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Vol. 17, #1 September 19, 2001
Copyright 2001, Maharishi University of Management

Headlines

University Leases Buildings, Expands Presence in Vedic City

Permaculture Students Return from Orcas Island Inspired

Dr. Sam James, Students Return from Philippine Jungles, Mountains

Nine New Members Named to Board of Trustees

Completion of New Computer Science Building Targeted for Next Month

Vedic City Officially Incorporates

Trip to Wisconsin to Offer Excitement for Kayakers, Bikers

General Singh Speaks on Defense

New Permaculture Course to Teach Planting in Harmony with Nature

Award-Winning Celtic Folk-Rock Group Returns to Campus

Eight Vedic Science Students Honored with Certificates

Students Offer Yogic Flying Demo in Iowa City

Photo: Barhydt Chapel


University Leases Buildings, Expands Presence in Vedic City

Students in the Department of Management and Public Affairs are now attending classes in the new Vedic City two miles north of Fairfield, as the University finalizes plans to lease two buildings on the development known as Mandala Two for use as classrooms, offices, and an executive conference center.

The two buildings, which were originally developed by University Vice Presidents Bob and Maureen Wynne, were purchased this summer from USA Global Link by Fairfield businesswoman and University supporter Pam Powers and her husband Dr. Greg Karnaze. The purchase was made with the intent to aid the University in its desire to have more of its activities take place in buildings constructed according to principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design.

The Mansion, an elegant 19-room hotel with swimming pool, will be used by the University as an executive conference center. An adjacent 8,000-square-foot building, formerly known as One Global Center, will be used to house the offices and classrooms of the Department of Management and Public Affairs.

In addition to these facilities, a new building for the College of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care is currently under construction on Mandala Two in Vedic City and is expected to be ready by spring. The University owns 58 acres in Mandala Two, land that will eventually be used for additional expansion.

"We're thrilled about this opportunity," said professor Bill Graff, who is teaching this month in the new location. "Already the students have said that they have noticed a difference in their alertness and sense of well-being."

University faculty and departments are currently structuring weekend and week-long seminars and conferences which will be offered at The Mansion in the coming year. The topics will range from management skills to Internet business to Maharishi Vedic Science. If a seminar has more participants than can be accommodated by the 19 rooms in The Mansion, they will be able to stay at The Raj or the Rukmapura Park Hotel.

"We're excited about this new opportunity to offer our knowledge to the meditating community in the U.S. and to the public," said Dennis Heaton, chair of the Department of Management and Public Affairs. "We're planning some state-of-the-art seminars that will be very useful to professionals." Management faculty are currently helping to develop materials that will be used to promote the seminars.

The Mansion is also being used on an ad hoc basis by the University for meetings, classes, and faculty housing.

"I'm delighted that this is working out and that I'm able to help the University establish a greater presence in Vedic City in order to further enjoy the extraordinary benefits of life lived in accord with Natural Law--thanks to the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design," Ms. Powers said.

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Permaculture Students Return from Orcas Island Inspired

Permaculture club members Liddy Arens, Jana ffitch, and Charlie Knoles have returned from a three-week, intensive course in permaculture held on Orcas Island this past summer and are highly inspired and eager to share what they've learned with the entire University and Fairfield communities.

The three students received University credit to learn both theoretical and practical knowledge from leading permaculture expert Doug Bullock, who has run a permaculture farm on Orcas Island for the past 20 years.

"Doug Bullock is a fountain of amazing knowledge on permaculture," Mr. Knoles said. "I literally followed him around everywhere he went with a notebook and pen so that I could catch everything he said."

Locally Mr. Knoles noted that the Sustainable Agriculture program here on campus is booming. "More and more students are interested in taking classes, and some exciting possibilities for Rotating University courses are on the horizon--including studying in Costa Rica and Brazil."

In the meantime Mr. Knoles is looking forward to sharing his growing knowledge about permaculture as a teaching assistant for the new Permaculture Design course coming up in block 2 (see story on page 5).

Also Mr. Knoles will be offering his knowledge through the Permaculture Club which meets twice a week--Sunday evenings in the Dreier Building and Monday nights in the Student Union Theater. Both meeting times are 8:00 p.m., and all in the community who are interested are encouraged to come.

In addition, an informative weekly e-mail newsletter is available to anyone interested in keeping updated on all of the club's activities. It includes a substantial knowledge component and is available by sending an e-mail to <listserv@ramsbottoms.com>. Write "subscribe permaclub-announce Firstname Lastname" in the message (substituting your name for "Firstname Lastname"). Leave the Subject line blank.

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Dr. Sam James, Students Return from Philippine Jungles, Mountains

BY ALESIA LLOYD

Sam James, biology faculty and world expert on worm taxonomy, returned this past summer from a six-month trip covering 22 different locales in the Philippines with a mission to discover as many unique species of earthworms, snails, and leeches native to the region as possible.

