The generous support of our donors has helped to create these inspiring stories about our alumni, students, and faculty.    
Michael Dearborn Has a Passion for Sustainable Design    

MUM alumnus Michael Dearborn has always been interested in design. As a teenager, he learned architectural design, 3D modeling, and rendering and built a portfolio working with his architect father. When he became a Sustainable Living student, he discovered that his passion was sustainable design. For his senior project, he designed algae photobioreactors. In addition, he helped design the MUM biodiesel system, a natural swimming pool, a solar food dehydrator, and numerous other ecomachines.

His design experience proved handy when he got a job at Portapure, a Chicago-based company manufacturing portable water filtration devices. Michael now handles both product and graphic design for the company. Read more

Tawanda Miller — Former Corrections Officer Seeks to Help Inmates with TM    

Tawanda Miller does not fit the typical stereotype of a corrections officer. Yet the petite and soft-spoken North Carolina native worked three years in a correctional facility. Instead of regarding the inmates as criminals, she saw them as troubled people, became their friend, and won their respect. Her previous training as a nurse and her deeply compassionate nature inspired her to help them. Tawanda also became a deputy sheriff — a rare feat for a woman.

Then one day her son, who is an MUM student, sent her a copy of Maharishi’s Science of Being and Art of Living. After reading the book, Tawanda realized there was a way to help inmates. She turned in her gun and badge to come to MUM and become a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation® program. Read more

IBM Selects MUM to Participate in Academic Initiative Program    

IBM has recently selected MUM to participate in their Academic Initiative program which helps teach students market-ready skills by providing free data-mining software and courseware, access to hardware, and training for university faculty.

An immediate benefit of the program is a free campus-wide site license for their data-mining software called SPSS Modeler, the leading statistics and data analytics program in the industry. Read more

David Lynch Master’s Degree in Film Began in August    

Legendary filmmaker David Lynch, Trustee Emeritus of MUM, has given his name to the new master’s degree in film at Maharishi University of Management. The one-year program began this August and allows students to create a master project from start to finish, including possible distribution. The goal is to give aspiring filmmakers the time, equipment, and guidance to follow their own vision and create films that have an impact and transform the world. Read more

James Wilson — Battlefield Meteorologist Studies Maharishi Vedic Science    

James Wilson grew up in Seattle, Washington, and joined the U.S. Air Force at 19. Always looking for unique experiences, he became a battlefield meteorologist. While stationed in the U.S., Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and Iraq, he provided combat weather support to Army aviation and infantry units. In 2011, he was named the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Battlefield Weather Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

James had been interested in quantum physics and discovered the work of Dr. John Hagelin. Soon he learned about the Transcendental Meditation® program and read Maharishi’s Science of Being and Art of Living, which inspired him to learn the TM® technique. But it wasn’t until he left the Air Force, after six years of service, that he was able to learn TM in the fall of 2012. Read more

Alexandra Pomeroy — Blending Art and Sustainability    

New Student Body president Alexandra Pomeroy came to MUM from Pennsylvania, where she studied communications at Penn State University. After a four-year break from college, she searched for a “meditating vegetarian university” on the Internet – and found MUM. When she discovered that the University offered a Sustainable Living degree, she knew she had to come. Read more



MUM Faculty Members Present to Iowa Governor    

MUM faculty members Jane Roman Pitt and Ken West recently collaborated on a music video which they presented to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in the State Capitol Building in Des Moines. The video, titled “Iowa Gold,” features a song composed and performed by Ms. Pitt and Iowa landscape photos taken by Mr. West.

Ms. Pitt wrote “Iowa Gold” about 20 years ago when she first moved to Iowa and was inspired by the beautiful landscapes. Then last year she saw Mr. West’s photographs in the MUM dining hall. “I was so struck by Ken’s photos, because they were expressing in such depth of richness and color just what I was trying to say in the song.” Read more

Four MBA Teams Finish in Top 10 of National Business Simulation    
August 11, 2013
MUM placed four MBA teams in the top 10 out of 103 teams in a recent online business decision-making contest run by the international Capsim Foundation Business Simulation.

This achievement marks the fourth consecutive year in which MUM’s MBA accounting students have placed at least one team in the top 10. This year five teams competed from MUM, obtaining first, second, sixth, ninth, and 33rd places. Read more

MUMTV Brings Campus Events to the World    

MUMTV was recently launched to provide free live streaming of campus events, as well as an archive library of past talks and conferences. MUMTV has produced seven live web shows and has garnered 3059 viewers since its inception in May. Read more

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin Gives Commencement Address    

On May 25, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin addressed Maharishi University of Management’s 2013 graduating class, praising the University as ”the best holistic approach to education and wellness in life of any university anywhere on the globe.”

