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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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Corine Alexandra Brooks – Supporting Youth with PTSD

MUM student Corine Alexandra Brooks grew up 20 miles from Fairfield, Iowa. When she was a senior in high school, she saw a pamphlet about MUM and came to a Visitors Weekend. She didn’t enroll then because she had started a family, but six years later she returned with her three children to attend MUM.

Corine is working on an individualized major in sustainability and a minor in business. The name of her individualized major is “Cultivating Holistic Sustainability” and is centered around a therapeutic ranch she plans to open...

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Construction Begins on Solar ‘Meg-Array’ to Power MUM Campus

Construction has begun on a 1.1 megawatt solar field with 1.1 megawatt battery storage system to serve about one-third of the electricity consumption of the MUM campus. A five-acre field of solar panels will be installed on University-owned land just west of the main campus and connected by underground cable to the University substation. Solar panels move to track the sun during the day and store excess energy in the battery bank for night time and peak energy needs.

The solar project is the culmination of years of design, engineering,...

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