Raja Dean Dodrill to Give Commencement Address
This year’s commencement address will be given by Raja Dean Dodrill, a highly successful entrepreneur who has now devoted his life to creating peace and enlightenment for the world.
Raja Dean completed the enlightenment training conference offered by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Maharishi University of Management, and was appointed to be Raja of the Washington domain. This domain covers Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
He plans to establish a university campus in this domain that is affiliated with Maharishi University of Management. He is also establishing Maharishi Peace Palaces in the major cities within his domain.
Currently there are 35 recertified, full-time Governors of the Age of Enlightenment in Raja Dean’s domain working to set up Maharishi Peace Palaces and Maharishi Enlightenment Centers that will offer a wide range of services and products, from instruction in the Transcendental Meditation® technique to organic produce and health-related products from MAPI, Inc.
Raja Dean brings world-class business experience to these activities. As an entrepreneur he has headed many successful ventures, most recently Amteva, a software company whose networking middleware enables a user to unify voicemail, e-mail and fax traffic into a single mailbox accessible over an Internet-based network independent of location, time, or device.
Amteva was sold in 1999 to Cisco Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in networking for the Internet.
Raja Dean lives in the Bethesda, Maryland, Maharishi Peace Palace with his family. He is a long-term practitioner of the Transcendental Meditation technique and has been practicing the TM-Sidhi® program for nearly 30 years.
University, Maharishi School Students Win Awards at World Creativity Competition
Not only did Maharishi School students win more first- and second-place awards than any other school in the world Destination ImagiNation competition, they also won more awards than the entire state of California — and every other state, with the exception of Texas.
Their total of five first- and second-place awards compares to a total of four top awards won by the 27 schools entered from California. Schools from Texas won a total of eight, and Wisconsin had three. All other states and countries had fewer.
There were some 860 teams competing from nearly as many schools — all of them at the global competition by virtue of having been state or country champs. There were 40–60 teams in each category of competition.
Also, two Maharishi University of Management students won two first-place awards in DI Xtreme, a college-level improv competition among a smaller field of six teams. The teams are given a challenge in the morning, have a number of hours to prepare, and then present their solution in the afternoon. Participating were Destination ImagiNation veterans Aaron Hirshberg and Milo Winningham.
“This level of success is just unprecedented,” said coach Mark Headlee. “No other school that I know of has ever done anything like this.”
He believes their success is the direct result of Consciousness-Based(SM) education. “The Transcendental Meditation technique is the only variable by which you can explain this phenomenon.”
Destination ImagiNation is an international creative-problem-solving program that develops cooperative teamwork and critical thinking, as well as building technical and performance skills. The participants come up with ingenious and often wildly entertaining solutions to complex challenges. There are five separate problem challenges for each of three levels of education: elementary, middle, and secondary.
In the category titled Live! It’s RaDIo DI!, which involved producing and presenting an eight-minute radio show that’s judged on areas such as sound effects, the Middle School team won first place and the Upper School team took second. The Upper School team also received the Renaissance Award, which is not related to a team’s score on the various criteria but is a subjective award given by the judges to the team that demonstrates unusual creativity.
In describing the team’s unusual creativity, the judges said, “This team took the challenge of designing a technical ‘modement’ to make sound above and beyond. A motorized corkscrew rotated three dowels, each connected to separate disks that used a piston-style configuration to convert angular momentum into linear movement. This motion was used to rotate three dimmers up and down. This created a warbling sound from a radio. Now, if you can understand any of that, you can understand why this team should win this award. And we won’t even tell you about the suspension cage!”
An all-girl Upper School team also won a first-place award in the category Sudden SerenDIpity, which is a short skit developed around the invention of a device and overcoming a problem related to that device.
And in what must be one of the more technically challenging categories — DIsigning Bridges — in which students were required build a bridge of balsa wood that must support nearly 500 pounds, the Middle and Upper School teams both received second-place awards. Winning bridges are scored on length of span, weight of bridge, and weight supported.
The students spend months working on their chosen challenge and then advance through regional and state competitions. A total of seven Maharishi School teams won the top award at state and advanced to the global competition in late May in Knoxville, Tennessee.
One of the winners was Maharishi School senior Michael Cook, who was on the RaDIo DI and DIsigning Bridges teams, as well as performing with the winning college team by virtue of his acceptance as a student this fall at Maharishi University of Management.
“It’s fun to work with others,” Mr. Cook said. “Solving a problem and then showing everyone the solution is very fulfilling.”
