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News from the Croft Institute
  • Croft Advising to Begin on October 3

    The Croft Institute will begin formal advising on Monday, October 3, and continue until Friday, October 28.  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.

  • Global Ambassador Program at the University of Mississippi

    The Global Ambassador position is both a friendship and leadership position. Students who are selected as Global Ambassadors will be paired with international exchange students for a semester. The expectation is that GAs create friendships with the international students, take them to places around Oxford, and answer questions/concerns that the students may have. Applications are due October 31st and can be accessed on the Study Abroad website.

  • 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 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.

From the Institute
October 3, 2016
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Croft Advising to Begin on October 3

The Croft Institute will begin formal advising on Monday, October 3, and continue until Friday, October 28.  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.

Faculty News
September 23, 2016

Croft Professor Addresses Bolivia-Chilean Relations in Latin American Advisor

Croft Instructional Assistant Professor Miguel Centellas recently contributed to the featured question and answer article in Latin American Advisor, a daily publication of the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank that works for "democratic governance, prosperity, and social equity in Latin America and the Caribbean."  Dr. Centellas's comments addressed Bolivia's case at the International Court of Justice regarding their claim to sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean through Chile.  He does not think the ICJ will give Bolivia control over Chilean territory or that such control, even if obtained, would be as useful to Bolivia as a free trade pact with Chile.

Volunteer Opportunities
September 20, 2016
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Global Ambassador Program at the University of Mississippi

The Global Ambassador position is both a friendship and leadership position. Students who are selected as Global Ambassadors will be paired with international exchange students for a semester. The expectation is that GAs create friendships with the international students, take them to places around Oxford, and answer questions/concerns that the students may have. Applications are due October 31st and can be accessed on the Study Abroad website.

Alumni News
September 14, 2016

Croft Graduate Participates in Discussion with Vietnamese Government Committee for Religious Affairs

Croft alumna Victoria Thoman (B.A. 2013), who works for the Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State, was recently highlighted by Vietnamese news sources along with David Saperstein, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, for her work with a recent delegation from the Vietnamese Government Committee for Religious Affairs.

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!

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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.

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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Internship Opportunities
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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Students in the News
April 4, 2016
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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.

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Students in the News
March 7, 2016
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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.

[read more]

Volunteer Opportunities
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.

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Alumni News
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

Students in the News
February 8, 2016

Six Croft Students Named to U.M. "Who's Who" List

Six Croft students were selected for the University of Mississippi's "Who's Who" list by the Office of the Dean of Students in recognition of their leadership, service, and academic achievement.  They will be recognized in a ceremony to be held at the Ford Center on Friday, March 4, 2016, at 4 p.m.
Maia Cotelo
Maggie Hall
Elizabeth Leary
Elizabeth Romary
Elizabeth Wicks
Kathryn Wright