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  • Croft Advising to Begin After Spring Break

    The Croft Institute will begin formal advising on Monday, March 16, and will continue until Monday, April 6.  Later this week, Dr. Schenck will send out an e-mail to all current students 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 will be able to see which courses will count for the international major by using the course selection tool.

  • Croft Sophomore Wins Barksdale Award

    At the Honors College Spring Convocation on Tuesday, February 10, Croft sophomore Joe Bell received one of the two Barksdale Awards given this year.  The award offers $5000 to students to pursue independent research or humanitarian work.  Joe plans to study the impact of labor policy, agricultural policy, and globalization on cowboys and guachos in the United States an Uruguay.  “I am intrigued and inspired by the independent and somewhat tragic lives of the North American cowboy and the Uruguayan gaucho,” Bell told the U.M. news service. “These two entities, although separated by an almost hemispheric landmass, have long suffered from the same cultural, economic and legal marginalization.”  Two other Croft students have won the Barksdale award, Martina Cotelo (B.A. 2014) and Patrick Woodyard (B.A. 2010).    U.M. News Story

  • Croft Students Participating in the Chinese Language Flagship Program's Capstone Year

    Croft graduate William Bumpas (2014) sent us an update on the four current Croft students and two graduates participating in the Chinese Language Flagship Program's Capstone Year. They finished their semester of direct enrollment at Nanjing University on January 23 and can been seen above pictured with the entire Capstone cohort.  They are excited to begin their internships in Chinese working environments within the next few weeks.

    • Alison Bartel, the Shanghai Young Bakers Club, a French NGO
    • William Bumpas, the Beijing branch of CIC, a Shanghai-based social media analysis and market research company
    • Kim Butler, Justice for All, an NGO in Nanjing
    • Conner Clark, United Efforts and Yunnan Parallel, both non-profit NGOs based in Kunming
    • Liana Tai, Labbrand- Brand Innovations in Shanghai
    • Palmer Withers, Calling Brands, an international branding and marketing consultancy, also in Shanghai.

  • U.M. News Story about 2014-2015  Croft Scholars

    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.

    http://news.olemiss.edu/croft-institute-announces-its-2014-15-scholars/

  • 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.

Students in the News
March 15, 2015

Deadline for Global Ambassador Program: Thursday, April 2

Once again we are advertising for our Global Ambassador Program! Summer and Fall 2015 applications are now open. If you are interested in getting to know people from across the world then this program could be right for you!

The Study Abroad Office pairs visiting international exchange and intensive English students with American students at Ole Miss. Each Global Ambassador will assist a group of two to four exchange students and will be paired based on common interests and majors. What this means for you is that you can meet with people from countries you've visited or from countries you have developed an interest in! If you are planning to study abroad, then this would be an excellent opportunity to make some connections before you go, and if you study a foreign language, then this could really help you improve your skills!

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February 16, 2015

The Croft Student of the Month for February: Alex Borst

Alex Borst was chosen as the Croft student of the month for February, 2015.  Alex is studying German and International Governance and Politics.  He is also minoring in intelligence and security studies and environmental studies.  Congratulations to Alex!

February 10, 2015
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Croft Sophomore Wins Barksdale Award

At the Honors College Spring Convocation on Tuesday, February 10, Croft sophomore Joe Bell received one of the two Barksdale Awards given this year.  The award offers $5000 to students to pursue independent research or humanitarian work.  Joe plans to study the impact of labor policy, agricultural policy, and globalization on cowboys and guachos in the United States an Uruguay.  “I am intrigued and inspired by the independent and somewhat tragic lives of the North American cowboy and the Uruguayan gaucho,” Bell told the U.M. news service. “These two entities, although separated by an almost hemispheric landmass, have long suffered from the same cultural, economic and legal marginalization.”  Two other Croft students have won the Barksdale award, Martina Cotelo (B.A. 2014) and Patrick Woodyard (B.A. 2010).    U.M. News Story

From the Institute
March 30, 2015

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Trans-Pacific Student Contest: Deadline April 30

The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is looking for essays and videos on the future of U.S.-Asia relations for its third Trans-Pacific Student Contest, part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project to mark the Council's centennial, which was celebrated in 2014.  Winners will receive a trip to New York City.  Each submission must be a collaboration between a U.S. citizen and a citizen of one of the following Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam.  The essays or videos should be in English and written in op-ed (not academic) style.  Essays should be 2000-3000 words in length, and videos should not exceed 10 minutes.  Students looking for a partner can use the Trans-Pacific Contest Matchmaker page.  The contest is only open to graduate and post-graduate students.  For more information visit http://www.globalethicsnetwork.org/page/trans-pacific-2015.

