University of Mississippi Special Programs Application Unavailable from December 20 to December 30
The University of Mississippi will be performing a major upgrade to its campus management software between December 20 and December 30, 2013. Consequently the Special Programs Application, including the application to the Croft Institute, will be unavailable during that time. It will be available again on December 31, 2013.
Croft graduate Daniel Hedglin (B.A. 2008) was recently highlighted on the UNC Global website of the University of North Carolina. Daniel is pursuing a graduate degree in Chinese language and urban studies, and he was awarded a competitive, full-tuition Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarship from the university. The article highlights Daniel's experience working in China as a key to his success, which was made possible by the University of Mississippi and the Chinese Language Flagship Program.
November Croftie of the Month
The Croft Senate has elected Anna Murphy as November's Croftie of the Month. Croft students submitted nominations for the student they felt had been working extremely hard in a class or had exhibited a positive attitude or had done great community service work.
Students should submit their nominations for December Croftie of the Month by emailing croftsenate at gmail dot com.
Congratulations to Anna!
Recruiting Trip to the Gulf Coast
Croft Coordinator of Admissions Ms. Worthy recently spent a few days on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast recruiting for the Croft Institute. She, along with Nate Flake (Chinese Flagship), Tara Brando (School of Pharmacy), Jordan Troisi (Honors College), and Steven Nelson (Admissions), visited and spoke in several of the high schools in the area. A huge thank you to Biloxi High School, Ocean Springs High School, Our Lady Academy, and Gulfport High School (pictured above) for a very warm welcome.
In addition to these high school visits, the group was also able to dine with some of the Coast's best and brightest students at Mary Mahoney's Restaurant in Biloxi, MS. The Gulf Coast Scholars' Dinner seems to have become an annual event. It was first initiated by Ryan Upshaw, formerly of the Honors College, three years ago. It brings together wonderful students from all over the Gulf Coast. It gives them a chance to both meet other students from surrounding schools and learn more about the wonderful programs at Ole Miss.
Finally, the group made the trip back North to visit some Hattiesburg area high schools. They were delighted to speak at Presbyterian Christian High School, Oak Grove High School, and Hattiesburg High School. Overall, the trip was a success!
Prof. Vogel's Lecture on Deng Xiaoping
The event was quite successful by any measure. The thirty-five Croft students who signed up for Croft dollars were only about a third of the total audience, which probably numbered between 120 and 150. There were many students from the Chinese program, faculty from various departments, other students, and people from the community.
Prof. Vogel's talk was based on his biography of Deng Xiaoping published in 2011. He began by emphasizing the importance of Deng's experience studying and working in France in the 1920's. Unlike Chinese Communist Party leaders, including Mao, who had never spent significant time abroad, Deng and the others with international experience had a better understanding of how the world worked and knew how much China had to learn from other countries.
Croft junior Tyler Smith said that he was impressed Croft had gotten such an accomplished speaker, and his high expectations were met. Senior Patrick Fields remarked that it was the best lecture he had attended in his four years at Croft.
New Course: Social Issues in the Mississippi Delta
Croft alumnus Ryan Parsons just started a new job as a program coordinator for the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi. Among his other responsibilities, he is organizing an experiential-learning course, Soc 451: Social Issues in the Mississippi Delta, that will include a spring break trip. While this course will not count for the international studies major, it is still a unique opportunity that is worth investigating. For more information, see the flyer or contact Ryan at rjparson at olemiss dot edu.
Nisolo: Road Show and Job Opportunities
Nisolo, the shoe and apparel company founded by Croft graduate Patrick Woodyard, is hiring four new, full-time staff people in the U.S. and one in Peru. Visit http://www.nisoloshoes.com/contact/jobs/ for information about these opportunities and how to apply. If you are interested in learning more about Nisolo, visit their website at http://www.nisoloshoes.com/.
For a great chance to look at Nisolo's products up-close and make some purchases, be sure to visit the Road Show, which will be hosted by Croft junior Murray Miller at 1527 Garfield Ave. on Thursday, November 14 from 4-8 p.m.
Boren Award Information Session
Sarah Grace Gleisner, from the Institute of International Education, will be speaking with interested students about the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships on:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Info Session from 4-5pm
Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
The Boren Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study in countries that are generally underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholars are awarded up to $20,000 for an academic year.
The Boren Fellowship allows graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate studies. Boren Fellows can be awarded up to $30,000.
