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Students Build Charging Station for Electric Cars

Eleven students in a recent course on energy and sustainability built a charging station for electric cars.

The station is attached to the Sustainable Living Center grid and uses some of the excess energy from the wind turbine and solar panels that power the building.

The station, at 40 amps, is able to charge cars in 2–4 hrs depending on the type of car. The station is located in front of the Sustainable Living Center and is free for anyone to use. There is a second station in the same location...

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Aikido Club Members Pass Tests, Progress Toward Black Belt

After recently passing the fifth level of testing at a seminar in Missouri, MUM Aikido Club president Megann Kammerman and master’s student Mahmood Ali are making significant progress toward achieving a black belt.

In early November they passed the 2nd Kyu test during a seminar at the University of Missouri under the scrutiny of nationally acclaimed instructor John Chiarolanzio, a fifth-degree black belt from New York.

This brings them within just one more level before beginning training for a blackbelt test. Ms. Kammerman has been practicing aikido for 2.5 years...

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Students Screen New TV Series, Get Jobs in Hollywood

A screening of the student-produced TV series was held in early November at the Orpheum Theater in Fairfield, with viewers being surprised by the professionalism of the work – professionalism further attested by the fact that several of the seven graduates are already working in Hollywood.

The TV track in MUM’s David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts began in January 2016, and filming of the 10 episodes took place October–December, 2016. By graduation 2017 the students had edited and produced their series.

“People loved it,” said Professor Michael Barnard...

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Student Film Screened at World’s Top Fantasy Film Festival

The thesis film by alumna Agnes Baginska had its premiere last month at the world’s top festival for fantasy – being one of just 23 short films out of over 2,000 submissions to make it into the Official Fantastic Selection of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain.

“It is truly a great honor and I couldn’t have wished for a better start for the film,” said Ms. Baginska, a 2016 graduate of the David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts. “Sitges was amazing and I enjoyed every single...

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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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