Archive for January, 2012

MIIS Alumna Shares Her Kabul Experience in NY Times

Jaala Thibault in Her Kabul Classroom

Jaala Thibault (MATESOL ’07) (right) in her Kabul classroom.

Jaala Thibault (MATESOL ´07) was one of only two U.S.-sponsored English Language Fellows (ELF) in Afghanistan in 2010; the other was fellow MIIS alumna Tara Bates (MATESOL ´07). Being selected into the U.S. State Department English Language Fellows program is “one of the most prestigious positions a recent MA graduate in TESOL or TFL can receive,” according to MIIS TESOL professor Kathleen Bailey.

In “Changes in Kabul Classrooms,” an article recently published by the New York Times, Jaala talks about her experience teaching in Kabul, where she continues to travel regularly to conduct teacher-training workshops. “Though I always knew I’d become a teacher, I never planned to use my ability to educate as a tool for building nations. But then the attacks of Sept. 11 happened—and just as they changed many lives, they changed my life, too.” She adds: “I desperately wanted to go there to help educate the girls and to learn about a culture that had been hidden for so long.”

In her second article published by the New York Times, “A Teacher’s Learning Curve in Kabul,” Jaala writes about learning to be patient with the pace of progress. She had arrived in Kabul a year and a half before with the big plans to help reform an education system, but came to embrace the proverb: “Patience is bitter, but it has a sweet fruit.”

By 2010, there was a mixture of boys and girls learning side by side in the classrooms at Jaala’s school, and women teaching a variety of subjects. But the stories of a different time are still fresh in memory and being shared every day. Recently Jaala confronted a new problem—not the lack of heating or proper supplies and not the fear of retribution—but rather not having enough chairs for all of the students. For a teacher, that is a wonderful problem to have.


Web Strategy Meeting 01.12.12

Project Updates

Mobile Website

  • MIIS seal now downloads on iPhones
  • Blogs icon now appears on all devices
  • “Upcoming Events” now removed from iPad

Events Calendar

We’ll be transitioning over the summer to Middlebury’s calendaring system. Preview our test calendar. Departments will submit their event info through a webform to be scheduled on the public facing calendar.

Campus Map Update

by Anja Mondragon

  • Progress with SketchUp
  • Project Timeline
  • How to Contribute

Online Video Content Report

by Eric Morrow

  • Demographics report
  • Traffic sources report

New Buttons?

Drupal Taxonomy Review

  • Learn more about our taxonomy terms and what they’re used to accomplish.
  • CBE stories vs. Summer Fellows stories

MIIS Staff Teach English to Aviators in Azerbaijan

Karen Hamilton gets a taste of the world of aviation English inside an Airbus flight simulator.

MA TESOL alumna Karen Hamilton and ESL Program Director Patricia Szasz returned to Baku, Azerbaijan in January to conduct a two-week teacher training workshop with English instructors at the National Aviation Academy. English is of course a vital link between pilots and air traffic controllers around the world, and the workshop introduced new ways for English teachers to use communicative language teaching in this highly-specialized environment. This is the third trip to Azerbaijan for Hamilton and Szasz, and they hope to continue their strong partnership with institutions in the capital, including the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Azerbaijan is seeing an unprecedented amount of growth and expansion, especially in anticipation of hosting this year’s Eurovision song contest. As the country becomes more prominent on the world stage, the need for proficient English speakers becomes more critical to the nation’s success.

New and returning faculty – iLearn Course Management Reminders

As we power up the Spring 2012 academic term, your friends in the ITS Help Desk and the Digital Learning Commons have some useful reminders and updates about iLearn course management services and support.

Logging In

The campus supported course management system, iLearn, is available at:

  • iLearn user accounts are activated by logging in. Use your current Middlebury email account username (everything before and password to log in.

Course Archives Policy

  • All iLearn Moodle course sites are backed up and archived for two years beyond the semester of instruction.
  • Fall 2012 courses will continue to be archived on  Summer and Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 courses will be officially and archived some time in May or June 2012
  • Spring 2011 courses are archived at, where “ay” stands for academic year.
  • Pre-Spring 2011 Courses continue to be archived on our old server

Course Rollover Requests

  • Faculty who wish to import an archived course from an archive of a previous academic term should complete the Course Rollover Request Form.  Look for the yellow call out bubble on the main iLearn page.  Requests will be processed by the ITS Help Desk.  Please allow at least 3 working days for processing.
  • Please allow at least 3 working days for processing.

