Croft Senate Officers Chosen
The Croft Senate has announced its officers for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Croft New Student Retreat Held at Camp Hopewell
We held the Croft New Student Retreat from August 21 to 22 this year at Camp Hopewell here in Lafayette County. Despite the occasional rain showers, the retreat was a lot of fun. Dr. Gispen, Dr. Schenck, and several members of the Croft faculty made presentations about the international studies major and gave the new students advice about how to make the most of their undergraduate careers, but there was also plenty of time to relax and challenging activities facilitated by the Camp Hopewell staff. We also announced that Abby Bruce, a sophomore from Saltillo, MS, is this year's winner of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship.
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 Works with Entertainers to Create Innovating Marketing Programs
Croft graduate H.L. Ray (B.A. 2005) was recently featured on Skyward.com's Content Standard blog. H.L. is the Senior Director of Business Development and Entertainment at Gilt, an online retailer that offers designer fashions and exclusive experiences at discount in flash sales. He works with entertainers to develop marketing campaigns related to major events, such as a tour or the release of an album. H.L writes, "My experience [at Croft] has fed greatly into my career as it stands now. We are super focused on international expansion at Gilt and the curriculum at Croft gave me a solid foundation for building a global career."
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
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.
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.