Croft Student Wins Japanese Video Skit Contest
Dr. Kaoru Ochiai took eighteen students to the 8th South Central Japanese Speech Contest at Tougaloo College on Saturday, April 16. Students of the University of Memphis, Tulane University, and the University of Mississippi participated in a video skit contest and a speech contest. Croft freshman Ashton Acree and three other U.M. students, Dongsik Kim, Stanley Spearman, and Lee Walker, won the first prize in the college 1st year category for their video skit. Congratulations to Ashton!
Croft Sophomore Wins Chinese Government Scholarship
Croft sophomore Margaret Dykes has been awarded a Chinese Government Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year. Margaret was selected for the scholarship by the Education Office of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, and it covers tuition, housing, and a monthly stipend. She is the fourth Croft student to win this award since 2009. Congratulations to Margaret!
Croft Junior Wins Critical Language Scholarship in Chinese
Croft junior James DeMarshall was selected for a Critical Language Scholarship in Chinese for the summer of 2016. The Critical Language Scholarship, which began in 2006, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and offers fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion programs for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships are available in fourteen languages deemed critical by the U.S. government, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Swahili, which are taught at the University of Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.clscholarship.org/.
New Student Orientation & Advising
New student orientation and advising has begun. 2016 Croft Students: Be sure to sign up for an Ole Miss orientation on-line.
The University of Mississippi News Service recently released a story about the new $5 million commitment from the Joseph C. Bancroft Charitable & Educational Fund to support the Croft Institute.
Videos from TEDxUM Conference
The TEDxUM conference organized by Croft senior Lizzy Wicks was held on October 31, 2015, and was a great success. Two professors who teach for the Croft Institute were among the ten presenters: Dr. Michèle Alexandre, who teaches international law, and Laura Johnson, who teaches intercultural communications. All ten talks can be seen on on the TEDxUM website.
Croft Graduate Works on Iraqi-Armenian Regional Cooperation Agreement
Croft graduate Arpi Grigoryan (B.A. 2014) recently spent two weeks in Iraq participating in an intergovernmental commission to sign an agreement of cooperation between Armenia and Iraq. She helped during the negotiations and edited the agreement. She spent most of her time working, but got to visit the Iraqi history museum and the gates of ancient Ctesiphon. Arpi works for a think tank called Regional Studies Center, which focuses on the South Caucuses and is based out of Yerevan, Armenia.
Croft Graduate Named One of Forbes 30 under 30
Croft graduate Patrick Woodyard (B.A. 2010), was recently named one of Forbes 30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30. Patrick is the co-founder and CEO of Nisolo Shoes. Congratulations to Patrick! U.M. News Story
Alumnus Twaun Samuel Visits Croft Institute
Croft Alumnus Twaun Samuel (B.A. 2006) visited with Dr. Gispen at the Croft Institute on Friday, February 5. Twaun, who lives in Washington, D.C., is the Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California's 43rd District.
Croft Professor Contributes to Global Americans U.S.-Latin America/Caribbean Policy
Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Sociology Miguel Centellas is one of twenty scholars who contributed to the Global Americans Working Group Recommendations for U.S.-Latin American/Caribbean Policy for the 2016 Elections. As the Global Americans announcement states, "the 20-page document (a two-page executive summary is available) argues that Latin America and the Caribbean is a region where a small, focused effort can help build allies for other global issues, reap great rewards for our domestic, regional and global interests, and prevent disruptive crises from erupting south of the United States."
Prof. Miguel Centellas Featured in Latin America Goes Global
Miguel Centellas, Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Sociology, was recently featured on Latin America Goes Global, a website run by the former editor of Americas Quarterly, which features data, opinion, and analysis about Latin America. The website includes student writing under the heading "From the Classroom."
Year-Long Teaching Opportunity in China
The Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation offers the Ameson Year in China, "a unique opportunity for current college graduates to expand their horizons and enhance their careers by spending a year teaching, learning, and making a difference in public schools across China." Over 400 people have participated in the program since 2013, teaching over 50,000 Chinese students. For more information, visit GoAYC.org.
Internships With the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The Kissinger Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks an intern each semester with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on China and the United States. These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy.
The Yenching Academy at Peking University
Croft graduate Andrus Ashoo, now the Associate Director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of Virginia, sent us information about the Yenching Academy at Peking University. Yenching Scholars come from China and from many other countries around the world, and complete a two-year Master of China Studies program. The first year is fully-funded and funding in the form of research or teaching assistantships is available for the second year, which is used to write a master's thesis. For more information about the Yenching Academy, see their flyer or visit www.yenchingacademy.org.
Challenging Extremism with OpenMISS
Intelligence and Security Studies students, in coordination with the University of Mississippi's Muslim Student Association, have created an initiative called OpenMISS. By creating an online magazine, the students aim to emphasize the importance of creating a harmonious and inclusive community at the University of Mississippi and throughout the larger Oxford area. They are looking for staff and student article submissions to feature throughout their social media campaign to celebrate the diverse culture of Muslims in the Oxford Community, proving the two can thrive in solidarity and peace with each other. For additional details and submissions, please contact project leaders Bryan McCloskey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Croft senior Katie Johnston (email@example.com).
Volunteer with the U.M. Chapter of the Food Recovery Network
Croft junior Connor Holeman is one of the founders of the University of Mississippi chapter of the Food Recovery Network. The Food Recovery Network unites students on college campuses to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campuses and communities and donating it to people in need. Since the organization was founded, it has helped to recover over 1 million pounds of food to feed more than 800,000 people across the country. The U.M. chapter connects campus dining services with More Than A Meal. Each week, they need students to help prepare and transport food from campus to the More Than A Meal location. If anyone would like to volunteer, email Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity to help make the campus more sustainable and help people in our community.