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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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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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Survival Guide

survival guideHappy Thursday!  We hope that you picked up the Fall 13 Professional Studies Program Survival Guide at our First Night Welcome evenings earlier this month.  In case you missed us then, we’ve attached the Survival Guide Fall 2013 and also have it available on the “helpful links” page.  In it, you will find information to answer questions about generally asked questions of evening students related to advising, resources, contact information, and more.  Relevant for those needing orientation and for those anticipating graduation.  You can also find plenty of printed copies at Tabard Inn; stop by anytime!

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Faculty Gala Concert This Weekend


From Musical Arts Department Chair Debra Lambert:

We are delighted to announce that the Musical Arts Faculty Gala Concert is back… in force with a new evening of opera, musical, and piano performances by our extraordinary professional faculty. 

Faculty Gala Concert—the Revival!
Saturday 9/28, 7:30 pm, Taube
The Musical Arts Gala is back, following our move from Ralston Hall!
Pianists: Clint Cancio, Louise Costigan-Kerns, Thomas Hansen, Daniel Lockert, Hatem Nadim, Michael Schmitz
Vocalists: Marcelle Dronkers (soprano), Debra Lambert (mezzo), Eric Morris (tenor & accordionist), Lee Strawn (baritone) 
Selections from musicals, operas and the piano repertoire of Argento, Ginastera, Meyerbeer, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Puccini, Ravel, Satie, Sondheim, Villa Lobos, and von Flotow.  
Admission is free for NDNU faculty/staff/students. Donations are welcome! All proceeds benefit NDNU Musical Arts student scholarships and programs.
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Faculty Art Show



art department show Faculty from the Art Department are showing their work!  A chance to see unique and beautiful pieces, displayed in the gorgeous Weigand Gallery in the corner of the NDNU campus.  You have until October 26 to check out this show; gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to four, so stop by some weekend if you happen to be in Belmont.  More info on the attached flyer (which will enlarge if you click on it).

Quick story:  I am teaching in a room that is next to Weigand and one of the students in my class arrived early, while they were setting up the show.  One of the artists was there – she didn’t get his name – and he eagerly took her to his display, asking for her opinion and wanting to know which piece she liked best.  Her report about his enthusiasm and pride made the whole class eager to see the rest of the show and appreciative of the investment of time, heart, and soul that artists put into their work.