MIIS Students Earn Prestigious National Fellowships
ellowship awards of any kind represent an honor for the students who earn them—a recognition of both past performance and future potential, as well as a significant professional opportunity. When one student after another from a single school receives prestigious fellowship offers from one federal agency after another, as students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies have over the past few months, it becomes a point of tremendous institutional pride. The Monterey Institute’s student body was very well represented when four different high-profile, highly competitive fellowship programs announced their 2010-11 recipients.
Pickering Fellowships Every year the U.S. Department of State awards the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship to 20 exceptional students from across the country. Fellowship winners receive direct financial support as they pursue graduate degrees as well as during two internships, one domestic and one overseas. As part of the fellowship award, the students commit to serve for three years as U.S. State Department Foreign Service Jaime LeBlanc-Hadley officers after graduation. Three out of the 20 national scholars chosen to receive Pickering Fellowships this year are students of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Jaime LeBlanc-Hadley (MAIPS ’12), Leah Severino (MAIEP ’12) and Juan Vazquez (MAIPS ’12) were each awarded fellowships, giving MIIS the second-largest representation of any school in the nation. Jaime says she is “extremely honored to have received a Pickering Fellowship and to have the opportunity to serve in the U.S. Foreign Service after I graduate from MIIS. Prior to receiving this fellowship, I didn’t know if I would even be able to attend graduate school, so obviously this has made a huge difference in my life and my future.”
Boren Fellowships The National Security Education Program Boren Fellowships are named for former U.S. Senator (and current University of Oklahoma President) David Boren, and provide significant financial support for American graduate students pursuing international and/or language degrees. The Boren program specifically focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are considered critical to U.S. national security (broadly defined) and underrepresented in study abroad.
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Approximately 100 Boren Fellowships are awarded each year, and the 2010 group includes four MIIS students: Catherine Bollinger (MAIPS ’11), studying Nepali and researching conservation in the Himalayas; Rhiannon Bramer (MAIEP ’12), studying Mongolian and examining minerals governance in Mongolia; Samuel Marrero (MAITP ’11), studying Arabic and exploring economic trends in Egypt; and Miriam Rayward (MAIPS ’10), studying Arabic and focusing on peace negotiation in the Middle East.
Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship Program The U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Nonproliferation Graduate Miriam Rayward Fellowship Program (NGFP) offers a combination of specialized training and practical application for students interested in pursuing a career in the field. As part of their training, participants selected for the NGFP receive a comprehensive overview in nuclear technologies and nonproliferation, and may receive opportunities for additional training at U.S. national laboratories and other U.S. government agencies. Recipients serve a 12-month appointment in Washington, D.C. and participate in daily activities to support the department’s global nonproliferation work. Out of 25 slots, four this year were awarded to Monterey Institute students, the most from any school in the nation. Zachary Johnson (MBA ’11), Cameron Stanuch (MAIPS ’10), Victoria Swisher (MANPTS ’11) and Dawn Verdugo (MANPTS ’11) all accepted fellowships and will no doubt represent MIIS and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies very well in their NGFP assignments.
English Language Fellow Program The State Department’s English Language Fellow Program places highly qualified applicants in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in 10-month fellowships at academic institutions throughout the world. The goal of the program is to foster mutual understanding, promote English language learning, and enhance English teaching capacity abroad. Through projects sponsored by U.S. embassies, fellows model and demonstrate TESOL classroom practices, hone their skills, and learn about other cultures. The fellowship award includes a generous stipend. (Continued on page 2)
CNS in Vienna n Alumni in Sudan n Students in Chile Manleys in Monterey n Multiply the Good n TEDxMonterey returns
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t was quite a fall semester for the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). In October, the Austrian Foreign Ministry for European and International Affairs announced the selection of CNS as its partner institution in the establishment of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Nonproliferation. The new center will serve as an international hub for discussions among representatives of civil society, national governments, and international organizations regarding nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament issues. The Austrian Foreign Ministry selected CNS from a large number of candidates to manage and operate the new center “because of its distinguished record of leadership in the field and its shared vision” for the new center. A key point of emphasis for the new center will be opportunities to educate the public—and especially young people—regarding the many aspects of nonproliferation and disarmament. “The opening of the Vienna Center—along with the introduction of the Institute’s master’s degree in nonproliferation
and terrorism studies—reflects our deep and longstanding commitment to playing a leadership role in training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists,” said Monterey Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy. CNS Director William Potter welcomed the opportunity to partner with the Austrian Foreign Ministry, expressing his confidence that the new center “will soon be regarded as the place to turn to in Europe for cutting-edge research and training on nuclear arms control issues.” The center will begin operation in early 2011. In addition, on December 8, MIIS and CNS announced that the MacArthur Foundation had awarded a $475,000 grant in support of CNS’s education and training programs in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation and terrorism. The two-year grant, which runs through October 31, 2012, will support various initiatives designed to expand and enhance current offerings, including developing intensive “short courses” and online courses; introducing curriculum and train-the-trainer programs for high schools in China, Russia, and the U.S.; and
Andromeda Tower, home of the new Vienna Center
expanding course offerings for the Institute’s master’s degree program in nonproliferation and terrorism studies. Finally, during the semester CNS experts were repeatedly quoted in New York Times and Washington Post articles—and featured on National Public Radio—discussing high-profile issues such as Iran’s nuclear ambitions, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the new START Treaty between Russia and the United States, nuclear terrorism, and the security and disposition of nuclear materials in former Soviet states. It was a remarkable run of achievements and attention for the world-renowned center!
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This year, a pair of Monterey Institute alumni were the only two fellowship recipients in the nation selected to serve in Afghanistan. Under the supervision of the Asia Foundation, Tara Bates (MATESOL ’07) and Jaala Thibault (MATESOL ’07) are sharing a Kabul apartment and working with faculty and students at Kabul Education University. “Being selected as an English language fellow for the State Department is one of the most prestigious positions a recent MA graduate in TESOL or TFL can achieve,” says TESOL Professor Kathi Bailey. Jaala is blogging about her experiences in Afghanistan at www.jaalachronicles.blogspot.com. What each of these agencies recognizes and appreciates about MIIS students and alumni is that they are part of a long tradition of excellence in international graduate education. Whether the issue in question centers on international diplomacy, nuclear nonproliferation, or language education, Monterey Institute students and alumni are both well-equipped and personally committed to be the solution.
