Notre Dame de Namur University

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Notre Dame de Namur University
Notre Dame de Namur University logo.jpg
Former names
College of Notre Dame (CND)
Motto Ora et Labora (Latin)
Motto in English
"Pray and Work"
Type Private
Established 1851
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur)
President Judith Maxwell Greig
Academic staff
122 FTE
Students 1,614 (fall 2017)[1]
Undergraduates 927 (fall 2017)
Postgraduates 687 (fall 2017)
Address 1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, California
, Belmont, California, United States
Campus Suburban (50 acres or 20 ha)
Colors Blue, Gold, White
Athletics NCAA Division IIPacWest
Nickname Argonauts
Affiliations ACCU
Mascot Argonaut
Website www.ndnu.edu

Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) — formerly the College of Notre Dame — is a private coeducational Catholic university located in Belmont, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the third oldest college in California and the first college in the state authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women.[2]

The university is organized into three schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Management, and the School of Education and Leadership. Notre Dame de Namur University offers 22 undergraduate degrees, 12 graduate degrees and four credentials. In addition to traditional undergraduate and graduate programs, the university offers an evening bachelor's degree completion program for working adults as well as online degree programs.[3]

History[edit]

Notre Dame de Namur University was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as the Academy of Notre Dame in 1851 on 10 acres[4] in San Jose, California. The school was chartered in 1868 as the College of Notre Dame, the first college in the state of California authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. In 1922, the Sisters purchased Ralston Hall, the county estate of William Chapman Ralston, founder of the Bank of California. The college opened its doors in Belmont in 1923.

In 1953 the College of Notre Dame became a four-year college with 23 Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur[5] involved in the school. The college introduced evening classes in 1955, and in 1965, started the teaching credential programs. Originally a women’s institution, College of Notre Dame became coeducational in 1967;[5] three men graduated as part of the class of 1970. The college expanded its offerings to include master's degrees in 1972 and added evening undergraduate programs in 1987.

In 2001, the college established four schools: School of Arts and Humanities, School of Sciences, School of Business and Management, and School of Education and Leadership. The name was changed to Notre Dame de Namur University that same year. In 2009, the university began offering partnerships with local community colleges to provide greater access to higher education, and it became a Hispanic-Serving Institution, meaning at least 25% of its undergraduate population is Hispanic, that same year. The online degree program was established in 2012, and in 2013, the university introduced the first Ph.D. program in art therapy in the nation. The university established a new campus in Tracy, California in 2015, offering evening undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration.[6]

In 2016 the faculty, both full-time and adjunct, unionized with SEIU 1021. This was a historic move since tenure-line professors at Catholic universities have had trouble unionizing since the Yeshiva ruling (1980). [7]

In December 2017, BINA48 (a Hanson Robotics robot) successfully participated as a guest student in a full semester college course on philosophy and love created and taught by Professor William J. Barry at Notre Dame de Namur University.[8]

Campus[edit]

Notre Dame de Namur University is located in Belmont, California on the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula in Silicon Valley and near the Pacific Ocean. The campus is less than 30 miles from downtown San Francisco and downtown San Jose.[9]

Residence halls[edit]

Notre Dame de Namur University offers traditional dorm living in Julie Billiart Hall and St. Joseph's Hall, which are named for the co-foundresses of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Sister Julie Billiart and Sister St. Joseph Blin de Bourdon. The Carroll, Kane, and Wilkie Apartments are available for upperclassmen. Students also have the option of suite living in New Hall, where suites feature four rooms joined by a common area and sharing a bathroom. Residence hall floors are co-ed.[10] Saint Joseph's hall has now been transformed into faculty offices and also contains a lounge and the Housing Office.

Academic buildings[edit]

Cuvilly Hall, named for Sr. Julie Billiart’s birthplace, is one of the main instructional buildings and houses the School of Business and Management. St. Mary’s Hall is the largest instructional building and includes classrooms; science labs; two computer labs; public safety; and the financial aid, registrar, and business offices. Gavin Hall is the smallest of the three main instructional buildings and houses the Art Therapy program.[10]

The theater of Notre Dame de Namur University is located below the main campus on Ralston Avenue.

