…Education for a Sustainable Future News Bulletin Executive Director’s Message Monteverde Institute April 2009 “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” ~Benjamin Franklin Monteverde Institute’s work What a difference a year makes. When most of us think back to April, 2008, the world MVI is a non-profit organization established in 1986 seemed like a different place. Goethe once whose purpose and goal is to promote and increase said, “Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.” There is no doubt the knowledge and practice on the sustainable man- that we at the Institute, as throughout the agement of resources through education, research Monteverde community and beyond, are af- and community development. In real terms, this is fected by the economic slowdown. Some what we do: groups have cancelled and others have fewer students participating, but overall we are fortu- • Organize and run courses for foreign stu- nate. dents on topics related to sustainability like; cul- ture and history, environment and sustainable de- There is intrinsic value in study abroad. Knowl- velopment, ecology and tropical biology, and social edge may be the only investment these days that still pays high interest. Even when econo- -economic experiences of the Costa Rican and Some of MVI’s Team mies are shrinking, parents and Institutions Monteverde area. http://www.mvinstitute.org/education.html recognize the importance of providing interna- • Promote field research on topics relevant to Monteverde like; water resources, public health, tional experiences for students, particularly sustainable growth, ecotourism and tropical ecology. For example, students from public health course during a time of global change and challenges. Today, even more than before, it is essential focus their research on topics like nutrition, sexual health, HIV/AIDS and water usage. that students gain a global perspective; discuss http://www.mvinstitute.org/research.html the issues surrounding sustainability; learn • Work with local institutions, families and other groups from about the pressures placed on our natural Monteverde. This includes work with the local Government to project the population growth of the resources; and strive for solutions. area, &/or work with the Santa Elena Public High School to plan its land use. • Dissemination of information through the John and Doris Campbell Library. This effort includes We at the Institute, have so much to be glad expanding and converting to a digital format our collections of books, reports and articles in English about. There are so many activities, programs, courses and changes going on at the Institute and Spanish, and offering a computer lab open to the community and students. that they won’t all fit on these pages. And, yet, http://www.mvinstitute.org/library.html for the Institute to continue to be sustainable, • Provide Community Outreach projects which seek to supply educational opportunities, for the we need to make sure that our community, community and the students., English clases, workshops and lectures are among the various additional that is, all of you, agrees that educating our community and course activities we offer. http://www.mvinstitute.org/community.html future generations is still one of the best invest- ments. To this end we have recently created the MVI Alumni and Supporters Association, The Farmer’s Market: MVI Associates and Board of email@example.com and have been updat- Director’s Members An opportunity for Exchange MVI is an organization managed by a General Assembly ing the Monteverde Alliance, our non-profit This place is not only the place to purchase your pro- consisting of people from Monteverde and outside the 501c3 in the U.S. duce and other goods directly from the producers, but country. Every We are all Alumni of the Institute in one form for another kind of exchange. Students of Agro Ecology year MVI hosts an or another and, as you well know, every Educa- and Environmental Sustainability of the Monteverde Insti- assembly where tional Institution dreams about its future and tute have been creating posters and videos about pro- board members works to establish an endowment. So please ducer’s are chosen who remember, “If you count all your assets, you farms. meet every month always show a profit.” (Robert Quillen) By We have to oversee and clicking at “Give back” at www.mvinstitute.org/ also guide MVI’s work. alumni-association.html you can make a dona- done Currently our tion of your time, energy or assets, so that, research board includes: “we can continue to be the change we want to on their Marvin Hidalgo President see”. farms. Dev Joslin Vice-President Ward Kane Treasurer – Jannelle Wilkins This Bob Law Vocal 1 material Mills Tandy Vocal II Monteverde Institute pro- Aura Sandí Substitute motes Rafael Arguedas Fiscal Apartado 69-5655 the Currently we are looking to add one or two Monteverde, Puntarenas farmer’s work, supports local food production and we new members. If you are interest in getting involved Costa Rica hope motivates other farmer’s in the area to join this with MVI and determining its future, we encourage communal effort of great social, economic and environ- you to become an Associate! You can get in touch www.mvinstitute.org mental importance. Contact Patricia Ortiz at with Marlene Leitón (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tel: (506) 2645-5053 email@example.com with any board member to receive more information. Fax: (506) 2645-9923 MVI Staff Sidewalks Project MVI staff consists of 16 full time employees Sustainable Futures Program (SFP) is pleased to announce the beginning of the Sidewalks Project, sec- plus many others who work with specific tion Santa Elena—Cerro Plano. In the following weeks engineers will be doing all the survey work to pre- programs. Some of them, like Marlene Leitón, cede with our plan designs and subsequent work. This have more than 15 years working for the MVI, while