Establishes $5-Million Scholarship Fund
Ramani Ayer, Ph.D., chairman of The Hartford
Financial Services Group, has joined the
University's Board of Trustees and recently
established a $5-million scholarship fund to
help disadvantaged students finance their
Dr. Ayer is giving $250,000 to the fund over
the next five years and has pledged to raise the
rest during that period of time by approaching
colleagues and friends in the Indo-American
community. Dr. Ayer also recently donated
$50,000 to the Annual Fund.
"I am absolutely delighted to join the board
of a university that is making a distinct
contribution by marrying a good educational
program with a personal transformation
strategy," Dr. Ayer said. "I have personally
experienced the very positive benefits of the
Transcendental Meditation program."
In 1997 Dr. Ayer was named chairman of The
Hartford, an internationally focused financial
services enterprise with more than $175 billion
Dr. Ayer holds a bachelor's degree from the
Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India,
and master's and doctoral degrees in chemical
engineering from Drexel University.
He joined The Hartford in 1973 after
finishing his doctorate and rose quickly. He was
elected senior vice president in 1989 and
executive vice president in 1990. A year later
he became president and chief operating officer
of The Hartford's Property-Casualty
Students Learn Maharishi Vedic Astrology
BY ALESIA LLOYD
The world's first course on Maharishi Vedic
AstrologySM as it applies to Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health CareSM was taught by Pandit A. Mishra to all
students and faculty in the the Vedic Medicine
program for the first time last month.
"It is so fascinating to learn and experience
the precise and orderly connection of the cosmic
physiology and the individual physiology and to
understand how useful it is clinically in
predicting and promoting health," said Paul
Morehead, coordinator of the program.
The course, titled "One-Month Course in Vedic
Prevention," has been videotaped for future
classes, and it is expected that there will be
more courses like it in the curriculum. "Our
objective was to learn as much as possible in
this one month," Mr. Morehead said. "And over
time we will be able to use the Maharishi
Jyotish program to prescribe Maharishi Yagya
performances as a preventive measure."
Maharishi Vedic Astrology utilizes scientific
principles of Natural Law to provide knowledge
of the unfoldment of certain tendencies in a
person's life, including tendencies for health
and disease. This information when used in
conjunction with pulse diagnosis can give a
broader understanding of the nature of a
person's health condition and can even give a
clue about when a disease may manifest so that
actions may be taken to avoid disease before it
Mr. Morehead said that the use of Maharishi
Vedic Astrology is especially important for
preventing disease because the knowledge of when
to prescribe procedures to neutralize any
negativity, such as Maharishi Yagya
performances, herbal recommendations, and
dietary recommendations, can enhance their
positive effects. It can be as much of a benefit
to the patient as the knowledge of what the
"This knowledge is naturally so valuable for
health," Mr. Morehead said. "It aids in knowing
the timing and nature of the condition, and more
importantly, helps us to know which procedures
will be effective when."
The goal is prevention, and ultimately the
role of practitioners is not to help cure
illness but to avoid it. Neil Sims, who is
currently a Ph.D. student in the program said,
"They're teaching us the basis of prevention and
that's where we're supposed to be going; in
Vedic times, the vaidyas were only paid when no
one was ill."
Rotating U. Heads
to Thailand in Fall
BY ALESIA LLOYD
For the first time, Thailand's breathtaking
architecture, beautiful gardens, ideal climate,
and genuinely friendly people will be the locale
for a Rotating University course to be offered
Ken West, assistant professor of management,
and his wife Paula, instructor of Maharishi
Vedic ScienceSM and Sanskrit, wish to invite
University students to come and enjoy the rich
and colorful culture of Thailand next November
for a course on Ideal Leadership.
"My wife and I found Thailand to be a
beautiful country," Mr. West said. "We thought
it would be a great place to study Ideal
Leadership due to the fact that it has never
been under foreign influence and has maintained
its cultural integrity. It has the longest
ruling monarch of today who is truly loved and
respected by the people and who exemplifies many
qualities of Ideal Leadership."
Students can plan to study at the Rajaspark
College, a school in Bangkok which the Wests
helped establish a few years ago. "The building
integrates the use of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda
design with the brilliance of traditional Thai
architecture," Mr. West said.