Alumni in Sudan Share Insights During Historic Transition
onterey Institute alumni can be found in every corner of the globe today, and the central African nation of Sudan is no exception; no less than three recently provided us with fascinating glimpses of life in Sudan at a historic juncture for the troubled nation. After more than two decades of brutal civil war, it appears that a January referendum may result in the largest country in Africa being divided into two independent states, with one-third of what is now Sudan expected to become the new country of South Sudan as early as next summer. Mawuor Dior (MAIPS ’10) is one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” and fled by foot from the country’s civil war in 1990 when he was 12 years old. His long journey led him eventually to the United States, but his heart never truly left Sudan. Last fall, with support from the MIIS community, Mawuor finally made it back to his rural village in southern Sudan to be reunited with his family. He has remained in Sudan since then and was glad to be able to take part in the democratic process: “It is a very happy time for me to witness it, and participate through my vote.” Mawuor is quick to add that he remains cautious in his response, as he knows
David Stobbelaar treating a boy with guinea worm
As recently as 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million cases in 20 countries; today fewer than 1,700 known cases of guinea worm remain, 94 percent of them in southern Sudan. Working with the Sudanese Ministry of Health, local agencies, and volunteers, the Carter Center has set a goal of total eradication by 2012, a goal David is committed to: “If you start something, see it through to the finish. I am going to do my best.” If they are successful, this will be the first time since the eradication of smallpox that a disease has been completely eliminated from the face of the earth. Much has changed in southern Sudan in the three years that David has lived there. Two-and-a-half-day trips involving hard labor, digging out vehicles, and traveling by foot to reach certain rural areas now take six hours by car. New roads have also led to increased availability of goods, improved access to health care providers, new markets forming, and easier access for the oil industry. David clarifies that although development has increased, it would be an overstatement to say things are happening quickly. A third MIIS graduate is also hard at work in southern Sudan, where Emily Alexander (MAIPS ’04) represents the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Juba. She is, in fact, one of the people behind the recent developments David mentions.
Emily Alexander visits a local village
all too well from experience and his studies that the road ahead is not an easy one. “Euphoria about the independence is well and good, but does not translate into the practical solutions that people are longing for,” says Mawuor who is ready to take part in the work ahead. “There is so much to be done.” Mawuor’s fellow MIIS alumnus David Stobbelaar (MAIPS ’07) joined the Carter Center right after graduation. Less than four years later, he is leading the charge against the guinea worm in southern Sudan, overseeing 21 technical advisors, 180 field officers and over 200 operational staff members in six states, as well as about 8,500 volunteers. This disease, known in the Old Testament as the “fiery serpent” has caused immeasurable pain and suffering over the years.
Emily has worked closely with the government on post-referendum development plans and budgeting processes, as well as funding of bilateral and joint projects in the sectors of child and maternal health, food security, youth empowerment, and governance. “I have been privileged to play a part in working with the people of southern Sudan to rebuild and move forward,” says Emily, who is looking forward to continuing that work. In her capacity as official diplomatic observer, Emily visited the country’s polling centers during the week of the referendum and observed the counting process. Emily, like David and Mawuor, is looking toward the establishment of the world’s 193rd country with hope and optimism, but all three caution that the road ahead will not be easy. There are still many issues for the North and South to negotiate, such as the sharing of oil wealth, the fate of the oil-rich border area Mawuour Dior (center, in white shirt) with his family of Abyei, and security arrangements. As Emily points out, “the next six months will be critical for the future of the region.” In the meantime, these three MIIS alumni—as well a number of others also working in Sudan—are continuing their diverse efforts to ensure a successful transition for the Sudanese people. Winter 2011 3
THE MIIS–MIDD CONNECTION
Pat and Tom Manley Make the Monterey Coast Their Classroom
hen not in the classroom teaching their winter-term course “Ocean Perspective: Energy and Mineral Resources to Coastal Dynamics and Management” at the Monterey Institute this January, visiting Middlebury College professors Pat and Tom Manley could often be found somewhere along the memorable Monterey shoreline scouting for good geological examples to show students. Their hope is that their research will benefit future Monterey Institute and Middlebury students interested in the geology and management of our oceans. The Manleys are geology professors at Middlebury who have taken time away from their sabbaticals to build bridges between the Vermont and California campuses. Their specializations are particularly well-suited for this area, where environmental policies related to the management of our oceans and coast are so important. Pat literally loves to get her hands dirty as she studies sediments at the bottom of oceans, lakes, and rivers for information about the Earth’s past. Her research has taken her, and sometimes her students, to places as diverse and far between as the Amazon, Antarctica, and the North Atlantic. Tom has set his eyes closer to the surface, specializing in the study of physical oceanography, or the dynamics and movement of oceans and water. Together they are a formidable team and as such are known for their collaborative research on Lake Champlain, where they are currently involved in designing a custom-built research vessel to continue their explorations. Tom and Pat Manley are among several Middlebury faculty members receiving support through the Sloan Foundation to encourage engagement between faculty at the undergraduate school and other Middlebury entities such as the Monterey Institute, Language Schools, and Schools Abroad.
Pat and Tom Manley
Tom Manley in the classroom
Middlebury Luncheon Celebrates Integration with MIIS Middlebury President Ron Liebowitz with letter from President Obama
n a crisp October day on the Middlebury College campus, leaders from both Middlebury and the Monterey Institute gathered to celebrate the July 2010 integration of the two institutions. At a luncheon co-hosted by Middlebury President Ron Liebowitz, Middlebury Board Chair Rick Fritz, MIIS President Sunder Ramaswamy, and MIIS Board Chair Bill Kieffer, a diverse group of board members, faculty, staff, and friends of both institutions joined together to mark the transition of the Monterey Institute to its new status as a graduate school of Middlebury College. The event’s highlight came when President Ramaswamy presented President Liebowitz with a framed photo and letter from President Barack Obama, congratulating both institutions on this remarkable milestone. The luncheon capped off a week that saw the former MIIS Board of Trustees, now the Monterey Institute Board of Governors, hold its first meeting in Middlebury.
