Commencement

Class Gift

Please make a difference in a student’s life and donate to the Argonaut Scholarship. Your gift will help future students share in the wonderful opportunities NDNU has to offer.

Give

The Argonaut Scholarship offers the graduating class of 2015 a way to invest in a student’s future. Collectively, if each of us contribute $20.15, we can support an NDNU student(s). Our goal is to raise $5,000 so we can help several students with an Argonaut Scholarship.

Honor

Join your classmates in giving back! Please make a gift in honor of an NDNU professor or staff member that contributed to the wonderful experience during your education. Share your story of how they impacted your life by
posting using the form below.

Celebrate

You will be invited to attend the 2016 Donor Scholar Reception and meet the first recipient of the Argonaut Scholarship. Hear first-hand how your investment has transformed a student’s life and become an important part of their success.

Stories

"Many of the professors and advisers contributed greatly to my evolution as a student, professional, and human being. Love and many thanks to Arbore, Madden, King, Nyland, Schneider, Davis-Wick, Larragoiti, O'Sullivan Chaffee, and Young. I hope to honor your lessons well with my future work. Thank you for your mentorship and support!" - Courtenay Macmillan

"To dedicate this gift to just one or two professors would be an injustice! If I want to mention all the people who made mine a wonderful experience, I'd have to list my professors and also the staff in the business office, the registrar's office, and our AMAZING library! Thank you all." - Zita Agazzi

"I am a student of the Human Services program. Ralph Barsi has been my professor in various classes. He is an exceptional human being and incredible teacher at Notre Dame de Namur.

Several months ago my family and I were personally affected by an incident concerning my daughter. She was rushed to the Peninsula Hospital ER department in Burlingame where Ralph Barsi is head of Facilities. When I arrived at the ER Dept., I was told I could not access the ER department and was unable to see my daughter. As I guarded the ER doors to see if I could get someone's attention to inquire about my daughter's status, I saw Ralph walking by! He immediately notices me, and opens the ER doors, letting me inside. I explained my unfortunate circumstances, and he personally walked me to my daughter's room. Thankfully she was okay.

That day was filled with much fear and expectations of the worst nightmare a parent could hear about their child. But Ralph was there for me; he took complete control of the situation, assuring me that I had every right to information about my daughter, and to know that she was okay. But the fear and panic I was feeling inside, was too much to handle alone. Ralph was there for me, just as I know he would be for ANYONE! He was calm, professional, focused, and simply caring!

Ralph is a sensationally exceptional person. He TRULY WALKS THE WALK AND PRACTICES WHAT HE TEACHES! He is passionate about his field of expertise and truly cares about human beings; he teaches his students to honor life, care for one another, and that we must be diligent in our belief that service to those in need is paramount above all else.

Ralph Barsi is number one in my book. I have the utmost respect and admiration for him as a person, and as a teacher. Notre Dame de Namur should feel quite honored to have him among their staff, teaching in the Human Services program.

Thank you." - Joana Voglino

"I came to NDNU in the Fall of 2013. Therese Madden was there from my first meeting, and has been a great inspiration to me." - Kelly Johnson

"The Primary Reading/Language Arts course EDU 4339 came to life with Professor Barbara Cohen’s enthusiasm, kindness, and natural talent! Professor Cohen showed us how to look at books with new interest and bring these books alive to our young students. I think of Professor Cohen often when I use my newly developed skills. Thank you!" – Patrick Ford

"The two professors who had the greatest impact on my educational experience were Therese Madden and Sister Carol. It is from their support and encouragement I have been able to do so well academically and constantly strive to do better. At Notre Dame I was given the confidence to achieve a life long goal and look forward to a great future!" - Hussain Rahim

"This is for both Professor Cole and Don C/Don/Don Campodonico. To Professor Cole: Had I known there was such a fun, engaging, and hysterical history teacher I would have taken all my history classes with you. Thank you for making a subject I once could not bear one that I looked forward to.  To Don, you go above and beyond to make sure that your students succeed both in your classroom as well as outside. It is refreshing to have a teacher that is so invested in ensuring his students succeed in life." - Christina Faryabi

"This is dedicated to Professor Robert Hernbroth. His course was one of the first I attended in the MBA program and wrote the following note at the end of the semester: Professor, I appreciate the abundance of knowledge that you shared and hopefully, will use it wisely to help my career and personal life. I really enjoyed your teaching style, charisma, and sense of humor. This has been my favorite class by far and I’m not sure if I’ll have another class like yours but even if I don’t, my MBA program has already been worth it!"

My experience with Professor Herbroth was priceless. His teachings on leadership were straightforward, practical, and also stretched us outside of our comfort zone. Most importantly, I am still able to apply this knowledge into my everyday life. This will always be my favorite course taught by an outstanding teacher and a caring person. Thank you, Professor!" - David Shu

"For Madame Helen. For always being an open ear, arms and for her overall enthusiasm towards teaching and ensuring that each student success. Merci Madame." - Ashley Mandel

"To Professor Michael Rende who taught me to appreciate the beauty of simplicity even in the things that seem to be complicated. Thanks to the way in which he explained the Philosophy of Mind this course turned to be one of my favorite courses at NDNU." - Carmina Littlefield

"The knowledge, honesty, passion, support and hard work of Professor Young simply deserves every students respect. I truly enjoyed her Learning and Memory class during my last semester at NDNU." - Carmina Littlefield

"I was enrolled in a few classes with Dr. Ali Ferdowsi as the instructor. He exposed me to a lot of new ideas and cultures, including the dynamics of Western society and Islamic cultures. All that he taught me has given me a new perspective on the world and how people everywhere are not so different from each other." - Jesse Weed

"Dedicated to Professor Barsi and Dr. Arbore, whose passion in the Human Services field have forever changed my life." - Edlin Stefany Martinez