APRIL 2015
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Friday, April 3, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Arapahoe Campus

Friday, April 3, 2015
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Paramita Campus, Virya

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Arapahoe Campus, Performing Arts Center

Fri. & Sat., April 17 & 18, 2015
Arapahoe Campus

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Arapahoe Campus, Performing Arts Center 
Free and open to the public

Thursday, April 23, 2015
7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Arapahoe Campus, Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Arapahoe Campus, Performing Arts Center

University News

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Director of Alumni Relations


Alumni & Annual Fund Manager

 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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Naropa University's Office of Development and Alumni Relations, will be hosting a series of gatherings in the Pacific Northwest in late April! We invite you to connect with Angela Madura, Donor Relations and Stewardship Officer, to learn about the latest news from Naropa. Please attend and share your voice and wisdom as we focus on the vision and future direction of the university! Learn more and RSVP.   


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Naropa University's GSP Credentialing Coordinator, Claire Chang, has compiled a guidebook to act as the first point of reference for any and all credentialing/licensure questions you may have. If you are facing the credentialing process, we encourage you to check out this resource for the Naropa community! Read the guidebook online

Alumni Events

Myers Briggs Type Indicator� Spring 2015 Group Workshops

Tuesday, April 14,  4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

Naropa University, Arapahoe Campus

Student Union, Lower Level, Wulsin Hall

2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Naropa alumni, students, faculty and staff can explore their Myers Briggs type preferences at this group workshop facilitated by Matt Peterson, M.S., MBTI� Certified Practitioner. The MBTI is a personality inventory that makes use of the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung, this workshop will explore how your type applies to life at and beyond college and career. Free and open to all Naropa community members. RSVP required. 

Learn more and RSVP.

Alumni Sharing Knowledge:
"Understanding Your Character Strengths and Virtues" 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.- MST
Join us online from anywhere!

Have you thought about the specific character strengths that define who you are? Take the free VIA Strengths Inventory and attend this webinar, presented by Linda Faucheux, MA '94, to explore who you are at your core and what that has to say about your personal and professional signature strengths and greatest potential. Learn more and RSVP.


Coffee Hour in Eugene, OR 

Monday, April 20, 2015
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Perugino, 767 Willamette St #102
Eugene, OR 97401

Please join us for an informal gathering with your local Naropa community and learn about the latest news at the university. Network and stay connected! Coffee and treats will be provided.

RSVP requested


Coffee Hour in Ashland, OR

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mix Sweet Shop, 57 N Main St

Ashland, OR 97520

You're invited to a gathering with your local Naropa community. Learn about the latest news, network and stay connected! Coffee and treats will be provided. 

RSVP requested


Connect with Naropa in Portland! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Be Space, 211 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Share an afternoon with your local Naropa community at alumna Elizabeth Russell's Be Space in Portland! Join us for a dialogue and to learn more about what is on the horizon for Naropa. 

RSVP requested.  


Coffee Hour in Seattle, WA

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Uptown Espresso - South Lake Union

500 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Join us for an informal gathering with your local Naropa community and learn about the latest news at the university! Coffee and treats will be provided.

RSVP requested

Alumni Highlights
Sarah Lipton, BA '04, and her husband, Scott Robbins, recently welcomed their first daughter, Odessa Rose Lipton Robbins. Odessa was born in their farmhouse in Calais, Vermont on February 5th. The three are rejoicing in Odessa's good health and joyful presence in their lives. Lipton has also recently started a business called The Presence Point, LLC, through which she offers leadership mentoring using teachings on embodiment and creative process. Learn more about The Presence Point

Justin Bogardus, MA '13, recently won Best Short at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival for his film Prescription Strength. Described as 'Saturday Night Live' meets the solution to all your problems, the short film is a satire about a current day issue affecting us all...revealed in the perfect post-modern capsule, a prescription drug commercial. Watch an interview with Justin Bogardus.  

Ryan Judd, MA '00, was featured in ABC News' Person of the Week segment "Celebrating All Music Therapists." He has been working as a music therapist with individuals with special needs for more than 14 years. Learn more about Judd's work with "The Rhythm Tree" and watch the news segment online.  


Lynn Brown, BA '12, is currently working on a writing project celebrating African American expatriate writers in Paris. The anthology explores both historical and contemporary writers. If you are interested in supporting the project, you can visit Brown's IndieGogo campaign to learn more! The proceeds go towards paying the contributing writers, as well as towards printing and promotion costs for the finished product. Help spread the word about this project, contribute, and learn more! 
Admissions News

Experience Naropa was a huge success.

Our largest group of prospective undergraduate students ever visited campus for a taste of the Naropa magic. While they were here they contributed to a collaborative art installation, met with energetic student ambassadors and staff, and sampled classes. 


Thank you for continuing to send great students our way!


Karen Wills

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

In Memory

In memory of Fay Elliott


Fay Elliott graduated from Naropa University in 2011 with an MDiv degree, and worked as a chaplain in a variety of local and regional organizations, including the Boulder Shambhala Center and Boulder County Hospice. She also served as an adjunct faculty member in the MDiv program as well as in Naropa's Core, most recently teaching the Diversity/Inclusivity classes. She was a three-time cancer survivor who had been declared cancer-free, and so it was a shock to her and her friends and family that she suddenly was diagnosed with lung cancer and died within a couple of days, on Monday, March 23, at Boulder Community Hospital. On her deathbed, she married her beloved fianc�, Richard Ehret, to whom she was to be married in May. 


Fay was a joyful and energetic presence wherever she went, translating her own experience with cancer into leading cancer support groups, visiting hospice patients, and providing spiritual care for many in physical or psychological distress. She loved Naropa and was deeply engaged in the community, full of vision for the future of the MDiv program and the Core curriculum. Her thesis, "Walking the Path of the Bodhisattva Chaplain," described her journey of transforming life's difficult circumstances into compassionate service. She is deeply missed.

With warm wishes,

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies
Naropa University