At spring commencement, three outstanding MIIS alumni were honored for their achievements:
Student speaker Adnan Adel Al-Hammody (MATESOL ’13) had a request for the crowd gathered for spring commencement on Saturday: “If you would like to know more about where I am from, please don’t Google it.” Adnan’s hometown is Mosul, Iraq, and he was referring to the images of a war-torn city that would pop up in your search in place of the beautiful, ancient city that he knows well, a city where people of diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds have lived in harmony for centuries.
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.
The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) formally celebrated the opening of its new headquarters at 499 Van Buren Street in Monterey at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 14. The 10,500 square-foot building was acquired by Middlebury College on behalf of the Monterey Institute from the law firm of Horan, Lloyd, Karachale, Dyer, Schwartz, Law and Cook, and has undergone significant renovations.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the keynote address May 10 for the Monterey Institute’s third annual Human Rights Fair, sponsored by the Amnesty International Club on campus.
Congratulations are in order for the 40-year old Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the Monterey Institute after it recently received formal accreditation through the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). “It gives us an objective basis not just to believe, but to know that we have a top-notch program,” says assistant director Katie Dutcher. “Personally, it feels amazing to have played a part in taking this next step in the 40-year history of the program.”
Monterey Institute student Jessica “Jessy” Bradish (MAIEP/MBA ’13) received the 2013 Student Innovator Award at the Monterey Bay Regional Business Plan Competition last Friday. ”Winning the Student Innovator Award was a wonderful culmination of my joint Masters in International Environmental Policy and Business Administration,” says Jessy.
“Forever” is the answer we receive when we ask how long professor Kathi Bailey has graced the Monterey Institute with her intelligence, warmth, and undying passion for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program.
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.
Sustainability Speaker Series to Feature MIIS Professor Jim Williams on “Changing Course on Climate” May 1
The next lecture in the Monterey Institute’s ongoing Sustainability Speaker Series will feature Professor Jim Williams of the International Environmental Policy program. Professor Williams’ lecture on “Changing Course on Climate: A Practitioner’s View” will happen at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 in the Irvine Auditorium at 499 Pierce Street on the Monterey Institute campus.