Accreditation Extended for Additional Ten-Year
Following a thorough review in March by a
team of educators representing the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools, the primary
accrediting body for the middle U.S., the
University received official word in August that
its accreditation has been extended for 10
years--the maximum allowable period.
In addition, the University received
authorization to offer the M.A. in computer
science and the M.A. in web design via distance
education, in addition to the M.B.A.
"The team of experienced educators who came
as part of our 10-year comprehensive visit was
very impressed with what they saw here and
especially with the people they met," said Craig
Pearson, executive vice-president. "They
particularly commended the unusually harmonious
atmosphere among students, faculty, and
administration and the faculty's global vision
for the University."
The visiting team looked at all aspects of
the University, its curriculum, pedagogies,
strategic planning, finances and fundraising,
faculty credentials and research, and approaches
A particular point of focus was
assessment--that is, demonstrating that students
are indeed learning what the faculty are trying
to teach. According to Mr. Pearson, academic
institutions nationwide are being asked to
assess learning in a systematic way in order to
In response to this new emphasis on
assessment, the University faculty and deans
have spent several years developing assessment
procedures and instruments in all the
departments. The visiting team said that the
University had done a good job of implementing
assessment across the curriculum.
Another important component of preparing for
the accreditation visit was developing a
strategic plan that focuses on all aspects of
the institution, especially enrollment
Mr. Pearson said that this strategic plan is
helping the University chart its progress and
that the systematic organizing efforts have
helped contribute to recent successes in
enrollment--as has the demolition of old
buildings and construction of new buildings
according to principles of Maharishi Sthapatya
Mr. Pearson said that a main purpose of
accreditation visits is to help the University
systematically evaluate its progress and to make
helpful suggestions. One recommendation of the
visiting team was that the University add more
trustees. Mr. Pearson said that this suggestion
was implemented and has already given great
impetus to growth
"We feel very fortunate to be affiliated with
the North Central Association of Colleges and
Schools, and we have benefited from its guidance
for many years now," Mr. Pearson said.
Dr. James Receives
$335,000 Grant for Biodiversity Research in
Faculty member Sam James recently received a
grant of $335,000 from the National Science
Foundation to conduct a biodiversity survey of
the northern and western Philippines--a project
that will offer extensive fieldwork
opportunities for students.
The survey was inspired by and may ultimately
be useful to the Philippines in understandin the
problem of earthworms that are ravaging the
ancient rice terraces. Dr. James said that the
country lacks the expertise and basic knowledge
of biodiversity to deal with this problem.
Dr. James will work with a team of scientists
from Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Australia,
Canada, and the United States. Undergraduate
students will be involved in all aspects of the
research, including field trips to the
According to Dr. James, the purpose of the
survey is to develop a comprehensive specimen
collection and database on the terrestrial
segmented worms and snails of the Philippines.
This knowledge will assist with conservation
efforts and land use planning in the Philippines
and southeast Asia.
"This project is a great opportunity for
students to get involved in a comprehensive
global survey," Dr. James said. "This kind of
work is on the increase globally, as people
realize that the diversity of living things is
endangered. They want to find what is out there
and recognize its value, whether esthetic,
recreational, or economic."
Besides fieldwork in the mountain forests of
the Philippines, there will be laboratory work
processing and cataloguing collections, data
entry, and web site construction and
maintenance. Dr. James welcomes student
participation in all aspects and can arrange
Last December Dr. James traveled on a
federally sponsored trip to the Philippines,
where he conducted preliminary research on the
earthworm problem. The trip, sponsored by the
National Science Foundation, enabled him to
conduct a general assessment of the land in
order to write two grant proposals, one that
resulted in the current award and one that he
hopes will provide funding to establish
solutions to the critical predicament of
earthworm-infested rice terraces.
