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August 2013
Call to Action for Alumni
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Please update your contact information
We'll be mailing the fall issue of Naropa! Magazine later this fall and we want to mail it to the correct address. We also now have an expanded online version as well, so please update your email address as well, if needed. Update your Contact Info.

Join "Each One, Reach One"
This is our grassroots effort to reach out to our alumni community and make more connections! Please help us by forwarding this email to any and all Naropa alumni friends, and asking them to update their contact information, including their email address!

Share what you're up to 
We are seeking Alumni Notes for the fall issue of Naropa Magazine; the deadline for submission is this Tuesday, Sept 3rd.  Please share your good news, accomplishments and milestones, to be included in the next issue. Submit an Alumni Note.


Alumni Events
Please Join Us!

Mini Authentic Leadership Series with Susan Skjei
Tuesdays (Oct 8, 22 and Nov 19), 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Academic Coaching Classroom, Lower Level, Wulsin Hall
2130 Arapahoe Ave
This mini-series provides an introduction to Authentic Leadership--a powerful approach to personal and professional development that can increase one's capacity for clarity, compassion and effective action in life and at work.  The program will include meditation practice, contemplative dialogue and practical application.  Open to Naropa students, alumni, faculty and staff, free of charge.  You are invited to attend one or all three! RSVP is requested. For more information and/or to RSVP, please email Melissa Holland.

October 8, 2013         
Authenticity & Presence:  Bringing Who You Are to How You Lead

October 22, 2013
Me to We:  Engaging Others in Powerful Conversations

November 19, 2013 
Leading Change:  Sensing, Visioning and Acting

Sponsored by Alumni Relations and Career and Community Engagement.

Susan Skjei Susan Skjei, M.S, PCC, is an educator, executive coach and consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change. Formerly a Vice President of Learning and Development for a large technology company, she currently directs the Authentic Leadership program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and consults internationally through her company Sane Systems.  Susan is skilled at fostering inclusive and empowering learning experiences and is an Acharya (senior teacher) within the Shambhala tradition.  She will also offer an Authentic Leadership Workshop at Shambhala Mountain Center (co-sponsored by Naropa) on October 17-20, 2013
Sponsored by Alumni Relations.

Warriorship: Merging Who We Are with What We Do
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 12 noon-1:20 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus
2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302
Jerry Colonna Free and open to all. No RSPV necessary. 

Join Naropa's chair of the board of trustees and certified professional life and business coach, Jerry Colonna, for a fascinating talk and discussion about the journey of values-based engagement and the adventure of merging our deepest selves with the work we do in the world. Read more about Jerry.

Co-sponsored by: Naropa Sustainability Council, Career Services and Community Engagement, and Alumni Relations. 

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Melissa Holland at 303-546-3597 or [email protected] to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in these events.
*NEW* "The Naropa Event"
You are invited... 
Naropa University's inaugural fundraising event for student scholarships
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Saturday, September 28, 2013 * 6:00 pm.
Nalanda Campus

Immerse yourself. Honor the lineage. Celebrate the culture. Enjoy an evening of delicious food created by local restaurateur, Lenny Martinelli, signature Naropatinis courtesy of Downslope Distillery, and a selection of wines courtesy of Hazel's Beverage World. Experience live theater and digital art installations, live music by Intuit alumni band, Intuit, plus dancing and a live auction, priced for all!

Special discounted ticket price for alumni. Please use the following code: 


Guests must be 21 years or older.  Read more and/or purchase tickets.  
Alumni in the News
Diane Israel Alumna Diane Israel (MA '92) and current faculty member wrote this piece for the New York Times, on "Beware If Exercise Is Driven by Fear Instead of Pleasure".

Eric Wilden Eric Wilden, MDiv '06, serves as executive director at My Way, an organization offering many services to local residents 55 and older in Philadelphia, PA. Read article. (Photo by Heather Drew)

The Boulder Daily Camera shared a story about alumna Kirsten Warner, and her Women's Yoga class at the Yoga Loft in Boulder.
Read article.

Megan Fincher (MFA '09) had an article in the National Catholic Reporter highlighting peace activists walk from Illinois to Iowa to protest drone warfare.

Vincent Horn Alumni Vincent Van Horn (BA '07) (pictured) and Ryan Oelke (non-degree) speak about their journey in creating the fascinating organization the Buddhist Geeks, in Tricycle magazine. Buddhist Geeks website

Tim Hernandez Tim Z. Hernandez (BA '07) is selected by Major Jackson on the Poetry Society of America's website, under "New American Poets".




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Bernie Glassman
"Making Peace: the World as One Body"
Bernie Glassman Friday, September 6, 2013 
Naropa's Performing Arts Center
2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO
Naropa University is very excited to host Greyston Foundation and Zen Peacemakers founder, Zen Master and Teacher Bernie Glassman.  The event is free and open to the public. To learn more and to register, please visit

Jack Kerouac School Fall Events: 
All of our events are free and open to alumni, students, staff, faculty and the public.
  To keep up to date on all of our events, please visit our blog:
University News
New Trustee Appointed
Rose Marcario Naropa University appointed Patagonia Works President & CEO, Rose Marcario, to the Board of Trustees.  "As a highly regarded social entrepreneur, leader in environmental sustainability, and longtime Buddhist practitioner with deep ties to Naropa's founding lineage, Rose will bring a valuable perspective to the board," shares Naropa President Charles Lief. Read more.

Remembering Anselm Hollo
Naropa University hosted a memorial reading during their 2013 Summer Writing Program for poet and longtime Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics faculty member, Anselm Hollo. A prolific poet, translator, and a beloved mentor to hundreds of students, Anselm Hollo died peacefully in his home on January 29, 2013 after a valiant battle with a recurrent meningioma. He is deeply missed by the Naropa community. Read more.
Congratulations, Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown!
Judith Simmer-Brown Naropa University is pleased to announce that Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa professor of religious studies since 1978, has been named Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies. According to Naropa University President Charles Lief, the new appointment "will have a lasting impact on [Naropa's] longterm success as a contemplative education leader." Read more

Welcome to our new Provost, Dr. Janet Cramer
Janet Cramer After a search process encouraging the engagement of its whole community, Naropa University announced the appointment of Janet Cramer, PhD as new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, effective August 1. Read more.