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News from the Croft Institute
  • Bancroft Fund Enters $5 Million, Five-Year Commitment to University of Mississippi

    The University of Mississippi News Service recently released a story about the new $5 million commitment from the Joseph C. Bancroft Charitable & Educational Fund to support the Croft Institute. 

    http://news.olemiss.edu/bancroft-fund-enters-5-million-five-year-commitment-um/

  • Croft Student Wins Japanese Video Skit Contest

    Dr. Kaoru Ochiai took eighteen students to the 8th South Central Japanese Speech Contest at Tougaloo College on Saturday, April 16.  Students of the University of Memphis, Tulane University, and the University of Mississippi participated in a video skit contest and a speech contest.  Croft freshman Ashton Acree and three other U.M. students, Dongsik Kim, Stanley Spearman, and Lee Walker, won the first prize in the college 1st year category for their video skit.  Congratulations to Ashton!

  • Croft Senior Wins Fulbright Award

    Croft senior Maggie Hall was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Maggie, who spent her junior year abroad in Germany, is excited about the opportunity to return there with a prestigious Fulbright award.

    “I was in the Kroger self-check-out when I happened to check my Gmail account,” Hall said. “I first saw the subject line of the email, got very nervous, and then dropped my phone into the basket when I saw the word ‘Congratulations!’ After a couple minutes, I mostly just felt relief. I was thrilled, but relieved to know that the wait from October to now was finally over and the outcome was the best possible one.”

    The Fulbright is just the latest in a long series of accomplishments for Maggie, who is a member of the honors societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa and was recently awarded a Taylor medal and selected to the "Who's Who" list for the University of Mississippi.   In addition to international studies, Maggie is majoring in German and has been very active with RebelTHON.  After completing her Fulbright year, Maggie plans to do an MBA or M.A. in German.

  • Two Croft Seniors Inducted into University of Mississippi Hall of Fame

    Two Croft seniors, Maia Cotelo and Elizabeth Wicks, were inducted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Ford Center on Friday, March 4.  Recipients are chosen by a committee in accordance with ASB policy, with selections based on a student’s academic achievement, community service and potential for future success.

    Cotelo has a triple major in international studies, economics and mathematics. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and a Croft Institute scholar. A founding member of the RebelTHON dance marathon, she was the event’s 2016 executive director. She received the World Cup Initiative Grant and was the Portuguese Outstanding Student of the year from 2013 to 2015. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. She is also on Mortar Board and is recipient of a Taylor Medal, the university’s highest academic award. After graduation, Cotelo plans to take a year to travel and then pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. She is the daughter of Enrique and Irene Cotelo of Oxford.

    An international studies and French major, Wicks is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, where she was a senator, and the Croft Institute, where she was a senator and vice chair for social activities. She co-founded the Honors College Student Union and was an Associated Student Body senator. She is an NSHSS Di Yerbury International Scholar, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Beta Phi and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical honor society, Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society and Pi Delta Phi French honor society. She served as community service chair for Omicron Delta Kappa and on Mortar Board. Wicks also worked with the Lazarus Project multispectral digital imaging team and was a Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine summer scholar and research intern in 2014 and 2015. She helped to organize TEDxUM and is in the Columns Society. Wicks is an Ole Miss Ambassador, Global Ambassador appropriations committee chair and a member of its rules committee. She has volunteered for numerous events and organizations in Oxford, including Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi, Big Event, RebelTHON, Green Grove Initiative and Operation Christmas Child. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wicks of Ocean Springs.

Students in the News
April 16, 2016
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Croft Student Wins Japanese Video Skit Contest

Dr. Kaoru Ochiai took eighteen students to the 8th South Central Japanese Speech Contest at Tougaloo College on Saturday, April 16.  Students of the University of Memphis, Tulane University, and the University of Mississippi participated in a video skit contest and a speech contest.  Croft freshman Ashton Acree and three other U.M. students, Dongsik Kim, Stanley Spearman, and Lee Walker, won the first prize in the college 1st year category for their video skit.  Congratulations to Ashton!

April 15, 2016

Croft Sophomore Wins Chinese Government Scholarship

Croft sophomore Margaret Dykes has been awarded a Chinese Government Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Margaret was selected for the scholarship by the Education Office of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, and it covers tuition, housing, and a monthly stipend.  She is the fourth Croft student to win this award since 2009.  Congratulations to Margaret!

April 15, 2016

Croft Junior Wins Critical Language Scholarship in Chinese

Croft junior James DeMarshall was selected for a Critical Language Scholarship in Chinese for the summer of 2016.  The Critical Language Scholarship, which began in 2006, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and offers fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion programs for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students.  Scholarships are available in fourteen languages deemed critical by the U.S. government, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Swahili, which are taught at the University of Mississippi.  For more information, visit http://www.clscholarship.org/.

From the Institute
May 13, 2016
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Bancroft Fund Enters $5 Million, Five-Year Commitment to University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi News Service recently released a story about the new $5 million commitment from the Joseph C. Bancroft Charitable & Educational Fund to support the Croft Institute. 

