The Professional Studies Program

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2019 Graduation

May 4th, 2019
Congratulations!

Capstone Projects

As our Human Services students from the Tracy, Mission, and Belmont campuses work on wrapping up their Fall 2019 projects, it seems an appropriate time for some inspiration from the Spring 2019 student projects: video

NDNU Awarded Social Mobility Innovator Honor

From CollegeNET’s press release: “In at least two important ways, Notre Dame de Namur provides a leading example for universities that seek to advance social mobility,” says CollegeNET President Jim Wolfston. “First is the solid on-ramp the university provides as it welcomes transfer students from community colleges. And second is that Notre Dame de Namur, by virtue of this on-ramp, is lowering the indebtedness of its graduates. This policy approach is key at a time when economic mobility and the American Dream are rapidly deteriorating. Today, as tuitions at U.S. campuses continue to increase, student indebtedness grows, and economic inclusion declines, Notre Dame de Namur is providing a strong example bucking these trends. Here’s the full release.

November 4 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter

Click here for the newsletter for updates about spring registration, THRIVE’s job fair, shuttle bus service updates, our fabulously new and improved Book Sharing Program, and a report about students who recently participated in the “Rise Up!” Social Mobility conference.

Book Sharing Program

Introducing the Professional Studies Program’s new-and-improved “Book It Forward” book sharing program. Have text books that you are done using? Considering sharing them with others… need a text for an upcoming class? Check out the web site to see what is available. Find what you need? Reserve it!

This system is the genius of Human Services student Christie Victoria, who has been working on developing the web site, creating the system, organizing the shelves, and promoting the system’s use. Isn’t it wonderful?

The intent is for the “Book It Forward” program to cross all four campuses, so if you are a student in Tracy, at Mission, or at Canada (or online!) you can utilize the system and we’ll get the book to you.

Thank you, Christie! This is an amazing gift to all of us! Check out the web page she developed here. This link will also be permanently located with the current syllabi at the SBM Advising Page and on the NDNUprofessionalstudies.com blog.

Rise Up! Social Mobility Conference

Back row, from left: Taina Movete, David Collins, Jennifer Delaney
Middle: Jocelyn Morales
Front Row, from left: Iris Avalar, Rene Marfia, and Diana Espinosa-Osuna

Working with CollegeNET, NDNU hosted a conference earlier today called, “Rise Up! Guiding Students to Better Futures through Social Mobility.” The panels and speakers included a keynote speech by Dr. Lindsay Romasanta on “Changing conditions, culture, and care to advance student success and social mobility;” recognition of outstanding transfer students from multiple community college partners; a panel discussion on affording a private college education; a fascinating talk by Jim Wolfston, the CEO of CollegeNet on how transfer counselors can help restore the American dream; and a wonderful panel with the students pictured above in which they discussed what they wished their transfer counselors had told them (or asked them). Our deep gratitude to all involved for a wonderful conference!

Perhaps the most inspiring comment was made by Mr. Wolfston, who said that “the best universities aren’t the Ivy Leagues; they just promote the status quo. The best universities are places like NDNU because these are the places that are making a difference in social mobility, which is our best hope not just for a more just future for everyone, but for the very survival of our planet.”

It was a day to be proud of NDNU, especially of our students and alumni. They are the best inheritors of the legacy of NDNU’s founders – one of access to education that recognizes the transformative power of that experience.

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Fall Term II Classrooms

Mondays: Professional Writing, Larragoiti: SM 208

Tuesdays:

Women in Management, Singer, CU 7

Islam Faith and Practice, Lipowitz, CU 1

Tuesdays in Tracy

Professional Writing, Page: Transit Center

Wednesdays:

Marketing Principles, Barsi, CU 1

Jungian Psychology, Nyland, CU 22

Wednesdays at Mission:

Managing Cultural Diversity, Bedford-Carter, SEC 209

Thursdays:

Communication Skills, Arbore, CU 7

Project Management, Gohar, CU 6

Saturdays:

Stress in the Workplace, Madden, CU 6

Online:

Business French, LaRoche-Davis

Religions of the World, Lipowitz

Professional Development, McKnight

Break Week Newsletter

Click this link for information about our “New and Improved” Book Swap program, the Sister Dorothy Stang scholarship application, events on campus next week, and more!

Red Maple leaves.