Jamestown Community College was honored recently by the American Red Cross during a meeting of the State University of New York Community College Chief Student Affairs Officers.
Eileen Goodling, JCC's vice president and dean of student development, accepted an award for the highest increase, 61 percent, in student blood donations during the 2011-12 academic year at JCC's Cattaraugus County and Jamestown campuses.
A $250 scholarship, which accompanied the award, was given to Amanda Seaward of Olean. Ms. Seaward, who graduated in May with an associate degree in media arts, actively promoted American Red Cross blood drives at JCC and is transferring to the State University at Fredonia in the fall.
A partnership between the American Red Cross and the State University of New York was developed more than a decade ago to incentivize an increase in blood donations by students, faculty, and staff across SUNY two- and four-year colleges and universities. Annual awards are given by the American Red Cross to those colleges which give the most and which increase their giving.
"I am very proud of the work accomplished by JCC student leaders, campus life directors, and health center personnel to increase blood donations in the 2011-2012 academic year by more than 60 percent," Dr. Goodling said. "These efforts allow for our students to gain in leadership skills, accrue needed scholarship dollars, bring positive recognition to the college, and foremost, to save lives."