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Renovations have been completed on the Monterey Institute apartment building located at the corner of Van Buren and Franklin Streets. This project, headed by Controller Steve Marino, has resulted in a completely remodeled building that will provide market-rate housing for Institute faculty and staff and a guesthouse unit for VIPs and other Institute visitors. The apartment’s landscaping was designed and completed by Classroom and Grounds Supervisor Marty Goss and Classroom and Grounds Assistant Kirk Eckhardt and incorporates drought-resistant plants and drip irrigation.

This building has incorporated the following green improvements in order to comply with new Monterey Green Building Codes, emphasize our commitment to sustainability, and provide a comfortable, healthy environment for those occupying the house.

• Plumbing: Installation of high-performance, low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets, insulated plumbing and pipes (to keep heat from escaping), and low-flow toilets.

• Energy: The building will have 95% efficient furnaces, a high-efficiency water heater, and a vent kitchen range hood to the outside (in order to keep pollutions and odors from contaminating the house).
• Flooring: 
–  Recycled-content tile and low volatile organic compound (VOC), water-based wood finishes.
 – Recycled-content, non-toxic, tack-down carpet, padding and underlayment (Recycled content: PET plastic bottles, recycled wool, nylon, or recycled cotton. Tack-down installation is easier to remove than glue-down, eliminates toxic glue chemicals, and allows the carpeting to be partially recycled at the “end” of its life.).

• Paint: The paint used in this building is low VOC.
• Reuse/Recycling: Construction and deconstruction waste was reused and job site waste was recycled to the extent possible.

Over the semester break, the Samson Center Dining Room has undergone renovations designed to provide students with a more comfortable and efficient environment for both dining and study.  The newly revamped Dining Room will re-open on February 2nd, with expanded seating and an exciting new food service vendor, “The World Cafe”. 

“The World Cafe” will initially be open Monday – Friday from 7:30AM to 7:00PM, serving a variety of menu options, including breakfast cereals, grilled items, roasted chicken, fish, vegetarian options, and Mexican and Asian cuisine, among others.  “The World Cafe” will also feature cappuccinos and espressos.  Stop by and try them out soon and keep your eye out for additional postings of their menu and other features. 

***Please note that the two rows of tables closest to the food service area will be reserved for “dining only” from 11AM – 2PM Monday through Friday.***

New renovations in the Dining Room  include:

* Three newly installed countertop workstations and accompanied new seating, with additional electrical outlets for laptops.
* Four new cafe-style tables and new seating.  
* New, comfortable four-inch seat cushions on all chairs in the Dining Room.
*More Space to “Plug In” and Get Straight to Work (without taking up tables!)

MIIS Soccer Tryouts

Please note this message from Rafael Burgos regarding MIIS Soccer tryouts:

Come join the MIIS SOCCER tryouts this weekend and the weekend of 2/1, see following PDF flyer.


Any questions feel free to email Rafael Burgos, Scott Hernandez, Kyle Edgerton or Joseph Button via First Class.


Thanks to Max Perelman for this message about organic produce delivered to MIIS

CSA is back!  Weekly Thursday deliveries to the porch of Student Affairs of fresh picked organic produce (and flowers) is happening MARCH 19 – please sign up!  (5% DISCOUNT if you pay by Feb 16)

To sign up, contact Two Small Farms:

Cost is $20/week for a box. There are enough veggies in a box for two vegetarians / week.  This is by far the cheapest way to eat local and organic.

– But I want to support the Farmers’ Market…great!  The CSA boxes are mostly veggies so I buy my fruit, nuts, extra veggies, and snacks at the market.
– But I can’t choose what’s in the box…. Right, you only get what is perfectly ripe (picked that morning) and it comes with recipes!

CSA means “Community Supported Agriculture”. You pay up front and then receive produce throughout the season.  This provides local growers with much needed capital, while spreading the risk across the community. Buying CSA is the perfect way to vote with your wallet and support local organic farmers.

Here’s how it works:
– Call or email Two Small Farms and say, “I want to order a CSA box to be delivered to MIIS.”
– Then send them a check or give them your creditcard info – they have starter plans of 2 months…the season extends to November and then starts up again in the Spring. You get a discount if you buy the whole season.
– Stop by the porch of Student Affairs (across from the president’s
office) from 11:00am-Thursday to pick up your huge bag of goodies.  There will be a newsletter included with lots of great recipes and info on what you’re getting.  Much of the veggies are ancient varietals that will impress your friends!
– Fold up the box and wait for next week.
– If you forget to pick up your box or can’t pick it up some week then email/call Max Perelman at (831-917-7641).  If you don’t let him know then your box is “fair game” come Friday morning and Max will distribute the contents to starving students and pale-looking staff around campus.

$500 Give away!

