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Blood Bank Honors Tech For Saving Lives

SOCORRO, N.M. Oct. 7, 2009 – United Blood Services of New Mexico presented New Mexico Tech with a special “Life Sustaining Award” for helping save lives via student blood donations.

Representatives of the non-profit group presented university administrators with a certificate during the Friday, Oct. 2, blood drive on the third floor of the Fidel Center on campus.

Andy Fry (from left), Shawn Eddings and Michele Moore-Wright of United Blood Services, Tech vice president Dr. Peter Gerity, director of auxiliary services Louise Chamberlain and housing director Ruth Ann Stoddard show off Tech's "Life Sustaining Award" during the October 2 blood drive on campus.

Michele Moore-Wright, donor recruitment representative for the organization, said New Mexico Tech has committed to being a life-saver.
Any organization that organizes donations of more than 320 units of blood is honored for saving lives. United Blood Services supplies 320 units of blood every day to 44 hospitals in New Mexico and southwest Colorado. Moore-Wright said 320 units will save about 1,100 lives.

She said UBS gets more donations at New Mexico Tech than at any other university in the state. Tech hosts four annual blood drives on campus – two each semester. In 2008, Tech students and staff donated 368 units. After two blood drives in 2009, the university community had donated 161 units. The October drive collected 112 units, bringing the annual total to 273. The final blood drive of 2009 will be December 4, sponsored by Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society on campus.

“New Mexico Tech students are great donors for a couple of reasons,” housing director Ruth Ann Stoddard said. “No. 1 – Tech has a very civic minded group of students. Our students are involved in many community service projects and they help others in times of need. No. 2 – our students, because of their interest in science, are more sensitive to the medical needs of people in emergencies.”

New Mexico Tech has won awards from UBS twice in recent years for having the best collegiate blood drive in the state.

“That says a lot about our students,” Stoddard said.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech