Prairie Remnants, Begins Restoration
Appreciating that native prairie is most in
tune with nature in this region, the University
is acting to preserve two native prairie
remnants on campus and will soon be continuing
with the next phase by reconstructing a native
prairie on the four-acre tract near the creek on
central campus that was the site of the former
Plowing of the former pond area may begin as
early as this fall, with a target of 2005 for
the beginning of the prairie reconstruction with
thriving native plants and a natural ecosystem
that matures over years.
"Prairie once covered 14 states, and the
unique root system--up to 12 feet deep--made
spectacular topsoil," said Kathy Brooks,
University administrator who has been helping to
spearhead the project. "When I visited the Neil
Smith National Wildlife Preserve in Prairie City
east of Des Moines, it was quite an eye-opener
to see the beautiful and very different prairie
grasses and wildflowers that once covered all of
the Midwest, some as high as 10 feet."
Ms. Brooks said that this restoration and
preservation is part of the University's
emphasis on creating an environment in accord
with Natural Law and will provide hands-on
educational opportunities for students in the
Environmental Science and Sustainable Living
The University hired a consultant earlier
this month to review the prairie remnants and
the proposed reconstruction site. "He was very
excited about our reconstruction project," Ms.
Brooks said. "He not only felt that the flat,
treeless area was ideal, but also was pleased
that it was so close to the highway, making it
Whereas most prairie reconstruction projects
use herbicides to quickly get rid of competing
weeds and grasses, the University will use only
natural weed management, which entails initial
plowing and subsequent shallow tillage. "Our
consultant thought our project would showcase
the value of natural prairie reconstruction,"
Ms. Brooks said.
The University will place an educational
kiosk near the highway that will give
information about the project and native
Some work has already been done on
maintaining the prairie remnants, which are
pieces of prairie untouched by agriculture. One
patch is on the west side of campus near the
trail on the old railroad bed. The other is
northwest of Utopia Hall, the building that lies
west of the campus swimming pool.
Ms. Brooks said that Native Americans and
naturally occurring lightning started fires that
burned the prairie, clearing out the old growth
and allowing new growth to attract wildlife to
the area. Oaks thrived under these conditions,
creating oak savannas.
She said that in the future there will be
opportunities for volunteers to help with
controlled burning, gathering seeds from
remnants such as that by the reservoir, and
clearing non-native trees and bushes.
Medical Conference Available
Online, Doctors Earn Credit
The recent medical conference held by the
Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention
was a great success, and a video is now
available online for downloading at http://mum.edu/cme/.
Health professionals who view the video can
receive credit toward their ongoing educational
requirement, earning 2.5 hours of Category 1 CME
credit. The conference was jointly sponsored by
the Institute and the Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine.
Several of the top cardiologists in the
nation addressed the conference, including Noel
Bairey Merz, M.D., an investigative cardiologist
at Cedars-Sinai Heart Center who talked about
the rising threat of heart disease.
The eminent cardiologist O.T. Randall, M.D.,
of the Howard University College of Medicine,
spoke about the serious epidemic of heart
disease in the African-American community.
Maharishi University of Management
researchers spoke about the mind and the central
role it plays in creating health. They explained
that stress disrupts the functioning of the
brain and leads to cardiovascular disease.
Balance in the physiology and coherence in
the brain were seen as keys to health, and the
researchers explained how the Transcendental
Meditation® technique and other modalities
of the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health(SM)
create balance and coherence.
The conference included updates on new
research being conducted at eight universities
on the Transcendental Meditation program and
cardiovascular disease in high-risk
The goal of the two-and-a-half-hour video of
the conference is to familiarize health
professionals with the research and clinical
benefits of the Transcendental Meditation
program and the Maharishi Vedic Approach to
Health, and the clinical application in treating
cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.
Upon viewing the video, health professionals
fill out an online evaluation form and a CME
credit form in order to receive credit.
