Survey Shows Over 90 Percent
of Grads Successfully Placed
A recent survey of graduates showed that
nearly 95 percent of the 2001 graduating class,
including students from graduate degree and
co-op programs, was successfully placed within
six months of graduation. Figures for 2002 will
be available in January 2003.
According to Rachel Goodman, director of the
career development center, six-month placement
figures for 2000 were almost 91 percent and for
1999 nearly 90 percent.
Dr. Goodman said that nearly every student
has been accounted for and that the University's
placement statistics are very good and compare
favorably to other schools. The surveys show the
percentage of graduates placed on their career
path, including employment, self-employment, and
Dr. Goodman said the University uses the most
current strategies to help students prepare for
employment. "I'm in touch with top human
resource professionals to know what the trends
are and what employers want."
Dr. Goodman recommends that students see her
early in their academic career, preferably in
their first year, in order to begin the process
of goal setting and decision making.
To give students the skills they need for
success in the job market, Dr. Goodman works
with students both in workshops and one-to-one.
This entails a series of steps, from an
introductory meeting through career assessment,
researching career opportunities, networking
strategies, writing a resume, and interviewing
In addition, Dr. Goodman works with academic
departments to arrange internships and
mentorships. Recently, a faculty committee was
formed to help develop successful and creative
strategies for career preparation and placement
for all students.
"Dr. Goodman is doing a terrific job helping
students prepare for an increasingly competitive
job market and has recently presented innovative
plans to the Faculty Senate to put even more
attention on career placement opportunities at
the University," said Sam Boothby, dean of
While Dr. Goodman encourages an early start
in career planning, she said that in this very
tight job market, it is essential that students
meet with her at least several months before
Students interested in career planning may
call Dr. Goodman at ext. 3215 for an appointment
or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently Dr.
Goodman is meeting with students after class in
the afternoons. Evening appointments are
available Monday through Thursday at 8:00 and
8:30 p.m. Students who are enrolled in a
directed study or are in evening-weekend
programs can make an appointment at a mutually
A chart of the placement statistics can be
viewed online at http://www.mum.edu/
Survey Results Show
Official results on a survey taken by last
year's freshmen and seniors show that compared
to ratings by seniors at 613 other four-year
institutions the University's education ranges
from the 90th to 97th percentile on four out of
five benchmarks of effective educational
The students participated in the National
Survey of Student Engagement, which measures a
school's "practices empirically related to high
levels of learning and development."
According to Joel Wysong, co-director of
evaluation, the University received preliminary
results in August and reported strengths in
areas such as understanding of self and
understanding other people. Now NSSE has
released a further analysis of the data
comparing institutions on five "benchmark" areas
that they consider key to quality education,
each representing a cluster of items on the
survey: 1) Level of Academic Challenge, 2)
Active and Collaborative Learning, 3)
Student-Faculty Interactions, 4) Enriching
Educational Experiences, and 5) Supportive
The area that wasn't as highly rated was
Level of Academic Challenge. While seniors rated
it significantly above the norm, first-year
students rated it below.
"The whole purpose is to help schools see how
they're doing and to use the results to improve
the education they offer," Dr. Wysong said.
"We're pleased that the survey rates our
education highly on most measures, and we're
working to address the remaining area.
Dr. Travis Uses Integration
Scale to Measure Military Officers
Last month professor Fred Travis traveled to
Ft. Benning, Georgia, and, along with researcher
and consultant David DuBois, recorded EEG
patterns of army officers and administered a
moral reasoning standardized test.
The goal of the researchers was to help the
military pin down the characteristics of the new
type of leader needed today. Dr. Travis said
that the military recognizes the need for
leaders who have psychophysiological
The 23 captains were measured according to
Dr. Travis's new Integration Scale and showed
scores similar to civilians who don't practice
the Transcendental Meditation® technique.
However, their scores on the Gibbs Moral
Reasoning Test tended to be higher than average
and comparable to Dr. Travis's subjects who had
long practiced the Transcendental Meditation
"My stereotypical view of military officers
was transformed," Dr. Travis said. "I now
appreciate that ethics is something they wrestle
with daily and that they are sacrificing their
individual lives to serve their country, their
constitution, and their fellow humans."
