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 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!
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Japanese Foundation Film Screening: Climbing to Spring
Wednesday, September 14 - 7 p.m. - Overby Center Auditorium, University of Mississippi
Hispanic Heritage Series Film Screening: Chico and Rita
Thursday, September 29 - 6 p.m. - FedEx Center Auditorium, 200 - University of Mississippi
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity to help make the campus more sustainable and help people in our community.