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International Studies

History Makers: Three UM Students among Rhodes Scholarship Finalists

Jarvis Benson, Jaz Brisack, John Chappell set to compete for coveted award NOVEMBER 12, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM For the first time ever, the University of Mississippi boasts three 2019 finalists for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships, which draw students from around the world to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Jarvis […]


The 2018 UM Croft Scholars are (front, from left) David McDonald, Emma Lane, Akshaya Vijayasankar and Delaney Smith, and (back) Jess Cooley, Olivia Jaramillo, Reed Peets and Ava Cooper.

Eight UM Students Earn Prestigious Croft Scholarships

Exceptional scholars receive $4,000 per semester to further studies NOVEMBER 1, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Eight students at the University of Mississippi‘s Croft Institute for International Studies are recipients of this year’s distinguished Croft Scholarships. The prestigious scholarships pay up to $32,000 over four years, and the funds can be combined with other scholarships. Croft Scholars retain the […]


A grant from the Freeman Foundation for a UM student internship program in Eastern Asia has been renewed for 2019. Summer intern grantees for 2018 include (front row, from left) Meredith Brown, Tyler Caple, Emily Rodriguez, Emma Scott, Tina Ng, Navodit Paudel, Sydney Bush, Jasmine Nguyen and Lucy De la Cruz, and (back row, from left) David Pfaehler, Jordan Holman, Sarah Liese, Sarah Berry, Mo Karzon, Stewart Eaton and Daria Herasymova. Submitted photo by Joe Worthem

Freeman Foundation Renews Grant for Asia Internships

Information sessions start this week for interested students OCTOBER 16, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART University of Mississippi students can again participate in a select internship program in Eastern Asia next summer, thanks to the renewal of a grant from the Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont. The program, UM Experiential Learning in Eastern Asia, will allow 18 undergraduates […]


The University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement welcomed a new group of outstanding students from around the globe this fall, representing majors from across the university. First row from left, Albert Nylander, Hannah Newbold, Navodit Paudel, Kristina Fields, J.R. Love, Laura Martin; second row from left, Michael Mott, Allison Borst, Zachary Pugh, Joshua Baker, Kendall Walker, Curtis Hill; third row from left, Bryce Williams, Elena Bauer, Adam Franco, Arielle Rogers, Virginia Parkinson, Anna Katherine Burress, Ashley Bowen.

McLean Institute Grant Award Funds Community Engagement

Hearin Foundation provides support for research and service efforts OCTOBER 5, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT A grant from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation for the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement will fund research and service aimed at increasing community and economic development in Mississippi communities. The McLean Institute […]


Since its first graduating class in 2001, 520 students have graduated from the Croft Institute for International Studies.

Croft Institute Marks Its 20th Anniversary

Events include alumni panels, commemoration ceremony OCTOBER 4, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART The Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi celebrates its 20th anniversary Friday (Oct. 5) with several events for UM alumni, students, faculty and staff. The institute welcomed its first cohort in 1998 after being created following a generous $60 million donation from the Joseph […]


Senior international studies and Spanish major Caroline Bass spent the spring of 2018 studying in the Dominican Republic as part of her Croft Institute studies.

Study Abroad Gives Croft Students Experience of a Lifetime

Semester, year overseas creates global citizens out of institute’s students SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Since its beginning in 1998, the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi has supplied students with the tools to become global citizens. Chief among these tools are acquiring a high level of proficiency in a foreign language and studying […]


Blair McElroy, UM senior international officer, signs a memorandum of agreement with the National University of Civil Engineering in Vietnam for student and faculty exchanges and research collaborations in May. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Blair McElroy Named Senior International Officer at UM

UM alumna brings global perspective, experiences to role SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART During the 2017-18 academic year at the University of Mississippi, Blair McElroy watched over 877 international students as interim senior international officer. In that position, she served as an advocate for those students, ensuring their education at UM went as smoothly as […]


A degree from the Croft Institute for International Studies serves as a passport into the world economy. Here, the 2018 class celebrates its graduation. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Croft Institute Marks Two Decades of Preparing State for the World

More than 500 graduates have launched successful global careers AUGUST 30, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Since its first class graduated in 2001, the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi has sent hundreds of students into the world. A Croft Institute degree serves as a passport, a stamp of approval recognizable in the global marketplace of […]


Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez (right), dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, meets with Honors scholars (from left) Autumn Fortenberry, Brithney Ngo, Ella Endorf, Ivy Li, deYampert Brame Garner II, Kayci Kimmons, Ajah Singleton, Emily Wright, Samuel Starr, Arabella Hamm, Kaden Spellmann, Hayden Williamson and Andrew Gardner. Photo by Thomas Graning/UM Digital Imaging Services

Honors College Welcomes 14 Freshman Scholars

Recipients awarded prestigious scholarships from numerous sources AUGUST 27, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH One is a wedding violinist. Another is an award-winning broadcaster with a love of journalism. And one was a star lacrosse player. These are just three of the 14 freshmen this fall at the University of Mississippi’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors […]


UM student Gwenafaye McCormick spent the 2017-18 academic year studying at Waseda University, a private, independent research university in central Tokyo.

UM Student Broadens Horizon with Year in Japan

Gwenafaye McCormick wraps up studying abroad as Bridging Scholar AUGUST 1, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART For the past year, University of Mississippi student Gwenafaye McCormick started her school day about 6,600 miles and 14 time zones from Oxford – in Japan. McCormick, a rising senior international studies major from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, spent the 2017-18 school year studying […]