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MIU Alumnus Turns His Hobby Into Successful Online Business    

Eric Rusch, owner of the Internet business Breadtopia, likes to wear many hats. On his website he sells baking supplies; but that’s not all he does. He also makes his own educational videos, writes recipes and articles, maintains the website, conducts product research, and corresponds with customers. 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

Yali Jiang – Serving Students with Love and Compassion    

Yali Jiang, assistant director of Student Activities, comes from Hubei province in central China. She was studying at MUM’s partner university, the Overseas Chinese College of the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, when MUM offered her a scholarship based on her high grade point average. In search of a high quality education and encouraged by her father, she accepted right away. 

“I like the concept of Consciousness-Based education,” Yali said. “The first thing a school should teach you is how to be yourself. When I came here, MUM taught me how to follow my heart. I feel at home here and I can grow in every area, not just academically.” Read more

Noted Entrepreneur and Organic Herb Producer Speaks at MUM    

We can end global warming — without reducing the number of cars we drive or the number of coal-fired power plants in operation or dialing back other traditional contributors of CO2 to the atmosphere. The simple solution: convert all agriculture to organic agriculture. This was the thesis of a talk given by Tom Newmark as part of the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

"The faculty and students at the Sustainable Living Department are thought leaders, bringing fresh vision and consciousness to the critical environmental challenges facing our planet,” Mr. Newmark said. “I'm excited to share our farm, fields, and forests with the students, and it's fantastic that this course will inaugurate what we all hope will be a long-term collaboration between MUM and Finca Luna Nueva.” Read more

Artist Mikaila Maidment Tells Stories with Drawings    

Mikaila Maidment has been drawing for as long as she could pick up a pencil. Her love of painting and drawing led her to study art at MUM, where she received a BFA and then an MFA. Since then, she has painted murals in Ireland, illustrated children's books, and designed products for companies. For a year, she also worked on the faculty of MUM teaching drawing and painting.

“For me MUM is about balance,” Mikaila said. “That’s why I wanted to go to MUM. I didn’t want to sacrifice other parts of my life to study art. I wanted to be a healthy, balanced person. Because there is so much going inward at MUM, I feel that’s exactly what the artistic process is like.” Read more

MUM Presents Maharishi Award to Quiet Zone Team    

At the University’s annual Winter Celebration in December, MUM presented Maharishi Awards to Bill Blackmore, Michael Halley, and Ira Roffel, who helped Fairfield become a quiet zone. Trains passing through the town no longer blare their horns day and night, which significantly improves quality of life.

"One thing I'm particularly proud of," Michael Halley said, "is how in 2010 the City Council unanimously voted to make the quiet zone an official city project — with the motion coming from a council member who formerly opposed it. I credit MUM with teaching me the principles of ‘unity in diversity’ and ‘the world is my family’ that I use every day as a Council member and that helped me create broad support for what was a divisive project." Read more

Dr. Hagelin Speaks at TEDx Conference    

Dr. John Hagelin, professor of physics at Maharishi University of Management, spoke at the prestigious TEDx conference series last November in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hagelin was invited to speak at TEDxWomen after organizers of TED heard him talk at an education summit in New York City organized by the David Lynch Foundation. Dr. Hagelin’s 10-minute talk covered the research on the Transcendental Meditation® program and its effects on health, education, and post-traumatic stress. 15,000 people watched the event live via webcast in special locations organized by TED across the world.

“There was a tremendous coherent focus on what I had to say,” said Dr. Hagelin. “My talk really stood out because it focused on solutions and not just on the problems.” 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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