John Clark, Review of Child Safety Summit

Joining President LaForge to talk about the Child Safety Summit is John Clark, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, referred to as NCMEC.

Delta State University recently hosted an important summit titled the “Child Safety Summit: Understanding Child Trafficking, Exploitation, and Abuse” which was a daylong event and included national, regional, and state experts in the prevention of child human trafficking. Here are some figures on the topics discussed at the summit.

  • 1 in 5 children is sexually solicited while on the internet; about 35% of victims are 11 years old or younger
  • In 2015, there were 8,730 victims of abuse or neglect in Mississippi alone, a rate of 12 per 1,000 children, an increase of 3.5% from 2014.
  • Of these children, 75% were neglected, 15% were physically abused, and 10% were sexually abused.
  • In 2016, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received a total of 34,000 phone calls, emails, or online tip reports nationwide and 2,300 children were reported as victims.

In other news on campus, the Bologna Performing Arts Center will show the movie “Wreck It Ralph 2” on February 12 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at

In athletic news, men’s tennis will host Alcorn State University on Tuesday. And, both men’s and women’s tennis teams will host Shorter University on Friday. For match times, visit

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Admissions Events

Joining President LaForge is Rebekah Arant, a Delta State admissions recruiter, to discuss the upcoming admissions event.

At Delta State, we take great pride in academic excellence, which is at the core of Statesmen Scholarship Day and Spring Preview Day — two events that are part of Go Green Weekend. Here are some numbers from the Office of Admission’s two biggest spring events.

  • High school students with a 26 ACT score or higher and a 3.5 GPA or higher were invited to this year’s Statesman Scholarship Day.
  • Invited students come from 10 states, including Michigan, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Alabama.
  • 213 people attended last year’s Spring Preview Day, including 110 parents and 103 prospective students.
  • The winners will receive full-ride scholarships.

In other news on campus, the musical “Kinky Boots” hits the BPAC stage tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, February 6 at 6 p.m., Julian Rankin, author of “Catfish Dream: Ed Scott’s Fight for His Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta,” and Willena Scott-White, daughter of Ed Scott, will share his story. The event is free and open to the public.

In athletics news, men’s and women’s basketball will host Christian Brothers University and Auburn University-Montgomery this week. The doubleheaders are set for tip off at 5:30 on Thursday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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