HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The College of Health at the University of Southern Mississippi has received a $500 donation from the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency for its participation in the 2013 Donor Challenge.
Over a nine-week period last fall, student ambassadors from the College of Health registered 332 people to be organ and tissue donors.
Southern Miss was competing against Ole Miss, Alcorn State and Jackson State in that challenge and finished in second place behind Ole Miss, which won by three registrations.
"Because of their participation, the College of Health ambassadors, we upped donation rates by 340 percent over the inaugural Donor Challenge in 2012," said Chuck Stinson, director of marketing and media relations for the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency. "We are very excited about this program in the future and what it can bring," he said.
"Receiving these funds will allow us to participate in other health-related events in the community, get the word out for USM, get the word out for the College of Health, and also to help with recruiting events as well," said Janet Davie-Cramer, a graduate student and College of Health student ambassador.
USM won the first Donor Challenge in 2012 competing against Mississippi State University.