Myra Goodman, co-founder with her husband Drew of Carmel Valley’s Earthbound Farm, one of the world’s leading organic growers, will be the featured speaker at the Monterey Institute’s spring 2012 commencement ceremony. The ceremony—scheduled for Saturday, May 19 on the front lawn of historic Colton Hall in downtown Monterey—will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the traditional processional, featuring flag-bearers marching down Pacific Street carrying the flags of each of the 33 countries represented in the graduating class of 309 students.
The recipient of the seventh annual Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award is Professor Peter Shaw, a longtime faculty member in the Institute’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program. In the May 10 announcement, Provost Amy Sands noted Professor Shaw’s record of excellence in teaching and his ongoing, inspiring commitment to providing Monterey Institute students the highest quality education possible.
Six students from the Monterey Institute will receive U.S. Fulbright scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, the most in the Institute’s 57-year history. This surpasses last year's record of five, which had MIIS students landing more U.S. Fulbrights on a per capita basis than every top-ten school in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, with a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools. A seventh Fulbright applicant from the Monterey Institute is an alternate and may still be selected.
Rhiannon’s fellowship year focused on studying Mongolian language at the National University of Mongolia’s School of Mongolian Language and Culture. In addition to language studies, Rhiannon worked on her own research project evaluating the environmental aspects of Mongolia’s Minerals Law.