MPA STUDENT INSPIRES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Carmel High and the Peru Project
Members of the Peru Project at Carmel High
Aaron Ebner and friend
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or most of us, the best part of life is the connections we make with other people. In his international economics class last spring, Aaron Ebner (MPA ’11) made a connection with Professor Jim Airola, conveying his great interest in the history and culture of the Incas and their descendents. Jim, who is also an involved parent of a Carmel High School student, recognized a good opportunity and arranged for Aaron to visit four history classes at Carmel High to share his knowledge. Aaron is one of the leaders of Team Peru, a group of MIIS students and other people working with the Becky Fund on several development projects in the Sacred Valley of Peru. He told the high school students about the group’s plans to facilitate the construction of greenhouses attached to three schools in Peru’s mountainous region. Greenhouses make it possible to grow food in the cold but sunny climate. It appears that Aaron lit a fire in the hearts of some of the students, who were inspired by his tales and immediately sought ways to help out and join the effort. “They didn’t give up,” says Aaron and laughs, “it is pretty cool how committed they are.” This fall a group of Carmel High School students started working on their own Peru Project with the help of math teacher Jody Roberts, Aaron, his fellow Team Peru member Adam Steiglitz (MPA ’11), and the Becky Fund. The students have been fundraising and preparing for a trip to Peru this summer where they will help build a greenhouse with their own funding that, like the Team Peru greenhouses, will be attached to a school. About 25 students are in the Carmel High Peru Project student club that meets twice a week and it is expected that 15 will make the trip along with at least five chaperones. Although the student club is school-sponsored, the trip is an independent endeavor. “This is about so much more than just constructing greenhouses,” says Aaron, pointing out that to make the project work, the community has to be involved from the start. Team Peru has designed an agricultural curriculum for the schools involved and trained community members to use the greenhouses to actually grow produce. For the Carmel High students, the lessons will also involve more than mud, bricks, and plastic—perhaps in the end, it will be about the new connections they make, with nature, history, and other people.
A Challenge to “Multiply the Good”
upporters of the Monterey Institute know how MIIS students and alumni have been multiplying the good for years through careers that bridge language and cultural barriers and solve global issues. One particular supporter, a strong believer in the Institute’s mission to “Be the Solution,” is encouraging alumni and friends of MIIS to come forward and multiply the good together. On November 1st, 2010 the Office of Institutional Advancement announced that it has received a $2.5 million challenge commitment from an anonymous donor. The pledge was made with the intention of encouraging others to make leadership-level annual gifts to the Institute. “ ‘Multiply the Good’ connotes the ripple effect that our students and alumni have around the globe,” says President Sunder Ramaswamy. “Our graduates are trained to roll up their sleeves
and make a difference in a variety of different fields, in just about every corner of the world.” Gifts made through the challenge will provide greater access and opportunity for MIIS students through financial aid and will support excellence in teaching, high-caliber programs, and infrastructure. The challenge will also increase institutional flexibility so that MIIS can continue to advance on an upward trajectory. The Monterey Institute will receive $500,000 a year for a total of five years, provided it raises $1,000,000 each year in gifts of $5,000 or more in unrestricted support to its annual fund. For more information on the “Multiply the Good” Challenge, or to participate by making a gift, visit www.miis.edu/giving or phone 831.647.3509.
in the Media In fall 2010 the national and international media once again sought out the experts at the Monterey Institute and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) for comments and analysis on a wide range of issues. Institute and/or CNS experts were mentioned or quoted by print media including the Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education, Foreign Policy, Guardian (UK), Korea Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, WIRED News and Yahoo News. In addition, MIIS and CNS personnel made a number of appearances on television and radio, including four interviews with CNS Deputy Director Sandy Spector on National Public Radio, and MIIS faculty members appearing on CNN (Professor Wei Laing) and PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer (Professor Anna Vassilieva). Media interest in MIIS and CNS expertise was particularly high around such issues as the new START treaty and Chinese President Hu Jintao’s January visit to Washington, D.C. Regarding the latter visit, the Monterey Herald noted that MIIS Professor Ling Lau served as an interpreter at the White House state dinner for President Hu on January 19.
Giving Hope to Stage IV Breast Cancer
hen Dian Corneliussen-James (MBA ’76)—fluent in German and armed with a graduate degree from the Monterey Institute—entered the workforce in 1976, she quickly realized there were not a lot of options for women at the managerial level. Frustrated by the walls she kept hitting in her job search, she finally settled on a secretarial job and found herself rewriting documents for her highschool-diploma boss. Not exactly living the dream. So Dian came back to the Monterey Institute, this time to pursue a degree in intercultural communications. Influenced by mounting student debt and a chance meeting with two women from different branches of the military, Dian became an intelligence officer. The women both told her that her best option for equal opportunity and pay was in the military. “It ended up being a wonderful career for me,” says Dian, reflecting on a satisfying 23-year career in the United States Air Force. Three years after joining she was sent to Munich to work with German intelligence, which was probably her favorite assignment, but on the whole Dian says: “I got to live in a lot of interesting places and do a lot of interesting things.” Shortly after retiring from miliary service to work as a civilian GS-15 in the Department of Defense in 2003, Dian was diagnosed with breast cancer. Very energetic by nature, Dian knew something was wrong when, after her initial treatment, she was unable to get back to her former self. It turned out that the breast cancer had spread to her lungs. Never one to give up, Dian started looking around for support programs for people like her dealing with stage IV terminal breast cancer. What she found astounded her—despite all the talk, the more than 40,000 deaths annually in the U.S. and all the pink ribbons, there was almost no research being done for stage IV breast cancer and little or no support for those whose cancer had progressed. Her experience led to the
founding of METAvivor (metavivor. org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and support for metastatic breast cancer. The group holds regular meetings for metastatic patients and their significant Dian Corneliussen others, helps out in times of need, and raises funds for medical research. “There is so little funding out there for stage IV research, that even though our grant is small, our organization has already received more than 100 inquiries for this year’s grant,” says Dian, adding that it is with great joy that the METAvivor gave out its first research grant last year. Another grant will be awarded this year. Dian is putting all of her gifts of energy to good use, but maintaining an organization like this is a lot of work and because of the nature of the organization, often emotionally draining. The group is always looking for people to join the cause. An operation in 2006 to remove part of her lung was successful, but Dian is fully aware that her current status of “no evidence of disease” can change any time. Nevertheless, she says that as long as she is alive she will continue to remind the world that the battle against breast cancer can only be deemed successful when metastatic breast cancer is no longer a death sentence. She plans to spend the rest of her life working toward that end.
April 15 Event Aims to Cultivate Innovation
ollowing last year’s successful event, TEDxMonterey will return to the Monterey Institute on April 15 with a diverse panel of speakers addressing the theme of “Cultivating Innovation.” TEDx conferences take their name and format—which features notable speakers spotlighting “ideas worth spreading”—from the internationally renowned TED conference (Technology Entertainment, Design); the TED organization licenses local groups to organize their own events under the TEDx banner. Confirmed speakers for this year’s TEDxMonterey include: • Lee Lorenzen, a successful serial entrepreneur, founder of SHOP.com, and currently president and CEO of Altura Ventures.
• Andrea Olsen, currently John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Dance at Middlebury College, and the author of Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide. • Margarita Quihuis, a social entrepreneur who is currently a member of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, which explores how technology can be designed to inspire people. Continuing a practice from last year’s conference, all talks at this year’s TEDxMonterey event will be interpreted into several languages, with live-streamed video and interpretation available to a worldwide audience via the Web. Visit the TEDxMonterey Web site at www.tedxmonterey.org for more details!
