Congratulations to President Sunder Ramaswamy, who is one of this year’s recipients of the Hind Rattan award. The Hind Rattan (“Jewel of India”) award is one of the highest Indian diasporic award granted annually to non-resident Indian citizens (NRIs) by the NRI Welfare Society of India, an organization under the umbrella of the Government of India. The award is granted at the Society’s annual congress, held in conjunction with national Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations. The award ceremony is attended by senior members of the Government of India and of the Supreme Court of India.
TEDxMonterey Women was one of over 200 TEDxWomen events happening simultaneously around the globe in over 58 countries expanding on ideas presented at this year’s TEDWomen ”Invented Here” event in San Francisco. The local event hosted at the Monterey Institute on Friday, December 6, featured a community screening of a session recorded live at the TEDWomen “Invented Here” event, three live presenters from our local community, and an energizing networking session. Over 250 people attended the event, describing it as “warming the spirit,” and “inspiring.”
Andrea Stachnik, founder of the non-profit Unmarked Streets, was the first live speaker to take to the stage in front of the audience in the sold-out Irvine Auditorium. She spoke of her experience working with women in Guatemala, sharing the mistakes she had made, what she had learned from them, and how that has shaped her approach to development.
Our second local speaker was a well-known champion of the arts in Monterey County, Paulette Lynch. She shared the story of the challenging first days of her dream job as executive director of the Arts Council of Monterey County and her deep-rooted belief that “arts are the answer” that has kept her going. Over the years her belief has been strengthened and supported by scientific evidence and personal accounts.
The final local speaker, Tonya Antle, a trailblazer in the field of organic produce and philanthropist, asked the audience what she has asked herself many times – “why stop here?” She talked about women and poverty in Monterey County and shared the story of 18 girls from Salinas who asked themselves that question as they broke through barriers to education and success. “When a woman thrives, a family thrives, and when a family thrives, a community thrives,” said Tonya to thundering applause – “Why stop here?”
Plans are already underway for TEDxMonterey to be held at the Monterey Institute on April 26, when we will explore the theme of “Edges.” Open auditions for speakers will be held in January and February. Stay tuned to TEDxMonterey’s website for more information.
TEDWomen is a TED event curated by TED and Pat Mitchell that focuses on women and women’s issues. TEDxWomen events are independently licensed TEDx events hosted around the webcast of TEDWomen.
Wondering what to get family and friends back home for the holidays?
Nothing says, “ah, warmth” like a nice, toasty sweatshirt, so swing by the Simoneau Alumni House/campus Gift Shop for our “Long Sleeve Sale”, starting Monday, December 9th! All items with long sleeves—three sweatshirts, a windbreaker and a t-shirt—are on sale for 10% off regular prices. It’s the perfect time to stock up on your MIIS gear, complete your holiday shopping list, and stay warm as you study into the wee hours.
Sale continues until Friday, December 20th.
The Simoneau Alumni House is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Special hours on Friday, December 13th (open until 7:00 pm) and Saturday, December 14th (open from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm for Commencement).
Itamara Lochard, director of the MIIS Cyber Security Initiative is pleased to announce that Mr. Jaan Priisalu, Director General of the Estonian Information Systems’ Authority (RIA) and civilian head of the Estonian Cyber Defense League (Küber-Kaitseliit) has just added a visit the MIIS campus on Monday, 9 December to his official schedule.
Please join her in a conversation with Jaan on various facets of cyber security at 4:00 p.m. (Location: McCone 202)
Jaan is at the forefront of technology and policy on matters related to cyber, banking, inter-agency cooperation, security, social media, communications, applying technological tools to improving daily life as well as artificial intelligence. He will be joined by Luukas Ilves, Head of International Relations at RIA.
RIA is the governmental division in charge of all cyber issues for Estonia, incuding their Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). Their model is frequently cited and emulated by multiple countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Moreover, the first EUCOM-funded, military-to-military cyber network operation familiarization exercise occurred with the Estonian Kaitseliit in 2009. This has been replicated successfully in several other countries and served as the basis upon which Lochard launched the first civilian U.S. cyber defense force. Additional information on RIA or the Kaitseliit can be found at: https://www.ria.ee/about-estonian-information-systems-authority/ and http://www.kaitseliit.ee/en/cyber-unit
Please join us in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity to discuss cutting-edge thinking related to cyber issues from one of the leading actors in the field, and in welcoming Jaan and Luukas to the Monterey Peninsula.
In order to ensure a frank discussion, this event is by invitation only and not open to the press. No portion may be recorded.
Who knew that the week of finals could include a free massage, cozy visiting time with rescued puppies, and a gingerbread house decorating adventure? Among the most stressful weeks of the year for any student, the last week of the semester is traditionally a time when everything is pushed aside to make room for long hours of studying and finishing off projects and papers.
