Tag: Alumni

Mike’s ‘Going Away’ Party

Say Farewell but never Goodbye ” Michael Moreland Personally, I’m not a big fan of going away parties but today was an exception. The Jaywalker staff came together to share food, fun, and memories with Mike Moreland, Jaywalker Lodge Residential Manager, and a fond farewell as he embarks on a new life journey. We enjoyed great food from Smoke BBQ , Chef Brian’s famous fixin’s, and the incredible McDonald’s hamburger and fries- carrot cake by baker extraordinaire, Rocky. ( Really…not a typo). Mike and his beautiful family are heading back to Illinois to begin a career in the family fast food dynasty. Mike has been a Jaywalker mainstay for the last five years. The first year as a client and alumni leader and then as an invaluable employee for the last 4 years. He began as a residential tech, became the Solutions coordinator,a counselor in the IOP program, and is…

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Study Abroad in South Africa

On May 16th Jaywalker U alum, Danny S, will be participating in Colorado Mountain Colleges Study Abroad trip to South Africa. Students will experience the politics, culture and society of South Africa while earning transferable credits in sociology and anthropology. The students will travel to places such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Soweto, the South African Parliament and local universities and schools.  They will also meet with ANC officials, human rights organizations, local and multinational businesses,and U.S. Embassy staff Danny was one of Jaywalker U’s first students and is well on his way to obtaining his degree. Danny is a prime example of what Jaywalker Lodge and Jaywalker U can do for us. He spends his days sponsoring other alcoholics/addicts, attending class, working, and having fun. Nice work Danny and we hope you have a great time in South Africa! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Synchronicity and Sacred Space

Through storytelling and dance, Synchronicity & the Sacred Space probes the strange landscape where scientific thought encounters the unknown, and human perception and reality are fluid partners in an enigmatic dance. I received a phone call last week from my good friend, Rita requesting some volunteer help to set up for a Dance event to be held Sunday night at Roaring Fork HS. I coordinated with Fran of Aspen Dance Connection to schedule our work time Sunday morning. Initially, I balked at giving up my normal Sunday morning Spiritual fellowship but decided that sometimes it’s a good idea to change up our routines. Myself, two Alumni, and two Jaywalker Lodge clients arrived at the High School to begin our “stage crew” work. At this point, I wasn’t quite sure what type of dance event it was and quickly became more confused as we begin the set-up and the event format…

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New CMC President to Speak in Carbondale

Colorado Mountain College offers students a choice- really THE choice- to live, work, take classes, earn degrees, receive training and contribute to the economies of our mountain communities.” Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, President CMC Colorado Mountain Colleges 9th and newest president will be the featured speaker Monday, March 10th at 7 PM at Thunder River Theatre in downtown Carbondale. Dr Hauser will share her plans to lead CMC “toward becoming the most inclusive, innovative, student -centered college in the country” at the Roaring Fork Cultural Councils inaugural 2014 event. Hauser’s career has included leadership and management roles in higher education institutions, private foundations, and the public policy arena. Prior to Colorado Mountain College, Hauser served as a senior fellow for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and as president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Before joining Kauffman, Hauser was vice president for advancement and external relations at Metropolitan State University…

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Oscar Party at The Alumni Clubhouse

Another great night at the Jaywalker Alumni Clubhouse as Alumni and Friends of Jaywalker took in the 86th Annual Academy Awards Show. Congrats to Fellow Longhorn Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto who took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club. Personally, it was a tossup for me as to best Picture between Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave. They were two of the most visceral and powerful Movies I have experienced in some time. !2 Years a Slave was definitely deserving of the Oscar for best Director and Best Picture. Cate Blanchett was also Oscar worthy for her performance in Blue Jasmine where she portrayed an addicted and delusional former socialite. I found it interesting that Addiction played a prominent role in Many of the top movies and performances. Movie-going is one of the many activities I share with my friends in Sobriety and it…

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Seahawks Win

Over 40 Jaywalker alumni and friends showed up tonight to watch the Seattle Seahawks win their first Superbowl. Although it wasn’t the outcome most of us were looking for, it was a still a night of food, fun, and fellowship. Congratulations to the “12th man”, we will see you next year! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Sober Superbowl Party

Make plans to join us Sunday for a Recovery oriented Party to watch our own Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks. The event is open to anyone in the recovery community and there is no charge, but we will gladly accept donations to offset food cost. The usual 6 PM Narcotics Anonymous meeting will be held next door at the Blend coffee shop, Thanks Wade ! What: Sober Superbowl Party featuring Food, Fun, Football, & Fellowship Where: Jaywalker Alumni Clubhouse (1154 Hwy. 133, next to the Blend) When: Festivities will start at 3:30 PM (Kick-off is at 4:30 PM) come early while food is Hot ! The food will be catered by White House Pizza featuring Hot Wings, Sandwiches, SpinArt Dip, & Caprese Salad. There will also be soft drinks and a Superbowl cake to enjoy. John S. has declared himself Ping Pong Champion of the World and is…

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It’s a Boy

Jaywalker would like to congratulate residential technician and alum, Ed Milos, on becoming a father yesterday! Jaxson Zachary Milos was born at 4:12pm weighing in at  a meaty 7lbs 4oz. He’ll be on a pair of ice skates in no time! Congratulations Ed! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Reunited with the Jaywalker Family

Up until three months ago my life had become overtaken once again by the beast of addiction. I had become a cripple on a couch. Another job lost and a lot of strained relationships. I was fearful to do anything except get to a liquor store. I had been beaten once again into submission. I knew I couldn’t make it any longer the way I was going.   Scared as hell, I jumped in the car and drove, obliterated, to CeDAR in Denver, CO. Still without surrender, and with a lot of drama with police and staff, I was accepted on a ten-day-evaluation. Still no true change of heart, I felt relief. I was going to get the help I needed. It took almost a week to get over feeling sorry for myself, and some convincing not to just walk out. I ended up staying, and after a few days…

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Beginning 2014 Mindfully

Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally, as if your life depended on it.” John Kabat-Zinn As an alcoholic and an addict I have to agree with John Kabat-Zinn. When it comes to the practice of mindfulness I am certain, my very life does depend upon it. Just like working the Steps and practicing the principles of Recovery in all my affairs I must strive to practice Mindfulness in everything I do, not just while meditating or praying but in all my activities. By staying Mindful, in the present moment, I can see things as they really are, not clouded by the judgement and fear of my alcoholic mind. This past weekend a couple of Jaywalker alumni and myself had the opportunity to participate in the Mindful Life Program. We joined 20 others in being part of the inagural Mindful Life Program held at the Third…

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