Archive for September, 2009

Replay of American Indian Sustainable Conference

September 30, 2009

Watch the replay of the the press conference which served as a brief overview to the American Indian Sustainable Conference (54:35 minutes) Check back later for further excerpts from the weekend.

USPTA Awards Coach of the Year to Maharishi School Tennis Coach Lawrence Eyre

September 30, 2009

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Lawrence Eyre (right) receives the United States Professional Tennis Association’s Tennis Coach of the Year award from USPTA president Tom Daglis. The award ceremony took place at the USPTA world conference, Thursday, September 24, 2009, Marco Island, Florida.

Lawrence Eyre, Fairfield, Iowa – High School Coach of the Year

The Maharishi School boys’ tennis team won both the district championship and regional championship this year led by coach Lawrence Eyre. This allowed the team to qualify for the Iowa state team tournament for the 12th time in 22 seasons under coach Eyre. The team finished second in the state team tournament and had an impressive record of 9-2 for the season.

STOLCEL Receives Honorary PhD at MUM

September 28, 2009


Saving native languages

By Jeff Bell, Victoria Times Colonist

September 27, 2009

John Elliott’s years of dedication to preserving aboriginal languages — including Sencoten, the language of the Saanich First Nation — has earned him an honorary PhD.

Elliott, also known by his Saanich name, Stolcel, received the recognition from Maharishi University of Management in Iowa during a major international conference called “Building Healthy, Sustainable American Indian Communities.” Native leaders from across North America are attending the gathering, which wraps up today.

Elliott, a resident of the Tsartlip reserve and a teacher at the Lauwelnew Tribal School, is a co-founder of, a web-based aboriginal-language archive. The concept has prompted more than 60 First Nations to use online services to archive their languages, as well.

Elliott’s work with language preservation goes back 30 years, and has drawn from the efforts of his late father, Dave. Elliott first began looking at computers and digital videos in his work in 1999, and went on to develop with colleague Peter Brand.

(Mentioned in column: Good News: Makeover planned for Casa Maria emergency house)

June 10, 2019, UVIC, University of Victoria, bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Education (DEd) on STOLȻEȽ John Edward Elliott Sr. Visit their website for details.

RushPRNews: Meditation: Effective New Aid for Students with ADHD

September 26, 2009

RushPRNews: Meditation: Effective New Aid for Students with ADHD

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KTVO 3: M.U.M. Gets $1 Million Research Grant

September 26, 2009

MUM gets $1 million research grant

Friday, September 25, 2009 at 6:37 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, IOWA — University Receives $1 Million NIH Grant for Mind-Body Medicine Research

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a grant of $500,000 per year for two years for research on the Transcendental Meditation® technique in the treatment of coronary heart disease in African Americans.

The research is a collaboration between Maharishi University of Management Research Institute’s Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention and Columbia University Medical School in New York.

The funding comes from the American Recovery and Investment Act, via the NIH-National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

About 21,000 applications were submitted to NIH for these specific funds, with just 3% receiving grants.

“This recent achievement continues to place MUM Research Institute and its research on the Transcendental Meditation technique and Maharishi Vedic MedicineSM programs in an elite category in academic medicine,” said project director Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., and dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health.

The research will compare the effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation with and without the Transcendental Meditation program, especially after a heart attack. The study will utilize positron emission tomography (PET) to image and quantify changes in heart disease in the patients.

The Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention team includes Sanford Nidich, EdD, Carolyn King, PhD, Maxwell Rainforth, PhD, John Salerno, PhD, Marilyn Ungaro, Laura Alcorn, and Linda Heaton.

See video:

KTVO Medical News

WRITING TANKA—Preparing to Write

September 25, 2009

a tanka on writing


Railroad Crossings Are

Places To Become Aware—



If you hear a train of thought

You’ll know you’re on the write track!


© Ken Chawkin


Also see Haiku On The Nature of Haiku.

a writing tanka on writing tanka by ken chawkin

Eyre Is USPTA National Tennis Coach Of The Year

September 24, 2009

Eyre Is USPTA National Tennis Coach Of The Year

The United States Professional Tennis Association selected Maharishi School’s Lawrence Eyre the National High School Coach of the Year. He accepted the award at the world conference today in Marco Island, Florida. This honor is given to just one coach from all high schools throughout the country regardless of size. The organization is the oldest and largest of tennis teaching processionals. Eyre has been a member of the USPTA since 1992 and was among the founding faculty of the Maharishi upper School in 1981. He started the tennis program in 1988 and built it into a perennial power.

The Pioneers have reached the Class 1A state tennis Final 4 team competition 12 times. They have 16 state titles in singles, doubles and team play. That was highlighted by winning consecutive triple crowns in 1999 and 2000 when Maharishi School took the singles, doubles and team championships each year.

Eyre said, “I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Maharishi School.” He attributes the success of the players to the group practice of Transcendental Meditation. Eyre feels it creates a profound experience of restful alertness serving as a foundation for the dynamic activity and providing a competitive edge. Eyre says TM helps the Pioneers learn how to allow unforced errors “wash over” them and move on to the next point without getting upset or distracted.

Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd” section once featured Eyre as a result of the achievements within the program. He was named the 2000 Iowa Tennis Association Coach of the Year and the 2007 Central Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Eyre also was the USPTA 2008 Missouri Valley Coach of the Year which put him in line for the national award.

MSAE Soccer Team Tops Scattergood

Maharishi School beat Scattergood 3-1 in soccer Tuesday afternoon as they stayed unbeaten through 3 games this season. Thomas Weiss scored twice and Pasha Bousquet came through with the other goal. The Pioneers are off until the Cono Christian tournament October 2nd and 3rd.

Des Moines Register: Maharishi tennis coach to receive national honor

September 24, 2009

High School: Maharishi tennis coach to receive national honor

By JOHN NAUGHTON • • September 23, 2009

Lawrence Eyre began a thriving tennis program by thinking small: tiny rackets and child-sized nets.

Eyre was named national high school coach of the year by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association.

The Fairfield Maharishi boys’ coach started the program in 1988, teaching the game to kindergartners and hoping they’d stick with tennis.

“I had to teach the game to little kids and hoped they liked it,” Eyre said.

He is believed to be the first coach of an Iowa high school boys’ team to win the award. He’ll be honored at a ceremony in Florida.

Maharishi is the smallest Iowa school to have its own boys’ tennis team.

In a school with about 100 students in grades 9-12, Eyre knew he’d have to develop varsity players early.

Since then, he has won four state team titles and reached the top four 12 times. Last season’s team took second.

Eyre initially coached both boys’ and girls’ tennis. His wife, Laurie, took over the girls’ program 15 years ago. He credits her help as a key in building a better boys’ program.

A special celebration will be held in the Maharishi School assembly hall for Eyre at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Several of Eyre’s former players will be present.

Building Healthy, Sustainable American Indian Communities – Conference Brochure

September 23, 2009

Building Healthy, Sustainable American Indian Communities – Conference Brochure

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Video on the David Lynch Foundation

September 22, 2009

How David’s Foundation Started

This 3 minute video premiered at the “Change Begins Within” benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 4th, 2009. The video provides a compelling introduction to the purpose and goal of the David Lynch Foundation, which is to provide scholarships for one million at-risk youth to meditate—students who are struggling to learn and live in an atmosphere of intense stress, disease, and violence.

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