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  • Photos from Thesis Defenses, Senior Dinner, and Graduation on Croft Facebook Page

    Photos from Croft thesis defenses, the senior dinner at Dr. Gispen's house, and our graduation ceremony are on our Facebook page.  Congratulations to all of our graduates!

  • Croft Sophomore Wins Barksdale Award

    At the Honors College Spring Convocation on Tuesday, February 10, Croft sophomore Joe Bell received one of the two Barksdale Awards given this year.  The award offers $5000 to students to pursue independent research or humanitarian work.  Joe plans to study the impact of labor policy, agricultural policy, and globalization on cowboys and guachos in the United States an Uruguay.  “I am intrigued and inspired by the independent and somewhat tragic lives of the North American cowboy and the Uruguayan gaucho,” Bell told the U.M. news service. “These two entities, although separated by an almost hemispheric landmass, have long suffered from the same cultural, economic and legal marginalization.”  Two other Croft students have won the Barksdale award, Martina Cotelo (B.A. 2014) and Patrick Woodyard (B.A. 2010).    U.M. News Story

  • Croft Students Participating in the Chinese Language Flagship Program's Capstone Year

    Croft graduate William Bumpas (2014) sent us an update on the four current Croft students and two graduates participating in the Chinese Language Flagship Program's Capstone Year. They finished their semester of direct enrollment at Nanjing University on January 23 and can been seen above pictured with the entire Capstone cohort.  They are excited to begin their internships in Chinese working environments within the next few weeks.

    • Alison Bartel, the Shanghai Young Bakers Club, a French NGO
    • William Bumpas, the Beijing branch of CIC, a Shanghai-based social media analysis and market research company
    • Kim Butler, Justice for All, an NGO in Nanjing
    • Conner Clark, United Efforts and Yunnan Parallel, both non-profit NGOs based in Kunming
    • Liana Tai, Labbrand- Brand Innovations in Shanghai
    • Palmer Withers, Calling Brands, an international branding and marketing consultancy, also in Shanghai.

  • U.M. News Story about 2014-2015  Croft Scholars

    The University of Mississippi news service recently wrote a story about the 2014-2015 Croft Scholars, Matthew Forgette, Natalie Gagliano, Alexandra Gersdorf, Kate Hill, Sarah Meeks, and Matthew McInnis, and the two winners of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship, James DeMarshall and Hadley Peterson.

    http://news.olemiss.edu/croft-institute-announces-its-2014-15-scholars/

Students in the News
April 27, 2015

Croft Student Wins Boren Scholarships to Study in China

A Croft student, senior Steven Mockler, has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study in China next year.  Funded by the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 in funding for students studying languages deemed critical to U.S. security, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.  Congratulations to Steven!

April 10, 2015

Twelve Croft Students Inducted into U.M. Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to the twelve Croft students who were inducted into the University of Mississippi's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa last Friday, April 11.  Dr. Gispen and Dr. Schenck, who are resident members of the chapter, attended the ceremony.  Dr. Schenck will continue to serve as vice-president of the chapter next year.

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April 9, 2015

Three Croft Students Awarded Taylor Medals

At the 2015 University Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 9, three Croft students were awarded the Marcus Elvis Taylor Medal, the University's highest academic honor.

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From the Institute
May 15, 2015
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Photos from Thesis Defenses, Senior Dinner, and Graduation on Croft Facebook Page

Photos from Croft thesis defenses, the senior dinner at Dr. Gispen's house, and our graduation ceremony are on our Facebook page.  Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Faculty News
February 16, 2015

Croft Assistant Professor of History Contributes Chapter to Book on Muslims in Ireland

Croft assistant professor of history and international studies Vivian Ibrahim contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book Muslims in Ireland: Past and Present, published by Edinburgh University Press.  The study, which "makes an important and original contribution to understanding the diversity of Muslim presences in different national contexts across Europe," will be available on March 31, 2015.  Publisher's Website

February 10, 2014

Dr. Gutiérrez Appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at U.S. Air Force Academy

Croft Professor of Spanish Dr. John Gutiérrez has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy for the 2014-2015 academic year. While there, Dr. Gutiérrez will be teaching classes in culture and Spanish linguistics and consulting with the faculty on their current curriculum. 

Alumni News
March 30, 2015

Croft Alumnus Selected for Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Program in Germany

Croft graduate Colby Woods (B.A. 2014) has been selected for the Fulbright Assistantship Program in Germany.  He will help teach English in Bayern for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Congratulations to Colby!

January 7, 2015

Croft Graduate Works with Entertainers to Create Innovating Marketing Programs

Croft graduate H.L. Ray (B.A. 2005) was recently featured on Skyward.com's Content Standard blog.  H.L. is the Senior Director of Business Development and Entertainment at Gilt, an online retailer that offers designer fashions and exclusive experiences at discount in flash sales.  He works with entertainers to develop marketing campaigns related to major events, such as a tour or the release of an album.  H.L writes, "My experience [at Croft] has fed greatly into my career as it stands now.  We are super focused on international expansion at Gilt and the curriculum at Croft gave me a solid foundation for building a global career."
http://www.skyword.com/contentstandard/innovator-series/interview-how-gilts-h-l-ray-works-with-celebrities-to-create-extraordinary-content/

Job Opportunities
Internship Opportunities
June 3, 2015

Carnegie Council Looking for Volunteer Translators from English into Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish

The Mission of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is to enlarge the global audience for the simple but powerful message that ethics matter, regardless of place, origin, or belief. They are looking for volunteers to translate selected texts into Chinese (simplified form), French, Russian, and Spanish. Translators should work in teams of two. Find a partner, or ask the Carnegie Council to help you connect with one.  They are also looking for volunteer reviewers to review the finished translations. So each text will be worked on by three people.  Translators and reviewers should be fluent in the written target language and in written English. It would be helpful to have prior experience doing translations and a good knowledge of international relations.  All volunteers will be listed on the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs website, with a photo (optional) and short personal profile.

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Fellowships and Scholarships
April 27, 2015

Schwarzman Scholars: One-Year Interdisciplinary Degree in China

The Schwarzman Scholars program is a new scholarship "designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders."  It offers funding for a one-year Master's degree in public policy, economics and business, or international studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  It is open to anyone younger than 28, and applications for the 2016 cohort are now open.  The deadline is October 1, 2015.  Please visit the Schwarzman Scholars website or contact Dr. Schenck for more information.