|Ed Barnes, vice president of administrative affairs, presents the Red Cross award to Debbie Jackley, marketing coordinator for Student Health Services.|
|Students, faculty and staff are invited to donate blood during the upcoming drive on Oct. 28-30.|
Affirming that team effort goes a long way, the American Red Cross Blood Services honored Cal Poly Pomona for collecting the most units of blood at a single site for a university in 2007-08.
The campus was honored for a second year in a row at the American Red Cross Southern California Region Awards held Sept. 25.
Student Health Services collected 1,181 units of blood from July 1, 2007 to June 30, topping Cal State Fullerton, Mt. SAC and Cerritos College. Cal Poly Pomona has 21,477 students, compared to 36,091 at Fullerton, 38,728 at Mt. SAC and 24,536 at Cerritos.
“Our campus community has really stepped up to the plate in their efforts to support the drives,” said Debbie Jackley, marketing coordinator for Student Health Services. “With our emphasis on service learning, and the students' commitment to community involvement, I'm confident that this year's efforts will exceed those reached last year.”
The Broncos also received an honorable mention in the most units collected overall in the university category. The entire campus donated 1,242 units during that time period — the second highest at any university in Southern California. The award recognizes the combined effort among various campus organizations. Cal Poly Pomona was second to UC San Diego, which collected 1,689 units.
Each unit can save up to three lives, so last year's donations affected as many as 3,726 people. In the United States, 20 percent of blood donations comes from high school and college students.
This year, Student Health Services will sponsor one drive per quarter. The next blood drive will be held Oct. 28-30 in Ursa Major, Bronco Student Center. All participants will receive a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito. For a third year in a row, Cal Poly Pomona will compete against Mt. SAC in raising the most blood donations in Out For Blood III, which will includes drives in October and April.