Dr. James said he is optimistic that farmers
can benefit from the survey by becoming educated
in ecologically sound practices which will
enable them to reduce earthworm populations to a
manageable level and live profitably off their
Student Present Research at NIH
In June University researchers had the
opportunity to highlight the health benefits of
the Transcendental Meditation program at a
workshop sponsored by the National Institutes of
Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Robert Schneider, M.D., dean of the College
of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care and director of the
Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention, and
Vernon A. Barnes, Ph.D., University graduate and
faculty member at the Medical College of
Georgia, gave presentations to the National
Workshop on Complementary and Alternative
Medicine on the role of the Transcendental
Meditation technique in preventing
They reviewed studies on the effectiveness of
the Transcendental Meditation program in
treating hypertension and coronary heart
disease--the number one cause of death in the
U.S. Dr. Barnes reviewed several studies
evaluating the underlying mechanisms responsible
for decreases in blood pressure during the
Transcendental Meditation technique.
His most recent work suggests that decreases
in vasoconstrictive tone during the
Transcendental Meditation technique may be the
mechanism responsible for reduction of high
blood pressure over time.
Findings well received
"It was exciting to present my work on the
Transcendental Meditation technique at the NIH,"
Dr. Barnes said. "I was chosen to speak on the
basis of my recent paper on the marked effect of
the Transcendental Meditation technique on
hemodynamic function." In other words, the
Transcendental Meditation technique seems to
directly affect the flow of the blood through
the veins and arteries.
"Many top people in complementary and
alternative medicine research and administration
were present," Dr. Barnes said. "Many were not
aware of the new research on the Transcendental
Meditation technique, and our findings were well
Dr. Barnes also reviewed several studies
concerning the impact of Transcendental
Meditation technique on cardiovascular
reactivity to acute stress. The most recent
findings indicate a beneficial impact of the
Transcendental Meditation technique on
cardiovascular functioning at rest and during
acute laboratory stress in adolescents who are
at risk for developing hypertension.
The study shows a significant reduction in
resting blood pressure and in exaggerated
increases in blood pressure and heart rate when
individuals are under stress.
Dr. Barnes also presented preliminary
research on the impact of the Transcendental
Meditation technique on 24-hour ambulatory blood
pressure and 24-hour heart function parameters
such as cardiac output, stroke volume, and totat
peripheral resistance in African American
adolescents. These data are still being analyzed
and may help better understand the underlying
hemodynamic mechanisms responsible for the
lowering of blood pressure.
Dr. Schneider reviews clinical
Dr. Schneider presented a review of clinical
trials with the Transcendental Meditation
technique on cardiovascular disease risk
factors, morbidity, and mortality and concluded
that the Transcendental Meditation technique has
significant public health implications for the
prevention and treatment of cardiovascular
There were about 20 speakers and an
additional 100 attendees. Other speakers
included world-renowned experts in the field of
herbal medicine, chelation therapy, and
acupuncture from institutions such as Purdue,
Yale, Harvard, and Stanford.
The goal of the workshop was to promote
exchange of information and ideas between
alternative medicine practitioners and
scientists in cardiovascular, lung, and blood
research and to foster collaborative research
among these researchers.
A specific objective was to identify research
opportunities in selected complementary and
alternative medicine approaches and make
recommendations for future research
University plays important
"It is gratifying that now when the NIH is
reviewing the potential contributions of natural
medicine to the nation's health, they are
calling on the College of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care and our Ph.D. graduates at other
institutions to provide the most up-to-date
scientific knowledge on role of the
Transcendental Meditation program for
prevention," Dr. Schneider said. "This is one
more sign of the rise of collective
consciousness and the role of our University in
creating a disease-free society."
The workshop was sponsored by the National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the
National Center for Complementary and
New Recreational Trail
Borders Campus on North and West
BY LINDA CREEL
Bicyclists, joggers, and walkers have even
more opportunities for a scenic trek nearby now
that two new segments have been added to the
loop trail that will eventually surround
The Jefferson County Trails Council completed
an additional 2.5 miles of the planned 17-mile
Fairfield loop trail this summer, including a
segment that follows the old railroad bed which
borders the north and west edges of campus.
This latest addition to the trail starts at
8th Street and Gear Avenue by the golf driving
range, then crosses Highway 1 just north of
campus, and continues east to B Street. Another
section extending from Pleasant Plain Road to
Walton Road was completed.
