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Vol. 18, #6, November 27, 2002
Copyright 2002, Maharishi University of Management

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Survey Shows Over 90 Percent of Grads Successfully Placed

Survey Results Show Successful Education

Dr. Travis Uses Integration Scale to Measure Military Officers

Computer Science Students Perform Well in Competition

University Soccer Team Finishes Strong

India's Top Film Star Gives Talk on Campus

Dr. Goodman Gives Presentations on Creating Peace

Volunteers Invited to Help Organic Agriculture Project

Greece Rotating U. Course Open to Senior Citizens

Exhibit by Students of Bill Teeple Features Talented Artists

Multimedia Exhibit at Unity Gallery

Annual Holiday Fair Coming Soon


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 graduate school.

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 skills.

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 faculty.

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 graduation.

Students interested in career planning may call Dr. Goodman at ext. 3215 for an appointment or e-mail her at rgoodman@mum.edu. 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 convenient time.

A chart of the placement statistics can be viewed online at http://www.mum.edu/ career/employed.shtml.

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Survey Results Show Successful Education

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 practice.

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 Campus Environment.

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.

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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 adaptability.

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 technique.

"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 technique.

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 training.

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 Scale.

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.

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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.

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University Soccer Team Finishes Strong

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 dinner together.

"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 field."

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 goals.

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.

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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 Taliban.

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 oppression.

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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 conferences.

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 whole.

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 Fairfield.

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.

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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 help.

The goal of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture(SM) is to raise funds that will support peace-creating groups of Yogic Flyers.

If you would like to participate in any way, please call (641) 472-1203.

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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. Pavelka said.

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 lived).

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 hsp@iowatelecom.net.

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.

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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 consciousness.

"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, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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Multimedia Exhibit at Unity Gallery

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.

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Annual Holiday Fair Coming Soon

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 Office.

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