Book on Criminal
Rehabilitation Now Available
Haworth Press has just published
Transcendental Meditation in Criminal
Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, a
400-page book containing 14 studies that
document the effectiveness of the Transcendental
Meditation program in rehabilitation.
The book "points the way to realizable and
workable solutions to prevent crime and improve
the lives of perpetrators and society," said
Elaine Cassel, LLD, professor of law at Concord
University Law School.
These studies recently appeared in the
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and Haworth
Press chose to also publish them separately as a
book so that they could reach a wider
The research covered in the book includes a
discussion of the success of the Enlightened
Sentencing Project, in which juvenile offenders
learn the Transcendental Meditation technique as
a condition of probation.
Other studies look at the projects conducted
in Walpole and Folsom prisons and La Tuna
Federal Penitentiary, cover research on curbing
substance abuse, present evidence for the
peace-creating effects of large groups of Yogic
Flyers, and give an analysis of the cost-savings
from teaching the Transcendental Meditation
program in prisons.
A 25 percent discount is available to readers
of The Review. Use special offer code HEC25.
Orders can be placed via the web at www.haworthpress.com
or by calling toll-free (800) 429-6784.
Faculty Approach to Improv
Dance Featured in Journal
Faculty member Juliette Daley recently
published an article about using improvisational
dance to foster creativity in IAHPERD
Journal, the official journal of the Iowa
Association for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation, and Dance.
The article describes Ms. Daley's approach to
improv dance, an approach that has drawn the
attention of the heads of both state and
national professional associations.
Ms. Daley said that improv is a very simple
means for "mapping" creativity, that is, showing
the way to something the students already have
that is not always accessible. Her classes
involve teaching students certain exercises to
increase a student's range of movement. She then
teaches the students to be comfortable with
spontaneous and free and personal movement.
The students learn to move in an uninhibited
way so that they aren't thinking about it but
are just creating individual and highly personal
dances, Ms. Daley said. The result is that
creativity flows more freely.
Once the students understand and experience
that it's possible to let creativity flow
unimpeded, they find that their creativity is
enhanced in all areas of their lives.
Ms. Daley tells a story about a computer
science student who kept interrupting his dance
to go jot down ideas in a notebook. "When he
started to do improv, creative ideas started to
move in him," she said.
"When students are able to perform from a
deep level, the most universal level of
movement, and to let go of any kind of judgment,
it is thrilling to see," Ms. Daley said. "It
produces confidence and a sense of
Ms. Daley said that when she first presented
her approach at a conference, her colleagues
were very interested. She described the source
of creativity, the self moving within itself,
and the relationship among the dancer, the
dance, and the process of dancing. And she
described the need to have no obstacles to the
flow of creativity.
"People are extremely excited about just the
kind of knowledge that we take for granted," she
said. "What was interesting to them was the
understanding of the creative process as it
applied to and could be understood and
experienced in improv. We of course talk about
this everyday but others don't."
Students Attend Venture
By Maria Chookolingo
A group of business students attended the
venture capital conference in the Convention
Complex in Des Moines earlier this month. This
yearly forum aims at educating entrepreneurs,
businessmen, and students about existing
opportunities in the venture capital arena as
well as serving as a networking and learning
One useful aspect of the conference covered
how to make a pitch to investors. Part of the
morning was dedicated to three IT companies
doing exactly this. The students had an
opportunity to hear CEO Stephen Harper from
Fairfield deliver his proposal. He began,
"Start-up companies have to be able to
change--rapidly." He then went on to explain how
his company, JavaNomad Corporation was doing
just that. Mr. Harper, who is a cofounder of
JavaNomad, was by far one of the strongest
presenters at the conference.
In the afternoon the conference broke out
into more specific sessions, including an
interesting session on raising capital from an
entrepreneur's perspective. Two entrepreneurs
spoke about their successful efforts to get
financing for their companies.