March 16, 2015
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Croft Advising to Begin After Spring Break

The Croft Institute will begin formal advising on Monday, March 16, and will continue until Monday, April 6.  Later this week, Dr. Schenck will send out an e-mail to all current students 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 will be able to see which courses will count for the international major by using the course selection tool.

January 21, 2015

Spring 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.

Faculty News
February 16, 2015

Croft Assistant Professor of History Contributes Chapter to Book on Muslims in Ireland

Croft assistant professor of history and international studies Vivian Ibrahim contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book Muslims in Ireland: Past and Present, published by Edinburgh University Press.  The study, which "makes an important and original contribution to understanding the diversity of Muslim presences in different national contexts across Europe," will be available on March 31, 2015.  Publisher's Website

January 16, 2015

Croft Professor Joshua Howard's Article Wins Regional Award

An article published in the 2013 in Modern Asian Studies by Croft professor Joshua Howard was awarded the 2014 essay prize by the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies.  The article is entitled "The Politicization of Women Workers at War: Labour in Chongqing's cotton mills during the Anti-Japanese War." 

Prof. Howard also recently had an article published in the e-journal Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review:  "Music for a National Defense": Making Martial Music during the Anti-Japanese War. The format allows the reader to follow links to audio and video files of the songs he analyzes.

May 15, 2014
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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.

Alumni News
March 16, 2015

Croft Students Meet Alumnus Patrick Woodyard on Networking  Trip

Three Croft students accompanied Prof. Marvin King, the Senior Fellow of the Residential College South, on a networking trip to Atlanta and Nashville over spring break.  One of their stops was the headquarters of Nisolo, the shoe and apparel company founded by Croft graduate Patrick Woodyard (B.A. 2010).  Featured in the photo are sophomores Madeleine Achgill, Henry Chen, and Kara Chobot. 

January 7, 2015

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."
http://www.skyword.com/contentstandard/innovator-series/interview-how-gilts-h-l-ray-works-with-celebrities-to-create-extraordinary-content/

December 1, 2014

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." 

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Job Opportunities
March 3, 2015

Research Specialist with the Empirical Study of Conflict (ESOC) Project

Dr. Yael Zeira forwarded us this job posting from Princeton University.  The Empirical Study of Conflict (ESOC) Project seeks a Research Specialist to provide qualitative research as well as geo-spatial and statistical analysis for a multi-university team of researchers. Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, the Specialist will provide measurement and modeling of micro-level conflict data and information to examine politically motivated violence worldwide (including Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Pakistan, and the Philippines). The position requires a B.A. or more advanced degree, preferably in social science. This is a one-year term position. Anticipated start date is June 1, 2015. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Earlier start dates are possible if desired.

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February 2, 2015

Job Posting: Research Associate in Asia Studies at Council on Foreign Relations

Croft graduate Alyssa Yuen (B.A. 2011) passed along this job posting for a research associate in Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  The job is well-suited for any young China specialist, whether he or she has a master's degree or not.  It calls for strong Chinese reading skills and an interest in cyber security and innovation.  The research associate would work for Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Maurice R. Greenberg and the Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Adam Segal.

Job Details and Application

January 26, 2015

AmeriCorps Opportunities with Impact Alabama

Croft alumna Kendra Wright (B.A. 2014) invites Croft seniors and graduates to consider the AmeriCorps program, whether at Impact Alabama / Impact America or at one of the thousands of other placements available.  For more information and to apply visit the Impact America application or the AmeriCorps website.

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Internship Opportunities
March 30, 2015

Summer Research Program in Civil Conflict Management and Geographic Information Systems at the University of North Texas

The Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas has initiated a unique program to provide undergraduate students recruited from across the country the opportunity to engage in graduate-level research in conflict management and peace science in a senior faculty-mentored, in-residence, eight-week, Summer Research Experience (SRE) that integrates training in civil conflict management with training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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March 29, 2015

Internship Opportunities with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy invites students who are interested in gaining practical experience working for a non-governmental organization in the field of cultural diplomacy to apply for its summer 2015 internship program.  The internships take place in Berlin, and the primary language is English.  German and/or Spanish skills are considered an advantage, and other language skills are an asset.  For more information visit the internship programs webpage or e-mail internship@culturaldiplomacy.org

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March 16, 2015

Global China Connections Taking Applications for Executive Board

With the impending graduation of Croft students Hattie Fisher, Bruce Burley, and Taylor Malcolm from the executive board of the University of Mississippi Global China Connections, the organization is looking for applicants to replace them.  William Foley, the co-founder and incoming president of the GCC, asked us to post their recruitment flyer.

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