Donation, Jobs Project to Bring 1,000 More Course Participants
By Patricia Boland
Remarkable developments continue in the Invincible America course with the University’s Founder His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi inspiring a landmark donation and spurring initiatives for job creation.
Maharishi called for the U.S. to urgently expand numbers on the course from 1,000 to 2,000 people. A donor and University Trustee, Howard Settle, pledged $12 million to help attract the 1,000 additional course participants needed by offering to financially support 2,000 participants for a year. To achieve permanency after that year, people will need employment, particularly part-time employment, if they want to enjoy the special extended program. This need has spurred the creation of jobs.
Two initiatives are now under way to help people make the transition and, if necessary, to provide them with training during the sponsored year into permanent employment. That way participants can become financially self-sufficient and remain on the program in Fairfield or Washington, D.C. One initiative aims to increase employment in Fairfield by an estimated six percent with part-time jobs and another will develop a multifaceted employment website. See article below.
A group consisting of faculty, local businessmen, and the Fairfield mayor met in mid-September to help create or identify part-time employment opportunities. They immediately started a fund to research employment creation opportunities and ways to publicize positions.
Local entrepreneurs Warren Wechsler and John Viviano took charge of the project, which will also be facilitated by the University’s business incubator program headed by Scott Herriott. Mayor Ed Malloy and local entrepreneur Burt Chojnowski described the project as “growing our own jobs” and used the term “economic gardening.”
An experienced job developer who helped people in New York City find employment after the September 11 attacks is being hired to help with the project.
Mr. Viviano drafted a strategic plan which includes the University creating certificate programs to prepare people for jobs and creating a list of appropriate part-time jobs and job categories.
Categories include website and graphic design; Internet research; sales; customer service; software testing and computer programming; and online education servicing. The goal is to identify employment that fits with the extended program schedule and also to find experienced people hiring in those areas or who are willing to train in those areas.
The Invincible America course started in July in response to the warnings by Maharishi about negative world events. Research indicates that the square root of 1% of a population — the Super Radiance number — practicing the TM-Sidhi program in a group will create profound coherence in collective consciousness. The minimum Super Radiance number for the U.S. is 1,730.
Employment Website to Aid Invincible America Project
By Patricia Boland
As part of a grand initiative to attract 1,000 more participants to the Invincible America project, the student and alumni employment website previously hosted by the University has been completely revamped and relaunched on the Internet at http://www.idealcommunityjobs.com.
Both job seekers and employers can use the website for free. The categorized listings can be searched, as can the résumés. Only registered users can view the résumés. According to Rachel Goodman, who has extensive experience in developing career strategies, planned expansion of the site in the near future includes adding a section for developing jobs for participants in the special extended program of the Invincible America Course who can only work part time.
Other sections to be included soon will be one for consultants and entrepreneurs to advise businesses and support start-up companies and one for a career strategy workshop.
“The site that we have now is great for people to post their job openings and their résumés,” Dr. Goodman said. “Other features, including business advertising and links to business and knowledge websites will also be added soon.”
The website’s goal is to assist existing course participants and also to attract new participants by helping them find employment in Fairfield, Maharishi Vedic City, or Washington, D.C. The site provides one of the strategies in a grand plan being overseen by faculty member Dr. John Hagelin. The ultimate goal is to establish permanent groups of TM-Sidhi practitioners, totaling at least 2,000 in Fairfield and Washington, D.C.
The origins of the website date back to an idea from Leslee Goldstein, then head of the alumni office, who wanted an alumni jobs website. The idea was taken up by management faculty Rachel Goodman, who promoted it for students as well as alumni and local businesses. The site takes another leap forward now with this project and with a new, refurbished, and attractive design developed by Shepley Hansen with technical and software service provided by Craig Ridgley.
For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Or visit http://www.idealcommunityjobs.com.
40 Students Begin Free TM-Sidhi Course
About 40 Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi School students are currently taking the TM-Sidhi® course that is being offered for no or low cost as an emergency measure to increase the numbers participating in group program in the Golden Domes and thereby help foster world peace.
“Since the welcome weekend for the new students, Amine, Narayana, and I were working on getting all meditating students to become Sidhas,” said Stephen Cardinal, president of Global Student Council. “We didn’t expect to get it all for free. What an extremely pleasant surprise. This is truly an amazing and inspiring time to be a student at Maharishi University of Management.”
