The fall is always an exciting time at the Monterey Institute where faculty, staff and returning students welcome a diverse group of new students from all over the world. This year the incoming class includes citizens of 33 countries and speakers of 22 native languages. What they discover during the first week of orientation is that now they all have one important thing in common—they are all citizens of the Monterey Institute community.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies will showcase the local and international achievements of its graduating students at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management’s second annual research and consulting projects expo (“GSIPM Expo”) on Friday, August 19.
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.
On April 15, the Monterey Institute of International Studies is hosting TEDxMonterey for the second time. This year the theme is “Cultivating Innovation,” and the impressive line-up of speakers and presenters is shaping up to be true to the TED promise of “riveting talks by remarkable people.”
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.
The Monterey Institute announced on March 28 that Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will be the speaker at the Institute’s spring 2011 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. on the front lawn of historic Colton Hall in Monterey. The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
This January, the American University in Cairo hosted a 10-day long project-management training program in partnership with the Monterey Institute. The program was modeled on the popular Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) program that has been offered several times a year on the Monterey Institute campus, as well as other locations.
For most Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to take what they have been learning in the classroom and either develop practical skills through intense practicum courses, or go out into the real world and take their classroom lessons to the field.
It could be said that the summer James Reavis (MPA ’12) spent learning Arabic as part of the Monterey Institute Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) was transformative, in more ways than one. One day as the program was nearing its end, James said that he made the decision not to lose contact with the “amazing people he had spent the summer with,” and collected their email addresses with the intention to keep in touch. And keep in touch he did. “The Jim Report” started arriving in about one hundred inboxes of his friends and