The purpose of the research is to show that
there is an underlying state of psychophysiology
that supports adaptability and moral reasoning.
Dr. Travis said that the military has an
inherent interest in this. The next step, he
said, is for the military to train for
this--that is, to culture this underlying state
of psychophysiology. And he hopes that they will
adopt the Transcendental Meditation
After analyzing the data, Dr. Travis and Dr.
DuBois traveled to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas to
present the results to the Army Research
Institute. Dr. Travis said that they were
intrigued by the connection between moral
reasoning and the Integration Scale, especially
a colonel from West Point who is in charge of
evaluating the success of the military's
Dr. Travis also recently presented research
in Washington, D.C., showing that six months of
practice of the Transcendental Meditation
technique increases scores in the Integration
In response to the perilous world situation
and encouragement from Founder Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi, a letter was recently sent to university
presidents nationwide recommending that they
institute a Department of World Peace.
Computer Science Students
Perform Well in Competition
A team of three computer science students
placed in the top 25 percent in a computer
programming competition sponsored by the
Association of Computing Machinery, the main
professional society for computer science.
Vadim Ponomarev, Arian Sibila, and Damian
Lodge competed against 155 other teams from
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Ontario, Manitoba,
Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and
Kansas. They placed 35th.
"I am encouraged by the results and think
next year we can send a contender," said Ralph
Bunker, computer science faculty member and the
team's coach. Dr. Bunker said that the team was
at somewhat of a disadvantage because it was
their first time in the competition and because
they entered at the last moment, not giving them
time to work together to really form a team.
The team correctly completed two of the eight
programs. The competition was held at the
University of Nebraska.
University Soccer Team
The University's soccer team won its final
match 5-3 and finished the season on a strong
note, with a record of 3-3-1.
The team competes in an Iowa City league that
has a number of talented club teams and includes
University of Iowa teams.
More important than the team's record,
though, was the thoroughly satisfying
experience. "I had an absolutely fantastic
time," said Byron Deans, a third-year student
and one of the two coaches of the team.
Mr. Deans said that the teammates enjoyed
getting to know each other and bonded through
the season, often meeting on weekends or having
"After a loss we would huddle and talk about
it as a team," Mr. Deans said. "We learned to
communicate, and this led to more teamwork on
The team's leading scorer was Filipe Navesse.
And co-coach Andy Needham, who switched between
playing defense and offense through the season,
played forward in the final game and scored four
The team included two women, Carrie Fritsch,
who often played as a starter, and first-year
student Carissa Holob. The team roster had 25
players, including some alumni. Many of the
players were first-year students who integrated
quickly into the team, Mr. Deans said.
In addition to those mentioned, University
students playing on the team include Sagar
Patek, Aurelien Windenberger, Andrew Kennedy,
Amit Houda, Gabe Van Bergen, Tom Fenwick, Jordy
Yager, Aron Yedersberger, Justin Cutter, Aubrey
Deans, and Evan Huggins.
India's Top Film Star Gives
Talk on Campus
India's top film star, Manisha Koirala, gave
a presentation in the Maharishi School
auditorium earlier this month as part of a North
American tour to promote her film Escape from
Ms. Koirala spoke about her career and showed
clips from her films. According to the
University's Indian students, she shares the
same star status in India as Julia Roberts does
in Hollywood. She has made over 100 films.
Ms. Koirala is also the granddaughter of the
Prime Minister of Nepal and has used her
position and talent as lead actress in many
successful Hindi movies to showcase varied and
diverse stories of women's struggles in
different societies and situations. She is known
for taking on bold roles, and her most recent
movie may be her most controversial to date.
