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Clothing Needs

clothingHuman Services Senior Kristin Williams is gathering clothing for her capstone project.  Deadline:  Friday, April 15!  Please see her notice below and find the bin in Tabard Inn:
“Please support our local community in gathering gently used or new clothing and coats for less fortunate families! St. Anthony in Redwood City and Recology is San Bruno are being utilized to help get the clothing and coats (for infants, toddlers, children, women and men, of all ages and sizes) to the families who are in the most need. Any help that can be provided is much appreciated from the families that would otherwise not have clothing and coats for parents and children! Thank you so much for your time and help!”
April 22 UPDATE:  Tabard Inn is overflowing with sacks of clothes for Kristin’s project.  Thanks, everyone!

Is College Worth It For Me?

NDNU adult studentsIs College Worth It For Me?

I just came across this report from November 2013 by an organization called, “Public Agenda,” called, “Is College Worth It For Me; How Adults Without Degrees Think About Going (Back) to School.

Some of the key findings:

  1. Driving Concerns: Can I afford it and can I make it work in my busy life? Adults who don’t have degree are most concerned about taking on debt and whether they can balance school with work and family obligations. Many also worry about whether they will be able to keep up academically.
  2. Top Priorities: High-quality teachers, applicable skills, affordable tuition. Adults want knowledge and skills that are directly relevant to the workplace.
  3. Most hope to take at least some classes online (but many suspect that employers don’t value online education as highly).
  4. Adults learn about colleges from people they know, advertising, and the websites of specific schools. The most common source of information are friends, family, and colleagues, as well as TV commercials and billboard ads.
  5. Few distinguish between not-for-profit and for-profit colleges, but once they understand the distinction, they become more skeptical of for-profit schools.
  6. Many believe that more opportunities to meet and talk with college experts and other adult students could help other adults like them make better decisions.


What do you think? Do these findings resonate with your concerns and questions? If you were to offer advice to someone considering finishing a degree, what would it be?

Oh, and by the way, this study shows that college IS definitely worth it.  It notes that “…public discussion today … often focuses on the undeniable fact that a bachelor’s degree does not guarantee success. But of course it doesn’t. Nothing guarantees success…”  However, “the decision not to attend college for fear that it’s a bad deal is among the most economically irrational decisions anybody could make in 2014.”

An interesting read…

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Summer Online Classes

summer unitsDo you need to pick up a few lower division units over the summer? Our Registrar’s Office is passing along the following information in case it is helpful:

Lake Tahoe Community College has online summer courses. The term starts June 30 and is 6 weeks long. The course list is below. Lake Tahoe is on the quarter system and so units will be converted for transfer to NDNU.

Let your adviser know if you have questions!

Course List:  LTCC-Summer2014 online class offerings


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Summer Term I Classroom Assignments










BUS 2048-08 Human Resources Management – MADDEN – CU09

PSY2201-01 Counseling & Psychotherapy – NYLAND – CU01



HSP2203-08 Communication Skills – ARBORE – CU09

BIO2108-08 Contemp Environment Issues – SHELLABARGER – SM208

REL2250-08 Religions Of The World – DELAPORTE – SM207

BUS2300-08 Marketing Principles – JEN – CU06

BUS2000-08 Mgmt Prin & Org Beh – BARDEN – CANADA Bldg 5-227



BUS2006-08 Contemp. Prof Writing – ROSS – CU01

CUL2248-08 Latin America In Film – GOMEZ – SM207

BUS2010-08 Prof Ethics & Social Resp – LADINE – CU07

BUS2250-08 Personal Financial Planning – RICE – CU09

REL2250-10 Religions Of The World – Beltramini – MISSION MT18A



HSP2286-08 Sex, Lies & Media – BULLER – CU23

HSP2218-08 Social Research Methods – ARBORE – CU09

PHL2420-08 Philosophy Of Love – DELAPORTE – SM207


Saturday May 17

HSP2202-08 Intro To Emotional Intelligence – SANTAMARIA – CU09


Help Us Raise Money for Student Scholarships

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Dr. Deb Cash and Dr. Lillian Barden, namesakes of the scholarship fund


Most of our evening students complete their educations with a combination of funding sources: discounted tuition from the university and financial aid, which comes in the form of grants and loans.  Some students have found scholarships, which we always celebrate as even small amounts can make a difference for students in our programs.  We are working to create another scholarship opportunity to assist students who need assistance to bridge the realities of life with the limitations of financial aid.  It is also important to us to find additional ways to reduce the amount of debt that students can graduate with.