The trip, which was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, came about after Dr. James paid a visit to the Philippines two years ago to help address the growing problem of earthworms ravaging vital rice terraces. After discovering that the Philippines had a vast population of as yet unidentified earthworms, Dr. James applied for a NSF grant to conduct a biodiversity survey.

Students Take Part

Joining Dr. James early in his trip was faculty member Ken Daley, who took extensive digital video footage documenting the study. University students Jana ffitch and Matt Levi also spent some time in the field with Dr. James helping to collect samples.

"We spent most of our time camping and hiking through the mountains and jungles of the Philippine Islands where we were able to collect and bring home some 100 species of worms which are completely new to science," Dr. James said.

Biology student Matt Levi spent three months earning University credit by assisting Dr. James in his study and emerged with some interesting stories to tell.

On one occasion Dr. James was unable to accompany him on an assignment which involved a four-day camping trip into the jungle to collect worms. Mr. Levi then ventured out alone, accompanied only by his guides, who were terrified of a relatively harmless dwarfed species of water buffalo. "The guides would walk through the jungle hollering and making as much noise as possible to scare off these creatures, and upon coming into too close a proximity to them, the guides would get so scared that they would run up these low lying palm trees which were too small to support them." Mr. Levi said.

Avoiding Traps in the Jungles

At one point on that trip Mr. Levi was walking along the trails and was stopped dead in his tracks by the guides, who pointed out some etchings on a tree.

"We were surrounded by these markings which would tell of traps along the trails that the local tribe had set to catch wild boars," Mr. Levi said. "The markings on the trees would indicate how many traps were set and what kind they were. The guides then said it was okay to proceed and had me lead the way. I had to look out for several kinds of traps including ones that would launch spears through the air, ones that would trigger something to fall from above, or ones that would push me off a cliff."

Mr. Levi added, "That particular trip was the climax of my experience in the the Philippines. I really felt the responsibility and success of going out on my own and being in charge of a national study."

More Opportunities for Students

Dr. James predicts that there will be another opportunity for a student to travel and study in the jungles with him. "With about 60 percent of the field work finished, I anticipate another trip to the Philippines, possibly next March."

At this point Dr. James is sorting through all the specimens he brought home and is eager to offer University credit to any students interested in helping him with data processing, including creating a database of photos for use on a web site.

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Nine New Members Named to Board of Trustees

In recent months eight additional members have joined the University's Board of Trustees, bringing the total to 28.

According to University Executive Vice-President Craig Pearson, the new trustees are all very successful in their careers and are also dynamic leaders of Maharishi's programs.

The University began increasing the number of trustees at the recommendation of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Mr. Pearson said that the number of trustees is now more in line with the boards of other universities, and he looks forward to their lending powerful support to the University's growth.

The new trustees include:

• His Excellency Dr. Girish Varma, Honorary Trustee--Minister of Higher Education of the Global Country of World Peace

• H.E. Dr. John Hagelin--Minister of Science and Technology of the Global Country of World Peace and Director of the University's Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy.

• Mr. Marsh Belden--Trust Manager, McBel Trust, Canton, Ohio

• Mr. Bob Daniels--founder and CEO of Copperfield Chimney Supply, Fairfield

• H.E. Dr. Michael Dillbeck--Minister of Primary and Secondary Education of the Global Country of World Peace and International Vice-President, Maharishi University of Management

• Dr. Susan Dillbeck--International Vice-President, Maharishi University of Management

• Mr. Charles Lieb--money manager and president, family charitable foundation, Boone, North Carolina

• H.E. Dr. Steve Rubin--Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Global Country of World Peace and Chairman, United Fuels International

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Completion of New Computer Science Building Targeted for Next Month

University officials anticipate that the McLaughlin Computer Science Center may be finished as early as October, and completion of two other buildings is targeted for spring.

As of the beginning of September the interior of the McLaughlin Center was virtually complete. Carpeting was expected to be installed soon, and the heating/air conditioning systems were connected.

The cupola was expected to be built as soon as the weather cooled. As of early this month the arrival of the special Vedic ornamental columns was imminent. After the columns are put on, they will be painted, the sidewalks will be poured, and the yard will be seeded.

Maharishi Veda Bhavan, which will house the College of Maharishi Vedic Science, and the College of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care building are both expected to be completed by spring. In both structures all the rough electrical and plumbing work was finished as of early September. The external siding had been put on, and the heating/air conditioning and sheet rock were being installed.

The new east side of the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome of Pure Knowledge was finished in early summer. The west half of the Dome will also be completely remodeled, with the work beginning as soon as the remaining funds are raised (about $100,000).