others just a few months! We invite you initiative has been developed with the collaboration of to come and meet us! We’d be happy to chat the “Colegio de Ingenieros y Arquitectos” and the and exchange information. local government. Jannelle Wilkins, Executive Director SFP would also like to add that we are following with Claudia Rocha M. - Receptionist; NSF our project, Green Ways, section Cheese Factory- Nutrition Study Monteverde Reserve. We anticipate to work with at Cristina Rubio - Spanish Program least two groups this year building &/or improving Coordinator pedestrian paths. Perhaps you would like to join Erick Anchía - Maintenance Assistant us!!!!! Erick McAdam - Course Coordinator; EAP If you would like to hear more &/or join one of the Evelyn Rockwell - Community Outreach Program; Homestay activities please contact Anibal Torres Leitón Gerardo Rodríguez - Guard firstname.lastname@example.org Giselle Salazar - Operations MORE!!! Maria Antonieta Benavides - Asistente Prog. Educativos * John and Doris Campbell Library Maricella Solís - Human Resource In cooperation with the Community Outreach Program MVI’s Administrator & Logistics Coordinator library started offering a monthly workshop on basic computer skills to Marlene Leitón - Library Services homestay moms from La Cruz and Cañitas. Anxious and eager, all 19 Coordinator participants started for the fist time learning how to use a computer. Sarah Burbank - Educational Programs Administrator With Jordan Funke’s guidance and Marlene Leitón and Evelyn Rockwell’s Seidy Torres - Finance Assistant assistance, we are having great fun! Tony Salazar - Maintenance; NSF Nutrition MVI’s digital library projects will continue this June. The documents cre- Study ated through the Public Heatlh Course at MVI will become the newest Trinidad González - Guard addition to our public access library collection. We welcome once again, Zoraida Brenes - Finance Director Laurie Kutner, Librarian at the University of Vermont and two Internship students, Cindy Dykes and Stepha- nie Havelka. For any questions please contact Marlene Leitón email@example.com Part-time Staff Library Hours: Monday - Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. Come and learn! Amy Cherwin - Course Coordinator Ann Cappelli - Instructor; English Ana Ovares - Instructor; Spanish Anibal Torres - Course Coordinator; ** Mt Holyoke & Goucher Course Sustainable Futures Coordinator This year, for the first time, the Monteverde Institute offered a complete semester set of multidisciplinary Arturo Vargas - Computer Technician courses. Twenty-three college students from Goucher and Mount Holyoke participated in a program called Cristina Navarro - NSF Nutrition Study Global-Local Challenges to Sustainability. All were enrolled in Spanish (at one of four levels), Environmental Danilo Brenes - Course Coordinator Sustainability, and Development and Social Change in Costa Rica. They also chose between two research Ernesto Ruiz - Coordinator NSF Nutrition methods courses, one in the natural and the other in the social sciences. With the many field trips—including Study one to Nicaragua—home stays, and various extracurricular activities, they had a total immersion experience. Federico Chinchilla - Instructor: Tropical Diversity - EAP Course professors: Jim Weil, Lynn Morgan, Cristina Rubio & Patricia Ortiz. Frank Joyce - Course leader and Professor: EAP Gaudy Picado - Course Coordinator Interested in More Info.? ...SURE!! Greg Goldsmith - PhD. Candidate Biology Some Publications about MVI. Check these IWRP. In 2009, the Integrated Water Resource Isaura Ortiz - Instructor: Spanish websites: http://eec1.ucdavis..edu/news/news- Program (IWRP) will work with the Monteverde Jenny Peña - Ass. Coordinator NSF archives/monteverde/ or http:// communities on monitoring local stream health, Nutrition Study, Course Coordinator Health strobist.blogspot.com/2009/01/on-assignment- the Program Bandera Azul Ecológica, and will Jim Weil - Anthropology Professor monteverde-institute.html host interns from Monteverde, the USA and the Jordan Funke - Instructor: English NEW Alumni & Supporters Association. Netherlands. Contact info: Justin Welch - Water Resources Program Coordinator; Adopt a Stream Project Kamila Rakhimova is creating an association that firstname.lastname@example.org. Kamila Rakhimova - intern: creator of will help MVI’s friends keep in touch and con- Research on how Tourism has Impacted fam- Alumni & Supporters Association tinue supporting projects. Contact info: ily’s Nutrition. This is a 3 year research study Lynn Morgan- Sociology Professor email@example.com funded by a grant from the National Science Maria Elena Corrales - NSF Nutrition Foundation in conjunction with the University of Study English Classes. Since September 2007 we have South Florida, to study diet and nutrition of Marielos Abarca - Instructor: Spanish offered and held English classes for community local families from San Luis to Santa Elena. Marc Hoffman –intern: multimedia creator members. New enrollment coming shortly! Ernesto Ruiz firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenny Mark Wainwright - Instructor; Biology; For more information contact Evelyn Rockwell, Peña, email@example.com. Course Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Perkins –volunteer: data base New Internet Page: www.mvinstitute.org (Soon in organizer Spanish!). Jannelle Wilkins Patricia Ortiz - Instructor; Biology & email@example.com Agroecology Spanish Classes. Various level classes are offered Rafael Elizondo - Course Coordinator to Monteverde residents and foreigners. Cristina Ronald Rojas - Quickbooks Advisor SOON... Rubio, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sofia Arce– Instructor: Biology Yanni Sanmiguel - Web Designer Yishai Weinstein - Instructor: English Film projects on Agroecology by Mt. Holyoke & Goucher group available at MVI’s Library for public use.
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