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Vol. 19, #4, October 29, 2003
Copyright 2003, Maharishi University of Management

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University Identifies Prairie Remnants, Begins Restoration

Medical Conference Available Online, Doctors Earn Credit

Book on Criminal Rehabilitation Now Available

Faculty Approach to Improv Dance Featured in Journal

Students Attend Venture Capital Conference

Student Records Classical Guitar Audio CD

Ballroom and Latin Dance Showcase

Cultural Trip to Chicago Includes Monet/Manet Exhibit

Doug Adams: Woodworking for the University

Local Bank Offers Checks with Dome Illustration

Renowned Israeli Artist in Fairfield

School Golf Coach Receives State Award


University Identifies 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 ponds.

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 program.

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 accessible."

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 prairies.

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.

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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 populations.

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.

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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 audience.

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.

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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 self-worth."

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."

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Students Attend Venture Capital Conference

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 environment.

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 around.

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."

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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 guitar.

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 somewhat longer.

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 Cahill.

The CD, titled "Seaphaemia," is available for $15 at the University Bookstore.

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Ballroom and Latin Dance Showcase

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 dancing.

"It's a show, it's a party, and the price is always right," says performer and organizer Chaz Czinder.

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 time.

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 Angeles.

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 Rebecca McDowell.

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 p.m.

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.

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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 more.

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 and modernism.

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 exhibit.

"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.

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Doug Adams: Woodworking for the University

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 Knowledge.

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 wholeness.

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 program."

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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 Dome.

"I think their goal was to give a hometown touch," said Martha Bright, who created the graphic with some assistance from Shepley Hansen.

Ms. Bright followed up on the bank's invitation to provide a design because she thought it would be fun to have the University featured.

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Renowned Israeli Artist in Fairfield

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 give workshops.

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 www.archiegranot.com.

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 (641) 472-5195.

Mr. Granot's workshops allow the participants to create their own multilayered and colored papercuts on a theme relevant to the Jewish life cycle.

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 participants.

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 ejones@iowatelecom.net by October 31.

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School Golf Coach Receives State Award

Maharishi School golf coach Ed Hipp recently was named 2002-2003 boys Coach of the Year for his outstanding performance during the spring golf season.

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 third-place finishes.

This is the first year the coaches association has selected a Coach of the Year.

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