by Jessica Travis

SUNY Cobleskill student Kia Lamica was presented the American Red Cross Scholarship for her successful leadership of campus-wide blood drives  as the College continues its partnership with the American Red Cross, the largest blood collection organization, which supplies more than 40 percent of the blood and blood products used in our country.  Lamica, who is also the 2014 Student Government Association President, had an instrumental role in making SUNY Cobleskill the highest percentage for blood donations within the entire SUNY system for the 2013-2014 academic year. This marks the 7th year in a row a SUNY Cobleskill student has received the $2000 Red Cross Scholarship, which has traditionally been awarded to the Student Government Association President.

“Kia provided strong leadership for our efforts,” said Jeff Foote, the Director of Student Life Center.  “In my opinion, she raised the bar to a new level in terms of SGA member participation and overall awareness.  We are all proud of Kia for her leadership role this year.” From September 2013 to April 2014, generous participation  of SUNY Cobleskill students in donating blood has garnered a total of 518 units.

“This award recognizes the strength of our student leadership initiatives here at Cobleskill,” said Steve Ackerknecht, Vice President for Student Affairs.  He recognized student contributions in organizing, promoting and engaging students in the process of individually donating blood, and added, “Due to the efforts of our student leaders, we have been recognized for number of consecutive years now as achieving the highest level of success within the entire SUNY system in regard to the percentage of the student body who donate blood. Now that’s impressive!”