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News from the Croft Institute
  • Croft Advising to Begin on March 2

    The Croft Institute will begin formal advising on Friday, March 2, and continue until Wednesday, April 4.  Dr. Schenck will send out an e-mail to all current students, including those who are abroad, explaining the advising procedure and reminding them who their advisor is this year. Visit the Croft website for more details about the advising procedure, and, while you're there, look over the page outlining the major year-by-year. Students will be able to see which courses will count for the international major by using the course selection tool.

  • Grant Supports Student Internships in East Asia

    The Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the University of Mississippi for an initiative to support student internships in East and Southeast Asia.

    The program, UM Experiential Learning in East Asia, will allow 18 undergraduates to complete a summer internship of at least eight weeks in summer 2018. Each recipient will receive $5,000 from the Freeman Foundation grant and an additional $2,500 provided by the university’s Office of Global Engagement and the successful applicants’ respective UM school(s).

    “The Croft Institute has been the campus leader in promoting engagement with East Asia for the last 20 years, and this generous grant by the Freeman Foundation will allow us to add another important dimension to those efforts,” said Oliver Dinius, executive director of the Croft Institute for International Studies.

    Dinius will administer the program and is working with Joshua Howard, Croft associate professor of history, Minjoo Oh, associate professor of sociology; and Blair McElroy, the university’s senior international officer, to design the application process, select award recipients and assist students as they prepare for their internships.

    The goal of the Freeman Foundation’s grant is to help students gain real-life experience while interacting regularly with local populations. Established in 1994 by the estate of AIG cofounder Mansfield Freeman, the foundation’s general mission is “to strengthen the bonds of friendship between this country and those of the Far East” and “to stimulate an exchange of ideas in economic and cultural fields which will help create mutual understanding.”

    Headed by Mansfield’s grandson, Graeme Freeman, the foundation donates approximately $50 million annually to programs such as study abroad scholarships for Asian and American students and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, which has supported the Croft Institute’s efforts to strengthen teaching about East Asia in Mississippi for more than 15 years.

    The grant will provide students with life-changing opportunities to work and experience life in East Asia, Howard said. Participating students will “be able to put their learning into practice – whether it’s in the field of engineering, accounting, language studies, just to name a few examples – and become global citizens in the process,” he said.

    This grant will allow the Croft Institute and the other participating units on the Oxford campus to deliver on the university’s commitment to greater internationalization and support for experiential learning, two core goals set by Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and Provost Noel Wilkin. Students chosen for UM Experiential Learning in East Asia will learn how a foreign culture affects the work environment and help prepare them to succeed.

    “International experiences give students the skills they need in an increasingly global workplace, such as intercultural communication skills, self-awareness, knowledge of current events and their impact upon the world, and open-mindedness,” McElroy said.

    Interested students should find their own internship and apply for the UM-administered funding with a specific proposal. The program welcomes proposals for internships in all parts of East Asia, although priority is given to sending students to countries that are at the heart of UM’s long-standing engagement with East Asia: China, Japan and South Korea.

    Oh, a native of Korea, is excited about the potential of this grant reinforcing UM’s recent commitment to Korean studies.

    “I hope that many students will take advantage of this opportunity to complete internships in Korea, deepening our engagement with one of the most culturally and economically dynamic places in the world,” she said.

    The program is open to undergraduate students from all schools and majors on the Oxford campus. The only restriction is that they must be enrolled as full-time Ole Miss undergraduate students in the semester after completing their summer internship.

    Individual awards are designed to offset costs that may otherwise discourage students from interning abroad, including airfare, accommodations and meals. The program will begin accepting applications in mid-October.

    Interested students should visit http://www.croft.olemiss.edu/home/freeman-internships-in-east-asia for details about the application process and deadlines. For more information, contact William Mahoney, Croft’s coordinator for career planning, at mahoney@olemiss.edu.