Peter Grothe’s 30 Years of Distinguished Service Celebrated Longtime MIIS Instructor Named Peace Corps
hirty years of service with the Monterey Institute is a remarkable accomplishment for anyone—but for a man as accomplished as Dr. Peter Grothe, it’s just one on a long list of them. On October 26, the Institute hosted a celebration honoring Peter for his many years of service and varied contributions as a member of the Monterey Institute’s campus community. The event recognized his tenure both as an instructor and as director of international student programs, service which combined to make him the Institute’s most senior staff person. Peter’s dedication to international students over the years has been exceptional, as evidenced by the ongoing accolades Peter
Peter Grothe with colleagues Lynn McDonald and Kathy Sparaco
receives from former students. His cross-cultural lunches, Big Sur hike, Institute ski trip, and recruiting in over 40 countries are among the most visible of Peter’s contributions. In recent years, Peter has also made an extraordinary financial commitment to enable 145 highly qualified international and minority students to pursue their education at the Institute. No one has done more than Peter to introduce students from abroad to American culture and society, and make them feel welcome on our campus. Peter has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in international policy and higher education. He earned his BA and MA degrees at Stanford University, a Ph.D. in political science at George Washington University, and served as foreign policy advisor to Senator Hubert Humphrey and deputy director of the United Nations Division of the Peace Corps. A little-known piece of history is that Peter drafted the original Peace Corps legislation for Senator Humphrey and gave it the name “Peace Corps.” Prior to joining the Institute in 1980, Peter taught at San Jose State University, Odense University in Denmark, and State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is widely published and is an accomplished photographer who has traveled in 138 countries. He is currently compiling a book of photos of children taken in 68 countries on six continents, with profits to go toward scholarships for women from developing countries attending MIIS. Peter will continue to be a part of the campus community at the Monterey Institute by virtue of both the long-lasting friendships he has forged here and his new title as emeritus director of international student programs. Wherever MIIS ranks on the resume of this distinguished scholar, we are proud to call him one of our own.
AMBITIOUS NEW IRAQI SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Six Students Now in Monterey
Iraqi students Waleed, Adnan, and Mohammed
ix students from Iraq—the first to attend MIIS under a new Iraqi government initiative—are enrolled in the Intensive English Program (ESL) preparing for matriculation into different master’s degree programs at the Institute. The students are sponsored through the Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED) in the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office, granting students a comprehensive scholarship that, in addition to covering the costs of their graduate degree, allows for one year of English language preparation. This initiative was launched in the fall of 2010 with a pilot program of over 500 students sent to study at universities in the United Kingdom and the United States. All students must pass strict academic requirements and commit to return to Iraq upon the completion of their degrees. Three of the students arrived in Monterey in the fall and three more joined them this January. Waleed Khalid Abdulabbas was so eager to get started on his proposed graduate degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) that he couldn’t help feeling disappointed to find the Institute closed on the day he arrived in Monterey—September 6, Labor Day. All of the students share a great enthusiasm for their studies that reflects their desire to take new skills back home to benefit their country. Winter 2011
MIIS IN BRIEF
new board members will be elected for three-year terms starting this summer. All Amnesty International USA members have the right to vote. • The 2010 Fisher International Business Forum brought together industry and thought leaders on November 14 for a discussion focused on sustainability and innovation. “It was a truly inspirational event because everyone involved was so genuinely interested in focusing on solutions, on how we can pull ourselves out of the recession through innovation and sustainable solutions,” said Carter Chapman (MBA ’11) of the MBA Student Association, which organized the event. There were close to 80 participants and many of them used words like “uplifting” The Fort Ord 350 Project and “really motivational” to describe the discussions.
• Professors Anna Vassilieva and Tsuneo Akaha presented at the seminar “Russian and East Asian Integration” at Waseda University in Tokyo this November. Their presentations were, respectively, “Russian Public Opinion on Relations with East Asian Neighbors: Implications for Regional Integration” and “Russia and East Asian Regional Integration: An Overview.” • On February 5, the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) presented MIIS President Sunder Ramaswamy with its 2011 Economic Vitality Award in the category of Education. MCBC is an alliance of community leaders that issues an annual economic report and sponsors local economic development initiatives. • Professor Jan Knippers Black was among 16 individuals specially recognized for their commitment to human rights by Amnesty International with a nomination to serve on their board of directors. Six
• MIIS students Jennifer Grode (MATESOL ’11) and Courtney Pahl (MATESOL ’11) did not expect to spend the fall semester planning a major event on campus, but when an emergency search for a new location brought the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) Northern Regional Conference to Monterey, they jumped at the opportunity. More than 500 language professionals attended the conference on a sunny day in November and many reflected on the appropriateness of the theme “Changing Tides: Transformative Teaching and Learning” and how well it suited both the oceanside setting and the constantly changing landscape of language teaching. • Professor Kathi Bailey and Ryan Damerow (MATESOL ’10) co-authored an article in BizEd Magazine about the importance of language studies for business students today. The article quotes both Yuwei Shi, dean of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management, and recent graduate Fred Thielke (MBA ’10).
• Guests at the opening night of the second annual student-sponsored Artists Without Borders art show on November 19 were treated to live music ranging from folk to Chinese
The Fisher Forum
rock music and fusion belly dances, along with a display of artwork and photography from students’ travels and work across the globe. “We were really happy to have such a great turnout,” said Lucy Jodlowska (MPA ’10 / MBA ’11), founder and president of the club. This year 23 students participated in the event, hailing from 21 different countries. • A special Veterans Day event honoring MIIS student veterans was held on November 11 at the Samson Reading Room, sponsored by the Veterans Organization of the Monterey Institute. Special guest—and former MIIS student— Congressman Sam Farr spoke to the veterans and their families at the intimate gathering and encouraged them to stay in touch: “You can always call your congressman—and please call me!”
of January to Kazakhstan to work as volunteer translators for the Asian Winter Games. The students are looking forward to the exciting real-life challenges of taking on all different types of translation and interpretation projects associated with a large multi-cultural event. Prior to their departure, they worked with former MIIS professor and dean Bill Weber. • Sylvie HuneaultSchultze (MATESOL ’98) sent word of a newsletter article she wrote about her experience as a Fulbright Scholar living and working in Kyrgyzstan. Read all about Sylvie’s adventures in Central Asia at go.miis.edu/ schultze. • Professor Ed Laurance shared from his wealth of knowledge on the subject of small arms to more than 700 middle school and high school students from Southern California and Mexico, attending the 14th annual Youth Town Meeting on January 21st. The meeting took place at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace at the University of San Diego as was part of the WorldLink Program. The theme of this year’s meeting “Crimes without Borders: Threats to Human Security” was selected by the students.