Accessing Your Spring 2012 iLearn Course Shell(s)

To gain editing privileges to an iLearn course shell:

  • New faculty – be sure to Login to iLearn at to activate your profile.
  • New and Returning faculty – Email the Help Desk with the course name and names of any other instructors who need access.

iLearn Help & How To

  • Schedule an iLearn Orietnation or Refresher Session: If you are new to campus or are feeling a little rusty with iLearn, contact Bob Cole [bob dot cole at] at the Digital Learning Commons to schedule a one-on-one or small group training session.
  • Knowledge Base: Common Moodle questions and answers can be found in the Knowledge Base “KB”:
  • Help Forum: Have a quick question? Post it in the iLearn User-to-User Forum on iLearn.  Your questions make the community smarter!
  • Just in Time Video Training: We have access to a great new resource called which includes video-based tutorials for software ranging from iMovie to Excel to Moodle.  Login with your Middlebury webmail credentials here to explore further:



A Sea Change is Coming

On April 13, 2012 TEDxMonterey “Sea Change” will explore our diverse human connections with the land and the sea in order to inspire innovative conservation measures, dynamic discussions, and heightened awareness. A natural fit for Monterey—a widely recognized epicenter of marine policy and science, this year’s theme, “Sea Change,” will explore the creative, collaborative, and multidisciplinary innovations that are shaping our and our understanding of why and how our oceans are changing. People of all ages and locales are creating deep dialogue about how humans relate to the other 70% of the planet- the oceans!

Meet some of our speakers.

Space is very limited, so please apply early.

MIIS Mobile Is Here!

Take out your mobile phone. Go to your web browser. Type in to access the Monterey Institute’s mobile web site.

Thanks to Rebecca Walters and the LIS team at Middlebury for creating this convenient mobile interface.  Look for enhancements in the months to come.


MIIS Alumni Make Waves with Launch of “Local Catch Monterey Bay”

MIIS Alumni Launch Local Catch Monterey Bay

Monterey Institute alumni Alan Lovewell and Oren Frey have successfully launched Local Catch Monterey Bay – a new venture matching sustainable local fishermen with consumers on a regular basis.

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AACSB Accreditation Visit Planned

The Fisher International MBA Program is busy preparing for a ten year reaccreditation visit in late February. As required by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)  we have submitted the attached Five Year Summary Report to the visit team. We are pleased to share with you the report which reflects key initiatives, strategic planning processes, admissions and enrollment data, and information on our assessment of learning program.

The three member team will visit campus February 26-28th and meet with various faculty, staff, student and alumni groups. The team will submit a report to the Maintenance of Accredition Committee (MAC) at AACSB, and the MAC will submit a final decision on reaccreditation in late April. The team includes Ellen Harshman, Team Chair and Dean of John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University; Mark P. Rice, Dean of the School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and Tom Begley, Dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Please see bios for the team members attached.

We welcome questions and feedback on the report via email to:

2012-01-12 12:04:00

December 31, 1969


MIIS Chosen to Offer Peace Corps Fellows Program for Returned Volunteers

MIIS Chosen to Offer Peace Corps Fellows Program for Returned Volunteers

December 31, 1969

Monterey Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy recently signed a Memoranda of Agreement with Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams establishing the Institute as a partner school for purposes of the prestigious Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship Program.  The program offers Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV’s) financial support to pursue a graduate degree program at the Monterey Institute, along with a substantial internship in an underserved community in the United States.

The Coverdell Fellows Program happens to be the brainchild of Dr. Beryl Levinger, chair of the Monterey Institute Public Administration program.  Professor Levinger, who served in the Peace Corps in Colombia from 1967 to 1969, realized that Peace Corps volunteers have sought-after, specialized skills that could be put to good use back home.  The program was launched in 1985 in partnership with Teachers College at Columbia University, with initial placements in New York City public schools, but is now offered in connection with a broad spectrum of specialties.

For more information about the Peace Corps Fellows program and MIIS degree programs, please contact the MIIS Enrollment Team.