|Justin Cutter — Teaching Sustainability With a Mobile Greenhouse |
MUM alumnus Justin Cutter has a job like no one else’s. For the past three years he has been driving around the country in an 18-foot box truck with a greenhouse in the back, teaching children about organic farming. The project, called Compass Green, raises awareness of sustainability through presentations, workshops, and tours at schools and organizations. Justin is able to follow his passion with the help of a generous group of sponsors.
“At MUM I learned how the world functions and how I function,” said Justin. “That has kept me stable and kept my creativity awake, so that when I see opportunities I can take them, and when I don’t see them I can make them.” Read more
|Krista Noble - Fantasy Writer and PhD Student |
Krista Noble has always been an avid reader and began inventing her own stories as a young child. Her active imagination led her to begin writing her first fantasy novel at age 12. Since then she has written five. She and her sister were homeschooled on a farm in Maryland by their parents, who are both MUM alumni. The structure of homeschooling gave Krista independence to pursue her creative writing.
As a teenager, she read Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s translation of the Bhagavad Gita with her father, which inspired her to study Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM at MUM. She enrolled in the master’s program in 2012 and is now in her first year of the PhD program. “It felt natural to come to MUM; it was like coming home,” said Krista. Read more
|Computer Students Contribute to Record Enrollment |
124 students arrived last weekend from 22 countries for the MS in computer science (ComPro), which represents a record entry for the program. The largest numbers are from Nepal, Bangladesh, China, and Egypt. This also helped boost MUM’s enrollment to a new record — well over 1,400 students, including about 130 in South Africa.
Two generous donors saw the potential to increase ComPro enrollment and funded a highly successful Facebook ad campaign which contributed to the record number. According to Craig Shaw, director of recruiting for the Computer Professionals Program, students also discovered the program through LinkedIn and Google. Read more
|Sara Sanders — Sustainability, Art, and Leadership |
MUM student Sara Sanders was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and has worked as a touring musician, music teacher, and organic gardener both in Portland and in Minneapolis. When a serious back injury in 2011 left her temporarily paralyzed from the waist down, she began looking for alternative healing solutions and found MUM on the Internet.
Although Sara has taken numerous courses and internships on organic gardening and biodynamic farming, she felt her options of employment without a degree were limited. She was intrigued by MUM’s Sustainable Living program and the idea of discovering herself through meditation, so she came to a Visitors Weekend in May 2012. Read more
|Michael Dearborn Has a Passion for Sustainable Design |
MUM alumnus Michael Dearborn has always been interested in design. As a teenager, he learned architectural design, 3D modeling, and rendering and built a portfolio working with his architect father. When he became a Sustainable Living student, he discovered that his passion was sustainable design. For his senior project, he designed algae photobioreactors. In addition, he helped design the MUM biodiesel system, a natural swimming pool, a solar food dehydrator, and numerous other ecomachines.
His design experience proved handy when he got a job at Portapure, a Chicago-based company manufacturing portable water filtration devices. Michael now handles both product and graphic design for the company. Read more
|Tawanda Miller — Former Corrections Officer Seeks to Help Inmates with TM |
Tawanda Miller does not fit the typical stereotype of a corrections officer. Yet the petite and soft-spoken North Carolina native worked three years in a correctional facility. Instead of regarding the inmates as criminals, she saw them as troubled people, became their friend, and won their respect. Her previous training as a nurse and her deeply compassionate nature inspired her to help them. Tawanda also became a deputy sheriff — a rare feat for a woman.
Then one day her son, who is an MUM student, sent her a copy of Maharishi’s Science of Being and Art of Living. After reading the book, Tawanda realized there was a way to help inmates. She turned in her gun and badge to come to MUM and become a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation® program. Read more
|South Africa’s Maharishi Institute Graduates First Class |
The first group of 27 students enrolled at the Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg in South Africa graduated in December, with MUM Executive Vice-President Craig Pearson delivering the commencement address and helping award the degrees.
The students received bachelor’s degrees in business from Maharishi University of Management. Students take their initial coursework (86 credits) from faculty at the Institute. Then they enroll with MUM for their final two years of coursework (42 credits), with MUM faculty delivering instruction online. Read more
|IBM Selects MUM to Participate in Academic Initiative Program |
IBM has recently selected MUM to participate in their Academic Initiative program which helps teach students market-ready skills by providing free data-mining software and courseware, access to hardware, and training for university faculty.
An immediate benefit of the program is a free campus-wide site license for their data-mining software called SPSS Modeler, the leading statistics and data analytics program in the industry.Read more
|James Wilson — Battlefield Meteorologist Studies Maharishi Vedic Science |
James Wilson grew up in Seattle, Washington, and joined the U.S. Air Force at 19. Always looking for unique experiences, he became a battlefield meteorologist. While stationed in the U.S., Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and Iraq, he provided combat weather support to Army aviation and infantry units. In 2011, he was named the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Battlefield Weather Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.
James had been interested in quantum physics and discovered the work of Dr. John Hagelin. Soon he learned about the Transcendental Meditation® program and read Maharishi’s Science of Being and Art of Living, which inspired him to learn the TM® technique. But it wasn’t until he left the Air Force, after six years of service, that he was able to learn TM in the fall of 2012. Read more
|Alexandra Pomeroy — Blending Art and Sustainability |
New Student Body president Alexandra Pomeroy came to MUM from Pennsylvania, where she studied communications at Penn State University. After a four-year break from college, she searched for a “meditating vegetarian university” on the Internet – and found MUM. When she discovered that the University offered a Sustainable Living degree, she knew she had to come. Read more
|MUM Faculty Members Present to Iowa Governor |
MUM faculty members Jane Roman Pitt and Ken West recently collaborated on a music video which they presented to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in the State Capitol Building in Des Moines. The video, titled “Iowa Gold,” features a song composed and performed by Ms. Pitt and Iowa landscape photos taken by Mr. West.
