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Student Council Events, Fall Semester 2017



Th     Community Resources Fair – Student Council Booth – Samson Center Patio 12-1:30pm



F/1                   SC Social Hour #1 – Samson Center 5pm-7pm

F/1                   Student Council 2017/18 Nominations
                        (Secretary, Communications Director, Historian, and all Program Representatives)

Th/7                 Student Council Nominations End

Th/7                Club and Community Fair – Student Council Booth – Holland Center Patio 12-1:50pm

W/13-F/15        Student Council Elections – Online

F/15                 SC Social Hour #2 – Samson Center 5pm-7pm (SC Election Results Announced)

T/19                 Executive Session Meeting #1 – McCone Boardroom 12pm-1:50pm

Sa/23               Mandatory SC Retreat & Orientation – Location TBD


T/3                   General SC Meeting #1 – Open to all Students – McCone Boardroom 12-1:50pm

T/17                 Executive Session Meeting #2 – McCone Boardroom 12pm-1:50pm

F/27                 SC Social Hour #3 – Samson Center 5pm-7pm

NOVEMBER    (November 18-26 Thanksgiving Break)

T/7                   General SC Meeting #2 – Open to all Students – CNS Seminar Room 12-1:50pm

F/10                 MIIS Follies – Irvine – 6pm and 8pm

T/14                 Executive Session Meeting #3 –McCone Boardroom 12pm-1:50pm

T/28                 Executive Session Meeting #4 – McCone Boardroom 12pm-1:50pm


F/8                   SC Social Hour #4 – Samson Center 5pm-7pm

T/5                   General SC Meeting #3 – Open to all Students – McCone Boardroom 12-1:50pm

T/12                 Executive Session Meeting #5 – McCone Boardroom 12pm-1:50pm

F/15                 December Graduates’ Party – Samson Center Dining Room 5pm-7pm

Open Meeting 2 Agenda

November 1, 2016

Morse A101


12:00 pm Attendance
12:05 pm Rebecca Henriksen: CACS Survey
12:15 pm Karl Larsen: Forum Funding Veteran Org/Volleyball Club
12:25 pm Justin Loza: Veterans Organization Yearly Budget and Business Plan
12:35 pm Susan Wang:

  • the parking lot
  • student housing
  • gym space
  • standing desks
12:45 pm Cabinet Reports

  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Social Chair
  • Communications
  • Secretary
  • President
1:05 pm General Discussion:

  • Open
1:45 pm Closing Remarks

Open Meeting 1 Agenda

The first open meeting of the 2016-17 school year will occur on October 4, 2016, 12pm-1:50pm, in Morse A101.

The following topics will be addressed:

12:00 pm

12:03 pm

12:05 pm

12:15 pm

12:25 pm

12:35 pm

12:45 pm

1:05 pm

1:45 pm



Appointment of 2nd Yr GSTILE Member at Large

Mario Romero: MForce and Amnesty International Funding Request

Ziming Yuan: GSTILE Fall Forum

Elea Becker Lowe: Bike racks on campus

Stephen Doolittle: Class gift

Cabinet Reports

  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Social Chair
  • Communications
  • Secretary
  • President

General Business

Closing Remarks


In order to better serve MIIS students, StuCo decided last year to revamp its constitution, as well as its structure. You can read the updated constitution here, but in case you have more interesting ways to spend your weekends, here are the important things you need to know.

The main change is the consolidation of the Program Representative positions into two positions per school. We now have GSIPM first-year and second-year Members at Large and GSTILE first-year and second year Members at Large. Elections for both positions will take place in September.

For you, this means the following:

  • Instead of reaching out to your respective Program Representative(s), you will instead reach out to your respective school Member at Large.
  • StuCo will now host a townhall for each program once per semester, which gives you the chance to voice your concerns
  • StuCo will also now be hosting one ‘open meeting’ per month, which invites any students interested to attend (if there’s something specific they would like to discuss an agenda request form will be shared in Fall)
  • Program Event funding requests can now come from any student interested in hosting an event (under the auspices of a club  Student Council or department) that will benefit all the students in their program

Student Council looks forwards to a great year serving you!

MIIS Students Visit Bhutan

*The following blog post was taken from MIIS Newsroom Stories:


Middlebury Institute students had the opportunity to travel to Bhutan over spring break to engage with community leaders and local citizens experience first hand the Himalayan nation’s commitment to a political philosophy based on “Gross National Happiness.” “It was amazing, amazing, amazing,” says an enthusiastic Christine Lukeman MBA ’17, who was one of 10 students who took on the close to 50-hour journey each way from Monterey. The students spent nine days in country.

Bhutan is a small country of around 700,000 people sandwiched between two large powers, India and China. Through strict restrictions for travelers and volunteers (who must have a graduate degree), they have kept their culture relatively untouched by globalization and modernity. “It is in many ways like going back to medieval times,” says Lukeman, “but very happy medieval times.” Since 1971, Bhutan has rejected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the only way to measure progress and instead measures prosperity through formal principles of “Gross National Happiness” or GNH. The GNH measures the spiritual, physical, social and environmental health of the country’s citizens and the natural environment.

The trip was organized by Professor Jan Black and Carolyn Taylor Meyer, director of profesional immersive and special programs in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management, in partnership with the Royal Thimpu College of Bhutan. Students stayed in dorms at the college for the first part of the trip and were treated to lectures organized specifically for them by local community leaders.

“The lectures were absolutely phenomenal,” says Lukeman, who before coming to the Institute had traveled extensively, visiting over 60 countries. “It is the only place in the world I have been to where there does not seem to be any tourism industry, and the whole concept of selling anything to tourists seems to be foreign to them.” The group had the opportunity to participate in the Paro Tsechu Festival, with dances performed by monks and laypeople dressed in colorful costumes. For the festival, the students all dressed in traditional clothing that they bought for the occasion.

Students Visit Bhutan Tigers NestDuring the second part of the trip, the students traveled with Black and Meyer for eight hours in a bus to reach the Phobjikha Valley, known for the black-necked cranes that winter there. They split into smaller groups and stayed at the homes of local farmers while hiking in the area. “We had the opportunity to interact with the families and have a wonderfully authentic experience,” says Lukeman. On their last day, they hiked up to the Tiger’s Nest, the famous monastery perched on a cliff at high elevation.

The Institute students who traveled to Bhutan this spring are working on individual research projects tailored to fit their degree program. “I would say that most of us changed our topics once we were there, because there was just so much we could not have foreseen,” says Lukeman, who is researching the role Buddhism plays in public policy—a fascinating topic born of a fascinating experience.