The course began on September 23 and will continue to October 14, followed by the two-week Flying Block. Then another free course, with the same structure, will begin immediately for those who weren’t able to take the first course.
The impromptu courses and the deluge of applications has been a novel situation for the Maharishi Enlightenment Center. And the momentum is expected to build even more.
“It’s been quite a flurry,” said Wally DeVasier, director of the Maharishi Enlightenment Center. “The news is just getting out around the country. I think the next course will be even bigger.”
The next course will begin on October 26. Those interested can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The special pricing is available to anyone who commits to be in the Golden Dome for a year.
Ken Daley Serves on Governor’s Task Force on Health
In his role as president of the state association of physical education teachers, faculty member Ken Daley has recently been appointed to serve on the Governor’s Healthy Children Task Force.
This task force is meeting several times to develop a set of recommendations that will be forwarded by the governor to the legislature for possible implementation.
“We have some major health problems, and the state government is aware of the situation,” Mr. Daley said. “The current direction is not sustainable — the cost of health care is bankrupting the country. Prevention can make a difference.”
Mr. Daley’s association is recommending that the state legislature require daily health and physical education for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade. “We think that this single point of contact has the most leverage in the state,” Mr. Daley said. “The current system is in place and it works. But it can be made better.”
The Governor appointed 54 members to the committee, representing a wide range of fields of health-related associations in the state, including nursing, dental health, pediatrics, osteopathy, and physical therapy, as well as the state departments of education and public health.
Mr. Daley has spent time speaking with Iowa lawmakers in the past several years and has a good impression of them. “In my experience they have pretty high ideals,” he says. “If you present a logical argument, they’re willing to listen.”
He sees this as an extraordinary opportunity. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to affect a large group of people in a very positive way,” he said. “Most people never have this opportunity in their careers.”
Students Enjoy Adventure during Base Camp
First-year students recently enjoyed four days on the Current River in the Ozark Mountains in Missouri, camping out, canoeing, and exploring caves as part of the annual base camp, an adventure that offers an outdoor experience as well as fostering camaraderie, tolerance, and good old-fashioned fun.
“They had a blast,” said faculty member Ken Daley, one of the leaders of the expedition. “This base camp worked as well or better than anything we’ve ever had.”
Mr. Daley said that on the second day the students did an “aggressive” back-country hike that was quite challenging because it entailed trekking through some jungle-like terrain along the river. During this hike they also forded a river and went swimming in a cave.
The first day was a canoe trip that included visiting a cave. Their “critter encounters” included turtles, land tortoises, and river otters.
The students went in two groups, first the men for four days and then the ladies, with about 30 students in each group.
“It’s very much a bonding experience,” Mr. Daley said. “They get to know each other in a special way.”
New Programs on KHOE Include Books and Religion
Campus radio station KHOE, 90.5 FM, is kicking off its fall season with several new syndicated programs, including two that deal with books and writers and one that covers world religions.
The new programs are:
• “The Book Guys” — This is not only a book review program covering the latest releases but also a show featuring books from the past as well as giving information on valuable and rare books. Listeners have the opportunity to call in and find out how much a first-edition they found in their attic is worth. The two hosts are lifelong book lovers and collectors. They also do interviews with authors and publishers.
• “What’s the Word” — Host Sally Plaxton covers great writings in the past, recently featuring an analysis of the orations of Frederick Douglass, an ardent abolitionist who became one of America’s first great black speakers. The show typically explores the work of the writer and interviews experts from the field. Another recent show featured the literary side of Albert Einstein.
• “Speaking of Faith” — Krista Tippett explores the ancient, medieval, and modern faiths, such as Islam and Roman Catholicism, interviewing experts and typically discussing various periods in the history of that sect.
She recently interviewed a former Lutheran clergyman who later became a politician. He was sent by President Clinton to Africa and came back with a very different view of religion: that it’s a device to promote the world view of a particular people.
Other programming will include a rebroadcast of Oram Miller’s “Emerald Isles” series on Celtic music, the continuation of Judy Booth’s series on the Bhagavad-Gita, and the “The Good News Show,” featuring positive and inspiring news from around the world.
The latter program is hosted by Gerard Morris and Marie Allen. Station manager Stan Stansberry says that Mr. Morris, with his expertise in Maharishi Vedic Science(SM), typically integrates his discussion of the news with principles from Maharishi Vedic Science.
