A Human Sex Trafficking Awareness Exhibit will be on display in the foyer of the Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library from Monday-Friday, Jan. 12-17, to provide facts about sex trafficking and information on how to take action and become a part of the solution to this epidemic. Sponsored by Mercer University’s College of Continuing and Professional Studies on the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta.
“Human Sex Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Week is a student-generated event under the leadership of Eniabitobi Kuyinu, a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program,” said Dr. David Lane, professor of counseling and human sciences and faculty sponsor for the initiative. “She works with these victims in her home country of Nigeria and has developed this initiative to help fight this disease in Georgia. Atlanta is one of the top cities for sex trafficking, according to the FBI. We must all be willing to stand as modern day abolitionists against this current scourge of slavery.”
Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal industry worldwide, generating $32 billion annually. According to the United Nations, 4 million individuals are trafficked each year. Ninety percent of them are women and girls.
“We all need to come together to fight this disease – we do not want a world where children and women live in fear of the most horrendous crime that can be done to them,” said Kuyinu. “Join us during the week’s events to see how you can become involved in the fight. Someone you know may be at risk – you never know.”
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“Give the Magic of Reading” campaign is a holiday service project by Swilley Library. The library is collecting children’s books for the International House for Women.
You can donate by bringing a new or gently used children’s book to the library, i.e. a favorite book from your childhood. We will be accepting donations through Wednesday, December 18th.
About the International Women’s House
International Women’s House (IWH) is a domestic violence shelter with a mission to provide a safe haven and supportive services to immigrant and refugee women and children who are the victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, with a focus on cultural sensitivity and self-sufficiency. They have served Metro-Atlanta survivors since 1997. Their staff is professionally trained and has over forty years of combined experience in the domestic violence field. Sensitive to the unique needs of the immigrant and refugee population, the staff is multi-cultural and multi-lingual. They speak over 11 languages and have access to translation services for 140 languages. IWH has helped residents and clients from over 50 countries on six continents. If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, contact the IWH Crisis Hotline at 770-413-5557.
We are pleased to welcome Scott Gillies, the new associate dean/director of Swilley Library. Mr. Gillies comes to Swilley from Georgia Gwinnett College where he was Head of Library Information Systems. He recieved his M.S.in Library Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Montana.
The Swilley Library is now conducting a campus wide survey on the use of electronic books for academic work. We are asking students, faculty and staff to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/swilleybooks. The survey is now open and will close October 20, 2013. Each participant is eligible for one of several gift cards valued from $5 to $50 or Swilley Library tote bags.
We’re super excited about our first Pop-Up Book Fair! The fair will be on Thursday, September 26 from 10am-1pm on the campus plaza near the theology building.
The book fair will be offering hardbacks for $1.00 and paperbacks for 50¢. Fill up a Swilley Library book tote and get everything you can fit in the tote for $10.00 (plus a free tote bag). Books are available on a first come basis so come by early and join the fun (and get some great books)!
The Cecil B. Day Campus Research Prize Committee of Swilley Library is pleased to announce its 2013 winners:
The Swilley Library Award of Distinction for Most Outstanding Academic Research went to Mark A. Wirtz, a Master of Divinity Student in the McAfee School of Theology for his paper entitled Wrestling with Leviticus 18.22 and 20.13.
Three Swilley Library Awards of Merit for Excellence in Academic Research were granted to:
Jeanette V. Dauer, a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership student in the Tift College of Education for her project entitled Assessment of Intercultural Development of College Students in Study Abroad;
Stacy Jin and Hye Jin Kim, Doctor of Pharmacy students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for their project entitled Drug Disposal: Addressing Current Drug Disposal Practices and Pharmacovigilance;
Brittney Nobles, a Doctor of Pharmacy student in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for her project entitled Alzheimer’s Disease: A Summary of Economic Outcomes.
Swilley Library applauds all of this year’s applicants. You may read the winning students’ research statements and projects online at the Mercer University Repository under Swilley Special Collections/Archives after April 19, 2013.