• Late in January, Professor Tsuneo Akaha received the happy news that he and Professor Arase of Pomona College, co-editors of the book The US-Japan Alliance: Balancing Soft and Hard Power in East Asia, will be awarded the prestigious Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, Ed Laurance, Congressman Sam Farr, and Marcos given to authors of Medina (MAIPS ’12) at the Veterans Day event outstanding foreign policy books related to Japan and Asia. Professor Akaha • Four second-year Russian will be attending the award cereConference Interpretation (CI) and mony in Tokyo on June 10. He has Translation and Interpretation also invited to the event Mr. and (T&I) students travelled at the end Mrs. Isao Sakaguchi, longtime
• Heeding the call of Middlebury College Scholar In Residence Bill McKibben’s climate solutions organization 350.org, a group of Monterey Institute students and faculty joined members of the MIIS chapter of Net Impact and students from Santa Catalina High School in Monterey to work on a reforestation project at Fort Ord one Sunday in October. Central to the project was collecting acorns to be raised initially at the Monterey Institute’s Our Green Thumb organic garden. The Fort Ord reforestation project is one component of the Monterey Institute’s broader efforts to make its campus carbon neutral by 2016. By planting over 300 trees, the group will offset part the school’s carbon emissions.
Clint Watts’ Words of Wisdom for MIIS Students
aculty and staff at the Monterey Institute always enjoy hearing from our graduates about life after MIIS. What’s remarkable is how many alumni begin thinking almost immediately about how they can give back, whether in terms of networking, direct support, or acquired wisdom. The latter is the type of gift offered to current students by Clint Watts (MAIPS ’05) in a message he sent to Dean Yuwei Shi of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management. Watts came to MIIS after stints with the U.S. Army and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His post-MIIS career has included leadership positions at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and at three private firms that provide advanced training and program support for federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He is currently a principal consultant for PA Consulting in Cambridge, Massachusetts, “helping defense, intelligence, and law enforcement organizations work through complex policy problems.” He also blogs on national security issues at SelectedWisdom.com. In an essay he sent to Dean Shi titled “MIIS: Five Years Later,” Clint asked himself the question “Was my time at MIIS earning a graduate degree worth it?” “I debated for years prior to 2003 whether to apply to graduate school,” admitted Clint. Happily, “In evaluating this question, I can point to both tangible and intangible evidence to support why my time at MIIS has proved immensely valuable.” Clint’s analysis focused on the skills he acquired, and the fact that, with guidance from faculty mentors, he chose to focus on building up skills in his area of greatest weakness rather than staying within his comfort zone. This approach “provided many more job skills that earned real work opportunities” in life after MIIS. Clint specifically cited the value of these study areas for an international policy studies degree: policy analysis and research design, quantitative analysis, economics, a regional focus, and language skills. “The allure of courses based on interesting topics can be overpowering for the new graduate student,” admitted Clint. But “courses in trendy, niche topics… rarely provide students a specific skill” that will be useful to employers.
supporters of the activities of the Center for East Asian Studies, including the two seminars in Monterey and Tokyo that led to this publication. • The Institute’s Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) program will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a reunion event to be held at the annual International TESOL Convention on March 17 in New Orleans. Congratulations on 30 wonderful years! • The burgeoning new master’s degree program in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (MANPTS) recently welcomed Dr. Philipp Bleek as a full-time associate professor
He also sounded a cautionary note on language skills: they have great professional value, but never overstate your ability. “I routinely staff training and research programs with regional subject matter experts. Everyone claims to have a second language. Few do… Bottom line: if you are not functionally fluent, then you don’t have a language skill. Don’t even put it on your resume.” Finally, Clint’s essay offers valuable reflections and guidance for life after MIIS. Key points:
• Be realistic about where your degree will take you. “Think deliberately and realistically about what professional position you think will come from your education and select your courses accordingly.” • Build your network. “Your network will produce far more job interviews than randomly sending resumes to Web-based job ads… Alumni networks are critical in policy, research, and development fields.” • Save and use writing samples from MIIS. “Having a wellwritten, two-page policy analysis document showcasing a particular expertise helps employers recognize your potential.” • Keep your resume to two pages. “Unless you invented Facebook or Google,” you don’t need more than that. A favorite boss “served on the National Security Council and at more than 60 years of age, his resume remained only two pages in length.”
For the full text of Clint’s essay, visit go.miis.edu/watts.
in the department. Dr. Bleek recently Turkey and Egypt, giving presentations on his work and interviewing received his Ph.D. in government policymakers in the region; he plans from Georgetown University, comto return to the Middle East in the pleting his dissertation as a fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In his dissertation, he examined whether and under what conditions states pursue and acquire nuclear weapons in response to similar actions by Chinese consul general (center) rivals, a topic with with MIIS students direct relevance to summer. He also served on Senator current concerns about the effect Barack Obama’s nonproliferation Iran’s nuclear ambitions may have on regional rivals in the Middle East. policy team during the 2008 presidential election campaign. Dr. Bleek spent the fall traveling to
• MIIS Chinese Student Association leadership so impressed a visiting delegation led by the counselor of education that they were invited by the Chinese consul general of San Francisco to a Chinese National Day reception in October. “That is a great honor for our students” said Zhenshuai Liu (MATI ’11), president of the student association. During the reception, the consul general made a point of praising the MIIS students for their efforts to promote communication between Chinese and American youth and urged them to continue their good work. Can’t get enough MIIS news? Don’t forget to visit the newsroom at www.miis.edu/about/newsroom. Winter 2011
Feb. 25 Career Fair Matches MIIS Students and Alumni, Recruiters Last year’s Monterey Institute Career Fair attracted more than 90 employers and hundreds of students and alumni. This year’s February 25 event promises to once again pack the Monterey Conference Center with talented MIIS students and recruiters from global corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and a variety of niche service providers. Students will be able to learn about job opportunities, drop off resumes, and set up interviews. Workshop panels during the day will feature Institute alumni talking about their professional experiences and offering tips on launching a career, networking, and advanced career strategies. The fair is once again organized by the Institute’s Center for Advising and Career Services. The diverse group of outside participants will include names like Disney Publishing Worldwide, Honda USA, Kiva, the Peace Corps, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, and major U.S. diplomatic and intelligence agencies. These major employers will compete for the attention of the hundreds of Institute students in attendance—quite a compliment to their unique skills and educations.
