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  • 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 Senate Officers Chosen

    The Croft Senate has announced its officers for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    • President: Liana Tai
    • Vice President: Garrett Hersh
    • Secretary: Karlie England
    • Treasurer: Sydney Green
    • Public Affairs/Community Service Coordinator: Lizzy Leary

    Front Row (left to right):  Nelson White, Megan Krynen, Lizzy Leary, Sydney Green, Meredith Mansfield, Will Mahoney, Garrett Hersh
    Top Row (left to right): James DeMarshall, Zac Herring, Carlie Vowell, Liana Tai, Allie Gersdorf, Karlie England
    Not pictured:  Kalee Jones and Thomas Moorman

Students in the News
November 12, 2015

Croft Student Studying in Germany Highlighted on U.M. Liberal Arts Website

Croft junior Savannah Coleman, who is studying abroad this year on a German Academic Exchange Service scholarship (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or DAAD), was recently highlighted on the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts Website.  The scholarship has given her the opportunity to study abroad for two semesters at the University of Potsdam just outside of Berlin.

November 9, 2015

Croft Student and Recent Graduates Highlighted in National Language Flagship Fall 2015 Newsletter

A Croft student and two recent graduates were highlighted in the fall 2015 issue of the National Language Flagship, Discourses.  William Bumpas (B.A. 2014), Palmer Withers (B.A. 2015), and current senior Liana Tai were featured in an article about the cultural insights Flagship students gain through their Capstone internships.  All three Croft students interned with companies working in media and marketing in China.  William Bumpas studied Chinese social media trends for CIC, a Kantar Media Company in Beijing, Palmer Withers interned for a global marketing agency in Shanghai called Deep Focus, and Liana Tai interned for Labbrand, a branding company in Shanghai.  For more information, read the newsletter online.

October 12, 2015

Croft Scholars 2015-2016

The University of Mississippi New service released an article about the 2015-2016 Croft scholarship recipients.  They included eight freshmen, Caroline Bass, Jarvis Benson, John Chappell, Wes Colbert, Jacob Gambrell, Delaney Holton, Zac Herring, and Marguerite Marquez, and two sophomores, Abby Bruce and Alexis Smith.  Abby is the recipient of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship, and Alexis Smith was awarded the Mike Aune Memorial Scholarship.  
U.M. Article about Croft Scholars

From the Institute
December 7, 2015

Videos from TEDxUM Conference

The TEDxUM conference organized by Croft senior Lizzy Wicks was held on October 31, 2015, and was a great success.  Two professors who teach for the Croft Institute were among the ten presenters: Dr. Michèle Alexandre, who teaches international law, and Laura Johnson, who teaches intercultural communications. All ten talks can be seen on on the TEDxUM website.

October 13, 2015

Watch for Information about Mississippi Water Security Institute, run by the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College

From May 16 to 28, 2016, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College will run the first of three yearly Mississippi Water Security Institutes, funded by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. Honors students from all majors and from each honors college in Mississippi’s public universities, will be invited to apply for the Institute, to be held on the campus of the University of Mississippi. 

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January 26, 2015

Spring 2016 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.

Alumni News
January 5, 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!

Fellowships and Scholarships
October 12, 2015

The Yenching Academy at Peking University

Croft graduate Andrus Ashoo, now the Associate Director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of Virginia, sent us information about the Yenching Academy at Peking University.  Yenching Scholars come from China and from many other countries around the world, and complete a two-year Master of China Studies program.  The first year is fully-funded and funding in the form of research or teaching assistantships is available for the second year, which is used to write a master's thesis. For more information about the Yenching Academy, see their flyer or visit www.yenchingacademy.org.