We’re happy to report that there is a lot of buzz (as evidenced by this recent article in The Oregonian) surrounding Wikisway, an internet start-up company founded by MIIS alumnus Huston Hedinger (MAIPS ’12) while he was still a student. The company has already raised money from the Portland Seed Fund and other investors and is rapidly expanding. Huston’s team includes MIIS alumna Grace Andrews (MPA ’12), who is responsible for marketing and communications.
For Elizabeth Reid (MAIPS '11) the most meaningful outcome of her Fulbright experience was an unexpected one.
"One of my Fulbright colleagues made the observation that the Fulbright program is not about saving the world, but about sharing the world," Elizabeth said. "I think this has been particularly apt in my case."
The Monterey Institute Career Fair has been steadily growing and expanding over the last few years, with new employers every year joining the large group of “repeat customers” excited to recruit MIIS graduates.
Garvey McIntosh (MAIPS ’03), an international programs specialist at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C., recently traveled to Seoul, South Korea to engage in discussions with senior representatives from the Korean government to identify cooperative areas between the US and South Korea in the field of aeronautics. Garvey wrote to the Monterey Institute to tell us about the instant rapport and wonderful working relationship he established with Kristen Bauman (MAIPS ’99), science counselor at the US Embassy in Seoul.
"I greatly value the experience that international students have," Belinda says. "I want to contribute to making it a powerful one."
As the Executive Associate Director for the Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) at Michigan State University, Joy Campbell (MATESOL '01) works to promote and support the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States.
"The work that I do...without mincing words, changes people lives."
That is the simple yet powerful answer that Justin Maniar (MAIPS '10) gave when asked about the work he does promoting international education.
"I work with so many students who without the support of people in the field of international education would never have the resources, support or encouragement to go abroad and seek out international education experiences," says Maniar.
Thanks to her adventurous spirit and an interest in traveling, Natasha has been teaching overseas for the past seven years. She just finished a teaching position in the United Arab Emirates.
The world-class experts at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) are in high demand in national and international media whenever there is breaking news related to matters of security and weapons of mass destruction. On December 14, 2012, Reuters, the Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Inter Press Agency each published stories featuring a CNS expert:
At the Monterey Institute's 2012 Winter Commencement, the elected student speaker was Maria Luisa Olivarria. The honor of giving this address was a fitting end for a student who has taken such a long and sometimes arduous path to graduation.
Maria's journey started a few years ago in Venezuela, where she was part of a student movement protesting the country's government.