- Notre Dame de Namur University
Notre Dame de Namur University Motto Ora et Labora Motto in English "Pray and Work" Established 1851 Type Private Religious affiliation Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Catholic Church) President Judith Maxwell Greig, Ph.D. Vice-president
Hernan Bucheli, VP for Enrollment Management Michael J. Romo, VP for AdvancementHenry Roth, VP for Finance and Administration
Provost Diana Demetrulias, Ph.D. Academic staff 92 FTE Students 1790 Undergraduates 1000 Postgraduates 790 Location Belmont, California, USA
Campus Suburban (50 acres/20 ha) Former names College of Notre Dame Colors Blue, Gold, White Mascot Argonaut Affiliations NCAA D-II; PacWest Website www.ndnu.edu
Notre Dame de Namur University — formerly the College of Notre Dame — is a private, Catholic University located in Belmont, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. Notre Dame de Namur University is an accredited university in San Mateo County, and the fifth-oldest university in California. In addition to offering the traditional undergraduate liberal arts programs, NDNU also offers computer information systems and business administration programs capitalizing on its location in the San Francisco Bay Area between Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Its graduate programs includes Master's degrees, teacher credentials, and certificate programs in education, psychology, art therapy, marriage and family therapy, management, public administration, business administration (MBA), music, and English. In addition to traditional undergraduate daytime programs, the school offers undergraduate evening degree completion programs for working adults.
There are three schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Management, School of Education and Leadership. Fall 2010 enrollment: 1000 undergraduate and 790 graduate students.
Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1851, NDNU is a private, independent, Catholic, co-educational institution. The 50-acre (200,000 m2) campus is located in the city of Belmont on the San Francisco Peninsula. The University combines a residential and commuter undergraduate program with evening programs for working adults at both undergraduate and graduate levels. NDNU currently enrolls 1790 students from 22 states and 24 foreign countries.
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur came to the San Francisco Bay Area from their mission schools in Oregon. While visiting the Bay Area they established an institute of higher learning, College of Notre Dame, in the city of San Jose. The school was chartered in 1868 as the first college in the state of California authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women.
The Sisters soon outgrew their facility in the South Bay and moved the campus to Belmont in 1923. They purchased Ralston Hall, the country estate of William Chapman Ralston, San Francisco financier and founder of the Bank of California. The Hall became the center of the campus and in recent years has been designated as a California Historical Landmark.
Notre Dame de Namur University is celebrating its 159th year of service to the community. The University has grown into a co-educational, fully accredited institution that offers degrees in 21 undergraduate majors. Fifth-year credential programs in education and master’s degrees in business, teacher education, psychology, English, and music are also available.
Mission and Vision
Mission Statement: Founded upon the values of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and rooted in the Catholic tradition, Notre Dame de Namur University serves its students and the community by providing excellent professional and liberal arts programs in which community engagement and the values of social justice and global peace are integral to the learning experience. NDNU is a diverse and inclusive learning community that challenges each member to consciously apply values and ethics in his or her personal, professional, and public life.
Vision Statement: Notre Dame de Namur University will be recognized in the San Francisco Bay Area as a leader in integrating community engagement into high quality academic programs. NDNU’s programs will be widely known for their innovative synthesis of liberal arts learning, professionally oriented learning, and core values.
Academics and Accreditation
The University offers the following baccalaureate degrees:
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, Art and Graphic Design, Communication, English, History, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theatre Arts, The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art, Art and Graphic Design, and Musical Performance, The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Computer Science, Human Services, and Kinesiology.
The University offers the following graduate degrees, credentials and certificates: Art Therapy (MA), Marriage and Family Therapy (Art Therapy Psychology) (MA). Clinical Psychology (MS), Business Administration (MBA), Management (MSM), Public Administration (MPA), Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy (MS), English (MA), Musical Performance (MFA), Education (MA) School Administration (MA), Special Education (MA).
Teaching Credentials: Education Specialist Level I, Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential, Preliminary Single Subject Credential, Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
Certificates: Gerontology Certificate, Performance Certificate (Music), Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certificate.
Notre Dame de Namur University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College Commission
Accredited and Approved Programs at NDNU:
Education credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Master's programs in the Art Therapy Psychology Department are approved by the American Art Therapy Association.
The Master of Arts in [Marriage and Family Therapy] meets established guidelines of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology/MFT meets established guidelines of the [California Board of Behavioral Sciences].
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur College Exchange Program
Notre Dame de Namur University maintains a student exchange program with Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, also founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Students at Notre Dame de Namur University may study off-campus for a semester or year at its sister college. Students participating in this programs can transfer credits and financial aid.
NDNU competes at the NCAA Division II-level in the Pacific West Conference, Men's lacrosse plays as an independent member of Division II. The school recently returned to the PacWest in 2006, it was DII until 1998. Previously Notre Dame competed it the NAIA as a member of the California Pacific Conference.
NDNU's mascot is the Argonaut, and the school colors are blue, gold, and white. The mascot is named for the Argonauts who, in Greek mythology, sailed with Jason on the Argo in search of the golden fleece.
The university offers the following athletic programs:
NDNU offers degree programs in music (instrumental, opera, and musical theatre), theatre, and dance. The Department of Music and Vocal Arts and the Department of Theatre and Dance present a variety of performances throughout the academic year.
Department of Music and Vocal Arts
Students can earn a Bachelor's or Master's of Fine Arts in Musical Performance, as well as a minor, and have the opportunity to perform in a number of performances throughout the academic year. On average, the Department produces two operas, a fully staged musical, and a musical-in-concert each year, as well as weekly concerts in the Herzo Recital Hall, choir concerts, student ensemble performances, student recitals, and performances by guest artists and faculty members as part of the Ralston Performers Series.
