A Ferris State University student organization related to the College of Pharmacy
is actively involved in the collections.
The gift of life arrived in ample quantities at Ferris State University in 2021-22. A Ferris student organization related to the College of Pharmacy is actively involved in the collections. The Gamma Chi chapter of Kappa Psi, a national pharmacy fraternity, supported four Versiti visits that collected 254 pints of blood from a group of donors that included 91 first-time givers.
Danielle Briolat is a Pharm D. student who serves as Regent for Kappa Psi at Ferris, as well as the presidency of the Phi Lambda Sigma national pharmacy leadership fraternity. Briolat said recent drives returned to the court area of the Student Recreation Center.
“We assist the phlebotomy teams working as observers after the donors have completed their giving,” Briolat said. “We also work to set up the donation area and break the equipment down, following the drive.”
Briolat said the intention is to offer drives as soon as students can make their next donation.
“It is an enjoyable bit of outreach for our fraternity,” Briolat said. “We look forward to each blood drive and are active as donors and offering our support at the event.”
Pharmaceutical Sciences Chair Felix Amissah is the advisor for Kappa Psi and said their involvement in blood drives is long-standing.
“They have been great about publicizing this activity,” Amissah said. “I look over the promotions but trust our committee to follow through on the rest of the organizational details.”
Amissah said the COVID-19 pandemic found the fraternities adjusting their method to continue collection for the regional blood banks.
“I urged the students to be cautious so that drives would not amount to being a ‘super-spreader,’” Amissah said. “The Versiti blood bus was brought in during that time, and everything continued safely and satisfactorily. We intend to see that the seasonal drives continue when student populations are at their peak.”