Incoming Student Amy Slay: Inspired by Skills and Leadership of a MIIS Alumnus

Every fall, the Monterey Institute welcomes a new batch of students with a wide range of experience and aspirations from around the world. We recently got an advance on that promise when we heard from Amy Michelle Slay, incoming student in the joint MPA/Master of Arts in International Education Management program.

Tunisia, Tajikistan and Thailand: Reunion 2013 Draws Alumni from Around the World

Thinking back to your time at the Monterey Institute, what comes to mind?

Late nights at the library? Coffee from Plumes? Sea lions and seagulls? Office hours with a favorite professor? Trivia night at the Mucky Duck on Alvarado Street?

Alumna Heather Bessette Promoted into Dream Job a Year after Graduation

A year after graduating from the Monterey Institute, Heather Bessette (MBA/MAIEP ’12) is celebrating her promotion to associate marketing manager at Rosen Convergence Marketing, a Portland company dedicated to “help purpose-driven companies do more good with less.” Combining researching sustainable companies and practices with marketing perfectly fits Heather‘s professional ambitions and the skills she gained through her Joint MBA/MA International Environmental Policy degree: “I couldn’t be more happy to u

Alumni Achievement Awards 2013: Amaury Cooper, Sylvio Baltodano, William Godnick

At spring commencement, three outstanding MIIS alumni were honored for their achievements:

Spring Commencement Honors 284 Students from 31 Countries

The sounds of joy and good cheer could be heard across downtown Monterey on Saturday May 18 as friends and family of 284 Monterey Institute students hailing from 31 countries gathered to celebrate their achievements at 2013 Spring Commencement.  The ceremony took place on the broad lawn in front of Colton Hall, the original capitol building of the state of California. 

Recent MIIS Graduate Turns Internship into Leadership Position Promoting Permaculture in Malawi

Catherine Carlton (MAIEP ’12) studied modern history at Stanford University. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she served in the Peace Corps in Zambia for two years working in the public health sector as an HIV volunteer.

Monterey Institute Experts, Including a Student, in the Spotlight After Boston Bombings, Ricin Letters

When the world woke up Friday morning to the news that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were from Chechnya, reporters were sent scrambling for experts on both terrorism and the Caucasus region. And that search quickly led them to the experts—and students—associated with Monterey Institute’s unique Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program.

Spring Break @MIIS, Part II: Students Explore Potential Career Paths in Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley

During spring break 2013, the Center for Advising and Career Services organized popular trips to Washington D.C and Silicon Valley, as well as adding their services to a trip to New York planned by Professor Ed Laurance. The focus was on careers, with targeted visits to organizations and companies linked to the career interests of students, and visits with alumni established in their chosen fields.

Peter Fordos

As a secondary school student in Bratislava in 1989, Peter Fordos (BAIS ’06 / MAIPS & MAITP ’07) joined hundreds of thousands of his countrymen taking to the streets day after day, eventually bringing the hard-line Czechoslovakian Communist Party to its knees in the Velvet Revolution. “It changed everything,” says Peter who had always dreamt of visiting the West but never before thought it possible. As soon as he could Peter moved to the United Kingdom to study English, starting the path that would lead him to the Monterey Institute.

Alumna Jenifer Carter: “Finding the World in Your Own Backyard”

Jenifer Carter’s parents, both returned Peace Corps Volunteers and educators, instilled a sense of curiosity about the world and other cultures in Jenifer (MATESOL ’97) and her four brothers. “They encouraged us to travel and see as much of the world as we could,” Jenifer says, adding that she was first really bitten by the travel bug when she participated in a high school exchange program in France.