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Table of Plenty Thursday August 7

Table of PlentyThis is a wonderful opportunity to get engaged in the community and have a lovely evening, too. I had never been to an event to feed those in need before and honestly felt some trepidation about it, not sure what to expect. But at this event, you are truly in community with others at NDNU and with those whom you are serving and the entire atmosphere is friendly, cozy, and deeply respectful. I brought my eight-year old, who served the desserts, and who will probably never forget it. I encourage anyone who can spare the time to attend!

Here’s the descriptive invitation from Jim McGarry, who directs the Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice at NDNU:

Dear NDNU Community,

Do you want to volunteer somewhere this summer but haven’t had a chance yet? Why not join us Thursday, August 7?

Sign up here:

We need 2 cooks (1:30-6:00pm) and 10 servers (5-8pm) for this homemade meal with outstanding hospitality…
Our bi-monthly participation in this weekly meal started by Sr. Jeanette Braun SNDdN and friends, is an NDNU tradition since the summer of 2013.

This Week on Campus

Impress your Culture and Language or Literature instructors!  Get involved in helping on campus and in the community!  Support another student’s capstone project!

Details below…


CamusIn the library April 1-30, Digital Exhibit on Albert Camus, French Nobel prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. Today at 3:30 in the library, you are invited to join Dr. Helene Laroche-Davis, Lorenzo Giachetti, and NDNU  students in a panel discussion about his work.





ellisWednesday, April 16, 7:30PM. Book Reading by Thomas Sayers Ellis. Weigand Gallery.

“The ‘publishable’ American poem seems to have skipped over a certain amount of honesty, boldness, and activism in the name of “craft.” An identity repair poem is one that acknowledges that many of the tools in the “taught toolbox” need cultural improving.” Thomas Sayers Ellis

Invite your students, invite yourselves to a powerful and significant reading, performance, and cultural shakedown this Wed. the 14th, 7:30 in Wiegand Gallery. Book signing, reception to follow.
“In an edgy, urgent explosion of verse blended effectively with Ellis’s own photographs, Ellis challenges the very concept of literary culture—and of post racial society.”—Library Journal

“No doubt, this is a major book.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems is a bristlingly clever, obnoxious, didactic, and passionately sincere book. . . . There are many ways to approach the topic of American race (most poets choose by simply ignoring it) but Ellis is at once the most confrontationally bitter and the most idealistic poet of several decades. “—Tony Hoagland, American Poetry Review


food basketAn opportunity to serve :

Do you have a passion for helping people in your local community?

Can you take one hour out of your week to help end hunger on the Peninsula?

We are looking for volunteers – students, staff, faculty – to bring food from NDNU’s cafe to our community partner shelters in San Mateo and Redwood City!

There will be afternoon sign ups for the following dates:

  • Friday April 18th, 2014
  • Saturday May 3rd, 2014

If you are interested and have a reliable vehicle to drive food to a shelter,pleasecontact:Stephanie Przybus at with the day you’d like to volunteer. Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality Interns, Dorothy Stang Center and Bon Appetit. We thank you in advance for helping make this food distribution partnership possible!


red shoesAlso, don’t forget!  Human Services student Ryan McCann is doing a shoe drive for My New Red Shoes, a great organization that helps kids who wouldn’t otherwise to start school with new shoes, a new outfit, and essential supplies.  You can help by purchasing a new pair of children’s shoes and dropping them off in the box in Tabard Inn.

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Kim Kubal Hosts Noon Roundtable Today

Kim TODAY!  If you can, come support Human Services student Kim Kubal as she hosts a “roundtable” titled:

Recovering from the Trauma of Abuse:  Your Strength to Heal.”

In addition to being an undergraduate student at NDNU, Kim is the Executive Director of a nonprofit for abused women, addressing issues of human trafficking, mind control, and torture.  She has written a book called, “Your Strength to Heal,” which is for survivors, caregivers, and clinicians dealing with PTSD, trauma, and addiction.  Kim is herself a survivor of human trafficking and extreme abuse.

Today, Tuesday March 11, 12:30-1:30 in the Sister Dorothy Stang Center/Center for Spirituality/Office of Diversity Conference Room (behind the Cunningham Chapel).

