Staff

Our staff are also trained professionals in the field of Media & Communication and actively support the faculty and students in a myriad of ways, including assisting with teaching, helping students with equipment, and performing all the vital activities of keeping the department running smoothly.

Main Office location: Arts Center Room 114; email: mc@mum.edu; Phone: 641-472-7000 x 5031

Noah Buntain

Department Administrator for Media and Communications

BA in English Literature, Northwestern University
phone: (641) 472-7000 ext. 5031
email: mc@mum.edu

Noah grew up in Fairfield and graduated from the Maharishi School in 1996. He studied literature and creative writing at Northwestern University and was a four-year member of the fencing team. After graduating with a BA in English Literature in 2002, he moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he worked as a faculty assistant and adjunct faculty at North Idaho College, and as a reporter and editor for regional newspapers. Noah returned to Fairfield in 2011 to join the Media and Communications department, which caters to his interests in film, writing, graphic design and music. In his spare time, he serves as the coach for the MUM Fencing Club, enjoys distance running, and is learning to play the drums.


Sasha Kamini Parmasad

Program Administrator for the MA in Filmmaking

BA in English Literature (Honors) and Studio Art, Williams College, Massachusetts
MFA in Creative Writing, Columbia University, NY 
phone: (641) 472-7000 ext. 3318 
email: mafilm@mum.edu

Sasha is a writer, educator, and multi-media artist. She was born in Trinidad and raised in both Trinidad and New Delhi, India. As a child, she was actively involved in the performing arts (poetry, calypso, story-telling and Indian Trinidadian folk-songs) at a national level in Trinidad and Tobago. In the late 1990s, Parmasad moved to the United States, where she received a BA in English Literature (Honors) and Studio Art from Williams College, Massachusetts. She was awarded a merit-based Graduate Creative Writing fellowship on admission to the MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University, New York. At Columbia University she taught the core-curriculum course, “University Writing,” and an introductory fiction workshop, INTRO, to undergraduate students. She received her MFA in 2008.

Parmasad’s poetry was included in the seminal publication Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry in 2010. Her poem, “Memory of Sugarcane-worker Off Duty,” won the 2008 Poetry International competition, while her essay, “To Keep My Body Clean, To Breathe, To Give My Mind Rest,” was published in 2006 by Routledge in the volume, Why We Write: The Politics and Practice of Writing for Social Change. Her first novel, Ink and Sugar, placed third in the national First Words Literary Contest for South Asian American Writers in 2003.

In 2009 she was co-editor of the chapbook, Bolo Bahen! Speak Sister! which emerged out of the Arts & Empowerment (A&E) Program co-sponsored by Sakhi for South Asian Women and Jahajee Sisters: Empowering Indo-Caribbean Women. The A&E Program consisted of a series of interactive workshops which explored the issue of domestic violence in the Indian-Caribbean American community through poetry, prose, and film. In 2007 her video artwork, which includes visual poems, was featured by the Trinidadian television station, Gayelle, on the series “Stay Home.”

Her art has been exhibited at galleries in New York City as well as at the Commonwealth Institute (UK), The National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, and MASS MoCA, Massachusetts.

Donald Revolinski

Equipment Specialist for Media and Communications

BA in Media and Communications, Maharishi University of Management
phone: (641) 919-7071
email: donaldrev@gmail.com

Donald Revolinski is the producer of several small budget features shot in Fairfield, Iowa, including Wormtooth Nation, Stomping Grounds, and The Vindication of Ronald Clay. A graduate of the Media & Communications undergraduate program, his background includes Assistant Directing experience on several major motion pictures including The Crazies, Ticket Out, and The Experiment.

Donald's current profession is as the REDucation certified, equipment specialist, and technical troubleshooter in the Media & Communications department. He is also a Teacher's Assistant for classes that require additional education in the technical side of film-making.


 

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