to Canada College’s University Center for making this tutoring available to students for free.  This is part of their “A2B” (Associates to Bachelors) program, which is such an important bridge for students.


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Upcoming Events (Updated!)

Chances to get involved on campus and in the community, resources NDNU is offering to enhance your career, a fascinating-looking writers event, and the current art exhibit on campus. See below and read the attached links for more information about each…

jostensTuesday, April 1, 4:30-6:30.  If you are graduating, come find Jostens outside of Cuvilly this evening to learn about purchasing graduation announcements and more.  Or visit them online at




table of plentyThursday, April 3, evening.  An elegant meal for food-insecure folks, Half Moon Bay.  I’ve participated in this event before and it is a really wonderful experience of community, both within NDNU and in our greater community.  Sign up at this link. 




rebuilding togetherSaturday, April 5:  Rebuilding Together project 9am-2pm, Belmont.  Click here for more information or contact Jim McGarry at:



career workshopMonday, April 7, 5-6:  Resume Writing Workshop, courtesy of NDNU’s Career Services office.  JB Hall, First Floor Meeting room.

Wednesday April 9:  A three part workshop:

From 5-6: Transitions, College to Career.

From 6:30-7:30:  Ask a Recruiter – Job Search tips

From 9:15-10:00:  Interviewing Skills and Techniques

Thursday, April 10:  6-7:30.  Social Networking – the Power of Face-to-Face Conversations.


volunteer fairSaturday, April 12, 9:30-12:30.   Volunteer Fair in San Carlos.  Celebrate National Volunteer Week by attending.  You’ll learn about exciting local opportunities to get involved.  The event is free and at the San Carlos Adult Community Center at 601 Chestnut Street in San Carlos.  Questions?  Contact:  Thanks to Human Services student Jennifer Palomar for forwarding this tip!


ellisWednesday, April 16: 7:30, Weigand Gallery. Reading and reception for author Thomas Sayers Ellis. Thomas Sayers Ellis was born and raised in Washington, D.C. His first full collection, The Maverick Room, was published by Graywolf Press in 2005, for which he received a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award and the 2006 John C. Zacharis First Book Award. The collection is “marked by inner-city youth culture energy that is part lyrical narrative, part “Parliament Funkadelic,” a blend of chaos and control through the sheer and simple power of words” (Midwest Review). His newest collection is Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems (Graywolf, 2010), including his own photographs. He is also the author of The Good Junk (Take Three #1, Graywolf 1996); a chapbook The Genuine Negro Hero (Kent State University Press, 2001); and the chaplet Song On (WinteRed Press 2005). His Breakfast and Blackfist: Notes for Black Poets is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry Series. He is a contributing editor to Callaloo and Poets and Writers magazine.  For a flyer about the event (from which this description comes), click here: Ellis-1.


terraArt!  The Weigand Gallery Presents:  Terra Infirma, by Donald Feasel.  This dramatic exhibit will be on display at the Gallery until April 19 2014.   For Gallery hours, click here.




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Resources, Get Involved, and Musical Events for You


writingConcerned about papers due in the final weeks of class?  The writing center is now open on Tuesday evenings from 6-9.  Check it out!





Thanksgiving in the parkLooking for an opportunity to help others around the holidays?  Consider supporting NDNU’s Thanksgiving in the Park, in which NDNU students, faculty, and staff help provide a Thanksgiving dinner in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to people who are homeless.  See flyer.  There are many ways to help:


Help with prep work next Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-6 in the cafeteria

Come to the park on Thanksgiving Day from 11-2.  A group is meeting in front of the cafeteria at 9:30.

Donate needed supplies:  stovetop stuffing, cranberry sauce, dog food, cat food, blankets, bottled water, fruit, packaged snacks, NON-perishables, granola bars, trail mix, feminine products, toothpaste



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Needed!  Volunteers to participate on  a panel.  Are you the first in your family to go to college? Dr. Peggy Koshland Crane, the Director of the Academic Success Center, needs panelists to speak to mentors and mentees on December 2 at 5:00.  Please contact her if interested:  650.508.3670 or



groceryCome out and join the NDNU community as we team up with Second Harvest Food Bank and NBC on Saturday, November 23 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Students, staff, and faculty will be out in front of Safeway at 1100 El Camino Real in Belmont to collect donations. Come and show your Argo sprit and purchase a $10 pre-packed bag to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara/San Mateo Counties. The “One bag, One day” food drive can make a difference to thousands of Bay Area residents.

Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month, the majority of which are seniors and low-income families with children. The food bank mobilizes individuals, companies and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need.


musicThis weekend’s performances celebrate the end of the semester and spotlight the talented students in our Vocal Performance and Camerata classes. Admission is free to both events. Please come to lend support!


Saturday, November 23, 7:30 pm, Taube Center

Debra Lambert & Daniel Lockert, Directors

The Fall 2013 Vocal Performance class in concert, freshmen through graduates, beginners through professionals, presenting songs from musicals and operas, 18th century Italy to contemporary Broadway, La Bohème to Once on This Island.


