The current, rapidly evolving Syria crisis has led U.S. and international news outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, CNN, Al Jazeera and Reuters to seek comments from the world’s foremost experts in chemical weapons, threat reduction mechanisms and nonproliferation—many of them found at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). Below are some highlights of the many media appearances by MIIS and CNS experts over the last three days:
Monterey Institute alumnus Aaron Stein (MAIPS ’10) has been named one of the “2013 Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33,” an international list recognizing the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The list is published by Diplomatic Courier magazine and co-sponsored by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.
Not surprisingly, one of the most popular student clubs on the Monterey Institute campus is a club dedicated to the love of languages. B.U.I.L.D., or Beyond yoUrself In Language Development, was founded by a group of students in 2009 with the idea of spreading that love of languages by offering free beginning-level classes in any language MIIS students wanted to teach. The program simultaneously offers the student instructors the opportunity to hone their teaching skills in an informal, low-pressure environment.
For three consecutive summers, Spanish Translation and Interpretation Professor Cas Shulman-Mora has taught and directed the International Conference Interpretation Practicum at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santander, Spain. She is always searching for ways to combine her professional activities with training opportunities for students in the Spanish Translation and Interpretation Program.
“The rapid growth of the Institute’s MA in International Education Management program is a clear indicator of the need for talented educational leaders grounded in theory and trained in the best practices of the field,” says Professor Katherine Punteney, chair of the International Education Management program.
The Monterey Institute Student Information Fair has grown steadily in size and scope over the last few years and the 2013 edition this Friday featured over 40 different organizations, business and community groups presenting various services and opportunities to students at the Samson Student Center. The Fair gives students a convenient way to connect with different service providers as well as community groups offering opportunities for engagement at the start of the semester to help them make the most of their time in Monterey.
Signalling continuous growth and expansion of academic programs, the Monterey Institute welcomed nine new faculty members this fall. The new faculty reflect the diverse campus, arriving from near and far and bringing a range of new experience and knowledge to share with students in different programs.
Miriam Fugfugosh (MAIPS ’03) says that one of her favorite things about the Monterey Institute is the atmosphere of warmth and welcome that she felt throughout her time there—“from the first day of orientation to graduation.” She appreciated the closeness with other students, and the staff and faculty who found time to interact with the students as individuals.
It has become a cherished Monterey Institute summer tradition to welcome a group of Fulbright students from around the world for a four-week course designed to prepare them for graduate studies at various U.S. universities. The students have the opportunity to improve their English language skills and learn about U.S. culture and customs through different classes, field trips and interacting with Monterey residents through the “Dinners in the Community” program.
Well over two hundred Monterey Institute alumni gathered in Monterey this past weekend for Reunion 2013, four days of diverse events filled with good food, memories, laughter, networking opportunities and a fun run.
Alumni traveled from as far away as India, Singapore, Norway and Tajikistan, and from as close by as a few blocks away here in Monterey. All shared the desire to meet dear old friends and re-connect with the Institute. Judging by the number of hugs, laughter, late nights and early mornings, they got all of that and even more.