Who knew that the week of finals could include a free massage, cozy visiting time with rescued puppies, and a gingerbread house decorating adventure? Among the most stressful weeks of the year for any student, the last week of the semester is traditionally a time when everything is pushed aside to make room for long hours of studying and finishing off projects and papers.
The Monterey Institute recently installed a ReadyCam video broadcast studio in the McGowan building, enabling Monterey-based faculty and staff experts to connect with broadcast news organizations for live and pre-taped interviews at a moment’s notice.
Maureen Fura (MPA ´09) has a lot for which to be thankful this year, but on top of her list is that her mother´s cancer is in remission, that her children are happy and healthy, and that her husband is working in a career he loves.
Every year the Monterey Institute likes to pause and celebrate in the spirit of the season by asking students, faculty, staff, and alumni to share what they are especially thankful for.
Dr. William Potter, director of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), has pioneered the use of simulations as a tool for teaching students the intricacies of international arms control negotiations.
Large Group of International Education Management Students and Faculty Participate in NAFSA Conference
The Monterey Institute made its presence in the field of International Education Management felt at the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region 12 conference in San Diego. Thirty-seven students, one staff and two faculty members from the International Education Management program attended the conference.
“After visiting the Monterey Institute, I was all in,” says Matt Jira (BA/MPA ’13), a veteran of the U.S. Army who is on the verge of launching a new career in international development. “I was drawn to the international community but especially to the pragmatic focus of the academic program,” he shares, adding that now, as he prepares to graduate, he is confident in his skills and “feels fully prepared to transition from military service to a career in development.”
Spark Ventures is a Chicago based non-profit organization that partners with grassroots organizations in developing countries to provide children in poverty with healthcare, education, and training.
“I eavesdrop shamelessly,” confesses Ann Flower, assistant director of library services, with a somewhat mischievous smile on her face. She explains that many people simply don’t think to ask for help with their research or are unwilling to bother staff, instead sharing their dilemmas with other students.
Monterey Institute alumni know that they can bump into each other in just about anywhere in the world, but for four alumni from the same era to find themselves working to strengthen U.S. – Turkey relations at the same time is quite a coincidence! The MIIS contingent in Ankara came together for a photo when Secretary of State John Kerry visited the country earlier this year.