Croft Student and Recent Graduates Highlighted in National Language Flagship Fall 2015 Newsletter
A Croft student and two recent graduates were highlighted in the fall 2015 issue of the National Language Flagship, Discourses. William Bumpas (B.A. 2014), Palmer Withers (B.A. 2015), and current senior Liana Tai were featured in an article about the cultural insights Flagship students gain through their Capstone internships. All three Croft students interned with companies working in media and marketing in China. William Bumpas studied Chinese social media trends for CIC, a Kantar Media Company in Beijing, Palmer Withers interned for a global marketing agency in Shanghai called Deep Focus, and Liana Tai interned for Labbrand, a branding company in Shanghai. For more information, read the newsletter online.
The Croft Student of the Month for September: Gavin Kerr
Gavin Kerr was chosen as the Croft student of the month for October, 2015. He is a junior studying French and global economics and business.
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
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).
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.
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.
Green Student Internship for U.M. Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability is hiring Green Student Interns for spring 2016! Each semester about 10 interns work in the office on projects ranging from composting and waste reduction to sustainable transportation. The positions are paid. Applications for spring are due Nov. 29. To view the open positions and apply, visit http://green.olemiss.edu/internship-postings/.
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.