A main point was that entrepreneurs should
take only what is needed. One of the
entrepreneurs explained that he had turned down
$5-$6 million dollars because he knew that if he
wanted that money sometime in the future, he was
going to have to pass on it the first time
The conference was an educational and
enjoyable experience. Several students felt
excited about having a large number of students
from Maharishi University of Management together
outside of the college setting. One student,
Diana Rivera, noted, "M.U.M. students are so
different from other students. You can easily
recognize which ones are from M.U.M. by the glow
on their faces."
Student Records Classical
Guitar Audio CD
Lynwood King, a Ph.D. student in Maharishi
Vedic Science(SM), has recently recorded a CD of
songs he composed and performed on classical
Well-known as a performer at special campus
events, Mr. King said that he finally recorded a
CD after receiving frequent requests. He
describes the music on his new CD as New Age
music that has phrasing and idioms
characteristic of baroque.
"They're songs that emphasize easy,
comfortable tranquility," he said.
Mr. King said that he has been composing for
30 years and has been playing the guitar for
He is a self-taught musician and has
performed professionally. In 1990 he completed
the music minor at Maharishi University of
Management. He also received an M.A. in
Maharishi Vedic Science in 1996.
The recording engineer for 12 of the 15 songs
on the 45-minute CD was Brad Moses. The others
were recorded and mixed by John Schirmer. The
album artwork is by University student Darjaal
The CD, titled "Seaphaemia," is available for
$15 at the University Bookstore.
Ballroom and Latin Dance
Again this year the Fairfield Dance Company
will present a ballroom and Latin dance
showcase, the area's biggest dance event.
Titled "Showcase 2003: Starz on Broadway,"
the event will feature performances by
professionals and amateurs, as well as general
"It's a show, it's a party, and the price is
always right," says performer and organizer Chaz
Dennis Raimondi will be this year's emcee. In
between the four sets of performances, the
audience will have their opportunity to get up
and dance too.
The opening performance will be a Samba (the
Brazilian waltz) choreographed by certified
professional dance instructor Pam Rutherford
that includes three couples from the Quad Cities
and three couples from Fairfield.
Ms. Rutherford, who has won over 160 awards
in over 200 competitions around the U.S., has
choreographed most of the dances this year. She
will again provide a taste of dancing at the
open professional level. Her achievements
include being a U.S. Professional National
Finalist in 1992 and having her students place
first in Pro/Am competitions over 90 percent of
The highlight performance this year is a
five-dance show of international Latin style by
Jonah Schneider and Lindsey Rutherford from
Indianapolis. Lindsey Rutherford, daughter of
Pam Rutherford, and Mr. Schneider have been a
smashing success at competitions around the U.S.
since January: first place in Louisville, first
place in Indianapolis, second place in Chicago,
first place in St. Louis, and first place in Los
Other performances will include the rumba,
cha cha, samba, bolero, waltz, and tango, and
will feature talented amateurs from Fairfield,
Cedar Rapids, and the Quad Cities. Group
performances this year include Mary Sue
Schwartz's all-ladies formation that will offer
cha cha, rumba, and swing performances
choreographed by Ms. Schwartz.
Amateur couple performances will include
George White, Chaz Czinder, William Eddy, Gloria
Proksch, Gretchen Schaffer, Sue Gail, and
The Showcase will be held Saturday, November
8, in the Student Union ballroom. General
audience dancing will take place from 7:30-8:00
p.m. The show will begin promptly at 8:00
General admission is $10 person and $8 for
faculty, staff, and students with current ID
shown at the door. Tickets are available at
Somebody Cares or at the door. For information,
phone (641) 472-6915.
Cultural Trip to Chicago
Includes Monet/Manet Exhibit
A cultural trip to Chicago the weekend of
November 21-23 will give students and members of
the community the opportunity to enjoy exhibits,
theater, concerts, a parade, fireworks, and
Assistant Professor of Art Matthew Beaufort
and his wife Julie will lead the trip, titled
"An Artistic Voyage." Open to the University and
Fairfield community and sponsored by Student
Activities, the trip showcases an exhibit of
Manet and Monet, an art tour, a parade and
fireworks on the Magnificent Mile, and
opportunities to attend a symphony concert, the
Lion King, Dickens' A Christmas
Carol, or other events.
