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Disaster Relief Fund
Alumni Events
The Naropa Event
Alumni Volunteers needed
University News
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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

September 2013
Announcing the Naropa Disaster Relief Fund
Alumni Receptions Fall 2012 banner The Naropa Community shows up for those affected by the recent flooding...


Naropa University has established the Naropa Disaster Relief Fund in order to receive donations and direct them efficiently to members of our community who have immediate needs as a result of last week's flood. It can be accessed at:

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Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche with elegant simplicity taught that, "generosity is a willingness to give, to open without philosophical or pious or religious motives, just simply doing what is required at any moment in any situation..."

Your donations are welcome and will be most appreciated.
Offers of housing, furniture or labor can be sent to

It is a privilege to be a part of such a caring and giving community- something that I am deeply grateful for.

Best Wishes,
President Lief
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
LeadershSusan Skjeiip--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.

Sponsored by Alumni Relations and Career and Community Engagement.

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. 

Alumni Night Out: Dance and Mingle!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.mLucy Wallace.(ish)
Alchemy of Movement,
2436 30th St  Boulder, CO 80301 (303) 449-4410
 Join alumna Lucy Wallace, MA '09, owner of Boulder dance studio Alchemy of Movement and alumni relations director Melissa Holland, for a fun, movement Soul Sweat class (no experience necessary -just have fun moving to great music!) followed by mingling, appetizers and sparkling water and wine. RSVP requested. Sponsored by Alumni Relations.

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Friday - Oct. 18, 2013
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center
25 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Suite 205, Kailua, Hawaii 96734
(2nd floor Aikahi Shopping Center, stairs beside Navy Federal Credit Union)

It's a potluck! Please bring a dish to share. Come and connect with other Naropa alums living in Hawaii! Dr. null Dean Nelson will also be giving a short talk. Dean is founder of the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Center, The Next Step Life Coaching, WindHorse Health Care and author of Don't Waste Pain. He was also a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and former instructor at Naropa University. For more info. contact Shirley Rivera, MATP '08, Hawaii Alumni Regional Volunteer, 808-225-4133, Please rsvp by Oct. 4, 2013

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Melissa Holland at 303-546-3597 or 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.  
*New* Seeking Alumni Volunteers - We NEED you!!
Career Connectors
We are seeking alumni willing to speak with current students or recent alumni about your career path, and to share your advice or wisdom regarding your professional journey, through email, one on one meetings, phone and/or serving on panels or offering workshops. Please contact Sarah Steward, Career and Community Engagement, if you are interested in participating and/or learning more!

Sophomore Shadow Program
We are seeking alumni in the Boulder area to serve as Alumni Professionals, to connect with one of our sophomore students and allow them to shadow you for a half or full day in your professional role in Spring 2014. If you live in the Boulder area and might be interested, please contact Melissa Holland for more information.



ASK: Alumni Sharing Knowledge 

Alumni Relations and Career Services is launching a new program this spring:  ASK: Alumni Sharing Knowledge, providing free webinars facilitated by Naropa University alumni for the Naropa community. This is an opportunity to share the powerful expertise in the alumni community, with Naropa alumni, students, staff, faculty and guests, online so anyone can access, from anywhere! We are seeking proposals from alumni to facilitate a 45 minute webinar, for professional and personal development. Alumni facilitators will be offered a $75 stipend. For more information, please contact Melissa Holland, or submit a proposal online for consideration before November 1stPlease 

University News
News from the Jack Kerouac School of
Disembodied Poetics:

Jack Kerouac School 2013-2014 Events
In Fall 2013, the Jack Kerouac School is going into its second year of the What Where Series, a reading series featuring local and national writers. In the spring, we are excited to welcome Lisa Robertson as the Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow.

To stay up to date on our fall events, please visit:

40th Anniversary at JKS
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Naropa University. The theme for this year-long celebration is Enlightened Society: Compassion in the Global Community. Special 40th Anniversary JKS events include an exhibit at BMoCA, a reading at City Light Bookstore in San Francisco by memorable guests who have taught in the Summer Writing Program, two panels and a reading at the Poetry Project in New York City, a week of the Summer Writing Program dedicated to the lineages, histories, and archives of the Jack Kerouac School, and a special JKS faculty reading at the AWP conference in Seattle.

New Faculty/Staff Member

Jack Kerouac School is pleased to announce that Andrea Rexilius has joined us as our new Core Candidate Assistant Professor and Summer Writing Program Coordinator.

A graduate of the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the PhD program in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Denver, she has taught at Naropa, the University of Denver, and Regis University and served as the Summer Writing Program Administrative Assistant and Interim Manager.

Summer Writing Program 2014 Announced.
Naropa University's SWP 2014 will feature the overall theme of "Anthropocene"- the world Age where everything is woefully affected and conditioned by Man. Read more.

Faculty News from the School of
Natural and Social Sciences:

RIchard Brown In August, Richard Brown, Associate Professor MA Contemplative Education, led a Facilitator Training program at Garrison Institute in New York.

null In July 2013, Jeanine M. Canty, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, did a Speak Easy talk called Walking Between Worlds: Keys to Ecological Healing at Colorado Wanderlust in Copper Mountain Colorado.  

null Anne Z. Parker, Ph.D. (Professor, Environmental Studies), gave a talk on Buddhism and the Environment at Yosemite National Park as part of the Yosemite National Park- Wilderness Working Group reunion in Tuolumne Meadows.

Candace Walworth, PhD (Associate Professor, Peace Studies) traveled to Cochabamba, Bolivia, in March, 2013, null to conduct a review of Where There Be Dragons "Amazon and Andes" program in Bolivia and Peru. The program is accredited by Naropa. Fall semester, 2013, Candace will partner with local organizations such as the Gathering Place in Denver and Grow Local Colorado to create service-learning opportunities for Naropa undergraduates in a newly revised core seminar, "Community-based Learning and Action."

null Deborah Young, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education, recently published two articles on Gross National Happiness Holistic Education and Critical Pedagogy and continues to do research in Bhutan developing a Holistic GNH education pedagogy. Dr. Young received a 2013 Hawkins Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boulder County District Colorado Association Education Young Children (BCDCAEYC).