Additional information on preferred geographic regions, languages, fields of study and application procedures can be found at www.borenawards.org.
For more information about the Boren Awards, please contact your campus representative, Andrus Ashoo, at email@example.com.
Rebel Global Connections Upcoming Events
1. World Passport Day
2. Map Mural Project
3. World Showcase
For more information about Rebel Global Connections, contact Conner Clark.
International Studies Class Visits the Texas State Fair
On October 10 and 11, the students in Inst 318: The Anthropology of Public Spectacle, visited the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Developed as part of the Honors College's efforts to help students understand the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, explores this course gives students the theoretical and methodological tools to study public spectacle. The trip to the fair gave the students a chance to observe a public spectacle first-hand and practice anthropological participant observation.
Global Ambassador Program
Run by the Study Abroad Office, the Global Ambassadors program pairs visiting international exchange and intensive English students with American students at Ole Miss to foster understanding and more open communication between these two groups. 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!
What this means for the international students is that they have someone to help them acclimate to life in Oxford by inviting them to social events and campus activities, and introducing them to Ole Miss college traditions such as Groving, pep rallies, Greek life, and local arts. Some of these students have never been to America before!
Each Global Ambassador will assist a group of two to four exchange students and will be paired based on common interests and majors. International exchange and intensive English students come from universities across the globe: China, France, Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, Germany, Australia and Ecuador... just to name a few.
If you are interested in helping visiting international students integrate into the Oxford and Ole Miss Community throughout the semester, and make some really great friends in the process, then this program is right for you!
Our application is now open for Spring 2014. The deadline for receiving applications is November 1, 2013 and the program requirements and application form can be found at this link: http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/exchange/student_activities.html
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact Eleana Overett, graduate assistant for the Study Abroad Office (ecoveret at go dot olemiss dot edu).
Croft Senate 2013-2014 Elected
The Croft Senate has completed its elections for the new school year. Congratulations to the following:
President - Kendra Wright
Vice President - Alison Bartel
Secretary - Holly Smith
Treasurer - Will Mahoney
Members: Madeleine Achgill, Gage Adam, Conner Clark, Patrick Fields, Landin Smith, Maggie Spear, Liana Tai, Steven Wild, Colby Woods
Three Croft Freshmen Awarded Premier Scholarship Package
Six freshmen entering the University of Mississippi this fall have the distinction of being the first UM students to benefit from one of the top scholarship programs in the nation, thanks to Ole Miss' new partnership with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. Three of these six freshmen are international studies majors within the Croft Institute.
Congratulations to Madeleine Achgill of Indianapolis, IN, Kathyrn James of Mandeville, LA, and Eloise Tyner of Oxford, MS. Read the full Ole Miss News article.
Two Croft Freshmen Awarded Prestigious Honors College Scholarship
Ten recent high school graduates with exceptional academic records and proven leadership ability have been awarded $32,000 scholarships as freshman members of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi. Two of these ten are international studies majors within the Croft Institute.
Congratulations to Brandon Lynam of Knoxville, TN and Thomas Moorman of Madison, MS. Read the full Ole Miss News article.
Language Tables at the Residential College
Please join your professors and classmates for a meal and great conversation at the Residential College cafeteria. Check out the languages and the times each language meets.
The Green Grove Initiative
Croft junior Jillian Cowart is the GameDay Coordinator for the University's Office of Sustainability. She is looking for Croft students to volunteer with the Green Grove Initiative.
Volunteering with the Green Grove Initiative is a fun way to earn volunteer hours. Each home game, volunteers will be needed to educate tailgaters about recycling in the Grove. By attending the Kickoff Party and volunteering at one home game, you can become a "Green Grove Representative." If you're interested, fill out the online form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1k8Kmz9bXxaNwNZ-Z5yKcNykzdvl4pz4V02wF8nCUxr4/viewform or email Jillian Cowart at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive more information.
Croft Student Selected as Gilman Scholar
Croft senior Qua Sayles was recently selected as a Gilman Scholar for the 2013-2014 year. She will be studying at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.
The Benjamin J. Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.
Congrats to Qua!
Croft Institute Cover Story in Spring 2013 Issue of Ole Miss Alumni Review
The Croft Institute was featured in the cover story of the Spring 2013 issue of the Ole Miss Alumni Review. Subscribers have probably already read the article, while everyone else can wait for it to be posted to the Alumni Review's website.