"Last year 22 people of all ages came on this
trip and really enjoyed it," Ms. Beaufort said.
"It's a fun time to be in Chicago during the
holiday season, before the large crowds that
come Thanksgiving weekend."
The featured exhibit at the Art Institute of
Chicago, "Manet and the Sea," highlights
seascapes by Manet, Monet, Courbet, Delacroix,
Whistler, and others. The exhibit charts how
these artistic experiments led to Impressionism
Mr. Beaufort will give a free public slide
and video lecture, "Manet, Monet, and the Sea:
Voyage to the Ocean of Consciousness," on
Sunday, November 2, at 7:45 p.m. in the Student
Union Theater. "The ocean in art can be a visual
metaphor for consciousness," Mr. Beaufort said.
"Like consciousness, the ocean is both
incessantly in flux, and silent at its depths.
The sea seems to be unlimited, to stretch out
forever at the horizon; this can remind us of
unbounded awareness, pure consciousness."
Mr. Beaufort will also give a second slide
and video lecture to enrich the experience of
trip participants. In Chicago, he will offer a
unique tour of works in the Art Institute's
permanent collection that illuminate the
"Matthew's insights have opened up a whole
new dimension of experience for me," said Mary
Kay Allen, University staff member. "They have
added a great deal to my life. I have attended
several of his tours in the U.S. and in Europe,
and deeply enjoyed them all."
Participants can also view these fascinating
exhibits at the Institute: "Intimate Encounters:
Paul Gauguin and the South Pacific," "Regarding
Seas and Skies: Photographic Seascapes," and
"Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis
Carroll," the author of Alice in
Wonderland. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
concert features Glinka's Overture to Ruslan
and Ludmila, Shostakovich's Violin
Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven's Symphony
No. 7, conducted by Kurt Masur.
The trip will leave Friday, November 21, and
return Sunday, November 23. Participants will
stay in 4-star or 3-star hotels in downtown
Chicago, within walking distance of the Art
Institute. There are reduced rates for
University students, staff, and faculty. For
more information, call (641) 472-2457.
Doug Adams: Woodworking for
By Burton Milward
You may never have heard of Doug Adams, but
if you've been in any of the new buildings on
campus, you've seen his creations. Doug Adams,
furniture maker and director of the Fine
Furniture and Woodworking Program, is the
creator of the many beautiful wooden pieces of
furniture that touch all parts of the Maharishi
University of Management campus.
For instance, Mr. Adams recently built and
installed 40 tables and desks, made of
cabinet-grade birch plywood with solid maple
edging, and 20 drawer units of the same birch
plywood with drawers made of Russian plywood
that has fine symmetrical edges, for the new
Maharishi Veda Bhavan Building. Mr. Adams also
built and installed 25 tables and desks, with
returns, all the drawer units, and all the
shelves for the new medical building. He built
all the furniture for the Dreier and McLaughlin
buildings as well.
Mr. Adams built and installed the new
information kiosk in front of the Student Union
building and the identification signs placed in
front of campus buildings. The kiosk is made of
cedar wood with display doors made of cedar and
plexiglass, and has a shingled roof. The
building signs use low-maintenance materials
including treated four-by-fours covered with
vinyl and a waterproof exterior board covered
with solid wood molding.
In consultation with Kathy Brooks and Betsy
Dearborn of the President's Office regarding
size, design, and materials, Mr. Adams built the
magnificent 14-foot-tall frame for the painting
of the tradition of Vedic masters in the
Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome of Pure
The frame was installed in the Dome shortly
before graduation. Its main structure is
cabinet-grade birch plywood. The inner frame
around the painting is solid maple. The outer
frame is bordered by fancy patterned molding all
the way up both sides and across the arc at the
top, set in solid poplar. Ms. Brooks gilded the
fancy molding with gold leaf. The rectangular
base is made of birch plywood with maple edging.
