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Film Alumnus Hands Out Oscars at Academy Awards

Johnny Coffeen, who received an MA in film in 2015, was intimately involved in the recent Academy Awards ceremony, bringing Oscars onto the stage and handing them to the presenters, and escorting award recipients off the stage.

Those he escorted included Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more.

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Student Film Wins Awards at Major Film Festivals

Monica Demes, who graduated from the David Lynch MFA in 2015, has been winning awards and gaining attention at international film festivals for the film she created while a student at MUM – “Lilith’s Awakening.”

Having first won awards in the Iowa Motion Picture Association for best director, best actress, and best cinematography, her film was selected for the prestigious Internacional Film Festival of Ourense, which is one of the 10 biggest film festivals in Spain and which focuses on art house films.

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Jennie Rothenberg Gritz – Exploring the World Through Journalism

Featured image (above): Jennie Rothenberg Gritz in Ireland on an assignment for Smithsonian magazine

MUM alumna Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at Smithsonian magazine. When she started her job in 2015, her employer was quite familiar with MUM, since the magazine featured Fairfield as one of the 20 best small towns to visit in 2013.

“It was wonderful to start a new job and realize I didn’t have to explain Transcendental Meditation,” said Jennie. “People see it as an asset in my background that makes me better suited...

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MUM’s Sustainable Living Center Recognized for Energy Efficiency

Maharishi University of Management’s Schwartz-Guich Sustainable Living Center has caught the attention of Getting to Net Zero, an organization that keeps track of ultra-efficient buildings and their energy usage.

According to their calculations, the Sustainable Living Center’s net Energy Use Intensity (EUI) was -0.5 in 2015, indicating that the building produced 5 percent more energy than it used.

Getting to Net Zero said that the Center is among the highest-performing buildings they had encountered, especially given Iowa’s harsh climate.

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Alumna Genevra Bell Turns Her Adorable Animal Art into a Business

Genevra Bell, daughter of Maharishi University of Management faculty members Ken and Juliette Daley, graduated from MUM in 2009, earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with an emphasis in ceramics.

Although her clay pieces were also vehicles for illustration, she never thought she would one day make a living drawing animals.

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Biniam Gebregziabher: Teaching All Students to Code

Biniam Gebregziabher, a graduate of the MS in Computer Science program at MUM, is passionate about teaching kids how to code. He runs an educational program for young students in the Washington, D.C., area, teaching them about computer programming and digital technology and helping them excel in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills.

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Mohamed Samy: World-Traveled Software Engineer Settles in Fairfield

Mohamed Samy, a computer science student from Egypt, recently starred in a short video, which received over a million views on Facebook. In the video, Mohamed described his experience of being a Muslim student at MUM. He chose to speak in Arabic so that people in the Arabic-speaking world can learn about MUM.

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Donovan to Perform in Fairfield During Fairfest

1960’s music legend Donovan will be performing in Fairfield in September during his “Sunshine Superman Fiftieth Anniversary North American Tour.” The tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of the singer’s hit single “Sunshine Superman” reaching #1 on the Billboard charts.

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David Lynch MFA Alum Finalist for Student Academy Awards

On Monday, August 1st, the finalists for the Student Academy Awards were announced. Among them was Maharishi University of Management’s own Johnny Coffeen.

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MA in Maharishi Vedic Science Online Program Now Accepting Fall Applications

We are happy to announce a new entry for the online Master’s degree program in Maharishi Vedic Science this fall.

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