Each week students will take day trips to
cultural sites as part of the curriculum,
including trips to the ancient capital of
Ayuthaya as well as outings within the city of
Bangkok. "The Royal Kingdom of Thailand has a
very strong Vedic influence that can be
experienced readily and offers an exciting
opportunity for our students to study in an
exotic and colorful location," Mr. West
East Entrance for
Men's Dome Slated for Graduation
University officials are hopeful that the
highly anticipated grand opening of the new east
entrance of the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome
will be finished by late June.
According to Marilyn Todt of the University's
construction management office, all aspects of
the reconstruction of the east half of the Dome
are targeted for completion by graduation,
including restrooms, sidewalks, and
The new east entrance will have an outer
vestibule. To the right there will be a large
shoe room. Those attending program will then
pass through another inner vestibule before
entering the program hall. The new construction
includes men's and ladies' bathrooms and a large
area for asanas.
Following the completion of the east half,
work will begin on the west half of the Dome.
The "small dome" will be removed, and then
construction will begin on the new exterior
walls. A new stairway will be installed to the
current restrooms, which will be renovated.
Eventually an additional parking lot will be
available south of the athletic field.
Leaves Bequest to University
The late Anne Hildenbrand, who received an
M.A. in SCI in 1986 at the age of 86 and then
enrolled in the Professional Writing program,
named the University in her will, amounting to a
gift of $37,000--one of a number of recent
"It's very inspiring when we receive such a
gift," said Sandra Rosania, co-director of
development. "It's such a blessing to the
University to know that people have us in their
Ms. Hildenbrand was a teacher of the
Transcendental Meditation® technique and had
a career as a psychologist. She was also an avid
poet and writer of stories and published a
number of books. After finishing her studies,
she lived on campus for most of the last
decade--and continued her writing.
Ms. Rosania said that the University has
received a number of bequests, prompting the
Development Office to establish the Office of
Planned Giving, directed by Vicki Alexander, and
to create the Legacy Society--a club for those
including the University in their will or estate
"Some people simply include the University in
their will and specify an amount or percentage,"
Ms. Rosania said. "Others work with their lawyer
and with Vicki Alexander to select a
planned-giving option that benefits the
University and also meets the needs of their
She offered as an example the recent bequest
of George Svilich, who left two percent of the
sale of his house to the University--a gift of
Ms. Rosania said that for most universities
planned giving represents a large percentage of
their income each year. About 40 percent of all
gifts for education from individuals are from
"The balance of resources beyond tuition must
be raised by the University from grants, gifts,
and bequests," Ms. Rosania said. "The continued
success of the University depends in part on
private gifts from generous individuals with the
vision to insure the future of
Consciousness-Based education for the
by Talk by Successful Screenwriter
BY ALESIA LLOYD
Allan Greenberg, a highly successful
screenwriter, recently gave an inspiring talk to
a full house of students in the Student Union
Theater last month, marking a highlight in the
art department's visiting artist lecture
According to Judy Hans-Price, art department
staff and organizer of the talk, much of Mr.
Greenberg's experience has been working with one
of Europe's best-known directors, Werner Herzog.
"For the past decade these two have produced
three books and two screen plays together and
have met with much success," she said. Director
Herzog's filmography includes two famous foreign
language films which have become cult movie
classics: Nosferatu the Vampyre and Aguirre: The
Wrath of God.
Mr. Greenberg has received much attention in
the film industry for his solo work as well. His
first film, Land of Look Behind, won the Gold
Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film
Festival in 1982. His other credits include
writing and producing his own screenplay Love in
Vein: The Life and Legend of Blues Singer Robert
Johnson, which will be a Martin Scorsese
production next year.
"The screenplay for Love in Vein was so well
received that it was immediately published as a
novel, creating a new genre of literature," Ms.
Hans-Price said. "This was the first time ever
that a screenplay has been published on its own
worth before going to production."
Mr. Greenberg credits practicing the
Transcendental Meditation technique with making
him a very principled writer. "He made a strong
point that his work is based on principles," Ms.
Hans-Price said. "He has quit a major high-level
job for Paramount Studios for principled reasons
including wasteful and excessive spending."
