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Highlights from Dr. Potter’s recent travels in Europe, India

CNS Director Bill Potter just returned from a month of travel.  Here are some of his achievements:

  • Co-chaired a high-level U.S.-Russian Track 1.5 Meeting in Glion, Switzerland on March 10-12, 2014.  The meeting focused on the potential for future U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control negotiations.  CNS experts Jon Wolfsthal and Nikolai Sokov also participated in the workshop.
  • With CNS Senior Research Associate Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, was a featured speaker at a seminar on Monitoring Commitments in Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation organized by the Geneva Center for Security Policy on March 13, 2014.
  •  Chaired a two day NPT Diplomatic Workshop in Annecy, France on March 14-15, 2014.  CNS staff members Elena Sokova, Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, Amanda Moodie, and Edith Bursac also participated.
  •  Gave a presentation on “the NPT Balance Sheet” at a nonproliferation short course hosted by the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation on March 17.  CNS experts Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, Nikolai Sokov, and Elena Sokova also made presentations.  Dr. Potter also moderated a panel discussion in Vienna on the same day on “Towards the Third NPT Preparatory Meeting.”  Other speakers included the 2014 NPT PrepCom Chair designate Enrique RomanMorey.
  • Participated in the Nuclear Security Knowledge Summit in Amsterdam on March 20-22, 2014.  CNS experts Elena Sokova and Miles Pomper also participated in the event.
  • Gave a paper on “Tackling the Challenge of Nuclear Terrorism” at the International Conference on Nuclear Weapons-Free World: From Conception to Reality” in New Delhi, India on April 2-3, 2014.  The keynote address at the conference was provided by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

MIIS Milestones

Congratulations to Sherre Kruft, on her TWENTY years as part of the MIIS community! We appreciate everything you do!

We’re also celebrating five years of service to the Institute by Jason Warburg, Maureen Anda, Heekyeong Lee, and Miles Pomper.

Seeing the Unseen…

Middlebury professor Andrea Olsen returns to the Monterey Institute for a residency the week of March 24, joined by her colleague, artist Josie Iselin. Josie’s images of seaweed are on display in the William Tell Coleman Library. Please stop in and see the exhibit, and join us for the accompanying lecture/performance on March 27:


JOSIE ISELIN is a California-based photographer, writer and bookdesigner celebrating the release of her seventh book: An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed. Iselin holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA in Photography from San Francisco State University. Please visit at to view her work.

ANDREA OLSEN is a professor of dance and faculty member in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, and author of a trilogy of books on dance and the environment, including her recently released work with Caryn McHose, The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making.

Funded in part by a ONE MIDDLEBURY Faculty Grant, Middlebury College





GSTILE Professor Wins Prestigious Award

By Dr. Kathi Bailey

netta_picture_2 We are pleased to announce that TESOL/TFL Professor Netta Avineri has won the Russ Campbell Young Scholar Award in Heritage Language Education. The award was established in honor of Professor Russell Campbell, whose work was instrumental in launching the field of heritage language studies. What is Dr. Campbell’s connection to MIIS? At UCLA he was a professor for Jean Turner, Kathi Bailey, and Ruth Larimer while they were graduate students. He was also a colleague of Peter Shaw when Peter taught there before coming to MIIS.

Netta will receive this award at the 2014 International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages. This award was created to recognize outstanding scholarship by individuals who are currently working on a dissertation, or who have filed one within the last five years, which focuses on topics related to heritage language.


Summary Plan Description (SPD)

SPDs are designed as brief, handy, easily understandable explanations of important benefit plan provisions.  Below please find a link to the 2014 version of the Middlebury College Health & Welfare Benefits Plan SPD which provides current information on our: medical, dental, vision, life, voluntary life, short-term disability, long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and employee and family assistance program benefits.  All employees are eligible for the employee and family assistance program (EFAP); those employees classified as “benefits-eligible” are eligible for the full range of health and welfare benefit offerings.  You can also find this SPD by visiting the Benefits page on the Human Resources website.  If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the 2014 SPD, please let me know, or stop by the Human Resources Office, and a paper copy will be provided to you.