International Trade Speaker Series Continues
he spring edition of the Institute’s continuing trade speaker series will include two events: the annual studentorganized trade and investment conference on March 11, and a guest lecture on March 31. The theme for this year’s trade and investment conference is “Accountability in Trade and International Security: Rising to the Challenge,” and the two keynote speakers will be Dr. Harry G. Broadman and Bill Reinsch. Harry G. Broadman, a former senior World Bank official, assistant U.S. trade representative, and chief of staff to the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, currently serves as senior vice president of Albright Stonebridge Group LLC, a global consultancy, and chief economist of Albright Capital Management LLC, an international emerging markets investment management firm. Bill Reinsch is the president of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), a large business
association that advocates for open markets, for Eximbank and OPIC, and in support of sound international tax policy. Reinsch previously served as the under secretary for export administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce, and spent twenty years as a staff member in the U.S. Senate. Panelists at the March 11 trade conference will include Ron Somers, president of the U.S.– India Business Council and a member of the Institute’s International Leadership Council. The featured speaker for the March 31 event is Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs James M. Murphy, Jr., whose office coordinates U.S. agricultural trade policy among all government agencies that deal with trade. In his 28 years at USTR, Murphy has served as assistant U.S. trade representative for Japan, Europe and the Mediterranean, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa.
The Jim Report
MPA Student (and Now Author) Entertains
t’s no stretch to say that the summer James Reavis (SILP ’06 / MPA ’12) spent learning Arabic as part of the Monterey Institute Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) was transformative in more ways than one. One day as the program was nearing its end, Jim made the decision not to lose contact with the “amazing people he had spent the summer with,” and collected their email addresses with the intention of keeping in touch. And keep in touch he did. Soon, The Jim Report started arriving in about 100 inboxes of his friends and relatives every month. Recipients of Jim’s electronic newsletter followed him through his adventures in the Middle Eastern desert and all through the often painful path to a law degree at the University of Montana School of Law. The Jim Report was such a hit among Jim’s fellow law students that a group of them organized an effort to have the writings collected and printed on the Law Review printer. Those original 362 copies were devoured on campus and somehow a copy ended up with interested publishers. The Jim Report: My Life in Law School was published just after Thanksgiving by Carolina Academic Press to favorable reviews. The events on September 11, 2001 had a profound effect on Jim and he decided very
soon thereafter that he would find a way to have a positive impact on the world as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. His SILP Arabic studies, his focus on international law, and now his pursuit of a master’s degree in public administration at the Monterey Institute are all steps taken with that goal in mind. The Jim Report should leave no one in doubt that his diplomatic dispatches would be both informative and distinctly entertaining. To follow Jim’s post-law school journey, visit his blog at jimsthoughtbox.blogspot. com. Jim declares that it will be “either a riveting drama coming to a theater near you or a car crash in slow motion. Either way there will be explosions Jim Reavis involved.”
Professor Moyara Ruehsen Wins Excellence in Teaching Award
very year the student body nominates a teacher who demonstrates excellence in all areas of teaching inside and outside of the classroom, and this year the selection committee chose Dr. Moyara Ruehsen as the winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor Ruehsen was lauded by the
committee for her dedication to students, urging them to explore their potential and encouraging them in their professional aspirations. According to the committee, choosing a winner was exceptionally hard this year, but that was a good problem to have: “It was truly inspiring to see the talent and dedication of all the professors we reviewed.” By virtue of winning this award, Professor Ruehsen also served as the faculty commencement speaker at the Winter Commencement ceremonies in December, when 102 students from 21 countries celebrated their new degrees on a sunny winter day. She had the audience inspired and at times in stitches when, true to form, she urged them to make the most of their lives, not only professionally, but personally as well.
Peace Corps, Rep. Farr Celebrate 15 Years
ifteen years is a long time for a partnerwas clear, offering both the international experiship that might not seem obvious at first ence and the rigorous finance and management glance—and 15 years of collaboration training he seeks for his future career. between the Institute’s Fisher International Students in PCMI programs complete several MBA program and the Peace Corps through the semesters of academic work toward their master’s Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) prodegree before serving a 27-month Peace Corps gram is surely a milestone worth celebrating. On term of service. Upon their return from Peace November 5, the Institute and the Peace Corps Corps service, most students must complete a co-hosted a reception for just that purpose, with final semester of academic work to finish their Monterey-area Congressman Sam Farr—a former master’s degrees at MIIS. MIIS student and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, or RPCV—in attendance, along with Janet Allen of the Peace Corps’ San Francisco Regional Office. Among the speakers at the event was current MBA-PCMI student Adam Dittemore, who spoke on the cusp of departing for his Peace Corps assignment of his desire to use his business skills to make a difference in the world by promoting microfinance as a tool to support economic development. For him, the value of combining the Fisher International MBA proGSIPM Assistant Dean Toni Thomas (MBA ’00) accepts plaque from Janet Allen gram with Peace Corps service
Conference Brings Global T&I Leaders to Monterey Launched in 2007, the Monterey Institute’s biennial MONTEREY FORUM conference provides a venue for global educators and experts to discuss new trends and issues in translator, interpreter, and localizer education. The 2011 conference, scheduled for April 8–9, will examine how technological advances and rapid changes in economic, social, and political conditions have paved the way for new developments in the practice of translation, interpreting, and localization. In particular, the FORUM will review current curriculum and syllabus design innovations and their implementation in the real or virtual classroom, with a view to matching evolving market expectations. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Lei Mu, director of the School of Translation Studies at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China; Dr. Barbara Moser-Mercer, professor of conference interpreting at the University of Geneva in Switzerland; Cynthia E. Roat, board member of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care; and Dr. Jost Zetzsche, translator and consultant for the International Writers’ Group. The FORUM will also feature a series of breakout sessions addressing topics such as: Integrating Technology into Translation and Interpreting Training; Authenticity in Translation and Interpreting Education; Revisiting Teaching Practices in Interpreting; and New Approaches in Teaching Terminology and Specialized Translation. The MONTERY FORUM 2011 is sponsored by Language Services Associates, a major provider of translation and interpretation services for healthcare, government, utilities, insurance, and financial services entities. For more information or to register for the conference, contact email@example.com or visit go.miis.edu/montereyforum. Winter 2011
UN MOU BRINGS STUDENTS TO CHILE T&I Practicum Offers Professional Experience
Professor Shulman-Mora says there is only so much to be taught in the classroom, and that practical on-site training, including interaction with people of different cultures and backgrounds, is incredibly beneficial to the students. Spending a month in an unfamiliar environment only deepens the experience. As an added bonus, the students prepared for and took the freelance examination for ECLAC, moving them further down the road to the career of their dreams.
