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March 2012

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As I write, spring has returned to the campus. The crocuses are up and short sleeves are everywhere. It is also a metaphor as the University is alive with activity.  

I am writing to request your support of the Naropa University Annual Fund. The annual fund is the life-blood of this organization, supporting student scholarships, and all manner of infrastructure and personnel that directly and immediately benefit student life.  Our goal for this year is $1.2 M and due to the generosity of many alumni, staff, faculty, students, parents and friends, we are within $190,000 of that goal --- this is very good news; however, we only have about three months to go to meet, or surpass this milestone.

Your gift represents a vote of confidence and trust as we move forward in many tangible ways to invigorate and expand the reach of this precious and unique institution.

As such, we are in the process of cultivating and fertilizing (organic, of course) the University in many ways. We are in the second year of an academic plan that includes significant increases to compensation for our distinguished core faculty. We are engaged in the development of a plan to "Grow the University" - focused on new programs, the undergraduate experience (building on the Title III grant), the development of an innovative new school for continuing and professional studies, and the improvement of facilities.

Everywhere I look colleges and training programs are turning to mindfulness-awareness training -- what we for years have termed contemplative education -- to meet a need and to enhance their pedagogy. Naropa is positioned well to continue and strengthen its significant leadership role for the benefit of its students and alumni.

Please join me in looking ahead to a bright future for Naropa and be moved to share your support for Naropa.  

To give

By mail:

Naropa University, Development,
2130 Araphaoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302

By phone:

Andrea Auguiste, 303-546-3594

John CobbIn many ways, the total amount of money contributed is not as important as the overall participation in this annual campaign among alumni, parents, and friends. My aspiration is that you participate in whatever way you are able.

My very best to you,


John Whitehouse Cobb

President, Naropa University

University News
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Naropa is co-sponsoring with the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, April 26 - 29, 2012 in Denver, CO. Read more.


The MFA Creative Writing Program offers an online literary magazine, not enough night, inspired by Jack Kerouac, "Not enough ecstasy for me, not enough life, joy, kicks, darkness, music, not enough night."

Faculty in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program started a new blog with the intention of getting ideas from transpersonal educators, practitioners and researchers about creating more inclusive/diverse environments.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends gathered on to celebrate Prayer FlagsShambhala Day, the Tibetan New Year. This celebratory gathering is a long-standing tradition for Naropa, including the annual I-Ching reading. This year's highlights included a relevant, insightful and very funny poem written and read by Naropa President, John Cobb, and an introduction to the Naropa Prayer Flag Campaign. Alumnus Rodney Weiss, '06, Rodney Weiss at Shambhala Dayreturned to Naropa to share his inspiration and initiative that launched the Naropa Prayer Flag campaign. Participants had the opportunity to share their prayer for Naropa on a prayer flag.  Read more.

Naropa was named in an article about the best underrated college towns for the "next generation".

Naropa continues the Presidential Search.


University Events
I Love My Hair....Workshops led by Chaunesti Webb
April 6 & 7
In this weekend workshop, participants will investigate personal narrative, exploring ways of sourcing material for solo and ensemble performance. We will use movement and writing to begin creating a two-minute solo performance that will tell our own unique story. For performers and creators of all levels. Those who do not self-identify as a "performer", are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Facilitated by alumna Chaunesti Webb (MFA, 1997)
Location: Nalanda Campus; 6287 Arapahoe Ave. Admission is free.

For more information contact

Embodied Poetics Project
April 20th, 8:00 pm
This is the 6th annual collaboration between the MFA in Contemporary Theatre and The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. New writing meets a kinesthetically and perceptually intensified arena of physical performance in a series of settings created by Naropa MFA students and faculty.
Location: Nalanda Campus; 9190 Studio Theatre; 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO; Admission: General Admission is $5 per show; $3 for Students, Seniors and the Naropa Community with ID.

World Music & Dance Concert
Saturday, April 21
8 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO 80302
This is a Naropa tradition: An evening celebration of dance, music and world culture.
Admission: $5 general; $3 students


June 12 - 14, 2012
The LOHAS Forum (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) brings together +500 business members to network and learn about the opportunities the LOHAS marketplace has to offer. Naropa alumni receive a 40% discount off full price registration to the upcoming LOHAS Forum (a savings of $300.) Use the code AFFPLOHAS2012  For more information and to register: read more.


Alumni Events
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You are invited...

Alumni Reception and Play

Thursday, April 5, 2012
I Love My Hair When It Is Good: & Then Again When It Looks Defiant And Impressive
Written and Directed by MFA Alumna, Chaunesti Webb

Light dinner included, 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Administration Building, RSVP required.

8:00 p.m., Naropa University's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Ave. This original play explores the complex relationship African American women have with their hair and how that relationship has shaped their identities.

Admission is free.

To RSVP for the Alumni Reception and the play, please read more.
Alumni Highlights

This month, we celebrate our alumni writers...

The founder and director of Instinctual Intelligence, Theodore Usatynski MA '05, recently wrote a book, Instinctual Intelligence: The Primal Wisdom of the Nervous System and the Evolution of Human Nature.

Terry Helwig (non-degree'96) is delighted to share that Simon & Schuster recently published her childhood memoir "Moonlight on Linoleum"and will be signing copies of her award-winning memoir (Simon & Schuster) at Tattered Cover (Highlands Ranch), May 23, 2012, 7:30 pm.

Richard Froude MFA '04 has a new book, The Passenger, "a whimsical but dynamic map that charts new spaces between psychic continents, between origin and destination..." Published by Skylight Press.  

Kristin Luce MA '97 recently published several articles in the popular online Elephant Journal, including PMS for Dummies, a Survival Guide.

Seth Braun BA '03, coach and mentor, wrote a new book Indestructible Success which is about "building your mind, heart and actions so that you can live your dreams and live (and leave) a legacy of creative and entrepreneurial work that makes a better world." Read more.

Timothy Clayton MA '11 wrote a new book Sustainable Enterprise in the Western Business Monoculture, which asks and addresses the important question regarding the Western business model as a means of social change: Is this dated business vehicle equipped to transport today's change-based groups to their hopeful destination?

Sabrina Santa Clara MA '09 wrote an article published in the Colorado Counseling Association recent newsletter, on "What's Wrong With "No Touch" Policies?"

This represents only a FEW of our talented, innovative authors, writers, poets, bloggers in our midst!

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