JULY 2014
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Friday, September 12

 Naropa Week
Friday, Oct. 10 - Sunday, Oct. 19
Featuring:  Alumni Weekend, the [Dis]Embodied Poetics Conference, and the Radical Compassion Symposium.

University News

Lincoln Building at Naropa University in autumn

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Director of Alumni Relations


Alumni Communications Coordinator

 Sarah Steward
Sarah Steward
Director of Career and Community Engagement

GSP Credentialing Coordinator

Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions

Karen Wills
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

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Call to Action 

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Volunteer for Alumni Weekend!

Alumni Relations is seeking volunteers to help lead the fun festivities planned throughout Alumni WeekendFriday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 12. Please email [email protected] to learn more about the volunteer opportunities. Read more about the weekend and spread the word to fellow alums!  


Share your Alumni Voice

We are gathering stories from our amazing alumni through video in hopes of capturing 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 and share your voice 


Catch up with Summer Writing Program

The Jack Kerouac School Summer Writing Program brought together students, writers, scholars, artists, and others over the month of June, in dialogue around the theme of "Anthropocene." Watch a performative reading with Claudia Rankine and Beth Loffreda. Plus, check out more videos and photos captured throughout the 2014 program. 
Alumni Events
ASK: Alumni Sharing Knowledge

"Enlightened Leadership"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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

In this free webinar, alum Kevin Mays, MA '95, will explore the three keys to harnessing your unique leadership gifts and making the world a better place. Learn more and RSVP


Alumni Weekend

Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Naropa University, Boulder, CO

Join us for Naropa's first-ever Alumni Weekend! Reconnect with friends and faculty, revisit Naropa's campuses and take part in Naropa's 40th Anniversary celebrations. Registration is now open! Read more about the weekend.  


Naropa Week

Fri, Oct. 10 through Sun, Oct. 19, 2014

Naropa University, Boulder, CO 

Our 40th Anniversary celebrations peak with Naropa Week this October. Highlighting the best of Naropa's contributions to the arts, psychology and spirituality, Naropa Week aims to gather alumni, community friends, as well as national and international participants, to celebrate Naropa's vibrant roots and community contributions. Find out more about Naropa Week events.   
*Register for the Radical Compassion Symposium, Oct. 16-19, and receive a 30% discount using the code: NUAlumni. Early Bird pricing ends July 30!
Alumni Highlights
Rev. Danny Fisher, MDiv '06, has written a piece honoring former Naropa Religious Studies faculty member and mentor, Roger Dorris, who passed away in November 2013. "A Dharma Talk for a Departed Mentor" speaks to the depth of Roger Dorris' presence at Naropa and beyond. Fisher is the author of Off the Cushion, a blog about Buddhism and social justice featured on Patheos.com. Read more from Fisher's blog here.
Shin Yu Pai, MFA Program in Writing and Poetics, non-degree '02, has been nominated for a 2014 Stranger Genius Award, she is the only poet to be nominated this year. Pai has authored seven books of poetry, has served as a poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum, and has produced literary programming for the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Women's Museum of Dallas, and the Rubin Museum of Art. Read an interview with Pai and visit her website.        
Joe Yeoman, MFA '11, has launched his first company. GrandBox is a monthly care package for older loved ones and seniors. It is a special way to connect families all across the United States by sharing thoughtful gifts. Find out more about GrandBox here.    
Admissions News
Alumni Relations would like to introduce Karen Wills, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, and Kelly Watt, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions to Naropa's alumni community. They will be sharing some great information and insight on Naropa in the "Admissions News" section of our newsletters moving forward! If you would like to reach out to them, their contact information can be found on the left panel of the newsletter.  

"Those of us in admissions are hard at work this summer connecting with our incoming class and preparing for fall recruitment and travel. We hosted our new students on campus on June 20 where they mixed and mingled with the Naropa community and got a taste of the Summer Writing Program as well as Mike's delicious ginger lemonade. Then we all turned around and headed to Denver PrideFest where we spread the Naropa love far and wide. I personally hugged at least 1000 people and a ferret! I can't tell you how fantastic it was to meet so many of you at PrideFest and to share a little bit of Naropa with the larger community.

Thank you all for sending talented students our way. You are easily our biggest asset when it comes to identifying solid Naropa students. Alumni, more than anyone, know the passion, open-mindedness, dedication to authenticity, and willingness to serve that it takes to thrive as a Naropa student. When we get an alumni referral in admissions, we don't take it lightly. I just counted fifteen undergraduate students entering this fall who were referred by alumni! You're fantastic, and I can't thank you enough. Keep the good students coming our way.

Let me know if you have recruiting ideas or want to connect around admissions events. Alumni are always welcome to participate and I think I still have a few hugs left in me, so watch out!" 

    ~ Karen Wills, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

On June 21 & 22, the Office of Admissions and Naropa community volunteers welcomed Denver PrideFest patrons to take part in a community-wide art project called "#NaropaLoves."  We were thrilled to see so many alumni at our booth!  Check out some great photos from the event on Facebook and see if you can spot your fellow alumni.