Escape from Taliban is based on the
best-selling novel by Sushmita Bandopadhyay. It
is a true story of how an Indian woman, married
to an Afghan, was abused in Afghanistan during
the Taliban regime and how she struggled against
and finally overcame the Taliban's
Dr. Goodman Gives
Presentations on Creating Peace
Faculty member Rachel Goodman recently gave
presentations on the University Founder's
approach to creating world peace at two
The first presentation was at a meeting of
the Association of Peace and Justice Studies,
hosted at Georgetown University and attended by
professors and students of peace and justice
studies around the U.S., as well as by
individuals in organizations promoting peaceful
solutions in society.
Dr. Goodman shared her session with a
professor who described the levels of peace in
society similarly to Maharishi's understanding
that consciousness is the inner value of peace.
Dr. Goodman emphasized that a technology of
systematic transcending is necessary to enliven
the individual's attunement with Natural Law and
thus develop greater capacity to radiate
harmonious influence into the society as a
Dr. Goodman had an opportunity to speak with
U.S. Representative Bob Filner at the
conference, as well as Kelly Campbell, a founder
of the organization Peaceful Tomorrows, which
comprises family members of the victims of 9/11.
"This group is very vocal in promoting peaceful
solutions for society," Dr. Goodman said.
The second conference, held in Madison,
Wisconsin, was composed of professors and
students of sociology. Dr. Goodman addressed
many issues of importance to creating a healthy
and prosperous society during her talk to a very
attentive audience. She described research on
the Maharishi Effect.
Dr. Goodman said that several individuals
indicated their strong desire to visit Maharishi
University of Management as a result of the
talk, including parents who plan to bring their
sons or daughters, and a practitioner of the
Transcendental Meditation technique who would
like to explore options of retiring in
Dr. Goodman is promoting the University's
initiatives of peace under the aegis of the
University's Institute of World Peace. When she
received her Ph.D., she was invited by Dr. Skip
Alexander to direct this Institute.
Over the last several years, Dr. Goodman has
spoken at the Canadian Peace Research and
Education Association. This year Dr. Goodman
intends to expand the activities of the Peace
Institute to publicize all the various peace
initiatives and studies options available
through Maharishi University of Management.
Volunteers Invited to Help
Organic Agriculture Project
BY EINAR OLSEN
Dozens of greenhouses have now been erected
at St. Genevieve, Missouri, and volunteers are
being invited to help with this pioneering
effort as part of the University Founder's goal
to establish organic farms worldwide.
By mid-November the first two acres of salad
greens and bok choi were growing in greenhouses
at the site located on the rolling hills 25
miles west of the Mississippi River and 50
miles south of St. Louis.
About a dozen people are currently there. The
team and their frequent visitors are staying in
a Capital of the Age of Enlightenment of 68
rooms on 550 acres of land and streams adjoining
Mark Twain National Forest.
"There is a high level of cooperation, a
sense of great purpose, an opportunity to learn
at every turn," said Alex Green, one of the
volunteers from campus. Ten rooms with private
baths are currently ready for occupancy, and the
pioneers in St. Genevieve welcome anyone who
wishes to take part in this historic and fun
activity to visit for brief or extended stays to
The goal of Maharishi Vedic Organic
Agriculture(SM) is to raise funds that will
support peace-creating groups of Yogic
If you would like to participate in any way,
please call (641) 472-1203.
Greece Rotating U. Course
Open to Senior Citizens
The Rotating University course to be held
next May in Greece will now include a component
especially for senior citizens and will be led
by Harry and Susan Pavelka.
The course has two-week and four-week
options. "Having a component for seniors
accommodates those who would like to experience
some of the trip at a more relaxed pace," Ms.
Included in the fee is airfare, hotels, food,
a five-day cruise, all taxes, and more. If a
student is not in Fairfield, airfare can still
be included from any point of departure. The
cost is $2,700 for two weeks and $3,800 for four
weeks. "This is a fabulous price because of our
group rates," Ms. Pavelka said. "We know of
people who have tried to price this on their
own--even just the cruise part--and the price
was much higher."
