Local Women: Ashley Attisha

Occupation: Student, intern and research assistant Residence: East Lansing Family: Father, Andy; mother, Lemis; brother, Andrew; and sister, Anita Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, listening to music and dancing. Ashley Attisha — a junior communications major at Michigan State University — is driven by her will to give. She is affiliated with numerous community outreach organizations and is the treasurer of the American Red Cross Club at MSU. For more information about her club, visit: www.msu.edu/~redcross/index.html. Q: What is the American Red Cross Club at MSU and what is your role in it? A: The club is organized by students and commits to giving service to the community. We assist with running and promoting blood drives, serve at the Lansing Shelter and volunteer at other events. I’m the treasurer of the club and I was drawn to joining, because I love having the chance to help others! It’s sometimes difficult for me to donate blood, and I wanted to find another way to give back to the community; the Red Cross Club provided me with that. Q: Last month your organization ran the PSU-MSU Blood Donor Challenge. Can you tell us about it and some of its history? A: It started when Penn State joined the Big 10 Conference. They originally didn’t have a rival, so the schools decided to have a blood drive competition through November leading up to their football game. The schools’ goals were originally around 875 units of blood each. Now, in the 19th year of the challenge, expected goals have grown to 2,000 units of blood for each school. Although the challenge is geared toward college students, the entire community gets involved. Each unit of blood can save up to three lives, so all support is extremely valuable. Q: What are your plans after school? A: I plan on attending law school after I graduate from MSU. My interest in becoming an attorney stems from the gratification I receive from helping people through the American Red Cross. I just enjoy assisting others, and I’m thankful for the education I’ve received that will help me guide people through decisions about law.

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