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Jessica Matschiner first enrolled at MIU in 2011, but after a year of studying she returned to Missouri due to family obligations. During the next decade she worked in several positions, including as a nursing assistant and as manager of a 200-unit apartment complex.

MIU student Jessica Matschiner

In 2018 her best friend in Fairfield invited her to an international Transcendental Meditation® retreat for young people in Romania. In spite of numerous difficulties, including Jessica having to quit her job, she made it to the ten-day course in September.

At the international TM retreat in Romania with fellow course participants and local folk dancers

“This course was the first stepping stone in changing my life and helping me understand the value of TM,” said Jessica. Inspired by her experience, she took the TM-Sidhi® course the following year and re-enrolled at MIU.

Her TM® practice has helped Jessica strengthen her faith and improve her outlook on life. “Becoming regular gives me the ability to be an optimist,” said Jessica. “I am still human and have doubts, but they are no longer defeating me. I know how to get through the negative self-talk.”

At the 2019 TM-Sidhi course graduation with new friend Nicole MacPherson

Jessica is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cinematic arts and new media and also doing a couple of internships with local organizations. In addition, she is residential director of the largest women’s dorm on campus.

“MIU helps me to develop my creative process from the place where I am in life,” she said. “The atmosphere the professors create in the class allows me to produce strategies for my difficulties and use them as opportunities to relate to people and share my experiences.”

Jessica has always enjoyed working with people and wants to enter the fields of life coaching, mentoring, and public speaking. She plans to study communication and mediation and earn a degree in psychology. “My main goal is to be able to help others to live their best selves and to do everything I can to lead by example and practice self-love,” she said. Jessica plans to accomplish her goal by using her media skills to produce encouraging and uplifting content.

 


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Zaria Spell—From Family Videos to Documentaries https://giving.miu.edu/zaria-spell-from-family-videos-to-documentaries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zaria-spell-from-family-videos-to-documentaries Fri, 08 Jan 2021 20:44:05 +0000 https://giving.miu.edu/?p=10234
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Second-year student Zaria Spell has an ambitious plan to write a memoir and produce a documentary on African American heritage, including her own family, before she graduates.

MIU student Zaria Spell

Zaria received her first introduction to filmmaking from her stepfather, who encouraged her to help edit the movies he made about the family’s adventures and vacations. In middle school she made her first solo project, a documentary about the history of the hijab, which made it to the Florida State History Fair.

Celebrating the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos with Student Activities

Like many students, Zaria discovered MIU on Facebook and, after attending a Visitors Weekend in April 2019, she enrolled in the fall. “The practice of meditation, healthy food, and diverse student body were all features that spoke to me,” she said. “I love having the support of a spiritual environment that has allowed me to blossom and explore my talents.” She feels the class in memoir writing she took with Professor Nynke Passi has been especially instrumental in building her confidence as a writer.

Zaria is pursuing the BFA program in creative writing and a minor in cinematic arts and new media. She enjoys discovering her talents and applying them to her various creative projects. Her long-term goal is to highlight cultural and social issues that do not get adequate attention.

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The practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique has helped Zaria in her self-awareness and creativity. “It’s the easiest meditation I have ever done,” she said. “It’s so incredibly simple and I love that.”

In addition to writing and filmmaking, Zaria enjoys reading, dancing, and singing, and in her free time she dabbles in astrology and other methods of self-exploration. Since last May, she has also served as cultural committee president of the MIU Student Government.


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When Chad Hays enrolled in MIU’s online Sustainable MBA program this fall, he already had three graduate degrees. He obtained his MD and master’s in public health degrees simultaneously at the University of Illinois while taking a two-year break to also get a law degree at the same school.

MIU student Dr. Chad Hays

All of his education has served him well over the past 15 years, as he worked as an urgent care and emergency room clinician, hospitalist, and primary care physician. He is also experienced in telemedicine and concierge medicine. More recently he has been involved with running a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility and working in an outpatient community clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, where he now lives and practices family medicine.

