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Number of New Online Students Surpasses Number on Campus

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Number of New Online Students Surpasses Number on Campus

    “The availability of online learning brings the appeal of Consciousness-Based education to a much wider audience, and the year-over-year growth is an indication that our programs are really resonating among prospective students,” said Rod Eason, vice president of enrollment management and student life. The new online enrollment includes 49 undergraduate students in the BA in Ayurveda Wellness, a program that began in January. In addition, 8 students enrolled in the new BA in Applied Arts and Sciences. Together, these 57 new...

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Sean Downey Finds Support for Teaching and Research at MUM

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Sean Downey Finds Support for Teaching and Research at MUM

      Sean Downey joined MUM’s art faculty in 2018, bringing a wealth of experience as an artist, teacher, and curator. Professor Downey received his MFA from Boston University, and for 10 years ran the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Studio Art at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, which is similar to MUM’s MA in Studio Art. He has also exhibited extensively and received numerous awards and scholarships. Professor Downey attended the Kansas City Art Institute along with Gyan Shrosbree, a native of Fairfield and MUM...

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Angel Thordsen—Self-Reliance and Sustainability

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Angel Thordsen—Self-Reliance and Sustainability

      MUM student Angel Thordsen grew up in a military family, moving around the Midwest and the southern United States. She and her two sisters attended a different school every year, which helped Angel develop adaptability skills and become self-reliant. Angel was looking for a college to attend when she saw an ad for MUM on Facebook. She liked the university’s focus on self-development and enrolled in August 2018. Angel also wanted to develop skills to help cope with her depression. Practicing the Transcendental...

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Hal Goldstein Publishes Book on Entrepreneurs Who Practice TM

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Hal Goldstein Publishes Book on Entrepreneurs Who Practice TM

      Hal Goldstein recently published Meditating Entrepreneurs — Creating Success from the Stillness Within, a collection of 15 stories of business owners who started from nothing and shared their wisdom of silence and success. Mr. Goldstein himself is one of the success stories. He earned an MA in interdisciplinary studies from MUM in 1975. He and his wife Rita, also an MUM graduate, moved to Fairfield in 1984 to found Thaddeus Computing, which supported mobile computer users with magazines, apps, and refurbished devices. He...

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Enrique Baker—Evolution and Entrepreneurship

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Enrique Baker—Evolution and Entrepreneurship

      MUM student Enrique Baker has been on track to become an entrepreneur since age 13. He apprenticed as a camp counselor at the Eli Whitney Museum in New Haven, Connecticut, and later in high school he worked as the manager of the school store. While attending college in Connecticut, he completed several internships, held different jobs, and joined organizations. But in 2014 Enrique was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, fell into a depression, gained weight, and wasn’t able to continue college. His doctors told him to...

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Diane Marie St. Ange Treasures International Online MBA Class

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Diane Marie St. Ange Treasures International Online MBA Class

  Diane Marie St. Ange has worked in medical administration for 20 years and now is a medical coder at a large insurance company in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also pursuing an MBA degree online via MUM Distance Education. Diane is a seasoned online student. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications and business online from Southern New Hampshire University. Diane has also been interested in yoga and meditation, and in 2016 she read about the Transcendental Meditation® technique. She became intrigued, did some research, and...

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MUM Student Government Aims to Improve Student Experience with New Procedures

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MUM Student Government Aims to Improve Student Experience with New Procedures

      When Karen Ballinger joined MUM Student Government five years ago, she embarked on several projects to sustain Student Government for years to come. First she organized a weeklong annual leadership training for Student Government representatives, which recently completed its fourth session. She also began documenting everything members needed to successfully run Student Government and represent the student body. She and three-time representative Cris Evergreen created the Student Government How-to Guide, helping each...

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Daniel Ayalew Belay—SAP Finance and Personal Growth

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Daniel Ayalew Belay—SAP Finance and Personal Growth

    MUM student Daniel Ayalew Belay had already earned an MBA from Edinburgh Business School. However, he wanted to become an expert in SAP enterprise software, so he joined MUM’s MBA in SAP Finance Program. Daniel, who is from Ethiopia, worked for the African Union Commission for over ten years, first coordinating the financial affairs of 12 offices located in various countries in Africa, then overseeing the financial and administrative activities of the African Union Mission in South Sudan. For several years Daniel and his brother...

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Shawn Brogan Diddy–Miss Iowa Pursues PhD at MUM

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Shawn Brogan Diddy–Miss Iowa Pursues PhD at MUM

    Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Shawn Brogan Diddy has been a performer since age 14. She became Miss Iowa USA in 1997 and has enjoyed a productive career in the music and television industries. Shawn is currently pursuing a PhD in management at MUM.Shawn began her entrepreneurial adventures at age 20 by operating a karaoke and DJ business on cruise ships out of Florida. She has also recorded a country music album in Nashville and performed as a vocalist with various bands. She has acted on stage, in film, and on television, and worked as a news...

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Pia Fritsch Publishes Paper on National Environmental Responsibility

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Pia Fritsch Publishes Paper on National Environmental Responsibility

   MUM alumna Pia Fritsch recently published a paper in World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. In her article, titled 1.5 Degrees Celsius: The Metamorphosis of the AMERICAN Way of Life, A Transition in Collective Maturation, Pia argues that in order for the United States to become a sustainable society, it must go through a complex transformation process similar to adolescence.Pia grew up in a family that practices the Transcendental Meditation® technique and, after three of her siblings graduated from MUM, she decided to attend...

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