According to Ron Blair, who has been
instrumental in organizing the loop trail, the
Trails Council will be meeting with University
officials and students to help determine where
to put connector paths from the campus to the
trail to provide easy access for students and
"It's just fantastic to see the students,
faculty, and staff using the new trail segments
each and every day since they've opened," Mr.
The Trails Council continues the search for
funding to complete the project. Funding to date
has been a combination of private donations and
contributions from the City of Fairfield and the
Resource Enhancement and Protection Agency of
the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The Trails Council recently applied for a
grant to rebuild the old Chicago Rock Island
Railroad Line bridge that was torn down in the
early 1980s where the trail crosses Highway 1.
When they receive the grant, they will seek
matching funds from private donors to build a
footbridge over Highway 1 to complete this part
of the trail. The final sections of the 17-mile
trail are scheduled to be completed by 2003.
of Men's Dome Begins
By the end of next summer the Maha-rishi
Patanjali Golden Dome is expected to not only
have a new east entrance but also a new,
enveloping rectangular structure--both of which
will help bring the Dome into accordance with
principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda
A new building that extends several feet
beyond the current Dome walls will be
constructed, and when finished the old Dome
walls and windows will be removed, with the
supporting pillars left in place, said David
Todt, who is overseeing the reconstruction of
The new structure will have an east entrance.
Immediately inside that entrance the entire east
side of the building will be used as an entry
space for shoes and coats, as well as restrooms.
Beyond the entry space will be another set of
doors to the main portion of the building, used
for group practice of the Transcendental
Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® programs.
Mr. Todt said that the ground in front of the
new program hall will be leveled, with
approximately two-thirds of the bleacher area of
the old stadium being removed. The current small
dome-shaped entrance will be removed, and
landfill will be moved from the east side of the
building to the west to create a flat landscape
around the program hall.
The new structure will be completed in two
phases: the east side by April, including a
functional east entrance; then the construction
of the west side by the end of summer.
The program hall will continue to be used
during the reconstruction.
School Teacher Win Second in Triathlon
Dawn Ashby, a University graduate and current
Maharishi School math teacher, and Reni Brunner,
a former student and current School biology
teacher, both recently won second place in their
age divisions at a regional triathlon
competition held in Kirksville, Missouri.
The grueling competition involved a
three-quarter-mile swim, a 13-mile bike ride,
and a five-mile run. It was the second triathlon
competition for Ms. Brunner and first for Ms.
"It's funny because we just didn't expect
anything," Ms. Brunner said. She explained that
while they both have been biking nearly every
day and swimming five times a week, they hadn't
really been training strenuously. "I thought I
had no chance of winning anything."
The both completed the race in nearly
identical times: about two hours and two
minutes. Their second place finishes have
qualified them to participate in the national
Both are active in the swimming club, which
meets from 6:00-6:45 a.m. at the Roosevelt
indoor pool, and the biking club, which meets
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Ms. Brunner invites anyone
interested to become involved in these clubs.
Call her for more information at 472-4279.
68 New Students Enroll
in Computer Science Co-Op
A record 68 students arrived on campus from
around the world in mid-September to enroll in
the M.A. in computer science co-op program.
According to admissions officer Elaine
Guthrie, this is the largest group to enroll in
the co-op program so far. Another 20 co-op
students who came for the June entry are on
campus, giving a total of nearly 90 computer
science co-op students.
In this most recent group, 25 are from China,
14 from India, 10 from Nepal, 7 from Pakistan,
and 2 from Rumania, as well as students from
Bahrain, Qatar, Fiji, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Ms. Guthrie said that this is the first time the
University has had a student from Bahrain.
"We're excited and are very impressed with
these students," Ms. Guthrie said. "They're a
very coherent, happy, professional group."
The students will spend four to eight months
on campus and then will be placed in an
internship, finishing their degrees via distance
Ms. Guthrie attributes the larger enrollment
in part to the Internet-based marketing to
information technology professionals headed by
Ron Barnett. She also noted that they were able
to handle the 2,400 applications more
efficiently thanks to a database system set up
by staff member Bob Sanny.
