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Naropa News and Highlights
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Naropa University Career Services is here to support
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Sarah Steward



Sarah Steward, career services coordinator:
Allen Ginsberg Library second floor (6210)
Arapahoe Campus

Spring 2010
Part of Naropa University's mission is to prepare students "to meet the world as it is, and change it for the better." This statement is really at the core of this wonderful partnership between externalizing the learned and internalizing that which we discover. This is the essence of a Naropa education, and we hope it is an embodied virtue of every alumnus/a. 

I invite you to join the "each one, reach one" grassroots campaign, and simply reach out to all Naropa peers with a request to update their contact information with us. I encourage you to participate in giving to the Naropa Annual Fund - in any amount that is comfortable for you, because every gift, of every size, matters. It is the participation and your intention of support that matters most. I hope that each of you will share your Naropa educational experience with your friends, families and communities to inspire Naropa's future students. Spread the word and share the link to on your Facebook page.

At Naropa, we strive to take what we have learned and apply it to our world, while simultaneously being open and receptive to discovering a new and changing world everyday. Is there any greater pursuit?

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Stuart C. Lord

Naropa News and Highlights
University News

Melanne VerveerNaropa University is pleased to announce that Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for the U.S. Department of State's Global Women's Issues office, will be Naropa's commencement speaker on Saturday, May 8.


GreenhouseConrgatulations, Naropa!  Naropa University is one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review (

Alumni E-newsletter headerFrederick P. Lenz Foundation Distinguished Guest Lecturer is pleased to have presented Dr. Paula Green who delivered a talk on International Peacemaking at Naropa on April 7th.

Jared Polis


On Monday, April 19, Congressman Jared Polis spoke at a community town hall about the latest news from Washington concerning higher education, healthcare and immigration.

Stuart Sigman ProvostNaropa University is undergoing an administrative reorganization in order to improve the efficiency of executive leadership and to pursue excellence through institutionalized diversity and other objectives. For more details, see

As part of the reorganization, Vice President for Academic Affairs Stuart Sigman, PhD, has been appointed to the newly created position of provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Naropa is undertaking a comprehensive
budget initiative, including substantial budget reductions, to strengthen its financial future and become a more stable priority-driven institution.

Faculty and Departmental News
SWP Summer 2010Naropa's renowned Summer Writing Program will be held June 14-July 11, 2010. Please join us for four unforgettable weeks of experimental poetics, cultural activism and meditative awareness! Credit and noncredit programs available. Explore poetry, fiction, translation, letterpress printing and more.

Naropa University is proud to announce the recent publication of two books, The Courage to Be Present: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Awakening of Natural Wisdomby Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD, professor in Naropa's Contemplative Counseling Psychology Department, and Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Are Born Withby Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, associate professor in Naropa's Interdisciplinary Studies Department.

Naropa University's Religious Studies Department hosted Buddhist teacher, writer and scholar, Stephen Batchelor for a book signing and talk in support of his new book, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.

Naropa University's legendary Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics was a co-sponsor of the 2010 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference, one the biggest literary conventions in North America, attracting nearly 8,000 people and hundreds of publishers for four days of seminars, presentations and readings.

FACES conference imageThis summer Naropa University and FACES Conferences will present: "Buddhism & Psychology: The Art of Counseling". A limited number of discounted tickets are available for the Naropa Extended Studies community and alumni.

Student News
Sycamore Page 1 Issue 1Naropa student leaders have launched a student newspaper, The Sycamore, available both in print and online

They need you!

The Editorial Board is looking for contributions (articles, photos, cartoons, ideas) from alumni. Please contact Editor-in-Chief Mohammad Usman for more information. 

Dead Man Walking

Naropa University's BFA in Performance and Peace Studies students are exploring the death penalty as part of the
National Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project; public performances will be held April 30 and May 1.

Alumni Highlights
Meet a few Naropa alumni who are meeting the world as it is and changing it for the better.

Rob Baker
, BA '02, spent four years with Oxfam America as senior developer for web & video, and is now with a new group deploying citizen journalism programs around the world, Small World News. He traveled to Uganda this month to setup another program; and intends to do the same in Haiti and Sudan this year as well.

Amelia Charles
, BA '07, lives in Sudan and is developing a local NGO called The Agora Projectwhich aims to establish a network of public libraries and literacy courses across the country. Her vision is to fill the substantial gaps in Sudanese education and to address the difficulty faced by average people to obtain books published or translated outside of Sudan.

