by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., Jan. 9, 2008 – United Blood Services of New Mexico recently announced that New Mexico Tech is this year’s recipient of the regional blood service organization’s “Best Collegiate Blood Drive Award.”

The award was made based on statistics compiled last year on campus participation in blood drives held at various New Mexico universities which showed that New Mexico Tech drew proportionately more donors from its 1,900 student population than any other university in the state.

Blood drives conducted at the research university in Socorro over the past two years have yielded 706 units collected, with the capacity to save 1,059 lives.

In addition, during the past fall semester’s blood drive, New Mexico Tech collected 137 units, topping the single day donation record for a state university that had previously been held by the University of New Mexico.

“We’ve worked hard over the last couple of years to help educate our students on the importance of becoming regular blood donors,” said Sara J. Grijalva, coordinator of the New Mexico Tech Residential Life Office, the group within the university that is responsible for coordinating campus blood drives.

While announcing the recent award, administrators at United Blood Services of New Mexico further commended the Tech Residential Life Office staff for continuing to be instrumental in creating the tremendous growth in blood donor participation and support on the New Mexico Tech campus.

Several representatives from the Tech Residential Life Office are scheduled to attend United Blood Services’ annual coordinators luncheon in Albuquerque on Thursday, January 24, to accept the award on behalf of the university.