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Alumni Feedback Needed
Alumni Events
Alumni Career Services
Alumni Highlights
Naropa News and Highlights
Naropa Magazine
Annual Fund
Alumni Benefits NEW!
Alumni To-Do list
Introduce yourself via email or phone to Naropa's  Alumni Relations Officer
Melissa Holland
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Career Services for Alumni

Naropa University Career Services is here to support
you as a valued member of our community.

Services include:


Interview Skills and Practice


Resume and Cover Letters




Exploring Careers


Job Search


Graduate School Search


Career Guides


Web Resources 

Visit Alumni Career Services to learn more!
Sarah Steward

 Contact Sarah Steward, career services coordinator:

Allen Ginsberg Library second floor (6210)
Arapahoe Campus

Fall 2012

President Lief It is a pleasure to offer greetings as Naropa University's new president. Our University is off to an energetic start this academic year, fueled in large part by the rousing and heartfelt convocation address by alumna Kendra Sandoval (MA '06, Environmental Leadership) who is a community relations specialist in the office of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. As Kendra so beautifully put it her Naropa education prepared her well for her current public service career.

I am grateful for the hard work of all the faculty and staff during the recently completed transition year and especially thankful that our friend and colleague John Cobb stepped into the president's office so ably when we were most in need of someone to hold the vision and keep Naropa moving forward.

During all the student welcome events I was happy to have met the many alumni who were on campus and took the time to introduce themselves to me. Naropa alumni are not lacking in ideas, suggestions and opinions - a good thing from my perspective. 

I believe deeply that Naropa graduates are making a difference in so many areas of endeavor and know that we need to continue to provide ways for each of you to inter-connect, share your stories and spark many conversations.
I am committed to working with my Naropa colleagues to create meaningful ways for that to happen.

I would welcome contact from any of you with thoughts about ways you can offer support to Naropa or how we might enhance our students' experience to make them even more effective as they join the alumni ranks.

Best Wishes,
Chuck Lief
Alumni Feedback Needed for 40th Anniversary Events
Exciting News!

In 2014, Naropa will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary.  We have begun planning for Naropa's 40th Anniversary events and would greatly appreciate your input. As President Lief mentioned in his letter to alumni, our alumni are rich with ideas, suggestions, opinions - so please share!

One of our goals is to reach out and include Naropa's alumni around the country and world; your feedback will allow us to serve you in the best way possible. Please share your ideas and thoughts in this short, five question survey.

Melissa Holland
Alumni Relations


Alumni Events
Alumni Workshop Series Fall 2012

Money Mondays Logo Join us on the first Monday of every month for Money Mondays, a series of workshops that will explore our relationship with money and abundance and its relation to our self worth, as well as pragmatic, grounded, financial education. For more information and a schedule of workshops, visit the Naropa Alumni Events page.

TEC Talks LOGO On the second Tuesday of every month, Naropa will be hosting another series of workshops, TEC Talks, Naropa's take on the "TED Talks," offering short, informal workshops around important technical tools and software. For more information and a schedule of workshops, visit the Naropa Alumni Events page.

Alumni-Facilitated Workshop

Seth Lepore headshot On Sunday, September 9th, alumnus Seth Lepore will facilitate The Nuts & Bolts of Being a Working Artist/Performer/Musician, a workshop applicable to performing arts of all genres. For more information, visit the Naropa Alumni Events page.

Alumni Receptions

President Lief Meet our new President, Chuck Lief and reconnect with your Naropa community!

San Francisco, CA (Sausalito)
Sunday, October 7th
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hosted by Trustee, Pamela Krasney

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sunday, October 28th
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hosted by alumnus and former faculty Paul Cashman, and wife Christine.

Boulder, CO: Naropa's first-ever "OmComing"!!
Saturday, November 3
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Campus, Nalanda Events Center
Hosted by the Naropa Alumni Association
More information is coming soon - stay tuned!

New York City, NY (Upper West Side)
Sunday, November 11
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Trustee, Jerry Colonna

All Receptions are open to all Naropa alumni and their guests.  RSVP is requested. 

For more information and/or to RSVP, please visit the Naropa Alumni Events page or contact Melissa Holland
, alumni relations, 303-546-3597.

Alumni Career Services
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced their Mental Health Hiring Initiative, a national marketing & outreach campaign developed to improve recruitment & hiring, marketing, education & training programs, and retention efforts for mental health professionals serving VA medical centers and community clinics, and to meet existing and future demands of mental health care services in an integrated, collaborative team environment.

Work at Naropa! For more information about working at Naropa and to see current available job openings, please visit Naropa's Employment page.

Alumni Career Services are available for Naropa alumni! Please join us for our upcoming:

Job Search Circle  NEW!
Image of zen circle Please join us for a series of workshops to provide support, inspiration and education around the job search process.