Table of Plenty

table of plentyThursday, February 6, 2014

Join others from NDNU at our quarterly visit to Our Lady of the Pillar parish in Half Moon Bay to participate and serve people from western San Mateo County.

Two cooks (1:30-6:00) are needed and ten servers (5-8PM) for this “festive, bountiful meal.”

Use this link to sign up!

Personal note:  I participated last summer with my eight year old daughter.  The experience was impressive on many levels:  I learned from watching the organizers how seamless a complicated event organized through volunteer effort could appear; I was humbled by the spirit of the event, which was one of authentic service to others; and I enjoyed the participative and celebratory nature of the evening, breaking bread in community.  I highly recommend it!

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A Friday Cornucopia

zcornucopiaHappy fall and happy All Saint’s Day!  Hope that you all had a safe and happy Halloween.

This week we have a veritable cornucopia of various announcements about deadlines, events, and activities.  See details below!

  • At your class break next week, join us in the cafeteria for a “coffee break:” free coffee/tea and cookies, plus a chance to schedule your spring advising appointment, pick up a fall 2013 Survival Guide, and meet others in the Professional Studies Program.  Several Human Services seniors are collecting items to help different agencies, so if you have:
    • Cell Phones, Alesandra Sanchez will turn them into cash for a local preschool;
    • Canned food, Parker English will add them to that which he is collecting for Second Harvest; or
    • New or gently used baby items (including new diapers), Kayla Neilsen is helping to support Teen Success.
  • From Amy JobinPlease join us in supporting the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Nicaragua by walking or running in the NicaArgo 5K event on November 9, 2013!  If you would like to run, walk, or volunteer for the NicaArgo 5K, you can sign up on on-line at:  Please feel free to pass this along to family, friends and others in the Bay Area; children are welcome too!  This event is part of (Dis)Abilities Week from Nov. 4-9 at NDNU, more details coming soon.   Email or ifany questions.  We hope you can join us!
  • DROP DEADLINES/FEES.  If you need to drop a class, do it soon!
    • If you drop your class by November 5, there is a $25 per class penalty fee;
    • If you drop between November 6-12, there is a 50% tuition penalty fee;
    • If you drop between November 13-19, there is a 75% tuition penalty fee; and
    • After November 19, there is no refund for a course dropped.
    • BE AWARE that there are also potential financial aid implications to dropping classes as well, so talk to your adviser if you need help.
  • On Wednesday, November 6 at 7PM in the Cunningham Chapel, Tamara Rozofsky will be speaking “in conversation” with School of Education professor William Barry on Faith, Disability, and Humor.  The event is free; a dessert and coffee reception will follow.
  • On Friday, November 8 from 2-4:30, you are invited to join Professor Miriam Zimmerman’s Holocaust Class to meet Holocaust Survivor Annemarie Yellin.  She will talk of her experience of Krystallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, which occurred on November 9 and 10, 1938, 75 years ago.  Hear of her escape from Germany and rescue by nuns in a convent school in Belgium.  This is a unique opportunity to meet one of the last living survivors of the Holocaust and to hear her story.  Meet at the Province center of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at 1502 Ralston Avenue (lower campus, opposite Ralston Hall).

Stay tuned next week for:

  • What to do about your GE requirements if you have a math phobia; and
  • Survey results about what graduating seniors think of their program here at NDNU.

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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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Breast Cancer Prevention Week Evening Events

z breast cancerTonight, Wednesday, October 2:

7-8:30 p.m., film:  Living Downstream, in the Sister Dorothy Stang Center Conference Room (behind the chapel)

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 3:6-6:45 p.m., Information Fair #2, Cunningham Chapel Foyer

7-8:30 p.m., “Recovering the Environmental Justice Perspective on cancer;” Panel with representatives from Latinas Contra Cancer, the Breast Cancer Fund, and others from the environmental health research and justice communities.  Cunningham Chapel.

Friday, October 4:

7-9:30 p.m., Spoken Word Social Gathering and Celebration with Families Affected by Breast Cancer, St. Joe’s Lounge.

Saturday and Sunday, October 5&6:

Dig for presentation: Argo Volleyball games each day at 2 p.m. to support Breast Cancer Fund, Gleason Gym, information tables as well as a chance to learn about NDNU Relay for Life, to be held on campus on March 29-30, 2014.

Check your student email for the full schedule of this week’s events!

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