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Dr. Tony Nader Visits MUM

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Dr. Tony Nader Visits MUM

    Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, leader of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation® organization, visited MUM last month, meeting with students, faculty, staff, and community members. Dr. Nader has been connecting with students and young people around the world through social media, and for most MUM students this was their first time meeting him in person.Dr. Nader conducted a Q & A at Dalby Hall with the help of a student panel. Students asked questions about a wide range of topics including higher states of consciousness, relationships,...

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Professor Shrosbree Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

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Professor Shrosbree Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

    The many achievements of art professor Jim Shrosbree were recognized this April by the Guggenheim Foundation, which honored him with a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship. This award is not only a highly prestigious honor, but also comes with a substantial grant that typically allows recipients to focus exclusively on their research or writing or art for six months to a year.Mr. Shrosbree was one of 168 scholars, artists, and scientists selected from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 95th competition. He was one of only 25 who...

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Lauren LeBritton Creates 30-Minute Narrative Film

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Lauren LeBritton Creates 30-Minute Narrative Film

    Lauren LeBritton has accomplished a feat few other undergraduate students have: she has written, directed, and co-edited a 30-minute film that was nominated for the Iowa Motion Picture Association’s 2019 awards.Lauren created The Playhouse during a four-month module with a crew of four fellow film students and a cast of about 15 MUM and Maharishi School students and alumni. The light-hearted comedy is about a group of high school thespians fighting to keep their performance space from being sold to a villainous buyer.Lauren came to MUM...

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Jesse Holubeck—Living a Life of Purpose and Service

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Jesse Holubeck—Living a Life of Purpose and Service

   Jesse Holubeck was running a successful house-painting business in St. Louis, Missouri, when in 2006 he saw Dr. John Hagelin in a movie discussing consciousness. His curiosity led him to discover MUM, and he says he “dropped everything and moved to Fairfield.”He enrolled at MUM, and a year later he learned the TM®-Sidhi technique. Jesse fell in love with the Yogic Flying® program and soon joined the Invincible America Assembly for a year.He then returned to St. Louis and started a computer support and repair business. He had been fixing...

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Dylan Hanneman—Independence Through Agriculture and Sustainable Building

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Dylan Hanneman—Independence Through Agriculture and Sustainable Building

    Student Dylan Hanneman grew up in the small town of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Although not from a family of farmers, Dylan spent several years studying organic agriculture and sustainable building techniques through internships around the country. Driven by a desire for independence, he wanted to learn how to feed and house himself.Then he saw an ad for MUM’s Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program and decided to get a degree. Dylan wants to graduate with a double major in regenerative organic agriculture and sustainable living. His mission...

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Peter Farrelly and Joanna Plafsky, Academy Awards

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Peter Farrelly and Joanna Plafsky, Academy Awards

    MUM guest lecturer Peter Farrelly won two Oscars at the 2019 Academy Awards. He took home the statues for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for his film Green Book.Joanna Plafsky, a founder of MUM’s David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts, was executive producer of the film Skin, whose co-producers Guy Nativ and Jaime Ray Newman won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short.Mr. Farrelly was a founding adviser for the David Lynch MFA in Screenwriting, MUM’s low-residency program. He visited campus in February of 2017 and...

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MBA Students Earn High Scores in Global Simulation

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MBA Students Earn High Scores in Global Simulation

    Two teams of students in the accounting MBA program recently continued an extraordinary streak of accomplishments in the CAPSIM Capstone business simulations, earning scores that placed them in the 98th and 94th percentiles, compared to 1,450 participating graduate-level teams from around the world.Three students from Mongolia were on the team scoring in the 98th percentile: Odonmijid Ganbold, Odontungalag Tserendorj, and Tuvshinbayar Surenkhorloo, as well as Anas Mizyed from Jordan.The team in the 94th percentile included Zoey Jiang from...

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New Study Shows Students Find Relief from PTSD

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New Study Shows Students Find Relief from PTSD

   A new study conducted at MUM’s partner school, Maharishi Institute in South Africa, found that the Transcendental Meditation® technique reduced students’ symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).“A high percentage of young people in South Africa, especially those in the townships, suffer from PTSD,” said coauthor Michael Dillbeck, researcher at MUM’s Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy. “To become successful students and productive members of society, they absolutely need help dealing with the symptoms of...

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Sarah and Steven Michaluk—Transforming Health with Maharishi AyurVeda

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Sarah and Steven Michaluk—Transforming Health with Maharishi AyurVeda

   Canadian health professionals Sarah and Steven Michaluk have been enrolled in MUM’s online MS in Maharishi AyurVedaSM and Integrative Medicine program since August, 2018. Within a semester, they have transformed their diet and begun using the principles of Ayurveda in their practice.Switching from a standard North American diet, they became vegetarian, gave up coffee, and eliminated a few other items from the family menu. Steven shed 40 pounds along with some long-standing health issues. The new lifestyle also brought positive changes to...

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2nd ChangeMakers Event Focuses on the Effect of College on the Brain

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2nd ChangeMakers Event Focuses on the Effect of College on the Brain

     On February 8, MUM held its second ChangeMakers event, titled “Is College Bad for Your Brain?” The conference explored the national epidemic of stress that can be overwhelming for college students in their pursuit of higher education.Mental health challenges, substance abuse, and poor lifestyle choices undermine student learning outcomes and a successful college experience, said organizer Michael Sternfeld. Nationwide, three out of four students report feeling stressed; 39 percent of college freshmen report symptoms of anxiety or...

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