APRIL 2014
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Call to Action
Alumni Events
Alumni Highlights
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday, April 11- Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

University News

Lincoln Building at Naropa University in autumn

Contact Us

Director of Alumni Relations
Director of Career and Community Engagement

Alumni Communications Coordinator

Save the Date

Sunday, April 20, 2014

JKS Graduation Readings
Friday, May 9, 2014

ASK: "New Grads"
Thursday, May 29,2014 

Alumni Weekend
October 10-12, 2014

Quick Links
Call to Action 

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Alumni Voices Project 

In celebration of Naropa's 40th anniversary, we are gathering stories from our amazing alumni through video! We hope to capture a glimpse of what life after Naropa has been like for you, and how the impact of your Naropa experience continues to unfold in your life. Read more about the project and how to participate here. 


The Little Blue Flame

Alumni, we want to hear your story! Join the Naropa community in responding to our topic for 2014: How did Naropa find you? Your response can be in whatever genuine form you desire, we just ask that you share it with us here! Together, we will create a living narrative of Naropa.


Alumni Weekend Planning Committee 

Naropa's first-ever Alumni Weekend is Friday, October 10 - Sunday, October 12, 2014! We hope you already have these dates on your calendar, because we look forward to reconnecting and sharing a fun weekend with all our Naropa alumni. If you want to be a part of the planning and hosting of this exciting weekend, please contact Melissa Holland for more information.

Alumni Events
Wellness Event: "When I Catch Up, Then I Can Relax"
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Naropa University, Arapahoe Campus- Thalacker Conference Room
Join us for a seminar led by Christine Gust on creating satisfying work. In this session, we'll look at the thoughts driving your work habits and practical ways you can balance work and personal time while still accomplishing what's important. Sponsored by Elevations Credit Union. Learn more and RSVP

CANCELLED: Boulder Alumni Pavilion Reception

*Rescheduled Date TBA* 

Naropa University, Arapahoe Campus - Pavilion

Come take a look at the newly completed pavilion connecting Sycamore Hall and PAC on Naropa's Arapahoe Campus. Enjoy time with Naropa's President, Chuck Lief, and catch up with other local alumni attending. Rescheduled date and registration information to come.  

San Francisco, CA: Alumni & Parents Reception
Sunday, April 20, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bocce Cafe, 478 Green St., San Francisco, CA 94133
Join Naropa's Board of Trustees members and alumni, Tyler Norris, MDiv, and Pamela Krasney, MA '84, plus, Regional Alumni Volunteer, Diana Conley, BA '04, and Alumni Relations Director, Melissa Holland, for a West Coast celebration of Naropa's 40th anniversary year! Light refreshments will be provided; entrees and other beverages available for purchase. 
RSVP here (even if it's a "maybe").

Money Mondays: Will You Have Enough to Retire Comfortably?
Monday, April 21, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Naropa University, Thalacker Conference Room
Local alumni are invited to join in a series of workshops that aim to explore and deepen our relationship with money and abundance. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to [email protected]Details here.

ASK: Alumni Sharing Knowledge
"Teach. Travel. Transform: Teaching Overseas"
Thursday, April 24, 2014
12:00 p.m. MST - Webinar series (call-in from anywhere!)
In this free webinar, alum Kim Carroll, BA '98, founder of the English for Life Academy, will set the scene for what you can experience when teaching overseas.   Learn more and RSVP.  
Los Angeles, CA: Alumni & Parents Happy Hour President Lief
Sunday, April 27, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Save the Date! All area alumni are invited to join President Chuck Lief, Erin Farrell from alumni and development, and alumna Martine McDonald, BA '09, for a happy hour to connect with Naropa University and with your Naropa community in the LA area. Location and RSVP information will be available soon.
Alumni Highlights
Penelope Lanphier, MFA '03, has released a self-published
book, Magrete, about "an eighteen year old Danish girl struggling with mental impairment and troubled by her parents' conversion to Mormonism in 1857." The book is available on Amazon and BN.com. Lanphier was a finalist in one of Glimmer Train's Short Story Contests.   
Mae Lee Sun, MA '00, co-authored a new book Brumby: A Celebration of Australia's Wild Horses. She has worked as a freelance journalist/photographer, editor and animal welfare advocate for over fifteen years. Mae Lee is currently the editor of Wild Horse Journal.  
Kevin Mays, MA '95, has an upcoming book release. He shares, "Naropa taught me to uncover the hidden potential of every group.  I've written about it in my new book: TOTEM: Mastering the Art of Team Performance, where I apply Tibetan Buddhism to Team dynamics in the corporate world." Learn about the marriage of Buddhism and Leadership at the July 16 ASK webinar
Alyson Duffey, MA'06, is the Development & Marketing Director at Growing Gardens of Boulder County. Growing Gardens cultivates community through sustainable urban agriculture and education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.  


Patricia Abdale, BA '91, passed away on January 29, 2014. In New York and Colorado, she developed movement therapy techniques for seniors and brought joy to their lives utilizing exercise, music and art. She loved to laugh, was a deeply spiritual person, and was well-traveled. Read more about Patricia here.

Patricia had a deep concern for the environment, and in that spirit donations can be made to the Natural Resources Defense Council at www.nrdc.org.