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MUM Grad Cherie Sampson Creates Environmental Performance Art

MUM BFA grad and two-time Fulbright scholar Cherie Sampson’s has her feet firmly planted on the ground on her organic apple orchard midway between Fairfield IA and Columbia, MO – where she is a professor of Fine Art at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Sampson’s recent work, Dissecting the Blossom, was filmed in that orchard and features her performance of Bharatanatyam, Indian Classical Dance, which she has studied since 2009.

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Rachael Kunzler Pursues Individualized Double Major

MUM student Rachael Kunzler is an educator, a baker, a wellness coach, and more–and she is putting many of her talents to use through her Individualized Major in Human Development and her BA in Educational Foundations.

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The Birdhouses of Holly Manon Moore: “Put A Bird In It”

Holly Manon Moore arrived at MUM with a BFA in printmaking from West Virginia University (WVU), where she studied with renowned printmaker Will Peterson. While working on MUM staff, Holly was able to complete the art department core courses. “Everything I learned at WVU fell into place,” she tells me. Holly was the first person at MUM to mount a one-woman show in the Unity Gallery, and completed her CV with an MA at MUM in Education Administration.

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Hilary Nelson, MUM Art Grad, Discusses MFA Progress

2013 MUM BFA graduate Hilary Nelson’s steady progress towards a career in art has been both thoughtful and reality based. “You can progress on your own,” she tells me, “but a BFA program can speed that up. It can be a huge push.”

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Empowerment through Transcendental Meditation: Naomi Roochnik & Stephanie Guerrero

In this talk, Roochnik delves into the power of TM and the effect it has on the students she works with at the New Village Girls Academy. For example, fights used to break out on campus everyday. However, since the implementation of TM at the school, fights are scarce. Guerrero punctuates these thoughts with a personal spoken word piece, in which she discusses TM and the human body.

Naomi Roochnik graduated from Barnard College in 2012 with a degree in English. From 2012-2014, she coached students in Transcendental Meditation (TM) at...

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Transcendental Meditation Ideal for Millennials, Says Inverse.com

Inverse.com has praised Transcendental Meditation as an “adaptable, natural, and effective form of meditation” that is “tailor-made” for millennials in a new article on their website

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Olga Campbell: Capturing Gritty Reality Through Collage

Canadian artist Olga Campbell is one of my all-time favorite people and best friends. For this interview, we sit on the sunny back deck of her home, overlooking the English Bay and Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains.

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Dr. Rosenthal’s “Super Mind” Now Available for Pre-Order

Dr. Normal Rosenthal’s new book Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer, Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation will be released on May 17th, 2016 and is currently available for pre-order through his official website.

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Kenzie Wacknov: Abstract Art and Teaching Creativity

Current MUM student and 2015 BFA graduate Kenzie Wacknov knew from an early age that she was an artist. “Both of my parents are artists and encouraged me,” she says. Kenzie also credits two early mentors, ICON Gallery owner Bill Teeple and MSAE art instructor Greg Thatcher, for giving her “techniques and the space to be free and independent.”

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Elee Torres Talks “Tasty Buns,” Avant-Garde Fashion, and More

I’m unsure where to begin my interview with MUM 2013 BFA graduate Elee Torres. Do we start with his Tasty Buns Patisserie, his avant-garde runway fashions from EcoJam 2015, or “Caravan,” his final BFA Final Show using cloth, paint, thread, wood, and re-purposed objects?

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