Dr. Tony Nader Visits MUM

Dr. Tony Nader Visits MUM

Dr. Nader meeting the student panel


On stage with Dr. John Hagelin


The audience at Dalby Hall


With the entire student panel on stage

Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, leader of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation® organization, visited MUM last month, meeting with students, faculty, staff, and community members. Dr. Nader has been connecting with students and young people around the world through social media, and for most MUM students this was their first time meeting him in person.

Dr. Nader conducted a Q & A at Dalby Hall with the help of a student panel. Students asked questions about a wide range of topics including higher states of consciousness, relationships, work-life balance, and Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM.

“It was a great experience,” said doctoral student Brian Glassett, who was one of the five students on the panel. “I really love being with Dr. Nader because he embodies the balance of heart and mind in one person. He is very clear with his logic and bringing out knowledge in a way that is wonderful to listen to.”

During his stay at MUM, Dr. Nader also hosted a livestream video on Facebook on finding one’s life purpose. This was the fourth in a series of talks Dr. Nader has given on social media over the past months, reaching over 3 million people.

“Dr. Nader expressed how energizing and inspiring his visit to MUM was,” said Adrienne Schoenfeld, Dr. Nader’s publicist. According to Ms. Schoenfeld, young people around the world are curious about subjects like consciousness, and Dr. Nader’s goal is to answer their questions from the perspective of scientific research as well as the ancient Vedic wisdom Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought out into the world.

Dr. Nader also had meetings with Maharishi School teachers and parents and members of the Invincible America Assembly. His meeting with the larger community of TM® practitioners was broadcast all over the world through Transcendental Meditation Centers.

Visit Dr. Tony Nader’s website here.

Professor Shrosbree Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Professor Shrosbree Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Art professor James Shrosbree


Professor Shrosbree in his studio


WORB (polka), ceramic, cloth, acrylic, steel, 2017


CHROMO (spark)

The many achievements of art professor Jim Shrosbree were recognized this April by the Guggenheim Foundation, which honored him with a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship. This award is not only a highly prestigious honor, but also comes with a substantial grant that typically allows recipients to focus exclusively on their research or writing or art for six months to a year.

Mr. Shrosbree was one of 168 scholars, artists, and scientists selected from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 95th competition. He was one of only 25 who received the award for their work in fine arts.

“I’m over the top!” Shrosbree said. “It’s hard to quantify the enormous rush of gratitude and appreciation. This award affords freedom to create, so it is a chance to explore materials and size as well as some travel related to my studio practice.”

He added that the award is also a benefit to the art department and the university. “The benefit naturally spills into the art department and to the university as a whole because it stimulates and underlines the value of what is termed ‘research’ in an academic setting. That value is that each achievement can open the door for more and greater things to happen both personally and for the community of scholars.”

Mr. Shrosbree has worked in a variety of media, but has focused on sculptures formed out of simple, yet idiosyncratic materials. Many of his pieces are meant to be mounted on a wall and often have drawn lines or colored shapes placed behind and/or around them. In addition, many have physical connections, like wire, uniting the form and the wall through suspension, tension, and/or balance.

His sculptures, paintings, and works on paper have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and are included in such collections as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Des Moines Art Center, Mint Museum, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Professor Shrosbree has taught art at MUM since 1979. Visit his gallery here.

Lauren LeBritton Creates 30-Minute Narrative Film

Lauren LeBritton Creates 30-Minute Narrative Film

Media and communications student Lauren LeBritton


With classmates and crew members Kishan Thijm (left) and Gregory Matos (right)


Directing the cast of The Playhouse


A scene from The Playhouse

Lauren LeBritton has accomplished a feat few other undergraduate students have: she has written, directed, and co-edited a 30-minute film that was nominated for the Iowa Motion Picture Association’s 2019 awards.

Lauren created The Playhouse during a four-month module with a crew of four fellow film students and a cast of about 15 MUM and Maharishi School students and alumni. The light-hearted comedy is about a group of high school thespians fighting to keep their performance space from being sold to a villainous buyer.

Lauren came to MUM from New Hampshire with her best friend, Haley Spitzfaden. Haley’s two older sisters both attended MUM, so Lauren had known about the university growing up. She wanted a non-traditional education and was drawn to the health benefits of the Transcendental Meditation® technique.

She had suffered from anxiety and insomnia, which both gradually improved after she learned the TM® technique. “I didn’t even realize how bad it was until I came here,” she said. “TM has definitely helped my mental state.”

Lauren began songwriting as a child and sang in numerous choirs and a cappella groups. She has also been interested in photography, so she decided to major in media and communications. In addition to making a short film, she has taken classes in music production.

“Before I came here, I wanted to make music and also do film work,” said Lauren. “I didn’t realize that I would be graduating with all this knowledge to do it on my own. Everything is so accessible at MUM because it’s smaller, more centralized. You have time with the teachers and the equipment, unlike in other schools with huge programs.”

Lauren is currently working on recording her first album as part of her senior project as well as producing her first music video. She will be publishing her work via online streaming platforms such as Spotify and YouTube.