Coach Spence and Track and Field athletes at their sponsored blood drive on Sept. 29th

Track and Field Athletes Bleed Blue for Coach Spence

The Penn State Track and Field team has sponsored an annual blood drive for the past several years–because for them, it’s personal.

Assistant Track and Field Coach Fritz Spence has defeated Leukemia twice (in 2008 and in 2013), and was at last week’s Homecoming blood drive supporting his athletes who were donating. As a former cancer patient, multiple months in the hospital meant countless blood transfusions for Coach Spence. He said he was “happy and proud” to see his athletes turn out to donate.

Athlete Kasey Kemp has been donating blood at the Track and Field sponsored drive for the past five years. “It helped [Coach Spence] a lot, so I think about that a lot when I donate blood,” Kemp said.

With Kemp was Steph Sievers, another T&F athlete and first time blood donor. “The experience was better than I expected–the people were great and talked me through everything,” Sievers said. When asked about how she overcame her anxiety towards donating blood, she “just thought about where it goes.” A single red cell blood donation can help save up to three lives, and the need for blood in America is constant.

Coach Spence’s message to those who are apprehensive about giving blood? “Get informed and stay educated–it’s such a simple procedure that has a huge impact.”

Breast Cancer ribbon

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. This month, the Red Cross encourages donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others who might be in need of life saving blood donations.

Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., and Breast cancer patients may need blood donations during chemotherapy, mastectomy surgery or other treatments.
By giving blood during this month, you are helping the patients who suffer from Breast Cancer make it through another day. These people need blood and donor supply is the only way to get blood to them if they need a transfusion.
So please give blood this month to help those who have all forms of cancer and other life threatening diseases or injuries. No matter your blood type, but especially those with O negative, B negative, A negative and AB blood, if you can give blood, please do to help others who need it.
To make an appointment to donate blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Homecoming Blood Drive

Homecoming is right around the corner, which means it’s time to bleed blue and white! The Student Red Cross Club will be hosting a special Homecoming blood drive on Thursday, September 29th at the HUB in Alumni Hall from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Did you know that donors and volunteers can receive Homecoming spirit points for their organization?

○ Members of your organization, pair or triad should sign-­in to donate at the Blood Drive to receive 10 points per member (Up to 10 members).

○ If you pre­-register to donate at the blood drive, you can earn up to 12 points per    member.

○ If a member of your organization volunteers at the blood drive, you may receive 5 spirit points per 2 hour shift (Up to 5 members).

○ Organizations can earn up to 195 points by donating or volunteering at the blood drive.

As one of our Bleed Blue Blood Drives, every donor is also automatically entered to win a Penn State® Football home game package for 2016, which includes two Mt. Nittany Club tickets, pre-game hospitality passes, a sideline visit during the game, and Beaver Stadium video board recognition!

Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Make sure to eat a good meal 1-2 hours before donating and drink plenty of water on the day of your donation. Donors must be 16 yrs. of age or older and have a valid photo ID to donate.

Please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information on how to register to donate. For more information on Homecoming spirit points, please visit

SRCC September Recap

This September has been a very exciting start to the year for this club. From our first general meeting to our first canning weekend, we’ve had a great start this year!

Early in September, we had our first meeting, where we met so many new members and were able to catch up with old friends from last year. We were able to introduce prospective members to what we do as a club and were able to grow our family with these new members and volunteers.

On September 11th, the Student Red Cross Club hosted a booth in the HUB, asking people passing by to commemorate 9/11 by telling us about who their heroes are. We collected those responses and now have our very own hero board, which has answers from all types of members of the Penn State Community.

On September 12th-13th, the club held our annual 9/11 blood drives, which were very successful in collecting blood in partnership with 9/11-day foundation in commemoration of the tragic events that took place on that day. The Penn State ROTC sponsored one of the drives. They hosted it in their building and it drew in many members of the ROTC to give blood and volunteer, making it a very successful drive.

On the week of September 19th, the club also hosted it’s first triple-header blood drive of the year in the HUB, collecting units from many students and other members of the Penn State community over the course of the three days. Greek life was very active in these drives as well, sponsoring and donating many times over the three days.

Lastly, the club went on our first canning weekend on the weekend of the 23rd. We visited the Angus family and went canning in and around the Camp Hill area. It is always a good weekend when canning, and getting to know our new members and spending time with friends is always fun as well!

This September has been an exciting time for our club, and it will only get better!

On-Site Coordinator of the Month: Michala Alexander

Once a month, we celebrate those members of our club who take part in our On-Site Coordinator Program by getting to know them and what motivates them. This month, who better to meet than Michala Alexander, the On-Site Coordinator Captain? Michala coordinates the efforts of all student OSCs and ensures that OSCs are present at every blood drive and that they are trained and prepared to the best of their ability. Thank you Michala for helping all of our donors and volunteers!



What are the responsibilities of an On-Site Coordinator?

An On-Site Coordinator (OSC) is in charge of making sure the blood drive runs smoothly, helps the drive to reach it’s goal, supports the donors and talks to them, and assigns roles to the volunteers and makes sure they do their jobs.  An OSC is a leader that is willing to take charge to help the Red Cross improve the lives of others.


Why did you join the Student Red Cross Club here at Penn State?

I joined SRCC because I was very involved with the Red Cross Club in high school.  I was running the blood drives there and I loved working with the Red Cross and helping to supply the hospitals with enough blood.


Do you donate blood? If so, Why?

I have never been able to donate before, but I am looking to make a successful donation this year.  Giving blood is so important and only a small portion of the population is able to donate blood.


What is some advice you would give to someone who is afraid/has never given blood before?

