Delta State University Student Nurses Association Wins

MISSISSIPPI ORGAN RECOVERY AGENCY TO PRESENT CHECK AND TROPHY

TO DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT NURSES ASSOCIATION

DSU Student Nurses Association Leads DSU to Donor Challenge Win over Rival Mississippi College

 The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) presented a $500.00 donation and Donor Challenge trophy to the Delta State Student Nurses Association on Thursday, February 26th, 2015, at the Delta State vs. Mississippi College basketball game played  at Walter Sillers Coliseum on Delta State’s campus. The women tipped off at 5:30p.m. The men’s game followed approximately 25 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s game. The Donor Challenge trophy was presented between the men and women games.

During the Fall of 2014, Delta State University (DSU) claimed its first Donor Challenge victory against Mississippi College (MC) by winning the 2014 organ, eye and tissue donation awareness campus campaign between the two rivals. Organized by MORA, the Donor Challenge is a form of college outreach that promotes the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. The program provides education, volunteer training and gives college students a chance to register as donors while encouraging donor designations campus-wide among fellow students, staff, faculty, alumni and fans.

During the four week challenge period, Delta State accounted for more donor designations than Mississippi College. Campus totals were based on a unique scoring system that fully credited new donor designations and utilized a point system for existing designations from fans, students, alumni, faculty and staff that identified their donor status. DSU tallied 341.75 points which accounted for 234 new donor designations and 431 existing designations. MC finished close behind with 311 points (267 new donor designations, 216 existing designations). The 501 new donor designations from DSU and MC exceeded the total of 498 posted in the 2014 Donor Challenge series between the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi that ended in mid-October. USM claimed a second Donor Challenge win in three years by collecting more donor designations than both Ole Miss and Mississippi State combined.

Both the MC School of Nursing and Delta State Student Nurses Association will receive a $500 donation from MORA after attaining all Donor Challenge performance standards that included a volunteer training session, a minimum of four registration events and a minimum of 150 new donor designations.

At present, more than 1,400 Mississippians and 123,000+ Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 21 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org

 

For more information contact:

Chuck Stinson

Director of Community Services & Relations

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency

cstinson@msora.org

601. 936.8610 (work)

601.383.1221(cell)

MORA Scholarship Information

In the month of May, the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will be presenting up to 15 – $500 scholarships to high school seniors across Mississippi that have a belief in the lifesaving and life improving gifts that organ, eye and tissue donation can be for others.

“We are excited to offer scholarships to high school seniors that believe in our mission to improve and save lives through organ, eye and tissue donation,” said Kevin Stump, the Chief Executive Officer of MORA. “Whether these high school seniors have a connection to donation through a personal experience or just a strong belief in the Gift of Donation, we want to show our appreciation through these scholarships. We know that these seniors will continue to promote donation at their next level of education and their testimonials can be more powerful than any brochure or written material that they could share.”

Certain criteria must be met by seniors applying for a scholarship. They must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school. They also must be accepted by or have intentions of Fall 2015 enrollment into a Mississippi Community College or in-state university. They also must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above, include two letters of recommendation from one teacher and an adult of the student’s choice, and include an essay of 300 to a maximum of 750 words about their connection to donation, why they are registered donors or the importance of encouraging others to be donors.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than Friday, March 6th, 2015 to:
Susan Bonds
c/o Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
Midtown Pointe
499 Gloster Creek, Suite D4
Tupelo, MS 38801

Scholarship winners will be notified after Friday, April 3rd, 2015. For more information concerning these scholarships you can contact Susan Bonds, Community Specialist via email at sbonds@msora.org or by phone at 662-841-1960.

At present, more than 1,400 Mississippians and 123,000+ Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 21 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org