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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 24, 2015

Student Senate recognized for record-breaking blood drives, prepares to sponsor fall blood drive

Northwest Student Senate members Paige Diels and Katie Brown accepted the Community Blood Center's award in recognition of the Student Senate's record-breaking blood drives. (Submitted photo)

Northwest Student Senate members Paige Diels and Katie Brown accepted the Community Blood Center's award in recognition of the Student Senate's record-breaking blood drives. (Submitted photo)

The Community Blood Center on Thursday recognized Northwest Missouri State University and its Student Senate for their outstanding commitment to supporting blood donation in the region.

Northwest was recognized by the Community Blood Center in St. Joseph as the top university among 12 participating institutions in the area. During the 2014 calendar year, Northwest donors provided 612 units of blood, which was nearly 400 more units than the second-ranked institution.

Student Senate launches its 2015-2016 campaign with its fall blood drive Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. The student governing body annually sponsors blood drives in cooperation with the Community Blood Center to boost blood supplies in northwest Missouri.

The fall blood drive is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday in the Tower View Room at the J.W. Jones Student Union. Donors may register at www.savealifenow.org, by entering the code: NWMSU. For more information, contact Morgan Maxwell at S520390@mail.nwmissouri.edu or call 660.562.1218.

Northwest’s blood donor totals for the 2014-2015 academic year were record-breaking as 745 units of blood were collected during the Student Senate’s fall, winter and spring blood drives – an increase from 625 units collected during 2013-2014.

Northwest also collected 272 units of blood during its January blood drive, breaking its record for a single blood drive. The previous total was 268 units collected during the fall 2012 blood drive.

Community Blood Center is the primary supplier of blood and blood components to local hospitals and medical centers. Blood from volunteer donors assists cancer patients recovering from the rigors of chemotherapy, auto accident victims needing blood for emergency surgeries or mothers needing blood as the result of traumatic birth deliveries. It is estimated three lives are saved with every unit collected.

Northwest has sponsored blood drives since at least 1973 and donated nearly 7,000 units of blood since 2000 – enough to save more than 21,000 lives.

For more information, contact the Community Blood Center at 800.245.7035 or visit www.savealifenow.org.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468