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.

Filed Under (Events) by on April 5, 2012

You’re Invited:  Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling with the Staff Advisory Team at the Monterey Lanes!

Date: Wednesday, April 25th
Time: 6pm -8pm
SAT will be providing: Two hours of bowling, pizza and soda, shoes included.


Join us for a fun evening! Bring your families, spouses, significant other, or a friend.

Please R.S.V.P. by April 20th at 5pm. Limited space available so sign up now!


Filed Under (Community, Resources) by on April 3, 2012 and tagged

The Staff Advisory is pleased to share an overview from Eva Giedt’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction series offered this Spring.  Scroll through the content or download for your reference.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Overview

Join us for a symposium celebrating foreign language education! March 10, 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on campus at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

The Celebrating Foreign Language Education: A Monterey Bay Symposium is a celebratory symposium about foreign language education, focusing on teachers and TFL/EFL students in the Monterey Bay area. We will feature events with a strong applied/practical and theoretical base. Our presentations, workshops, and poster sessions will center on classroom implementation, methods and principles, pedagogical innovations, and they will also allow for participants to use the knowledge gained in their programs and classrooms. The following topics will be covered:

  • Content-Based Instruction
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Content, Tasks, and Projects
  • Alternative Assessment
  • Awareness Raising (Cultural, Language, etc.)
  • Learner Autonomy
  • Developing Core Cultural Competence

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leo van Lier

Filed Under (Community) by on January 30, 2012

Join the Staff Advisory Team for Breakfast on Wednesday, February 8th from 10:00-11:00am in the Holland Center.

We will have some fun prizes in honor of Valentine’s Day. Don’t miss out! 

R.S.V.P. at http://bit.ly/SATbreakfast

Filed Under (Health and Wellness, Resources) by on January 16, 2012

Mindful Awareness of Breath & Body Sensations Practice

1. 10 minutes per day. (Can do in shorter segments.)
2. Become aware of your feet on the Ground
3. Pause and become aware of Breathing
4. Feel your whole Body
5. Resume your Activity with mindfulness

Pause…. Ground…. Breathe…. Feel Body…. Action….

Stop-Take a few breaths-Observe-Proceed

You can do the practice a couple of minutes in the morning. Just pause and sense breath and feet and body. Stop and do the same before a meeting or class during the day, again at lunch, and later in the day. Soon it becomes a good habit.

You can put mindfulness bells on the computer, phone app, or use sticky note reminder. http://www.mindfulnessdc.org/bell/index.html.

If you want more

Eva’s Monterey office
MIIS Healthcare Benefit – Wellness Corporation 6 private sessions for stress  (no cost )
Just contact Wellness corporation and ask for referral to Eva Giedt for stress. http://www.wellnesscorp.com/contact-us.html.   800-828-6025

Ryan Ranch CHOMP Class
Thurs evenings 3 times per year.  $175 includes syllabus, book, CDs for home practice, and a lot of practice over 8 weeks.

Ryan Ranch Drop in meditations (if attend 2/3 of the MIIS lunch sessions – no cost)
Located at 2 Upper Ragsdale East gate. Professional Bldg D. Second floor

  • Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm: February 9, April 26, September 27, October 18
  • Thursdays 5:30-8 pm: March 15, May 31, November 8
  • Saturday Retreats 9:30-4 pm:  March 3, May 19, November 3
  • Saturday meditation retreats are held in silence with guidance.

Bring yoga mat, bag lunch. Questions: contact Eva

Contact Eva
Eva Giedt PMH NP.  EvaG97@aol.com.  www.EvaGiedt.com. 831-236-7110.
Licensed Psychotherapy. Wellness Corporation MIIS healthcare provider.


Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

The Staff Advisory Team is pleased to announce a 3-session mindfulness-based stress reduction training series starting in January 2012.  The series will be facilitated by Eva Giedt, a nationally board certified psychotherapist/mental health nurse practitioner in private practice in Monterey. Eva provides wellness programs for Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula. Also, she is now a psychotherapy provider under the Wellness Corp. insurance plan for MIIS employees.

