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USAFA, Veterans, and Contemplation: Naropa Blog Post

Two U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) cadets have attended the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s (RMPA) annual convention for three years in a row, presenting on what they have studied and learned from interactions with Naropa University. Why they are presenting started when I was introduced, by Naropa psychology professor Peter Grossenbacher, to Michelle Butler a behavioral sciences professor at the academy. The introduction was after the inaugural Veterans Day event I hosted at Naropa in 2015.

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Oath of Service

Today I did an Oath of Service for the third time in my life. It’s fascinating to reflect on the differences of how each of them felt. The first time was when I enlisted to serve my country as a U.S. Army Musician. The second time was as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2016 serving at Naropa University to start building Veteran services (outside of a VA certifying official for veteran benefits). This third time was again with AmeriCorps at the same location.

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Writing a Book

My journey of writing a book began in a writing class at Naropa University during the fall semester of 2013. It was my third time taking the class and I needed to make sure I did well on the final assignment to pass it. Our final assignment was to turn in a manuscript of the work we had done during the semester. I wasn’t impressed with the semester’s work I had done, so I inquired about writing one paper for the final assignment. The teacher mentioned it would be firmly graded and had to be the same length as the final manuscript (about 20-25 pages).

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