In the spirit of the season of giving thanks in the United States, members of the Monterey Institute community are sharing expressions of gratitude. We continue our series with a common sighting on the Monterey campus – friends from different continents.
As a park ecologist in the Kitulo National Park in Southwestern Tanzania, Noel Mbise (MAIEP ’14) has experienced firsthand our need for more than good policies to protect the environment. “You can’t just tell people ‘No!’ and ‘Don’t do this!’ without telling them what to do instead,” he says, and adds that people naturally tend to care more about the here and now than tomorrow.
For many Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience and a deeper understanding of a particular subject, and/or to enhance their language skills. The courses and immersive learning opportunities offered for the 2013 winter (or “J-term”) are a wonderful reflection of the vibrant academic environment created by the unique Monterey Institute community.
Monterey Institute students flocked to a wide range of workshops and discussions offered across campus all day on Career Focus Day. They took advantage of opportunities to explore their strengths, learn about different career paths, improve presentation skills, get tips on alumni networking and starting they own business, learn about incorporating social media into job searches, and stretchwork in sessions throughout the day.
The legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, TED Prize winner and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, visited the Monterey Institute this week to talk to aspiring marine policy professionals and give them some career advice. Sylvia was named TIME magazine´s first “Hero for the Planet,” and is well known for her ocean research (logging more than 7,000 hours underwater) and activism for the protection of our oceans.
The moment I stepped onto Tobacco Caye, I felt like I had found a small slice of paradise. The vibrant, yet small fishing community off the southern coast of Belize is amazingly beautiful and astounding.
The fall 2012 class at MIIS is one of the largest incoming classes in the 57-year history of the Institute, at 420 students. The group includes students hailing from 35 countries and speaking 28 languages.
Alan Lovewell (MAIEP '10) and Oren Frey (MAIEP '11) are living out the Monterey Institute's mission of producing leaders with solutions to a variety of global challenges. These graduates of the International Environmental Policy Program are working hard to re-connect consumers in Monterey Bay to local fishermen and the product they offer through their business venture, Local Catch Monterey Bay.
The challenge asked students to develop and implement a plan for lowering the environmental impact of their campuses and to educate and engage on-campus facilities managers and fellow students.