“I saw a poster for a casting call on a light pole one day walking home from school,” says Brian Gueyser (MATI ´13), explaining what prompted him to look up from his school books and seek a thespian adventure. “My daily life and schedule were pretty much dictated by my studies in the Japanese Translation and Interpretation master’s program,” Brian shares, adding that when he saw the poster, he was totally ripe for a peachy adventure.
The current issue of The Carnegie Reporter, a publication of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, features several students of the Monterey Institute’s Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program in its spring publication. The article is titled “Next Gen Nonproliferation” and portrays the Monterey Institute students as future leaders in the global effort to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
With no formal training and nothing to prove to anyone but himself, Chris Cheng (MAIPS ’06) flew under the radar when he arrived in Agua Dulce, California as one of the competitors on the fourth season of the History Channel’s reality show Top Shot. By the time he was crowned the winner of the competition and awarded $100,000 and a contract with Bass Pro as a professional marksman six weeks later, his consistent performance and grace under pressure had impressed both fans and fellow competitors.
As graduates of the Monterey Institute go out in the world to "be the solution" in their chosen professions, many think back with gratitude to the Institute faculty, staff and supporters who have helped them to fulfill their personal and professional aspirations.
Lauren Marasco (MPA ’13) has been awarded a $1000 cash prize for her essay submitted to the William Sloane Coffin Anti-Human Trafficking Essay Competition. The selection committee was made up of Professors Jan Black and Tsuneo Akaha, both senior faculty members from the Graduate School of International Policy and Management.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies education extends beyond the classroom and often beyond borders. Our graduate students have the choice to enhance their graduate school experience with various immersive learning opportunities around the world. These experiences and internships are excellence for professional networking in their chosen field and often lead to employment after graduation.
The Monterey Institute’s Alumni Achievement Award Program was relaunched in 2012 as a way to demonstrate the Institute’s commitment to and pride in its alumni through annual recognition of alumni leaders. These awards are presented during spring commencement which "showcases the kinds of career paths that our new graduates can strive to achieve, and sends them the message that alumni live the school’s motto of “Be the Solution,” according to Leah Gowran, Director of Alumni Relations.
The Alumni Achievement Awards for 2012 are as follows:
Myra Goodman, co-founder with her husband Drew of Carmel Valley’s Earthbound Farm, one of the world’s leading organic growers, will be the featured speaker at the Monterey Institute’s spring 2012 commencement ceremony. The ceremony—scheduled for Saturday, May 19 on the front lawn of historic Colton Hall in downtown Monterey—will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the traditional processional, featuring flag-bearers marching down Pacific Street carrying the flags of each of the 33 countries represented in the graduating class of 309 students.
The recipient of the seventh annual Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award is Professor Peter Shaw, a longtime faculty member in the Institute’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program. In the May 10 announcement, Provost Amy Sands noted Professor Shaw’s record of excellence in teaching and his ongoing, inspiring commitment to providing Monterey Institute students the highest quality education possible.
Six students from the Monterey Institute will receive U.S. Fulbright scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, the most in the Institute’s 57-year history. This surpasses last year's record of five, which had MIIS students landing more U.S. Fulbrights on a per capita basis than every top-ten school in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, with a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools. A seventh Fulbright applicant from the Monterey Institute is an alternate and may still be selected.