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FHSU recognized for blood donations


Fort Hays State University trumped every Kansas university and junior college for the most blood donations during its October 2012 blood drive.

"It potentially helped save the lives of an extra 165 patients," said Norma Dixon, an American Red Cross manager of donor recruitment.

The Red Cross gave FHSU its Central Plains Regional Blood Services University of the Year award for collecting 502 pints, Dixon said. The average number of pints FHSU donated between 2008 to 2011 was 447.

Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity at the university, organized the blood drive and helped the campaign reach 112 percent of its goal, Dixon said. The student group went to the dorms to recruit donors and staffed sign-up tables throughout campus.

Anna Weber, an FHSU alumna who served as the 2012 blood drive coordinator, said the award reflects the university community's commitment to helping others.

There are two upcoming opportunities to donate blood on the FHSU campus. The Red Cross will be on site from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30.