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There are many different sources of information on the Monterey Institute campus today, and it can be challenging to find the information you are looking for in a timely manner. In response to this problem, we recently implemented a new solution that uses RSS feeds to channel information into a single central campus information resource.


This new resource is a campus information portal located on our Moodle site at elearning.miis.edu<http://www.elearning.miis.edu/>.  The revamped Moodle site now incorporates the master events calendar and a list of the most recent articles published on our new campus-wide blog aggregator, the Monterey Institute Focus.  The Focus, located at www.miisfocus.com<http://www.miisfocus.com/>, collects posts from a wide range of campus-based blogs into a single, comprehensive information resource that also feeds directly onto the Moodle home page.


In the near future, Ashley Arrocha will be providing instructions to student clubs on how to set up blogs and/or submit stories directly to the Monterey Institute Focus.


The portal accomplishes many of our key goals regarding funneling campus information into a single point of contact for campus community members that will continue to be enhanced and improved.



Trying to find contact information for that on-campus forum next month? What are the dates for the recruiting visit to Eastern Europe this spring? And where is next week’s Student Council meeting, anyway?

You may not know the answers to all of those questions yet, but now you can with just a few clicks of your mouse, thanks to the new MIIS master events calendar. In an effort to reduce “calendar clutter,” a campus-wide team of staff recently researched and implemented a low-cost, off-the-shelf calendar solution. The new master events calendar posted here (http://www.miis.edu/events_calendar.html) incorporates entries for:

• Prospective Students
• Student Affairs
• Career Development
• Institute Events
• Alumni Events

The Academic Calendar will continue to be maintained as a separate item on the same page.

For those with events to post, you should continue to work through the same channels you do today to get your events posted – see the full list of contact points and categories of events below — but now they will all be posted to this single master electronic calendar. (Please remember that the Venue Reservation Policy issued by the President’s Office must be followed to reserve rooms for events.)

Prospective Students
Robert Horgan and Alice Villemaire

Student Affairs (Student Council, clubs and associations, International Student Services and Student Affairs)
Ashley Arrocha and Shawna Routh

Career Development
Policy: Jen Hambleton
Business: Nina Dutra and Toni Thomas
Language Education: Jennifer Tuman
Translation and Interpretation: Jeff Wood

Institute Events (Speaker Series, President’s Forums, department and program events, conferences)
Linae Ishii-Devine and Dollie Pope

Alumni Events
Maureen Anda

Academic Events (Information and important dates, academic and special programs)
Policy: Nathan Westrup
Business: Nina Dutra and Toni Thomas
Language Education: Jennifer Tuman
Translation and Interpretation: Karen Weiss

Monterey Institute Students:

Just a reminder that the following rooms in the Morse Building will be available from 6PM – 11PM Sunday through Thursday for open studying:


A200, A201, A202, A203, A204, A205



In addition, A202 will be available for open study during the lunch hour from 11AM – 2PM Monday –  Friday, to free up tables in the Samson Center for dining.  Please note that the two rows of tables in the Samson Dining Room will be reserved for diners only during these hours. 


Barbara Burke
Executive Assistant to the President

Are you a futbol/soccer fan? If so, please check out the upcoming games for the Monterey Institute Futbol Club.

The full schedule of games can be found here.

If you have any questions, please email Rafael Burgos through First Class.

Guest speakers include doctor from Darfur refugee camp, former refugee camp resident


Monterey, CA (March 2, 2009) – The Monterey Institute will host a public symposium exploring the effects of war on children this Friday at 7:00 pm as the American Red Cross presents its Children of War Symposium in the Institute’s Irvine Auditorium.


The Children of War Symposium is a public service offered by the American Red Cross which examines the psychological and physical effects of war on children through the eyes of five renowned international speakers.  These speakers will share their firsthand experiences of living and working in war zones around the world.


Scheduled speakers include:


Michael Khambatta, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), Deputy Head of Delegation, US & Canada. 

For more information, visit http://www.icrc.org  


Dr. Ashis Brahma, Sole doctor for Darfur refugee camp in Chad for two years

For more information, visit http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/archives/2007/2007-Sep-27/Article.news_3/1/@@index


Dorothy Sewe, Tracing specialist and former refugee camp resident

For more information, visit http://www.gvsu.edu/cms3/assets/A29DA48F-E6CD-4F35-837316459C8C6362/2008fall/GVMF08_Sewe.pdf


Dr. Marc Sommers, Associate Research Professor of Humanitarian Studies, Institute of Human Security, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; and Research Fellow, African Studies Center, Boston University.

For more information, visit http://fletcher.tufts.edu/faculty/sommers/default.shtml


Meghan Frank, Senior at Granby High School, Norfolk, VA, daughter of a US Navy Captain, and creator of Operation Pen & Pencil, collecting school supplies for Afghan teachers to use in their classrooms in Kabul. 


Over the course of two days, the Children of War Symposium will travel to several locations in the area, including the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Santa Cruz area high schools, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Stanford University, and Santa Clara University.


