Croft Boren Scholarship Winners Featured in U.M. College of Liberal Arts Newsletter
The two Croft students, Alison Bartel and William Bumpas, who won Boren Scholarships to study in Nanjing, China, this year are featured in the U.M. College of Liberal Arts newsletter, The View From Ventress, as well as an official Ole Miss news story.
Croft Graduate and Junior Highlighted on "I am a Rebel" Website.
A Croft graduate, William Bumpas (B.A. 2014), and a current junior, Lizzy Wicks, are two of the six University of Mississippi students highlighted on the new "I am a Rebel" website. Lizzy is included in the "I am a Curious Rebel" section, which focuses on the Lazarus project, a suite of cameras and image analysis software that allows researchers to see hidden information in manuscripts, paintings, and artifacts. William, currently completing his Chinese Language Flagship Capstone Year in Nanjing, China, is highlighted as a "Global Rebel."
The University of Mississippi news service recently wrote a story about the 2014-2015 Croft Scholars, Matthew Forgette, Natalie Gagliano, Alexandra Gersdorf, Kate Hill, Sarah Meeks, and Matthew McInnis, and the two winners of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship, James DeMarshall and Hadley Peterson.
From the Executive Director
Greetings, Croft students, faculty, and interested readers!
With the Thanksgiving Holiday behind us, and the winter break coming up in less than two weeks, this is the time to refocus our energies for a final burst of hard work and concentration on the tasks at hand. Students, I urge you to do you very best and live up to the expectation of what it means to be a Croftie. As the Institute’s staff and administrators, we are doing our best to make everything go as smoothly as possible and provide extra help as needed.
Emerging Environmental Writers Contest 2015
Croft alumna Shelley Clark (B.A. 2011), who is pursuing a joint law degree with Pace Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, would like to invite Croft students and graduates to participate in Sage Magazine's Emerging Environmental Writers Contest 2015. Sage Magazine, a student-run environmental arts and journalism publication of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, is looking for non-fiction, prose essays, 2000-5000 words in length, that enhance "our understanding of the world, each other, and ourselves." The prizes include cash and publication in the magazine. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2015. For more information, visit the contest's website: http://www.sagemagazine.org/contest/
International Student Organization Language Partnering Program
Amir Amiz, Croft senior and president of the International Student Organization (ISO) at the University of Mississippi, asked us to announce the ISO's new language partnering Program, which links up interested students who wish to gain more practice in a particular language with international students possessing those language capabilities.
Joshua Howard Speaks at Sichuan University in China
Croft Associate Professor of History Joshua Howard recently gave a public lecture at the Institute of History and Culture at Sichuan University in China.
Croft Professor Vivian Ibrahim's Essay Published on Late 19th Century Egypt
Croft Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History Dr. Vivian Ibrahim recently had a chapter published in the collection The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance.
Dr. Gutiérrez Appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at U.S. Air Force Academy
Croft Professor of Spanish Dr. John Gutiérrez has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy for the 2014-2015 academic year. While there, Dr. Gutiérrez will be teaching classes in culture and Spanish linguistics and consulting with the faculty on their current curriculum.
Croft Alumnus Patrick Woodyard Featured in Alumni Review
Croft alumnus Patrick Woodyard (B.A. 2010), the co-founder and chief executive officer of Nisolo, is featured in the Fall 2014 issue of the Ole Miss Alumni Review. The article explains how Patrick's experiences at the Croft Institute set him on a path to connecting talented shoemakers in Trujillo, Peru, with customers in the United States. A poster hanging on the second floor of the Croft Institute depicting the United States alone on the planet with the tagline, "We are not alone," inspired Patrick to think of himself as a global citizen and led to the name of his company, Nisolo, which is Spanish for "not alone."
Croft Graduate Authors Book about Historic Memphis Signs
Croft graduate Caitlin Pendergrass Horton (B.A. 2009) collaborated with painter Rebecca Phillips to create Memphis Type History: Signs and Stories from Just Around the Corner. The book, available from Caitlin's website, Memphis Type History ( http://memphistypehistory.com/book/), consists of nineteen paintings of iconic Memphis signs and their stories.
Croft Graduate's State Department Internship Featured in Liberal Arts Newsletter
The most recent edition of The View from Ventress, the newsletter of the College of Liberal Arts, features a story about Croft graduate Walker Messer (B.A. 2014), who interned with the U.S. Department of State Office of Bilateral Trade in the summer of 2013. According to the article, Walker "utilized his background in the politics and economics of Latin America - and semester in Ecuador - to brief U.S. Ambassadors prior to their departure to Latin American countries...attended Senate hearings, researched policy issues, and provided market analysis for American CEO's conducting business in the region."
Teaching Assistant Program in Austria
Croft graduate Kathy Trabue (B.A. 2013) passed along this information about a teaching assistant program in Austria. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.usta-austria.at. The deadline for the 2015-2016 program year is January 15, 2015.
Research Fellow, Stanford Law School
Stanford Law School in California is looking for graduating seniors or recent graduates with a bachelor's degree in the social sciences or mathematics and exceptional writing and quantitative research skills to work as Research Fellows for Professors John J. Donohue, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler, and Alison Morantz. These positions offer a competitive salary and benefits package, and past fellows have gone on to Ph.D. programs and law school at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and MIT. The fellowship begins in the spring or summer of 2015 and lasts for one year, with an option to renew.
Language Opportunities at Leidos
Leidos, a national security, health and engineering company that started with the proud traditions of SAIC, is currently looking for individuals with experience in linguistics, language analysis, and translation.
U.M. New York and Washington Internship Experience
The University of Mississippi has two programs designed to support students pursuing internships, one in Washington, D.C. and the other in New York, N.Y. The programs provide guidance in finding an internship, housing, the opportunity to earn academic credit, and the benefits of being enrolled as a U.M. student - including access to financial aid - while interning. For more information, visit the programs' websites:
Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace Scholarships at Middlebury Language Schools
The Middlebury Language Schools is now accepting applications for the Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace scholarships. Every summer since 2007, Fellows for Peace has brought 100 aspiring and experienced peacemakers to the Middlebury Language Schools to help develop their linguistic and cultural fluency. The Davis scholarships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest or experience in international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; or conflict resolution.
Humanity in Action Fellowship
For the past 16 years, the Humanity in Action Fellowship has brought together international groups of students and young professionals to study human and minority rights in Europe. Beginning with the Second World War and the Holocaust, the Fellowship explores the histories and contemporary issues of diversity and minority rights in Europe. Key areas of inquiry include national identity, immigration, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, political extremism and discrimination of Roma – all seen through the specific lens of the five countries in which the Fellowship takes place.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
Croft juniors, seniors and alumni interested in a career with the Foreign Service should consider a Thomas R. Pickering fellowship. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship provides funding to students interested in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. While this is an extremely competitive fellowship, all eligible Croft students (U.S. citizens with a GPA of 3.2 or above) are encouraged to apply, especially women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need.