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Have a Coffee & Promote the Monterey Institute!

coffee1Introducing Coffee Chats!

The Recruiting Office would like your participation in expanding awareness about the Monterey Institute and reaching out to prospective students in other parts of the country and throughout the world by hosting a Coffee Chat.

Who can help?

Continuing students and new graduates who plan to travel or return home during the winter break. The Coffee Chats may take place from January 6 until the beginning of the spring term.

How can you help?
We are looking for students who would like to meet and host a small group of prospective students (usually 3-8) at a coffee shop or similar establishment and share their experiences about what it is like to be a student here at the Monterey Institute. We are calling these meetings “Coffee Chats.” Arrangements will be made by and expenses covered by the Recruiting Department.

Why is this important?
Prospective students exploring graduate schools want to heave directly from current students; who better to help them understand the Monterey Institute experience than you!? This is any informal and meaningful way to increase the visibility of the Monterey Institute, show your school pride and encourage another person to make the same decision you did!

Please indicate your interest in learning more by emailing Alice.villemaire@miis.edu. Alice will send you specific details and answer any questions you have.

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Georgia-Russia Conflict Event!

For those of you (if any) looking forward to the second to last week of classes and/or continued opportunities for intellectual stimulation, click on the event flyer posted below!


Happy Thanksgiving, MIIS Community!

The First Annual MIIS Fall Carnival

The Monterey Institute of International Studies proudly presents the 1st Annual MIIS Fall Carnival to be held Saturday, November 22nd from 12:00PM-5:00PM at the Samson Center Courtyard. Highlights include a clothing swap in Samson Reading Room, a dunking booth (where you might find FGSIB Dean Scalberg), a community bake-off, and a Thanksgiving food drive! Read below for more details. Hope to see you there!

The 1st annual MIIS Fall Carnival is being put on to ease those stress levels back down while supporting the Food Bank of Monterey County! Please bring donations of canned goods!

Tickets will be on sale on the day of the event–$1 tickets sold in bundles of 5 and 10; 1 ticket gets you a game, a BBQ plate, a beer, and so much more!

Attractions include:
Sumo Wrestling Suits!
Wedding Booth!
Knock-Your-Head-Off Game of Strength!
Bungee Run!
Inflatable Madness!
Obstacle Course!
Music!
Cotten Candy!
Beer Garden!
Mulled Cider!
Bake-off!
Clothing Swap!

Be Sure to Bring the Following:
Student ID
Clothing for the Swap
A Donation of a Canned or Dry Good

Presenting the Panel Discussion: “Leadership in a Time of War”

The Monterey Institute of International Studies in partnership with the Defense Language Institute proudly presents a Panel Discussion entitled “Leadership in a Time of War” on Wednesday, November 19th from 6:30PM-8:00PM in Irvine Auditorium. The distinguished panelists include:

* LTC Danial Pick, former Army Attaché, U.S. Embassy, Amman, Jordan and Iraq Policy Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

* Bill Murphy Jr., author of In a Time of War: The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point’s Class of 2002 and a former Army JAG office who reported from Iraq for The Washington Post.

* Mike Cerre, an Emmy-award winning journlits for ABC News in Iraq who served as an USMC officer in Vietnam.

* CPT Fergal O’Reilly, a former platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is now assigned to the Defense Language Institute.

The discussion will be moderated by Capt DJ. Skelton, who was wounded during U.S. combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq in Nov 2004. He is one of the leading U.S. Army advocates for Wounded Warriors, playing a key role in strategic policy development and analysis regarding care for wounded servicemen and who currently serves at the Defense Language Institute.

For more information on these speakers visit the Student Services blog here.

Dialogue for Peace in Israel and Palestine

Jointhe Monterey Institute, the Friends of the Middle East, the Conflict Resolution Association, and the Arabic Language Club from November 15th to 17th for a “Weekend for Peace in Israel and Palestine.” Celebrate diversity, advocate dialogue, and actualize resolution with us at the following events!

Saturday, November 15th @7:00pm
United Nations Film Festival
Film Screening: The Iron Wall
@ the Golden State Theater
FREE for Students with ID

Saturday November 15th @8:00PM
Israel and Palestine Cultural Night
Casa Fuente Room #434
Food, drinks, and dance music!

Sunday November 16th @5:00PM
One Voice Speakers
McGowan Room #100 (MG-100)
Israeli and Palestinian youth peace activists share their stories and experiences.
Reception before the speaking event @4:30PM in the McGowan Lobby Area!

Monday, November 17th @12:00PM
Letter Writing Campaign
Samson Center Patio, MIIS Campus

Staying in Tune with Podcasts!

Part of a new initiative from the Digital Media Commons, all members of the MIIS community can participate in campus-wide speaking events via podcasts! Read below to learn how!

To catch up on missed events please visit the Monterey Institute’s iTunes U site. You will need iTunes on your Mac or PC to access these files. iTunes is a free download from the Apple site here: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Current Episodes include:

Irvine Speaker Series
Recorded 10/30/08 Panel Discussion – Presidential Election Candidates and Issues Forum
Recorded 10/28/08 Panel Discussion – From Wall Street to Main Street: Deconstructing the Financial Crisis
Recorded 10/22/08 Dr. Pablo Frost – Robinsons Jeffers and Poetry

Environmental Speaker Series
Recorded 10/08/08 Dr. Jon Isham – Carbon Offsets: The Good the Bad and the Ugly