CSU, Chico News

BloodSource Honors CSU, Chico Greeks, Staff Council

Date: 03-22-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Desiree Gonzalez
Student Activities

Representatives from the Greek Community and from the Staff Council at California State University, Chico, accepted awards for their blood bank contributions at the annual BloodSource Chairperson Luncheon at Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room on Friday, March 16. Juan Blanco and Desiree Gonzalez from Student Activities accepted the “Outstanding Contribution Award” for Greek Week, and Shirley Rabo and Sandy Miskella accepted three awards, —the Gift of Hope Award, the Award of Distinction and the Symbol of Excellence Award—for Staff Council.

Greek week is an annual event organized each fall by Inter-Fraternity Council fraternities, Panhellenic sororities and Multicultural Greek Council organizations to celebrate participation within the Greek system and promote community service and involvement.

(Pictured at left: Julie Hoffman, administrative director of BloodSource—North Valley, Shirley Rabo, Staff Council, CSU, Chico, Desiree Gonzalez, Student Activities, CSU, Chico and Erin Gilmer, director of recruitment, BloodSource)

Greeks partner with BloodSource to host a blood drive each year during Greek Week in Bell Memorial Union Auditorium, collecting an average of 500 pints of blood from the campus community during that time.

The Staff Council has hosted and supported blood drives with BloodSource on the CSU, Campus since 1970. They hold monthly blood drives between Sept. and May and one in the summer in July. Over the years, the number of participants has grown to an average of 120 a day for each drive.

Staff council received the Gift of Hope Award for the organization that has gone above and beyond in their service; the Award of Distinction for the organization with the highest overall increase in registered participants from the previous year; and the Symbol of Excellence Award for the organization with the most registered participants.

In addition to hosting monthly blood drives, Staff Council provides education about blood and marrow donations and the services available with each donation, keeps a data base on donor eligibility and informs donors when they are eligible to donate; and works with student organizations to promote community service. It also provides two student internships each year to CSU, Chico students.

Rabo and Miskella accepted the awards on behalf of the chair of staff council, Paula Scholtes, and the chair of the service projects committee, Dana Francis.