Croft Senior Brings Inaugural 'TEDx' Event to UM Campus
On Saturday, October 31, the University of Mississippi will host its inaugural TEDx Talk featuring "ideas worth spreading." Croft senior Lizzy Wicks is the event organizer. Events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (CST) in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts and will consist of a series of 10 brief lectures from University of Mississippi faculty members.
Croft Students in Nanjing Celebrate Victory of Alabama
Croft students participating in the Chinese Flagship Capstone program in Nanjing, China, enjoyed watching the Ole Miss Rebels defeat Alabama this past September 17.
Croft Sophomore Alexis Smith Awarded Michael Aune Memorial Scholarship
Croft sophomore Alexis Smith is this year's recipient of the Michael Aune Memorial Scholarship. Given to a rising sophomore concentrating on Latin America, the scholarship was established by Eddie and Cindy Aune in 2008 to commemorate the life of their son Mike, a 2004 Croft graduate who passed away in 2007. Mike was passionate about Latin America and Spanish and truly dedicated himself to learning the language while studying abroad in Chile in fall 2002. Dr. Gutierrez was his closest mentor. Alexis has already traveled to Latin America several times, in particular to Mexico, and her professors describe her as an excellent student and an especially talented writer. Congratulations to Alexis!
Croft Advising to Begin on October 1
The Croft Institute will begin formal advising on Thursday, October 1, and continue until Friday, November 6. Dr. Schenck will send out an e-mail to all current students, including those who are currently abroad, 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 can see which courses will count for the international major by using the course selection tool.
Fall 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.
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."
Croft Graduate Wins National Portz Scholarship
In July, we learned that 2015 Croft graduate Amir Aziz had been chosen as one of four winners of the national Portz Scholarship by the National Collegiate Honors Council. As a winner, he has been invited to present his thesis, "Al-Arabiyyah, Le Français, and the Soul of Algeria: The Language Tango between Arabic and French in Algerian Education Policy and Defining Post-Colonial Algerian National Identity," at the 2015 NCHC National Conference in November.
Croft Alumna Contributes to Article About Rebuilding After Katrina
Croft graduate Scarlett Andrews Martin (B.A. 2011) was cited in an article published in the Atlantic in August about the lack of affordable housing in New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina. Martin, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology through the City, Culture, and Community program at Tulane University, has researched municipal and community efforts to reduce blight.
This past June we learned that Croft graduate Dee Polk (B.A. 2011) was the first Mississippian to ever be selected for the German Chancellor Fellowship. Created by the German chancellor and administered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the fellowship is awarded to men and women from Brazil, Russia, India, China and the United States who have already proven themselves to be leaders in the areas of politics, economics, media, administration and culture. He will be researching the German workforce and vocational education systems, hoping to return with knowledge of concepts and principles to develop a similar system in Mississippi through the analysis of agriculture, manufacturing, logistics and transportation.
U.M. News Story on Polk's Award
MIT Looking for Political Science Research Support Assistant
Prof. Yael Zeira, Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science, forwarded us this announcement for a Political Science Research Support Assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If you are a senior - or graduate - with strong quantitative and data-visualization skills, consider applying. Go to the job posting to apply.
Croft graduate and former PPIA participant Alyssa Yuen (B.A. 2011) would like to invite current Croft students to apply to this program. The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. The program’s goal is to promote the inclusion and participation of groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in public service.