We will explore:

    Identifying Your Strengths
    Clarifying Your Vision
    Cover Letters and Resumes
    Networking and Tapping into the Hidden Job Market
    Interviewing Skills

Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Alumni Highlights
Meet a few Naropa alumni who are meeting the world as it is and changing it for the better.

Kim Cunningham, Caitlin Gill,
Mary E. Kelley, and Zoe Zimmerman are all BFA alumni who constitute The SUB(liminal) Space Research Group, a performance ensemble based out of Boulder/Denver. This summer, they were invited as guest artists to The Bare Bone Butoh Showcase in San Francisco, where they performed "the eCHo of the Canyon," and members Kim Cunningham and Caitlin Gill also wrote and performed "It's a Long Time to be Wearing Black" at the Boulder International Fringe Festival this summer. Mary. E. Kelly also has released a book of poetry, "Dancing Sunlight at the Unforgiving Fierceness of the Brick Wall," which is on sale at Boulder's Innisfree Bookstore on the Hill, and can be sampled here.

Joan Hanna
, Dance Therapy alumna, has created a unique community resource, offering workshops, camps, concerts, and readings out of a renovated barn on Maury Island. The Barn offers a space to listen and notice what arises from our sensations, through our bodies, from the environment, from our connections and experience of life.

Deborah Holexa
, MA '10, recently helped coordinate a self-designed MA Ed refresher program. It was deemed a success by all nine alumni in attendance. Pictured to the right are Joan Griffin '09, Linda Derick '08, Dina Louck '09, Louanna Razo '11, Christine Pomroy '10, Meghan Fahey '09, Peggy Larson '09, Nicky Pitman '10, & Debbi Holexa '10.

Tim Johnson, MFA '11, has been busy directing Vicki Caroline Cheatwood's Ruth, a moving play set in both present-day and Dust Bowl era Oklahoma, which combines magical realism and political commentary to address such issues as poverty, bigotry, survival, acceptance, and forgiveness. The play was the centerpiece of Kitchen Dog Theater's annual new works festival this summer.

Dan Wolpert Dan Wolpert, MA '87, co-created the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing (MICAH), a Contemplative Christian undertaking dedicated to the practice and study of spiritual formation and leadership, healing, and the arts. MICAH will be sponsoring "Seeking an Integrated Reality: A Conference on Science & Spirituality" on September 19-22, which will use observations and experiences of both science and contemplative life to explore the different facets of our existence and how they contribute to our intertwined reality. 

How are you transforming your world? Please share your story.
Naropa News and Highlights
University News

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan visited Naropa this past spring for a community talk and book signing of his recent book A Mindful Nation (Hay House). Ryan has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness practice as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation.

Please join the Jack Kerouac School in congratulating Anne Waldman, who won the 2012 PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry for her book The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press). Congratulations, Anne, on this prestigious award!

This summer Naropa participated in "The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions," a conference in Telluride, Colorado which convenes a unique group of leading world experts in the fields of altruism, compassion, and service to present their latest research. Leading a panel discussion at the conference were Interim Provost & VP of Academic Affairs Carol Blackshire-Belay, along with faculty members Judith Simmer-Brown, Richard Brown, Peter Grossenbacher, and Jane Carpenter-Cohen.



The Graduate School of Psychology is getting a fresh new start this fall after a summer's worth of construction at Paramita campus, with an expanded Computer/Research Laboratory and Library, more open flow and seating areas for students, and Smart Classrooms. Plus, a new wing for Somatic Psychology will be created later this year.  



Naropa is pleased to announce the new student representative to the Board of Trustees, Nick Ballinger. He will formally be elected in September for a two-year term.







Naropa recently partnered with Boulder-based Where There Be Dragons to provide students the unique opportunity join contemplative academics with experiential study abroad in China, Nepal, India, or Bolivia/Peru for credit. 






Naropa Art Therapy's Naropa Community Art Studio International has received a three-year grant from the Jenzabar Foundation, after going on a service trip to Cambodia to aid and train survivors of sex trafficking.




On September 12th, Nina Simons will visit Naropa as a guest speaker for a Community Town Hall. Nina Simons is co-CEO and co-founder of Bioneers, and recently published the anthology Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, edited with Anneke Campbell. Click here for more information about this free public event.  



Naropa Magazine - Spring 2012
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Deadline for submission is Tuesday, September 14, 2012 at 5 p.m. MST

Alumni Show Up for Naropa

Please consider showing your support for current and future students and all of Naropa's present and future compassionate warriors by making a gift to the Annual Fund. Every gift matters!
Alumni Benefits

Alumni can now audit courses which are available for audit! The list of courses available for audit is available here.

Interested in more alumni benefits? Your Naropa Alumni Association card grants you access to many perks of being a Naropa Alumni.

With your Naropa Alumni Association card, you can get discounts with select businesses, such as Four Gates, where your Alumni card gets you a 10% discount on meditation supplies, yoga supplies, garden supplies, and much more!