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Joel and Maiko Bacha: A MIIS Match Following Their Dream and Making a Difference

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.”

Student-Driven Symposium to Celebrate Foreign Language Education

The student-driven event “Celebrating Foreign Language Education: A Monterey Bay Symposium” will take place on Saturday March 10, 2012, at the Monterey Institute campus. This symposium will bring together local teachers, students, administrators and other professionals from the Monterey Bay area to discuss current trends and issues in the field of foreign language education.

Author Reza Aslan and Kiva Co-Founder Jessica Jackley to Lead MIIS Executive Ed Course on Social Media

On February 17-18 the Monterey Institute and Aslan Media will host a two-day executive education course offering insights on “Harnessing the Power of Social Media, Youth Movements and Dynamic Markets.” The course will be held at the Monterey Institute and will offer training in:

In Memoriam: Longtime Friend of MIIS Laurence P. Horan

Laurence P. “Larry” Horan, former chair of the Monterey Institute Board of Trustees and a friend of the Institute through five decades of service to the Monterey community, passed away on Monday, January 23. He will be missed by his many good friends among the MIIS campus community.

37 MIIS Students Heading Off to Immersive Learning Programs in 18 Countries

The Monterey Institute takes pride in its success in preparing students for a professional international career so that they can hit the ground running after graduation. A large part of that success can be attributed to the many immersive learning opportunities offered to students in all degree programs, varying from smaller projects involving the local Monterey community to longer-term internships with non-profit and international organizations around the world.

MIIS Alumni Make Waves with Launch of “Local Catch Monterey Bay”

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.

MontereySTART: New Platform for Micro-Philanthropy Launched

Monterey Institute students are known worldwide for their ingenuity and practical approach to addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. It is now easier than ever to support student projects through the newly launched micro-philanthropy platform MontereySTART.

Four projects are currently featured on MontereySTART and they reflect the diverse interests and talents of the Monterey Institute student body:

“The Worst-Kept Secret” by Professor Avner Cohen on Newsweek’s Best Books of the Year List

Monterey Institute Professor and CNS Senior Fellow Avner Cohen received very favorable reviews in the New York Times and other publications for his newest book “The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb” (Columbia University Press).

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.”

BBC News Interviews CNS Fellow Bilal Saab on Crackdown in Syria

A BBC News story on the tense situation in Syria on December 7 featured a live in-studio interview with Bilal Saab, a visiting fellow in the Washington, D.C. office of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). BBC News Anchor Jane O’Brien asked Saab to comment on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s claim in a recent TV interview that he is not responsible for the brutal crackdown on popular dissent in Syria.