2011.04.11 > For Immediate Release
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PRSSA Promotes Organ Donation on Campus
Omaha - Statistics show college students are among the most receptive to organ donation but they still show apathy by not actively promote the cause.
MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), wants to change that perception.
“Operation: Organ Freedom” will be held Tuesday, April 19, on campus as part of PRSSA’s annual National Organ Donor Awareness Campaign during Donate Life Month. The event also coincides with Tribute Week, where flags are laid on the UNO Pep Bowl to commemorate soldiers lost in Afghanistan.
“We need to better educate college students on the importance of organ donation and to help the more than 500 Nebraskans waiting for a life saving transplant, said Karen Weber, UNO PRSSA faculty adviser.
The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Milo Bail Student Center outdoor plaza. PRSSA members will check driver’s licenses to show proof of organ donor registry and recruit new students to sign-up to be organ donors. Student who sign-up or show their I.D. will receive a snack pack and other swag.
Local singer and guitarist Barry Glynn will also perform from noon to 1 p.m.
The second part of the event will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) Room 132. A panel and Q & A session includes representatives from the Nebraska Organ System Recovery System (NORS) and speakers with military ties whose lives have been touched by organ or tissue donation.
• Air Force Lt Col. Robert Valentine, who donated a kidney to his sister
• Annette Fumagalli, who received her second heart transplant as a military spouse
• Army Sgt. Major John Payer, who donated bone marrow to help save the life of an Oregon University student
• Stephanie Lochmiller, public relations coordinator for NORS
Along with PRSSA and Maverick PR, the event is also sponsored by NORS, the federally designated organ procurement organization for Nebraska and Pottawattamie County in Iowa.
This event is part of the chapter’s annual participation in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition (NODAC). NODAC urges PRSSA chapters around the nation to hold informative events on their campuses to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. The Rowan University chapter of PRSSA from Glassboro, NJ sponsors the competition.
For more information, contact Cartia Mazzoni: (402) 321-2337 or email@example.com.
MaverickPR, the University of Nebraska at Omaha chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA), offers students interested in public relations opportunities in professional development and community and university service. One of the most active student organizations on campus, the UNO Student Organizations Leadership and Programming (SOLP) named PRSSA its Outstanding Student Organization in 2010-2011. UNO PRSSA also earned the F. H. Teahan National PRSSA Award for Outstanding Chapter in 2009 and Outstanding University Service in 2010.
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