Ms. Pitt wrote “Iowa Gold” about 20 years ago when she first moved to Iowa and was inspired by the beautiful landscapes. Then last year she saw Mr. West’s photographs in the MUM dining hall. “I was so struck by Ken’s photos, because they were expressing in such depth of richness and color just what I was trying to say in the song.” Read more
|Iowa Senator Tom Harkin Gives Commencement Address |
On May 25, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin addressed Maharishi University of Management’s 2013 graduating class, praising the University as ”the best holistic approach to education and wellness in life of any university anywhere on the globe.”
He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his lifetime of service and compassionate and progressive leadership to Iowa and to the United States. He has served in the Senate since 1985, with ten years of service in the House of Representatives before that. The Senate’s seventh most senior senator overall, he chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Read more
|The McLaughlin Building — Promoting the Success of the Computer Professionals Program |
The Computer Professionals Program at Maharishi University of Management started in 1996 with nine students. By 2013, over 1,500 students from more than 80 countries have graduated or are currently in the program. Students have been placed in more than 1,000 companies around the United States, including Microsoft, IBM, Google, AT&T, and Wells Fargo.
"It’s a great honor and privilege to contribute to a program that is a success on every level,” Ted McLaughlin said. “We are happy with the planning, financial structure, success, and legacy of the program."
“We have been included every step of the way,” said Barbara McLaughlin. “We feel the success of the program is our success also. It has been a blessing in our lives and very fulfilling.” View brochure
|MUM Hosts Conference on Consciousness |
MUM’s Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy hosted a conference on April 20, titled “Our Conscious Future”, to discuss how the latest advances in mind, body, society, and the study of consciousness are converging to create new paradigms for humankind.
“This was a fantastic day of profound and transformational wisdom,” said Dr. John Hagelin, director of the Institute and professor of physics at MUM. “Truly world-class speakers united in a world-class event. It was quite a feather in our cap for our University, and enriching to the whole community. Everyone involved—Michael Sternfeld, DLF-TV, MUM, Maharishi Foundation, the speakers, the performers, the organizers, the sponsors—should really be commended and congratulated.”Read more
|Alvaro Monasterio – Serving Students as Associate Director of Residential Life |
MBA student Alvaro Monasterio studied mechanical engineering in his hometown at the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. After completing his degree, he worked for Metro de Madrid monitoring subway construction projects.
While in college, Alvaro became a member of the international student association BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) and traveled around Europe taking seminars in leadership, communication, and coaching. He also served as president of BEST at his alma mater and later started to conduct seminars on leadership, project management, and motivation. Read more
|Brian Glassett — Training to Become a Teacher and Leader |
PhD student Brian Glassett grew up in New Jersey in a family that practices the Transcendental Meditation® technique. He studied music and audio production at Drexel University in Philadelphia with the goal of becoming a record producer. However, his life took a different turn.
“I was writing a lot of music and doing other creative things, but all of it felt empty, because I felt empty,” said Brian. “There was something hollow about the culture that I was a part of there. I was sad to see a lot of suffering all around me. I started to look for answers and eventually came back to Maharishi. That's when I went on a TM® residence course – that really opened something up inside." Read more
|New Online Course on Brain and Consciousness with Dr. Travis and Dr. Wallace |
Two of MUM’s top faculty have joined forces to present their lifetimes of research in the fields of brain, consciousness, and meditation. The new 7-lesson online course, Brain and Consciousness, is taught by Dr. Fred Travis and Dr. Keith Wallace and is now available through MUM Online.
The course explores concepts of mind and brain science and compares the understanding of mind, consciousness, and the body in modern science and Maharishi Vedic Science℠. In addition, recent research during Transcendental Meditation® practice is reviewed in detail. Read more
|Computer Science Students Place in National Programming Competition |
Khasan Bold and Khongor Enkhbold, students from Mongolia in the MS in Computer Science Program, both recently scored in the top 10 in a national computer programming competition, earning an all-expenses-paid trip to Silicon Valley.
Over 400 students participated, from schools such as Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Princeton, Purdue, MIT, and the University of California-Berkeley. Khongor earned fifth place and Khasan seventh. The competition was sponsored by companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and Dropbox. Read more
|Geonah Lee Hopes to Introduce Maharishi Ayurveda to South Korea |
Geonah Lee grew up in Seoul, South Korea, the child of the national directors of the International TM® Organization in South Korea, so she learned the TM® technique as a young child and the TM-Sidhi® program as a high school student. Geonah has always been passionate about art, which led her to major in art in high school and enroll in one of Korea’s top art universities. After her freshman year, however, she transferred to MUM to study physiology and health.
“There are three reasons why I came to MUM,” Geonah said. “First, I wanted to really be myself: strong, stable, and fulfilling the self, no matter where I am and who I am with. I thought this environment and the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation would help. The next reason was the diversity. I wanted to be friends with a lot of people from different countries. Maharishi Ayurveda was the third reason because it includes physical, mental, and spiritual health and real beauty, so I was really attracted to this knowledge.” Read more
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