April 10, 2019

DAYTON, Ohio - It's a busy time on the University of Dayton campus with only three weeks remaining in the spring semester. But donating April 10 at the final blood drive of the school year was on the "must-do" list for senior pre-med student Alexa Niceley.

"The end is sneaking up on us," said Alexa. "I probably wouldn't be here for the final blood drive, but we get a service point!"

Notching points for community service goes right along with good test scores at U.D.  Alexa is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-health professional fraternity, and has earned points by both donating and volunteering at U.D. blood drives.

Alexa shared a laugh with her phlebotomist as she completed her final donation as a U.D. undergraduate because the instruction "Alexa, hold your arm up" sounded like a command to an iPhone.

Just like Alexa, U.D. students are quick to respond when asked to support Community Blood Center's eight campus blood drives. Wednesday's final blood drive was also the biggest of the year with 93 donors, including 18 first-time donors and 61 donations.

It boosted U.D.'s total for the academic year to 596 donors, 206 first-time donors, and 505 donations.

Sponsor groups for the final blood drive included Phi Epsilon Kappa and the Women in Business Club.  Emily Jung, a mechanical engineering student from the Cleveland area, donated Wednesday and has also volunteered with her club.

"I'm president of the Quidditch Club," she said. "We actually play games!" The broom-soaring version of Quidditch may be a fictional game in the Harry Potter novels, but the players are serious about blood drives.

"We try to sponsor at least one a year," said Emily. "It's a lot of talking to people and sending out emails to get people to sign up."

Summer doesn't mean taking a break from community service for sophomore Elaine Dean from Vandalia.  She started donating at Butler High School and made her fifth lifetime donation at the U.D blood drive.

"I'm going to be working as a counselor at a therapy camp in northern Michigan this summer," said Elaine, who is studying to be a physical therapist.

"It's a good thing to do," said sophomore Catherine Martini, who is also an Alpha Epsilon Delta member with plans for a medical career.   She rested in the Donor Cafe and shrugged off the time she was sacrificing from her school schedule. "Whoever is using my blood is feeling a lot worse than me."