MickMick Choder, MA '96, is busy teaching music with his business Driving Music Home, providing counseling at the Growth Opportunity Center, and providing music therapy for kids on the autism spectrum. He has taken a hiatus from writing songs in favor of performing jazz standards. Mick  live near his hometown in suburban Philadelphia and is interested in connecting with other area alumni. Email: [email protected]

Alumni E-newsletter headerAnn Elizabeth Grace, MA '03 has written Confusion to Clarity: The Twentysomething's Guide to Finding Your Calling, filled with eye-opening stories, factual research, revealing author analysis, and thought-provoking exercises, this book is an invaluable resource to both twentysomethings and the Baby Boomer parents who raised them. Visit her website:

Tim HernandezTim Hernandez, BA '07, wrote Breathing in Dust and just completed a reading at the Boulder Book Store and participated in panel discussions at the AWP conference. He was featured in a recent article in the Daily Camera. His debut book of poetry, Skin Tax, was awarded an American Book Award in 2006, while he was an undergraduate student in Naropa's writing program. He is currently at work on a novel of historical fiction and is shopping around two poetry manuscripts. Tim's website.

Denise RomanoDenise Romano, MFA '92, has her book The HR Toolkit: An Indispensable Resource for Being a Credible Activist published by McGraw Hill and her new blog Workplace Credible Activist addresses the ethical and legal compliance responsibilities that all HR professionals have in any workplace. She has more than fourteen years of experience working in the Human Resources and Organizational Development field in government, nonprofit, and for-profit companies, including six additional years of successful whistleblower activity.

Craig Schlarb, BA '96, completed an MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA and is now the Executive Director of the Community Center for Health and Wellness in Palo Alto. He also presented on a panel at the Association of Transpersonal psychology conference in February as a "new visionary" along with founders of the field.

How are you transforming your world? Please share your story.
Alumni Events

Alumni have been gathering together across the United State

Portland, OR alumni: Paul Burnstein and Lelia Loder
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Portland, OR: 
Alumna Leila Loder, MA '05, helped organize an event with Melissa Holland, alumni relations officer and ten Naropa alumni.
LosAngeles, CA:
Fifteen alumni and friends gathered in LA with President Stuart Lord. The event was hosted by Naropa friends, Stanley Weiser and Tom Gottlieb, along with alumnus, Ryan Harrison, MA '03, who helped set up, host and clean up. Thank you, Ryan!

Santa Barbara area alumni: Karen Barranco, Tova Morrison, Clyde Blair, Christiane Leone
Santa Barbara alumni event
Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, CA: Alumni connected with each other and Melissa Holland, alumni relations officer, in Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. Special thanks to Andy Acker, BA '06, for his help in planning and hosting the Santa Cruz alumni reception.

Santa Cruz area alumni: First Row: Melissa Holland, Maria Flegas, Nora Sarkissian, Gina Ray, Kitty Dennis, Garrat Conway, Larry McFall.  Second Row: Forbes Ellis, Andy Acker and David Rasch
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Stuart Lord, Ann Licater and Chris Dwyer
Stuart Lord, Ann Licater and Chris Dwyer
San Francisco, CA:
Alumna and trustee, Pamela Krasney, MA '83, and her husband Marty Krasney, hosted twenty-five alumni and friends at their home in Sausalito, with President Stuart Lord. Alumna Ann Licater, MLA '03, played her Native American world flute, to the enjoyment of all who attended. Visit Ann's website Flute for the Soul.
Photo by Craig Schlarb, '96
Stuart Lord in Sausalito CA


Stay tuned...
Naropa hopes to visit the east coast at the end of June: New York City, Boston and Philadelphia! More details forthcoming...

NEW! Annual Fund Video
Student Sherry Gobaleza is committed to creating a world without oppression.

Student, Sherry Gobaleza
Sherry Gobaleza
Short video of current student, Sherry Gobaleza
Interdisciplinary Studies student Sherry Gobaleza says Naropa has helped fuel her spirit and passion to continue on her path of social justice work after she graduates in May. Sherry writes more about her journey on the Annual Fund blog
Please consider showing your support for Sherry and all of Naropa's present and future compassionate warriors by making a gift to the Annual Fund. Every gift matters!
Naropa Magazine - Spring 2010
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Deadline for submission is August 15, 2010