Mr. Greenberg encouraged the audience,
comprised mainly of literature, art, and writing
students, to be "true to themselves" and to
"stick to their dreams and be uncompromising in
their artwork." He said, "If an artist holds
back anything, he is not an artist, but rather
he becomes an artisan."
Ms. Hans-Price said that Mr. Greenberg was
very impressed with Fairfield and the students
here. "He noted that there was something
palpable in this community--that everyone was so
focused and knows who they are, and it really
comes through in their eyes."
Mr. Greenberg met personally with Brian
Smith's video production class and he also spoke
to literature classes at Maharishi Upper School,
as well as holding individual meetings.
Acoustic Music by Canadian
Canadian singer/songwriters Matthew MacLeod
and Jory Nash will offer a concert of folk,
country, and blues music in the Student Union
Theater on Sunday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. MacLeod studied classical guitar at the
Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, at
McGill University in Montreal, and at the Royal
Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow,
He has been enrolled as a student at
Maharishi University of Management since January
and has recently turned his attention to writing
folk music and hopes to release his first CD
this summer titled Comedies, Histories and
Mr. MacLeod's songs range from the humorous
comedy of stolen lines in "Don't Walk in the Wet
Cement" to the tale of the famous Canadian
painter who died a mysterious death in an
overturned canoe in "The Ballad of Tom Thomson"
to the tragic story of a broken heart in "My
Swiss Heart Is Full of Holes."
He has played in cafés and theaters
across Canada and recently gave a sold-out
concert in March at Revelations. He has also
played live on KMCD's "The Talk of Southeast
The second half of the concert will feature
Mr. Nash, one of Canada's most talented and
diverse up-and-coming singer/songwriters. He
will be passing through Fairfield on a two-month
tour of the eastern U.S. promoting his second
album Tangle with the Ghost.
Mr. Nash plays contemporary folk-style, with
elements of jazz, blues, country, R&B, and
pop. He performs on both acoustic guitar and
old-time banjo. His song writing has been
compared to Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot, Nick
Drake, and Joni Mitchell.
He recently won first place at the Ontario
Council of Folk Festivals "Songs from the Heart"
competition. His first CD spent over four months
on the chart of top-50 albums.
"His voice is one of the most inspiring and
touching I've ever heard," Mr. MacLeod said. To
get a sample of his music, visit www.jorynash.com.
Soccer Club Starts
Season Strong, State Reputation High
The University soccer club played a dominant
first match of the spring season, winning 5-0
against one of the stronger teams in their
The club has a reputation of being among the
best in the state, not only winning their league
championship two years ago but also nearly
defeating the University of Iowa student soccer
club in an indoor tournament this winter, losing
in the final in overtime.
"We're considered one of the strongest teams
in Iowa," said Ahmed Al-hafedh, a first-year
graduate student in psychology who joined the
team as a player last fall and who is helping
guide the team in the absence of a coach.
"If we were more in shape and had the means
to have a real soccer practice, we could be the
best in the state."
He said that the team is rebuilding this
spring, having lost their coach and one of their
top players, both of whom moved away. Some of
the second-team players are developing fast as
are several Maharishi School students who are
playing with the club, he said.
The club is also currently raising funds in
order to establish a solid foundation of
equipment and materials to practice with, as
well as training materials. Mr. Al-hafedh said
that the condition of the field near the Dome is
dangerously rough, but that the team has
recently secured permission to practice on the
Maharishi School field.
In addition to Mr. Al-hafedh, Carlo Castillo
is serving as a player/coach, both of them
working with the team on tactics. University
student Jaimini Hatchard is also helping with
coaching and with organization in addition to
playing on the team.
For information about the team, send e-mail
Offer Annual Spring Concert
On the weekend of May 19 and 20, the
Maharishi University of Management Chamber
Singers will present their annual spring
concert, singing their way through the centuries
on a wave of springtime themes.
Love, loss, peace, praise, and the beauty of
nature are the subject matter of this diverse
musical program. The Chamber Singers will give
two performances at two different locations:
Saturday, May 19, at 8:00 p.m. at St. Mary's
Church, 404 N. 3rd Street; and Sunday, May 20,
at 8:00 p.m. at the Student Union Theater.
