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Naropa Prayer Flags
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Arapahoe Campus

February 2012

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Naropa Love Stories
Happy Valentine's Day, Naropa alumni!Buddha Heart
You are a treasured part of the Naropa community. We invite you to read some "Naropa Love Stories" and find yourself inspired by how people found each other and/or found Naropa, in this unique community.

Click here to see this year and last year's Naropa Love Stories!



A search is underway for a new President for Naropa University. The entire University community, including alumni, is being asked to complete a short survey to gain a better understanding of your thoughts and aspirations. Please take a few moments to complete the survey - The deadline for accepting submissions through the survey will be February 17th, after which we will begin tabulating responses. Read more.
Curses book cover
Naropa staff member, Julie Kazimer, has a new book published, "CURSES! A F***ed Up Fairy Tale" that some say "aims to be Shrek for adults". In her free time, she works in finance and registration for Naropa University's Summer Writing Program.

Naropa Community Art Studio
In January 2011, Naropa University's art therapy program initiated the expansion of the Naropa Community Art Studio (NCAS). On October 1 and 2, 2011, NCAS-I kicked off its first major fundraiser to support the partnership between Naropa and
with a 48-hour painting marathon. The fundraiser brought in more than $15,000 to go towards student scholarships for the May program, when Naropa art therapy students will be traveling to Cambodia to collaborate on art therapy initiatives with Transitions Global staff. For more photos, videos, and updates, visit Join them March 17, 2012 at the Odd Fellows Lodge on Pearl Street in Boulder Colorado for the Small Resources = Big Possibilities Art Auction Gala!

The Tsadra Foundation renewed their grant to continue translation of sacred texts by Acharya Tenpa Gyaltsen.

The Schocken Foundation re-allocated a prior grant for the development of a distance learning certificate in Contemplative Judaism.  This will provide a contemplative foundation for rabbinical students at the Aleph Institute.  This program is expected to begin in 2012 - 2013.

Somatic Arts ConcertThe Somatic Arts Concert was a smashing success! The two night event raised approximately $4,000 and will fund two partial scholarships for the Somatic Psych Program. Both evenings were sold out events with people being turned away at the door!  Big thanks and kudos to the entire Somatic Psych Team at Naropa.

The Center for Student Excellence and Engagement enjoyed a GRAND OPENING on February 7th! This Center brings Student Affairs and Undergraduate Academic Advising together to support the student journey. It is located on the second floor of the Administration Building on the Arapahoe Campus, providing a student-centered space with a gorgeous view of the campus green and flatirons.

Naropa University and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics announce that renowned poet Alice Notley has been selected as the 2011-2012 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow at Naropa University, February 21-25, 2012.


Alumni Events - please join us!
Free and open to all Naropa alumni, students, staff, faculty and their guests and friends.
Alumni Workshop
Networking: A Boost to Your Career or Business
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sam ElmoreTime: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  
Location: University of Colorado - Center for Community, Abrahms Lounge
Facilitator: Sam Elmore '07, experiential coaching and consulting, On the Brinc

Career and Networking Fair 
Careers for a Cause
Networking and Career Fair, co-sponsored with University of Colorado - Boulder

Date: Thursday, February 29, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Performing Arts Center at Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Alumni Professional Panel 
The Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice
Date:   Thursday, March 8, 2012
Time:   7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Location:  Paramita Campus, room TBD, 3285 30th Street  
Panelists: Becky DeGrossa '06, Michelle Frieswyk-Johnson '02, Keith Kurlander '05

Money 101 Workshop
The Society for Financial Awareness will be on campus to share "back-to-the-basics" information on personal and business money management.  The first half will be dedicated to personal finances and the second to business finances.  
Date:   Tuesday, March 13  
Time:   6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  
Location:   Center for Student Excellence and Engagement (2nd floor Administration Building) 
Arapahoe Campus: 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO  
Facilitators:  Rebecca Gangl '07 and Society for Financial Awareness representative(s) 
Alice NotleyAlice Notley
February 21 and 24, 2012 
Naropa University and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics announce that renowned poet Alice Notley has been selected as the 2011-2012 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow at Naropa University, February 21-25, 2012. As part of a week-long residency, there are two free events open to the public:


Tuesday, February 21, 8:15 p.m. Lecture with Q&A session Shambhala Hall, Naropa University 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302

Friday, February 24, 7:30 p.m. Reading and book signing Performing Arts Center, Naropa University 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302 Read more

Shambhala Day 2012Shambhala Day Celebration (no classes, offices closed) 
February 22, 2012
The community celebration will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center on the Arapahoe Campus (2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302).  Brunch will be served. ALL alumni are very welcome! 

Community Practice Day (no classes, offices closed) 
March 6, 2012 
Community Practice Day Service Projects
We will have various service projects for you to participate in on the afternoon of Practice Day. Stay tuned - and for those of you not in the Boulder area, we invite you to join us in spirit, and practice in your own way and time!
ate Psychology Job Search Workshop  
Spring Break 
March 21 - April 1, 2012    

Last day of classes 
May 9, 2012

May 12, 2012 


Naropa Prayer Flag Campaign
Prayer Flags at Denver Alumni Event Your Participation Matters Most
in Raising Money for Naropa

Dear Alumni
Did you know that when foundations and corporations consider giving money to universities like Naropa, they usually ask one question, "How supportive is your alumni?" In other words, are those closest to your mission showing up for you because they believe in what you're doing?
This simply means that EVERY gift counts;  every gift serves as visible evidence of a powerful intention of support for this unique place.  Naropa is needed in this world.

Last year, 4% of Naropa alumni gave to the Annual Fund and we are excited to increase this show of support to 6% this year.This means only 150 new alumni donors need to contribute this year - so your participation matters!

You can make a pledge or promise of any amount and not have to pay it until June 30, 2012. And, if you make a pledge of $25 you can submit a prayer/aspiration that will be placed on a Prayer Flag and unveiled on Shambhala Day, February 22.

To make a pledge,
please e-mail Andrea Auguiste
with your pledge amount as well as your prayer/aspiration.
You may indicate the amount of your pledge,
and your prayer, in your email.

To make an immediate donation,
You may add your prayer in the online form,
in the "Dedication or Gift" field.

If you would like more information about the Prayer Flags or the Annual Fund Campaign, or would like to be involved, please contact Andrea Auguiste, Associate Director of Development at or 303-546-3594.


Rodney Weiss (BA Contemplative Psychology, '04)
Joshua Hyman (MFA Writing & Poetics, '05)