Fort Hays State University chosen as Red Cross “University of the Year”

October 9, 2013

The American Red Cross has chosen Fort Hays State University (FHSU) as the Central Plains Region Blood Services “University of the Year.” Red Cross representatives will present a plaque at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Stouffer Lounge.


Criteria to be chosen as “University of the Year:”

  • Growth: Between 2008 and 2011, the Red Cross collected, on average, 447 pints of blood annually at FHSU blood drives. So far in 2012, generous volunteer donors have rolled up their sleeves and given 502 pints of blood.


  • Outstanding Support & Continued Dedication: Each year, a volunteer from Alpha Kappa Psi is elected as the blood drive coordinator (BDC) to help organize and market upcoming blood drives. The 2013 BDC has secured sponsorships to allow for T-shirts at the October blood drive.


  • Exceeded Goal: The goal for 2012 FHSU blood drives was 449, and the Red Cross collected 112% of goal, with 55 more donors than the four-year average. Those donations could potentially have helped save the lives of an extra 165 patients in need.


  • Unique Recruitment Efforts: FHSU volunteers helped spread the word on campus to encourage blood donations. Some of those unique tactics included going door-to-door in the dorms to educate students and encourage donation. Volunteers also had appointment sign-up tables on various locations on campus including lunchrooms, dorms, and the student union.


Upcoming Fort Hays State University blood drive opportunities:

Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort Hays State University Union Ballroom, 600 Park St.

Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Hays State University Union Ballroom, 600 Park St.