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Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, a Small Liberal Arts College, Accredited Through PhD, Announces Achievements and National Awards for the Academic Year

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9 July 2017

Small But Powerful—Maharishi University of Management's Secret to Success Is a Stress-Relief Program Built into the Academic Routine—Departments of Business, Filmmaking, Computer Science, and Art Gain Recognition for Student and Faculty Successes

Fairfield, Iowa, 52557 ∙ USA (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —
For a small institution to win national recognition is a great achievement. At Maharishi University of Management* ( this success is based on a key innovative educational factor—all students, faculty, and administrators practice the stress-busting Transcendental Meditation technique, revived and taught throughout the world by founder Maharishi Mahesh YogiPublished scientific research shows that Transcendental Meditation improves health and well-being, reduces high blood pressure, increases creativity and intelligence (and grade-point average!), and promotes warmer and more genuine social interaction.

The results are impressive. In the fields of business and management, filmmaking, computer science and fine art, MUM students and faculty rise to the top in their professional achievements.

From the MUM School of Business:

MBA Students Finish in Top 1% in Worldwide Business Simulation

A team of MBA accounting students finished in the 99th percentile in the CAPSIM online business simulation that involved 1,136 master's-degree-level teams worldwide, including teams from top American B-Schools. The teams act as executives who plan strategies and implement tactics across eight years of business activities. Since 2011, MBA accounting students have consistently finished in the top 10th percentile, including three first-place finishes.

Business Faculty and Student Awards:

At the 2017 Annual Conference of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) accounting faculty member Andrew Bargerstock and PhD student Ye Shi were recognized as the IMA Lybrand Gold Medal Award winners for the Best Article published in the peer-reviewed journal Strategic Finance. The article, ''Are We Leaning Away from Standard Costing? Reconciling Lean Accounting Theory and Practice,'' appeared in the June 2016 issue. In addition, Bargerstock was awarded the Excellence in Lean Accounting Professor of the Year Award for 2016, which is his second recognition by the Lean Enterprise Institute (the first was in 2009). Shi received her second award as Lean Accounting Student of the Year for 2016 from the Lean Enterprise Institute (the first was in 2013).  (In 2014, Bargerstock and Shi were awarded IMA's Menconi Award for Best Accounting Ethics Article.)

From the David Lynch David Lynch Master of Fine Arts in Film:

MUM Alumnus Johnny Coffeen Wins Student Academy Award

Johnny Coffeen, a 2015 graduate of MUM's David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts, won a Student Academy Award in the alternative category of Hollywood's 2016 Student Academy Awards for his thesis film The Swan Girl. Coffeen's film was one of 17 selected from the competition out of 1,749 films submitted from 381 colleges and universities around the world.

Student Film Wins Four Awards at Iowa Motion Picture Event

A short film by student Gregor Kresal won four awards at the Annual Iowa Motion Picture Awards, including the top award for cinematography and three Awards of Achievement for editing, soundtrack, and long-form live-action entertainment.

Mr. Kresal's film has also won a host of other awards at international film festivals.

Shot in Iowa, Slovenia, and France, and titled 8½ Circles, the film is a psychological drama that tells a story about a professional mountain climber . . . .

Student Film Wins Awards at Major Film Festivals

Monica Demes, who graduated in 2015, has been winning awards and gaining attention at international festivals for her student film ''Lilith's Awakening.'' Having first won awards in the Iowa Motion Picture Association for best director, best actress, and best cinematography, her film was selected for the prestigious Internacional Film Festival of Ourense, which is one of the 10 biggest film festivals in Spain. . . .

Other prestigious awards include best director from the Optical Theatre Festival in Rome, and best film and best director from Boca do Inferno at a festival in São Paulo, Brazil. In addition, the film was listed on five different film-related websites as one of the best of 2016.

From the MS in Computer Science:

Computer Student Intern Wins Amazon Award

An MUM intern student who works for Amazon as part of his curricular practical training in the Computer Professionals program, was named ''Associate of the Month'' in recognition of his contribution to, and impact on, one of the software development engineer teams he was supporting. He works on an Amazon Fulfillment Technologies DevOps (development operations) team and also earned a significant promotion. The recognition comes as a result of his reducing his team's operating issues by 86%.

From the Art Department:

Art School Graduates Enjoy Success in Graduate School

Many art students are going on to enjoy success in graduate school MFA programs, including top art schools such as Cranbrook Academy of Art and Chicago Art Institute. Students graduating in 2017 have been accepted into multiple programs with full and partial scholarships, including Penn State, the University of Iowa, the Chicago Art Institute, Cranbrook Academy of Art, California College of the Arts, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Pratt Institute of Art.

Jim Karpen
Maharishi University of Management

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*Maharishi University of Management, founded in 1971, is an accredited university located in Fairfield, Iowa, and offers a range of disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The school's unique approach to education is called Consciousness-Based education. All students and faculty practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique—an effortless technique for recharging mind and body and creating a brighter, more positive state of mind. With Consciousness-Based education students study traditional subjects while also experiencing inner growth and developing their creativity. Their awareness expands, improving their ability to absorb knowledge and see the big picture. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 [toll-free in US; outside US call: +1 641-472-1110] or visit:

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