Lauren, Amanda, Arielle, and Amber at ECLAC
eMIISsaries at lunch with students
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he newly formed eMIISsaries affinity group is off to a great start. Established last fall as a community-based group to support and advance the mission of the Monterey Institute through meaningful engagement with the local community, the group has already hosted two successful events and has plans for a number of other events and activities in 2011. The first event was an October reception for members of the community interested in learning more about the Monterey Institute, graciously hosted by eMIISsaries Steering Committee member Karen Osborne and her husband Charles at their Carmel Highlands home. Professor Pushpa Iyer spoke to the group of her efforts to teach students about the challenges of peacebuilding after war has ravaged a country, by taking them on immersive learning tours to places such as Cambodia and Sierra Leone. President Sunder Ramaswamy also gave an overview of the Institute and its relationship with Middlebury College. On November 17, as part of the International Education Week, the eMIISsaries Steering Committee hosted community members for a cross-cultural lunch with Monterey Institute students. Guests and students talked about their cultures and shared experiences over sandwiches on a beautiful winter day. At the end of the event many wanted to continue the conversation and if the number of e-mails exchanged is any indication, it is still going on.
Starting a Conversation with the Community
his January, four Spanish Translation and Interpretation students participated in the first-ever MIIS International Translation and Conference Interpretation Practicum at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile. Professor Cas Ann Shulman-Mora seized the opportunity presented by the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the Monterey Institute and the United Nations in 2009 to create practical training opportunities for students based on that framework. Her tireless efforts have already started to pay off and hopes are to use the practicum in Chile as a model to be replicated at other international conference venues and for other language departments. The four second-year students participating in the practicum, Lauren Scott, Amber Slaton, Amanda Townsend, and Arielle Weisman (all MATI ’11), divided their time between interning at the English Section of Documents and Publications Division and interpreting in mute booths during two conferences that were held in Santiago during their practicum. “I am really enjoying this,” said Arielle Weisman, adding that real-life training of this kind was invaluable for a student preparing to launch a career. The students prepared for each of the two conferences by producing glossaries as if they were on a professional assignment. Then they worked in pairs to interpret the speakers and received feedback from Professor Shulman-Mora on their work. When not interpreting, the students gained meaningful experience in translating working documents, referencing and reviewing texts in the context of international organizations such as the United Nations.
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The Loker-Hicks Scholarship
eborah Loker Hicks and Robin Hicks were regular attendees at their son Winslow’s basketball games at Stuart Hall High School in San Francisco. In 2008, when Winslow matriculated and began his college basketball career at Middlebury College, Deborah and Robin realized that 3,000 miles with no direct flights from Northern California to Vermont would make being courtside at Pepin Gym a challenge. So when the Hicks heard Middlebury President Ron Liebowitz talk about the College’s involvement with the Monterey Institute of International Studies, they were intrigued. While Monterey couldn’t boast of a basketball team, it did provide a glimpse into the College’s aspirations—to expand its extensive array of internationally focused programs—and it was much easier to visit than Middlebury in the middle of winter. Deborah and Robin were soon taken with the Institute. “Monterey is very current in the sense that it’s dealing with issues that are the pulse of our planet,” explained Deborah. “We were particularly impressed once we met President Ramaswamy and heard his vision for the school.” They also saw MIIS as a natural extension of the Middlebury experience and wanted to help strengthen the connection between undergraduates in Vermont and graduate students in California. Last spring, with input from Winslow and their younger son Skyler, now a first-year student at Harvard, Deborah and Robin made a leadership gift to the Monterey Institute, creating the Loker-Hicks Scholarship to provide support for Middlebury undergraduate alumni who continue graduate studies at MIIS. This year the scholarship fund provided half-tuition grants for two such students. Winslow had his own Institute experience this past summer, as a student in the Global Trade and Development Program.
“At the outset, Middlebury and Monterey have in common the beauty of their physical locations. But I believe it’s more about the people they bring together. When you bring special people together, great things happen,” Winslow says. As true advocates of the Middlebury–Monterey collective vision, Deborah and Robin are already engaged with the Institute’s community outreach. Describing their enthusiasm, Robin says, “We like the Institute’s niche of offering relevant programs that are hybrids of language and social service. Most importantly, the school produces graduates who are in great demand. There’s heart in what they are doing. The world needs this school now more than ever and we’re eager for others to learn about it too.”
Monterey–Middlebury Lecture Series Continues
ne of the lasting traditions born out of the integration of the Monterey Institute with Middlebury College is an annual exchange program of sorts among faculty. Each year the Monterey–Middlebury Lecture series brings two Middlebury professors to Monterey to deliver guest lectures, and sends two Monterey professors to Vermont for the same purpose. The first installment of the 2010–11 lecture series took place on October 14 in Middlebury, when MIIS professor Pushpa Iyer delivered a talk titled “Hate, Harmony, and Homo Sapiens: Zones of Peace Amidst War.” Her lecture employed case studies from countries including Colombia, Sri Lanka, Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe to analyze and evaluate Pushpa Iyer zones of peace created
during and after armed conflicts. Professor Iyer’s research at MIIS focuses on conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Professor Barry Slaughter Olsen, program chair for the Institute’s conference interpretation program, will follow Pushpa to Middlebury in spring 2011. Here in Monterey on February 17, Middlebury international relations professor Sarah Stroup will deliver a lecture titled “There’s No Place Like Home: The National Roots of International NGOs.” In her talk, Professor Stroup plans to delve into the reasons why certain international nongovernmental organizations choose certain specific strategies to try to influence the policies of the states in which they operate, with examples drawn from Britain, France, Japan, and the United States. Later in the spring, Middlebury economics professor Jessica Holmes will address “The Economics of Sin: What Can Economists Tell Us About the Inner Workings of Underground Markets?” in an April 19 lecture at MIIS. Professor Holmes plans to explore the demand and supply interactions in the markets for crime, drugs, prostitution, etc., considering whether buyers and sellers in these niche markets behave like their mainstream counterparts. She will also talk about the role government plays in regulating “sinful” behavior and the consequences of these government interventions both nationally and internationally. Winter 2011
MIIS MATTERS ADAM WOOTEN
self-described “language nerd,” Adam Wooten (MAT ’06 / MBA ’06) came to the Monterey Institute for the world-renowned translation and interpretation program, but quickly discovered that he wanted more. For three years Adam took courses in two different but interconnected programs, T&I and the Fisher business school, graduating with two degrees. “I was very happy MIIS offered an education so perfectly aligned with all my passions.” Adam’s enthusiasm for international business, technology, language, and culture is not only apparent to his colleagues at the Globalization
The Business of Language
Group Inc. in Utah, where he serves as vice president of strategy and business development, but also to people everywhere through his prolific writings. He is a regular contributor to the local Deseret News, writing weekly about language and business for a general audience, and also writes for both the official Globalization Group blog and his own personal “T&I Business” blog. One of the issues confronting people in the translation and interpretation field these days is the proper use of technology. Adam taught courses on computer-assisted translation at MIIS in 2007 and says, “Translation technology has a very important place.”
