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Naropa News and Highlights
Alumni Highlights
Alumni Workshops
Alumni Events
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Fall 2009

Warm greetings from cold but sunny Boulder, CO! 

Silence. Bow in. Smile.

I encourage you to create the space to read the inspiring and informative updates below.  You will enjoy connecting with this special community you belong to.  Naropa continues to provide meaningful, mindful education - and with this newsletter, we bring a taste of it to you now.

And alumni, your creative input is needed.  We are seeking a name for this "official alumni e-newsletter for Naropa University".  If you have an idea (or many ideas) to share, please let me know.

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 meet the world as it is...and change it for the better.

signature of Melissa HollandMelissa Holland
Melissa A. Holland
Alumni Relations Officer
Naropa University

Naropa University flags on Arapahoe Campus

Naropa News and Highlights
  • President Stuart C. Lord was officially ushered into the office during an inauguration ceremony on Oct. 31 at the Nalanda Events Center.
  • Celebrate with Naropa to recognize the best fundraising year in its thirty-five-year history..and learn how you can be a part of Naropa's continued success! Every gift matters. Share your gift right now before the end of this calendar year! It is the thoughtful intention to support Naropa that counts.

  • Discover what is next for Naropa! The university's strategic plan provides the roadmap to deliver Naropa's distinctive education with excellence. The Academic Plan 2009 - 2014 articulates a "curricular arc" for the progression and outcomes of a student journey. Check it out and find yourself inspired!

  • Starting this fall, Naropa now offers an undergraduate minor program in Gender and Women's Studies, a program that came to fruition after a year of effort by dedicated Naropa students.

  • Naropa University presents a new series of "Walk the Talk", a web-exclusive talk show hosted by Waylon Lewis, founder and editor-in-chief of "elephant journal" and Naropa alumnus. Enjoy reduced cost of admission for the Naropa community!
Alumni Highlights
Meet a few Naropa alumni who are meeting the world as it is and changing it for the better.

Naropa alumni are thoughtful healers...
Jane C. Bryant, '89 manages the Emergency Psychiatric Service at the Mental Health Center in Colorado, serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties and recently received the 2009 Health-Care Heroes award from the Boulder County Business Report.

Linda BaconLinda Bacon, '87
went on to earn two graduate degrees after she left Naropa, one an MA in exercise metabolism, and the other a PhD in physiology, specializing in nutrition and weight regulation.  She's a regular presence in the media, recognized for her expertise in weight-related issues.  Her recent book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight (, has received wide acclaim. Linda currently teaches nutrition at City College of San Francisco, maintains a private practice and is a popular and compelling public speaker.

Naropa alumni are innovative creators...
Rocks Karma Arrows Kirsten Wilson, '06 created the acclaimed Rock Karma Arrows, a multimedia contemporary theater piece looking at Boulder history in relation to economic and cultural diversity. She was awarded "ATLAS Innovator" status and a part-time artist-in-residency to mount the piece at CU-Boulder.

Naropa alumni theatre ensemble, Aluminous Collective, get a great review from Westword for their production of Big Love. The review concludes with: "You can see how Big Love could be staged as simply swift, clever, satiric commentary; the Aluminous Collective makes it that and much, much more."

Naropa alumni are changemakers...
Alumni E-newsletter headerKendra Sandoval, '05 developed a Denver start-up company, Blue and Yellow Logic, that's dedicated to fostering economic, social, and racial diversity in the sustainability movement. Photo by Joel Warner: Ashara Ekundayo, Emily Andrews and Kendra Sandoval (right) at Blue and Yellow Logic's Dig It! garden.

Maureen Jack La CroixEcospiritual activist Maureen Jack-LaCroix, '05, founded Be The Change Earth Alliance, a Vancouver-based "citizen-engagement program" which offers the inspiration, tools and community support you need to take action in the growing movement of people committed to a sustainable, just and fulfilling human presence on this planet.

Four recent Naropa alumni (2009), Fabiana Nardi, Kristin Wegner, Kimberlee Derhammer, and Natalie Shrewsbury, have launched an exciting new initiative: Integral Sustainability in Action for Small and Medium Businesses! These group discussions address sustainability processes and tools that are manageable, low-cost, and easy to implement within one's business.

How are you transforming your world? Please share your story.
Announcing: Spring 2010 Alumni Workshop Series!
  Please join us for these dynamic workshops,
by alumni, for the Naropa community
(alumni, students, staff, faculty AND your guests)!

All alumni workshops will be free for Naropa alumni, students, staff, faculty and their guests. RSVP is required and available online (see below) or by phone. 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.

Spring 2010: Alumni Workshops
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, from New Generation Practices
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Virya (NEW location), Paramita Campus, 3285 30th Street, Boulder, CO, free parking available
Click here, for more information.

Brainstorming With Three Levels of Biz Building: with Denise Barnes, '89, founder of SoulSavvy.
Date: Monday, March 1, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Virya, Paramita Campus, 3285 30th Street, Boulder, CO, free parking available
Click here, for more information.

From Vision to Reality: Writing a Business Plan for Profit or Nonprofit ventures with Carmen Cool,'01 founder of the nonprofit Boulder Body Youth Alliance and Arron Mansika, '04, founder of Boulder's Best Organics.
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Sycamore 8120, Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO, free parking available
Click here, for more information.   

Register Now
or call: Melissa Holland, 303-546-3597

Do you have an idea and an interest in presenting an alumni workshop in the future? Send your proposal to Melissa Holland, Alumni Relations Officer.
Alumni Events
Postcard invitation for Brunch We enjoyed...
  • Nearly two hundred Naropa alumni and their guests gathered together in celebration and reunion for the Alumni Champagne Brunch on Sunday, October 4, 2009, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Nalanda Events Center, Naropa University, in Boulder, CO. Check out the highlights and a slide show of this exciting event.
  • Naropa alumni and friends gathered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with President Stuart Lord and Vice President Chris Dwyer, for an evening of conversation and connecting, in October.

NYC Alumni Event in Oct 2009
  • Naropa alumni and their guests met and joined in conversation with Naropa's new President, Stuart C. Lord during a special alumni reception at the home of Naropa Trustee Arbie Thalacker and his wife Deborah Garrett in New York City. See photo above.
  • The Alumni Listening Tour continues!  An Alumni Listening Circle was held in NYC in October, and two additional Alumni Listening Circles were held in Boulder, CO in November. Look for an Alumni Listening Circle in the San Francisco Bay Area, in late March! Stay tuned.
  • The series of Fall 2009 Alumni Workshops in Boulder, CO concluded with over 120 alumni and friends in attendance! We look forward to a wonderful response for the Spring 2010 series. We will continue to audio record these workshops, and share that link to the audio file to those who request it.

We look forward to...
California - March 2010
We are planning a visit to the west coast. We plan to be in California in late March, 2010. Stay tuned for invitations!
Seeking Alumni Notes for the next Naropa Magazine -
Spring 2010
Naropa Magazine Fall 2009 issuePublished 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 Spring 2010 Naropa Magazine!  Deadline for submission is February 14, 2010.