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his lifetime of service and compassionate and progressive leadership to Iowa and to the United States. He has served in the Senate since 1985, with ten years of service in the House of Representatives before that. The Senate’s seventh most senior senator overall, he chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Read more

MUM Hosts Conference on Consciousness    

MUM’s Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy hosted a conference on April 20, titled “Our Conscious Future”, to discuss how the latest advances in mind, body, society, and the study of consciousness are converging to create new paradigms for humankind.

“This was a fantastic day of profound and transformational wisdom,” said Dr. John Hagelin, director of the Institute and professor of physics at MUM. “Truly world-class speakers united in a world-class event. It was quite a feather in our cap for our University, and enriching to the whole community. Everyone involved—Michael Sternfeld, DLF-TV, MUM, Maharishi Foundation, the speakers, the performers, the organizers, the sponsors—should really be commended and congratulated.” Read more

The McLaughlin Building — Promoting the Success of the Computer Professionals Program    

The Computer Professionals Program at Maharishi University of Management started in 1996 with nine students. By 2013, over 1,500 students from more than 80 countries have graduated or are currently in the program. Students have been placed in more than 1,000 companies around the United States, including Microsoft, IBM, Google, AT&T, and Wells Fargo.

"It’s a great honor and privilege to contribute to a program that is a success on every level,” Ted McLaughlin said. “We are happy with the planning, financial structure, success, and legacy of the program."

“We have been included every step of the way,” said Barbara McLaughlin. “We feel the success of the program is our success also. It has been a blessing in our lives and very fulfilling.” View brochure


Alvaro Monasterio – Serving Students as Associate Director of Residential Life    

MBA student Alvaro Monasterio studied mechanical engineering in his hometown at the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. After completing his degree, he worked for Metro de Madrid monitoring subway construction projects.

While in college, Alvaro became a member of the international student association BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) and traveled around Europe taking seminars in leadership, communication, and coaching. He also served as president of BEST at his alma mater and later started to conduct seminars on leadership, project management, and motivation. Read more

Brian Glassett — Training to Become a Teacher and Leader    

PhD student Brian Glassett grew up in New Jersey in a family that practices the Transcendental Meditation® technique. He studied music and audio production at Drexel University in Philadelphia with the goal of becoming a record producer. However, his life took a different turn.

“I was writing a lot of music and doing other creative things, but all of it felt empty, because I felt empty,” said Brian. “There was something hollow about the culture that I was a part of there. I was sad to see a lot of suffering all around me. I started to look for answers and eventually came back to Maharishi. That's when I went on a TM® residence course that really opened something up inside." Read more

New Online Course on Brain and Consciousness with Dr. Travis and Dr. Wallace    

Two of MUM’s top faculty have joined forces to present their lifetimes of research in the fields of brain, consciousness, and meditation. The new 7-lesson online course, Brain and Consciousness, is taught by Dr. Fred Travis and Dr. Keith Wallace and is now available through MUM Online.

The course explores concepts of mind and brain science and compares the understanding of mind, consciousness, and the body in modern science and Maharishi Vedic Science℠. In addition, recent research during Transcendental Meditation® practice is reviewed in detail. Read more

MIU Alumnus Turns His Hobby Into Successful Online Business    

Eric Rusch, owner of the Internet business Breadtopia, likes to wear many hats. On his website he sells baking supplies; but that’s not all he does. He also makes his own educational videos, writes recipes and articles, maintains the website, conducts product research, and corresponds with customers. Read more

Computer Science Students Place in National Programming Competition    

Khasan Bold and Khongor Enkhbold, students from Mongolia in the MS in Computer Science Program, both recently scored in the top 10 in a national computer programming competition, earning an all-expenses-paid trip to Silicon Valley.

Over 400 students participated, from schools such as Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Princeton, Purdue, MIT, and the University of California-Berkeley. Khongor earned fifth place and Khasan seventh. The competition was sponsored by companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and Dropbox. Read more

Yali Jiang – Serving Students with Love and Compassion    

Yali Jiang, assistant director of Student Activities, comes from Hubei province in central China. She was studying at MUM’s partner university, the Overseas Chinese College of the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, when MUM offered her a scholarship based on her high grade point average. In search of a high quality education and encouraged by her father, she accepted right away. 

“I like the concept of Consciousness-Based education,” Yali said. “The first thing a school should teach you is how to be yourself. When I came here, MUM taught me how to follow my heart. I feel at home here and I can grow in every area, not just academically.” Read more

Noted Entrepreneur and Organic Herb Producer Speaks at MUM    

We can end global warming — without reducing the number of cars we drive or the number of coal-fired power plants in operation or dialing back other traditional contributors of CO2 to the atmosphere. The simple solution: convert all agriculture to organic agriculture. This was the thesis of a talk given by Tom Newmark as part of the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

"The faculty and students at the Sustainable Living Department are thought leaders, bringing fresh vision and consciousness to the critical environmental challenges facing our planet,” Mr. Newmark said. “I'm excited to share our farm, fields, and forests with the students, and it's fantastic that this course will inaugurate what we all hope will be a long-term collaboration between MUM and Finca Luna Nueva.” Read more

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