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Veteran Kyle Amsberry Plants the Seeds of a Dream in the New Regenerative Organic Agriculture Program

US Military Veteran Kyle Amsberry was introduced to Transcendental Meditation and its beneficial effects on combat veterans while serving our country. He soon learned about MUM and was drawn to the idea of studying Sustainable Living while also working toward becoming a TM Teacher.

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$10,000 Grant Brings Total New Trees to Approximately 240 on Maharishi U Campus

Some 100 additional trees were recently planted by volunteers on the campus of Maharishi University of Management, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Alliant Energy. This is the third such grant from Alliant, bringing the total to approximately 240 new trees in the past two years.

In addition, wide-ranging plans for a more park-like campus landscape include cleaning up the creek area and planting fruit and nut trees.

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Congressman Tim Ryan to Deliver 2017 Commencement Address at Maharishi University of Management

U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) will deliver the 2017 commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, IA.

During the ceremony, which will be on Saturday, June 24, at 1:00 pm in the Golden Dome, he will be presented with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa degree in recognition of his lifetime of public service.

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Company Donates Tools to Organic Agriculture Program

Students in the new program in regenerative organic agriculture are enjoying using approximately 30 new hand tools donated in January by Iowa tool manufacturing company Wilcox All-Pro Tools, including a variety of short- and long-handled digging trowels, weeders, soil scoops, and soil sifters.

The students have been using them to plant beds in the Sustainable Living Center’s arboretum and to seed flats for the upcoming season.

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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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MUM President Dr. Bevan Morris Announces Retirement

After 36 years as president of Maharishi University of Management, Dr. Bevan Morris has announced that he will be retiring from the position, effective September 12, which is Founders Day.

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Faculty Continue Leading Research in Lean Accounting with New Paper

A new article by MBA faculty members Andrew Bargerstock and Ye Shi yet again shows MUM’s leadership in the field of lean accounting.

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Heads of Biodynamic Ag Associations Speak to Students

Robert Karp, co-director of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, and Jim Fullmer, co-director of the Demeter Association, both recently spoke to students in a course on biodynamic agriculture.

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New Study: Role of Transcending in Cognitive Development

A new paper by Professor Fred Travis in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences discusses how specific experiences help promote cognitive development at various stages as one grows, culminating in the experience of transcendence as a driver of further development once an individual reaches the adult stage of rational thought.

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