Chad with his wife Cerrie Gleason, Maharishi School alumna ‘98

Chad had been aware of the Transcendental Meditation® technique and Maharishi’s writings because his wife grew up in Fairfield and attended Maharishi School. He wanted to study business and, after some research and a campus visit, he started MIU’s MBA program. He enjoys the live online classes and meeting students from all over the world.

“It’s been very satisfying to learn more about the TM technique by taking the Science and Technology of Consciousness class along with my business courses and put everything I learn in the context of STC,” said Chad. He also appreciates his TM® practice, which helps him refresh twice a day and stay focused afterwards.

Chad is especially excited about studying entrepreneurship and sustainable business. “People are increasingly aware of the importance of sustainability, and the pandemic has shown what’s not sustainable, and that will be in the forefront of how we move forward as a society,” he said.

After he graduates, he plans to combine the knowledge he gains at MIU with his existing skillset and experience to create a new venture. He envisions introducing sustainability into his practice, consulting locally and globally, and supporting communities by promoting the practice of the TM program.


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Candice Rankin—Turning Life into Art https://giving.miu.edu/candice-rankin-turning-life-into-art/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=candice-rankin-turning-life-into-art Wed, 30 Dec 2020 15:33:40 +0000 https://giving.miu.edu/?p=10205
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Candice Rankin is a student with an eclectic mix of personal and professional backgrounds she can draw on in the BFA in creative writing program at MIU. She spent ten years pursuing acting in theater, television, and film, mostly in New York City, while attending various drama schools, including The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the oldest acting school in America.

MIU student Candice Rankin

Although she enjoyed performing, she became disillusioned with the business and the tiring lifestyle and moved to rural Florida, where she started a house painting business. Later she moved her business to Los Angeles, where she successfully specialized in faux finish surfaces.

Candice also spent time traveling around the world. She backpacked in India for six months, studied fish in the remote glaciers of Alaska for three months, and hiked 370 miles of the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route from France to northern Spain.

While on a tai chi and kung fu retreat in a Buddhist monastery in China, she shared her journals with her roommate, who suggested she pursue creative writing. When researching writing programs she discovered MIU, liked the block system and the focus on personal development, and applied. “It’s been an incredible three and a half years—I am so glad I did it,” she said.

“MIU has a wonderful group of professors who really don’t inhibit or censor you and allow you to go as deep and vulnerable as you are willing to within yourself. It has been a healing, expressively fulfilling, and creative journey,” said Candice. She has also enjoyed sharing ideas and workshopping her work with fellow students in the writing program.

Candice says that the Transcendental Meditation® technique has facilitated her writing process: “TM supports your overall functioning, patience, and creativity, and allows deeper ideas to come to the surface.”

Her favorite genre is creative non-fiction, and she has been working on a humorous memoir based on her childhood experiences and relationships throughout her life. She is graduating in June 2021 and is in the process of applying to MFA writing programs around the country.


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Former MIU Professor Robert Boyer’s book on consciousness and quantum theory was recently published by Routledge India. Titled Pointless: The Reality Behind Quantum Theory, the book offers a holistic interpretation of quantum theory, based on recent advances from physics, consciousness studies, and Vedic ScienceSM.

Dr. Robert Boyer

“This book systematically probes deep into the relationship of matter, mind, and consciousness to provide bridging concepts between Maharishi’s re-clarification of ancient Vedic Science and his work with modern science,” said Dr. Boyer.

The cover of Pointless: The Reality Behind Quantum Theory

Robert Boyer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA, became a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, and completed a master’s degree in the Science of Creative Intelligence® at Maharishi European Research University in Switzerland. After earning his doctorate in cognitive psychology at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Boyer joined MIU as a full-time faculty member, teaching in the psychology and neuroscience programs. During the past 30 years, he has worked in community mental health and private practice as a psychologist in the southeast Iowa area.

Dr. Boyer has been an avid researcher of Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM and has published numerous journal articles. Pointless is his fourth book exploring the consciousness-mind-matter relationship from the perspectives of modern science and Vedic Science.

