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Events at Naropa
Alumni, you are invited!

Save the Date!
Alumni Listening Circles
Aug 10 & Aug 12
Boulder, CO
Alumni are invited to share their thoughts, ideas, suggestions and feedback with our new President in these listening sessions. RSVP required; attendance limited to ten people.
More details will be sent via email and posted to the website by August 1st. Mark your calendars and stay tuned!

Wilderness Therapy Symposium
Sept 11-13
Boulder, CO
The Friday evening keynote lecture will be open to the public. From Extended Studies.
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A Celebration of American Buddhist Diversity:
The 2009 Lenz Foundation Buddhist Leadership Conference
Sept 10- 13
Boulder, CO
Share a common vision of promoting Buddhism in America, and celebrating its diverse and unique elements. 

Save the Date!
Alumni Champagne Brunch, introducing Dr. Stuart Lord
Sunday, Oct 4
12:30-2:30 pm
Boulder, CO
All alumni and their guests, including families,are invited to this exciting event, introducing the new President. Free, RSVP is requested.
More details will be sent via email and posted to the website by August 15. Mark your calendars and stay tuned!

Deep Listening: Weekend Training with Hope Martin and David Rome
Oct 16-18, 2009
Boulder, CO
Cultivate the ability to be fully present with others. From Extended Studies.
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Breeze of Simplicity: Mindful Loving Kindness with Anyen Rinpoche
Nov 13, 2009 -Friday Eve Lecture
Nov 14-15, 2009 -Weekend Seminar
Boulder, CO
Discover how to work with the emotions in a contemplative rather than reflexive manner.From Extended Studies.
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Summer 2009

Warm greetings from Boulder, CO! 

With your involvement and support, we will meet Naropa as it is and change it for the better.

We can't do that without being in relationship with all of you. We welcome your dialogue and involvement as we share the awesome responsibility of stewarding Naropa University through its next phase on its path.

In this alumni e-newsletter, we invite you to
  • catch up on Naropa news and highlights,

  • meet some Naropa alumni and find yourself inspired,

  • share your own good news as well as update your contact information,

  • check out the Naropa University and alumni events, as well as the NEW Alumni Workshop Series this fall,

  • and be a part of the "Each One, Reach One" grassroots effort to reconnect with more alumni:  at the bottom of this e-newsletter, with a click or two, share this e-newsletter with Naropa friends that may be out of the loop, and re-connect them back to Naropa!
We hope you will stay in touch, let us know what you are doing now, and share with us how your Naropa education inspired you to the role you now play in meeting your world as it is...and changing it for the better.

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Melissa A. Holland
Alumni Relations Officer
Naropa University
Naropa News and Highlights
  • President Stuart LordThe Naropa University Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Dr. Stuart C. Lord, past associate provost at Dartmouth College, as the 5th president of Naropa University. Dr. Lord took office on July 1, 2009. Welcome, Dr. Lord! All alumni are invited to share their words of welcome and support with Dr. Lord: Email Dr. Stuart Lord. For all alumni in the Colorado area, please join us for the Alumni Listening Circles in August and/or the Alumni Champagne Brunch on Sunday, October 4th, to meet Stuart Lord in person! Details will be available on the Naropa website in August.
  • The Summer Writing Program was a great success with over 250 students and faculty converging on Naropa's Arapahoe Campus for what has become known as Camp Kerouac. Many Naropa alums returned as students and we even had three alums teaching this year - Junior Burke, Eleni Sikelianos, and Laird Hunt. Find out more about the program at the Naropa website  or Facebook.
  • Did you know that Naropa University has a thoughtful and intentional plan to "Deliver Distinction with Excellence"?  We invite you to peruse Naropa's Strategic Plan.
  • A couple of outstanding Naropa faculty are retiring: We bid Reggie Ray and Bobbie Louise Hawkins a fond farewell, and know that they will stay connected to the Naropa community!  Dr. Reggie Ray was one of Reggie Raythe co-founders of the Buddhist Studies Department at Naropa University (later renamed the Department of Religious Studies) and recently founded the Dharma Ocean Foundation in Crestone, Colorado.  Vice President Stuart Sigman indicates that he is exploring ways for Reggie to remain connected to Naropa, possibly through on-line and other teaching.Bobbie Louise Hawkins  Bobbie Louise Hawkins is a fiction writer, monologist, performer and poet. Her most recent book is Bijou (Farfalla/ McMillan & Parrish, 2005). She has published more than ten books of fiction. She teaches fiction writing workshops and courses in literary studies. If you are in Boulder, please stop by the Lincoln Building to see Bobbie Louise's art work, a showing titled "Places We Remember However Much We Were Never There."
Alumni Highlights
A few Naropa alumni who are meeting the world as it is and changing it for the better.

