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.
Sometimes life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, as John Lennon so famously observed. William Scott Wilson (BAJS ’73, SILP ’74) came to the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies (as MIIS was known in the early decades) in 1970 to master Chinese, but ended up switching to the Japanese program. Searching for a good translation project for his thesis he discovered Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by the 18th century warrior Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Explains William: “It really got me!”
For many students, the Monterey Institute’s Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) is a gateway to advancement along their individual path, whether their next destination is a graduate program, further language study, or a return to their professional career. The bottom line is, in addition to opening up new opportunities for intercultural communication, language acquisition is a resume builder.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies announced today that alumna Linda Childs Hothem (BAPS '85) has pledged a gift of $450,000 over three years to support the Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy (CBE). Hothem's gift will support center staff, student research and expansion of the center’s summer fellows program.