"Every step of progress brings a new feeling to the campus," said University Executive Vice-President Craig Pearson. "We are eager to continue the transformation until it is complete, until every structure on campus is built in accord with Natural Law."

Reconstruction of the campus also entails removing older structures that are in disrepair and that are not in accord with Natural Law. Barhydt Chapel was razed earlier this month. The organ was carefully disassembled and placed in storage, and the stained-glass windows were removed and stored.

Razing of Dorm 121 C was expected to begin in mid-month.

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Vedic City Officially Incorporates

Representatives of Iowa's first new city in 19 years handed over the official documents necessary to complete the incorporation to the Iowa Secretary of State on July 25 at the State Capitol.

Located two miles north of Fairfield, Vedic City is Iowa's first new city since 1982 and the 950th city in the state.

Dedicated to creating maximum health and well-being for its citizens and visitors, Vedic City is the first city in the modern world to be based entirely on the ancient principles of Maharishi Sthapatya-Veda design and other aspects of Maharishi Vedic Science.

Vedic City currently has over 40 buildings, all built according to these Vedic principles, including The Raj, a nationally known health spa and clinic, three resort hotels, condominiums, chalets, villas, and homes. More than $30 million has already been spent on development.

Vedic City plans to expand amenities for citizens and tourists by building Veda Vision, an indoor family theme park with high-tech illusions created by the late master magician Doug Henning. Another attraction will be a Maharishi Vedic ObservatoryTM, a full-scale outdoor astronomical observatory based upon principles of ancient observatories found around the world.

Plans also include a golf academy and an organic, environmentally friendly 9-hole learning course with Vedic themes, and walking trails and botanical gardens featuring a wide variety of herbs and plants native to Iowa.

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Trip to Wisconsin to Offer Excitement for Kayakers, Bikers

BY SRIPRIYAA CHANDRASEKHAR

Students will have the opportunity to head to the Wolf River in northern Wisconsin for white-water kayaking and mountain biking during the long weekend at the end of block 1.

Ken Daley, head of the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, says the spot chosen for these activities is one of the best locations in the country. The group will leave on Thursday, September 27, at 12:15 p.m. and return on Sunday, September 30.

The location is filled with breathtaking landscape, mountains, swinging bridges, and more. Accommodations will be cabins dating back to the 1920s.

Those interested in enjoying a fun-filled and adventurous trip can sign up at the front desk in the Recreation Center. Or contact Mr. Daley at ext.1163.

The cost for the trip is $46, which will cover most of the expenses, including food, accommodation, travel, and equipment.

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General Singh Speaks on Defense

Major General Kulwant Singh, a top-ranking army general who helped lead the fight against terrorism in India for nearly three decades, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd on campus earlier this month. Using dramatic examples from his experience and speaking five days before the terrorist attack on the U.S., he explained why terrorism is the chief threat to world peace and why Maharishi Vedic technologies are the only answer.

As Defense Minister for the Global Country of World Peace, His Excellency General Singh is encouraging President Bush and other world leaders to immediately deploy Vedic technologies of defense--a scientifically proven approach that defuses regional and ideological tensions and prevents conflict.

He said that research confirms that the outbreak of war begins with rising tensions among rival factions and that conventional means of defense do nothing to address the underlying cause of war: mounting tensions in critical hotspots throughout the world.

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New Permaculture Course to Teach Planting in Harmony with Nature

Growing plants, whether at home or in the field, can be done in a manner that's in harmony with the natural world--the topic of a course in Permaculture Design to be offered in block 2, October 1 to 25. The course is open to all students and to the whole community.

According to course instructor Steve McLaskey, permaculture involves creating ecosystems that are as diverse, stable, and resilient as natural ecosystems. Land is used in ways that mesh with nature's rhythms and patterns. Instead of poisoning the environment or depleting the topsoil, permaculture, being more natural, doesn't cause damage. Over a long period of time the result is greater stability of the cultivated system and more abundance in society.

Dr. McLaskey, who has a Ph.D. in agriculture and is director of the program in sustainable agriculture, will not only offer lectures but will also lead field trips and conduct hands-on learning. The course will also include discussion, observation, videos, slide shows, and handouts.

The course will cover principles and methodologies of sustainable design; how to read the landscape; strategies and tools for urban and rural homesteads, gardens, food forests and orchards; natural building; and alternative energy techniques.

Students in the class will gain both practical skills and theoretical knowledge so that they will know how to design and implement sustainable systems. They will then be ready to apply these methods and skills in their homes and their local communities.

Maharishi University of Management students may take this course by registering for BIO 341 in block 2. There are no prerequisites. Those who are not students can register for the course through Continuing Education by calling 472-1135. For more information about the course, contact Dr. McLaskey at 472-6823.

