Monday, June 25, 2012


FURTHER INFORMATION:      STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873

Citrus College student leaders and volunteers have been commended for organizing a successful blood drive that will potentially save 540 lives.

The college ranked 15 out of more than 200 colleges and universities across the nation for their participation in last spring’s Cesar E. Chavez National Blood Drive.  Institutions that also received recognition included California State University Sacramento (CSUS), University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Arizona, Bowling Green State University, Texas A&M and Duke University.

The Cesar Chavez Blood Drive is an annual national competition organized by the Immigrant Youth of America and the Red Cross. Student Trustee Crescencio Calderon, who led the Citrus College effort, thought it was important for the college to participate in the competition, as both a way to pay tribute to the late advocate for migrants’ rights and to engage various members of the college’s Inter Club Council (I.C.C.).

According to the national event organizers, 49 percent of the blood drives reached their 2012 Blood Pints Goal (102.3 percent of goal average).  The average blood pints collected per campus was 71. Nationwide, 16,000 pints of blood were collected, and 19,000 donors were registered.

This blood drive, one of the most successful held at Citrus College in the last 20 years, was made possible by Helping find Opportunities in the Pursuit of Education (H.O.P.E.), a club comprised mostly of A.B. 540 students, and members of the Citrus College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the national honor society for two-year college students.

Adrienne Thompson, student life and leadership development supervisor, said it was good to see so many student clubs rallying to work together to help make the blood drive a huge success.

“I am very proud of being ranked nationally. We were ranked in the 30s the last time we really competed, and there were less than 100 campuses competing. Now we are 15 among 229 schools. It’s quite exciting both from a competitive standpoint, and also in knowing how much benefit we provided the community,” said Thompson.

“We commend these students for taking a proactive approach towards helping their community,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Citrus College superintendent/president. “Their effort has paid off, and we are very proud to have Citrus College represented in this national competition.”

“The student participants’ success was twofold,” added Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, president of the Citrus College Board of Trustees, “They not only learned a significant lesson in what it means to be involved in service learning, but they helped save lives through their efforts.”


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Saving Lives One Pint At A Time: Members of various Citrus College student clubs, including Helping find Opportunities in the Pursuit of Education and Phi Theta Kappa participate in the Cesar Chavez Blood Drive at Citrus College. (Photo courtesy of H.O.P.E.) 



FURTHER INFORMATION:        STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082,  PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873