Winter Commencement Sees 88 Students from 16 Countries Graduate from MIIS

“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.”

Larisa Konovchenko: Connecting the World through English and Tourism

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.

Location

Khabarovsk
Russia
48° 28' 47.6436" N, 135° 5' 46.068" E

Alumnus Michael Seaman’s Interesting Job at Monterey Bay Aquarium Makes Front-Page News

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.

Location

886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
United States
36° 37' 5.2536" N, 121° 54' 7.3764" W

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.

UN Weapons Inspector in Africa

Jonah Leff graduated from the Monterey Institute in 2006 with his Master's in Public Administration. He has spent the last few years working as a UN Weapons Inspector in southern Sudan and in Somalia. This fall, Jonah will be working for The Small Arms Survey in Nairobi, Kenya.

Location

Somalia
1° 53' 21.5016" N, 45° 22' 24.726" E

Two MIIS Alumni Start “Local Catch Monterey,” a Community-Supported Fishery

Many Monterey residents are regular subscribers to “shares” of local farm products through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  Every week or so consumers get a share of seasonal crops from farmers participating in the CSA through their membership or subscription.  The advantages for the farmer include reliable demand and increased early-season cash flow.  For the consumer, a steady supply of fresh food and introduction to “new” produce are just a few of the rewards.  Both benefit from the connection between farmer and family. 

MIIS Alumni to Interpret for Student Envoys from Disaster Area in Japan

Sixteen students from junior high and high schools in areas most affected by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March have been invited by the U.S. government on an official tour to help American teenagers learn about the region and the disaster. Two MIIS alumni, Camellia Nieh (MATI ‘06) and Kayo Shiraishi (MACI ‘08) will be serving as interpreters for the Japanese students as they travel through the U.S.

“Multiply the Good” Challenge Hits First-Year Fundraising Target, Triggering $500,000 Match

The Monterey Institute of International Studies exceeded the $1 million fundraising target established last October under the terms of a challenge commitment from an anonymous donor, triggering a $500,000 matching gift from the donor. Under the terms of the “Multiply the Good” challenge, the Institute will receive $500,000 a year for a total of five years, provided it raises $1 million each year in gifts of $5,000 or more to its annual fund.

Recent Graduate Sabina Khan Regular Op-Ed Contributor to NY Times Affiliate in Pakistan

Sabina Khan (IPS’10) graduated with a master’s degree in International Policy Studies and a focus on conflict resolution in December of 2010. A mere four months later she had published her first op-ed article “Reforms in Fata,” for the Express Tribune, a New York Times, International Herald Tribune affiliated newspaper in Pakistan.

Alumnus and Adjunct Professor Russ Howard Widely Quoted in National Media

A June 29, 2011 Associated Press story “White House unveils retooled plan to hunt Al-Qaeda” by Kimberly Dozier about the new U.S. national counter-terrorism strategy quotes Retired Brigadier General Russ Howard, alumnus and adjunct professor at the Monterey Insitute. The story was widely published in the national media, for example by CBS News, NPR and USA Today.