Please do not hesitate to contact the benefits team with questions about the change to our EFAP provider or the 2014 Health & Welfare SPD.

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

For many years our EFAP benefit has been administered by The Wellness Corporation.  Recently, The Wellness Corporation was purchased by E4 Health, a leading provider, under the brand name Lifescope, of holistic life services and wellness solutions for organizations nationwide. The merger of The Wellness Corporation and E4 Health – two experienced and professional organizations – will mean expanded service offerings for our faculty and staff plus continuation of the high quality services and capabilities that we have been accustomed to through our long-standing relationship with The Wellness Corp.  Please take a moment to review the two brief documents attached, which give an overview of our new Lifescope resources as well as updated phone and web contact information.  Please note  -  if you are currently accessing EFAP counseling or other benefits arranged through The Wellness Corporation you will not need to do anything different to continue to see your current provider; this change will be seamless to you.

Bleek speaks on efforts to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons

In February, Philipp Bleek gave a talk at the local Park Lane seniors’ center, reflecting on serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense while on leave from MIIS during the 2012-13 academic year. Among other topics, he spoke about his experience staffing the interagency “Syria Chemical Weapons Senior Integration Group,” whose existence was classified until recently, but has now been made public in the context of ongoing efforts to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.

Howard speaks at U of South Florida Conference

BG (RET) Russell D. Howard was a panelist at the University of South Florida’s “Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension: Implications for Policymakers, Warfighters, NGOs and the Private Sector” conference held in Tampa Florida on February 18-19. General Howard sat on the “Shadow Organizations and their Impact on Stability and Conflict” panel where he spoke about the “Nexus between Criminal Traffickers and Terrorists.”

Anonymous Donor Pledges $2 Million to Support Immersive Learning Opportunities, Endowment


Students in the Monterey Institute’s unique immersive learning programs have the opportunity to work on real-life projects such as local development efforts in Peru.

The Monterey Institute has received a $2 million gift pledge from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The gift will be divided equally between support for the Institute’s unique immersive learning programs, which provide real-world professional opportunities for students as part of their academic experience, and the school’s endowment, which provides general support for all Institute activities.

The donor stated their hope that this gift “will give more students access to the immersive learning program, and also increase the funds available to support the Institute’s core needs such as financial aid and faculty development.” The donor is the grandparent of a current Monterey Institute student, and is also the grandparent of a recent graduate of Middlebury College. 

“We are extremely grateful for this generous and visionary gift, which will allow us to expand opportunities for both students and faculty at the Monterey Institute,” commented President Sunder Ramaswamy. “Immersive learning is one of the signature elements of a Monterey Institute education, and this gift will allow us to explore new opportunities for our students to learn in the field as well as the classroom while enrolled here.”


Employers from Around the World Flock to Recruit at MIIS Career Fair

Career Fair 2014

Students and alumni had the opportunity to meet recruiters from more than 90 organizations at Career Fair 2014 on February 28. 

The opportunity to recruit Monterey Institute students and graduates drew 92 employers from all over the world to the Monterey Conference Center Friday for Career Fair 2014 on February 28. Organizations attending included global brands Apple, Driscoll’s, eBay and Honda, non-governmental organizations such as the Sierra Club and the United Nations Development Programme, language specialists like LanguageLine and Transperfect, and government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of State.

The fair offered Monterey Institute students the opportunity to meet employers, learn about job opportunities, distribute resumés, and set up interviews. Some employers started the day before the fair, hosting information sessions and talking with students. MIIS alumna Sally Young (MATI ’99) flew in from Geneva to recruit candidates for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). She appreciates the quality of MIIS candidates from the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education, in particular their “attention to detail, passion to keep learning, and desire to do in-depth research.” MIIS graduates make up half the full-time staff in her office and MIIS students also fill about half of the internships offered at any point in time.

“Every year, the Institute’s career fair attracts some of the top international employers in the U.S. and the world,” commented Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy. “It’s a direct reflection of how they view our graduates—as exceptionally capable international professionals who are equipped to hit the ground running and make a difference immediately.”

A complete list of participating employers can be found here.

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