Darrell Sitton, athletic training senior, Nick Roark, athletic training junior, and Amanda Pinter, athletic training senior, help community members and students sign in to the health fair. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
Kirsten Mueller, elementary education senior, gives blood for the first time. "I'm excited because now that I'm not in sports, I have the opportunity to try and help someone in a way that I haven't been able to before," said Mueller. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
Nathan Morrison, assistant athletic trainer, gave blood because he has had family members who have depended on blood donations. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
"I feel like there's a need because I've had family members that have needed it in the past," said Morrison.
Kaydee Riggs-Johnson, vice president for marketing and communications, overcomes her fear of needles to donate. "I guess I'm kind of a germaphobe and am moderately afraid of needles, but this is my second time giving blood and it's not that bad," said Riggs-Johnson. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
Todd DeMint, staff accountant, donates blood at the Red Cross blood drive. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)

By Victoria Lybarger

Staff Reporter

Twice a year, Lisa Braun, director of athletic training education; associate professor of athletic training, works with the American Red Cross to bring a blood drive to campus. Her athletic training students are the ones volunteering at these blood drives. Southwestern has had blood drives on campus, open to the entire community, for more than ten years.

Braun made sure to emphasize how much of a need there always is for blood donations. “There’s always a shortage. That’s really why we have two blood drives a year.”

Make sure to keep your eye out for the blood drive in the fall. You could save three people’s lives.