Child Safety Summit

January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Here are some statistics on this issue.

•In the first half of 2018, the National Human Trafficking Hotline reported 20 human trafficking cases in Mississippi, half of those involving minors.
•In 2017, an estimated 1 out of 7 endangered runaways in the U.S. reported to the NCMEC were likely child sex trafficking victims, with 88 percent of them in the care of social services or foster care at the time.
•According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Report, 83 percent of confirmed cases of human trafficking in the U.S. are American-born citizens.
•The U.S. Justice Department estimates that 14,500-17,500 people are trafficked into the country every year.

In other news on campus, there will be a joint student recital featuring voice and piano students from Delta State and Sungkyul University as part of the voice and piano exchange. This recital will take place on Thursday from 1:40 to 2:55 p.m. in the BPAC recital hall. On Friday, faculty from both universities will also perform as part of this exchange. Their performance will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the BPAC recital hall.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington were key moments in the American Civil Rights Movement for African-Americans. It brought to the forefront societal concerns about voting, housing, employment, racial inequality, and education. Here is a look back on how numbers for African-Americans have changed for the better just in higher education, according to the Census Bureau.

  • In 1964, African-Americans accounted for 234,000 college undergraduates. In 2012, there were 2.6 million, more than 10 times as many as there were in 1964.
  • There were only 3.9 percent of African-Americans age 25 and older who completed at least four years of college in 1964. That percentage rose to 21.2 percent in 2012.
  • 365,000 African-Americans had at least a bachelor’s degree in 1964. In 2012, the number was 14 times that — 5.1 million.

In other news on campus, guest speaker Bridget Arend will present “Seven Ways of Learning” on Wednesday, January 23 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center. In athletics news, men’s and women’s basketball will face off against University of Alabama-Huntsville and Lee University this week. The doubleheaders are set for tip off at 5:30 on Thursday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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Starting the Semester Off Right

Joining President LaForge are Dr. Christy Riddle and Ms. Tricia Killebrew from the Student Success Center.

We are one week into the spring semester, and here are some interesting figures for students as they ramp up this term.

  • A Hendrix College study observed the academic success of students with different sleep schedules and found that night owls average a 2.84 post-freshman year GPA, whereas morning people and students with regular sleeping patterns averaged a 3.18 post-freshman year GPA.
  • It is recommended that students study for 30-50 minutes followed by a 10-minute break.
  • The retention rate for information obtained in a lecture is 60% higher when information is reviewed within 24 hours of hearing it. So, students should review notes within one day of taking them.

In other news on campus, registration for the spring semester closes tomorrow. The first noontime luncheon lecture series of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Café Scientifique is Wednesday, Jan. 16 at noon in the GIT Center in Kethley Hall. Dr. Liza Bondurant and Dr. Lee Virden, professors of mathematics, will present their topic, Building K-12 Community Connection and Student Interest in DSU & STEM.

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