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/.
New Student Orientation & Advising
New student orientation and advising has begun. 2016 Croft Students: Be sure to sign up for an Ole Miss orientation on-line.
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."
Year-Long Teaching Opportunity in China
The Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation offers the Ameson Year in China, "a unique opportunity for current college graduates to expand their horizons and enhance their careers by spending a year teaching, learning, and making a difference in public schools across China." Over 400 people have participated in the program since 2013, teaching over 50,000 Chinese students. For more information, visit GoAYC.org.
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.
International Studies Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar at NC State
North Carolina State University is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar position in international studies beginning August 16. The successful candidate will preferably have experience as a teaching assistant or instructor, mentoring students, and a specific research agenda that aligns with one of the graduate degree granting departments. Motivation to teach, mentor, conduct and publish research is expected. The Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar will teach one Introduction to International Studies course each semester, and one course per semester in their respective home department (for a total teaching load of 2-2) and serve as a Scholar-in-Residence in the Alexander Global Village living and learning community.
Apply to be an Eco Rep Leader with the U.M. Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability is currently accepting applications for Eco Rep Leaders. Eco Reps is a peer-to-peer education and service leadership initiative in the residence halls. Eco Rep Leaders are non-first year students who participate in sustainability programming and promote programming in the residence halls. They develop mentor-mentee relationships with on-campus residents and serve as resources for more sustainable living. Eco Rep Leaders are expected to serve 3-5 hours per week, including weekly meetings. Eco Rep Leaders may live on campus but are not required to be on-campus residents. There will be up to, but no more than, 20 Eco Rep Leaders chosen for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled by qualified applicants.
Challenging Extremism with OpenMISS
Intelligence and Security Studies students, in coordination with the University of Mississippi's Muslim Student Association, have created an initiative called OpenMISS. By creating an online magazine, the students aim to emphasize the importance of creating a harmonious and inclusive community at the University of Mississippi and throughout the larger Oxford area. They are looking for staff and student article submissions to feature throughout their social media campaign to celebrate the diverse culture of Muslims in the Oxford Community, proving the two can thrive in solidarity and peace with each other. For additional details and submissions, please contact project leaders Bryan McCloskey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Croft senior Katie Johnston (email@example.com).
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.