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Celebrating Foreign Language Education: A Monterey Bay Symposium

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

R.S.V.P. for the SAT February Breakfast!

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

MBSR Session 1 Follow-Up

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.

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.   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. 831-236-7110.
Licensed Psychotherapy. Wellness Corporation MIIS healthcare provider.

RSVP for 2012 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training Series

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:
Contact Infor: 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.

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

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.

You’re Invited to a MIIS Staff and Faculty Halloween Party!

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:

2011/12 Staff Advisory Team Opinion Survey Seeks Input

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:

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.

2nd Annual Staff Advisory Team BBQ

Yes, that’s right!
It’s Mariachi Monday!

Mariachi Monday

Monterey Institute Staff & Faculty are cordially invited to the
2nd Annual Staff Advisory Team BBQ
Monday, September 12, 2011
12-1:30pm in the Holland Center Courtyard

On the Menu
Monterey Turf Club Taco Bar
Carne Asada, Pulled Pork, Beans, Rice and Veggie Fixings
Chips, Salsa, Soft Drinks and Water too!

Don’t Miss!
Super SAT Raffle at 12:30pm

featuring incredible prizes from local businesses!


Staff Advisory Team Invites you for Coffee & Donuts!

The Staff Advisory Team is hosting this month’s Coffee and Donuts on Thursday, January 12th from 10:00-11:00pm in the Holland Center.  Please join us for some yummy food, and conversation.

Don’t forget that the SAT is going green! Please bring your own coffee mug.

Please R.S.V.P. here!

Meeting Minutes: Wednesday, October 13

CHOMP Bloodmobile on campus Tuesday, November 9

  • Signup sheets at Samson the week before (Wed 11/3 and Thu 11/4) from 12-2pm
  • Include email and phone numbers on signup sheets so we can send reminders
  • Get Student Council president involved to help promote blood drive to students
  • Leah & her work study students will design a flyer
  • Post announcement on the MIIS@Work blog
  • Ad on the homepage of eLearning
  • Send campus-wide email

Adding the SAT Google Calendar to the combined MIIS Google Cal

  • Who is the contact?

November Event: Bowling for Polio

  • Wednesday, November 17 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • @ Monterey Lanes
  • $20 for 2 games, shoes, and pizza
  • Staff/faculty members can bring their families
  • Could SAT subsidize some of the cost?

December First Friday Event: Beer Tasting

  • Friday, December 3 on the Holland Center patio
  • approx. cost for 50 people to have 2 bottles/each: $150
  • Tom & Nathan will send out the Evite
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