Milestones Reached with Recent Blood Drives

Posted on 4/25/2014 11:51:54 AM

Greek Life graduate assistant displays blood drive unit graphicIUP students, faculty, and staff have saved thousands of lives this year through blood donations.

During the Greek Week Blood Drive on April 9, 2014, a total of 165 units were collected, making this the biggest IUP blood drive to date!

Devin Basile, a graduate assistant in the Center for Student Life, Greek Life, and Student Engagement Office, proudly displayed the blood drive totals, and credits Cody Stitely and Keri Georgilas, Greek Week coordinators, with notifying the campus about the drive, which according to Stitely, “was done by a lot of networking and knowing people.”

Another blood drive was held on April 23, 2014, bringing the total number of lives saved through the donations of IUP students, faculty, and staff to 2,500 this academic year. 

The next scheduled drive will be held on May 7 from noon to 6:00 p.m. in the Crimson Event Center. This drive will be held in honor of IUP alumnus 2LT Matthew Homa, who was severely wounded while serving our country. Matt received approximately 36 units of blood during the surgeries required to save his life. Thankfully, Matt is now fully recovered from his injuries.  He and his family and friends would like to bring awareness for the need for blood to help save the lives of others in need.

According to Diane Stipcak, Office of Service Learning coordinator, organizers are hoping that this blood drive will push IUP's totals to above the 3,000 lives saved, which is the goal for this year. To schedule a life-saving appointment, please contact Diane Stipcak at or 724-357-2235.