Ms. Allen, who is from Great Britain and who has a theater background, gives the program an air of a BBC news program. Mr. Stansberry said that this year the hosts will offer more discussion of the news items.
The complete schedule can be found online at http://khoe.org/.
Dr. Raul Calderon Gives Conference Presentation
By Rona Zimerman
Last month, faculty member Raul Calderon, director of the University’s health and fitness program, gave an invited presentation at the annual national conference of the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse (NHSN) in Scottsdale, Arizona.
NHSN awarded Dr. Calderon a research scientist travel grant to cover the cost of the conference. He presented a talk at the special session for new investigators on his research on risky adolescent health behaviors.
“It was an honor and great opportunity to be selected to present some of the research I have been doing over the last few years,” he said.
Dr. Calderon did the joint research while on a post-doctoral fellowship at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention at Stanford University School of Medicine and at the Institute for HIV Prevention in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. He studied the effects of individual differences and situational alcohol use on the behavior of adolescents.
The manuscript will be under review for publication. This was the first time this research was presented and the response was very positive, Dr. Calderon said. He also noted that the conference presented opportunities to talk about Maharishi University of Management.
New Study: Reduced Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Faculty members Carolyn King and Ken Walton presented research at the annual meeting of the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks showing that the Transcendental Meditation technique can affect a range of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
In their research they devised a method for measuring “metabolic syndrome” and then used the measure to determine the relative benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique and health education to reduce metabolic syndrome in a high-risk population.
While both interventions lowered blood pressure, those practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique had a relatively greater decrease in triglycerides. In addition, while the health education group showed no change in HDL cholesterol (the good kind), the meditating group had a significant increase.
Their research was highlighted in a press release sent out by the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks.
CitiBank Loans Now Available for TM-Sidhi Course
As momentum builds to increase the number of people practicing the TM-Sidhi program in large groups, some of those who are unable to make a one-year commitment required by the special price are using the new CitiAssist loan program to pay for the cost of the course.
Previously these loans, which are from CitiBank, had been available for those wanting to learn the Transcendental Meditation® technique. But now the program also can be used to learn the TM-Sidhi program.
Those interested can apply online at mum.edu/tmsidhicourse. Participants are enrolled as Maharishi University of Management students and earn two units of credit.
These credit-bearing, non-degree courses are jointly offered by Maharishi University of Management and authorized Maharishi Enlightenment Centers throughout the U.S. except in California. The Maharishi Enlightenment Centers provide the personal instruction, and the University provides the distance education components, including videotaped lectures.
These courses are open to those who have applied for a Center Invincibility Course (CIC) at their local Maharishi Enlightenment Center or Maharishi Peace Palace and have been accepted for the local CIC course by the TM-Sidhi program directors, except those in California.
Most course participants — even if they’re not currently enrolled in college — are eligible for CitiAssist loans that fully cover the tuition. The CitiAssist loan program has affordable monthly payments, and is offered to the University through Citibank.
Three School Students Named Merit Semifinalists
Three Maharishi School seniors were recently recognized as semifinalists in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program, which honors the nation’s academically talented high school seniors.
Noah Caplan, Angela Folz, and Owen Stowe are among the approximately 16,000 students who have qualified out of the 1.4 million who took the 2005 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Those qualifying are in the top 1% nationwide.
The semifinalists now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards to be offered next spring.
Education Tour Travels to 25 Cities
On September 18 a panel of educators and scientists launched a two-month international tour of 25 cities to promote Consciousness-Based(SM) education and the impact of the Transcendental Meditation program on educational outcomes.
This tour is building on the success of the series of education conferences held earlier this year in New England and the Southwest, which created extensive interest in the Transcendental Meditation program in schools across the nation.
The tour is visiting cities across the U.S. and Canada and is focusing on children’s health and education — including effective ways to improve academic achievement and prevent and treat stress, anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities.
The presentations in each city are providing local educators, government leaders, health professionals, and foundations with a complete introduction to the Transcendental Meditation program — including the 30 years of scientific research and classroom experience documenting its practical, wide-ranging benefits for both students and teachers. The speakers are also giving step-by-step information about how to start Consciousness-Based educational programs in schools. The conferences showcase the seven-year success of the Transcendental Meditation program at the award-winning Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit.
Dr. Ashley Deans, director of the award-winning Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, speaks about his new book A Record of Excellence: The Remarkable Success of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and about the achievements of this flagship school for Consciousness-Based education.
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