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News from the Croft Institute
  • Croft 20th Anniversary Celebration

    The Croft Institute for International Studies is celebrating 20 years. In honor of the 20th anniversary, Croft is hosting a commemoration ceremony and reception on Friday, October 5th! We hope to celebrate the past 20 years of Croft and its future 20 with our alumni, students, faculty, and staff!

    Day of Events:

    Breakout Sessions with alumni  10:00am-12:00pm           Croft Building
    Commemoration Ceremony        2:00pm-3:30pm              Croft Rm 107
    Reception                                        7:00pm-11:00pm             The Powerhouse 

  • Visiting Alumnae Speakers: Laura Fornicola & Laura Wait

    Croft Alumnae, Laura Congleton Fornicola ('03) and Laura Leford Wait ('02) will speak at the Croft Institute on Friday, September 28th at 3:00pm in Croft 107. Laura Fornicola will discuss her current role as Senior International Program Analyst for the US/UK Mutual Defense Agreement at Leidos. Laura Wait will likewise elaborate on her current position as Branch Advisor for the Domestic Violence Unit at the District of Columbia Superior Court. Both alumnae will explain how their time in Croft influenced their career paths and led them to their current positions.

     If you would like more information on the event, you may visit the Croft Institute's Facebook event page here

  • Two Croft Freshmen awarded prestigious Honors Scholarships

    Croft Freshmen, Samuel Starr and Hayden Williamson, were both awarded the Doris Raymond Honors Scholarship this fall. They are two of the 14 Freshmen Scholars in the University of Mississippi's Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College who received one of the university's most prestigious scholarships, totaling $434,000 in scholarships.

    Samuel Starr, who is focusing on Spanish, recently began his undergraduate degree in International Studies. From Troy, Illinois, Sam was an Illinois State Scholar and highly involved in Student Government, the National Honor Society, and Madison County Youth Board. Sam participated in Model United Nations as well and won several awards at the University of McKendree Model United Nations.

    Hayden Williamson, who is focusing on Spanish in Europe in  International Studies, is a from Ocean Springs High School. Hayden was president of the Ocean Springs Mayor's Youth Council, co-founder and secretary of the OSHA Debate Club, committee chair at the Mississippi Youth and Government's Youth Legislature and chief justice at the Model UN. A member of the 30+ ACT Club, Hayden was on the principal's list, in the National Honor Society, American Legion Auxiliary's Magnolia Girls State and Palazzo Youth Leadership Summit.

  • Hispanic Heritage Film Series 2018

    The Hispanic Heritage Film Series has returned for several events this semester. This fall five films included in the series with the first event being held Thursday, September 13th at 6:00pm in Lamar Rm 127. Admission is free and all films include English subtitles. For more information contact Prof. Diane Marting, dmarting@olemiss.edu

    Fall 2018 Events:

    Sealed Cargo (Carga Sellada)                                              Thursday, September 13th        6:00pm Panama Canal Stories(Historias del Canal)                     Thursday, September 27th       6:00pm  The Second Mother (Que horas ela volta?)                      Thursday, October 4th              6:00pm  Summer 1993 (Estuis 1993)                                                Thursday, October 11th             6:00pm  Spider Thieves (Ninas Arana)                                               Thursday, October 18th          6:00pm 

    All events will take place in Lamar Rm 127

    Sponsors

    The Spanish Film Club Pragda.com; The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, The Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement, Alpha Lambda Delta, Modern Language, The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts and culture, and the Secretary of State for the Culture of Spain.

  • Gwenafaye McCormick Finished Year Long Abroad Experience in Japan

    In the fall of 2017 as most students prepped to return to Oxford, MS for their fall semester, Gwenafaye McCormick prepared for an academic year abroad in Tokyo, Japan. An international studies major, Gwenafaye begins her senior year now with a new perspective after her time at Waseda University, a private independent research university in Tokyo. 

    Interested in Japan and its culture for years before, Gwenafaye's time abroad provided her with the opportunity to experience of the everyday life. Before going abroad, Gwenafaye was selected as Inaugural Ira Wolf Scholar from the U.S. Japan Bridging Foundation encouraging her extended stay in Japan as well as allowing her to fully immerse herself in the unique, artistic, and complex culture of Japan.