From the Institute
March 2, 2018
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Croft Advising to Begin on March 2

The Croft Institute will begin formal advising on Friday, March 2, and continue until Wednesday, April 4.  Dr. Schenck will send out an e-mail to all current students, including those who are abroad, explaining the advising procedure and reminding them who their advisor is this year. Visit the Croft website for more details about the advising procedure, and, while you're there, look over the page outlining the major year-by-year. Students will be able to see which courses will count for the international major by using the course selection tool.

Job Opportunities
February 22, 2018

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Seeks Applicants

Croft Alumnus Thomas Moorman, ’17, informed us that the Chesapeake Bay Trust is soliciting applicants for its Chesapeake Conservation Corps. The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Coastal Bays, and Youghiogheny River. This is a great opportunity for a current Croft senior or a recent Croft graduate interested in environmentalism and conservation.

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Fellowships and Scholarships
February 13, 2018

Carnegie Council Asian Dialogues Program: Climate Change in the Philippines

Carnegie Council’s Asia Dialogues program will lead a one-week fact finding trip (site visit) to Manila, Philippines, during the week of October 22, 2018. The purpose of the trip will be to conduct dialogues with experts and practitioners to explore current issues relating to climate change in Philippine politics and society. Topics of conversation may include rising sea levels, disaster response, human rights, migration, community resilience, urban planning, civil rights, gender equality, energy policy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Applications are now being accepted from students and professionals under 40 from the United States and East Asia to join this trip as a delegate. Curriculum Vitae and letter of interest (1,000 words or less) should be submitted by the March 16, 2018 deadline.  For more information, visit the program's website.

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Job Opportunities
February 12, 2018

Education Advisory Board seeks Research Associate

Maia Cotelo, a 2016 Croft alumna, notified us that her employer, the Education Advisory Board (EAB, a best-practices consulting firm for higher education) is currently hiring for the entry-level research associate​ role. 

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From the Institute
February 9, 2018

Dr. Wilson Meets up with Second Croft Student in Japan

Another Croft student, sophomore Christian Wisneski, visited Hokkaido and met up with Dr. Wilson at the Sapporo Snow Festival.  Christian is interning with a law office in Tokyo before starting his semester abroad at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

From the Institute
February 8, 2018

Faculty-Led Study in Tanzania with Dr. Laura Johnson

Dr. Laura R. Johnson, two-time Fulbright Scholar, National Geographic Conservation Trust Explorer and the instructor of our pre-departure and reentry classes, will be leading a study abroad trip to Tanzania in May and June, 2018.  The program will provide 3-6 hours in psychology and environmental studies, and will include community service work with Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots organization at Kilimanjaro.  It will also include a safari, a visit to former slave auction sites in Zanzibar and the Jambiani village on the coast of the Indian Ocean.  For more information, visit the program's page on the study abroad website  and watch the video, and then contact Dr. Johnson.

Fellowships and Scholarships
February 8, 2018

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Geographic Information Systems  (GIS)

Croft professor Dr. Ana Velitchkova passed along this invitation for students to apply for a funded research experience in Belize using Global Information Systems (GIS) with the University of Central Florida.  Supported by the National Science Foundation, the program offers fully funded summer research experiences for at least 8 undergraduate students in Belize for 5 weeks and Orlando for two weeks.  The program is open to all U.S. students and runs June 25 - August 10, 2018.  It is interdisciplinary in nature and emphasizes community GIS and citizen science through mixed methods, including sketch mapping, mobile mapping applications, in-depth interviews, GIS, and spatial analysis.  Students will receive a stipend, meal allowance, and travel support.  For more information, visit http://www.citizensciencegis.org/ucf-reu-site/.

From the Institute
February 8, 2018

Croft Student and Professor Meet up in Japan

Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies Noell Wilson recently met up with Croft junior Gwenafaye McCormick in Hokkaido, Japan.  Gwenafaye is studying abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year at Waseda University in Tokyo, and was visiting Hokkaido for the Sapporo Snow Festival.  Dr. Wilson is at Hokkaido University on a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award working on a book about American whalers in the North Pacific in the 19th century.

