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  1. News Stories

    Bi-Weekly VP Update May 14

    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

    As we near the end of the academic year, I want to thank you for your diligence in following the Institute’s COVID-19 protocols over the past 2+ years. It hasn’t been easy and at times, I’m sure it has felt restrictive, but it has kept our COVID cases low and allowed us to gradually loosen up some of the guidelines. We hope that we’ll be able to return to normal by the start of the fall semester. 

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    Bi-Weekly VP Update April 29

    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

    It’s hard to believe that we are reaching the end of the academic year, with finals upon us soon.  We are looking forward to celebrating our Spring 2022 graduates during the Commencement ceremony on May 21. The keynote speaker will be Fatema Z. Sumar, who served until recently as Vice President of Compact Operations at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation. Leveraging her expertise in international development, foreign policy, diplomacy, and advocacy, Ms. Sumar has, in a variety of roles, led efforts to fight poverty by transforming global systems in reaching vulnerable populations.  Meanwhile, Meng (Barbara) Zhang has been selected as the student speaker for the Class of 2022.  She has been involved in numerous MIIS and volunteer activities and co-founded Translators for Elders.
     

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    Bi-Weekly VP Update April 15

    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

    This time of year marks an important season for many members of our community. Our Muslim friends are observing the Holy Month of Ramadan, Jewish community members begin their observance of Passover this evening, and Christians will celebrate Easter this weekend. We extend warm wishes to all members of our community as they celebrate this season. Student Council is hosting an Iftar event next Wednesday to celebrate and share together.
     

  4. Campus Notes

    Bi-Weekly VP Update April 1

    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

    Welcome back to campus. I hope you all had a relaxing break and have returned refreshed. As you know, COVID-19 is slowly transitioning from pandemic to endemic as the trends globally and locally improve. We are glad to offer some additional flexibility in terms of COVID-related policies and will continue to monitor trends in Monterey County. For now, several changes were implemented on March 28 that I want to reiterate below.

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    Bi-Weekly VP Update March 18

    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

    Today marks the two-year anniversary of the start of sheltering in place due to the pandemic. Thankfully, COVID-19 trends in Monterey County are improving, and our campus COVID is evolving as a result.  As we head into spring break, I want to update you on what’s changing – and what remains unchanged – in our COVID policies for the second half of the spring semester.

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    Bi-Weekly VP Update February 18

    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

    This month marks two years since the Institute, along with much of the world, began sheltering in place due to COVID-19. I so appreciate the patience and mutual support that everyone has shown as we have weathered COVID together. We will be looking for ways to return to some sense of normalcy between now and the end of the academic year.  
     

  7. Campus Notes

    Weekly VP Update January 28

    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

    We are looking forward to the start of the spring semester on Monday and want to assure that everyone is informed on the latest COVID-19 Omicron guidance so that we can keep members of the campus community as safe as possible. Please make sure you have performed the following measures before coming back to campus.
     

  8. Campus Notes

    Weekly VP Update January 21

    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

    As the winter break nears its end – and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus – we continue to monitor closely the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation, including changes in public health guidance. I encourage you to read these weekly updates carefully to stay informed of campus protocols and practices, which will likely change alongside changes in the Omicron situation. Keep in mind that the best protection against COVID-19 and its variants is to get your booster and wear a well-fitting mask.
     

  9. Campus Notes

    COVID-19 Testing Requirements Following Winter Break for Munras Housing Residents

    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

    In an effort to minimize possible transmission of COVID-19 among those living in residential housing, current residents who left Munras Housing over the winter break and students who are new to Munras housing, regardless of vaccination status, must: (1) provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test (also known as a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT)), taken within 72 hours of their arrival (24 hours before departure for those returning from outside of the U.S.); (2) take a rapid COVID-19 test at arrival; and (3) take a PCR COVID-19 test four days after arrival. Antigen testing is not a NAAT and is not considered a valid pre-arrival test.