However, he is quick to add that, used inappropriately, it can also lead to disaster. He likes to collect stories about embarrassing computer translations such as the online Kazakh newspaper article repeatedly misquoting the country’s president on the topic of “passing gas” instead of the gas industry—not to mention the Dutch court summons translated so incoherently into Russian using a free online translation tool that it lead to the dismissal of the case. Adam and his wife Adrienne met at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and are celebrating ten years of marriage in August. They have two young children,
a “wild and energetic” threeyear-old boy and a four-monthold baby girl, and are glad to be once again living in Utah, close to Adrienne’s family.
Adam Wooten and his son
YOON HEE KIM
Connecting the World One Cup at a Time
hen Yoon Hee Kim (MAIPS ’96) came to the Monterey Institute in 1994, she was already a highly regarded Asian Pacific American community leader, working to advocate for the rights of people in emerging communities in the greater Los Angeles area. As special advisor to the mayor of Los Angeles, all the while also serving as president of a nonprofit civil rights group, she was recognized by both the Los Angeles Times and Yoon Hee Kim Los Angeles magazine as one of the Angelenos most likely to make a difference. Married and with an established career, Yoon Hee discovered MIIS while splitting her time between Los Angeles and Monterey when her husband began his work in Monterey. She never ceased to be amazed by what she calls the Monterey “magic,”—that is, the amazing life stories and experiences she heard once she “connected” with her fellow students. “The Monterey Institute was a perfect fit for where I was in life,” says Yoon Hee. “I believe life is an absolute gift and that is why I have spent my career working to improve the human condition, so for me MIIS was perfect.”
Monterey is where Yoon Hee’s personal and professional lives took a turn. “I was pregnant the whole time,” she says, laughing. “I guess I was what you could call a bit of an outlier.” Two of her three children were born while the family enjoyed the clean coastal air of Monterey. It was here that Yoon Hee and her youngest daughter, born with a rare genetic lung disease, began their lifelong journey of discovery and learning. “She is a miracle, an incredible fighter,” shares Yoon Hee of her daughter. Through caring for her daughter, Yoon Hee came to realize that “politics are not the only way” that she could work to improve the lives of others. Today, Yoon Hee travels the United States and the world, continuing the ancient culture of bringing people together through tea. Recently named “Korea’s Tea Ambassador” by the governor of Jeollanam-do, South-Korea’s largest tea-producing province, Yoon Hee is deeply passionate about tea. The mission of her company, TeaClassic, is to help connect the world by promoting a global tea movement through exceptional teas and quality education. She is a sought-after lecturer and presenter of tea and tea ceremonies, and is also well known for her beautiful photographs of tea production and culture. “If we think about it, what is tea,” asks Yoon Hee, “but a leaf that weaves its way seamlessly into cultures?” And from that same leaf of the Camellia sinensis plant we get distinct and very different variations of black, green, yellow, white, and oolong tea. “While on the surface, the path of a community activist may seem very different from that of a tea educator, the core essence that drives my passion in both areas is the rewards of helping connect people from diverse cultures.”
Alumni Profiles FINN TORGRIMSEN LONGINOTTO Banker, Conservationist, Adventurer
inn Torgrimsen Longinotto (BAPS ’73 / MBA ’75) immediately felt at home when he arrived at the Monterey Institute campus in 1972. He was brought up in Argentina, Norway, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland and spent a number of years living and working in Asia and Europe before coming to the United States to further his formal education. “What better place to resume and finish my studies in an international environment, on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, than MIFS, at the time still called the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies?” At MIFS he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and followed it up with an MBA. His MBA internship included a teaching assignment at the Japanese Institute of International Studies and Training, near Mt. Fuji. He remembers his professors from MIFS fondly, particularly Steven Garrett, and has stayed in touch with many in his peer group. “I made lifelong friends at MIIS, and get together with them whenever it’s possible in Europe, Asia, and the U.S.” With a natural flair for languages, and love for both people and travel, Finn made the transition from financial research at JPMorgan to private banking and worked and lived in Geneva and Zurich for many years. Never opting for the predictable, Finn decided to retire from banking as a managing director of Chase Bank and pursue a new career aimed at preserving our natural wealth. He is currently a senior fellow at Global Green USA in Washington D.C. and a member of the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International.
Finn’s adventurous nature has led to many interesting travels, among them research expeditions in Antarctica, water and sanitation projects in the Middle East and Africa, chemical weapon destruction sites in the interior of Russia, indigenous people’s projects in Asia and many others. Living in Washington D.C. today, he still travels extensively, spending every summer at home in Norway, and visiting other family in the U.K., Australia, and Argentina. “I wonder now if I should have gone immediately to work for an NGO, but this was not really an option in those days. On the other hand, if I hadn’t had a financial career first—which would never have happened without MIIS— Finn Longinotto I wouldn’t have been able to do many of the more satisfying things I do now. It’s all about using experiences like MIIS to channel natural adventurism toward what is most satisfying, for oneself and the world around us. It’s great when these two come together and are one and the same.”
Continuous Learning on the Open Road
he Translation and Interpretation program at the Monterey Institute “changed my life” says Winnie Heh (MATI ’89). Born and raised in Taiwan, she had her eyes set on the Chinese T&I program at MIIS even though she had been accepted to other prestigious universities. It was a decision she has never regretted. “The two years I spent at MIIS were challenging and stimulating—I had a great time.” When Winnie graduated in 1989, she was immediately recruited by AT&T to work in a local subsidiary that had cornered a niche market, and became the world’s largest provider of telephone inter-
preting. Beginning her career as training manager, Winnie has remained dedicated to the professional development of employees. Now the vice president of global operations at Language Line Services, which employs 5,000 interpreters worldwide, Winnie has never lost her passion for the spoken word, and makes a conscious effort to keep up with her native languages of Taiwanese and Mandarin. One day, she says: “I might even go back to interpreting full time.” As any good translation and interpretation professional knows, languages, like the cultures they spring from, are constantly developing. “That is the best part about this
profession,” says Winnie— there is no getting away from continuous learning. “The mentality, mindset of continuous learning” was a very large part of the T&I degree program at MIIS and is a valuable asset regardless what path your career takes, according to Winnie. In fact, she encourages T&I graduates to look at their career options more broadly, believing they will quickly find that their unique skills and knowledge are a great foundation for positions in business and general management. “My T&I training gave me the opportunity to enter the industry, but once there, the road was wide open.” Here’s to open roads everywhere!
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