Illumined by two spotlights from its base, the
framed painting bestows a sense of
On all of these projects, Mr. Adams is the
lead woodworker, and often the only worker. But
beginning in September 2002, Kevin Mohammadi, a
member of the recreation department staff,
volunteered to help. Since then, he has worked
with Mr. Adams several hours a day, five days a
week. Mr. Adams says, "Kevin has skill with his
hands, and he wants to develop that. He wants
more experience. I don't know what I would do
without Kevin. He's a powerful helper. The one
word that describes Kevin is 'dedicated.'"
Mr. Mohammadi helped build the tables, desks,
signs, and the Dome frame. He says, "Every day,
Doug Adams teaches me a new skill. When he says,
'You are doing fine,' that's when I get happy.
Whatever he asks me, I'm ready to do that."
Mr. Adams said that the woodworking program
is moving into its new location in the basement
of the former Child Care Center building. "I'm
really excited about moving in and setting up
shop." He adds, "In addition to the building
projects, I look forward to teaching this year,
including electives for the University such as
woodworking fundamentals, and some Continuing
Education courses. When circumstances permit, we
could create wooden pieces to generate revenue
for the University through an apprenticeship
Local Bank Offers Checks
with Dome Illustration
First National Bank is now offering
personalized checks that include one's choice of
three Fairfield-related themes: the Trojan
athletic team mascot, a line drawing of the
sculpture in Central Park on the square, and an
image of the Maharishi Patanjali Golden
"I think their goal was to give a hometown
touch," said Martha Bright, who created the
graphic with some assistance from Shepley
Ms. Bright followed up on the bank's
invitation to provide a design because she
thought it would be fun to have the University
Renowned Israeli Artist in
Archie Granot, a renowned papercut artist
from Israel and relative of faculty members
Chris and Ellen Jones, will be visiting
Fairfield November 10-14 to exhibit his work and
Mr. Granot will offer a free exhibition and
talk about his contemporary papercuts on
Wednesday, November 12, at 8:00 p.m. at
Congregation Beth Shalom on 308 South B Street.
Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. for those wishing
to view the works prior to the lecture.
Considered a master of this centuries-old
craft, Mr. Granot has developed a unique style
which is regarded as a special phenomenon in
both contemporary papercuts and contemporary
Jewish art. His works contain multiple layers of
fine paper, intricately cut into complex
geometric designs, and are often interlaced with
biblical or poetic texts.
For additional information and to view
examples of his work, visit his website at
Mr. Granot's papercuts can be found today in
museums, synagogues and other public and private
collections throughout the world, including the
Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Jewish Museum, New
York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London;
and the Philadelphia Museum of Judaica,
Philadelphia. His works both revive and continue
a traditional Jewish art form.
During his stay Mr. Granot will also be
available by appointment and can be reached at
Mr. Granot's workshops allow the participants
to create their own multilayered and colored
papercuts on a theme relevant to the Jewish life
The Fairfield workshop will last about 90
minutes and will be held on Thursday, November
13, at Congregation Beth Shalom, at a time to be
set according to the preferences of the
The special Fairfield cost for the workshop
is $15 per participant for congregation members
and $20 for non-members.
To participate in the workshop, please e-mail
by October 31.
School Golf Coach Receives
Maharishi School golf coach Ed Hipp recently
was named 2002-2003 boys Coach of the Year for
his outstanding performance during the spring
Mr. Hipp coached the boys team to a state
sectional victory and a sixth-place finish at
the state finals.
Over the 10 years since Mr. Hipp founded the
golf program, the Pioneers have been to the
state finals six times, with a state
championship in 1996, a second place, and two
This is the first year the coaches
association has selected a Coach of the
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