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Alumni News
March 21, 2016

Croft  Graduate Works on Iraqi-Armenian Regional Cooperation Agreement

Croft graduate Arpi Grigoryan (B.A. 2014) recently spent two weeks in Iraq participating in an intergovernmental commission to sign an agreement of cooperation between Armenia and Iraq.  She helped during the negotiations and edited the agreement.  She spent most of her time working, but got to visit the Iraqi history museum and the gates of ancient Ctesiphon.  Arpi works for a think tank called Regional Studies Center, which focuses on the South Caucuses and is based out of Yerevan, Armenia.

February 8, 2016

Croft Graduate Named One of Forbes 30 under 30

Croft graduate Patrick Woodyard (B.A. 2010), was recently named one of Forbes 30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30.  Patrick is the co-founder and CEO of Nisolo Shoes.  Congratulations to Patrick!  U.M. News Story

Faculty News
June 10, 2016

U.M. News Story on Flagship Chinese Program

Many Croft students and graduates have participated in the University of Mississippi's Flagship Chinese Program, including Liana Tai, Conner Clark, and James DeMarshall, who are quoted in a recent article published by the U.M. news service.  The U.M. Chinese Language Flagship program, headed by Croft professor Dr. Henrietta Yang, is one of the most successful of its kind in the country.

May 4, 2016

Croft Professor Contributes to Global Americans U.S.-Latin America/Caribbean Policy

Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Sociology Miguel Centellas is one of twenty scholars who contributed to the Global Americans Working Group Recommendations for U.S.-Latin American/Caribbean Policy for the 2016 Elections.  As the Global Americans announcement states, "the 20-page document (a two-page executive summary is available) argues that Latin America and the Caribbean is a region where a small, focused effort can help build allies for other global issues, reap great rewards for our domestic, regional and global interests, and prevent disruptive crises from erupting south of the United States."

Croft Events
September 14, 2016

Japanese Foundation Film Screening:  Climbing to Spring

Wednesday, September 14 - 7 p.m. - Overby Center Auditorium, University of Mississippi

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September 29, 2016

Hispanic Heritage Series Film Screening:  Chico and Rita

Thursday, September 29 - 6 p.m. - FedEx Center Auditorium, 200 - University of Mississippi

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Job Opportunities
August 23, 2016

Asia Society Policy Institute Hiring Program Associate

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) seeks a Program Associate for its Washington, DC office to provide executive assistance to the ASPI Vice President and head of the office, provide administrative and research support to ASPI Washington staff, and assist with the logistical coordination of events for ASPI in DC. With a problem-solving mandate, the Asia Society Policy Institute tackles major policy challenges confronting the Asia-Pacific in security, prosperity, sustainability, and the development of common norms and values for the region.  For more information, read the full job posting.

August 23, 2016

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies Hiring Office Manager

The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar is seeking an exceptional candidate to provide professional and confidential management and administrative support to the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) Director. The CHS Director’s Office Manager is responsible for coordinating the processes associated with faculty and student recruitment as well as CHS general research and training projects.   For more information, see the job posting.

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Internship Opportunities
August 25, 2016

Defense Intelligence Agency 2017 Summer Intern Program

A recruiter from the Defense Intelligence Agency asked us to invite Croft students and recent graduates to look in to their 2017 Summer Intern Program.  There are internships available in seven different career fields, and more information can be found on the DIA careers website diajobs.dia.mil.  Contact Dr. Schenck if you have any questions.

May 5, 2016

Internships With the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The Kissinger Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars seeks an intern each semester with an interest in, coursework related to, and/or experience working on China and the United States.  These internships are designed to provide the individuals selected with the opportunity for practical experience in an environment that successfully mixes academic study with public policy. 

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Volunteer Opportunities
August 29, 2016

American Enterprise Institute Executive Council Program

Croft senior Connor Holeman is the Chair of the Ole Miss American Enterprise Institute Executive Council, and she invites her fellow students to consider getting involved.  The American Enterprise Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington DC, is establishing its Executive Council program at the University of Mississippi. There are Executive Council programs on over 80 campuses throughout the country. This chapter will be the first in Mississippi! The program connects students with scholars on subjects like the economy, foreign policy, and political science. It promotes the competition of ideas and enhances discussion through events like visiting scholars and public officials, debates, paid opportunities in Washington DC, connections with AEI employees, and the possibility of writing for national publications. Here's the link to more information: https://www.aei.org/academic-programs/executive-councils/.

February 12, 2016

Volunteer with the U.M. Chapter of the Food Recovery Network

Croft junior Connor Holeman is one of the founders of the University of Mississippi chapter of the Food Recovery Network.  The Food Recovery Network unites students on college campuses to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campuses and communities and donating it to people in need.     Since the organization was founded, it has helped to recover over 1 million pounds of food to feed more than 800,000 people across the country.   The U.M. chapter connects campus dining services with More Than A Meal.  Each week, they need students to help prepare and transport food from campus to the More Than A Meal location. If anyone would like to volunteer, email Connor at choleman@go.olemiss.edu.  This is a great opportunity to help make the campus more sustainable and help people in our community.