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Events at Naropa
You are invited!

Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, PhD
Friday, April 3
7 p.m.
Nalanda Campus
The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecturer in Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values. Roshi Pat is also teaching a weekend workshop.
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Sr Helen Prejean, CSJ - Bayard and John Cobb Peace Lecture
Monday, April 20  
7 p.m.
Nalanda Campus

Lecture by Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun opposed to the death penalty.
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The William D. Jones Community Greenhouse Grand Opening
Earth Day:
Wednesday, April 22
Performing Arts Center
Presentation by Robert Martin, Chief Public Advocate of National Environmental Public Advocates, a Boulder-based nonprofit organization.
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Naropa University Commencement
Saturday, May 9
3 p.m.
Macky Auditorium
The keynote speaker is mediator, writer and speaker William Ury.
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Spring 2009

We are delighted to offer one of our first e-newsletters to our alumni! We hope that you will join our "Each One, Reach One" grassroots effort to locate our lost alumni with updated contact information. Naropa communicates with approximately 1,800 of its 4,300 alumni through this e-newsletter. That means more than half of our alumni are completely out of the loop.

To assist us in this effort, click on "Forward to your friends" at the end of this email and enter in the email addresses of your alumni friends who may not be receiving this email.

We relish any feedback about this newsletter-what works, what you would like to hear more about, as well as suggestions for improvement. Simply email me. We look forward to hearing from you.


Melissa A. Holland
Alumni Relations Officer
Naropa University
Naropa News
Priscilla Inkpen, you will be missed.Priscilla Inkpen
It is with profound sadness that we inform you that our very dear friend and cherished colleague, Priscilla Inkpen, passed away on Saturday, March 21 at 7:05pm. She was at home in Boulder, and her family was by her side at the time of passing. 
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to a scholarship/award fund being set up in her name at Naropa University. Checks should be made out to 'Naropa University' (memo line: 'Priscilla Inkpen gift fund') and mailed to: Naropa University, Advancement Office, 2130, Arapahoe Ave. Boulder CO 80302-6697.

If you would like to donate online, please click on the link below. In the "Designation" field, please designate your gift to the "Priscilla Inkpen Gift Fund"

Donate online

For further information, please contact Emrys Moreau, Naropa Advancement Office, or 303-245-4751.
Sneak Preview of Naropa Magazine - Spring 2009

Scheduled for release in mid-April, the spring issue of Naropa Magazine will celebrate twenty years of Eco-Literature, evolving Visual Arts and Contemplative Education Departments and the enactment of a campus-wide strategic plan that provides a blueprint of the university's future.

This issue also bids farewell to President Tom Coburn, who has steered Naropa for the last six years. Environmental initiatives, an explanation of re-accreditation preparations and staff/faculty profiles fill out an issue not to be missed.

Published twice a year, Naropa Magazine is sent to all current alumni. If you do not currently receive Naropa Magazine, please update your contact information
Alumni Highlights
Meet a few Naropa Alumni, who are meeting the world as it is and changing it for the better.

Becky Lee, BA Contemplative Psychology '03, currently serves as the Adolescent On-Going Team Case Manager for Boulder County Housing and Human Services in Boulder, CO.

World-traveled writer Robert Masterson, MFA Writing & Poetics '97, wrote a collection of eighteen prose and verse pieces based on his experiences in transitional China during the mid-1980s entitled "Artificial Rats and Electric Cats: Communications from Transitional China, 1985-1986"

Kevin Poole
, MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance '07, co-founded a Naropa alumni theatre ensemble, Aluminous in Boulder, CO.

Eric Wilden, MA Divinity, '05, is the Assistant Director for Neighborhood Interfaith Movement in Philadelphia, PA. He is also running the Sunday School program at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of the Restoration, and has started a wedding officiant service, Water Lily Weddings. 

Lisa Witter, MA Contemplative Psychotherapy '04, launched the Apple Tree Directory, a local family resource guide for Boulder County with traditional and holistic/green products and services. Their goal is to have a site bringing community resources and parent's wisdom together to help every family.

How are you transforming your world? Please share your story.
Naropa a Forerunner in Transition Movement
Join the Effort 
The Transition Movement is an international movement to rebuild community resilience and tackle climate change and peak oil. Through Transition Naropa, Naropa University became one of the first Transition Universities in the United States.

Transition Naropa is an inclusive, university-wide movement for greater sustainability and self-reliance at Naropa. Its fifty members are mainly students; however staff, faculty and alumni are encouraged to join. Ideas for Naropa's transition movement include a farmer's market in the parking lot and classes that support transition activities. See
Alumni "To Do" List
 Naropa alums, you are invited to... Melissa Holland, Alumni Relations Officer
Contemplative be continued...
Naropa University image of statues How do you continue your contemplative practice?
The busy, frenetic world outside of Naropa does not often value and support the development of an inner life that is rich and meaningful. How do you engage in contemplative practice, post-Naropa?

Email your suggestions and insights.