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Stewart Dickson–Bridging the Science of Computing and the Science of Consciousness

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Stewart Dickson–Bridging the Science of Computing and the Science of Consciousness

Stewart Dickson’s unique computer-generated images of mathematical formulas have appeared on the cover of numerous scientific books since the 1980s. He was also a pioneer in creating digital sculptures of these mathematical formulas with a technology that later evolved into 3D printing. Stewart earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware in 1981, where he also took classes in electronic music, drawing, sculpture, visual design, and optics. For his undergraduate thesis, he developed and patented a...

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Megann Kammerman—Fiction Writer and Aikido Student

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Megann Kammerman—Fiction Writer and Aikido Student

When MUM student Megann Kammerman saw a video of Jim Carrey’s MUM commencement speech, she immediately became intrigued by the university’s non-conventional approach to education. But she waited until her younger sister graduated from high school and, in August 2015, they both enrolled at MUM. Prior to coming to MUM, Megann had pursued various types of art, including making gemstone bracelets and drawing portraits, so she naturally chose art as her major. At the same time, she was an avid reader of fantasy and had always wanted to write....

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Shuhui Xing—Researching Ethnic Tourism in China

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Shuhui Xing—Researching Ethnic Tourism in China

  MUM student Shuhui (Vinenna) Xing was born and raised in Sanya, on Hainan Island, China, which is a popular tourist destination with a tropical climate. Not far from her home town is Bing Lang Gu, an ethnic minority tourism destination, where local residents still practice thousand-year-old traditions. For her Ph.D. dissertation, Shuhui decided to explore recent ethnic and sustainable tourism trends in China to find out how these practices can help her local community preserve its culture while also reaping the economic benefits of...

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Dr. Thimmaiah Teaches Agriculture Workshop to Bhutan Refugees

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Dr. Thimmaiah Teaches Agriculture Workshop to Bhutan Refugees

During a recent workshop on regenerative organic agriculture, MUM faculty Dr. A. Thimmaiah helped a group of Bhutanese refugees learn to grow their native food while also learning to heal themselves and the planet. The workshop was the first of five meetings with Dr. Thimmaiah sponsored by Lutheran Social Services in Fargo, North Dakota. “I was invited to assess their agricultural knowledge, and then build on that knowledge by integrating regenerative organic practices,” said Dr. Thimmaiah. “Because I was able to speak in Hindi and knew their...

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Faculty Attend Assessment Academy to Improve Student Learning

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Faculty Attend Assessment Academy to Improve Student Learning

    Faculty Attend Assessment Academy to Improve Student Learning A team of eight faculty members attended a three-day Assessment Academy workshop in Chicago at the end of October, joining teams from about 20 other colleges and universities. The Assessment Academy is a special four-year program offered by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to its member institutions. The HLC accredits Maharishi University of Management and more than 1,000 other colleges and universities in 19 states. “‘Assessment’ is the shorthand term in...

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Abha Bhandair—Striving for Leadership

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Abha Bhandair—Striving for Leadership

In 2015 MUM alumna Abha Bhandair took the position of director of equity administration and benefits accounting at Brown & Brown Insurance in Daytona Beach, Florida, and she immediately decided to make changes. She streamlined and automated certain processes that were in place for decades, which caught the attention of the company’s leadership. For thinking outside the box and taking risks, Abha was nominated to speak at the Women in Leadership conference at Bowling Green State University in Perrysburg, Ohio, last October. She also...

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Dylene Cymraes—From Accomplished Writer to Writing Student

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Dylene Cymraes—From Accomplished Writer to Writing Student

She has published four novels, co-authored several non-fiction books, and written or edited over 50 screenplays; now she is studying creative and professional writing at MUM. Why? Although Dylene Cymraes has been a professional writer for over 20 years, she never had the time to attend college while raising four children and traveling the world as a military spouse. Dylene learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique in 2014 and came to a Visitors Weekend to accompany a friend. Two years later she and her husband moved to Fairfield from...

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Yodit Denekew—MBA Alumna Crowned Miss Ethiopia USA

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Yodit Denekew—MBA Alumna Crowned Miss Ethiopia USA

MUM graduate Yodit Denekew was recently crowned Miss Ethiopia at the 2017 Miss Ethiopia USA Pageant. The mission of Miss Ethiopia USA is to recognize women who are involved in promoting the Ethiopian culture and supporting humanitarian causes. Yodit was born and raised in rural Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, where she witnessed underprivileged women struggling to have access to education. She became passionate about changing the situation and she has volunteered with various organizations, including United Nations Volunteers. As Miss Ethiopia USA, she...

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MUM Quest: A Fantasy Adventure

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MUM Quest: A Fantasy Adventure

Magic, dance, and art were at the heart of the two-hour adventure that involved over 80 students last month as part of MUM Quest, a series of events this academic year based on teamwork, fun, and fantasy, all with the purpose of engaging students and fostering connectedness among them. “The Quest was the most mythical and mystical event MUM has ever put on,” said student Alexandria Van Boven. Planned by alumnus Chris Grace and student Haley Spitzfaden, the MUM Quest was modeled after Harry Potter’s Triwizard Tournament. During the inaugural...

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David Navarrete—Researching the Convergence of Architecture and Neurobiology

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David Navarrete—Researching the Convergence of Architecture and Neurobiology

  MIU alumnus David Navarrete is director of research initiatives and content development at Fairfield’s Sky Factory. He recently co-authored a white paper about how the company’s architectural illusions of sky and nature, installed in ceilings and windows, actually help people feel more connected to nature—even when they’re in windowless rooms. David was 15 when he came to Fairfield from Mexico to attend Maharishi School. He went on to Maharishi International University where he earned a double major in business and government (‘92)...

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