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!
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.
Three Croft Students Awarded Taylor Medals
At the 2015 University Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 9, three Croft students were awarded the Marcus Elvis Taylor Medal, the University's highest academic honor.
Photos from Croft thesis defenses, the senior dinner at Dr. Gispen's house, and our graduation ceremony are on our Facebook page. Congratulations to all of our graduates!
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
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 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!
Croft Graduate Works with Entertainers to Create Innovating Marketing Programs
Croft graduate H.L. Ray (B.A. 2005) was recently featured on Skyward.com's Content Standard blog. H.L. is the Senior Director of Business Development and Entertainment at Gilt, an online retailer that offers designer fashions and exclusive experiences at discount in flash sales. He works with entertainers to develop marketing campaigns related to major events, such as a tour or the release of an album. H.L writes, "My experience [at Croft] has fed greatly into my career as it stands now. We are super focused on international expansion at Gilt and the curriculum at Croft gave me a solid foundation for building a global career."
Carnegie Council Looking for Volunteer Translators from English into Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish
The Mission of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is to enlarge the global audience for the simple but powerful message that ethics matter, regardless of place, origin, or belief. They are looking for volunteers to translate selected texts into Chinese (simplified form), French, Russian, and Spanish. Translators should work in teams of two. Find a partner, or ask the Carnegie Council to help you connect with one. They are also looking for volunteer reviewers to review the finished translations. So each text will be worked on by three people. Translators and reviewers should be fluent in the written target language and in written English. It would be helpful to have prior experience doing translations and a good knowledge of international relations. All volunteers will be listed on the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs website, with a photo (optional) and short personal profile.
Fall 2015 Internship with the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.
The Middle East Institute (MEI) is looking for recent graduates or students who are able to be in Washington, D.C., in fall 2015 to serve as internships. The Middle East Institute offers an array of positions that engage a wide range of professional interests and talents. On a given day, Dr. Marvin Weinbaum's Research Assistant might co-author an op-ed with him on Afghanistan's political culture, while the Programs and Communications interns might organize and help host a conference on the ongoing healthcare crisis for displaced populations. With over 25 intern positions across 7 different departments, MEI have a variety of internships that attract a diverse pool of interns.
Although their internships are unpaid, MEI works to ensure that its interns are compensated for their contributions. Among other benefits, they offer a free language class, daily travel reimbursement, a year-long online subscription to the Middle East Journal, and a series of talks exclusively dedicated to advancing our interns' professional careers and their knowledge of the region. The deadline for fall internships (which run from early September to mid-December) is Tuesday, July 7. For more information, visit the Middle East Institute's website, or email email@example.com with questions.
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.