by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., Feb. 9, 2005 – 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.”
Statistics compiled last year on campus participation in blood drives held at various New Mexico universities show that New Mexico Tech drew proportionately more donors from its 1,800 student population than any other university in the area.
Blood drives conducted at the research university in Socorro over the past two years have yielded 35 units collected in 2003 and 178 units collected in 2004 — a more than 500 percent increase in donor participation.
In addition, during the past fall semester’s blood drive, New Mexico Tech topped 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 Dennis Schumacher, director 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, representatives of United Blood Services of New Mexico further commended Schumacher and his staff for being instrumental in creating the tremendous growth in blood donor participation and support on the New Mexico Tech campus.