Ralston Hall Mansion[edit]

Ralston Hall

The Notre Dame de Namur University campus developed around Ralston Hall Mansion. William Chapman Ralston built Ralston Hall shortly after purchasing the property in 1864.[11] William Ralston was a pivotal figure in the gold and silver bonanzas, which helped Ralston amass wealth. Ralston Hall was built with a steamboat gothic design on the interior, which is rumored to have been influenced by Ralston’s love of boating from a young age.[12] The interior of Ralston Hall is strikingly shaped like the inside of a boat.[12] Ralston Hall was built as an entertainment destination.[12] After William Ralston died, his business partner, William Sharon, came to control the mansion.[12] Sharon was a United States Senator representing Nevada from 1875 to 1881.[12] Ralston Hall has been used for a variety of jobs throughout its history; Ralston Hall held one of the largest American weddings when William Sharon’s daughter Flora married Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh of England.[12] Notre Dame De Namur was chartered by the State of California in 1868 but was not affiliated with Ralston Hall until 1922.[12] The mansion was a finishing school for young women until 1898.[13] Since 1923 Ralston Hall has been affiliated with Notre Dame de Namur University.[13]

Until April 2012, the mansion housed admissions, administrative and faculty offices, and its first floor rooms, including a ballroom modeled after the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, were rented for events. However, in late 2011, a preliminary assessment of the structural integrity of Ralston Hall suggested that occupants may not be safe in the event of an earthquake. The building is unoccupied indefinitely, until funds can be raised to complete a replacement or retrofit of the masonry foundation, in addition to extensive seismic work on the upper floors. The renovation is estimated to cost more than $20 million [14]

Satellite programs[edit]

Notre Dame de Namur University offers some bachelor's degree programs in partnership with local community college campuses. Adult students who have completed enough units to enter Notre Dame de Namur University's evening bachelor's program can take the remaining classes for their bachelor's degree on the community college campus and receive a degree from NDNU. The university established a partnership with Mission College in Santa Clara, California in 2008 and offers a human services and a business degree on the community college campus.[15] A human services program was established with Cañada College in Redwood City, California in 2009.[16] In 2010, evening business [17] art, and psychology degrees were added to the partnership with Cañada College.[18]

In 2015, the university announced a new campus in Tracy, California. The NDNU Tracy campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, a bachelor's in human services, and multiple and single subject teaching credentials. The classes are held in the evening in an accelerated format.[19]

Organization and administration[edit]

Notre Dame de Namur University is a nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Trustees.

University administration consists of a president, a provost, vice presidents for enrollment management, advancement, and finance and administration, a dean of students, and deans of the three schools.

The university is organized into three schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Management, and School of Education and Psychology. Each school is led by a dean.

Associated Students of Notre Dame de Namur University[edit]

The Associated Students of Notre Dame de Namur University (ASNDNU) serves as the student governing body at the university. ASNDNU is led by a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary, with senators representing each university club or organization. It is responsible for acting in the interest of the student body, raising and allocating funds, making recommendations to university administration regarding university policies and procedures, appearing on university boards, committees and councils as appropriate and to uphold the mission of the university.

Academics[edit]

Notre Dame de Namur University is a liberal arts institution offering bachelor's and master's degrees, a doctoral degree in Art Therapy, and certificates and credentials. In addition to the degrees offered on the campus, two programs are available 100% online: Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and a Master of Science in Business Administration.

According to U.S. News & World Report's 2016 America's Best Colleges rankings, Notre Dame de Namur University is tied for 39th in the Western United States for regional schools whose highest degree is a Master's.[20]

First Ph.D. in Art Therapy[edit]

Launched in 2013, Notre Dame de Namur University was the first university in the United States to offer a Ph.D. in Art Therapy. The Art Therapy Ph.D. is also the first doctoral program offered at the university.

Community-based learning[edit]

As part of the university's mission of social justice, and the goal of equipping students with "what they need to know for life," Notre Dame de Namur University offers over 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 Notre Dame de Namur University offer CBL courses, including psychology, religious studies, sociology, accounting, biological sciences, communications, natural science, and music. NDNU has received the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification. [21]

Accreditation[edit]

Notre Dame de Namur University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Senior College and University Commission.

Accredited and Approved Programs at Notre Dame de Namur University:

Dorothy Stang Center[edit]

The Sister Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement (DSC) was established on the Notre Dame de Namur University 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 of social and environmental justice issues, as well as encourage dialogue, community service, engagement, and activism in these areas. Members of the university 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.

Athletics[edit]

The Notre Dame de Namur University Argonauts compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, Pacific West Conference, except for men’s lacrosse, which has an Independent affiliation after leaving the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association at the end of the 2014 season. The university mascot, the Argonaut, is named for the mythical Argonauts who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece. The university colors are blue, gold and white.

Diversity[edit]

Notre Dame de Namur University is one of the most diverse private colleges in California, qualifying as both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). [22] The university's commitment to diversity is based on the Hallmarks of a Notre Dame de Namur Learning Community, which states, "We embrace the gift of diversity." [23]

Notable alumni[edit]

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