 What:    Monterey Institute Hosts American Red Cross Children of War Symposium


 When:   Friday, March 6, 2009, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


 Where:           Irvine Auditorium

McCone Building

499 Pierce St.

Monterey, CA 93940



Please see related PDF for more information: 030209-children-of-war-pr


A $1,000 Rev. William Sloane Coffin cash prize will be awarded to the MIIS
student who writes the best anti-human trafficking essay. $500 will be given
to the writer of the second-best essay.  The award is named after the late
remarkable  civil rights and peace activist Chaplain at Yale University and
the money is donated by his close friend, Professor Peter Grothe. The award is
given in memory of  a victim  of human trafficking in Cambodia, Sale Hillar,
the daughter of MIIS Professor Bill Hillar who teaches a workshop on human
trafficking. The essay should be no more than 2,000 words.

The student should state what experiential and/or academic background she/he
has had in anti-human trafficking and what she/he has learned from this. A
major part of the essay should be devoted to what  motivates the writer to go
into the anti-human trafficking field. Further, what are the most promising
strategies for putting brakes on this affront to humanity?

The deadline for the essay is 5 pm Friday, March 13th. Please submit your
essay to Dr. Grothe or put in his box in the Student Affairs building.
The judges  for the Rev. William Sloane Coffine Prize will be a panel of
faculty experts.

Thanks and good luck!

Monterey Historical Tour

Dear Students,
Are you interested in learning more about the history of downtown Monterey? If  so, please sign up for the upcoming

Monterey Historical Tour
Led by Jim Conway, Museums and Cultural Arts Manager for the City of Monterey
Date: Tuesday, February 17
Time: 12-2 pm
Cost: Free

Sign up by visiting the Student Affairs reception desk during our normal business hours.  Space is limited to 20 persons. Please sign up asap and no later than Friday, February 13th, to reserve your space in the tour.

Room Reserve Policies

Monterey Institute Faculty, Staff, and Students:

As a reminder for the spring semester, I have attached the Institute’s Venue
Reservation policy. For full details on the new policy, please read the entire
attachment.  As a quick guideline, a summary is provided below.

Email room.reserve@miis.edu for the following:
        Special events
        Non-T&I study groups
        All outside events
        All Boardroom and Samson Center requests
        Club events

Email records@miis.edu for the following:
        classes/class changes

Email Karen.Weiss@miis.edu for the following:
        All T&I study groups that require T&I equipment
        All requests for any Simulab, the IIRC, or the MML

For your convenience, you can view the R25 Webviewer system to see what rooms
might be available in advance of requesting them.
To access the R25 Webviewer, go to http://buck.middlebury.edu/wv3miis.

Requests should be received a minimum of 48 hours in advance.  Most requests
will be responded to within 2 working days.

Requests must include:  date, start time, end time, # of participants, subject,
and point of contact. (Without this information, your request can not be
processed and will result in a delay.)

Requests for rooms will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

All student club events must be approved by Ashley Arrocha in Student Affairs
before the reservation is made.

We have made many changes to our campus this semester and as a result, we have
reserved some rooms for study. They are available to anyone or any group
wanting a quiet place to study. They will be available at the following times:

Morse rooms A200, A201, A202, A203, A204, A205
Sunday thru Thursday:           6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Morse room A202
Monday thru Friday:             11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

These rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis. All the rooms
can accomodate 11 people, so please feel free to study quietly alongside

Thank you and have a great semester!

Wendy Melvin

PDF: venue-reservation-policy-sp09

Lab and Media Services

Here is a reminder for how to request services at Lab and Media Services

Hi all,
 Just a customer service reminder for everyone to help kick off the the
next semester.  Some of us still have some confusion about Lab and Media
Services functions and how to request services.  Here are some easy simple
tips.  Keep in mind advanced notice is necessary to make sure we have the time
to fill the request the equipment available and not reserved or the request is
something we are equipped to do and we have time to tell you how to interact
with the setup:

1.  Request for a classroom media,  audio or visual, should be sent to media
services on FirstClass.
 media.services@miis.edu  Request made any other way other than filling
out the form at the counter or emailing this address may be lost despite our
best efforts and should not be considered as acknowledged.
2.  Let us know if this is a one time event or reoccurring event.
3.  If you are not sure what it takes to setup the event or fill the request
please stop by and speak with the service personnel or make an appointment
with Norman Metcalfe or Vince Mascal (specify in your written request so that
we can contact you or visit the LMS center).
4.  In general we do not provided consumable for user checking out equipment
such as batteries tapes and disk.
5.  If you make a request by emailing Lab and Media Services and have no
response in 24 hours please call   647-4150.
6.  If you follow this procedure and do not get customer satisfaction call
831-277-0671.  This number is not an alternative way to make a request.
This to make sure you get customer satisfaction when using he procedure above. 

N o r m a n  Metcalfe
Monterey Institute of International Studies Information Systems Department Lab
and Media Services (LMS) Manager
448 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940
OFFICE           647-4109 or 4150

Open Study Rooms

Please note this message from the President’s Office regarding open study rooms:

Monterey Institute Students:

In an effort to provide additional student studying space during the evening
hours, the following rooms in the Morse Building will be available from 6PM –
11PM Sunday through Thursday for open studying:

A200, A201, A202, A203, A204, A205

In addition, A202 will be available for open study during the lunch hour from
11AM – 2PM Monday –  Friday, to free up tables in the Samson Center for dining. 
Please note that beginning later this week, the two rows of tables in the
Samson Dining Room will be reserved for diners-only during these hours. 

Barbara Burke
Executive Assistant to the President

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