Monterey Institute alumna Anna Cummins (MAIEP ’02) has made it her passion to educate and inform the public about the dangers facing our oceans. In recent months, Anna and her husband Dr. Marcus Eriksen collected samples from a more than one-hundred mile stretch in an area in the Atlantic bounded by ocean currents called the Sargasso Sea.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently awarded Institute alumna Kathryn Ries (MPA ’86) the highest honor given to NOAA professionals. Ries was awarded the NOAA’s Bronze Medal for her leadership in building hydrographic capacity in Central America to support navigation safety, economic growth and protection of the marine environment.
Katie Klemsem (IPS '05) recalls her experience as a kindergarten teacher in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch left the country devastated:
I am not just a girl. I am a servant, a servant to humanity. Now I am also a writer and a professor, but it hasn't always been that way.
Talking about the global reputation of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies is one thing; having it convincingly demonstrated is quite another. As of June 2010, MIIS/CNS students will occupy almost a full quarter of the total number of positions in one of the nation’s most prestigious government-sponsored nonproliferation fellowship program.
Before pursuing a graduate degree, Molly Ammons (MPA '09) worked for a refugee resettlement agency, helping displaced families adapt to life in the United States:
Jamie Langlie MPA '91, pictured at right wearing the gray blazer with Elizabeth Anderson MBA '91, shares her thoughts and memories of the Monterey Institute.
1) Why do you give to MIIS?
1) You interned for the UN, which means you want to save the world, right? So who’s your favorite superhero or heroine?
What kind of question is that for an interview?! My favorite superhero? I have many of them, but in track and field, my superhero is Haile Gebre Selassie, an Ethiopian runner.
Kate Balzer (MPA '09) discovers her path to a career in community development:
I worked for non-profit dance and theater companies after college, even though my degree focused on international studies. After a few years, I wanted to do something else - even if I didn't know what.
A graduate of Middlebury College's Chinese language degree program, Valkyrie Anderson (IPS '09) came to Monterey two years ago with dreams of becoming a translator or interpreter. Inspired by a commitment to social justice, however, she questioned this path. She chose the policy program instead, applying her language abilities in the development and human trafficking fields.