One such opportunity received a boost last Friday at the 25th Anniversary of the Human Services and Intensive Business programs.  We had a lovely evening, welcoming alumni, students, staff, administrators, and faculty.  Many offered tributes to Dr. Don Stannard-Friel and Dr. Deb Cash, who co-founded the program.  We also honored the four faculty members who have been part of the program since its inception:  Dr. Patrick Arbore, Ralph Barsi, Dr. Lillian Barden, and Dyanne Ladine.  Most importantly, everyone there celebrated the students and alumni who have made these programs what they are.  In addition to the celebration, many who attended contributed to a scholarship fund that is designed to assist current students to complete their degrees while managing their student debt.

This scholarship fund was created when Dr. Lillian Barden retired for the first time. Her son Dan raised funds for an endowment that is intended to be paid as small, “pay-it-forward” loans to assist students in need.  This attachment about the Lillian Barden Deb Cash Endowment has the rest of that story.  In order to begin paying those scholarships, the fund needs to increase to $25,000.  We are getting close!  The donations made at the 25th Anniversary event are an important step in that direction, especially since our current Dean, Dr. Craig Brewer, has offered to match any funds received up to $5,000 as a gift from the School of Business and management to honor the many students and alumni who are part of the two programs.

If you’d like to honor the students who are part of these programs by making a donation – or if you know anyone who would – our Development Director (also an alum!) has suggested donations of $25, $250, or even $2500 would be perfect to honor these 25 years.  Of course, all amounts are appreciated.  Please feel free to share!  Our goal is to get sufficient donations by April 15, 2014 so that we can begin offering the scholarships by next September.

Checks can be made to:  The Lillian Barden/Deb Cash Endowment Fund and mailed to:

The Office of University Advancement

Notre Dame de Namur University

1500 Ralston Avenue

Belmont, CA  94002-1908


Welcome back

Welcome back!  You can find your classroom assignments below and syllabi at this link.

Don’t forget to rsvp for the 25th Anniversary of the PSP Program (Human Services and Evening Business), coming up on Friday, March 21.  A great opportunity to network with alumni and see your favorite instructors.

See you soon….


Business Policy/Barden: CU 1

Contemporary Professional Writing/Larragoiti/SM207

Human Relations in Organizations/Davis Wick/CU 11



Financial Analysis/Modeling/Hua/CU6

Human Services/DavisWick/CU1

Islam: Faith & Practice/Lipowitz/SM207

Managing Cultural Diversity/Madden/CU22

Prof Ethics and Social Responsibility/CU23


Tuesday at Canada

Operations and Info Tech Systems/Freeman/5-227

History of Systems of Psychology/Nyland/5-221



Legal Environment of Business/Freeman/CU1

Children’s Literature/Harrison/CU7

French Cinema/LarocheDavis/SM208


Wednesday at Canada

Women’s Spirituality/Lipowitz/5-223


Wednesday at Mission

Marketing for NonProfits/Barsi/MT18A



Counseling Skills/Arbore/CU1

Human Services Financial Management/Kaplan/CU22

Philosophy of Science/Rende/SM203

Entrepreneurial Marketing and Mangement/Tau/CU23




Way of the Earth/Matevia/CU23

Leadership Strengths/Santamaria/CU6


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Grad Audit Deadlines – Act NOW to avoid another fee increase!

fee increaseFrom the Registrar’s Office:
If you are planning to complete all degree requirements in either May or August 2014 and have not submitted a petition for a graduation audit, please note below that the fee for the audit increases from $160 to $240 effective February 16th.  Submit your audit prior to February 16  to avoid the increase.
If you are planning to complete all degree requirements in December 2014 and have not submitted a petition for a graduation audit, please note below that the fee for the audit  will be $80 effective March 2nd.  There is no charge for audits being submitted prior to March 2.
Students need to stop by the Registrar’s Office and Pick up an Undergraduate or Graduate Application for Graduation.  The Registrar’s Office is located in St. Mary’s Room 110.
December 2014 GRADUATES
$0.00 Graduation Fee prior to the first deadline for December 2014
(Before March 2)
$ 80.00 Graduation Fee after first deadline for December 2014 graduation
(March 2 through May 2)
$160.00 Graduation Fee after second deadline for December 2014 graduation
(May 3 through July 3)
$240.00 Graduation Fee after final deadline for December 2014 graduation
(After July 3)
May and August 2014 GRADUATES
$0.00 Graduation Fee prior to first deadline for May 2014 Graduation
(Before Oct 2)
$ 80.00 Graduation Fee after first deadline for May 2014 graduation
(Oct 2 -December 15)
$160.00 Graduation Fee after second deadline for May 2014
(December 16 -February 15)
$240.00 Graduation Fee after final deadline for May 2014 Graduation
(After February 16, Not eligible to participate in ceremonies)
Thank you,
Registrar’s Office
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Happy New Year!