His second major field of interest and expertise is communication. “The two things most needed are development of consciousness and development of communication skills,” said Dr. Boyer. “Healthy communication is one of the most important tools for good family and work relationships and a key aspect of mental health counseling that is much needed in today’s world.”

Dr. Boyer has also written three books on a systematic approach to communication, which focus on the relationship between heart and mind, drawing from Maharishi’s translation and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. He now serves as adjunct faculty and consultant with MIU, teaching classes in communication skills. You can find out more about his work on his website at bridgetounity.com.


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Shagai Nyamdorj—Training 10,000 Software Engineers in Mongolia https://giving.miu.edu/shagai-nyamdorj-training-10000-software-engineers-in-mongolia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shagai-nyamdorj-training-10000-software-engineers-in-mongolia Mon, 07 Dec 2020 16:48:33 +0000 https://giving.miu.edu/?p=9944
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Shagai Nyamdorj joined MIU’s ComPro program in 2011 after one of his co-workers in Mongolia applied. In his application essay he described his main goals as increasing his knowledge base and making a difference in the lives of others.

MIU graduate Shagai Nyamdorj

Since he graduated in 2014, Shagai has worked diligently towards achieving those goals. Three years ago he founded Nest Academy, a school that teaches middle school and high school students programming skills and computational thinking. “Our mission is to coach 10,000 young talents to become world class software engineers,” he said. “Once we have perfected the plan and the setup, we hope to expand to other countries as well.”

Young Nest Academy students learning Javascript

In addition, through Nest Academy’s partner company, Nest Solutions, they will match these young developers with startup companies in the US and other countries. “I want to teach our young generation to improve their lives, pursue their dreams, and make a difference in our country and the world,” said Shagai.

Shagai has found his education at MIU to be the perfect bridge to achieving his goals. The full-time paid curricular practical training aspect of the ComPro program was especially valuable because it allowed him to gain real-world experience with a US company while continuing to take computer science classes via distance education.

Mongolian design students focusing on accessibility standards

After completing his on-campus studies he secured an internship at well-known financial services company Shazam. Later he worked as a senior software engineer at Amazon before starting his own company. “I had researched similar programs, but realized MIU’s was far more valuable compared to others,” he said.

He also appreciated the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique being part of his daily routine at MIU and going forward. “TM improves my sleep quality and makes me calmer in stressful situations,” he said. “I think it also helps us become more joyful and happy.”


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Olivia Lopez—Teaching TM from Coast to Coast https://giving.miu.edu/olivia-lopez-teaching-tm-from-coast-to-coast/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=olivia-lopez-teaching-tm-from-coast-to-coast Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:56:56 +0000 https://giving.miu.edu/?p=9852
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MIU alumna Olivia Lopez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, lived in Germany for ten years, and arrived in Fairfield in 2003 to enter ninth grade at Maharishi School while her mother enrolled at MIU. Although the move came with a lot of challenges, Olivia felt right at home. The nourishing environment encouraged her to study at MIU and complete an MBA in sustainable business in 2011.

MIU alumna Olivia Lopez

Olivia, whose parents and stepfather are teachers of the TM® technique, had always wanted to become a teacher herself and, during her studies at MIU, she attended a Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course. Her first major teaching opportunity came from the David Lynch Foundation Quiet Time program in the San Francisco public school system. “It was exciting and rewarding to teach TM. I knew I had a purpose there,” said Olivia.

With her father, Dr. Alfred Lopez, at her MIU graduation

As a full-time teacher of the TM technique, Olivia relocated several times in the past ten years to open or run new centers in San Diego, Beverly Hills, and Orlando. She also had the chance to serve as assistant course leader on a Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course.

With her mother, Laurina, and stepfather, Bolton Carroll

“I love teaching TM because I can help people feel a sense of calmness and peace,” said Olivia. “I want to give them something no one can take away from them. It has helped me get through so many changes and moves, especially during the challenging time in the world right now.”

