Author Archives: Carolyn Meyer

MIIS Community “Gift of Giving” 4th Annual Event

Naomi’s Office filled with toys in the Casa Fuente Building

Four years ago, our MIIS community started participating in a “Gift of Giving” Event which benefits the Monterey County Migrant Farm Workers.  The Non-Profit organization that runs this generous project is called “The Christmas Project” which was established in 1978 by a woman named Gladys Anderson located in Watsonville. The Christmas Project began in 1978 in response to the needs of many children in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, including children served by Child Protective Services. The story goes that Gladys Anderson met Maria, a twelve-year-old girl who wanted a doll for Christmas. She had never had a doll and her mother could not afford to buy one. After telling her office about Maria, a colleague brought a doll to work. Gladys’ children gathered toys to share, and The Christmas Project was born. Since that time, people from the community have volunteered countless hours to help with the Christmas Project. Their word-of-mouth efforts have brought Christmas joy to so many!!

Gladys has since moved to Las Vegas, but has a commitment to keep up this tradition and thus comes down every year in December to coordinate this wonderful community effort. This project has fulfilled thousands upon thousands of dreams and wishes come true and provided gifts and smiles to children and families in need.  Last year alone they brightened the lives of over 2,100 children and adults.

The Christmas Project provides toys, gifts, and food certificates to children in need. Each family member has the opportunity to make their Christmas wish request. In addition to gifts each family is given a food certificate to help brighten their Christmas meal. Volunteers deliver the beautifully wrapped gifts to the residents of the migrant labor camps in Monterey/Santa Cruz County.

This year, through our MIIS community’s heartwarming generosity and good heartedness, we transformed the lives of 98 children and adults.  In the past 4 years, we have helped make it possible for this program to bring such joy to nearly 500 children and their families!

This is a community event that I hope to continue for as long as I am here at MIIS and that when the day comes, that I am no longer here, it will be an honor to be the liaison for the project or pass the torch so that the event that has brought such great joy to our community, can be carried in wonderful and joyful service!! 

Naomi R. Braswell

Operations Coordinator | Office Services & Gift Shop | MIIS Landlord Housing Info

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Phone: 831-647-4120 or 831-647-3572

Email: miishousinginfo@miis.edu  or nbraswell@miis.edu

International Poetry Night December 15

The MIIS International Cultural Gathering invites faculty and staff to our last two events for this semester. Please find attached flyers related to the events.

  1.  International Music Night:  Thursday, December 5th  (6:00-8:00 pm @ Holland Center

Join us as we celebrate the end of the fall semester with live performances, karaoke, and songs from across the globe! Students, faculty, and staff are invited to share with us their musical talents or simply to come  and enjoy the international music and fun atmosphere.

  •  International Poetry Night: Sunday, Dec 15th (5:30-7:30 pm at the Faculty and Staff lounge (Lara Soto Adobe)

Join us in celebrating our first anniversary for the International Poetry Night . It is another opportunity to hear great poetry, connect, detox, rejuvenate, and celebrate the end of the semester!

Feel free invite your colleagues, friends and family.

Hope you have a great rest of your week!

Best,

Rana

Rana Issa

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

Arabic Studies Program

Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation

and Language Education

D202

Monterey, CA 93940

Tel. 831-647 4601

MIIS Community Annual Food Drive

Dear MIIS Faculty and Staff and Students: 

On October 31st, our MIIS Community kicked off our Annual Food Drive.  This is a community event that has taken place on campus for over 20 years.

Our Goal is to raise 1,000 lbs of non-perishable food items by NOVEMBER 18TH

Here is where we are after 8 days:

Please look in your cupboards over the weekend. Perhaps you have some items that you can bring and it won’t cost you a dime!  Bag them up, and bring them in! 

This year we have three collection barrels on campus – one in Samson Center Dining Area; one in the McCone Atrium; and, the third in Office Services.

If you would rather write a check to donate, there are some envelopes in Office Services, located in Casa Fuente, that you can obtain. 

For every $1 dollar that is donated, $5.00 worth of food is purchased . . . . and out of every dollar donation, 95% goes directly to feeding the hungry.

If you simply do not have the time, bring me the cash, and I will shop for you!!!

We will be sending out regular emails in the next 10 days to keep you updated on our community’s progress. Thank you all!

With deep appreciation!

Naomi Braswell and the Staff Advisory Team

Operations Coordinator | Office Services & Gift Shop

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Phone: 831-647-4120

Email: nbraswell@miis.edu

Institute Holds 3-day Training on Restorative Practices

In effort to build community and foster more collaborative decision-making, the Middlebury Institute held a three-day training on restorative practices in mid-November on the campus in Monterey.

These practices are emerging many student life departments in universities, but can be applied more widely to foster creativity, collaboration, and well-being at the workplace. The training was guided by facilitators from the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

This training was also offered on the College campus several times in the recent past.

Future training are likely in the works, but interested faculty and staff can learn more at the  International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP):

·         What is Restorative Practices?

·         Defining Restorative

o    Social Discipline Window

o    Restorative Practices Continuum

o    Nine Affects and the Compass of Shame

o    Fair Process

o    Restorative Conferences (including the restorative questions)

o    Circles

Ask any of these training participants about their experience to learn more:

Ashley Arrocha, Student Services

Laura Burian, Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education

Jeff Dayton-Johnson, VP Academic Affairs

Lydia Gentry, Library

Alisyn Gruener, Student Services

Jeni Henrickson, Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry

Rana Issa, Language Studies Faculty

Pamela Jungerberg, Library

Carolyn Taylor Meyer, Immersive Professional Learning

Betty Nguyen, Events Management

Grace O’Dell, Center for Advising & Career Services

Melissa Sorenson, Organizational Development

Patricia Szasz, Language and Professional Programs

Toni Thomas, Academics

Scott Webb, Center for Advising & Career Services

Julianne Merry, Alumna MAIEM ’15

Thanks to Melissa Sorenson for organizing this training with the IIRP.

Institute Celebrates Immersive Learning, Applied Research, and Hands-On Learning Projects in 2nd Annual Report

Learn about Middlebury Institute student immersive learning, research, and other hands-on learning projects from the last academic year in the second annual Immersive Learning, Research, and Impact Report. 

This report celebrates onsite courses, practicum, and fellowships managed through MIIS programs or courses. It is also a celebration of the Middlebury faculty and staff who support these students in their learning.

Every year, we are gathering more information on projects that take students outside of the traditional classroom and provide them with the opportunity to have an impact in their field even before graduation. 

Learn more about immersive learning at MIIS.

A special thanks to Blaine Barkley MA NPTS ’20 and Valerie Castello for their work developing this report.

MIIS Welcomes New Staff

MIIS welcomed the following new staff this fall.

Dr. Jeni Henrickson
Instructional Designer, Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ)

Justin Hitt
Classroom & Event Technology Specialist II, Media Services

Fabian Hinz
Research Associate, CNS

Lydia Gentry
Borrowing Services Manager, Library

Joelle Mellon
Research and Instruction Librarian, Library

Coleen Bremner
Assistant Director of Global Recruiting, Enrollment (Washington DC)