Dear alumni and friends,
Seasonʼs greetings! At this festive time of year, I feel especially grateful to everyone who has steadfastly supported our University in so many ways over so many years! Especially our own faculty, staff, and students, whose dynamic contributions have brought us such inspiring achievements this year.
We have much more than usual to be thankful for. With St. Martinus University in Curaçao, we have launched a groundbreaking new dual-degree program—an M.D. with a Master’s in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine—the first such accredited M.D. program in the country. At the same time, our internationally acclaimed Computer Professionals (Compro) program is expanding faster and faster. To accommodate the increasing enrollment—always a delightful challenge—we have hired new faculty, renovated and equipped campus classrooms, improved existing residence halls, and expanded our dining facilities. These upgrades would not have been possible without the generosity of key donors—and of everyone who has contributed to our Annual Fund.
But now we want to increase our undergraduate enrollment to keep pace with our graduate programs. I have just finished teaching my annual “Foundations of Physics and Consciousness” course, and I have once again been inspired, encouraged, and moved by the brilliance and enthusiasm of our wonderful new students. Experiencing afresh the remarkable gift that Maharishi has given us in Consciousness-Based education, I want more and more people to enjoy this warm and enlightening learning environment that MUM has created. And this we can achieve easily—with your help and support.
Thanks to the David Lynch Foundation’s outreach programs, thousands of high school students have learned to meditate and will soon be looking for a college that can support their continuing inner growth. New research has confirmed the transformative impact of TM practice for the students in these schools. And events such as last month’s “Change Begins Within” gala in New York, featuring Katy Perry, Sting, and Jerry Seinfeld, continue to expand public awareness and support for the TM program and its benefits. To maximize the impact of these initiatives, we are now launching a powerful new marketing program to reach out to college-ready students across the country and find all those for whom MUM would be a perfect fit.
On another front, we have a great responsibility to maintain and grow our nation’s largest coherence-creating group—composed of all the students, faculty, staff, and community members who come together to meditate twice a day in our University’s Golden Domes. In these very turbulent times, the importance of this assembly cannot be overstated. Our efforts to increase University enrollment are a key factor in maintaining and expanding this coherence-creating group.
For all these reasons, it is crucially important that we keep our University strong and vital now—and build for the future on every level. The bedrock of that growth is our Annual Fund, which provides the stable financial foundation for all our new initiatives and successes. As we near the December 31 deadline for our fall Annual Fund drive, please join me in giving generously today.
Thank you in advance for your timely support.