Author: Paul Stokstad

New Jobs Web Page

We found a comprehensive job resources page (probably created by Josh Wilson) on the MUM intranet site that few may have seen recently, and so we brought it over to this site. Especially cool is the new list of resources that it includes from LinkedIN including (their description): “The latest addition to our suite of career exploration tools is ProFinder: a marketplace that helps to connect entrepreneurs and freelancers with real business projects. LinkedIn ProFinder provides a marketplace to make connections and build a portfolio for concentrations such as Design, Marketing, IT Services and much more (all ProFinder services)....

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Barbara Ann Briggs book – Pilgrimage on the Path of Love

Barbara Ann Briggs, TM Teacher and 1980 MIU graduate (MA in Higher Educational Administration) has published a second book entitled Pilgrimage on the Path of Love.  The book has garnered some wonderful comments Barbara Briggs’ Pilgrimage on the Path of Love, a spiritual odyssey, delivers the richness and complexity of life in India, and brims over with convincing, memorable characters, not the least of which is Shantila, a seeker after something we too seldom see in literary fiction – spiritual awakening and liberation. Through many suspenseful twists and turns of fortune, a reader follows Shantila’s journey with the certainty that...

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Jennie Rothenberg Gritz – Exploring the World Through Journalism

Featured image (above): Jennie Rothenberg Gritz in Ireland on an assignment for Smithsonian magazine MUM alumna Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at Smithsonian magazine. When she started her job in 2015, her employer was quite familiar with MUM, since the magazine featured Fairfield as one of the 20 best small towns to visit in 2013. “It was wonderful to start a new job and realize I didn’t have to explain Transcendental Meditation,” said Jennie. “People see it as an asset in my background that makes me better suited to handling stress and coming up with creative ideas.” Jennie...

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Anna Bruen awarded Homecoming Scholarship

The Fairfield Iowa Rotary Club has awarded a unique $6000 scholarship to MUM Graduate Anna Bruen in honor of her decision to return  to her home town of Fairfield to make it her long term home. The Fairfield Ledger published an extensive article on the award (and slightly expensive – it will cost a dollar to read it in full). In any case, we are happy to have MSAE and MUM graduate Ms. Bruen back in town. The MUM Alumni Association salutes this effort on the part of the Fairfield Rotary...

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JoyceAnn Gardner

This is the first post created due to someone using our “Submit your update” page: JoyceAnn Gardner, who graduated with an M.A. In Visual Arts in January of 1997 mentions her website here:, the fact that she gives Nature-related Art Workshops at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center and was filmed during the course of a workshop (see video below). JoyceAnn is also a graduate of the 10 week Naturalist Course that is mentioned in the video. She also volunteers at the Annual Hummingbird Migration and Festival as well as monitoring 40 Eastern Bluebird Boxes that are spread over the 3000 acre Preserve located near...

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