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Call to Action
Alumni Events
Alumni Highlights
Admissions News
Naropa Accreditation
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The Moving Line Exhibit

Sept. - November 30, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wed., November 5, 2014

NYC 40th Anniversary Panel & Reading
Wed., November 5, 2014

University News

Lincoln Building at Naropa University in autumn

Naropa Professor Deborah Bowman to Speak at TEDxBoulder

Contact Us

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

Quick Links
Call to Action 

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View Alumni Weekend Photos 
We are so grateful to all of you who joined us in person or in spirit for Naropa's inaugural Alumni Weekend. Photos are now available on the Naropa Alumni Facebook page. We invite you to visit the page and tag friends you see in the photos! Alumni are such an important part of the Naropa community, we are so thankful we were able to celebrate Naropa's 40th Anniversary with you in this fun and meaningful way. 

Submit a Presentation Proposal for ASK 

Alumni Sharing Knowledge, our free webinar series, is gearing up for another year and we're looking for alumni to share their expertise! Our themes for the upcoming year include: health & wellness, professional self-discovery, and social justice/community organizing. If you have an idea of how you can contribute to one of these topics, or an entirely different topic, we'd love to hear about it! For more information, please email Melissa Holland, or submit a proposal online for consideration.


Join us in Celebrating Gratitude Week

Prayer Flags

November 17-21, the Naropa community will embark on a week of celebrating and honoring the unique contributions we all offer to NaropaWe invite you to watch a brief video and take some time to contemplate gratitude. If you'd like us to share your gratitude with someone at Naropa, send an email to [email protected], and we'll send it on! If you are able, we hope that you will join us for a Gratitude Ritual and community lunch on Wednesday, November 19, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm in PAC. Please RSVP online in advance if you plan to join us, so we can be sure to have enough food! 

Alumni Events

ASK: Alumni Sharing Knowledge

"Understanding Children's Moods and Behaviors"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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

This webinar is designed to introduce participants to a new way of looking at children's moods and behaviors. We will explore what is really going on when a child is displaying signs of anxiety, depression, aggression, shutting down emotionally, hitting, etc. Learn more and RSVP


Photo credit: Rachel Homer

JKS 40th Anniversary Reading & Panel

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. 

The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, 

131 E. 10th Street, New York City, NY 10003

$8 general, $5 student/seniors, or free for members

Celebrate with some of the people who made and continue to make Naropa's Jack Kerouac School what it is! With Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Samuel R. Delany, Brenda Coultas, Bob Holman, Erica Hunt, Eileen Myles, Ammiel Alcalay, David Henderson, Lewis Warsh, Edwin Torres, Julie Patton, Nicole Peyrafitte, Fast Speaking Music and more! Learn more here

Alumni Reception in Los Angeles

Thursday, December 4, 2014 

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles

Rendezvous Lounge 

6101 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Reconnect with Naropa alumni in your area and meet Tommy Lee Woon the new Director of Diversity and Inclusion at a come-and-go reception. Plus, Andrea Auguiste, Director of Development, will be there to share insights on Naropa today and what lies ahead. Before coming to Naropa, Tommy Lee Woon held positions of directing diversity, student life, multicultural education, and opportunity at Oberlin College, Brown University, Dartmouth College, and most recently, Stanford University. Help us welcome and introduce him to Naropa's unique Alumni community! RSVP online in advance, even if tentative.
Alumni Highlights
Marlene Marie Prinzing, MA '04, was recently interviewed on "The Most Positive Business Radio Show" in Denver speaking to "Are You Self-Referral or Object Referral?" She was also recently named in the Covington Who's Who Executive and Professional Directory for her work as a Wellness Expert with the Prinzing Method


Marissa Perel, BA '08, had a show at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City, NY. Part of the Queer New York International Arts Festival, "More than Just a Piece of Sky" examines queer identity in a meditatively paced, hourlong work. You can read a review of the show in the New York Times. Learn more about Perel's work here.

Chris Cole, BA '10,
 has authored a memoir of his journey through mental illness and recovery, leaning into the delusion that he was the second coming of Christ. Exploring eating disorders, addiction, and bipolar disorder, Chris offers an inspirational and refreshing take on his path into and out of pathology. The Body of Chris is being published with Inkshares, a revolutionary crowd-funded publishing house, and is currently available for pre-order.

Admissions News
A note from Alan Taylor, Graduate Admissions Counselor

"As the last golden leaves fall from the trees, and early autumn slowly turns into late autumn, the admissions team here at Naropa has been quite busy! This last month we had our Graduate School of Psychology Preview Weekend, with over 80 prospective students attending two great days of sample classes and panel discussions from faculty, alumni, and more!"...Read more
Accreditation: Invitation to Comment

Naropa University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit March 9 - 11, 2015, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Naropa University has been accredited by the Commission since 1986. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.


The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University via mail to:


Third-Party Comment on Naropa University

The Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411


Or you may also submit comments on the Commission's Website.


Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.


All comments must be received by February 5, 2015.