Press Releases

March 14, 2003
Southampton College Wins Long Island University Blood Drive Challenge

The Prize: A 60" Television Donated by P.C. Richard & Sons

Darren Johnson
(631) 287 8313
Fax: (631) 283 4081

Last fall, Long Island University partnered with Long Island Blood Services, agreeing to hold blood drives on each of its residential campuses to meet the urgent need for blood in the community. As an incentive, the University pledged to award a 60" television, generously donated by P.C. Richard & Sons, to the campus with the highest rate of participation (pints donated per 100 students).

Although the C.W. Post Campus and the Brooklyn Campus made valiant efforts, it was Southampton College that finished in the lead, collecting 200 pints of blood, an average of 53.9 cc of blood per undergraduate student, and 45 cc per student at any level.

The College held two blood drives, one last November and the second this past February. Student Activities Director Tara McCarthy noted that both blood drives at Southampton College were marked by plenty of school spirit, as students and a blood-drop mascot toured dormitories, classrooms and administrative buildings, encouraging students, faculty members and administrators to join in the campus-wide effort. Students also ran a telephone campaign to remind donors about their appointments. "This was a wonderful team effort for a very worthy cause," she said.

Dr. David J. Steinberg, president of Long Island University, and Gary Richard, president of P.C. Richard & Sons, will present the grand prize in a ceremony on Thursday, March 27, at 10 a.m., in the conference room next to the bookstore in Wood Hall. The TV will remain in this common area year-round for all to enjoy.

The College plans another blood drive on April 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., in Wood Hall. The public is invited to donate. For an appointment, contact (631) 287-8363.