Summer Projects Include Removal of Stadium Seats
An outside dining area, removal of the remaining stadium seats, and other construction projects are planned for this summer.
According to project manager David Todt, removal of the hill and old stadium seats east of the playing field will provide a more attractive environment and allow the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome and new men’s residence halls to be more in accord with principles of Maharishi Sthåpatya Veda(SM) design by giving more exposure to the morning sun.
The earth removed from the site will be used in a new housing development in Utopia Park.
The playing field has been reworked and seeded, and is expected to be ready for use in the fall of 2006. In the meantime, Bobby Warren Field north of campus is being used for student athletic activities such as soccer.
Also planned is a fenced-in area on the west side of the Student Union patio so students can have access to outside dining without having to go all the way around the north end of the building.
In other construction news, the new locker rooms in the Recreation Center are now finished, with lockers, showers, and attractive linoleum flooring.
Also, two more student houses have been completed and are now occupied.
Future plans include repair of campus roads and sidewalks, and construction of bike paths that will connect the residence halls with the major buildings.
Students Give Recognition to Outstanding Faculty
Last month at the annual Teacher Appreciation Celebration, five faculty members received awards from the students for being outstanding teachers.
The students had earlier voted among themselves to select the recipients. At the celebration, each of the five faculty members chosen for recognition was introduced by one or two students, who spoke movingly about the faculty member’s exemplary qualities.
The Computer Professionals students selected Peter Just. Denekew Jembere said of Mr. Just that the “accuracy and certainty he has on the topics he presents gives confidence. He certainly knows what he talks about and presents it in a way you wouldn’t forget. He just has a way of getting the best out of you.”
Juliette Daley, a teacher of improvisational dance, was recognized for her ability to help students tap into the deep reservoir of creativity within them and to express it in movement. In presenting the award, Isaac Nevas said, “Juliette Daley’s class is as close as you can come to taking ‘Epiphanies 101.’”
Two students spoke highly of Paul Morehead, who teaches physiology and health, a discipline based on the profound knowledge of health contained in the Veda and Vedic Literature. Hilary Jordan described Mr. Morehead as a “sattvic, evolved, respectful, kind, and knowledgeable professor whose heart expands to include everyone around him and whose insight leads all inquiring minds into the depths of the most sacred knowledge of life.”
And student Nathan Jones said, “Being in class with Professor Morehead is such a joy because you know his only desire as a teacher is for all of his students to be living 200 percent of life.”
Management professor Jane Schmidt-Wilk was recognized for her excellent qualities as a teacher. Student Katie Greenfield said, “Jane Schmidt-Wilk is organized, efficient, inspiring, and a perfect example of an ideal teacher — always giving more and more knowledge, and always connecting it back to consciousness.”
And Professor David Pohlman, Department of Maharishi Vedic Science, was recognized for his personal qualities and abilities as a teacher. Student Sharon Gradischnig shared the comments of one of her classmates: “David Pohlman is a professor who teaches with great sensibility, but also has a firm hand. He answers questions from a calm center, with wisdom and inspiration. Most practically, of course, he is a wonderful and effective transmitter of knowledge.”
Graduating B.F.A. Students Exhibit Artwork
Seven students who will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree this month will be exhibiting their work in Unity Gallery in the Library June 17–25. The opening reception is Friday, June 17, 8:00–9:00 p.m.
The artists include:
- Benek Lisefski — web design
- Alek Lisefski — web design
- Benjamin Estey — video installation
- Clara Martinez — video and animation
- Shelby Schook — graphic design
- Willy Mullenneaux — sculpture and ceramics
- Marlene De Souza — video
“I’m really excited about the B.F.A. show this year,” said digital media professor Gurdy Leete. “The students’ work is extraordinary. Those who go to the show will really enjoy the beautiful diversity.”
All of the students have websites exhibiting their work. Find links online at webworks.mum.edu. Their websites present some of the work that will be in the exhibit, as well as other projects that they have done, including freelance work for clients.
Many of the students are already working professionally and the others are looking forward to beginning their careers. Ms. De Souza plans to continue her employment with Human Factors as well as doing freelance video work. The Lisefskis and Mr. Estey will do freelance graphic and web design. Ms. Schook plans to do freelance graphic design, while Ms. Martinez will be doing freelance web design, animation, and video. Mr. Mullenneaux will be showing his ceramics and sculpture, including an upcoming ArtWalk exhibit.
More Weight Equipment for Recreation Center
More top-of-the-line weight-training equipment was recently ordered for the Recreation Center, completing the third phase of a major upgrade to the facility and offering everything necessary for a complete workout of all muscle groups.
