Many students at the Monterey Institute find that their time here has a lasting effect far beyond the education they receive. Many make friends for life and some find their life partners at MIIS. We celebrate those special connections and the stories that follow as so-called “MIIS Matches.”
Jaala Thibault (MATESOL ´07) was one of only two U.S.-sponsored English Language Fellows (ELF) in Afghanistan in 2010; the other was fellow MIIS alumna Tara Bates (MATESOL ´07). Being selected into the U.S. State Department English Language Fellows program is “one of the most prestigious positions a recent MA graduate in TESOL or TFL can receive,” according to MIIS TESOL professor Kathleen Bailey.
The week of January 16 saw Alan Lovewell (MAIEP ’10) and Oren Frey (MAIEP ’11) successfully launch “Local Catch Monterey Bay” – their new venture combining their love for the ocean with a penchant for practical solutions to real world problems. Local Catch Monterey offers weekly “shares” of fresh, sustainable seafood to members.
The Monterey Institute community mourned the loss of long-time professor Stephen A. Garrett last summer. Professor Garrett joined the faculty at MIIS in 1974, and specialized in teaching courses on U.S. foreign policy, ethics and international affairs. He was a beloved member of the MIIS faculty, inspiring students with his knowledge and wonderful spirit for over 37 years.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies Alumni Achievement Awards Program is back and there is an open call to our whole MIIS community for nominations.
Jennifer Cho graduated with a MA in Conference Interpretation from the Monterey Institute last May. After graduating, she landed two prestigious internships. The first was a Translation and Terminology Fellowship with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Jennifer translated patents for WIPO, which is a UN Organization.
“I left my comfortable job as an accountant because I wanted to make a difference for the people in my country,” said student commencement speaker Rawan Bannoura (MPA ’11) from Bethlehem, Palestine, at the 2011 Monterey Institute Winter Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 10. With her new Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Rawan has the skill set and training she needs to fulfill her dream of starting a non-profit organization and truly “be the solution.”
As a student at Far Eastern State Transport University studying Social and Cultural Services and Tourism, I always knew that I needed to know English as my second language. Working in tourism, one not only communicates with Russian customers but also with people from around the world. Plus, you never know which part of the world you will be in and which culture you will meet. To learn every language is impossible, so we have a common global language – English.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has always been environmentally conscious, but this year they are stepping up efforts to reuse and recycle. As highlighted in a front-page story in the November 29 edition of the Monterey Herald, their search for a qualified expert to spearhead those efforts led them to Michael Seaman (MAIEP ’10), a graduate of the Monterey Institute’s International Environmental Policy program.
MIIS Students Land More Fulbright Awards Per Capita than Students at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton
Good things can come in small packages. According to data released this week by the U.S. Department of State, students from the Monterey Institute landed more Fulbright awards per capita than every top ten university in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, and had a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools.