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  • 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 18 at Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS.  Eleven U.M. students were in attendance, and they took the first place prize in each of the three categories (1st, 2nd, and 3rd year and above) as well as two second place prizes, one third place prize, and two Consul General Special Awards.  One of the Special Award winners was Croft graduate Jacob Waalk.

  • 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.


  • Joshua Howard Speaks at Sichuan University in China

    Croft Associate Professor of History Joshua Howard recently gave a public lecture at the Institute of History and Culture at Sichuan University in China.

Students in the News
April 27, 2015

The Croft Student of the Month for April: Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith was chosen as the Croft student of the month for April, 2015.  Tyler is studying Italian and international governance and politics, and works as a receptionist and building monitor for the Croft Institute.  He will graduate in May.

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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From the Institute
April 27, 2015

Professor Frost to Retire

One of the Croft Institute's most beloved professors, Dr. Peter Frost, will retire at the end of the semester.  Many students know Dr. Frost because they had him for East Asian studies, which he has taught every spring for the past decade, or for one of his upper-level classes on Vietnam and Iraq or East Asia through film.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Frost served as the interim director of the Croft Institute when it was first established in 1997.  He has brought us some of our most interesting visiting speakers, including H.D.S. Greenway, a foreign correspondent for numerous publications who spoke earlier this month about the lessons of the Vietnam War, former Ambassador Nicolas Platt, who accompanied Richard Nixon on his visit to China in 1972 and helped establish the U.S. Embassy there the following year, and Dr. Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University, who spoke about Deng Xiaoping, the man who changed China.  Students, faculty, and staff alike will all miss Dr. Frost, and we wish him and his wife, Marnie, all the best as they move back to New England.

March 30, 2015

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Trans-Pacific Student Contest: Deadline April 30

The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is looking for essays and videos on the future of U.S.-Asia relations for its third Trans-Pacific Student Contest, part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project to mark the Council's centennial, which was celebrated in 2014.  Winners will receive a trip to New York City.  Each submission must be a collaboration between a U.S. citizen and a citizen of one of the following Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam.  The essays or videos should be in English and written in op-ed (not academic) style.  Essays should be 2000-3000 words in length, and videos should not exceed 10 minutes.  Students looking for a partner can use the Trans-Pacific Contest Matchmaker page.  The contest is only open to graduate and post-graduate students.  For more information visit http://www.globalethicsnetwork.org/page/trans-pacific-2015.

January 21, 2015

Spring 2015 Language Tables at the Residential College

Once again, the Department of Modern Languages is offering Language  Tables at the South Residential College. These give students a chance to practice their languages in an informal, no-pressure situation.  See the full schedule to find out when your language meets.

Faculty News
April 18, 2015

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 18 at Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS.  Eleven U.M. students were in attendance, and they took the first place prize in each of the three categories (1st, 2nd, and 3rd year and above) as well as two second place prizes, one third place prize, and two Consul General Special Awards.  One of the Special Award winners was Croft graduate Jacob Waalk.

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

January 16, 2015

Croft Professor Joshua Howard's Article Wins Regional Award

An article published in the 2013 in Modern Asian Studies by Croft professor Joshua Howard was awarded the 2014 essay prize by the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies.  The article is entitled "The Politicization of Women Workers at War: Labour in Chongqing's cotton mills during the Anti-Japanese War." 

Prof. Howard also recently had an article published in the e-journal Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review:  "Music for a National Defense": Making Martial Music during the Anti-Japanese War. The format allows the reader to follow links to audio and video files of the songs he analyzes.

Alumni News
April 13, 2015

Croft Alumnus Selected for Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

Croft alumnus Jacob Waalk (B.A. 2013) has been selected for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.  He is scheduled to finish his M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Mississippi in May, 2015.

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!

March 30, 2015

Croft Alumna Building School in Nigeria

Croft graduate Chisom Udeze (B.A. 2009), is working to build a private boarding school in Lagos, Nigeria, called Xanadu Academy.  She just launched a fundraising campaign.  For more information and to find out how to help, visit Chisom's page on Indie GoGo.

Job Opportunities
April 27, 2015

United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County Seeking Full-Time AmeriCorps VISTA

Croft alumna Sylvia Stewart (B.A. 2014), passed along this job posting for an AmeriCorps VISTA position with the United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County. 

United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County seeks a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA to spearhead mission critical communications projects. The VISTA will refine and implement the communications plans for United Way and its coalition partners, with the goals of increasing awareness of United Way's work, recruiting new donors and volunteers, and maximizing attendance at events. The VISTA will be responsible for: drafting appealing, user-friendly content; using Adobe CS6 to create high-quality print materials; developing e-newsletters; and managing all social media platforms.

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March 30, 2015

Fight Poverty and Gain Professional Experience with the North Mississippi VISTA Project

The North Mississippi VISTA project, housed at the University of Mississippi, is looking for dynamic individuals to serve as VISTAs (Volunteers in Service of America).  For more information and to apply, visit http://vista.olemiss.edu/apply/ and contact Susan Nicholas at nicholas@olemiss.edu or (662) 915‐1905.  The deadline has been extended, so contact Ms. Nicholas right away if you are interested in the program!

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March 30, 2015

Croft Alumnus Invites Students and Recent Graduates to Apply for Jobs with Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General

Croft graduate Michael Patronik (B.A. 2006) recently sent us and invitation for students and recent graduates to use the Pathways Program to apply for a job with the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General.

The Pathways Program (https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads) is a way into federal employment aimed at current students and recent grads. My agency – Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General – will be opening up a large number of auditor jobs starting April 15. The auditor jobs are open to any major, but require 24 hours of accounting credits.

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Internship Opportunities
April 13, 2015

Croft Alumna Invites Students to Apply for Internship with the Bonner Group

Croft alumna Anna Terry (B.A. 2014) invites Croft students and anyone else looking to gain experience in national politics and fundraising to apply for a paid internship with the Bonner Group, a Washington D.C.-based, political-fundraising, non-profit.

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March 29, 2015

Internship Opportunities with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy invites students who are interested in gaining practical experience working for a non-governmental organization in the field of cultural diplomacy to apply for its summer 2015 internship program.  The internships take place in Berlin, and the primary language is English.  German and/or Spanish skills are considered an advantage, and other language skills are an asset.  For more information visit the internship program's webpage or e-mail internship@culturaldiplomacy.org

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March 16, 2015

Global China Connections Taking Applications for Executive Board

With the impending graduation of Croft students Hattie Fisher, Bruce Burley, and Taylor Malcolm from the executive board of the University of Mississippi Global China Connections, the organization is looking for applicants to replace them.  William Foley, the co-founder and incoming president of the GCC, asked us to post their recruitment flyer.

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Fellowships and Scholarships
April 27, 2015

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program 2015-2016

The Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for ten to twelve students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working on Carnegie Endowment programs.  The program is very competitive, but motivated and hardworking Croft students should not consider it beyond their reach.  It is designed for recent graduates - either the class of 2015 or 2016.  Applicants cannot have started graduate school.

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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.