Croft Advising to Begin on October 2
The Croft Institute will begin formal advising on Monday, October 2, and continue until Friday, October 27. 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 can see which courses will count for the international major by using the course selection tool.
Global Ambassador Program at the University of Mississippi
Global Ambassadors are representatives of the University of Mississippi who help international exchange or intensive English students acclimate to life in Oxford. They do so by inviting them to social events and campus activities. Each Global Ambassador will assist a group of two or three exchange students and will be paired with the group based on common interests and majors.
Croft Students Recognized in The View from Ventress
The Croft Institute is well represented in this year’s issue of The View from Ventress, the annual publication by the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts.
Croft graduate and former PPIA participant Alyssa Yuen (B.A. 2011) would like to invite current Croft students to apply to this program. The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. The program’s goal is to promote the inclusion and participation of groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in public service.
Internship Opportunity from the Arab Studies Institute
Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies Dr. Vivian Ibrahim has informed us that the Arab Studies Institute (ASI) is offering new internship opportunities that involve training, research, and production at various levels in one of ASI’s five organizations: Arab Studies Journal (ASJ), Jadaliyya, Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs (FAMA), Quilting Point, and Tadween Publishing.
Croft Sophomore Wins Rose Bui Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Croft sophomore Sarah David is this year's winner of the Rose Bui Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Named for Rose Kim Bui, a Croft Institute Scholar who passed away before graduating in 2005, the scholarship is given to a rising sophomore in the international studies major. Sarah David, who is from Brandon, Mississippi, is studying German. She says that she became interested in Germany after watching the German national soccer team play when she was young. After researching the country and its culture, she decided to learn the language so she could possibly live there one day. Sarah wrote that she is honored and thankful for the scholarship, which will push her to continue her efforts to maintain a high standard in her studies so she will achieve great things in the future.
Students Bond at Annual Retreat
Incoming Croft freshmen had the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, snack on s'mores, and get to know each other at the annual student retreat. Croft faculty and staff spoke with the students about team building, class expectations, and some of the unique advantages Croft students will have during their time at Ole Miss. While at the retreat, the Croft first years challenged the infamous Camp Hopewell Ropes Course, participated in a student panel, and put their knowledge of the Croft Institute to the test in rapid fire trivia hosted by Dr. Schenck. The goal of the retreat was to help acclimate the Croft freshmen to the demands of the program and allow the first years the chance to "break the ice" with the other members of their cohort.
Croft Alumna Director of Climate Collaborative
Croft alumna Erin Callahan (B.A. 2010) is joining the Climate Collaborative as its first full-time director. The Climate Collaborative is a three-year project of OSC2 and the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) created to promote action for climate change in the natural products industry. Erin previously worked for CDP, where she managed corporate engagement for the We Mean Business coalition. She did a master's degree in international relations and economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and, while at Croft, focused on East Asia and international governance.
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!
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.
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.