We are pleased to announce Fort Hays State University has been selected as the American Red Cross Blood Services University of the Year.
The members of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity have sponsored the FHSU blood drives for 10 years. Their exceptional display of enthusiasm and creativity in planning their blood drives is what made them so successful. Valuable efforts and time were spent organizing, promoting and hosting the FHSU blood drives.
“This public service further contributes to the safety of the community by ensuring blood is available to area hospital patients – whenever and wherever it is needed,” said Pam Head, CEO, Red Cross Central Plains Region Blood Services.
Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity’s determination and planning has proven to be a success. The number of first-time donors has increased from 97 in 2002, to 139 in 2006. This is undoubtedly due to the extra time, effort and care put into publicizing and coordinating this huge lifesaving event.
It is always a challenge to make all students and faculty aware of the blood drive. They were pro-active in their recruitment efforts – starting (and winning) a Fight for Life competition with Emporia State University, handing out flyers, wearing a Buddy Blood Drop costume to spread awareness and using sidewalk chalk as another creative avenue for publicity.
For their outstanding efforts to help area hospital patients, the Red Cross Central Plains Region Blood Services will present FHSU the University of the Year award at their blood drive Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom, FHSU campus.
“We are extremely thankful for all their hard work and volunteer service. Dedicated volunteers and blood donors are what make the Red Cross the wonderful organization it is today,” Head explained.
Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. Through regularly scheduled blood drives and the dedication of students and faculty, FHSU has proven their commitment to hospital patients throughout our country.