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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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Upcoming Events (Updated!)

Chances to get involved on campus and in the community, resources NDNU is offering to enhance your career, a fascinating-looking writers event, and the current art exhibit on campus. See below and read the attached links for more information about each…

jostensTuesday, April 1, 4:30-6:30.  If you are graduating, come find Jostens outside of Cuvilly this evening to learn about purchasing graduation announcements and more.  Or visit them online at




table of plentyThursday, April 3, evening.  An elegant meal for food-insecure folks, Half Moon Bay.  I’ve participated in this event before and it is a really wonderful experience of community, both within NDNU and in our greater community.  Sign up at this link. 




rebuilding togetherSaturday, April 5:  Rebuilding Together project 9am-2pm, Belmont.  Click here for more information or contact Jim McGarry at:



career workshopMonday, April 7, 5-6:  Resume Writing Workshop, courtesy of NDNU’s Career Services office.  JB Hall, First Floor Meeting room.

Wednesday April 9:  A three part workshop:

From 5-6: Transitions, College to Career.

From 6:30-7:30:  Ask a Recruiter – Job Search tips

From 9:15-10:00:  Interviewing Skills and Techniques

Thursday, April 10:  6-7:30.  Social Networking – the Power of Face-to-Face Conversations.


volunteer fairSaturday, April 12, 9:30-12:30.   Volunteer Fair in San Carlos.  Celebrate National Volunteer Week by attending.  You’ll learn about exciting local opportunities to get involved.  The event is free and at the San Carlos Adult Community Center at 601 Chestnut Street in San Carlos.  Questions?  Contact:  Thanks to Human Services student Jennifer Palomar for forwarding this tip!


ellisWednesday, April 16: 7:30, Weigand Gallery. Reading and reception for author Thomas Sayers Ellis. Thomas Sayers Ellis was born and raised in Washington, D.C. His first full collection, The Maverick Room, was published by Graywolf Press in 2005, for which he received a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award and the 2006 John C. Zacharis First Book Award. The collection is “marked by inner-city youth culture energy that is part lyrical narrative, part “Parliament Funkadelic,” a blend of chaos and control through the sheer and simple power of words” (Midwest Review). His newest collection is Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems (Graywolf, 2010), including his own photographs. He is also the author of The Good Junk (Take Three #1, Graywolf 1996); a chapbook The Genuine Negro Hero (Kent State University Press, 2001); and the chaplet Song On (WinteRed Press 2005). His Breakfast and Blackfist: Notes for Black Poets is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry Series. He is a contributing editor to Callaloo and Poets and Writers magazine.  For a flyer about the event (from which this description comes), click here: Ellis-1.


terraArt!  The Weigand Gallery Presents:  Terra Infirma, by Donald Feasel.  This dramatic exhibit will be on display at the Gallery until April 19 2014.   For Gallery hours, click here.




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