Students, faculty earn national donor honor

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Registrants received "I've been swabbed" stickers after swabbing for DNA testing and signing up for the donor program.

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) has bestowed on the University the organization’s 2007 Collegiate Award in recognition of student and faculty commitment to raising awareness, recruiting donors and supporting the life-saving work of the NMDP.

Communication studies students, who have led bone marrow/stem cell donor registration drives for the last seven years, this spring registered their 1,000th donor candidate. The cost to be added to the national registry is typically as much as $150, but the students offer free registration.

The NMDP has told faculty leader Diana Rehling, associate professor of communication studies, that at least seven people who were added to the donor list because of St. Cloud State drives have actually served as donors,
with many others named potential donors.

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