BY ALESIA LLOYD
Students returned for the school year to find
several educational departments relocated due to
the demolition of Carnegie and Vishwakarma Halls
this past summer.
According to Pat Robinson, associate dean of
faculty, the move was an overall success. "I am
very impressed with the flexibility and
creativity of my colleagues. Everyone really
seemed to have a sporting attitude of 'out with
the old and in with the Vastu.'" In many cases
the new quarters are actually larger and more
The management department, formerly in
Carnegie Hall, is now located on the first and
second floor of Building 143.
The departments formerly in Vishwakarma have
been moved to various locations. Literature and
professional writing have been moved to Frat
107, and the education department is now located
on the second floor of Building 143.
The art department main office and computer
art programs are located in the Student Union,
painting in the lobby of Frat 111, and the
plaster and sculpture lab in the lobby of
The physics department was also relocated
from Building 143 to the former location of the
personnel office in Building 402.
Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care To Offer Weekend of
Discovery Oct. 6-9
BY CHRISTINE SCHRUM
The College of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care will
be hosting an in-residence, weekend-long
introduction to Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care from
October 6 to 9.
"Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care helps individuals
enliven their mind/body connection and awaken
their own, innate healing capacity," says Robert
Schneider, M.D., the College dean, who recently
received an $7.6 million grant from the National
Institutes of Health to fund research in
complimentary and alternative medicine.
Course participants will tour campus
facilities, mingle with students, and enjoy
wholesome, delicious meals. They'll also learn
about groundbreaking research the College has
recently published in the AHA's journal Stroke,
and which has also appeared in national
periodicals like Time magazine and international
publications like The Express. Other highlights
include a trip to The Raj, the Midwest's premier
health resort, and an evening performance of
Maharishi Gandharva Veda music.
"Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care is really the wave
of the future," says Dr. Schneider. "We
encourage everyone to come and explore this
exciting, new field."
Yogic Flyers Invited
to Scenic Dubrovnik
Yogic Flyers are invited to attend the
Dubrovnik World Peace Project in Croatia,
especially during this delicate time following
the Yugoslavia elections.
The numbers have dropped since this summer,
and more Yogic Flyers are needed. Dubrovnik is
close to Yugoslavia and thus through its
proximity can bring a powerful influence of
coherence to its neighbor while remaining
completely secure within its own Croatian
The Dubrovnik World Peace Project is located
on the scenic coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Dubrovnik is considered a world-class tourist
location and includes the historic and charming
Old Dubrovnik, with its centuries-old
architecture, art galleries, boutiques,
cafés, and restaurants.
The Dubrovnik course has rented an entire
hotel and has its own staff and cooks, who serve
food prepared according to Maharishi Ayur Veda
principles. The hotel is surrounded by trees and
parkland. Swimming and snorkeling are available
in the clear, unpolluted Adriatic waters just a
few minutes walk from the hotel. There are also
opportunities to sail and take boat cruises to
the nearby islands.
The Dubrovnik course has a range of programs
to choose from. To apply, contact your National
Course Office. Americans can call the National
Course Office in Antrim, New Hampshire, (603)
588-6545. The programs offered are:
International World Peace
Assembly--full rounding, single and double
accommodations, partial sponsorship available
for double rooms.
Partial Scholarship Program--normal
morning and evening program; participants assist
with light activities several hours a day for
Holiday Program--normal morning and
evening program, the rest of the time is free to
enjoy as you like.
Purusha Prep Program--full rounding,
for single male Governors and Sidhas;
sponsorship is available.
Meditator Rounding Program.
For more details on the Dubrovnik Peace
Project, see their web site at www.dubrovnik-peace-project.cro.net.
A second course, being held in Belgrade, is
primarily for Yugoslavs but presents an
opportunity to support this project in a
cost-effective fashion. The course fee for the
Yugoslav Yogic Flyers has been reduced to only
$25 per week.
For more information or to make a
contribution, contact Jane Geller at (641)
470-1416. Or leave a message at (310)
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