Gifts to the Monterey Institute more than doubled in the fiscal year ending on June 30 as compared to the previous year. Gifts received over the 2013-14 fiscal year totaled $6,510,088, more than twice the $3.1 million received in 2012-13. Participation was up across the board, with total donors increasing 34 percent and alumni donors jumping 50 percent.
The Monterey Institute has received a $1.8 million challenge gift that aims to both support and inspire the continued growth and expansion of the Institute’s ocean and coastal economics research and education center, the Center for the Blue Economy.
The Monterey Institute’s extended campus community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni is known for many things—language abilities, global perspectives, and cross-disciplinary innovation, to name a few. This June, two other key characteristics of the MIIS community came into focus: loyalty, and the desire to be the solution to any problem our community encounters.
The Monterey Institute community has been presented with an exciting challenge by long time Board Member and supporter Jed Smith. If 250 alumni and friends of the Institute make a gift of any size in the next 25 days, or from June 5 to June 30, he will match these gifts with $25,000 for financial aid.
The Monterey Institute announced on May 16 that it has received a $2.1 million donation to support student scholarships for the acquisition and enhancement of foreign language ability. The Institute is a graduate school of Middlebury College.
The room buzzed with lively conversations among students, scholarship donors, Institute friends, staff, and members of the Board of Governors. This year’s guests also included Middlebury College President Ron Liebowitz.
The Annual Named Scholarship Luncheon each year highlights one named scholarship with a short feature video presentation. This year’s selection was the Les Zambo Memorial Scholarship, now in its 10th year. Named in honor of the much-loved professor of International Business, it has been awarded to 18 students studying business, finance, and accounting.
Monterey Institute board members and members of the local community gathered at the Old Capital Club in downtown Monterey to mingle with U.S. military veterans studying at MIIS and to hear keynote speaker General Mike Carns.
Attendees learned more about the Veterans Scholarship Fund at the Monterey Institute and the role veterans play at the Institute.
This year’s Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award was awarded to Professor Kathi Bailey at a ceremony held September 24, 2013 in the Samson Reading Room. Professor Bailey has a record of excellence in teaching and an ongoing, inspiring commitment to providing our students the highest quality education possible. She has worked with countless students to ensure their success in both their academic and career objectives, and dedicated herself to building a strong community of excellence at MIIS.
Over 220 Monterey Institute and Middlebury College alumni and friends gathered at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco for an evening of food, mingling, and conversation. MIIS President Sunder Ramaswamy welcomed the attendees and recounted some of the latest developments at the Monterey Institute. Attendees renewed old friendships and made new acquaintances at an event we hope will become a longstanding tradition. Click here to view a short movie from the event.
Traveling to Seoul this fall were President Sunder Ramaswamy, Professor Miryoung Sohn, and Advancement officer Peter Jesse. Additional participants included Catherine Lee ’92, Trustee of Middlebury College and member of the Monterey Institute International Leadership Council and Patrick Ganey, Senior Development Officer, Asia for Middlebury College. Some 70 alumni, from both the Monterey Institute and Middlebury College, attended an event the evening of November 20.
Click here to view a slideshow from the event.