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March 7, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's CSIL hosts Red Cross blood drive

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 11.

The drive will be in the Smith Student Center. SRU's goal is to secure 100 donors.

Appointments are being accepted, but are not required, from students, faculty and staff along with community members. Sign-ups can be completed in the CSIL Office at the Smith Student Center. Walk-in will also be welcome the day of the drive.

Donations take about 15 minutes and donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. In order to donate double red cells, males must be 17 years old or older, at least 5'1" and weigh at least 130 pounds; females wanting to donate double red cells, must be 17 years old or older, at least 5'5" and weigh at least 150 pounds.

Donors who donate double red cells must wait at least 112 days before donating again. Whole blood donors must wait 56 days between donations.

Because SRU's numbers have been high in the past, the University is in the running to be named "College of the Year" by the Red Cross, according to Laurel Dagnon, program director at the center and a member of the West Central Pennsylvania of the American Red Cross board of directors.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.