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Award-Winning Celtic Folk-Rock Group Returns to Campus

Lenahan, which was recently honored by becoming the first Celtic folk-rock band to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., will appear in concert in the Student Union Theater on Sunday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m.

The group has been described by the Washington Post as "one of the top Celtic folk-rock bands in the world," and group leader Tom Lenahan, a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bagpiper, has received five ASCAP Songwriter Awards.

The group sold out two concerts at the Kennedy Center and kicked off the Kennedy Center's prestigious cultural series titled "Island: Arts from Ireland." Currently they are on a 21-state tour, which will be followed by a European tour and the release of a new album at Christmas.

Based in New York City and in London's Irish section, the group is well-known in the Irish music world for their unparalleled musical style, which combines traditional Celtic musical themes with original North American rock, blues, folk, and even reggae influences. Lenahan has twice been voted Best International Irish Band in Europe. Their music is featured in the Irish motion picture Beyond the Pale.

In addition to Tom Lenahan, the group also features fiddler and guitarist Clarence Ferrari, bass player Jim Nordstrom, and drummer Ryan Cavan. Mr. Ferrari, a favorite at previous performances here, has been called a "fiddling flame thrower" in New York papers.

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Eight Vedic Science Students Honored with Certificates

Eight Maharishi Vedic Science Certificate students were honored on June 23 in a graduation ceremony at the Dreier building, marking the end of their one-year program.

John Revolinski, of the University's Public Affairs/Admissions offices, delivered the commencement address, and Ruthann Bollinger, co-director of Personnel, gave the charge to the graduates. Paula West, faculty member and director of the Certificate program, was Master of Ceremonies.

Jan Ramberg, Ginette Herron, and Oliver Ferré, faculty for the Certificate program, and Robert and Ruthann Bollinger, directors of Personnel, performed the traditional candle-lighting and cake-cutting ceremony.

"Teaching courses in the Certificate program provided an incredible opportunity for gaining a deeper understanding and experience of Atma--pure consciousness--and how it sequentially creates the whole universe from within itself," Mr. Ferré said. "The purity and intense focus of these devoted students, who wanted to absorb the knowledge with all their hearts, created a wonderful learning environment in which to enjoy Maharishi's Vedic wisdom."

The structure of the Certificate program offers a balanced routine of study and work. Students are in class weekday mornings and work for the University in the afternoons and on Saturday. Although the main academic focus of the program is learning Sanskrit and reading the Vedic Literature, students also take courses such as Maharishi Vedic Science, Veda in Human Physiology, and the Bhagavad-Gita.

"These dedicated students, who have come from all parts of the world, have not only gained something very precious for themselves in terms of Maharishi's knowledge, but have contributed substantially to the smooth functioning of the University on a daily basis," Ms. West said. "On behalf of both the administrative and academic areas of the University, I congratulate you on your achievement, and thank you for everything you have done for the University."

Claude Viau, longtime Governor from Quebec and a graduate of the program, says of his experience, "This beautiful course, placed in our regular daily routine, is a great opportunity to progress quickly on the path to enlightenment. We have the experience of Atma in our Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® programs, intellectual understanding in our classroom, plus Maharishi's technique for enlivening Atma in activity through reading the Vedic Literature. All this, plus getting to know about other cultures by studying with people from so many different countries, makes this course very rich and fun at the same time."

This program is open to Sidhas and Governors from around the world who are in excellent standing with their local Center for the Transcendental Meditation Program and national leader.

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Students Offer Yogic Flying Demo in Iowa City

BY SRIPRIYAA CHANDRASEKHAR

In August University students offered their first Yogic Flying demonstration of the year to a group of about 100 persons at a gathering of Indo-Americans in Iowa City.

The demonstration was arranged by management professor Jane Schmidt-Wilk with the help of staff members P.G. and Savita Joshi. It was offered as part of the annual celebration of Lord Ganesh by those of Indian descent who have settled in Iowa City. The hosts were Drs. Milind and Guri Deshpande, who work for the University of Iowa.

According to Dr. Joshi, Hindu families across the globe follow the tradition of organizing three to eleven days of grand celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesh. During such celebrations a variety of programs are arranged, such as folk dances, Gandharva Veda music, discussions of Vedic Literature, and competitions.

The hosts said that the students' Yogic Flying program fit very well. Students Keith and Shankari Wegman gave a presentation on the significance of Yogic Flying, and students Matt Ticciati and Henning Hansen, as well as Maharishi School Registrar Rod Falk, presented the demonstration. According to Dr. Joshi, the audience was amazed and silent, even the young children. He said that those gathered were keenly interested in the experience of pure consciousness and have expressed their intention to visit the University.

After a question-and-answer period, the program ended with a sumptuous dinner.

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