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In This Issue
Naropa News and Highlights
Alumni Highlights
Upcoming Alumni Events
Annual Fund News
NEW! Alumni Relations Announcements
Alumni To-Do list
Introduce yourself via email or phone to Naropa's  Alumni Relations Officer
Melissa Holland
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Spring 2011

Warm greetings from Boulder, CO!

In this issue, we invite you to:
  • catch up on Naropa news and highlights - including the latest distinction Naropa received!
  • read the Alumni Highlights and find yourself inspired by the unique journeys alumni create.
  • discover how alumni are connecting with Naropa and each other through alumni events and gatherings around the country.
  • learn about the exciting new initiatives in Alumni Relations such as an online alumni network, Regional Volunteers, the Alumni Advisory circle.

As always, please fuel the "Each One, Reach One" effort and forward this e-newsletter on to any Naropa alumni you are in contact with - as they may not be receiving it!


As we immerse ourselves in this season of spring and new growth, we encourage you to connect with us, with each other and with your own contemplative practice.  




Melissa Holland

Alumni Relations Officer


Naropa News and Highlights
University News


Howard DeanNaropa University's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 3 p.m. in Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado Boulder featured Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005-2009, and current CNBC contributor. Read more. And enjoy these photos from Commencement.


Carolyn JacobsDr. Carolyn Jacobs, Smith College of Social Work Dean, joined Naropa University Board of Trustees. Read more.







Jan WillisNaropa University announced the appointment of Janice Willis, PhD, Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University to its board of trustees. Dr. Willis is one of the earliest American scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, and has published numerous essays and articles on Buddhist meditation, hagiography, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race. Read more.



Stuart Lord article in 5280President Stuart Lord was featured in a recent issue of the Denver publication, 5280; Here, he talks about walking the talk, meditation and prayer, and why education cuts hurt America.  Read the article. 



LynLyn Hejinian has been named the 2011 Visiting Fellow at Naropa University, funded by the Allen Ginsberg Estate. Read more.




 President Lord spoke with Michael Lerner, from New School Commonweal, about his journey from being a foster child to leading America's foremost center of contemplative education. Listen to this compelling interview here.


Composing While Dancing book cover imageA new book just released, "Composing while Dancing: An Improviser's Companion" examines the world of improvisational dance and the varied approaches to this art form, and includes interviews with our very own, Barbara Dilley.  Read more.










Peter SengeNaropa hosted a two-day series of lectures, dialogues, and workshops titled "Emerging Paradigms For Leadership: What's Needed Now?" in February. Among the speakers who led the discussion and dialogue was Dr. Peter Senge, prominent author of "The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization."






Sharon SalzbergNaropa was honored to host meditation teacher and author Sharon Salzberg for a public talk and book signing in support of her new book, "Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation" in February.




The website "" recently posted an article entitled, "10 U.S. Colleges That Are Totally Unique."  No surprise...but Naropa University is listed as one of them!

Alumni Highlights

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


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


Kate Barrow

In NYC, alumna Kate Barrow, BA '05, is the youth services coordinator/clinical social worker at Midtown Community Court, the first community court in the country. In March, 2010, Kate gave the keynote address at the 2011 Power of Social Work Conference hosted by the National Association of Social Workers - NY Chapter. Her talk, entitled "Weighing the Evidence," examined how social workers can incorporate anti-oppressive approaches into their evidence-based work. Read more.

Kate is also the founding organizer of RISE: Social Work to End Oppression, a collective of social workers in New York City. RISE works to undo institutionalized oppressions through education, training, and community events. The Huffington Post covered the RISE Conference in this recent article: The New Generation of Activists: How Social Workers from RISE are Restoring Social Justice to their Profession 


Stress Management Services Massage & Wellness Co-Op in Boulder was founded by TCP alumna Velina Lujan, MA '05.  Velina practiced solo for 3 years before realizing that working in community was essential for her own health and well-being. She connected with her Naropa community and now there are six alums, including herself, in this co-op. Just recently, Velina decided to change her business model from focusing on herself and her business to a cooperative model where all practioners are featured and supported in their private practices.

SMS alumni
L to R: Vivian Sylvest, MA; Jenna Robbert, MA; Lou Stenger, MA;  Chiwa Higashi, BA; Velina Lujan, MA and Kristen McCormack, BA



Contemplative Hiking book coverAlumna Margaret Emerson, MA '09, is a freelance writer, designer and ecopsychologist, and has a collection of essays and suggested activities on how to connect with nature through contemplative practices while hiking, on her website,  She recently wrote and published a book, "Contemplative Hiking Along the Colorado Front Range" and offers a variety of retreats and workshops. 





