The Professional Studies Program

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2019 Graduation

May 4th, 2019

Scholarship Opportunity

Check out this link for an opportunity to win a $2500 scholarship. A short essay about technology and inclusion is required….

Ask An Advisor: Culture and Language Requirement

Our Human Services and Intensive Business degrees are Bachelor of Science degrees. This creates flexibility for satisfying the six unit Culture and Language requirement. Everyone is different! Talk with your adviser about the best approach for YOU. You can satisfy this requirement through:

  1. Three years of a language course in high school with grades C and above.
  2. Passing AP scores
  3. Speak a language other than English already? You have a few options: if you have lots of lower division electives already, you can test out of this requirement. If you need lower division electives, it may make sense to test out of the requirement through a CLEP exam, through which you can earn up to nine units.
  4. Take the equivalent of a year of a language at a community college.
  5. Take two Upper Division Culture and Language courses at NDNU. These are offered nearly every term and explore interesting topics related to culture while dabbling in language.
  6. Perhaps you took a single language course a long time ago and don’t feel prepared to take the second semester. That’s okay; half a year of a language plus one Culture and Language class can satisfy this requirement.

Sounds confusing? Come talk with us and we can help you make a decision about the best way to proceed AND – if appropriate – help you to pick the classes, either at NDNU or at a community college – to satisfy this requirement.

Alumni Reunion and 30 Year Anniversary of the Professional Studies Program

It was awesome to see those who came and to have a chance to honor people who have been such a key part of this program’s ongoing success, including founders Dr. Deb Cash and Dr. Don Stannard-Friel and faculty members Dr. Lillian Barden, Dyanne Ladine, and Ralph Barsi. Dr. Patrick Arbore deserves more than I can possibly say about him, too; unfortunately, he was unable to be there. Moreover, it was an absolute honor and privilege to get to tell the crowd how much this program has depending on Judy King’s care and expertise, how many students have made it through to graduation and beyond because of her time and attention. Judy is amazing.

Dr. Lillian Barden, Judy King, Ralph Barsi
Judy King with former commencement speaker (and PSP alum) Genna Armanini and Mike Adam. I’ll never forget my middle-of-the-night email exchange with Genna, when she asked if there was a graduation for evening students. When I reassured her that of course they graduated with everyone else, she cried in anticipation of that future day. When the day arrived, who would have imagined that all of the eligible students who auditioned to be speaker, Genna would be the one. She did a great job, too!
Lovely Mona with her darling four month old daughter came up from our Mission campus to hear the reunion speaker, Human Services grad Dr. Rick Reed! (I had the pleasure of holding the baby so that mom could hear the speech; she’s delightful, full of smiles.) So glad you both came!

Need a Student ID?

Do you need a student ID card? It can be useful for discounts, even if you take classes at another campus. The process is simple – complete this form, upload a photo, then be sure to check your student email. When you get notified that it is ready for you, provide an address where you would like it mailed.

30 Year Anniversary of NDNU’s Professional Studies Program

Michelle Di Pilla presents to a full house of potential new PSP students

2019 is the 30 year anniversary of NDNU’s Professional Studies Program. Last night was one celebration, hosted by Admissions Evening Program Director Michelle Di Pilla. It was a lovely reception for current students, faculty, community members, and staff and was followed – appropriately – by a festive and well-attended information forum of new students interested in completing degree programs.

It was great to see so many near-alumni there, plus an honor to welcome Ralph Barsi and Dyanne Ladine, who have been sharing their passion and expertise in the classroom since 1990 and 1985, respectively. Dr. Brad Washington from the Provost’s office and Rey Penate, Director of NDNU Admissions, were also there.

Well-done, Michelle! Lovely event celebrating so many past, current, and future students and the faculty/staff who work so hard. Next week is a continuation of this celebration at the annual Alumni reunion. PSP Co-founder Dr. Don Stannard-Friel will be there, as well as Dr. Lillian Barden, Dyanne Ladine, Ralph Barsi, and Judy King. RSVP at this link!

Brighter Life Project

And now, “Brighter Christmas” has a new division, “Brighter Life,” which provides year-round support to those in need.

Planning to be in the Tracy area on Saturday? If so, consider stopping by the Community Yard Sale at Tracy City Hall from 8-12 on Saturday, March 30.

This is part of a capstone project serving families in the Tracy area. For years, the Tracy community has supported “Brighter Christmas,” an organization that provides needed support for families and individuals during the holidays. This is a new division, organized and conceived by Human Services student Savannah Abercrombie in partnership with Tracy D.A.R.E, to support local families in need throughout the year. We love the way that Savannah took an existing idea and built upon it in ways that will be incredibly meaningful for those she is serving.

Ask An Advisor

Why does my advisor always ask if I have submitted my transcripts?  I sent over my official ones when I started.  Can’t I wait until I finish all of my community college classes and send them over then?”  

~ Submitted by Rhonda, a Human Services student

Good question!  I worked with two students last week who had not been consistent about sending their transcripts over.  Sorting through what we had talked about in our last advising meeting and what was still needed for graduation was complicated because instead of having marks in each student’s file where she had completed appropriate classes, I had just penciled notes to work with.  Intentions.  Plans too often gone awry.

Being able to chart your course to graduation accurately is our goal.  Being able to do so depends on having a complete picture of where you are.  We have your NDNU progress, but most students are also working to complete community college classes.  We do not have knowledge of anything outside of NDNU until you give it to us.  Waiting several semesters can make your adviser’s job more challenging and the confusion can complicate your road to graduation.

Please help us work together by requesting official transcripts as soon as you finish each course.  This can be important for Financial Aid reasons, too!

Do you have a question?  Please feel free to submit it and have your question and the answer published here.  

Now is the time for registration for summer and fall classes.