News Release

Students, faculty earn Red Cross recognition

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drives led by the St. Cloud State University Department of Communication Studies for the last four years have been recognized by the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross Marrow Donor Services presented an �Outstanding University" award to the university�s Department of Communication Studies for �exceptional contribution� to the donor program.

The nonprofit Marrow Donor Services maintains a registry of more than 5 million potential marrow and blood stem cell donors, the world�s largest such registry. The SCSU drive this spring, named in honor of the late Daun Kendig, a communication studies professor, added 141 individuals to the national registry. Over the last four years, the SCSU drives have put approximately 550 people on the registry.

The award was presented on June 17 at Marrow Donor Services headquarters in Minneapolis during the North Central Blood Services of the American Red Cross annual volunteer appreciation event. The award was accepted by communication studies professors Diana Rehling, Wendy Bjorklund, David Warne and Joanna Pucel along with Becky Post, the student chairperson for the 2004 drive.

The Granite City Rotary Club of St. Cloud, partners in sponsoring the annual registration drives, was also honored as an outstanding organization.

For additional information call Associate Professor Diana Rehling, 320-308-1693, e-mail, or visit the organization's web site.

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