Sam students offer more than a hand to help others

Emily Peacock

Staff Reporter

According to, over 91,000 people are on a waiting list for organs and 18 of these people die each day when they do not receive organs.

Sophomore Allie Carswell is determined to lower these statistics.

She recently started the on-campus organization Students for Organ Donation Awareness (S.O.D.A).

Carswell said, “No one really knows much about organ donation and because my mom is on a waiting list for lungs and a heart, I wanted to make people aware of organ donation.”

S.O.D.A is a national organization that extends across college campuses encouraging students to register for organ donation. The organization was founded in 2003 at Yale University.

April is considered the Donate Life Month and S.O.D.A is trying to set a new world record for the most donors registered.

“Our chapter’s goal is to get at least 250 donors,” Carswell said.

Public relations chair Katie Breaux said, “I think it’s important that students know about organ donation. There is such a shortage of organs and people don’t realize how many lives they could enhance.”

Carswell added that if one person donates their organs and tissues 50 lives can improve.

On April 4, 5 and 6, S.O.D.A will be in the mall area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. selling coke floats and encouraging students to register as donors.

Students for Organ Donation will also be hosting a relationship questionnaire called, “He’s Just Not Into You.” Five girls and five guys will be in the Olson Auditorium in AB 4 on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. to answer students’ questions about relationships.

Carswell said that they were putting the program on so students can have a good time and at the end of the show there will be a slide show about organ donation.

S.O.D.A is also having an El Chico Night on April 18; S.O.D.A will receive 10 percent of the proceeds from anyone who tells their server they came to support the organization.

Meetings are held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Evans Building; the room number varies so check for signs inside the building.

“Classrooms are no longer filled with students at desks reading books and answering questions at the back of the chapter. Teaching can be exciting through the use of videos, interactive projects through the Internet and hands on activities that challenge students both academically and creatively.”

When asked if traditional education students are better than their non-traditional alternatively educated ones Dr. Johnson said, ” Whichever way you go you bring different things to the job. A student who made a decision early to be a teacher brings youthful enthusiasm to the job. Someone who decides on teaching as a career change brings maturity and perhaps some parental knowledge and experience.”

There are approximately 200 students enrolled in the alternative program, which takes about a year and a half to complete. It allows students to teach while they attend classes, which means you can still get a paycheck while becoming certified.

If this is an idea that interests you check out SHSU’s Spring Teachers Job Fair in the Bernard Johnson Coliseum Wednesday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to dress in business attire.

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