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News from the Croft Institute
  • Croft Scholars 2016-2017

    The University of Mississippi New service released an article about the 2016-2017 Croft scholarship recipients.  They included eight freshmen, Emma Rice, Summer Caraway, Jessica Flynn, Olivia George, Kylie Bring, Christina Pendergrast, Joey Baker,  and one sophomore, Lauren Newman.  Lauren is the recipient of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship.  
    U.M. Article about Croft Scholars

  • 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.

Fellowships and Scholarships
November 28, 2016

Herbert Scoville Jr.  Peace Fellowship

Scoville Peace Fellowship
Recent graduates from the Croft Institute or a Masters program may be interested in the Herbet Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, a program that offers paid internships at public-interest organizations in Washington, D.C.  Scoville Fellows have the opportunity to work with senior-level staff and to conduct research, write articles and reports, organize talks and conferences sponsored by their host organization, and do public education and advocacy on a range of issues including arms control and nonproliferation, conventional arms trade, environmental and energy security, military budget, and peacekeeping.

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From the Institute
November 2, 2016

University of Mississippi Undergraduate Research Journal (UMURJ) Call for Submissions

Croft senior Alex Martin, the co-editor of the University of Mississippi Undergraduate Research Journal (UMURJ), has sent out this call for papers:

The University of Mississippi Undergraduate Research Journal (UMURJ) is a peer-reviewed, student-run, and ASB-sponsored initiative exclusively for students at the University of Mississippi. The Journal presents an opportunity for undergraduate students to have their work published.  We publish papers in the broad categories of engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, but we are open to any high-quality papers with original ideas. We accept submissions on a rolling basis year round.  The priority date for the 2016-2017 issue is February 28.  Students may submit their papers to umurjournal@go.olemiss.edu. Papers are reviewed first by our team of student editors and then edited by faculty in the relevant discipline. We are always looking for faculty that would be willing to review 2-3 papers per academic year.  If you have any questions about the Journal or a submission, please contact us at umurjournal@go.olemiss.edu

Students in the News
November 1, 2016

November Croft Student of the Month Announced

The Croft Senate has elected the September Croft student of the Month, Ellie Bond.  Croft students submitted nominations for the student they felt had been working extremely hard in a class, had exhibited a positive attitude or had done great community service work.

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Students in the News
October 24, 2016

Submit your Work to the University of Mississippi Undergraduate Research Journal

The first issue of the University of Mississippi Undergraduate Research Journal (UMURJ) was published at the end of the last academic year.  Founded by students for students, UMURJ is a yearly peer-reviewed publication of research articles written by the University’s undergraduate students from all disciplines.  Croft senior Alex Martin is the managing editor and sophomore John Chappell is the social sciences editor.  The deadline each year is in April, so it is definitely appropriate to submit a condensed version of your senior thesis.  Visit the UMURJ website for more information and to submit an article

Students in the News
October 16, 2016

Eleven Croft Students Inducted into U.M. Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi

Congratulations to the following Croft students on their Fall 2016 induction into the University of Mississippi's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi:

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Volunteer Opportunities
October 13, 2016

Volunteer with the U.M. Chapter of the Food Recovery Network

The Food Recovery Network at Ole Miss is beginning its second semester on campus. The organization has chapters all over the United States, and ours is the first in Mississippi. Since it was founded in 2011, FRN has donated over 1.4 million pounds of food to provide over 1.2 million pounds of food to those in need. Here, Ole Miss Dining Services packages left over food from campus and delivers it to the local More Than A Meal organization to better serve our fellow Oxford citizens. It not only promotes sustainability on campus, but it also serves those in need. 

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Students in the News
October 12, 2016
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Croft Scholars 2016-2017

The University of Mississippi New service released an article about the 2016-2017 Croft scholarship recipients.  They included eight freshmen, Emma Rice, Summer Caraway, Jessica Flynn, Olivia George, Kylie Bring, Christina Pendergrast, Joey Baker,  and one sophomore, Lauren Newman.  Lauren is the recipient of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship.  
U.M. Article about Croft Scholars

Alumni News
October 10, 2016

Croft Alumnus Reflects on Experience as German Chancellor Fellow

Croft graduate Deeneaus Polk (B.A. 2011) was interviewed by the German website iMove-Germany about his experiencing working with the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training as a German Chancellor Fellow.  Deeneaus will complete his fellowship in November, and is looking forward to applying what he learned in Germany  to his work in Mississippi.  He was recently awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship for the next part of his career.  Deeneaus is pictured above with Angela Merkel and the rest of the 2015-2016 German Chancellor Fellows.  He is in the center of the last row, directly above the Chancellor.

Faculty News
October 3, 2016

Croft Professor of Spanish Named Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year

Croft professor of Spanish Dr. John Gutierrez was named Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Humanities Council! He will be giving the 2016 MHC Humanities Lecture on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 7 p.m. in Bryant 209. It will titled “Untapping a Linguistic Resource: Teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language in the United States”

Alumni News
October 2, 2016

Croft Grad Receives 2016 U.M. Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Croft graduate Patrick Woodyard (B.A. 2010), CEO and founder of Nisolo, was selected as the Ole Miss 2016 Outstanding Young Alumnus.  The full story can be found on the Ole Miss Alumni Association website.

Fellowships and Scholarships
September 30, 2016

Carnegie James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

http://carnegieendowment.org/about/pdfs/junior-fellows/2017-jf-app-faq.pdf

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.  Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance to the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business, and civil society.  Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues.

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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.

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. 

[read more]

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.

[read more]

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]

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