At a San Francisco Quiet Time event with Barry Zito, former professional baseball player and musician

Olivia currently works in the Tampa, Florida, area teaching one-on-one and utilizing video conferencing tools to connect with new and former students. She has particularly enjoyed instructing several new online MIU students and sharing her MIU experiences with them. “MIU gave me the foundation to let me be who I want to be in the world,” said Olivia “I am so grateful to all my professors who believed in me and all the lifelong friendships I gained at MIU.”


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Edgard Camacho—Venezuelan Artist Finds Home in Iowa https://giving.miu.edu/edgard-camacho-venezuelan-artist-finds-home-in-iowa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=edgard-camacho-venezuelan-artist-finds-home-in-iowa Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:32:01 +0000 https://giving.miu.edu/?p=9734
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MIU alumnus Edgard Camacho studied journalism in Venezuela and came to the US seeking political asylum in 2004. After spending eight years in Miami as an image consultant and wardrobe specialist in designer fashion, he decided to follow his dream and study art.

MIU graduate Edgard Camacho

He saw MIU on Facebook and welcomed the idea of personal transformation, a drug-free campus, and a new environment where he could focus on his art. Discovering that nationally known artist Jim Shrosbree headed the art department finalized his decision.

With art faculty and fellow students at his BFA exhibit

His first ceramics class with Professor Shrosbree changed Edgard’s life. Taking a physics class with Professor John Hagelin also influenced his artistic expression. “My approach became more abstract,” he said. “I am looking for subtlety and the unseen, and my tool is curiosity.”

Since he graduated in 2015, Edgard has been living in Des Moines, Iowa, where he currently works at Steven Vail Fine Arts, a gallery that represents international artists like himself. He has participated in several group shows in Iowa, including at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and solo exhibits at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Iowa State University.

Biomorfico II, 2019, acrylic on canvas by Edgard Camacho

The daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique is essential for his work, as it helps him stay attentive. “TM makes you more centered and focused on keeping the creativity flowing instead of the ego,” he said.

Edgard has made a lot of connections in the Iowa art scene since he moved here and appreciates the recognition and opportunities he has received, which he says reflect well on the quality of teaching at MIU’s art department. “Being at MIU sharpened my work because of the attention on the self,” he said. “The positive criticism given at MIU helps artists prepare for the criticism out in the world. I have never seen that in any other school.”

In the near future Edgard plans to apply to the MFA program at the University of Iowa.


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A new book, The Coherence Effect: Tapping into the Laws of Nature that Govern Health, Happiness, and Higher Brain Functioning, is now available, written by Robert Keith Wallace, Chair of MIU’s Department of Physiology and Health; attorney Jay Marcus; and Chris Clark, MD.

The cover of The Coherence Effect

Published by Armin Lear Press, the book serves as a practical guide to coherence-generating programs that have been shown in more than 600 scientific studies to result in health, happiness, and higher brain functioning.

Robert Keith Wallace, PhD

Robert Keith Wallace, PhD

Tony Nader, MD, PhD, the leader of the international Transcendental Meditation organization, wrote in his foreword: “This book illustrates a simple, yet profound law of nature governing health and human development—coherence heals.”

Jay Marcus, JD

Based on scientific studies, the book compares the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique and other forms of meditation on various psychological variables such as anxiety, negative emotions, and self-realization. In addition, the book tells stories of individuals who experienced great personal transformations through the TM® technique after failure with other programs.

Josh Griffith, an 11-time Emmy award-winning writer, had been doing another meditation program for a year, but was still so filled with stress that he quit writing. After learning the TM technique, he started writing again. “After TM, I felt like I was 25 and starting my career all over again. I thought I was a meditator before learning TM. Boy, was I wrong!” he said.

Chris Clark, MD

The six Ayurveda chapters contain the latest knowledge on Ayurveda, including the best foods and behavioral recommendations to boost immunity; a special one-week cleanse developed by Dr. Clark and Vaidya Manohar; and a quiz to determine the suitability of the cleanse based on the toxins in one’s body.

The Coherence Effect is also the first book with chapters on the benefits of listening to the Vedic recitations, which are now available on the Maharishi Veda App. The book’s website is www.CoherenceEffect.com. It can be purchased from MIU Press or Amazon.


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