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Sept. 07, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's CSIL plans 9/11 activities

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership will sponsor a 9/11 remembrance ceremony and a campus/community blood drive Sept. 11. The American Red Cross asked the CSIL to coordinate the blood drive as part of its 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

"The CSIL will look to both community and members of the campus family to meet our goal of 100 donors," said Laurel Dagnon, CSIL program director. The drive will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 11 in the Smith Student Center.

In addition, the CSIL has organized a reading of the names of those killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in the plane crash near Shanksville. SRU's remembrance ceremony will begin at 8:15 a.m. with bagpipers and an SRU Army ROTC honor guard leading a march of participants from Old Main to the SGA Pavilion on the Quad.

A number of speakers are planned, including Myra Balok, assistant professor of English, who will read her poem "The Name."

"Taps" will be played at 8:46 a.m.; the exact time the first plane hit Tower 1 of the World Trade Center in New York City. Cheryl Norton, SRU president, will be the first of a number of readers who will recite the names of the 3,000 persons killed in the attacks.

"Blood supplies are at emergency levels and patients are at risk for not receiving the blood transfusions they need," said John Hagins, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Region. "The American Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations to improve declining blood inventory levels. All blood types are needed, but type O positive and A positive are experiencing particularly high demand."

"Blood donations through the American Red Cross are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. A public appeal in late June briefly stopped the decline, but the effect was temporary and the situation remains tenuous. As a direct result, blood inventories have continued to drop as patients' needs increase. Without your help, patients are at risk for not receiving the transfusions they need. We are nearing a potential crisis for patients at the more than 90 hospitals we serve in Western Pennsylvania," Hagins said.

"Slippery Rock University has a close relationship with the West Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross with two members of the campus community sitting on our board of directors. Our local communities have benefitted tremendously from the on-going partnership between the University and the Red Cross," he said.

"Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor and sadly, currently only 3 out of every 100 people in the U.S. donate blood," Dagnon, a board member, said. "It is a small investment of time, less than 30 minutes, to give the 'gift of life.' One donation can save a burn victim, an accident victim or the life of a child who has a disease."

Carol Holland, director of SRU's Student Counseling Center, is also a member of the Red Cross board.

The American Red Cross named SRU University of the Year earlier this year for its blood donor efforts and the contributions made by SRU students.

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.