You do not need to attend all sessions.  You can RSVP for one of the sessions in the series or all-three.


Benefits of Attending

  • New insights and strategies for keeping those stress-reducing resolutions thriving well into the New Year and beyond
  • Box Lunch with your colleagues sponsored by the Staff Advisory Team
  • Attend at least 2 of the 3 sessions and gain preferred access to bonus alumni sessions which include day-long silent retreats facilitated by Eva

Session 1: Introduction to Mindfulness to reduce stress. Awareness of breath and awareness of body sensations practices.  THIS SESSION IS AT CAPACITY! RSVP to Waitlist

Mindfulness is well documented to reduce the symptoms of stress. This 1 hour session will introduce mindfulness and give participants a brief experience of mindfulness using awareness of breath and body sensation.

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Time: 12:15 – 1:30pm
Location:  MCGOWAN 100 (capacity 45) *NEW LOCATION!

Session 2: Mindful Living Practices including mindfulness at work and mindful eating THIS SESSION IS AT CAPACITY! RSVP to Waitlist

Bringing mindfulness into our daily lives is rewarding. In this 1 hour session, participants will learn simple mindfulness practices for the workplace and home settings including mindful eating.

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Time: 12:15-1:30pm
Location:  Casa Fuente 452 (capacity 36)

Session 3: Mindfulness in relationships. Conscious communication THIS SESSION IS AT CAPACITY! RSVP to Waitlist

Mindfulness can improve our relationships by helping us to be more present, empathetic, and free of reactivity. In this 1 hour session participants will experience a meditation to help bring mindfulness into your relationships.

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time: 12:15-1:30pm
Location:  Casa Fuente 452 (capacity 36)

Contact Eva Giedt

Eva’s Website: http://www.evagiedt.com/
Contact Infor: evag97@aol.com or 831-236-7110

You’re also invited to register for Community Hospital’s 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction workshop series starting on Jan. 26.

Filed Under (Community, News) by on December 12, 2011 and tagged

Ice Skating by the BayMIIS Discount for Monterey’s Ice Skating by the Bay!

MIIS faculty and students will receive a 50% discount all next week, Monday – Thursday, December 12-15, 2011 from 11:00am – 4:30pm.

Skate rentals are $3.00/pair. Adults are normally $12.00, and kids $10.

You must show a valid school ID to receive the discount.

In addition to next week’s special offer, Ice Skating by the Bay will extend the discount to MIIS ID holders every Tuesday anytime of day.

Check them out on Facebook for more information.


Halloween! You’re Invited to the Staff and Faculty Halloween Party!

Join the Staff Advisory Team for a fearfully fun party on Halloween! The event will feature tasty treats, a best costume contest, and other ghoulish games.

Come dressed in your Halloween best and mingle with your fellow ghouls and ghosts.

: Monday, October 31st
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: President’s Residence, 530 West Franklin St.

Please let us know if you’re coming by Monday, October 24th using the form below:

Filed Under (Community) by on September 20, 2011 and tagged

The Staff Advisory Team is conducting a voluntary survey for all staff members. The goal of this survey is to highlight areas in which the Staff Advisory Team can facilitate new programs, events, and advocate for staff issues.

The survey, available for response for the next 2 weeks, will take about 5 minutes to complete.

By completing the survey you will have the opportunity to enter* for a chance to win “Dinner and a Movie for Two” at Montrio and the Osio Cinemas in Downtown Monterey.

Access the survey: https://unt.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eFjqfogYLRpbEVu

Thank you for participating–good luck in the raffle!

*Please note that the collected results are aggregated anonymously as a composite report. Results are not associated to a particular person—even though there is a field where you can “optionally” enter your email for a chance to win the dinner package.  Please rest assured that your responses remain anonymous.

E-mail the Staff Advisory Team at sat @ miis dot edu if you have any questions.