The world-class weight machines, which together cost $13,500 and are made by Cybex, simulate a workout done with freestanding weights through a system of variable resistance, says Ken Daley, head of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Also purchased were some new benches to be used with freestanding weights.
“We had a mid-range facility before, but now we’re moving to a new level,” Mr. Daley said. “We now have a top-end weight-training area.”
The next phase of the upgrade will include more aerobic equipment.
He said that the weight-training facility helps support the required student exercise program. “This equipment helps make our innovative Mod Log program more accessible and easy to do.”
Old Cell Phones, Printer Cartridges Earn Equipment for Recreation Center
Don’t throw away those old printer cartridges and cell phones. The Recreation Department can recycle them through the FundingFactory, and thereby earn points that can be exchanged for new recreation equipment in order to help out Maharishi University of Management.
“People simply need to donate something they would normally just throw away — cell phones and empty laser and inkjet printer cartridges,” says Ken Daley, head of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. These cartridges can be from printers, fax machines, and even desktop copiers.
Not only will the University receive much-needed equipment for free, those who donate are helping to save the environment.
You can donate your empty cartridges and cell phones by placing them in the collection boxes found at the Recreation Center.
If you have many items, call (641) 472-1112 to schedule a pickup.
If you have any questions about this great opportunity, please e-mail Mr. Daley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music Summer Workshops
This summer the Institute of Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music is offering four two-week voice and bamboo flute workshops.
The workshops will be taught by master Gandharvan Binay Krishna Baral. Participants will learn the structure of a raga.
Workshops will meet Monday through Friday for two consecutive weeks, for a total of 10 hours per workshop. Students may sign up for any workshop, or any combination of workshops. Open to all ages.
Beginner/intermediate level will be 9:00–10:00 a.m., Monday–Friday.
Intermediate/advanced level will be 10:00–11:00 a.m., Monday–Friday.
(The instructor will assign intermediate students to the level most suitable for them.)
Location: Building 151 upstairs suite
The workshop dates are:
- June 27–July 8
- July 11–July 22
- July 25–August 5
- August 8–August 19
The cost is $100 for the 10-lesson, two-week workshop. The special price for Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi School personnel and dependents is $50.
For more information and to sign up, please call Mr. Baral at (641) 472-7000, ext. 3003.
School Tennis Teams Compete at State
Maharishi School tennis players had yet another solid year, with both the girls and the boys competing at the state tournament in both the individual and team competitions, with several third-place finishes.
In the state team competition, the girls were again among the final four for the second year in a row, again finishing in third place.
In the individual competition, seniors Melodia and Coral Morales advanced to the state semifinals, losing a tough match to the eventual champion and then winning their final match to secure third place.
Sophomore Avery Gibson, who played in the number one spot for the team this season, qualified for the state singles competition for the second year in a row. In the first round she easily handled an opponent who had beaten her a week earlier in the regional final, but lost her second-round match to the eventual champion. She then played well in consolation rounds and earned fifth place.
Also competing for the girls in the state team competition were Tasha Blitz, Dariana Travis, and Deborah Swartz.
The boys exceeded expectations this year, making amazing progress during the season and not only earning a spot in the final four of the state team competition, but also, for the first time ever, had all six players qualify for the individual competition.
The boys earned third place in the team competition, losing their first match to the eventual champion from Dubuque, a team that also won the championship last year. But they were dominant in their battle for third place, winning 5-0.
In the individual competition, senior Jeremy Jones, who played number one for the team, won three matches and lost two, finishing seventh in the singles competition.
In the doubles, sophomores Cooper Rose and Mehul Kar also won three and lost two, finishing seventh.
Also qualifying for state was sophomore Devon Jarvis, who played in the number two position on the team this year. And qualifying for the doubles were junior Dhruv Kar and freshman Owen Blake, who won a match at state.
School Student Justin Rocca Goes to State Track Meet
Maharishi School student Justin Rocca enjoyed a successful season, qualifying for the state meet.
Mr. Rocca competed in the 400-meter run at state and finished ninth with a time of 51.45 seconds.
Golf Team Finishes Third in District
The Maharishi School boys golf team finished third in the district tournament with a 311, just six strokes behind the two state qualifying teams.
Danny Steinberg shot 75, just three strokes behind the champion. Sam Goldstein had a 77, Max Steinberg 78, and Mitra Muehlman 81. Alternates were Nick Juskewycz with an 83, and Will Courtade with an 86.
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