JUNE 2014
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In This Issue
Call to Action
Alumni Events
Annual Fund 2014
Alumni Highlights
Alumni Office Note
University Events 

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Monday, June 2 - Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Shambhala Principle: Rising to the Challenge of Our Times
Friday, June 13 - Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

University News

Lincoln Building at Naropa University in autumn

Contact Us

Director of Alumni Relations
Director of Career and Community Engagement

Claire Chang
Credentialing Coordinator 
Alumni Communications Coordinator

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Tuesday, June 10

"Adapting Compassion Training from Tibet" with John Makransky
Friday, September 12

Naropa Week
Friday, Oct. 10 - Sunday, Oct. 19
Call to Action 

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We invite you to...  

Celebrate Naropa Week

Our 40th anniversary celebrations peak with Naropa Week this October, highlighting the best of Naropa's contributions to the arts, psychology, and spirituality. Festivities begin with Alumni Weekend, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12, with other exciting events throughout the week leading up to the Radical Compassion Symposium, Thursday, October 16 through Sunday, October 19. We hope you can join us! 


The Little Blue Flame

Alumni, we invite you to take a moment to consider...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. Read the responses we've collected so far. 


Naropa University Commencement  

A recording of Spring Commencement is available to view online, as well as some fantastic photos capturing moments from the day. Congrats to the Class of 2014, our newest alumni! 
[Photos by Marc Piscotty] 
Alumni Events
Grounding Your Dreams: Career Manifestation Through The Chakras 
Tuesdays, June 17 - July 22, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Group size limited, attendance required each week. 
Registration Required; $25 materials fee
All Naropa alumni are invited to join us for this six-week workshop using the architecture of the chakra system to give your career dreams an energetic power punch to success. Led by Sarah Gibson, MA '13, the group will meet Tuesday afternoons, starting June 17th. Learn more and register
All-Colorado Alumni Career Fair
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver, CO
Alumni from around the state are invited to this Alumni-only career fair in Denver. Whether you're looking to network, for a new career, or other chances to engage, you will find a myriad of opportunities at this Recruit Denver event. Learn more and register.   

ASK: Alumni Sharing Knowledge

"Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination"

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

12:00 p.m. MST- Meet online and by phone 

In this free webinar, alum David Rasch, MA '78, will examine several commonly experienced writing productivity problems and present a number of strategies for addressing them. Learn more and RSVP

Annual Fund 2014

Marking our 40th anniversary has inspired all of us to consider what Naropa has done for our lives, our creative work, and our relationships. We invite you to join us in this contemplation and consider giving back to Naropa.
Naropa's long-term sustainability depends on the support of alumni and donors. Giving each year to Naropa's Annual Fund, supporting student scholarships, academic programs, and new initiatives, is an excellent way to demonstrate your commitment to Naropa's legacy and future. 
Please know that your gift, regardless of size, has a direct impact on current students and Naropa's future. Make your gift today! 
Alumni Highlights
Matthew Bellows, BA '92, was recently featured in a Forbes article, "The Highs And Lows Of The Startup Game." In the article, Bellows shares his experiences in the startup and tech world, speaking to the work he is doing on his current project, Yesware, and making note of his contemplative journey. Read more here.   


Jon Simons, BA '06, released a music video for a song off his first record, Through the Walls. Originally recorded in 1999, "The Love Troll" was recently re-released on vinyl and high-resolution download. Directed by Vancouver filmmaker Julia Patey and starring French actress Lucie Aron, click here to watch the official music video
Mason Brown, BA '13, will be attending the Intermediate Tibetan Language Intensive at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu this summer. Currently pursuing a PhD at CU, with the goal of becoming an ethnomusicologist of Tibet, Brown's training will contribute to his work of studying, teaching, and preserving the rich and endangered culture of Tibet.    
Tree Bernstein, MFA '92, is currently serving as Area Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools, coaches for Poetry Out Loud, and chairs the Literary Branch at the Ojai Art Center. She teaches writing and literature at the Brooks Institute. Click here to visit her website, and enter TreeHouse Press or visit her poetic advice column Ask Ms. Metaphor
Alumni Office Note
Introducing GSP's new Credentialing Coordinator! 

Alumni Relations would like to introduce Claire Chang, MA '14,  as the new Credentialing Coordinator for Graduate School of Psychology students and alumni. The Credentialing Coordinator serves to support the personal and professional development of GSP students and alumni through assisting with processes related to transitioning into the professional field of counseling. Claire offers individualized support in the form of guidance, assistance, and advocacy (such as official documentation) concerning counselor licensure and other credentials in the US and internationally. 

Claire moved from Australia where she worked in mental health education, training, and research, to attend Naropa's Contemplative Counseling Psychology Program which she graduated from this May. She is excited to enter into this new role, as she is passionate about supporting the education and training of mental health professionals. 

Claire invites all GSP alumni in need of credentialing assistance to contact her through e-mail [email protected] (most efficient), or by phone 303-245-4722. Please include your name, program, and year of graduation in your message. Plus, if you have access to MyNaropa, check out the GSP Credentialing page in the GSP portal. You will find useful links, information, and helpful documents for credentialing. 
Look out for updates and communications from Claire in future e-newsletters!