MIIS Alumni Make Waves with Launch of “Local Catch Monterey Bay”

The week of January 16 saw Alan Lovewell (MAIEP ’10) and Oren Frey (MAIEP ’11) successfully launch “Local Catch Monterey Bay” – their new venture combining their love for the ocean with a penchant for practical solutions to real world problems. Local Catch Monterey offers weekly “shares” of fresh, sustainable seafood to members.

IPSS: A stepping stone for future careers

17 students from the Monterey Institute are training and preparing to head off around the world as part of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program.

As participants in IPSS, they will be working as junior professional staff members for 6 months with international organizations like the UN and the U.S State Department. The students will also receive credits toward their degree for completing an academic project related to their job assignment.

Location

Monterey, CA
United States
36° 36' 0.8568" N, 121° 53' 40.8336" W

California State University Monterey Bay

Details

Enrolled students are non-degree students who receive full credit in the course. While students do not pay additional tuition at CSUMB, students will be responsible for any additional special course fees associated with some classes.

Access will be limited to students determined to be qualified by the course instructor and availability of space in the requested course, with the understanding that priority will be given to students of the home institution.

MontereySTART: New Platform for Micro-Philanthropy Launched

Monterey Institute students are known worldwide for their ingenuity and practical approach to addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. It is now easier than ever to support student projects through the newly launched micro-philanthropy platform MontereySTART.

Four projects are currently featured on MontereySTART and they reflect the diverse interests and talents of the Monterey Institute student body:

Oil Worker to Conservationist

Just a few years ago, Alfhild Aspelin (MAIEP '12) had no interest in environmental work.  So the fact that she is now at the Monterey Institute pursuing a MA in International Environmental Policy is quite amazing.

Alfhild was working in Norway as an oil surveyor.  Her job was to make sure operations were carried out as planned for the installation of equipment used in offshore oil production.

Location

Norway
59° 12' 5.1768" N, 7° 28' 14.5308" E

Winter Commencement Sees 88 Students from 16 Countries Graduate from MIIS

“I left my comfortable job as an accountant because I wanted to make a difference for the people in my country,” said student commencement speaker Rawan Bannoura (MPA ’11) from Bethlehem, Palestine, at the 2011 Monterey Institute Winter Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 10. With her new Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Rawan has the skill set and training she needs to fulfill her dream of starting a non-profit organization and truly “be the solution.”

Alumnus Michael Seaman’s Interesting Job at Monterey Bay Aquarium Makes Front-Page News

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has always been environmentally conscious, but this year they are stepping up efforts to reuse and recycle. As highlighted in a front-page story in the November 29 edition of the Monterey Herald, their search for a qualified expert to spearhead those efforts led them to Michael Seaman (MAIEP ’10), a graduate of the Monterey Institute’s International Environmental Policy program.

Location

886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
United States
36° 37' 5.2536" N, 121° 54' 7.3764" W

Milliken Foundation $500,000 Gift to Support MIIS Recruitment, Scholarship, Marketing

The Monterey Institute of International Studies has received a $500,000 gift from the Milliken Foundation to support student recruiting and retention, as well as general promotional efforts of the Institute. The gift was made on behalf of one of the foundation’s directors, a member of the Middlebury College class of 1965.

Local High School Students Introduced to Different Languages, Cultures at MIIS Event

Monterey Institute students, faculty and staff embrace every opportunity to engage with the local community and introduce them to the fascinating world that is to be found in our campus community. For four years the Institute has invited local high school students to participate in a series of workshops in connection with International Education Week.

MIIS Students Land More Fulbright Awards Per Capita than Students at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton

Good things can come in small packages. According to data released this week by the U.S. Department of State, students from the Monterey Institute landed more Fulbright awards per capita than every top ten university in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, and had a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools.