November 2015 Naropa News for Alumni
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We are grateful for you!
Deep bow of gratitude. Alumni, we want to express how grateful we are for each and every one of you who make up the Naropa Alumni community. You are authentic, engaged, and truly inspiring as you take the work you started here at Naropa across the globe. Our sincerest Thank You for being the light Naropa shines in the world.

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Join us for a Veteran's Day Panel & Art Exhibit
On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Naropa will observe Veteran's Day by coming together for community activities such as a panel at 12 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of the Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder. There will also be an art exhibit displayed, celebrating the work of Veteran students and alumni. You are invited to join us! 

Support Student Scholarships at The Naropa Event 2015
Don't miss your chance to attend The Naropa Event on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 6pm. Ticket sales end Monday, November 2! Enjoy an evening with delicious food, music from The Crystal Swing Band, dancing, and a variety of unique silent and live auctions items.Tickets are available at a special rate for alumni at $75 each. Use the code "NUAlumni" at registration to redeem your discount. 

All proceeds benefit student scholarships. Get your tickets today!

Claim your Alumni Discount at the Authentic Leadership Center

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Authentic Leadership Center, we are pleased to offer Naropa Alumni a $500 discount on tuition for the Authentic Leadership Program beginning January 11th, 2016 - simply include the discount code (AL2016P) on your application. Please be aware that discounts only apply if you are not taking the program for credit. For more information, contact Mary McHenry.

Keep up with Conversations at
Have you visited Naropa's blog? Check out some of the new posts from Mark Miller and Michael Franklin. With thoughtful pieces written by Naropa faculty on issues regarding contemplative education, mindfulness, sustainability, diversity, and leadership; The Pilot Light gives glimpses into the Naropa student perspective; and updates from the Alumni community. Follow The Pilot Light at to stay informed about conversations happening at Naropa!

ASK Webinar:

"Digital Dialogue for Social Justice" with Martine McDonald, BA'09

Thurs., November 12 // 12 p.m. MT

Join us online from anywhere!
During this webinar, participants will learn how to use social media to facilitate empowering dialogue around social justice.

RSVP here

Save the Date

Careers for a Cause Job Fair

Thurs., February 18 // 4 - 7 p.m. MT

University of Colorado at Boulder, UMC
Mark your calendar for the annual Careers for a Cause Fair sponsored by Naropa University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. 
Tristan Duke, BA '08, was featured in The News-Gazette about his work as a photographer building the Liminal Camera. In 2008, he founded Infinity Light Science, and recently created holograms for several recording artists. Duke also is a fellow at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, a museum that displays artifacts in a way that breaks down conventional boundaries between art and science. Read more about Duke's work

Congratulations to Megan Marsnik, MFA '98, on the publication of her new book, Under Ground, which is being serialized by the Star Tribune. According to Megan, "It begins as a classic immigrant story and slowly morphs into a protest novel highlighting the courage of the union organizers who fought for workers rights and human dignity." You can find the ebook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and ibooks.

Lori Stultz, BA '15, started traveling at the end of August for an outreach position for the nonprofit organization Vegan Outreach. She will be on the road in her new position for the next year or two! "Compassion, critical thinking, warriorship, and bravery to stand up for what I believe in, all of which are traits that I strengthened during my time at Naropa, helped me land my dream job with a highly respected non-profit organization called Vegan Outreach (VO)." 

Mary Tischler, MFA '99, is currently working on a community garden in Detroit. It Takes A Village Garden recently reached their crowdfunding goal, supporting the transformation of the garden and other playground improvements, part of a comprehensive neighborhood rehabilitation project near 7 Mile and Evergreen in Detroit. The community garden features a Poetry Garden, and includes gardening areas for people to grow organic vegetables, as well as provide the community easier access to fresh produce. Learn more about the project.

Photo credit: Samir AbadyMegan DiBello, MFA '10, and Daniel Dissinger, MFA '09, currently run Poetry Teachers NYC, a company that teaches Adult Education and offers multi-disciplinary events throughout New York City. Read more about their work.  

Support Naropa's Now!

"Completing my undergraduate education at Naropa helped to pull me into stronger connection with myself and others. It has strengthened my leadership skills and helped me feel empowered and resourced, paving the way for me to participate more fully in this complex world. Life since Naropa has been nothing short of rich and full. 

Through my organization, Inner Ocean Empowerment Project, I work to assist vulnerable populations by using acupuncture, education, and nature-based practices to restore health in the individual, the family, and the community at large. My education at Naropa undoubtedly helped me to create this capacity to bear witness and to work from my heart."

Mindi K. Counts, BA '08
Please help us increase the level of alumni giving this year and support current and future students. Visit to make your gift.

I just returned from the American Dance Therapy Association’s annual conference in sunny San Diego. It was lovely to see alumni, current students, and faculty connect during the event and share ideas about somatic counseling and mindfulness. Events like this remind me just how special Naropa is – a place of wisdom and transformation, compassion and innovation.
While I was away, the Office of Admissions kept busy welcoming visitors to campus and meeting prospective students in Colorado and around the country. We’ve hosted the popular Experience Naropa open houses throughout the season, and our last one of the year is Friday, November 6. If you know of any interested students who would like to attend, pass along this link so they can join us.
Until next time!

Kelly Watt
Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions
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In This Issue

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November 6-8, 2015
Washington, DC
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Cultivating Peace in Times of Conflict
November 9, 2015 // 7 pm
Learn More

Veteran's Day Panel and Art Exhibit
November 11, 2015 // 12 pm
Arapahoe Campus, Performing Arts Center

"The Beast Keeps Eating" Diversity Event
November 18, 2015 // 12 pm
Arapahoe Campus, Performing Arts center

Mindful Workplace Series
November 19, 2015 // 7 pm
Nalanda Rm 9235
Learn More

Mindful Leadership Lab
December 4- 5, 2015
Nalanda Events Center
Learn More


Sarah Worzer

Alumni & Annual Fund Manager


Sarah Steward

Director of Career & Community Engagement



Kelly Watt
Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions


Karen Wills
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

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