Be a hero blood drive

GeorgeSquared program teams up with American Red Cross for blood drive



GeorgeSquared partnered with the American Red Cross to host the first annual Be a Hero Blood Drive in the Hub Student Center April 18.

“The theme was superheroes. We had volunteers wearing capes and walking around campus promoting the drive,” Anaisa Quintanilla-Arteaga, vice president of the GeorgeSquared program, said.

Quintanilla-Arteaga said the drive was a success, with more than 100 people showing up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to donate blood.

“We actually had to turn people away because we didn’t have enough staff,” Quintanilla-Arteaga said.

GeorgeSquared is an academic partnership between Mason and Georgetown University and is based out of Mason’s Science and Technology campus in Manassas, Virginia. The program allows baccalaureate graduates to advance their studies in the sciences and health professions, such as medicine and dentistry. They also provide students with preparation for medical entrance exams like the MCAT.

Next year, Quintanilla-Arteaga said GeorgeSquared hopes to work with the American Red Cross again to increase the number of volunteers to accommodate a large turnout.