Welcome back!  We’re looking forward to 2014 – to classes, to seeing you all again, and to a new year.

Did you forget to register for classes?  Don’t worry – they begin again next week.  Contact your adviser.  We’ll find something for you and we’re in all week to help get you settled.

Are you interested in starting back to school this year?  Know someone with a New Year’s Resolution?  We recently went through the graduation surveys taken in a capstone class and thought that these comments were excellent inspiration, words of wisdom from those who have recently completed one of our programs.  If you’d like the full report with feedback on specific core classes, just let us know!

  • I am an all-around better version of myself because of this program at NDNU.  I have learned much more than I had anticipated, helping me now and for the rest of my life.  I know that if I had not have the opportunity NDNU gave me, I would not be where I am today.
  • The courses as a while have helped me become more of a professional and a manager.  They have helped me accomplish things with project management that I never thought possible a few years ago.  Through this program, I have gained the ability to become a leader in my profession.  With the skills and confidence I have gained here, I have the ability to choose where my life goes, not have it chosen for me.
  •  Being in this program has truly changed my life as an individual, as a student, and as an employee.  It has helped me gain better understanding of others in a realistic way and has inspired me even more to help and make a difference.  The support of the advisers and teachers within the program makes an extreme difference.  It is not easy to come back to school, but they are very supportive.  They aren’t just there assisting in class, but are available to help at your convenience and sometimes where it is convenient for you.  I can’t think of anywhere else in my education where I have had that much support and encouragement.
  •  Completing this program has been the best decision I could have made.  The instructors at NDNU have been the utmost most wonderful instructors I have ever met.  I enrolled at NDNU as one person and will graduate as a new and improved person.  The curriculum has led to renewed interest in my job abilities and social responsibility as a human being. 
  •  I have studied at various educational institutions.  I have never witnessed a more welcoming and respected community than NDNU.  NDNU understands that the needs of students differ, which is so important to a community of working adults like myself, who want to continually learn and can do so because of this establishment. 
  • There is a personal story attached to each seven-week class that I have completed.  Whether it was the time that my mom was recovering from surgery as I rushed to get into class on time or the time that I had just been awarded a recognition prize from my manager, the web of life continues through my journey each day.  It has become stronger with knowledge, experience, and the connections that we have as we continue to grow, infusing our lives with education and knowledge.  I am very grateful for the gifts that my experience at NDNU has provided to me.
  • My overall assessment of the program is that it is extraordinary.  The teachers really care about their students – each individual is respected and the teachers are readily available to help you succeed.  My overall assessment of the core courses has been wonderful.
  •  I made sure I have gone out of my comfort zone in each class.  I read books that I would never have read and worked with organizations that I have never worked with before but am interested in working with in the future.  I believe that by doing that I have grown as a person, which would not have happened without NDNU.
  • Seeking an education at NNDU was one of my wisest choices in life.  Having been in the same organization for 28 years, I had become insulated to new ideas and theories; the courses opened my eyes to a variety of subjects.  To quote a section from my final paper on Buddhism, “it’s not what I get from what I do, but rather from what I can give back.”  I point well taken that I will never forget.
  •  The benefits of attending NDNU have been invaluable.  Because the classes are small, it is easy to meet other students, many with diverse backgrounds.  Being from another country myself, I enjoyed sharing my experience and gaining a broader worldview and cultural understanding from others.

Alumni Spotlight: Noel Chavez and Josué Hernández

Congratulations to Noel Chavez and Josué Hernández, both 2013 graduates, who recently were appointed to positions at local colleges:

Noel Chavez 004 Noel is now Canada College’s newest college recruiter.  A really nice article about his appointment, his accomplishments, and his enthusiasm for this position was posted by Canada and can be found here.


Congratulations, Noel!



JosueJosué Hernández was recently hired as an undergraduate admissions representative for the Academy of Art University.  The Academy of Art University has over 18,000 students and “is the largest accredited private art and design university in the nation” (according to their LinkedIn profile).

Congratulations, Josué!

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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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