Croft Graduate Hired by Agile Defense
Congratulations to Croft alumnus Gavin Kerr, class of 2017!
Gavin recently accepted a job in Reston, VA at Agile Defense, Inc., an Information Technology Solutions business providing Cybersecurity, Infrastructure, and Cloud Services to a number of U.S. Government clients. Gavin works as a Business Development Analyst, and he uses both the qualitative and quantitative skills learned as a Croft student on a daily basis.
If you are a Croft student or alumnus, please let us know about any significant milestones in your life--we want to share them!
Job Openings with Washington Office on Latin America
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) is seeking three individuals to join their team. WOLA, a non-profit dedicated to advancing human rights in the Americas, is "an organization where everyone is self-motivated, goal-oriented, and passionate about their work." Two Croft graduates have worked there: Joel Fyke (B.A. 2005) 2005-2009 and Joe Bateman (B.A. 2010) 2010-2013. The three open positions are Executive Assistant and Internship Coordinator, Mexico Program Assistant, and Citizen Security/Border Program Assistant. The program assistant positions are entry level and would be a great fit for a recent Croft graduate with a focus on Latin America.
Croft Institute Graduation 2017 Videos
If you missed the 2017 Croft Institute graduation ceremony or want to see it again, visit our You Tube channel. You can see the entire ceremony or just the opening remarks, student valediction, or presentation of awards. You can also watch the lecture by Croft Visiting Speaker Todd Cleveland from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Cleveland visited on Monday, April 24, and spoke about the labor strategies of soccer players from Portuguese colonies in Africa.
Croft Students Selected for Boren Award
Two Croft students, Madeleine Achgill and James DeMarshall, have 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.
Croft Institute Hosts 9th Annual South Central Japanese Speech Contest
The Croft Institute was proud to host the 9th Annual South Central Japanese Speech Contest on Saturday, April 22. Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Japanese Kaoru Ochiai worked hard to organize the event, and Croft students Daniel Ford, Christian Wisneski, and Jasmine Nguyen won awards.
Three Croft Students win Critical Language Scholarships
Three Croft students were awarded Critical Language Scholarships by the U.S. Department of State to study in the summer of 2017. Senior Chase Young won a scholarship to study Arabic and sophomores Tyler Caple and Mary Frances Holland won scholarships to study Chinese and Russian, respectively.
Croft Alumnae Present Senior Thesis Research at Regional Conference
Croft alumnae Annelise Albert and Katie Johnston presented papers based on their senior thesis research at the 2016 meeting of CARTA (The Central Association of Russian Teachers of America) last April. They were highlighted in CARTA's 2017 newsletter. Professor Iepuri wrote that "everyone liked their presentations and it was admitted that they were of high quality."
Seven Croft Students Selected for National Security Education Grants for Flagship Capstone Year in China
Seven Croft seniors were selected to receive a grant from the National Security Education Program to support them during their Flagship Chinese Capstone Year in either Nanjing or Beijing from August 2017 to June 2018. The Capstone Year includes a semester of coursework with Chinese university students and a semester-long internship.
Seventeen Croft Students Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa
On Friday, April 7, seventeen 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.
Two Croft Seniors Inducted into University of Mississippi Hall of Fame
Two Croft seniors, Alex Martin and Miller Richmond, were inducted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame on Friday, April 7. Alex, who is focusing on the Middle Eastern region and Global Economics and Business, has served as the executive director of the Big Event, managing editor of the U.M. Undergraduate Research Journal, and ASB director of student affairs. Miller is focusing on the Middle Eastern region and Global Health and also served as the co-director of the Big Event. He was chief of staff for the ASB and was a member of the Columns Society. Read the U.M. news release for more information about Alex and Miller's accomplishments.
Fourteen Croft Students Selected for University of Mississippi Who's Who
Fourteen Croft juniors and seniors were selected for the University of Mississippi's chapter of Who's Who of American Colleges and Universities. Students are selected for a combination of academic excellence, leadership, and service.
Four Croft Students Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
Four Croft students were inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at a ceremony at the Gertrude Ford Center on Thursday, April 6. Phi Kappa Phi was established in 1897 to recognize excellence in all academic disciplines.
Six Croft Students Awarded Taylor Medals
At the 2017 University Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 6, 2017 six Croft students were awarded the Marcus Elvis Taylor Medal, the University's highest academic honor.
Croft Senior Wins Sullivan Award for Service
Croft senior Miller Richmond was selected for the 2017 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the University of Mississippi's highest award in honor of service. The Sullivan Award was established in 1890 to honor individuals who exhibit nobility of character, exemplified by selfless service to others and the community. The awards are presented by the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement. For more about Miller's recogition, see the Ole Miss news story.
Croft Scholars 2016-2017
The University of Mississippi New service released an article about the 2016-2017 Croft scholarship recipients. They included eight freshmen, Emma Rice, Summer Caraway, Jessica Flynn, Olivia George, Kylie Bring, Christina Pendergrast, Joey Baker, and one sophomore, Lauren Newman. Lauren is the recipient of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship.
U.M. Article about Croft Scholars