The trip will combine a general introduction
to Greek culture and history with a specific
focus on the concept of the good life in Greek
thought. There will be guided tours of some of
the most famous historical sites in Greece such
as sacred Delphi, the Acropolis in Athens, the
medieval walled city at Rhodes, and the ancient
Greek city of Ephesus (where Cleopatra
For those in Fairfield, there will be a
PowerPoint presentation showing all the points
of destination and complete information on
Friday, December 6, at 1:00 p.m. at the
Fairfield Public Library.
If you are outside of Fairfield, call the
Pavelkas for more details at home (641) 472-7747
(home) or (641) 472-8301 ext. 3734 (work) or
send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Space is limited, so those interested in
participating need to sign up soon.
For more information and pictures of the
travel destinations, see http://www.mum.edu/programs/international/greece.
Exhibit by Students of Bill
Teeple Features Talented Artists
Bill Teeple Studio is currently holding its
second Annual Student Show, which will run
through December 21. The exhibit is being held
in the studio and in the gallery rooms of
Gallery 51 East.
Works by over 70 student artists in virtually
every medium are on display, including pastels,
acrylics, watercolors, and oil paintings
Most of Mr. Teeple's students are from the
University and Fairfield Town Super Radiance
(TSR) communities. Those from the University
community include Celia Schneider, Linda Egenes,
Barbara McLaughlin, Fauna White, Bonnie Allen,
and Paula Fairchild.
Mr. Teeple said he finds it very enjoyable to
work with students who practice Maharishi's
technologies for the development of
"Students from the University and TSR
community understand the essential nature of the
art process, as a holistic unfoldment of
consciousness, unlike many artists who may have
great artistic talent and yet lack the ability
to go deep with their art," Mr. Teeple said.
One of the featured artists in this show will
be Fauna White, who has won blue ribbons at the
Iowa Regional Art Show. She also placed third in
this year's Iowa State Art Show.
"It's a joy for me to be able to express the
beauty that I experience and bring it into
form," Ms. White said. "To feel the inspiration
flow from my heart and find form on the canvas
is a wonder of the mechanics of creation and
brings me great fulfillment."
Bill Teeple Studio and Gallery 51 East are
located at 51 East Broadway on the third floor.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday,
1:00-3:30 p.m. and 5:00-9:30 p.m., and Saturday,
Multimedia Exhibit at Unity
Artist Connie Herring, of Larchwood, Iowa, is
currently exhibiting "Circle of Hope," a
multimedia installation in Unity Gallery.
The premise of "Circle of Hope" is that what
you put your attention on grows stronger. Ms.
Herring first collected positive thoughts and
ideas from people around the world, including a
first grade class in Marion, Iowa, a third grade
class in Colorado, and art classes in Scotia,
New York and Early, Iowa, as well as from
individuals in France, Finland, Spain, Iceland,
England, and Japan.
She then incorporated these messages into a
series of eight-foot, handmade, paper disks.
Gallery visitors have the opportunity to add
their positive thoughts to the art work.
The installation is accompanied by music
created especially for the exhibit by
artist/composer John Pemble.
Ms. Herring received an M.F.A. degree in
sculpture from the University of South Dakota
and has exhibited her work in numerous
invitational and juried exhibits in the Midwest,
Texas, Tennessee, and Taiwan.
The exhibit continues through December 13.
Hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:45 a.m.-3:50 p.m.,
and evenings, 7:45-9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday
evening the gallery is open 8:00-9:00 p.m. The
gallery is closed Sunday morning and afternoon.
For more information, call the School of the
Arts at (641) 472-7000, ext. 5035.
Annual Holiday Fair Coming
Maharishi University of Management will again
be hosting the annual Holiday Fair in the
Student Union on Saturday, December 7, and
Sunday, December 8, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Local artists, craftspeople, and retailers
will be on hand to sell their products. This
will be a unique opportunity to see the many
items that are made in the community.
Some of the products available will include
jewelry, natural beauty and bath products,
handmade soaps and organic cosmetics, Christmas
ornaments, cards and decorations, health
products and baked goods, and much more.
For more information, or if you are
interested in being a vendor, please call
Michele at (641) 469-6245. Or pick up an
application at the Student Activities
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