10th Amanda Kundrat Memorial Blood Drive set for Jan. 24

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- On Jan. 24, the Communications, Arts and Science Graduate Forum will hold its 10th annual blood drive in memory of Amanda Kundrat, a graduate student in the program who died in 2003.

The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 7 Sparks Building and will give the Penn State community the opportunity to honor her gentle spirit by giving the gift of life. Since 2003, people have donated more than 350 pints of blood in honor of Kundrat. For the past nine years, blood donated at this drive has given life to more than 1,000 individuals. 

Kundrat was a doctoral candidate working on her thesis, expected to have been completed in the summer of 2004. She lost her life to a systematic infection after receiving a heart transplant Jan. 21, 2003.
Michael L. Hecht, head of the department of communications, arts and science, described her as, “a gentle and caring individual who attempted to make the world we live in a better place.” Amanda’s accomplishments included:

-- The National Communication Association/International Communication Association Thesis of the Year Award in Health Communications in 2002 for her master’s thesis investigating the invisible illness on identity and contextual age across the life span.

-- In April 2003, Hecht awarded her the Carroll C. Arnold award for her, “scholarly achievements thus far, her passion for advancing the knowledge base of her discipline and overall academic excellence.”

-- Authoring and co-authoring five publications

Appointments are strongly encouraged for this or any Penn State blood drive. Donors may visit www.psuredcross.org to find a list of campus blood drives. 

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Last Updated January 21, 2013