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MUM Running Club Wins Ottumwa 5K Race

MUM Running Club members pictured above at Race for the Cure on May 11th 2019 

The MUM running club continues to dominate the annual 5K race in Ottumwa, winning the timed team award for the 8th time and also winning first place in several age categories.

The club participated in Ottumwa’s Komen Southeast Iowa Race for the Cure earlier this month.

The timed team award consists of the combined times of the team’s top five runners. The MUM runners who helped the team to win the award were Kirby Shields,...

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New Online MFA in Creative Writing Coming in 2020

Next year MUM will launch a low-residency MFA program in creative writing with specialization options in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Each semester will begin with a 10-day residency on campus, and culminate with a fifth residency at the end of the program. During the semesters, students will take classes online with published poets and writers who will also serve as mentors. The program will be directed by long-term faculty Nynke Passi.

“Just like the popular low-residency David Lynch MFA in screenwriting, the MFA in creative writing will provide a...

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Professor Shrosbree Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

The many achievements of art professor Jim Shrosbree were recognized last month by the Guggenheim Foundation, which honored him with a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship.

This award is not only a highly prestigious honor, it also comes with a substantial grant that typically allows recipients to focus exclusively on their research or writing or art for six months to a year.

Professor Shrosbree was one of 168 scholars, artists, and writers selected from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants nationwide. He was one of the 25 who received the award for...

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Metafore Magazine Winter Publication

Metafore Magazine, MUM’s literary journal, published their Winter 2018 issue on January 9th. A product of the university’s BFA in Creative and Professional Writing, the online journal is a product of months of reading, evaluating and editing submissions. This year, more than 500 total submissions were received over the two-month reading period, in fiction, non-fiction and poetry genres. Writers selected for publication ran the gamut from the first pieces published by aspiring writers to the seasoned prose and poetry of acclaimed masters. “Some evoked tears, some brought genuine delight and...

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Jagruti Solanki MBA becomes CPA Firm Partner

Jagruti Solanki, a CPA, and graduate from MUM’s MBA Accounting Program in 2009 has been named Partner for the accounting firm Aprio, LLP, a 600-employee regional CPA firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA.  In addition, Jagruti received the prestigious 2018 Innovative Practitioner Award from an AICPA-affiliated organization, for her breakthrough auditing of block chain companies.  Founded in 2001 by the American Institute of CPAs, CPA.com is dedicated to helping companies address the challenges of the Digital Age.

With more than five years in the field of blockchain auditing, Jagruti’s team at Aprio has...

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Professor James Describes 17 New Species of Earthworms

Seventeen new species of earthworms are now a matter of scientific record, thanks to four papers published in Zootaxa this fall that were coauthored by Professor Sam James

These species were discovered in remote areas in the eastern Amazon region and the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

Dr. James has now described around 200 new species of earthworms. In addition to many trips to Brazil, he has done fieldwork in 20 other countries: Argentina, Martinique, Thailand, India, Laos, Korea, Madagascar, Kenya, Gabon, South Africa, Ghana, Samoa, Fiji, Philippines, France,...

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MS in Computer Science 5th Largest in Nation

In the 2016–17 academic year, the MS in computer science had 348 graduates – the fifth largest total nationwide – according to latest official data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics

Rankings are not yet available for the 2017–18 academic year, when MUM had 390 graduates.

There are around 1,000 students currently enrolled in the MS in computer science. Students in that program spend 8–13 months on campus taking courses, then enroll in a practicum course in which they work in paid positions in U.S. companies for up...

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New Photography Studio in Verrill Hall

Good news for those who wanted a new photography studio at MUM: This semester has seen the opening of a recently renovated studio in Verrill Hall that includes new lighting equipment, an editing station, DSLR cameras, and more.

The man behind these renovations is Gareth Bell. As the new equipment specialist in the Department of Media and Communications, one of his first tasks after being hired was to secure a better location for the digital photography classes where portrait photography could be possible.

“The entire process of research, pricing,...

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MUM Students Launch Medicinal Mushrooms Business

Members of the new Sustainable Living Business Club are currently raising startup funds for a venture that will grow and sell lion’s mane mushrooms, which are edible and are said to be good for one’s health.

“Lion’s mane is a kind of mushroom that has lots of medicinal properties and is really good for a person’s brain, heart, and gut health,” said Dominique Ragland, club vice president. “These three body parts are known as the ‘three brains of the body.’ They each have cells that send messages to other areas of the body, helping to regulate and control...

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MUM Student Creates P.E.A.C.E.

MUM student Cheyanne Holliday has been running a non-profit organization called P.E.A.C.E. since 2017. P.E.A.C.E. stands for Promoting Equality, Acceptance, and Compassion Everywhere. The PEACE organization, currently run in Fairfield, is made of current MUM students and alums who Cheyenne describes as “Motivated to liberate all exploited, enslaved and oppressed beings through acts of love, kindness, and compassion.”

PEACE is currently doing agriculture and animal activist work around Iowa, and one of their goals is to raise enough money to purchase a CAFO, create a sanctuary out of it, and then...

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