Election Day 2018

Joining President LaForge to discuss the upcoming elections is Arlene Sanders, an instructor in political science in the division of social sciences and history.

Elections are based on numbers. With the midterm elections fast approaching, here are some interesting figures to consider before Election Day on November 6.

•All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election; 1/3 of the U.S. Senate
•There are 1,811 voting precincts in Mississippi, including 28 in Bolivar County.
•13,636 citizens in Bolivar County and more than 1.2 million Mississippians voted in the 2016 presidential election.
•In 2016, the voting-age population in Mississippi was 2.2 million. Of those, 1.7 million were registered voters and 1.5 million voted.

In other news on campus, the Wiley Planetarium is showing the program “Violent Universe” tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12, senior citizens, and anyone with an Okra Card. Also, if you have young children, we invite you to bring them to our Athletics Department’s annual Trunk or Treat event, which will take place on Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Statesman Park.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

Trunk or Treat

Joining President LaForge is Dana George, Senior Executive Associate athletic director for Compliance, Academics and Internal Operations/SWA.

Here are some delectable numbers about Halloween.

  • The No. 1 costume this year for kids? Princess. For adults? Witch.
  • The average child consumes 3 cups or 384 grams of sugar on Halloween.
  • The top 3 Halloween candies in the U.S. are Skittles, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and M&M’s.
  • The most popular Halloween candy in Mississippi this year? 3 Musketeers, at 115,314 pounds.
  • Shoppers will spend $9 billion cumulatively on candy, costumes, decorations, and cards this year, about $90 per person.
  • The optimal time to carve a Halloween pumpkin is 5 days beforehand.
  • 14 athletic teams, consisting of more than 300 athletes and coaches, will host Delta State Athletics’ annual Trunk or Treat event.
  • The Trunk or Treat event will include 15-20 stations with games and activities
  • The Athletics Departments expects to serve 1,000 guests at the event.

In other news on campus, Reverend Wheeler Parker Jr., a cousin of Emmett Till, will share his memories of Emmett Till’s life and legacy tonight at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Jobe Hall. As a reminder, the art department’s annual faculty art exhibition continues at the Fielding Wright Art Center Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., until October 25. In athletics news, Statesmen football is back at home on Thursday against Shorter University. The game kicks off at 6 p.m., and fans are encouraged to wear pink to this game in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

Colloquia: Dr. Mark Emmert, NCAA President

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA.

Statistics and numbers are a driving force behind sports. Earned-run average, shooting percentage, shots on goal, rushing yards, and other figures often prove a measuring stick for success. Here are some numbers about the National Collegiate Athletic Association:

  • NCAA President Mark Emmert is the fifth chief executive. More about him shortly.
  • There are 308 Division II universities and colleges, including Delta State.
  • 52,500 athletes compete each year for 90 championships in 24 sports across 3 divisions.
  • Half a million college athletes form 19,500 teams among all NCAA divisions.
  • $5 million has been raised by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting more than 600 wishes.

When President LaForge was inaugurated at Delta State in 2013, he implemented the Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series to bring highly successful individuals to campus to share their stories with our students, faculty/staff and community. Colloquia guests have included a Supreme Court justice, a U.S. poet laureate, a governor, two senators, and two Fortune 500 CEOs, among others. Our guest today is no exception to the long list of notable speakers.

In other news on campus, we have reached the midpoint for the fall semester. Good luck to our students during midterms! The new Miss Delta State University will be crowned on Thursday. The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The Wiley Planetarium will show Robot Explorers 3D on Friday at 6 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children younger than age 12, seniors and anyone with an Okra Card.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.