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  • The Croft Prom

    Wednesday, April 22, 8 p.m., the Power House.  Tickets for sale at the Croft reception desk or at the door: $3 per person or $5 per couple.

  • 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.


  • 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
April 10, 2015

Twelve Croft Students Inducted into U.M. Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to the twelve Croft students who were inducted into the University of Mississippi's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa last Friday, April 11.  Dr. Gispen and Dr. Schenck, who are resident members of the chapter, attended the ceremony.  Dr. Schenck will continue to serve as vice-president of the chapter next year.

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April 9, 2015

Three Croft Students Awarded Taylor Medals

At the 2015 University Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 9, three Croft students were awarded the Marcus Elvis Taylor Medal, the University's highest academic honor.

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April 8, 2015

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

Congratulations to the following Croft students on their Spring 2015 induction into the University of Mississippi's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi:

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From the Institute
April 23, 2015

Croft Student Organizing EcoGala - Thursday, April 23

Croft senior Ellen Olack and the Students for a Green Campus organization are organizing an EcoGala, which will take place on Thursday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Bryant Hall.  Here is Ellen's invitation:

The need for sustainability extends to every aspect of our culture, including all forms of art. The annual EcoGala aims to highlight and celebrate the importance of environmental awareness through student creativity.  Hosted by Students for a Green Campus, the gala showcases student designs and artwork, and engages with the local business community.  Everyone is invited to join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 for a night of art, sophistication, and sustainability!

If you are interested in showcasing your work in this year’s show, please email Ellen at eeolack@go.olemiss.edu.

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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.

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

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
April 13, 2015

Croft Alumnus Selected for Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

Croft alumnus Jacob Waalk (B.A. 2013) has been selected for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.  He is scheduled to finish his M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Mississippi in May, 2015.

March 30, 2015

Croft Alumnus Selected for Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Program in Germany

Croft graduate Colby Woods (B.A. 2014) has been selected for the Fulbright Assistantship Program in Germany.  He will help teach English in Bayern for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Congratulations to Colby!

March 30, 2015

Croft Alumna Building School in Nigeria

Croft graduate Chisom Udeze (B.A. 2009), is working to build a private boarding school in Lagos, Nigeria, called Xanadu Academy.  She just launched a fundraising campaign.  For more information and to find out how to help, visit Chisom's page on Indie GoGo.

Job Opportunities
March 30, 2015

Fight Poverty and Gain Professional Experience with the North Mississippi VISTA Project

The North Mississippi VISTA project, housed at the University of Mississippi, is looking for dynamic individuals to serve as VISTAs (Volunteers in Service of America).  For more information and to apply, visit http://vista.olemiss.edu/apply/ and contact Susan Nicholas at nicholas@olemiss.edu or (662) 915‐1905.  The deadline has been extended, so contact Ms. Nicholas right away if you are interested in the program!

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March 30, 2015

Croft Alumnus Invites Students and Recent Graduates to Apply for Jobs with Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General

Croft graduate Michael Patronik (B.A. 2006) recently sent us and invitation for students and recent graduates to use the Pathways Program to apply for a job with the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General.

The Pathways Program (https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads) is a way into federal employment aimed at current students and recent grads. My agency – Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General – will be opening up a large number of auditor jobs starting April 15. The auditor jobs are open to any major, but require 24 hours of accounting credits.

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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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Internship Opportunities
April 13, 2015

Croft Alumna Invites Students to Apply for Internship with the Bonner Group

Croft alumna Anna Terry (B.A. 2014) invites Croft students and anyone else looking to gain experience in national politics and fundraising to apply for a paid internship with the Bonner Group, a Washington D.C.-based, political-fundraising, non-profit.

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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 program's 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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