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Nonviolence advocate Maya Soetoro-Ng will address Institute students, faculty and staff on the topic “Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding and Education” on Thursday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Irvine Auditorium.  In addition to her work on nonviolent conflict resolution, last fall Soetoro-Ng spoke at the Democratic National Convention in support of her half-brother Barack Obama’s candidacy for president.  Soetoro-Ng serves on the International Advisory Board of Global Majority, a nonprofit organization started by former Institute students and faculty that is dedicated to promoting nonviolent conflict resolution education, mediation and advocacy.

 

All Institute students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.  A question and answer session will follow, and a podcast of the event will also be posted to the Institute’s iTunesU site afterwards.

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
MIIS

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

This message is intended for all international students and scholars who are either currently here with MIIS or were present in 2008 in F, J or H-1b status.

2008 Tax Information for International Students & Scholars

The Office of International Services at MIIS and the Tax Office at Middlebury College provide support and resources to all international students and scholars who were temporarily in the United States in F, J, or H-1b in 2008.  Filing federal and state income tax forms is the personal responsibility of each international student and scholar.  The staff of the Office of International Services (OIS) cannot provide individual tax preparation information but there are a number of resources available to you.

Federal Income Tax Information

This year MIIS and Middlebury are again making available the web-based tax preparation software program called CINTAX available free for all students and scholars who are considered nonresident for tax purposes.  CINTAX allows you to easily prepare your federal income tax return from any computer connected to the internet.  The program should only take you twenty to forty minutes to complete your federal income tax return.  Once completed, CINTAX will produce (in PDF format) your completed federal income tax forms ready for printing, signature and mailing to the Internal Revenue Service. 

To use CINTAX you will need a password.  This password along with additional instruction will be mailed to you by Dr. Corinna Noelke from Middlebury College very shortly.  In addition to the password, you will need at least one of the following documents: 

1. 1042S: if you received any scholarship, fellowship or grants.
2. W-2: if you were employed and received wages.
3. 1099: for income other than wages, such as independent contractor.

The 1042S forms have not been mailed but you should receive notification of them shortly.  If you did not work in 2008 or received  any type of scholarship or wages then you most likely do not have an obligation to file a tax return.

California State Income Tax Workshop

The Office of International Services will hold a workshop on California State Tax Return Preparation on Monday, February 23rd at 5:00 pm in Irvine Auditorium. A representative from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will present on CA state tax issues for nonresident students and scholars.  Ms. Fedler has been with the Franchise Tax Board for 28 years and has a broad range of experience.  She is currently FTB’s Education and Outreach Specialist responsible for education and outreach efforts.  In preparation for the presentation, feel free to print the two Powerpoint presentations that were sent to you via email and which will be viewed in the workshop. I strongly recommend that you attend this workshop for assistance with your California State Income Tax.

For more information and links, visit the OIS website at http://www.miis.edu/ois/ois_social.html .  You will be receiving additional information along with the password to CINTAX from Dr. Corinna Noelke at Middlebury very soon. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,

Kathy

Kathy Sparaco, Manager
Office of International Services
Monterey Institute of International Studies
(831) 647-3088
kathy.sparaco@miis.edu
Skype name: Office of International Services

Please note that Kathy is out of the office on Thursday and  Fridays, but is
available for phone appointments. 

ANNOUNCING NEW PRIZE FOR BEST STUDENT ESSAY ON ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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!

Come join our school’s 1st official soccer game of the season.

When: Sunday 3pm
Where: Marina High School
Directions: http://www.montereysoccer.org/Directions.htm

If you have any questions, please email Rafael Burgos via first class.

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