The Croft Student of the Month for April: Tyler Smith
Tyler Smith was chosen as the Croft student of the month for April, 2015. Tyler is studying Italian and international governance and politics, and works as a receptionist and building monitor for the Croft Institute. He will graduate in May.
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.
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!
Professor Frost to Retire
One of the Croft Institute's most beloved professors, Dr. Peter Frost, will retire at the end of the semester. Many students know Dr. Frost because they had him for East Asian studies, which he has taught every spring for the past decade, or for one of his upper-level classes on Vietnam and Iraq or East Asia through film. In addition to teaching, Dr. Frost served as the interim director of the Croft Institute when it was first established in 1997.
Spring 2015 Language Tables at the Residential College
Once again, the Department of Modern Languages is offering Language Tables at the South Residential College. These give students a chance to practice their languages in an informal, no-pressure situation. See the full schedule to find out when your language meets.
Dr. Ochiai Leads Students to Success in Japanese Speech Contest
Dr. Kaoru Ochiai, Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Japanese, led her students to the annual Japanese Speech Contest held this year on April 18 at Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS. Eleven U.M. students were in attendance, and they took the first place prize in each of the three categories (1st, 2nd, and 3rd year and above) as well as two second place prizes, one third place prize, and two Consul General Special Awards. One of the Special Award winners was Croft graduate Jacob Waalk.
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
Croft Professor Joshua Howard's Article Wins Regional Award
An article published in the 2013 in Modern Asian Studies by Croft professor Joshua Howard was awarded the 2014 essay prize by the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. The article is entitled "The Politicization of Women Workers at War: Labour in Chongqing's cotton mills during the Anti-Japanese War."
Prof. Howard also recently had an article published in the e-journal Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review: "Music for a National Defense": Making Martial Music during the Anti-Japanese War. The format allows the reader to follow links to audio and video files of the songs he analyzes.
Croft Alumnus Selected for Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)
Croft alumnus Jacob Waalk (B.A. 2013) has been selected for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. He is scheduled to finish his M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Mississippi in May, 2015.
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 Alumna Building School in Nigeria
Croft graduate Chisom Udeze (B.A. 2009), is working to build a private boarding school in Lagos, Nigeria, called Xanadu Academy. She just launched a fundraising campaign. For more information and to find out how to help, visit Chisom's page on Indie GoGo.
Project Manager at the McLean Institute at the University of Mississippi
The McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement is looking for a project manager to replace Croft alumnus Ryan Parsons (B.A. 2011), who is leaving to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University. The individual in the position will be primarily managing the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development program (CEED), which works with U.M. students and faculty to build actionable partnerships with Mississippi communities to increase entrepreneurship and promote economic development. The job requires three years of experience and an interest in economic and community development, business, and rural issues. The posting can be found at: https://jobs.olemiss.edu/postings/7669.
United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County Seeking Full-Time AmeriCorps VISTA
Croft alumna Sylvia Stewart (B.A. 2014), passed along this job posting for an AmeriCorps VISTA position with the United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County.
United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County seeks a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA to spearhead mission critical communications projects. The VISTA will refine and implement the communications plans for United Way and its coalition partners, with the goals of increasing awareness of United Way's work, recruiting new donors and volunteers, and maximizing attendance at events. The VISTA will be responsible for: drafting appealing, user-friendly content; using Adobe CS6 to create high-quality print materials; developing e-newsletters; and managing all social media platforms.
Croft Alumna Invites Students to Apply for Internship with the Bonner Group
Croft alumna Anna Terry (B.A. 2014) invites Croft students and anyone else looking to gain experience in national politics and fundraising to apply for a paid internship with the Bonner Group, a Washington D.C.-based, political-fundraising, non-profit.
Internship Opportunities with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy invites students who are interested in gaining practical experience working for a non-governmental organization in the field of cultural diplomacy to apply for its summer 2015 internship program. The internships take place in Berlin, and the primary language is English. German and/or Spanish skills are considered an advantage, and other language skills are an asset. For more information visit the internship program's webpage or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program 2015-2016
The Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for ten to twelve students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working on Carnegie Endowment programs. The program is very competitive, but motivated and hardworking Croft students should not consider it beyond their reach. It is designed for recent graduates - either the class of 2015 or 2016. Applicants cannot have started graduate school.
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.