Three Monterey Institute graduates, Anne-Claire Benoit (MPA ’12), Kathleen Gordon (MPA ’12), and Bill Reinecke (MBA ’10) are on their way to one-year assignments in Africa as Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Fellows. Hundreds of qualified people apply annually to this highly coveted and prestigious fellowship, but no other graduate school is as well represented as the Monterey Institute.
Monterey Institute alumnus Aaron Stein (MAIPS ’10) has been named one of the “2013 Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33,” an international list recognizing the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The list is published by Diplomatic Courier magazine and co-sponsored by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.
For three consecutive summers, Spanish Translation and Interpretation Professor Cas Shulman-Mora has taught and directed the International Conference Interpretation Practicum at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santander, Spain. She is always searching for ways to combine her professional activities with training opportunities for students in the Spanish Translation and Interpretation Program.
Miriam Fugfugosh (MAIPS ’03) says that one of her favorite things about the Monterey Institute is the atmosphere of warmth and welcome that she felt throughout her time there—“from the first day of orientation to graduation.” She appreciated the closeness with other students, and the staff and faculty who found time to interact with the students as individuals.
Nathalie Marin-Gest (MBA/IPS ’13) has a lot going for her. Multilingual, intelligent, and likeable, she was so enthusiastic about a career in development that she added a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree to her International Policy Studies (IPS) degree to make sure she had all the right skills. It was not a surprise to her career adviso
“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
- Albert Szent-Gyorgi
Well over two hundred Monterey Institute alumni gathered in Monterey this past weekend for Reunion 2013, four days of diverse events filled with good food, memories, laughter, networking opportunities and a fun run.
Alumni traveled from as far away as India, Singapore, Norway and Tajikistan, and from as close by as a few blocks away here in Monterey. All shared the desire to meet dear old friends and re-connect with the Institute. Judging by the number of hugs, laughter, late nights and early mornings, they got all of that and even more.
Sometimes life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, as John Lennon so famously observed. William Scott Wilson (BAJS ’73, SILP ’74) came to the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies (as MIIS was known in the early decades) in 1970 to master Chinese, but ended up switching to the Japanese program. Searching for a good translation project for his thesis he discovered Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by the 18th century warrior Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Explains William: “It really got me!”
For many students, the Monterey Institute’s Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) is a gateway to advancement along their individual path, whether their next destination is a graduate program, further language study, or a return to their professional career. The bottom line is, in addition to opening up new opportunities for intercultural communication, language acquisition is a resume builder.