PERFORMERS: Megan Bartlett, Andrea Butler, Jorey Cantu, Juan Castro, Delaney Corbitt, Felice Ana Denia, Ashli Fisher, Sarah Griner, Koffi Gassou, Nadia Gatchalian, Zachary Hillman, Brennah Kemmerly, Sarah Lodick, Nicole Lopez-Hagen, Jenny Matteucci, Elizabeth Neff, Stefania Pierucci, Aimée Puentes, John Rinaldi, Samantha Sandy, Marlena Segi, Brennan Whitaker, Jacquelyn Whitaker. Daniel Lockert and Elizabeth Neff at the piano.


Monday, November 25, 7:00 pm, Cunningham Chapel

Michael Schmitz & Greg Sudmeier, Directors 

NDNU’s instrumental students in concert. Music for solo and ensemble piano, flute and violin by Schubert, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Poulenc and others.

PERFORMERS: Brian Connor, Nadia Gatchalian, Kwan Wen Chen, Linette Illastron-Vinluan, Angelica Kamen, Geena Morales, Marlena Segi


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Passing Your Math Requirement


Math is one of the General Education classes that universities require for graduation.    We know that math can appear as a particular challenge , especially adult students who may have completed their last math class many years ago.  to that end, we we want to make sure that you know about the resources that NDNU’s Math Department has created to support you and express thanks to Dr. Eugen Radian who led the creation of these resources and helped explain the intent behind each.

Because it is a lower division requirement, many students complete math through a community college.  Others opt to take it at NDNU, making it the only lower division class that those in our degree completion programs take.  See below for additional information about the pros and cons of each option and be sure to discuss your choices also with your adviser.

Math Phobic?


At NDNU:  Concepts in Statistics course

Off campus: Check the most current Transfer Credit Agreement for the specific classes.

Pros and Cons:  If you take Lower Division math at NDNU, it is offered in the evenings in a 15-week format.  The class is “Concepts in Statistics” and the only prerequisite is pre-algebra.  Compare this to the equivalent requirement if taken through the community college, which is a four-step process, requiring you to take (or test out of ) pre-algebra, beginning algebra, intermediate algebra, and then statistics to meet the requirement.  

The NDNU class IS more expensive than that which you would take at a community college, but depending on where you test and what math you have taken in the past, it may be the difference between taking four community college classes over a year or more and taking one class at NDNU and one at a community college.

Resource Alert: 

Every summer, NDNU offers a FREE four-day workshop that is designed to help you pass the placement test so that you can take the Concepts in Statistics class.  These workshops are normally offered on one weekend morning for four weeks in July and August; ask your adviser in April for the schedule.

TIP:  In this free workshop, you will be offered online (free) resources for learning the needed material.  There is a correlation (yes!) between the number of hours spent practicing and the passing rate; those who spend eight or more hours in prep tend to pass; those who spend less do not.  If you take the workshop, invest in your success by planning to spend time in preparation for the placement exam.

There are tutors available at the Tutorial Center.  If you have trouble accessing this resource, be sure to see your adviser.  Instructors Lena Feinman, Zelda, and Marina are available to support you: you can contact Marina at

 Practice tests: help determine what you need to know!  Be sure to check out the sample questions on the Academic Success Center’s links.

 In addition, go to for more practice materials.  Once there, click the Register button and follow the instructions on the screen.  To log into mymathtest, use your username and password along with this program ID:  XL19-Q1K7-101Z-3042.

 Can you do it? YES!

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Classrooms for Fall Term II

See you next week for Term II classes!
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Day OCT 28 – DEC 14 Room #
Tues BUS2240-09 MONEY, MARKETS &   FIN. INST – HUA CU 21
   BUS2010-09 PROF. ETHICS – SR.   CAROL 5-227
Sat HSP2224-09 PROF. DEV.   MCKNIGHT  (only NOV. 9) SM 117

Satellite Library Services

Did you know?  There are awesome support services available to our students and faculty even off-campus.  See email below from the librarian at Cañada:
I would like to introduce myself, I am the A2B Librarian for the Cañada University Center and the A2B program.  I am here to provide library support for you and your students.
Some of the services I can provide include:
  • Reference help for students (drop in or sign up for an appointment)
  • Coordinating or conducting library orientations for either Cañada Library resources or NDNU or SFSU resources (these can take place in the Cañada Library)
  • Textbook Reserves at Cañada

The Cañada Library is a part of the Peninsula Library System.  You and your students can take advantage of our computers, group study rooms, and our print and online collection.   To check out books or access our databases from off campus all you need is a Peninsula Library Card.

Please contact me if you have any questions [or] would like to meet in-person…
Diana Tedone
Librarian, MLIS
Cañada College, BLD 9/310
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Survival Guide

survival guideHappy Thursday!  We hope that you picked up the Fall 13 Professional Studies Program Survival Guide at our First Night Welcome evenings earlier this month.  In case you missed us then, we’ve attached the Survival Guide Fall 2013 and also have it available on the “helpful links” page.  In it, you will find information to answer questions about generally asked questions of evening students related to advising, resources, contact information, and more.  Relevant for those needing orientation and for those anticipating graduation.  You can also find plenty of printed copies at Tabard Inn; stop by anytime!

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