The E-Week Blood Drive on February 26 sponsored by Engineers without Borders (EWB) and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) student chapter registered a total of 89 donors and collected 64 units of blood for local Kansas City hospitals. There were 26 first time donors. Continue reading
Despite a blizzard which cancelled classes during E-Week 2013, the E-week Blood Drive sponsored by Engineers without Borders (EWB) and Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE/NSPE) student organizations was a huge success. Seventy (70) units of blood were collected by the Community Blood Center (CBC) resulting in the 5th annual E-Week drive exceeding past records. Congratulations and a huge thank you to our donors and supporters – they are the ones that made this drive rock! The 70 units donated far surpassed the CBC’s goals for our drive (60 units) and we increased the amount of blood collected from last year by 7% (65 units collected in 2012, 59 units in 2011 and 38 in 2010). With 96 potential donors we exceeded the previous 2012 record of 91 potential donors and with 40 first time donors we nearly tied the 2011 record of 43 first time donors. Each year, the E-week blood drive is coordinated by Jane Vogl who volunteers as the SCE site coordinator for the CBC and is the staff advisor to the MSPE student chapter. Jane says it is her favorite volunteer activity because “it is so heart-warming to see the students, faculty and staff turn out to save lives.”
Numerous UMKC staff and faculty members either donated blood at the 7/25/12 UMKC summer blood drive or helped get the word out about it, lending their support and communication channels to make the drive a success. SCE is proud our faculty and staff participated in drive which attracted 57 UMKC donors, with 29 first time donors. Fifty units of blood were collected, surpassing CBC’s goals for our first UMKC annual summer blood drive. Jane Vogl of SCE served as the CBC site coordinator for this drive. She noted how heartwarming it was to have donors make appointments with every appeal that went out and that the results are reflective of our giving, caring and socially responsible UMKC community. Teamwork was really important as the summer drive’s success relies heavily on UMKC staff and faculty donors.
Our SCE E-Week celebration February 20 – 24, 2012 was phenomenal. SCE’s student council and our professional student organizations (ACI, ACM, ASCE, ASHRAE, ASME, EWB, IEEE, IEEE Robotics Competition, MSPE/NSPE, NSBE, SAE, IEEE, SAME, SWE) and honor societies (HKN, PTS) sponsored many great events. One event that will have long-lasting impact is the E-week blood drive sponsored by the Engineers without Borders (EWB) and Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE/NSPE) student organizations. Clearly, we have a giving, socially responsible SCE community as our drive broke all previous years records. Congratulations and a huge thank you to our donors and supporters – they are the ones that made this drive rock! Sixty-five (65) units of blood were collected. This far surpassed the CBC’s goals for our drive (45 units) and we increased the amount of blood collected from last year by 10% (59 units collected in 2011, 38 units in 2010). We also broke the 2011 record for first time donors (43) and for potential donors (91). Fantastic!
SCE celebrated E-week (February 21 – 25) with numerous events and activities sponsored by our student organizations and SCE Student Council. Overall participation by students hit a record high! It is estimated that over 1/3 of SCE students participated in at least one E-week activity!
The week started off with free nachos, a tug of war and gaming competition. Mid week highlights included the Toyota Ride and Drive, Alumni Panel, Trebuchet and Bottle Rocket Competitions, STEM Career Fair, book fair and Blood Drive. And did we mention the free donuts on Wednesday and the free pancake breakfast on Thursday? Several SCE student leaders were guests at Thursday’s 60th Annual Engineers Week Luncheon attended by over 300 engineering professionals and sponsored by Kansas City engineering firms and organizations. Friday concluded with the Roo Race and an AWESOME closing event attended by over 150 SCE students – the 1st annual E-Week all school party! At the party the Mr. Engineer Competition sponsored by our Society of Women Engineers student chapter was conducted and E-week prizes and awards were announced.
This past “e-week” was phenomenal. One event that will have long-lasting impact is our 2nd annual blood drive. Its success reflects our giving, socially responsible SCE community. Organized by Engineers Without Borders and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers student organizations, it is the participation and leadership of our SCE community that make service events like these meaningful and successful. Last Thursday, Feb. 24th, our SCE family really did Save a Life. Right Here, Right Now.
The Community Blood Center (CBC) has shared with us that Thursday’s E-Week blood drive attracted 78 potential donors, with 40 being first time donors! Fifty-eight (58) units of blood were collected. This far surpassed the CBC’s goals for our drive and we increased the amount of blood collected from last year by 65% (38 units collected in 2010)! Fantastic! Thanks to everyone that donated or tried to donate … hopefully those that couldn’t participate this year for whatever reason can join us next year for the 3rd annual E-week Blood Drive.
One donation saves up to two lives and according to Pam Thorp, at the CBC, Mobile blood drives such as yours account for more than 60% of the blood needed to keep our hospitals adequately supplied. Without your help, it would be difficult to collect the 580 pints needed each day for our family, friends, and neighbors . . . Please pass on our gratitude to the volunteers who supported the blood drive.
SCE’s students, faculty and staff can be proud to part of a School with this level of commitment to the community!