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Friday, August 7, 2015
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Call to Action 

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Invite an Interested Student to Experience Naropa

Know someone who would benefit from a Naropa education? Back by popular demand, Experience Naropa will be held August 7th at the Nalanda Campus. Learn more and share this link


Share your voice with "This is My Naropa"

Naropa will soon be launching a "This is My Naropa" campaign which will spotlight alumni and current students and be featured across the Naropa website and our online outlets. We're looking for your help in providing insight into the Naropa experience for the broader community! 


We invite you to take a moment and consider the questions below, please email [email protected] with your response:

1) When do you remember first hearing about Naropa and deciding that Naropa was the place for you? What were you doing at the time?
2) Naropa's tagline is "Transform yourself, transform the world." Do you remember a particular moment while you were at Naropa that you first realized this transformation? What were you doing at the time?
3) How have you utilized your Naropa education to make an impact in the world?


Save the Date for The Naropa Event

You're invited to Naropa's biggest fundraising event of the year! The Naropa Event will be taking place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Boulder, CO. Enjoy an evening of fun, food, dancing, and fundraising for Naropa University. More details coming soon. Save the Date!

Alumni Events
Colorado Alumni Listening Tour

Summer 2015

Naropa Prayer Flags
Boulder: July 22 & August 18
Longmont: July 28 & August 12
Fort Collins: July 31
Denver: August 6
Colorado Springs: August 13

Join your fellow Naropa alumni and friends for connection and conversation throughout Colorado. We're hosting events in Boulder, Longmont, Fort Collins, Denver, and Colorado Springs to invite conversation about your personal connection with Naropa. Please come share your story and your voice. Learn more and RSVP for an event near you!  


The 2-Hour Job Search

Monday, August 10, 2015

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
University of Denver, Driscoll Ballroom
2050 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80208
Cost: $15 per alum, includes light supper, parking, and the program

Want to learn to conduct an efficient job search process that maximizes your effort and minimizes your stress? Learn The 2-Hour Job Search method for prioritizing, contacting, and attracting target employers to maximize job search efficiency and effectiveness. Join alumni from a consortium of Colorado colleges and universities - of which Naropa University is a part - to hear Steve Dalton, author of the best-selling book, The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster. Learn more and register online. 


Alumni Sharing Knowledge:
"An Introduction to Herbal Medicine" with Teana David, MFA '09

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - MT
Join us online from anywhere!
Herbal medicine is people's medicine! In this fascinating hour, you will learn how to nourish yourself and your community using the plants that grow around you, many of which are considered weeds! We'll cover the basics of herbal medicine in the Wise Woman Tradition including how to make Nourishing Herbal Infusions, vinegars, tinctures, and oils. These fun and simple recipes will keep you and your family vibrant and strong, while enhancing your connection to the natural world. Learn more and RSVP online.
Alumni Highlights
Tess Elliott, BA '05, was recently featured in the Marin Independent Journal and on highlighting her work at the Point Reyes Light. In addition to editing the Point Reyes Light, Elliott is purchasing the West Marin Citizen, ending a long-time newspaper rivalry. Gaining attention for her police blotter reports in the Sheriff's Calls column of the Point Reyes Light, Elliott is credited as being "the only rural journalist in the country with a bachelor's degree in writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Read a follow up to the Slate article here. 

Sarah Schantz, BA '11, was featured in Westword for her debut novel, FigSet in rural Kansas in the '80s and '90s, Fig is the dreamlike story of Fiona "Fig" Johnson, a girl who suffers from OCD. The book isn't just about Fig's struggles; it's about how she copes with her beloved Mama, whose schizophrenia transforms her as the years go by. Schantz teaches writing classes at Front Range Community College, as well as hosting private writing workshops in her living room. She's already hard at work on her next book, Roadside Altars, a novel that revolves around a bipolar trailer-park kid who listens to heavy metal, with each chapter based on a tarot card. Read more about Schantz's work.

Kelly Cowling, MA '09 was interviewed for the Times Call Community Review about her love for fantasy literature, which led her to start a monthly book discussion in Longmont, CO that has now turned into the Grey Havens Group. The group, which just recently launched Grey Havens Young Adults, expects to be a 501c(3) non-profit by September, and Cowling currently sits on the board of directors and attends and leads meetings continually. The facets of the organization have one thing in common: promoting literacy, imagination and community inclusion. Read more about Cowling and the Grey Havens Group. 


Jordan Hill, MA '09, was featured in Collegiate Times for leading an hour-long mindfulness practice to peacefully contemplate the anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy in April. Hill organized the first community sitting three years ago with students in an Asian religions course he was teaching. The tradition has since spread through word of mouth and this year on social media. "This is my last semester at Virginia Tech, and teaching, spreading and being a part of the mindfulness community has been a major part of my time here," Hill said. Read more about the event. 
Kate Brown, MA '97, was featured in the May 2015 issue of Oprah Magazine. Highlighting her work with Boulder Organic Foods, the article follows Brown's story of taking the ladle into her own hands to produce fresh, hand-stirred soup that is now available around the country. Learn more about Boulder Organic Foods.
Admissions News

Back by popular demand, on August 7, Naropa University will open its doors to prospective graduate and undergraduate students from across the country and around the world at Experience Naropa - a whirlwind of activity designed to open minds, spark creativity, and begin to create the bonds of community.


Invite someone you know who may be interested in learning more about Naropa! They can tour the campus, attend sample classes, and meet students, faculty, and Naropa community partners who are changing the world for the better. Learn more and share this link

New Community Counseling Center 
Naropa has embarked on an exciting new project, designed to bring our unique healing therapeutic approach to the local community. GSCP and Student affairs have teamed up together to open a mental health clinic in Boulder for people suffering from emotional and psychological distress, who have limited incomes.

This project is still in its infancy, but we thought it important to let you know since our community is graced by the hard work of so many of you who support those seeking better emotional health. Many of you may remember Access Counseling, or have been aware of the long standing vision for this clinic, the dream of both Deb Bowman and Diane Israel. Our model is very similar to Access Counseling. We have hired an Executive Director, Joy Redstone, LCSW, whom some of you may know from her work as ED of The Bridge House. She brings a firm commitment to social justice and is passionate about the delivery of Naropa's healing services to the economically disenfranchised in the community. 

The clinical services will be offered by six Naropa interns, representing each concentration, Contemplative, Somatic and Transpersonal. We anticipate that we will not be economically competing with Naropa alumni, as we plan to see clients that otherwise would not be able to receive any services, due to their economic limitations. We plan to work collaboratively with you and the other mental health clinics, serving clients whose acuity level may cause them to be challenging for individual practitioners.

Currently we are seeking a location in Boulder that is affordable and accessible, which is presenting it's own challenges.

If you are interested in further information, or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joy Redstone at [email protected]