With no formal training and nothing to prove to anyone but himself, Chris Cheng (MAIPS ’06) flew under the radar when he arrived in Agua Dulce, California as one of the competitors on the fourth season of the History Channel’s reality show Top Shot. By the time he was crowned the winner of the competition and awarded $100,000 and a contract with Bass Pro as a professional marksman six weeks later, his consistent performance and grace under pressure had impressed both fans and fellow competitors.
Six students from the Monterey Institute will receive U.S. Fulbright scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, the most in the Institute’s 57-year history. This surpasses last year's record of five, which had MIIS students landing more U.S. Fulbrights on a per capita basis than every top-ten school in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, with a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools. A seventh Fulbright applicant from the Monterey Institute is an alternate and may still be selected.
For 25 years students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies have joined together in groups to prepare and offer food representing their cultural heritage at the International Bazaar. Traditionally held in April, this cherished event always draws a large crowd, and this year was no exception, as over 300 Monterey Institute faculty, staff, students, friends and family members gathered for an event that truly showcases and celebrates the diverse cultures of MIIS.
MacKenzie Hizon has been working in the international education field for more than 10 years. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Marketing and a Masters in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has held positions in both public and private educational institutions and has experience in program development, marketing, and the recruitment of international students from various regions around the world.
1) Tell us about yourself.
I studied music in college before volunteering with the Peace Corps in Belize where my wife and I worked with Mayan communities to promote sustainable income-generating projects. And I recently graduated from the Monterey Institute with a Master's degree in nuclear nonproliferation.
During her first year at the Monterey Institute, Sarah Irene (MACI '10) decided that her goal was to one day work at the United Nations as a Conference Interpreter. Less than a year after graduating from MIIS, that dream became a reality.
"I am very happy," said Irene. "I have a sense of accomplishing what I set out to do and of course that is a great feeling."
The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at the Monterey Institute is known for producing leaders in language learning across the globe.
"MIIS really does produce experts in this sort of thing," said Matt Robinson (MATESOL '08). "It’s rewarding to recognize how much you really do know about this sort of thing when you are out there."
Since graduating from the Monterey Institute in 1983, Jay Ward (MA in International Policy Studies) has spent the majority of his career in the field of international education. During that time, he has held various positions in international admissions, recruitment, international student advising, and international education administration at several universities.
Since graduating in 2010 with a MA in Translation & Localization Management, life has been a whirlwind tour for Dustin Brumley. He's started his own business, moved around the world and married fellow MIIS alum Amaia Zaballa Zarzosa (MA in Conference Interpretation).
When MIIS alumna Mary Graham Bliss (MAIPS ’04) was a summer intern in Mali, she was told that the only thing that worked were “les petits projets pratiques” or the “practical small projects.” She listened, founded a non-profit organization focused on solar-energy projects, and named it “Practical Small Projects (PSP).”