Recent productions include Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, Cole Porter's Anything Goes, Giacomo Puccini's Suor Angelica, Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden, and Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.
Pocket Opera at Notre Dame (POND) is a partnership with Donald Pippin's Pocket Opera, a professional opera company based in San Francisco. This partnership allows undergraduate and graduate students participating in opera to learn in a professional setting from the example of professional singers.
The Department also offers a Music Theatre Conservatory each summer, in partnership with Broadway by the Bay, a professional musical theatre company based in San Francisco. The six-week intensive program prepares performers with a well-rounded curriculum in dance, singing, and acting provided by professionals in "the business".
Department of Theatre and Dance
Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, a minor in Theatre, or a minor in Dance, and have the opportunity to perform in a number of performances throughout the year, as well as to work with stage craft and backstage. On average, the Department produces two straight plays a year, as well as two dance concerts, a fall theatre festival, and performances of student-directed one-act plays.
Recent productions include "Misalliance" by George Bernard Shaw Frank Galati's The Grapes of Wrath (based on the Steinbeck novel), Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desavallieres' Hotel Paradiso, and George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's You Can't Take It With You.
The Department is well-known throughout the Bay Area for its annual production of A Christmas Carol, a tradition that has been carried on for more than 20 years. Performances are given free of admission as a gift to the community, and canned food and toy donations are collected for local shelters and soup kitchens. The Department began to use a new score in 2006: Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol.
Community Based Learning
As part of the university's mission of social justice, and the goal of equipping students with "what they need to know for life", NDNU offers close to 20 community based learning (CBL) courses, designed to promote learning through community engagement. These courses involve partnerships within the community, and work for an outcome of affecting positive social change. Many of the academic programs at NDNU offer CBL courses, including psychology, sociology, theatre, communications, Spanish, natural science, and music.
Dorothy Stang Center
The Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement (DSC) was established on the NDNU campus in honor of the work of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN, who was murdered in Brazil due to her efforts to aid the poor farmers and the environment in that country. The Center works to increase awareness around the issues of social and environmental justice, as well as encourage dialogue and activism in these areas. Members of the NDNU and the larger community can work with the DSC to create positive social change, and come to a greater understanding of the issues that affect the community.
Programs offered by the DSC include:
Bonner leaders: a program in conjunction with the Bonner Foundation that provides scholarships for students who complete a set amount of community service
School of the Americas watch: students working for the closure of the School of the Americas
Alternative Spring Break: an opportunity for students to spend their spring break giving service to others
Dorothy Stang Scholars Program: educators informed about and focused on community based learning
Environmental Justice Minor: an academic program formed around environmental justice and sustainability
Dorothy Stang Center Speaker's Series
Sustained outreach to and relationship building with community partners
Staff of the DSC are Stuart "Eli" Latimerlo, M.A., Director, Cheryl Joseph, Ph.D., Director, and Gretchen Wehrle, Ph.D., Associate Director.
Notre Dame de Namur University (CA) recevied a CIC/Walmart College Success Award to inaugurate the Gen I Program. All participants will live on campus and become members of a living/learning community. Students in the community will be offered sessions on time management, financial literacy, stress management, and other similar skills needed to succeed in college as well as recreational and social activities. All participating Gen I students will work regularly with a staff member during the first two weeks of the academic year to gain a better understanding of their academic skill levels. Gen I students will receive guidance in course selection based on the assessment. A peer mentor program also will be put in place. Students who successfully complete the Gen I Program will receive a scholarship toward tuition for their sophomore year.
- Judith Maxwell Greig, Ph.D, President
- Diana Demetrulias, Ph.D., Provost
- Hernan Bucheli, Vice President for Enrollment Management
- Michael J. Romo, Vice President for Advancement
- Henry Roth, Vice President for Finance and Administration
- Barbara Caulley, JD, Dean of the School of Business and Management
- Joanne Rossi, Ed.D., Dean of the School of Education and Leadership
- Lisa Bjerknes, MD, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Associated Students Notre Dame de Namur University
- Stephanie Biehl, Student Body President
- Joshua Matos, Student Body Vice President
- Jana Gibbs, Student Body Secretary
- Paula Morehead, Student Body Treasurer
- Dr. John B. Oblak (2000–2007)
- Dr. Margaret A. Huber (1994–2000)
- Sr. Veronica Skillin (1980–1994)
- Sr. Catherine Julie Cunningham (1956–1980)
- Sr. Teresa Augustine (1955–1956)
- Sr. Mary Loretto (1953–1955)
- Sr. Helen Madeline (1951–1953)
- Sr. Marie Frederica (1949–1951)
- Sr. Helen Bernadine (1936–1949)
- Sr. Julia of the Passion (1927–1936)
- Sr. Julia (1922–1927)
- Sr. Berchmans Joseph (1921–1922)
- Sr. Mary Veronica (1913–1921)
- Sr. Mary Bernadine (1892–1913)
- Sr. Amelia of St. Joseph (1889–1892)
- Sr. Marie de St. Denis (1888–1889)
- Sr. Mary Cornelia (1868–1888)
- Barbara Morgan, NASA Astronaut
- Dorothy Stang
- Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
- NDNU Panel Discussion with six California Catholic University Presidents on the Future of Catholic Higher Education
- NDNU Case Study, Noel Levitz
- NDNU Official Website
- NDNU Online Programs
- NDNU Facebook
- NDNU President's Letter
- Fall 2010 NDNU enrollment story
- NDNU on Marketplace
- San Francisco Chronicle Transfer Story
- NDNU Linkedin
- NDNU CIC/Walmart College Success Award
- NDNU to offer 100% online graduate programs
- NDNU President Judith Maxwell Greig on Pen-TV
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