Croft Senior Brings Inaugural 'TEDx' Event to UM Campus
On Saturday, October 31, the University of Mississippi will host its inaugural TEDx Talk featuring "ideas worth spreading." Croft senior Lizzy Wicks is the event organizer. Events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (CST) in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts and will consist of a series of 10 brief lectures from University of Mississippi faculty members.
Croft Scholars 2015-2016
The University of Mississippi New service released an article about the 2015-2016 Croft scholarship recipients. They included eight freshmen, Caroline Bass, Jarvis Benson, John Chappell, Wes Colbert, Jacob Gambrell, Delaney Holton, Zac Herring, and Marguerite Marquez, and two sophomores, Abby Bruce and Alexis Smith. Abby is the recipient of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship, and Alexis Smith was awarded the Mike Aune Memorial Scholarship.
U.M. Article about Croft Scholars
Croft Students in Nanjing Celebrate Victory of Alabama
Croft students participating in the Chinese Flagship Capstone program in Nanjing, China, enjoyed watching the Ole Miss Rebels defeat Alabama this past September 17.
Watch for Information about Mississippi Water Security Institute, run by the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College
From May 16 to 28, 2016, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College will run the first of three yearly Mississippi Water Security Institutes, funded by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. Honors students from all majors and from each honors college in Mississippi’s public universities, will be invited to apply for the Institute, to be held on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The MS Water Security Institute is for smart young people who want to learn about and help solve difficult questions around what is likely to be one of the most critical resource issues of the 21st century – water availability and quality. Preference will be given to rising sophomores and juniors who can continue their involvement in water security through advanced coursework and/or independent research in their majors. Participants in the two-week Institute will receive a $1,000 stipend, plus food and lodging. The Institute will involve travel to target locations, extensive work with community and business leaders, and intensive conversations with peers and visiting experts. Participants will produce a white paper to be used by local and state leaders who are shaping the State’s commitment to a water-wise future compatible with and supportive of diverse needs. Interested students (and faculty) are strongly encouraged to talk with Dr. Cliff Ochs, Director of the MS WSI, to learn more about the Institute’s aims (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Croft Advising to Begin on October 1
The Croft Institute will begin formal advising on Thursday, October 1, and continue until Friday, November 6. Dr. Schenck will send out an e-mail to all current students, including those who are currently 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.
Fall 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.
Croft Graduate Wins National Portz Scholarship
In July, we learned that 2015 Croft graduate Amir Aziz had been chosen as one of four winners of the national Portz Scholarship by the National Collegiate Honors Council. As a winner, he has been invited to present his thesis, "Al-Arabiyyah, Le Français, and the Soul of Algeria: The Language Tango between Arabic and French in Algerian Education Policy and Defining Post-Colonial Algerian National Identity," at the 2015 NCHC National Conference in November.
Croft Alumna Contributes to Article About Rebuilding After Katrina
Croft graduate Scarlett Andrews Martin (B.A. 2011) was cited in an article published in the Atlantic in August about the lack of affordable housing in New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina. Martin, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology through the City, Culture, and Community program at Tulane University, has researched municipal and community efforts to reduce blight.
This past June we learned that Croft graduate Dee Polk (B.A. 2011) was the first Mississippian to ever be selected for the German Chancellor Fellowship. Created by the German chancellor and administered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the fellowship is awarded to men and women from Brazil, Russia, India, China and the United States who have already proven themselves to be leaders in the areas of politics, economics, media, administration and culture. He will be researching the German workforce and vocational education systems, hoping to return with knowledge of concepts and principles to develop a similar system in Mississippi through the analysis of agriculture, manufacturing, logistics and transportation.
U.M. News Story on Polk's Award
MIT Looking for Political Science Research Support Assistant
Prof. Yael Zeira, Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science, forwarded us this announcement for a Political Science Research Support Assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If you are a senior - or graduate - with strong quantitative and data-visualization skills, consider applying. Go to the job posting to apply.
The Yenching Academy at Peking University
Croft graduate Andrus Ashoo, now the Associate Director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of Virginia, sent us information about the Yenching Academy at Peking University. Yenching Scholars come from China and from many other countries around the world, and complete a two-year Master of China Studies program. The first year is fully-funded and funding in the form of research or teaching assistantships is available for the second year, which is used to write a master's thesis. For more information about the Yenching Academy, see their flyer or visit www.yenchingacademy.org.
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.