“During this busy time of year we want to bring students opportunities to unwind an relax without the stress of classes,” says Megan Joyce, assistant director of Student Services, “and these events help accomplish that.” Many students welcome the distraction. Some even decorated their gingerbread houses to fit their studies, like Whitney White, who is studying for a joint degree in Business Administration and International Environmental Policy Studies (MAIEP/MBA ’14). Along with her friend Dawnielle Jacobson (MATI ’14), she designed Santa’s environmentally friendly dream house. They said their concept was very fitting for someone who steers away from fossil fuels anyway, as Santa relies on reindeer for his travels… "We gave him six solar panels for his house, and we have it oriented towards the south to take advantage of sunlight, and we also added a wind turbine for a little more energy.”
To all of our students: keep calm and good luck on those finals!
Student Technology Services (STS) exists to serve MIIS students with their wireless needs, including connections for laptops, smartphones and tablets, combatting antivirus, printer configurations and minor account issues. With the maturity of wireless technology, the ubiquity of wireless devices in our everyday lives and the consolidation of some services to Middlebury, ITS has an opportunity to reorganize our end user services.
On Dec 13. the STS office will permanently close its doors. Starting Jan. 2, students, as well as faculty and staff, can receive the same level technical support for all computing needs at one location, Casa Fuente 320, where the current IT Help Desk resides. Our staffing will remain the same, with current STS GAs and Help Desk personnel working together in the ITS suite.
In conjunction with this change, GAs will be managed by our Help Desk Manager Greg Harris. This enables our Network Manager, Wen Lu, to dedicate her work exclusively to wireless and wired networking. These changes represent an advancement for Greg and Wen in their desired career goals at MIIS. Please take a minute to congratulate them for their accomplishments.
Information Technology Services
The Monterey Institute recently installed a ReadyCam video broadcast studio in the McGowan building, enabling Monterey-based faculty and staff experts to connect with broadcast news organizations for live and pre-taped interviews at a moment’s notice.
Just a few days after the installation and testing of the equipment was completed, the studio was used to support the appearance of Dr. Jeffrey Lewis on PBS Newshour, where he offered commentary on the Iran nuclear agreement. The video segment was recorded live during the East Coast broadcast, with anchor Judy Woodruff interviewing Dr. Lewis while he sat in our on-campus studio on the third floor of the McGowan Building.
The ReadyCam® system uses Enhanced IP™ technology to transmit broadcast quality HD video over the Internet to anywhere around the world. To book a Monterey Institute expert for an interview or commentary, contact Jason Warburg or Eva Gudbergsdottir in the Institute’s Communications Office.
Maureen Fura (MPA ´09) has a lot to be thankful this year, but on top of her list is that her mother´s cancer is in remission, that her children are happy and healthy, and that her husband is working in a career he loves.
Maureen is a trailblazer and activist, working passionately to increase awareness and help for women suffering from perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.She has bravely told her own personal story of severe perinatal depression (see video from TEDxMonterey 2013) and is working on a documentary called Dark Side of the Full Moon to break the silence on this health crisis.
She is thankful for the support she has received along her journey to tell the story of mothers who are suffering and have courageously shared their story with her.She is also very thankful “to MIIS for giving me the tools to do it.”More than that, Maureen is thankful for her time in Monterey, adding reflectively that she “didn’t know at when I was there, just how great I had it.”
As self-described professor of pedagogical magic, Peter Shaw is not one to follow the beaten path, but one who instead embraces new challenges and innovation in teaching and learning. It is then perhaps fitting, that this season of giving thanks he has decided to actively “thank outside the box.” As he explains it, he is going to try to “in particular appreciate my students who are not only grateful for what they like in their education, but also indicate how it might be even better.”
A professor in the Institute’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, Peter has been thinking about gratitude recently after he discovered that studies show that it increases with age. “So by now I should totally stink of thankfulness and appreciation,” he says with his characteristic good-humored grin. “This week,” he says, “I am especially grateful for all those members of the MIIS community who themselves have the attitude of gratitude, and take the time to thank those who so constantly provide us with help, encouragement, and support. A Happy Thanks giving to all!”
Continuing our annual series on the spirit of giving thanks, we are happy to feature longtime Monterey Institute staff member Dollie Pope, advancement coordinator. When asked what she is most thankful for this year, Dollie was quick to respond with: “collaboration and good teamwork.” She points out the obvious but often overlooked fact that “we can’t reach our goals or solve any hard problems, whether personal or global without working together.”
Dollie says that she feels very fortunate for her family and the people she works with and that it is very “good to know that there are people you can count on in life.” Dollie herself is known as one of the rocks of the Institute, always willing to extend a helping hand to anyone in need. It is nice to hear that it goes both ways. Says Dollie: “Just yesterday I was swamped here at work and I was able to enlist the help of my colleagues to get the job done.” According to Dollie, the keys to good collaboration are to listen well and to be willing to compromise and help out. We could probably all agree on the wisdom of that.