Southern Miss Wins Inaugural Organ Donor Challenge

Southern Miss Wins Inaugural Organ Donor Challenge

Southern Miss Wins Inaugural Organ Donor Challenge

Donate Life Mississippi honored The University of Southern Mississippi, its fans, alumni and students with a special presentation as winners of the inaugural Donor Challenge for 2012.

Chuck Stinson, community outreach manager for the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, presented the trophy to Southern Miss College of Health officials and students during a ceremony held Jan. 29 at the Thad Cochran Center.

“Members of the Southern Miss community deserve a lot of credit for working so hard on this initiative,” said Stinson. “They not only accepted the challenge, but took the effort very seriously and accomplished quite a bit in a short period of time.”

During a three-month period this past fall, Southern Miss and Mississippi State University participated in the Donor Challenge to see which university could register the most organ and tissue donors – either on campus or via the Internet. Southern Miss responded to the challenge by signing up more than 68 percent of the nearly 300 registrants.

Some organ donation facts:

More than 1,100 Mississippians are part of the 116,000 Americans in need of a lifesaving organ transplantAn average of 18 Americans die each day waiting on an organ transplantA new person is added to the national transplant list every 10 minutesOne organ donor can save up to eight livesOne tissue donor can enhance the lives of as many as 85 people

To register as an organ donor visit: or

About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. As one of only 34 institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to six teaching and research sites in Mississippi. We are among U.S. News & World Report’s most popular universities and recognized by The Princeton Review for our commitment to sustainability. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at


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