CostiConstantin Parvulescu (Costi), BA '89, premiered his string quartet Voronets Blue at the 3d Annual Occultural Music Festival in May of 2010. He continues to be active in the Seattle music scene, playing with the Bucharest Drinking Team, Bat Country, and with his teacher's band, Lache Cercel and Roma Swing. By day he repairs violins and makes bows. 

Upcoming Alumni Events

Please join us for one of the two upcoming
Naropa Alumni Receptions with President Stuart Lord:

Wednesday, May 18th, 6 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
NY Open Center, unique center for holistic learning
22 East 30th Street
between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016


Saturday, June 4th, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Johnson and Wales University, University Event Center (directions to campus and campus map)
7150 Montview Boulevard - Denver, CO 80220

Hors d'oeuvres, music and great conversation with your fellow
Naropians will be included! 
All Naropa community members (alumni, friends, staff and former staff, faculty and former faculty, non-degree alumni and your guests) are warmly welcome!
RSVPis requested and VERY helpful. For more information and to RSVP online, please visit:
Announcing Naropa's new Annual Fund Officer

Megan Drimal with son Elias

Megan E. Drimal holds a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, for which she focused on the human emotional and spiritual response to the present mass extinction of species and cultures. Megan joined the Naropa community as Annual Fund Officer in December 2010, moving her family from Livingston, Montana to Boulder. Megan comes to the Development team with over a decade experience fundraising for non-profit organizations.  She is thrilled to offer her writing and relationship building skills to enliven, deepen and broaden Naropa's annual giving community. 


"May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive."  L.O. Baird

Our Goal: 300 alumni donors!

With more than 5,000 Naropa alumni, we feel it is possible for 300 to make a gift of any size by June 30, 2011. So far, more than 150 alumni have participated. Please help show others how much we believe in a Naropa education by making a gift today.  


President Lord is pleased to participate in the community effort to increase alumni giving and has offered a $5 match to all new alumni gifts of $5 or more. View Invitation




Make a Gift







NEW! Alumni Relations Announces...

Sneak Peek. Online Alumni Network coming SOON!

BIG news... Late summer/early fall, we will be launching an online alumni network enabling alumni to connect with each other and Naropa!  

Features in this online Naropa alumni community will include:  alumni directory, alumni profiles, professional networking and job search opportunities, groups such as regional areas and by program/majors, bulletin board, news and events, calendar, online event registration and more.  We will inform you when the online alumni network is up and running and look forward to your participation.


Regional Volunteers.
We are launching a new alumni volunteer program:
Regional Volunteers. Regional Volunteers are alumni who agree to serve as alumni contacts in their geographic area. We thank the following alumni for agreeing to serve Naropa in this meaningful way:


Arizona (Phoenix)
Nick Head, MA, Buddhist and Western Psychology, 1983 

California (Los Angeles)
Ryan Harrison, MA, Transpersonal Psychology (low residency), 2003

California (Santa Cruz)
Alison Hanwit Harre, MA, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, 2002  

Illinois (Chicago)

Diana M. Conley, BA, Traditional Eastern Arts, 2004

Minnesota (Crookston)
Daniel Wolpert, MA, Contemplative Psychotherapy, 1987

New York (New York City)
Kate Barrow, BA, Contemplative Psychology, 2004

North Carolina (Asheville)
Sajit Greene, MA, LPC, Dance/Movement Therapy, 1994

North Carolina (Winston, near Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill)
Kevin Mays, Ed.D., MA, Contemplative Psychotherapy, 1994

Oregon (Portland)
Aaron Hill, BA, Environmental Studies, 1997 

If YOU are interested in learning more about the Regional Volunteer program, and may be interested in this role, please contact Melissa Holland, alumni relations officer.

Alumni Advisory Circle.
The newly developed Naropa Alumni Advisory Circle provides guidance, input and feedback to the Office of Alumni Relations on alumni programming and communications. 

The Advisory Circle consists of dedicated alumni , who have expressed commitment to Naropa through key leadership roles, as either past alumni relations staff member, as a Trustee or former Trustee.

Gabrielle Edison '88
Sam Elmore '07
Steve Grad '98
Pamela Krasney '83
Heather Philipp '02
Jeff Price '97
Nick Vail '05
Brooks Witter '05