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December 2013
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Alumni Weekend Planning Committee 

*Save the Date!*  Naropa's Alumni Weekend will be Friday, October 10 -Saturday, October 11, 2014! This will include a number of gatherings and opportunities for alumni to enjoy, such as "Alumni College", classes for alumni by beloved Naropa faculty, school and program receptions, as well as a big Naropa gathering with food, music and friends, to celebrate Naropa's 40th year. We are seeking alumni to help with the planning and hosting of this exciting weekend! Please contact Melissa Holland for more information.

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!  

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.


Call for Submissions: Something on Paper 

JKS' new online poetics journal is seeking critical theses for their upcoming issues. Submissions should be fully realized and revised, unpublished critical work written while attending JKS. Find out more by visiting the submissions page here. 
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Introducing the Fall 2013 Issue of Naropa Magazine: Sustainability

Featuring cover art by faculty and environmental artist Jill Powers, the fall issue highlights one of the three pillars of a Naropa education: sustainability. We're excited to share some of our curricular innovations, including Naropa's new curricular arc and the cross-curricular faculty development initiative The Roving Professors Project. University Snapshots gives us a glimpse into the mind and heart of new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Janet Cramer. Through several feature articles, we also highlight our alumni's groundbreaking work in addressing the multidimensionality of stewardship and creating a more just and sustainable world.

Read Naropa Magazine online here. 
Alumni Highlights

Bill Keys, '94 was recently featured on the popular blog, Humans of New York, leading to numerous media interviews, and exponentially growing his online fan base in just two weeks time. Creator of Poems While You Wait, Keys is now working on a stage presentation of his work, and is currently offering hand-made books featuring his poetry available for purchase online. The collections will make you laugh and cry, and may just make a great holiday gift for your loved ones!       
 Alumna Sarah Lipton, BA '04, has been Editor-in-Chief of 
the Shambhala Times for nearly 3 years and is working hard to build the online news magazine into a viable, sustainable news organization for the global Shambhala community. She is also writing a book and starting a business called, The Presence Point, an investigation of embodiment and creative process. 
Melissa Soalt, MA '86, AKA Dr. Ruthless, is an award winning women's self defense expert and advocate and former psychotherapist principally working with trauma and recovery. A Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame recipient and a woman of the year, in 2012 she was named a Top 10 Toughee. Melissa is working on a book, distilling her fierce female messages and methods, and presenting her "Dharma of Defense." You can read her Dharma of Defense Q&A, and follow her on Facebook.
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OUTFront Colorado recently shared a story featuring alumnus Andy SethiMA '12The article, titled "A Journey of Many Paths," explores several perspectives of LGBT religious lives in Colorado. Sethi mentions the Graduate School of Psychology as a step in his faith journey, leading to his work on addiction counseling in Denver. Read article.  
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Jack Kerouac School BA/MFA Fall Graduation Reading
Friday, December 13, 2013 
7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center
Come celebrate with our graduating students as they complete their journeys at Naropa! Free and open to alumni, students, staff, faculty and the public. Refreshments will be served. 
For more information, please contact Ariella Ruth, 303-546-3581. 
To keep up to date on all JKS events, please visit their blog.

6th Annual Bayard and John Cobb Peace Lecture 
"From War Zones to the Happiness Country"
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Naropa University is excited to host Dr. Ha Vinh Tho, Program Director for the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan. He will be speaking about Gross National Happiness in Bhutan and how it can contribute to creating an enlightened society. Mark your calendars now, more details will be available soon!

Community News
Memorial Service Honoring Gary Mueller
Longtime psychology professor, Gary Mueller, passed away on November 15, following a long illness. A much beloved member of the community, Gary taught at Naropa from 1991 to 2007. A memorial service honoring Gary was held on December 9, 2013, at the Chautauqua Community Center, 900 Baseline Road. 

Sukhavati Ceremony Celebrated the Memory of Roger Dorris

Roger Dorris died peacefully on Saturday, November 9th,surrounded by his large family of friends, colleagues, and students. Roger was a core faculty member of Naropa for 18 years and a great friend and mentor to many students, staff and faculty. A Sukhavati Ceremony was held in his memory on Wednesday, November 13th at 10am at the Shambhala Center.  

University News
2014 Authentic Leadership Certificate Program Announced  
Naropa University's School of Extended Studies has announced the launch of their 2014 Authentic Leadership Certificate Program. Drawing from the fields of neuroscience, Buddhism, complexity science, organizational learning, and leadership, the program helps leaders to cultivate self-awareness and creativity and enhance relationships with others. Read more.
11th Annual Front Range Bioneers Conference 
Naropa University co-sponsored the Front Range Bioneers Conference, November 8-10, for the third consecutive year. In addition to presentations, workshops, and field trips, the event featured broadcasts of plenaries from the national Bioneers Conference, which takes place annually in San Rafael, California. Read more.

Naropa University Divests from Fossil Fuels
Following a unanimous vote by Naropa University's endowment committee, the institution has fully divested from their holdings in companies identified by as having the highest potential greenhouse gas emissions, based on their carbon reserves. Read more.