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Campus Events This Week

Yes, it is break week, but don’t you miss being on campus?  We miss you!  Here are some opportunities to learn, to connect, to meet new people…

DSC eventWednesday, October 22, 7PM, Cunningham Memorial Chapel.  FREE:  Dr. Sakena Yacoobi will be speaking about Women’s Education and Empowerment in Afganistan.  Spread the word; this is open to the public and looks to be inspiring, challenging, and very worthwhile. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Thursday, October 23, 4-5:30.  Pink Ribbons, Inc., a documentary film will be screened in the Sr. Dorothy Stang Conference Room (behind the Chapel).  This movie poses challenging questions about where funds are going, the origins of breast cancer, and more.  “Women who are fighting for their lives are also fighting to reclaim the true meaning of the pink ribbon.”  Read more on the flyer:

Pink Ribbon Inc Flyer

Friday, October 24 at 5PM in the Gellert Library:  the library announces:

You may have already seen the Library’s book display devoted to the National Hispanic Heritage Month. We will be closing out the Hispanic Heritage Month by screening a movie in the Gellert Library on Oct. 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Please join us to watch the movie and enjoy light refreshments.

Stay tuned for more… classroom assignments will be posted before Monday!

Events on Campus THIS WEEK


mot speakerIn honor of Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Education Week, the Student Development and Standards office will be hosting a speaker from Alcoholics Anonymous on Thursday from 6-7:15 in the Dorothy Stang Center (behind the chapel).  For a FREE Jamba Juice at the event, be sure to email by noon today (Wednesday, February 19).



cwOn Thursday, February 20 at 7:30, San Francisco novelist K.M. Soehnlein will be reading at Wiegand Gallery.  Reception to follow.  These are wonderful events, interesting, informative…  and free.  Flyer attached!



Little Women

Little Women opens on Friday!

February 21, 22, 28, March 1 at 7:30 pm
February 23, March 2 at 2 pm
At the NDNU Theatre
The 2005 hit Broadway musical was based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1865 novel. This production has been prepared in collaboration with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, who presented the show at the Lucie Stern Theatre in December, with three NDNU Musical Arts faculty on the creative team.
NDNU students will be admitted free with ID     Faculty/Staff tickets are $5
Tickets can be purchased in advance at
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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.

A Holiday Opportunity to Get Involved

posadas 2Perhaps you saw this email from Amy Jobin; looks like a great way to get involved in supporting a local community at a festive event.

Hope to see you there!

Dear NDNU Students, Faculty and Staff,
Puente in Pescadero has invited the NDNU community to partner with them on their Posada event on Friday, December 20.  We have specifically been invited to bring desserts and to help serve the meal.  We will leave here at 4 pm on Friday, December 20 and will be there until 8:30 or 9:00 pm.  If you are interested in bringing a dessert and/or coming to the Posada and helping serve the meal, you can respond to this email and we will confirm with you. Thank you in advance for your generosity!  Thanks to all who donated funds for hats for the workers. 
Blessings to all in the Coming Holy Days and Holidays~
In Notre Dame,
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Coat Drive

Today is the Last Day to Contribute to the NDNU Coat Drive!
Coats, sweaters, jackets, mittens, scarves etc.
clean and in good condition welcome
Cunningham Chapel Foyer
Please place your donations in the large decorated
boxes in the foyer.
Thank you for all that you do to support our community!

Graduate Psychology Info Forum TONIGHT

infoA reminder that tonight is the Graduate Psychology Info Forum.

Learn what it takes to become a licensed psychotherapist/ MFP/LPCC. Talk to faculty, current students, and alumni to find out about admission requirements, the program itself, and career opportunities in the field.

5:30-6:30, St. Mary’s Hall, room 203


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Tomorrow: Open Mic Night at the NDNU Library

open-mic24The Bohemian, NDNU’s art and literary journal, invites you to our fall open mic night.

When: Tuesday, October 22, from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Where: Gellert Library

Bring poetry or short stories to read, songs to sing, and/or artwork to display, or just stop by and support the NDNU arts.  Refreshments and music will be provided, and we will raffle off gift-card prizes to attendants.  We hope to see you there.


The Bohemian Staff


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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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Part Time Administrative Job

work with usThe Professional Studies Program (yes, that’s us!) will soon be posting an opening for a part-time Administrative Assistant. Check the NDNU website for more details; they should be posted later today.

Salary is in the range of $20 per hour.

Hours are 20 per week, generally 2PM to 6PM M-F

Duties are administrative and related to running the Professional Studies Program – paperwork, customer service to students, answering calls, scheduling appointments.  For more details see official job posting.

Please share with anyone you recommend.  We need someone who works well independently and as part of a team, who has excellent customer service skills, who recognizes needs and acts proactively to solve problems, and who is organized and good at tracking results.  Thank you!

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This Week on Campus


Service and Community, Toastmasters, and Music… All On Campus This Week!

Thursday, October 10, 5-7p.m., Half Moon Bay.  Join faculty, staff, and students at “Table of Plenty,” in Half Moon Bay.  This is a wonderful experience of community, within those from NDNU who participate and with those for whom the event is designed.  Work together to create an elegant, restaurant-style experience for individuals and families in need.

Friday, October 11, 7:30-9:30pm in Cuvilly Hall

The High Spirits Toastmasters Club is having an open house meeting demo.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited.  Our club offers a meeting format that allows people to attend as often as they wish, for free, to practice speaking in front of a classroom.  This allows people to experience the feeling of speaking in front of a group, and helps gain confidence and self-esteem.  Guests may participate during the Table Topics session by give a 1 to 2 minutes speech in response to a question (similar to a job interview).  Members present 5 to 7 minutes speeches during the prepared speech session.  Membership is for a 6-month term and costs $67.60.  We provide a discount for students at $46.00 (we pay the books and provide a mentor).  Again, the meetings are free, and people can come as often as they like without joining and still participate (except that they are not allowed to give prepared speeches).  We regularly meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Fridays nights.

 For more info, contact:  Wayne Lee, DTM, Vice President of Membership/Education, High Spirits Toastmasters,, (650) 572-1339,

October 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:30 pm; October 13, 20 at 2 pm; Taube Center


A tribute to the great songs, dances and characters from Hollywood… 

from The Jazz Singer, through Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Disney old and new, Chicago, Mamma Mia, Grease, Hairspray, Les Misérables, and many more!

NDNU Faculty/Staff Students: $5

General Admission $25, Seniors/Students $15

Get your tickets in advance–seating is limited!!!

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