Two Croft Students Win Boren Scholarships to Study in China
Two Croft students, junior Alison Bartel and senior William Bumpas, have been awarded Boren Scholarships 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 Alison and William!
Five Croft Students Inducted into UM Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi
Congratulations to the following Croft students on their Spring 2014 induction into the University of Mississippi's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi:
Croft Senior Awarded Recognized as a Post-Secondary Scholar Laureate by the American Council of Teachers of Russian
Croft senior Brad Gordon was recently recognized as a Post-Secondary Scholar Laureate by the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Brad, who has studied both French and Russian while in Croft, is planning to continue to study Russian in graduate school next year.
Anth 349: Medical Anthropology Offered in First Summer Session
Croft Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Kate Centellas will be teaching her popular medical anthropology course (Anth 349), which counts for the Social and Cultural Identity thematic concentration, in the first summer session 2014. Sign up now if you are interested!
Dr. Schenck Raises Money for Relay for Life by Getting Dunked
Croft freshman Hadley Peterson, a representative on the Associated Student Body Freshman Council, invited Dr. Schenck to participate in the dunking booth fundraiser held on Thursday, March 20. It was a lot of fun and a great success: students contributed $130 in a half hour for the chance to dunk Dr. Schenck in the surprisingly-cold water. Thanks to everyone who came out, and thanks to Croft freshman Cady Herring for the picture!
New Croft Merchandise: Sweatshirts, Long- and Short-Sleeved T-Shirts, and Blankets!
We are happy to announce the 2014 line of Croft merchandise: new long- and short-sleeved T-shirts, sweatshirts, and, for the first time ever, stadium blankets with the Croft logo. Croft students can redeem their Croft dollars for merchandise.
Dr. Ochiai Leads Students to Success in Japanese Speech Contest
Dr. Kaoru Ochiai, Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Japanese, led her students to the annual Japanese Speech Contest held this year on April 5 at Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS. Thirteen U.M. students were in attendance out of the forty-five total. Six U.M. students won prizes, including Jacob Waalk, (Croft graduate 2013), who is taking Japanese as a Masters student in Anthropology. Jacob won 3rd prize for first year students.
Croft Professor Vivian Ibrahim's Essay Published on Late 19th Century Egypt
Croft Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History Dr. Vivian Ibrahim recently had a chapter published in the collection The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance.
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.
Croft graduate Daniel Hedglin (B.A. 2008) was recently highlighted on the UNC Global website of the University of North Carolina. Daniel is pursuing a graduate degree in Chinese language and urban studies, and he was awarded a competitive, full-tuition Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarship from the university. The article highlights Daniel's experience working in China as a key to his success, which was made possible by the University of Mississippi and the Chinese Language Flagship Program.
Croft Graduate Speaks at Unreasonable Institute
Patrick Woodyard, co-founder of Nisolo, spoke about his company's story at the Climax 2013 conference at the Unreasonable Institute this past summer. He makes a compelling argument for a model of development in which making a profit and improving people's lives are not mutually exclusive goals.