For those who enjoy variety, this
wide-ranging choral program will be a garden of
delights. The program includes both sacred and
secular music from the 1400s to 2001, with
unaccompanied (a cappella) works as well as
accompanied pieces featuring recorders, violins,
cello, and harpsichord.
The selections cover many musical forms,
including motets, chansons, madrigals, and
contemporary styles, composed by both well-known
composers such as Monteverdi, Saint-Saëns,
and Hindemith and highly acclaimed contemporary
composers such as Hogan and Lauridsen.
Over the course of the program, the Chamber
Singers will sing in five different languages:
English, Latin, German, French, and Italian. In
addition to the large-group performances, the
concert will feature solos, a duet, a quartet,
and an octet.
"We're having a great time with our spring
program," says Elaine Reding, founder and
musical director of the Chamber Singers. "The
pieces we've selected sample the range of human
emotion, from deep spiritual devotion and
exuberant praise of the divine to playful love
songs and appreciation of the beauty of spring.
The diversity of musical styles, forms, and
feelings reflects the cultural and historic
range of the music."
Tickets for the concerts are $5 and will be
available at Somebody Cares, the University
Bookstore, and at the door for both
venues--Saturday night at St. Mary's Church and
Sunday night at the Student Union Theater.
The spring Variety Show will be held on
Saturday, May 26, at 8:00 p.m. in the Student
Students, staff, and faculty will be showing
off their talents in musical acts, skits,
dancing, and dramatic presentations. Performers
from town are invited to audition as well, but
will not be eligible for prizes.
Prizes will be $100 for first, $75 for
second, and $50 for third. There will also be an
audience-choice award of $25. A dance after the
show will feature professional deejay Frankie
Cantus Angelicus to
This year the Cantus Angelicus Choral Society
presents its concert "A Choral Bouquet for
Spring" on Friday, May 18, at 8:00 p.m. and
Sunday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m.
Both performances will be at the First
Christian Church on the northeast corner of
Third Street and Burlington in Fairfield. The
concert offers listeners a chance to enjoy the
works prepared for performance in June at
International Festival 2001 in Sopron, Hungary,
just 44 miles from Vienna. The choir's new
release, its second CD, will also be available
at concert time.
This year's concert features many first-time
Cantus Angelicus performances highlighting the
emotional depth of pre-renaissance French
composer Josquin de Prez, the glorious rejoicing
of Spanish renaissance composer Victoria, and
the warmth and charm of Johannes Brahms. The
concert also includes works by the great early
baroque composer Heinrich Schütz, and
several sacred pieces from the uniquely American
shape-note and Appalachian traditions.
Guest artists this season will include
Margaret Wadell performing chants by Hildegard
von Bingen and accompanied by Cantus Angelicus
members singing a steady background drone.
Cantus Angelicus organist Barbara Dickins will
accompany violinist Sonia Gunderson in a
performance of English composer Edward Elgar's
"Salut d'Amour." Meret Amick, Carol Carlisle,
David Ballou, and David Carlisle with join to
sing the spiritual "Deep River" and a medley of
moving African spirituals.
Cantus Angelicus was invited to Europe as a
result of streaming audio samples on its web
site. Director Robert Wendell has been
interviewed on classical music NPR affiliate
KSUI FM 91.7 of the University of Iowa in two
hour-long airings of its CD performances, and
the choir is included in next season's Fairfield
Community Concert series. For information on the
Cantus Angelicus Choral Society, see www.cangelic.org.
Advance tickets for either concert are
available at Somebody Cares on the Fairfield
square and in the University Bookstore. They are
$7 general, $4 students, and $1 more at the
door. Children will be considered students and
should be mature enough to quietly enjoy the
performance with their families.
Performance Artist to Present in Iowa
Cherie Sampson, a faculty member in the
School of the Arts, and her collaborator Deanne
Warnholtz-Wortman will present a performance-art
piece in Iowa City on May 18 and 19 at 8:00 p.m.
in the Space/Place Theater, North Hall,
University of Iowa.
The piece, titled "her blue sea fire," is
based on the first canto of the Finnish epic
poem The Kalevala.
The performance will last approximately 40
minutes. Tickets will be available at the
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