MUM Partners with Additional Chinese Universities
MUM is now collaborating with three universities in China in addition to the ongoing partnership with the Overseas Chinese College of the Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB) in Beijing, a state-owned university.
Officials from MUM, including President Dr. Bevan Morris and Zhu Yunxiang, vice president of Asia expansion, recently traveled in China and signed agreements with Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing, Qiongzhou University on Hainan Island in southern China, and Beihua University in northeastern China.
Students from these universities may arrive to study at MUM yet this semester, with their interests ranging from the MBA program to the undergraduate program in literature.
Some of the students may begin with a semester of English instruction, and additional faculty are being added to the Department of English as a Second Language.
In addition to students coming here, an MUM degree program may be offered at the partner institution in China, as has been the case at Overseas Chinese College the past 10 years. Tentative plans include training faculty at those institutions to offer Consciousness-Based(SM) education, with some faculty tentatively scheduled to come to MUM this semester for faculty development workshops.
“President Morris’s visit to China did much to help pave the way for these collaborations,” Dr. Zhu said.
Dr. Hagelin’s Physics Course Available via Online Education
By Livia Cole
After the successful launch of an online education program in December, MUM will be offering Foundations of Physics and Consciousness, taught by Dr. John Hagelin, beginning this month.
Dr. Hagelin has taught this course to thousands of first-year students at MUM, showing them how the latest findings of modern physics are directly relevant to their lives. He is known for his ability to make complicated concepts simple and understandable, such that this course is accessible to everyone.
The course may be taken for credit or noncredit, and no background in physics or mathematics is required. Dr. Hagelin will hold live question-and-answer sessions and students will also be able to communicate with each other through online discussion forums.
“This course presents the most advanced, cutting-edge principles of quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, superstring theory, astronomy, and big bang inflationary cosmology, and explores them in light of the most ancient and complete science of consciousness — Maharishi’s Vedic Science and Technology of Consciousness,” Dr. Hagelin said.
The course will give participants an understanding of the unified field, the limitless field of pure intelligence at the foundation of the universe and their own lives. This understanding will help deepen the experience of the unified field in their own daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® programs.
Dr. Hagelin received a PhD from Harvard University and conducted pioneering research at CERN (the European Laboratory for Particle Physics) and SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center). He played a major role in the development of a highly successful Grand Unified Field Theory.
The course is scheduled to start on February 28 and registration should be completed by February 16.
For more information, see www.mum.edu/de.
Campus Master Plan Underway
As the reconstruction of campus continues, a new master plan is being developed following a recent two-day workshop led by experienced landscape architect Robert Shrosbree, brother of art department chairman Jim Shrosbree.
Robert Shrosbree has over 30 years of experience in the planning, design and management of projects throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States.
“We want to have an overall plan so that as we continue to develop the campus all of the changes will fit into a larger picture,” said Tom Brooks, chief operating officer at Maharishi University of Management.
The master plan will look at all facets of the physical campus: the location of the buildings, the flow of traffic through campus, the location of water (Crow Creek), the flow of pedestrian traffic, and the grounds.
“Essentially, we are designing how the campus will look when everything is completed,” Mr. Brooks said.
Mr. Shrosbree’s work includes a wide range of urban design, parks, campus, university, and institutional facilities.
Based on the information and ideas presented in the workshop, University administrators are now preparing a report that will outline the master plan.
Once the report is complete, administrators will seek feedback from campus residents and the Board of Trustees.
Faculty Member Named Chief Scientist at Rodale
Adjunct faculty member Elaine Ingham, a renowned soil biology expert, was recently named chief scientist at Rodale Institute, a non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach.
Dr. Ingham has led Soil Foodweb, Inc., as president and director of research since 1996, helping farmers worldwide grow more resilient crops by understanding and improving their soil.
In her new role as chief scientist, Dr. Ingham will take the lead on all Rodale Institute research projects; act as the scientific voice for the Institute as she travels worldwide; and help create a vision for the future of food and farming.
MUM Hosts Organic Farmer Meeting
By Ken Roseboro
About 40 people, most of them organic farmers, attended a meeting held on campus in January in the Argiro Student Center.
The meeting, “Organic Grain and Livestock Outlook for 2011,” was one of five held throughout Iowa that were sponsored by the Iowa Organic Association and the Iowa State University Value Added Agriculture Program.
The meetings aimed to inform Iowa’s organic farmers about the growing market for organic foods and about the demand for organic grains and livestock.
The Fairfield meeting was the best attended of the meetings, and Kathleen Delate, professor and organic specialist at Iowa State University, called it a great success and highlighted Fairfield’s role in organic food production.
