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Staff Advisory Team Event Calendar

Fall Fitness

Fall Fitness
Check out 3 group fitness classes being offered at Z Club Fitness this semester, FREE for MIIS staff & faculty: Zumba, POUND, and Corebar! Visit for schedule and descriptions! Starts 8/26.

MIIS Days at the Monterey Sports Center

MIIS Days at the Monterey Sports Center
The Monterey Sports Center will be offering FREE admission for MIIS staff & faculty all day on on August 28th, 29th & 30th. MIIS ID required.

MIIS Alumni

MIIS Communique

Things to do on the Monterey Peninsula

Ever wanted to wait out the traffic after work but were at a loss for something to do while you waited.  Well, can help with this dilemna. This website has listings for different attractions, things to do,  insider tips for enjoying the outdoors, restaurants, and food and wine events.  Click and enjoy!  Below are pictures of different venues around the peninsula that feature some of the events and activities that Monterey has to offer.

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Middlebury Links

Here are some helpful links to some of the Middlebury sites that you might find useful.

Current Staff Advisory Team – 2014

Trish Aportela    Trish Aportela, GSTILE-Language and Professional Programs

   Trish works in the Language and Professional Programs (LPP) office and spends her time       providing administrative support to the LPP team.  Trish works directly with students to provide pre-arrival information, including student housing, tuition payments, textbooks, etc.  Trish is a Salinas native and returned to the area after graduating from CSU, Sacramento in 2012. In her off time she enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her family and eating out with friends.


Samuel Bravo


Maria Osorio


  Lauren Patron, Lauren PatronDean’s Assistant, Graduate School of International Policy and  Management

Lauren Patron-Castro is the Dean’s Assistant for the Graduate School of International Policy and Management.  Lauren holds a B.A. in Human Communications with a concentration in Journalism and Media Studies and a minor in Tele-dramatic Arts and Technology from CSU Monterey Bay.  Her professional experience encompasses various administrative roles in diverse educational and non-profit settings, including two years of service with the AmeriCorps program, Public Allies Silicon Valley.

Lauren’s role on campus allows her to serve as the face of the GSIPM School, providing support for faculty, staff, and students on a variety of different needs.  If you should have any questions in regards to the department and its policies, Lauren is a great resource and would love to speak with you.  When not on campus, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing board games, going to the movies, and finding new creative projects to complete.


Angie Quesenberry, Dean’s Assistant, Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education



  Catherine Snapp, ACatherine Snappdmissions Officer, Admissions Office

Catherine has worked as an Admissions Officer since August 2011. She is part of the Admissions Team that processes the graduate studies applications for admission. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She was born in Carmel and has returned home to the Monterey Peninsula after working at CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County as an Administrative Assistant in the Information Systems Department. When not at work, she enjoys gardening, reading, going to the movies and out to dinner with friends and family.


What is the Appreciation Wall?


Have you ever wanted to appreciate a co-worker and weren’t sure how to do it?  The Wall of Appreciation is an open forum that allows you to give kudos to all those people on campus that have been a helping hand, inspiration, and a life saver.  To post a note of appreciation, fill out the attached form and a S.A.T. representative will post it on the blog for you and notify the recipient.  All posts will remain public for 14 days.

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