    You can read more about Gwenafaye's abroad experiences in Japan here

From the Institute
November 1, 2018

Junior Summer Institute program for Public Policy and International Affairs 

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) strives to promote diversity and the inclusion of underrepresented groups in public service. The Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is an opportunity to participate in an intensive seven-week program that prepares students with the knowledge and skill needed for graduate school and a career. Being a part of this program also provides future opportunity for financial and career support through PPIA.

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Fellowships and Scholarships
September 10, 2018

Memphis World Trade Club: Nell Baugh International Scholarship 

To promote the continued development of the international transportation community in Memphis, this scholarship covers a portion of a student's annual tuition (for a one year period). Funds for the scholarship are raised throughout the year at monthly meetings and through the annual golf tournament.

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Job Opportunities
September 5, 2018

NISOLO: Available Positions

Nisolo produces ethically and purposefully made shoes and accessories. Co-founded by one of Croft's own, Patrick Woodyard (Class of 2010), Nisolo is based in Nashville, TN.

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Students in the News
August 29, 2018
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Two Croft Freshmen awarded prestigious Honors Scholarships

Croft Freshmen, Samuel Starr and Hayden Williamson, were both awarded the Doris Raymond Honors Scholarship this fall. They are two of the 14 Freshmen Scholars in the University of Mississippi's Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College who received one of the university's most prestigious scholarships, totaling $434,000 in scholarships.

[read more]

From the Institute
August 28, 2018
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Hispanic Heritage Film Series 2018

The Hispanic Heritage Film Series has returned for several events this semester. This fall five films included in the series with the first event being held Thursday, September 13th at 6:00pm in Lamar Rm 127. Admission is free and all films include English subtitles. For more information contact Prof. Diane Marting, dmarting@olemiss.edu

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Job Opportunities
August 27, 2018

Abt Associates seeks entry level Francophone for Analyst position

Croft alumnus, Joe Bateman, ’10, recently informed Croft that a friend of his, Katie Baczeweski who works at Abt Associates, is looking for interested people to apply for an entry level analyst position for the Francophone team for SHOPS Plus.

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Job Opportunities
August 26, 2018

English Teachers for a Taiwanese English school in Nanjing, China

Croft alumnae, Sarah Anne Hasselle ’17, posted on the Croft FB page that the American Eagle Institute, an English teaching school in Nanjing, China is currently looking for English teachers.

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Job Opportunities
August 14, 2018

Position available at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI)

JP Tyson, ’11, Croft alumnae, recently shared several available positions at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) where she began working in January. MI is a center-right think tank that focuses primarily on economic issues. JP fundraises for the Adam Smith Society, a branch of MI. Being personally connected to that program, she thought these positions would be specifically interesting to Crofties who have graduated in the last few years.

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Students in the News
August 1, 2018
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Gwenafaye McCormick Finished Year Long Abroad Experience in Japan

In the fall of 2017 as most students prepped to return to Oxford, MS for their fall semester, Gwenafaye McCormick prepared for an academic year abroad in Tokyo, Japan. An international studies major, Gwenafaye begins her senior year now with a new perspective after her time at Waseda University, a private independent research university in Tokyo. 

[read more]

From the Institute
June 20, 2018

Video of 2018 Croft Graduation Available

Video of the 2018 Croft graduation is available on our YouTube channel.  You can watch the entire ceremony, or just Dr. Schenck's opening remarks, the student valediction delivered by Karlie England, or the presentation of awards

Students in the News
April 6, 2018

Sixteen Croft Students Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa

On Friday, April 6, sixteen Croft students were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest undergraduate honors society in the United States.  Dr. Schenck, the president of the University of Mississippi chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, led the ceremony in Paris-Yates Chapel. 

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Students in the News
February 21, 2018

Croft Junior Named 2018 Barksdale Award Winner

Croft junior Gabrielle Schust was named a 2018 Barksdale Award Winner by the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.  Gabbi, who is focusing on Latin America, Spanish, and international governance and politics, is planning to travel to England this summer to interview women in religious orders who provided medical care to the poor in the 1960's and 1970's.  While studying abroad next year, she will interview women who do similar work in religious orders in Peru.  Rates of poverty, maternal and fetal mortality, and life expectancy in the Andes today are quite similar to those in England before the advent of the National Health Service, offering Gabbi a fascinating basis of comparison.  Barksdale Award Winners are given $5000 to support scholarly and creative endeavors.

Alumni News
November 10, 2017

Video of Fall 2017 Alumni Panel

Those who missed the Croft Alumni Panel on November 10 and those who want to see it again can watch the video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/09npXdEA9Io.