There are a lot of people who are afraid to give blood for various reasons, they may be scared of needles, afraid of getting sick or passing out, or have had bad experiences with people they know having a hard time donating or personal bad experiences.  When I’m recruiting I remind people that one donation can save three lives, that very few people are eligible to donate, and that the donation process only lasts 10 minutes.


Why do you think that the Student Red Cross Club is important to have here?

The Student Red Cross Club is so important because it gives us a chance to give back to the community.  I really enjoy volunteer work and this is a type of volunteering that doesn’t take much time, but gives so much back to the community.  We get to say that we have helped to save lives, and that’s the type of volunteering that has a lasting impact that you can see.  You never know if the person you passed on the street has had a blood transfusion from one of our drives, or if the couple who made it out of their burning house got out because of a smoke detector that we helped to install, or if the little boy who was choking was saved because of a Red Cross training session.  The Red Cross makes a huge impact on communities around the world and it’s great to be a part of that.

The Red Cross Partners with 9/11 Day to save lives in commemoration of the September 11th attacks.

On the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, The Red Cross is teaming with 9/11 day to observe the day by saving lives through the donation of blood and platelets.

9/11 Day is an organization dedicated to honoring the victims and heroes of that day through community service. It has evolved into the largest day of charitable activities in the United States and has now been reserved as a national day of service and remembrance by the U.S. Government.

The Red Cross needs approximately 14,000 blood donations every day to help improve and even save lives in over 2,600 health care centers around the country. This partnership with 9/11 day will help the Red Cross to meet and even exceed that goal through the generosity of their donors and volunteers.

Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services gave a statement, saying; “The Red Cross is proud to join 9/11 Day and empower members of our communities to give blood and volunteer to commemorate this anniversary while making a profound contribution to community preparedness. Let us honor the memory of those who gave so much to help others, and do our part to help those in need this September.”

Those who would like to donate or volunteer on this day of service are encouraged to do so via or through their local Red Cross chapter to find an opportunity to commemorate September 11th with the Red Cross and 9/11 Day.

Why You Should Volunteer in 2016

The American Red Cross is an organization founded on the principles of preventing and alleviating human suffering through its volunteers and donors. Contrary to public opinion, the Red Cross does much more than just collecting blood. The organization is also committed to providing CPR Training, teaching disaster preparation, and collecting money for other charity organization, like Penn State’s own THON! The Penn State chapter will soon offer CPR instruction to people who would like or need instruction for their jobs or commitments, which might need someone who is prepared with CPR training. Disaster prevention is one of the lesser known services that the American Red Cross provides, but it is also one of the most important in changing people’s lives. The disaster prevention and emergency assistance Red Cross volunteers are “helping thousands of people in Louisiana affected by devastating flooding, likely the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. Also stated that; “We are mobilizing a massive relief effort with volunteers providing shelter, food and comfort right now. The Red Cross is also sending in additional relief supplies and volunteers to expand our response in the coming days.”( It is estimated that 10,600 people in Louisiana sought shelter in over 50 of their local Red Cross and community shelters on Sunday night to escape from the deadly conditions outside. Hopefully, our community in State College will not be affected by anything remotely this bad, but the Red Cross is making sure that people are prepared anyway. Locally, the Red Cross chapter started an initiative to ensure that everyone has a smoke detector in their house that could save their lives in case of a fire or other poisonous air conditions within their house. The Student Red Cross Club is actively involved in the Penn State Dance Marathon, or THON. They have two amazing families, the Heck family and the Angus family and have joined these families to help combat pediatric cancer through their participation and collection for the dance marathon. All of these services that the Red Cross provides are through the generosity of donors as well as the actions of their volunteers, who give their time to make their community a better place. This is why, if you get the chance, give some thought to volunteering for the Red Cross.

Student Red Cross Club 2015-2016 Recap

Last year was an exciting and successful year for the Penn State Student Red Cross Club.  The year started off successfully with the Michigan State Blood Drive Challenge, in which the Penn State and Michigan State student Red Cross clubs were pitted against each other to see who could collect the most blood in the span of two weeks.  Although the smaller of the two clubs, Penn State came out on top collecting 992 units against the 954 collected by Michigan State despite a huge early deficit. This contest was hugely successful, and could help impact the lives of almost six thousand individuals between the two schools! The club also was a part of several on campus activities, including walking in the homecoming parade, walking in the Relay For Life to raise money for cancer research, and participating in THON! THON was tremendously important to the Club, as the club has two THON families, the Heck and Angus families, whom the club visited several times over the course of the year. The club also went canning for THON to raise funds towards the total. Lastly, several members of the club went to THON and danced on the floor in the annual 46-hour dance marathon, which raised a total of $9,770,332.32 towards fighting pediatric cancer. Chalk last year up as a successful year for the Penn State Student Red Cross Club and together we will make this year will be even better!

First Week of Classes

The Student Red Cross Club has lots of fun things planned for the first week of classes! The Involvement Fair is Monday, August 22 from 11am-4pm on the HUB lawn.  This is our chance to show other students what SRCC is all about and to get new members to join! We would love to see everyone at the table at some point during the day to promote our club and show people how great our club is.

The Student Red Cross Club has organized a social on Friday August 26  at Sam’s place, more info to come later. And last but certainly not least, on Saturday August 27 there will be a day social. So be sure to come to these awesome events and we look forward to having a great first week of classes!

End of the year Picnic!

Club Picnic at Sunset Park on April 25th from 4-7pm! Awesome food and a great time to congratulate everyone on a job well done this year!

You can either meet us there or if you want to come as a group, please meet in front of the HUB Fish tanks at 4:30pm!