BUSINESS BRIEFS: Scholarships available; Reservations for Awards Banquet; MUM's new online programs

Scholarship available

Elevate Advanced Manufacturing is giving away 15 $500 scholarships to high school seniors who are attending an Iowa community college in the fall for a career in advanced manufacturing.

Examples of eligible training programs include welding, computer numerically controlled machining, industrial automation, industrial maintenance, robotics, tool and die, and transportation and logistics.

Applications are due by March 1.

To apply, visit

Reservations being accepted for chamber’s annual awards banquet

The 2019 Annual Awards Banquet presented by MidWestOne Bank, the premier annual celebration event for the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, its members and the Fairfield community, will be April 11 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

For information or help with making a reservation, contact the chamber at 472-2111 or

MUM’s new online programs attract many students

For the first time Maharishi University of Management is offering undergraduate degree programs online, with around 70 students enrolling in the two new programs that launched this month.

The BA in Ayurveda Wellness and Integrative Health attracted 60 students, and the BA in Liberal Arts enrolled 10.

“We’re pleased to get such a strong response to these two new programs,” said Vanessa Haskins, department administrator for MUM Online. “Online education is the future, and we only expect these programs to grow.”

The program in Ayurveda Wellness is similar to the online master’s program in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine, which itself has over 100 students enrolled. Students learn principles of Maharishi AyurVeda, a traditional, prevention-oriented system of medicine that addresses the body, mind, and environment of the individual in order to provide a holistic health solution.

Students who complete the BA in Ayurveda Wellness have the opportunity to become a certified Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant.

“Interest in holistic health and integrative medicine has exploded in recent years, and this program taps into the increasing desire that people have to go beyond the disease-treatment approach of modern medicine,” Haskins said.

In addition to online instruction, students will come to campus twice during the program for two-week intensive clinical training sessions.

The natural therapeutic techniques offered in the Ayurveda Wellness program include optimal diet and routine for different individuals, beneficial herbal supplements for specific imbalances, traditional purification therapies, and principles of biological rhythms and their effects on health.

The BA in Liberal Arts is primarily intended for students who have earned 60 or more college credits elsewhere and who want to finish their degree. It’s an interdisciplinary program, offering courses in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences.

Students with fewer thank 60 credits are also welcome to enroll, but may need to take some courses on campus to complete their degree.

“This program is very appealing to those who have earned various college credits but never finished a degree,” Haskins said. “If they have earned 90 or more credits, they can actually finish their degree in just two semesters.”

She said this program dovetails nicely with the BA in Ayurveda Wellness, since students studying liberal arts will be able to take advantage of the wellness courses to improve their health and well-being while earning credits to finish up their degree.

Haskins credits the work of the M.U.M. marketing department, which very effectively brought these new programs to the awareness of those who might be interested in enrolling.

In addition to promoting the programs to current practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation technique, the marketing team also used social media, including announcements on Facebook and Instagram, to reach a wider audience. They complemented this with highly targeted advertising on social media, including video ads.

“I am fortunate to be working with such valuable, hardworking, and committed co-workers from all the departments involved in the spring 2019 entry,” Haskins said. “They are all a key part of the university’s success.”

In addition to enrolling students in these new online BA programs, M.U.M. Online also, for the first time, enrolled new students for spring semester in the MS in Maharishi AyurVeda and Integrative Medicine. Until now new students had only been allowed to enroll in the fall.

The program enrolled 41 new students for spring semester, adding to the 82 that were already enrolled.

“It’s fulfilling to see this success with our online programs,” said Craig Pearson, vice president of academic affairs. “It’s been part of the university’s mission from the beginning to extend our Consciousness-Based educational programs worldwide.”

Used with permission by The Review, Maharishi University of Management’s electronic newsletter.