Croft Senate Elections
Outgoing President Kathy Trabue has reported on the elections for the 2013-2014 Senate elections. She writes that they had some great nominations this year and thanks all those who participated.
Congratulations to our new senators. Elections for freshmen senators will take place next fall.
Rebel Global Connections: Mural in Clarksdale and Visit from Como Elementary School Students
Rebel Global Connections has had a busy few weeks. On Friday, April 19, the group welcomed students from Como Elementary School. They gave the students a tour of campus, played games, and put on an international fair to get them excited about college, their future, and the world around them!
The very next day, April 20, members of RGC drove down to Clarksdale to help paint a mural of a world map at Myrtle Hall IV Elementary School, which houses a Spanish-immersions program.
Rebel Global Connections Field Trip from Como Elementary School
Rebel Global Connections will host its first field trip. About 150 3rd through 5th graders from Como Elementary School will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19. There will be an international fair, passports for the students to make and other crafts and activities . If anyone wants to volunteer to help they can email Kathy Trabue or Erin Mauffray. They should also feel free to come to the RGC meeting on Monday, April 12, at 5:15 p.m. in Bryant 207.
Croft Students raise close to $1000 in RebelThon
Almost two dozen Croft students participated in the the U.M. RebelThon on Friday, April 5, and raised almost one thousands dollars through on-line donations and several bake sales. This was added to the total of $25,409.73 raised for the children at Le Bonheur Hospital in Memphis. Croft students Claire Reid, Sarah Woods, Maia Cotelo, and Zachary Newton served on the Executive Board of the fundraiser.
Croft Graduate Helps Launch Map of Citizen Security Projects in Latin America
Croft graduate Joe Bateman (B.A. 2010) is working for the Washington Office on Latin America (www.wola.org), where he coordinates the organizations work on Brazil and does research for the Citizen Security program. In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, WOLA recently launched an interactive Mapping of Internationally-Funded Citizen Security Projects in Central America. This web application identifies citizen-security programs and projects in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, and Costa Rica and tracks over 2 billion dollars of funding across 600 programs. It looks like it could be useful for a future senior thesis!
College Corps Looking for New Members
The College of Liberal Arts is looking for outstanding candidates for its third class of College Corps members. College Corps is a community-based AmeriCorps program that addresses problems related to education and opportunity throughout Oxford and Lafayette County. As a College Corps participant, members are part of a powerful team of leaders united in service to the community.
Participants serve as minimum-time AmeriCorps members and are deployed to community host sites where they serve 300 volunteer hours throughout the course of the school year. Members generally serve 9-12 hours a week and add a new layer of strength to their designated site. Program sites include the Boys and Girls Club, Oxford Public Schools, the Leap Frog Tutoring Program, Doors of Hope, the the Mississippi State Veterans Home of Oxford, and Interfaith Compassion Ministries, among others. Upon completion of 300 hours, all members are eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.
All interested applicants should fill out the attached form and submit it to Hume Hall 231 by April 19.
See more information on the program at the following link:
Contact Sharon Levine at: splevine at olemiss dot edu or 662-915-1905 with any questions.
Nisolo Accepted into Social Enterprise Accelerator Programs
Croft graduate Patrick Woodyard (B.A. 2010) recently informed us that his company, Nisolo, was recently accepted into one of the top social enterprise accelerator programs in Latin America, Agora Parternships, as well as one of the top accelerator programs in the world for social enterprises, The Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, CO. These opportunities will enable Nisolo to move quickly from growth to scale stage in the life cycle of our business and are a huge honor, as each had hundreds of reputable businesses from around the world applying to be in the programs. He and his partners were also recently named "Heroes" in Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, an encouraging achievement after having moved there seven months ago.
Croft Junior Colby Woods Interning in Germany
Colby Woods spent his fall semester studying political management at Hochschule Bremen in Bremen, Germany on a UAS7 German Universities of Applied Sciences study abroad scholarship.
His spring semester will be spent interning with the Social Media and Communications department of the Bündnis 90/die Grünen (Alliance 90/The Greens) for three months (mid-April until mid-July). This paid internship will be supporting their federal election campaign activities by translating and event coordination.
This page is your gateway to important and useful information about the major, including the new course selection tool, senior-thesis guidelines, advising, the process of setting up your study-abroad program, and other valuable links.