“It was extremely valuable, as the city is known throughout the state as an area where local foods, particularly, local, organic foods, are flourishing,” she said. “From the completely organic dining service at Maharishi University of Management, which uses vegetables from their greenhouses in season, and the Maharishi Vedic City organic greenhouses in the winter, to Radiance Dairy that sells milk, cheese, and value-added products to local stores and food services, Fairfield leads the way.”
The meeting featured speakers discussing topics of interest to Iowa’s organic farmers. Margaret Smith, project coordinator for Iowa State University’s Value Added Agriculture Program, gave an overview of national organic markets and an outlook for organic markets this year and beyond.
Ms. Delate gave an overview of her organic research. Grain buyers discussed their needs for organic soybeans. Two organic farmers, Jason Wells from Milton and Greg Wiley of Washington, shared their experiences.
“I thought the meeting was useful,” said Mr. Wiley, who grows corn, soybeans, and small grains on his farm. “Organic farmers are few and far between, so it’s good to get together and get different viewpoints.”
Ms. Smith said that one of the positive outcomes of the meeting was that it “allowed many of us to experience the beautiful facilities at MUM and strengthen that relationship.”
ISU will hold an Organic Focus Group meeting on March 24, 7–9 p.m., at the ISU Extension Office in Fairfield, to gather more input on research needs from organic farmers and those interested in transitioning to organic production.
For more information, please contact Ms. Delate at (515) 294-7069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUM Implements Campuswide Emergency Notification System
Last month MUM initiated a campuswide emergency notification system through Rave Wireless that will be used to alert campus residents in cases of fire, severe weather, or any other circumstance that would require immediate action.
“You just have to be prepared,” said Tom Brooks, chief operating officer. “If a tornado is spotted near Richland and is headed our way, we want to be able to warn people to take shelter.”
He said that this system is widely used by campuses throughout the country.
In the event of a campus emergency, residents will be sent an official alert to let them know exactly what to do, what to expect, or what to look for. The emergency alert will come via email, a text message, or both.
The message will be sent by a member of the Campus Safety Committee, the members of which have been trained to determine what circumstances to send a notice and how to send it.
Two to four times per year the committee will send out a test message that will clearly be marked “test message.”
An initial message has already been sent from Rave that includes a link to the person’s account and a temporary password. Campus residents can select how they would like to be contacted (text message, email, or both) and can add additional phone numbers or email addresses.
“We hope that the need never arises for this emergency notification system, but we want to be ready to act at short notice should the need arise,” Mr. Brooks said. “As always the coherence from our Golden Domes and meditation halls will help to keep us all safe.”
50 Participate in Wellness Challenge
Around 50 MUM students, staff, and faculty have joined the Live Healthy Iowa 100-Day Wellness Challenge, a program to encourage Iowans to make healthy choices.
Over the course of 100 days, teams of 2–10 people are competing by tracking activity minutes and/or weight loss online via the Live Healthy Iowa website.
“It effectively uses a team approach to motivate people to put their attention on diet and exercise,” said MUM administrator Tom Brooks, who helped to organize campus participation. “It’s a great way to encourage everyone to stay active during the winter.”
The challenge doesn’t require any specific type of activity or goals but rather allows participants to do the kinds of activities they desire and to set their own goals, whether fitness or weight loss.
A generous MUM donor paid the entry fees for campus residents who are participating.
In the nine years that the Challenge has been taking place, nearly 170,000 Iowans have improved their health by collectively losing over 683,634 pounds and accumulating nearly 500,000 minutes of physical activity.
Maharishi School Receives Grant to Plant Trees
Maharishi School was recently awarded a $1,088 grant that will support planting 25 edible fruit trees in its Nature Explore Classroom, a certified Arbor Day Foundation outdoor learning environment.
The grant was from the Branching Out program, a collaborative program between Alliant Energy, Trees Forever, and local communities.
These organizations are committed to community tree planting to save energy, improve aesthetics, create more livable communities, reduce the carbon footprint, and more.
“By adding more edible landscaping, children will benefit by interacting with nature and learning about healthy ecosystems,” said School official Annalisa Miller. “The sensation of eating hand-picked food will help the children further their understanding of land and food cultivation.”
She said that the greatest environmental benefit is educating children about respecting and caring for their environment and helping them grow toward ecological literacy.
A community planting day is being planned for the spring when parents and children will come together to help to plant the trees. The trees to be planted will include plum, pear, cherry, mulberry, apple and peach.
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