Call for Papers
February 5, 2018

Call for Papers for the Ohio State Journal of Politics and International Affairs

The Ohio State Journal of Politics & International Affairs (JPIA) is seeking qualified student submissions to be published in the Spring 2018 issue. JPIA is a student-run journal that publishes papers written by undergraduate students in the areas of political science, international studies, economics, public affairs, sociology, and related fields. Publication in the journal is an opportunity to reach a wider audience outside of the class, as well as a learning experience through the editing and feedback process. They seek to publish high quality papers that address current events and relevant subjects in the area of politics and international affairs. Ideal submissions are both informative and argumentative, with well-developed theses and strong mechanics.

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Faculty News
February 5, 2018

Croft Professor Contributes to Journal Published by the Vice-Presidency of Bolivia

Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Sociology Miguel Centellas was invited to publish an essay for the October 2017 issue of La Migraña, the journal published by the vice-presidency of Bolivia.  The article, written in Spanish, is a reflection on the election of Trump based on Dr. Centellas's discussions with his students about Latin American populism.  The full issue is available online, and Dr. Centellas's essay starts on page 92.

Alumni News
February 2, 2018

Croft Alumna Recognized for Special Achievement by the F.B.I.

Croft alumna Erica McGraw (B.A. 2016) was given a citation for special achievement by the F.B.I., where she works as a Staff Operations Specialist.  She was recognized for work that was instrumental in disrupting a subject who was recruiting individuals in preparation of an attack.  Erica wrote she would be happy to talk to Croft students who are interested in the Bureau.  Contact Dr. Schenck or Will Mahoney to connect with her.  We're proud of Erica and all our alumni and alumnae who work in service of the common good in so many ways.

Volunteer Opportunities
January 30, 2018

Volunteer to Tutor English Language Learning Students at Oxford High School

Croft senior Abby Bruce wrote that Oxford High School is looking for tutors for their English Language Learner (ELL) students, especially in algebra, geometry, English, biology, and world history.  Volunteers who are interested in making a long term, consistent commitment to tutoring should fill out this interest form.

Fellowships and Scholarships
January 23, 2018

Investigative Journalism Fellowship

Dr. Ibrahim forwarded us this announcement about a fellowship in investigative journalism fellowship with 50.5o, the section of the independent media platform openDemocracy.net covering women's rights, gender and sexuality. Fellowships will run for three months, and can begin in March or June 2018. Each fellow will be expected to work with editors on 2-3 reports, and to prepare for and attend weekly (virtual) editorial meetings. Fellows will be paid per story – up to £330 ($450) per report. They will also receive ongoing mentorship and practical training. Workshops will be arranged, where possible, on specific topics such as Freedom of Information requests, interview skills, and feature writing, depending on projects and fellows' needs.  For more information, visit https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/apply-for-5050-feminist-investigative-journalism-fellowship.

Internship Opportunities
January 18, 2018

Congressional-Executive Commission on China Seeks Liu Xiaobo Fellows

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) is offering paid Fellowships to graduates of accredited Bachelor’s, Master’s, J.D. Programs, or current graduate-level students. Croft graduates are highly competitive for this position and have worked here in the past. The Fellowship listing was forwarded from an alumnus and is not yet posted on the CECC website—please contact William Mahoney for more information.

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Internship Opportunities
January 10, 2018

Multiple Internship Openings with the Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization focused on defense and security, regional study, and transnational challenges, has multiple internship openings in its Washington, D.C. office.

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Internship Opportunities
November 17, 2017

Internship Opportunities in Public Health

Class of 2010 alumna, and fall 2017 Alumni Panel speaker, Catherine Couper Espinoza forwarded us the following opportunities for Croft students and alumni interested in public health:

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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.

From the Institute
October 13, 2017
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Grant Supports Student Internships in East Asia

The Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the University of Mississippi for an initiative to support student internships in East and Southeast Asia.

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