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Nov 17

Naropa University Fall 2020 Donor Appreciation Reception (Virtual via Zoom)

November 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm MST

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Thank you for registering to join Naropa University’s Fall 2020 Donor Appreciation Reception virtual event. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, November 17, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., Mountain Standard Time.

We greatly appreciate the past and continued support of donors like you to Naropa. These philanthropic investments help ensure Naropa’s continued place as a leader in contemplative education and a hub of creativity, innovation, artistic expression, and social engagement.

More now than ever, we are grateful for you as part of our outstanding donor community. Naropa University’s success would not be possible without your generous support.

Zoom Link to the Virtual Reception: https://naropa.zoom.us/j/91024543652  

Program Overview

5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet 

Upon entering the reception, you and your fellow guests will be able to choose one of the following themed breakout rooms. Once joining a breakout room, you will be able to switch from room to room if you would like.   

    • Breakout Room #1: Art and Creative Practice (Hosted by Leah FriedmanChair and Assistant Professor, Transpersonal Art Therapy, and Michael Franklin, Professor, Graduate Transpersonal Art Therapy Program and founder of the Naropa Community Art Studio)
    • Breakout Room #2: The Chögyam Trungpa Institute (Hosted by Carolyn GimianExecutive Director) 
    • Breakout Room #3: Climate Change and Sustainability (Hosted by Michael Bauer, Director of Sustainability, and Travis Cox, Associate Professor, Ecopsychology)
    • Breakout Room #4: Contemplative Practice and Mental Health (Hosted Joy Redstone, DirectorNaropa Community Counseling Center, and Charlotte Rotterdam, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education)
    • Breakout Room #5: General Conversations (Hosted by Chuck Lief, President, and Jason Scott Embry, Interim Vice President for Development)

5:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Bow 

Jason Scott Embry, Interim Vice President for Development 

Kirtan Raga Invocation 

Alena GripassNaropa Class of 2023 

5:35 p.m. Welcome and Remarks, Including the Opportunity for Guests to Ask Questions 

Chuck Lief, President

5:50 p.m. Talent Showcase Videos 

Featuring Naropa University Students, Faculty, and Alumnx

    • Students – Benu Amun-RaSasha Hana, and Christine Marie 
    • Faculty Members – Jamie Beachy and Sara Lewis 
    • Alumnx – Sorin ThomasQueer Asterisk Therapeutic Services  
    • Student Poetry Readings – Amy Bobedatess brown-lavoie, and Marlie McGovern

6:20 p.m. Thank You from the Naropa University Board of Trustees 

David Chivers, Trustee

6:25 p.m. Closing and Final Bow

We greatly appreciate your past and continued support of Naropa University.

Zoom Instructions

This information will help you log into the virtual event via Zoom. 

Joining the Zoom Meeting

On November 17, a few minutes before 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, please join the virtual event either by computer, tablet, or phone.

On your computer, please join the Zoom Virtual Reception, by visiting:


Or by calling in using one of the following numbers:

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)

Meeting ID: 910 2454 3652

Zoom Tips

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When you are not speaking, please have your microphone muted.

To use video so others can see you, please click the Join With Video” button.


November 17, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm MST


Naropa University
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