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University of Iowa News Release


Nov. 30, 2006

Universities Across Iowa Challenge Alumni To Donate Blood

Alumni associations at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University are challenging their alumni to donate blood.

Partnering with the Blood Center of Iowa, the associations started the drive on Nov. 1. At the end of the drive on Dec. 31, the university with the highest percentage of alumni donors will receive an honorary plaque from the Blood Center.

Alumni may go to any of the Blood Center's seven donor centers across the state in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Waterloo, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Ames, Mason City or at a mobile drive. He or she will fill out a card asking for the contributor's name and alumni association. For a list of donor centers see

The Blood Center of Iowa is the largest, community-based blood center in the State of Iowa and provides all the blood and blood products to 46 hospitals in the state. It is committed to serving Iowans by saving lives through volunteer blood donation. To be an eligible blood donor you must be at least 16 years old, weigh 120 pounds, and be in good general health.

The University of Iowa Alumni association is committed to engaging all alumni in the life of the university. It serves as the gateway for alumni to build strong relationships with one another, with the University, and with the Alumni Association.

For more information, see the Blood Center of Iowa's Alumni Challenge website at Schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 800-287-4903.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: Susan Griffith, University of Iowa Alumni Association, 319-335-3294 Writer: Colin Burke