The Monterey Institute Virtual Bookstore and the Middlebury College Bookstore will be giving away ten $50 textbook gift credits on Friday February 6, 2008. The credits will be for those who bought their books through the Monterey Institute Virtual Bookstore.Rules:

1. You must be a Fan of the Middlebury College Bookstore on Facebook:

2. You must be listed as a Friend on Facebook:

3.  You must be enrolled for the spring semester 2009 at Monterey Institute.

4. You must have purchased at least $50 in books through the Monterey Institute Virtual Bookstore for spring semester by February 6, 2008 by noon 12:00 pm pacific time:

5. You must be listed as attending this event.

Failure to follow any one of the above rules will disqualify you from winning.

The ten winners will be chosen from those attending the event, and meet the requirements of five rules above. I will email the ten winners after 5:00 pm Friday February 6, 2008.

Dear Students,


Student Council is currently seeking nominations for






Please click on the link below to nominate yourself or a friend, no later than January 31st.




Elections will be held in the first week of spring semester.


Please see the following message from Provost Dr. Amy Sands about the Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award.

From:              Amy Sands


Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

This year we have again received notification that funding to support the Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award has been given to the Institute by Karen and Christopher Payne, good friends of Professor Eliason. I am requesting nominations for this award from all of you.

The Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award is a prestigious Monterey Institute award that recognizes outstanding contributions as a classroom teacher by a faculty member of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. This award is especially meaningful to the Institute because it honors the memory of Professor Leslie Eliason, well recognized for her commitment to quality teaching and to her students and their education.

Regular faculty members from the MIIS community are eligible for consideration.  The faculty member, who is selected, will receive a $10K stipend and will be recognized in the spring at a special ceremony and reception.  The award must be used for professional development, such as conference registrations, fees, and travel; release time from classes for research or training purposes; or acquisition of materials for curriculum development or research.

The award will be announced in March 2009 and must be used by August 31, 2010, at which time a report summarizing the professional development and expenditures made will be due to the Community Foundation, the group overseeing the disbursement of these funds on behalf of the Payne family.  A short interim report will be due approximately one year after the award.  Faculty recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award are not eligible to receive the award more than once in a four-year period.  (Previous winners are Professor Moyara Ruehsen, Professor Jackie Harmer, and Professor Jean Turner.)

The selection process for this award is as follows:

1) The Provost will request nominations from students, faculty, and staff of the MIIS community.
•    To nominate a faculty member, letters should be addressed to the Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Committee and should explain why the nominee’s performance as a teacher merits the Excellence in Teaching Award.
•    Nomination letters should address specifically the award criteria outlined below and include examples from personal experience with the instructor. Nomination letters without such information will not be accepted.

2) The Provost will establish a Selection Committee consisting of 3 faculty, 3 students, and 1 staff member to be responsible for selecting the faculty member to receive this award.

3) The Committee will review the nominations and make their selections based on the award criteria outlined below.

4) Once the selection has been finalized and announced, a reception and ceremony will be scheduled in April to honor the recipient.

Award Criteria

The award recipient should:

•    Foster a sense of excitement in the classroom that stimulates the students’ learning process and creates a dynamic interactive learning space;
•    Inspire in students further pursuit of knowledge, especially relating to global issues/challenges;
•    Demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of his/her chosen area of expertise;
•    Enhance classroom discussion and interaction with the use of collaborative and innovative tools and pedagogy;
•    Be responsive to student needs, providing timely evaluation and feedback of student work;
•    Demonstrate intercultural competence and respect for all students;
•    Have a good rapport with students in and out of the classroom.

Timeline for Award Selection


The request for nominations is issued to students, faculty, and staff of the MIIS community.

The Provost will be responsible for forming the selection committee for the Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award.  Nominations will be due to the Provost by February 1, 2009.


At the beginning of February, nominees will be notified.  Each will be asked to accept or decline their nominations.  Faculty accepting their nomination will be required to submit a dossier for committee review.  The dossier must be submitted to the Provost by the end of February 2009 and consist of the following items:
•    Course syllabi;
•    Some sample materials used in their classes;
•    Student evaluations;
•    Curriculum Vitae;
•    At least one recommendation and one other reference, including contact information, who could comment on nominee’s teaching ability; and
•    Letter by the nominee explaining in detail how they would use the grant money if they receive the Excellence in Teaching Award.


The Selection Committee reads the dossiers, keeping in mind the strict confidentiality necessary because of the nature of faculty evaluations, nomination letters, and other information in the dossiers.

The last week of March, the committee meets after reading all of the dossiers and selects an award recipient based on the criteria for the award, nomination letters, and faculty dossiers.


The winner is notified by the Provost and a campus announcement is sent out to the students, faculty, and the President’s Office. The winner is honored at a reception and ceremony.

I look forward to seeing your nominations.


Dr. Amy Sands, Provost
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Monterey, CA 93940
email:  asands@miis.edu
telephone:  831 647-4102

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