Addressing the 247 graduates at the Monterey Institute’s May 21 commencement ceremony, President Sunder Ramaswamy spoke of the road ahead: “Like any proud parent, we have high expectations for you, but only because we know the great things you are capable of accomplishing.” The president talked about the different backgrounds of students hailing from places like “Belarus and Brazil, India and the Ivory Coast, Malta and Mexico, Pakistan and Paraguay, China and Russia” and the common goal that they each have of making a difference i
After college, I served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia as an agriculture extension volunteer, connecting farmers with agronomists in the city. I stayed in South America for two years after Peace Corps and worked first for a not-for-profit development organization in Ecuador and then for a policy and advocacy organization in Bolivia.
Five students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies will receive Fulbright awards for the 2011-2012 academic year, the most U.S. student awards received in the Institute’s 56-year history.
The first week in May found experts from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in demand from Monterey to Melbourne, as media outlets all over the globe sought comments from MIIS faculty on a wide variety of issues.
When Japan was hit with a major earthquake and tsunami in mid-March, the Monterey Institute’s tight-knit international campus community banded together immediately in search of ways to help those affected. Led by a group of Japanese-American faculty, staff and students, the community mobilized to raise funds for the Japan Society of Northern California’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Faculty and students set up donation tables at campus events and the weekly farmer’s market in downtown Monterey.
The Student Council of the Monterey Institute of International Studies announced the winner of its first Student Project Contest at the International Bazaar on April 16. The contest was open to all students. Five student groups presented their work and proposals to the Council. The winner, Team Peru, is a group of students from various degree programs who are dedicated to shepherding sustainable development projects in the Sacred Valley of Peru, such as building greenhouses with the support of communities and local secondary schools.
Hundreds of MIIS community members, students, faculty, staff and alumni celebrated the diversity of the Monterey Institute campus on April 16 through the sharing of international cuisine, traditions and entertainment at the Institute’s 24th annual International Bazaar. The event kicked off at 12 noon with a performance by the local Taiko drumming troupe, Shinso Mugen Daiko.
Sitting one day in the Digital Media Commons in November talking about innovation and technology, my January term plans came up. My supervisor Bob Cole asked me, “What do you really want to do?” Growing up in a large family of eight and working in collaborative situations since leaving the nest, this type of question is not always easy for me to answer.
I was studying in library when a massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit Japan on March 11, 2011. As soon as I heard about the earthquake, I called my family in Tokyo and made sure that everyone was safe. However, I could not stop following the news coverage from Japan. Being far from home, I was nervous about what was happening and felt so helpless.