Dechen HawkDechen Hawk (BA Music '09) Dechen is one of our most recent alums, graduating this past May. He has shared the stage with such artists as Ty Burhoe, the Fun Lovin' Criminals and R.E.M. He opened for Leon Russell at the Belly Up, Aspen's "Best Live Music Venue" on May 29th. For his weekly Colorado gigs and teaching information, visit or email:

Whitney Broussard (BA Environmental Studies, '00) Whitney Broussardrecently completed his doctoral dissertation, and received what is equivalent to the 'best dissertation' award for Louisiana State University. One of his dissertation chapters was on 'Deep Ecology' a topic that he became interested in when at Naropa working with Suzanne Duarte. Whitney has since moved back to his hometown and is currently a post-doc in ecology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Brian L. Jacobs (MFA Writing and Poetics, '96) just completed a Japan Fulbright Memorial Foundation grant in Japan and earned a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to study in Xi'an and Beijing for the summer 2009. It is his fifth grant in six years!

Claire Duplantier (BA InterArts, '02) and Nicole Rodriguez Nicole Rodriguez and Claire Duplantier at the subterranean arthouse
(BA InterArts, '99) created a new performance space in Berkeley called the subterranean arthouse to provide art to the community and allow all forms of art to be expressed.

Sarah Vekasi (MA Divinity, '08 ) coined a new term during her Sarah Vekasistudies at Naropa: Eco-chaplaincy, to articulate a form of spiritual support for organizations, communities and individuals working on behalf of Earth. She is moving to southern Appalachia to serve as an eco-chaplain, following a call to help end mountain top removal. For more information and to support her vision, visit

How are you transforming your world? Please share your story.
Alumni "To Do" List
 Naropa alums, you are invited to... Melissa A. Holland picture
Announcing: NEW Alumni Workshop Series!
  Please join us for these dynamic workshops,
by alumni, for alumni!

Fall 2009: 
All alumni workshops will be free for Naropa alumni and their guests. RSVP required and available online or by phone, starting September 1st. All workshops will be held in Boulder, CO at Naropa University.

Co-sponsored by Naropa University Alumni Relations and Career Services and Boulder Business and Professional Women.

The Publishing Industry & Breaking into Print
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO, free parking available, south of Sycamore Hall
Facilitator: Nate Jordon, '08, founder of Monkey Puzzle Press

Finding Sacred Ground in the Changing Landscape of Money: Upgrading Heart, Soul and Humor with your Cash and Credit
Date:  Monday, October 26, 2009
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Jim Spearly Lecture Hall, Paramita Campus, 3285 30th Street, Boulder, CO, free parking available
Faciliator:  Denise Barnes, '89, founder of Soul Savvy.

Alumni Career Panel: Writing and Poetics
Alumni share their career path and advice; pizza provided.
Date:  Friday, November 6, 2009
Time:  12 noon - 1:15 p.m.
Location: TBD
Panelists: TBD

The Nuts & Bolts of Starting a Private Practice
Date:  Thursday, November 19, 2009
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Jim Spearly Lecture Hall, Paramita Campus, 3285 30th Street, Boulder, CO, free parking available
Faciliator: TBD

and here is a sneak peek at the exciting
Alumni Workshops for Spring 2009:
  • If Therapy's So Great, Why Can't I Find Clients?  How to Repackage Your Gifts for Success... in 8 Weeks or Less with Becky DeGrossa '06, founder of New Generation Practices
  • Brainstorming With Three Levels of Biz Building: How to serve your customers and clients, while maximizing your time, energy and profit-ability. With Denise Barnes, '89, founder of SoulSavvy and guide to spiritually healthy wealth and enlightened finances.
  • From Vision to Reality: Writing a Business Plan for Profit or Non-Profit ventures with Carmen Cool,'01 founder of the non-profit Boulder Body Youth Alliance and Arron Mansika, '04, founder of Boulder's Best Organics
Stay tuned and check the website for details!
Seeking Alumni Notes for the next Naropa Magazine - Fall 2009
Spring 2009 Naropa Magazine coverPublished twice a year, Naropa Magazine is sent to all current alumni. If you do not currently receive Naropa Magazine, please update your contact information.

Please submit your Alumni Note to be included in the Fall 2009 Naropa Magazine!  Deadline for submission is August 15, 2009.
Career Services for Alumni
A Valuable Resource for YOU

Are you...
  • currently seeking employment?
  • thinking about a career change?
  • contemplating further educational pursuits?
Career Services is here to assist you.  I realize many of you may be at a distance, and I am happy to schedule a meeting over the phone at your convenience. 
In addition to services provided by the office, I invite you also to share job and/or internship opportunities with Career Services to pass along to current students, recent graduates, and your fellow alumni.  As many are searching for job opportunities in this competitive market, we greatly appreciate your support and wisdom as we support one another in exploring right livelihood. 
I look forward to working with you!
Sarah Steward
Career Services Coordinator
Food for Thought....
Naropa University image of statues Seeking advice and words of support for Naropa students.
When you reflect back on your time with Naropa University, what advice and support do you offer for students who will soon be graduating?

Email your thoughts and insights.