Author: Paul Stokstad

Anna Bruen — Sustainability and Community Development

MUM alumna Anna Bruen was recently named executive director of Pathfinders, a local organization devoted to natural resource conservation and community development in Southeast Iowa. Anna grew up in Fairfield and learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique as a child. She has always had many interests, but when she took a permaculture class at MUM, she enjoyed it so much she decided to major in sustainable living. She also minored in business and improvisational movement and graduated in 2008. Anna liked the flexibility and support at MUM and how quickly things could manifest. “There had never been an artisanal food...

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Troy Van Beek Solar Installation Wins Award

A solar energy installation done by a company founded by alumnus Troy Van Beek was recently recognized as “solar project of the year” by Solar Builder magazine as a result of reader voting and was featured on the cover of the November/December 2016 issue. In addition, Mr. Van Beek, founder and CEO of Ideal Energy, is one of 40 leaders in Iowa selected to participate in the 2016-2017 Leadership Iowa program. The project earning recognition by Solar Builder magazine involved repurposing a former school building into a 39-unit apartment complex, powered by a 300-kW solar array. The array included...

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Susi Halley – MVS Online Student

Susi Halley is a student in our online program MA in Maharishi Vedic Science. She tells us how MUM’s online courses helped her life-long dream came true and, most importantly, why she chose this online program. Why did you choose this program? “My life-long dream was to study at MUM! As with many people, such a dream was out of reach due to life’s circumstances. The suddenly – or so it seemed after many years – there was am email notice describing an online degree that was available to anyone anywhere. It was the perfect opportunity and perfect subject...

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Meet Susan Runkle

Susan Runkle is the Teaching Assistant (TA) for the introductory course for first-year students in the MUM Online MA in MVS program. The first course is called “The Science and Technology of Consciousness.” Susan has taught STC for over 20 years to incoming undergraduate and graduate students. About Susan After moving to Fairfield, home of MUM, in 1985, Susan started working for the university and has continued ever since. She served on the faculty in the Student Life department and then as Dean of Students for ten years. Susan says, “In recent years, I have watched the student population...

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Alden Rowe: in the right place and time

Just imagine that you are Don Eby, visionary inventor who has been working on ideas for using soy products as cleansers and lubricants rather than the petroleum-based variety, and then you meet another guy, Ken Budke, who knows all about turning ideas into products. Ken was in the right place and time to take what Don had done and run with it. And run he did, creating a broad array of (72) products that leverage the unique properties of soy. Of course, creating product is of little use if it sits around in a warehouse, so he started looking for some...

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