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A big thanks for the BKM Blood Drive!

So, did you hear about the BKM Blood Drive this week? Apparently… everyone did 🙂

Thanks entirely to the efforts of some BKM Hall Council planners, support from the BKM RA staff and (most importantly) the energy and participation of you, the BKM residents theoretically reading this right now…


The American Red Cross came here with a goal of 24 donors and an anticipated maximum donor amount of 40. We surpassed their anticipated maximum and had a few students step up for the double-red cell donation as well.

The event was an unbelievable success and certainly sets up a great relationship between the Red Cross and BKM going forward. It wouldn’t have been possible without all of you coming together to help a great cause here in our community. I can’t express my gratitude enough or really put how proud I am of your efforts into words.

I will say I’m entirely happy with the results though. And, well, I think this is a good reflection of happiness. How else would you want to celebrate a fantastic bit of service and a rare Syracuse University snow day?


A Message From Nate: Help the BKM Blood Drive!

Hey everyone,

As you know with the recent tragedies in Haiti, it’s a busy time of year for the American Red Cross.  In the BKM Complex as part of a month-long “Hearts for Haiti” campaign, we were planning a blood drive for early March.  However, the Red Cross then had a site cancel and asked us to step-up.

Now the BKM Blood Drive is happening next Thursday, 2-25-10, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  in the Kimmel Lounge.

There are a number of ways to get involved:


+ You can take the opportunity to donate blood here in Kimmel Hall.  There are 40 individual time slots to sign-up within and walk-ins are welcomed on the day of the event.

To sign up, please head to either the Booth or Kimmel Main Desks. Tell the RA/MDA that you are interested in signing up for next week’s blood drive. They will pull up the schedule and you can then decide what time works best for you. If the times you are hoping to do are booked, please don’t be discouraged. Again, walk-ins are welcomed the day of the event.

If you cannot make it to the Kimmel or Booth desks but do want to sign up to donate, you can contact me at to work something out.  Please indicate “BKM BLOOD DRIVE” in the subject line.

For donor requirements and other information about blood donation, please visit the Red Cross online:


+ If you cannot donate blood but still want to aid the effort, you can volunteer on the day of. Red Cross professionals are on hand to run the event but they need folks at registration tables and for setup/take down.  If you are interested in this role, please e-mail with “BKM BLOOD DRIVE” in the subject line.  Setup begins at 10 a.m., take down is at 6 p.m. and in between volunteers will also be needed.


+ Finally, if you’re completely busy on Thursday but still want to help the blood drive out, SPREAD THE WORD. Utilize Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. Feel free to forward this e-mail on to your individual student organization listservs (some of them may even accept blood donations as service hours).  Utilize some of the Red Cross’s online marketing to inspire folks to get involved:

If you have any questions, please let me know. Otherwise I know we’ll put together to help out and make this event a success.

Nate, the BKM ARD

(That’s from a professional staff trip to the SU Commissary last semester. What’s a commissary you ask? Check it out)

Hearts for Haiti Raffle Information

Post Updated – March 2

As part of the BKM Hall Council’s Hearts for Haiti campaign, you’ve got a chance to have any of the following sweet things in your possession:

Yep, those are signed posters by the defending Lacrosse national champions, this year’s resurgent SU Football squad and new head coach Doug Marrone.  They are among the prizes we have available for BKM’s Hearts for Haiti raffle.

The rules are simple. Between this weekend and March 6 Tuesday, March 9 visit either the Booth or Kimmel main desks between 8 p.m. and midnight to purchase an entry to the raffle (two entries for $1). Your name will get put into our master list of raffle entrants and you can fill out as many index cards as you purchased with your name, room/hall and general contact information.  Afterwards, keep an eye out for information about our drawing (and subsequent event) on Tuesday, March 6 March 9 for your chance to claim one of our fabulous prizes (don’t worry – we have more stuff than signed posters for the non-SU Athletics fan).  Winners will get to select their prize based on what’s left when their name is drawn (so say we have some BKM Hall Council Sporks left over and you’d prefer that to a signed Doug Marrone poster… be our guests).

Any questions can be directed towards You can also e-mail in if you’re interested in purchasing tickets but cannot make it between 8 p.m. and midnight for some reason. Additional raffle sales hours will occur on select days at tabling sessions within BKM so stay tuned for info on that as well.

All proceeds go to the Partners in Health charity.

Help BKM Help Haiti!

This Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Booth Hall the BKM Hall Council will hold a meeting to discuss plans for Haiti fundraisers throughout the month of February. The initiative is called Hearts for Haiti and it’s not too late to get involved. Simply come to the meeting to hear more or e-mail in if you’d like more information but cannot attend the meeting.

RA Post Week: One last Halloween recap…

Words by Kate, Booth Sixth Floor RA

Halloween is a great time of year.  Children get to dress up as whatever they want to be and collect candy from their neighbor’s houses.  This year, Kimmel hosted a pseudo-halloween party for the children in the Boys and Girls Club.  They were able to make their own masks, touch “yucky” things and mummify a few college students.  This event was extremely successful and the kids had a great time!

BKM Hallwide Roommate Game (and the Campus-Wide to follow: Tuesday, 6 p.m.)


*Prizes at the campus wide are coming from FYE and Microsoft (so even if you don’t compete…head over for the raffles and door prizes!)


Credit: WaterIsABlog @NYU for the poster

BKM Halloween: A Wicked Fun Night

“Mummies” roamed the Kimmel Main Lounge, eerie music played…it was Halloween, BKM-style!

Forty middle-school-aged trick-or-treaters from the Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse trick-or-treated through the halls of Dellplain and Ernie Davis Halls, and ended their Halloween journey in Kimmel with fun activities organized by the BKM Community Council.

From the aforementioned toilet-paper wrapped “mummies” to musical chairs and pumpkin painting, there was never a dull moment during the kids’ visit.

Not only did our guests have a spooktacular evening (yes, that’s right, spooktacular!), but the BKM Community Council members that planned the event had fun too.

“We took a lot of time organizing this event, getting other halls to collaborate with us, and we all had a good time,” said Dong Lee, BKM Council president. “We encourage other people to come and help us out with future activities.”

Nate Mattise, the BKM Assistant Residence Director, was pleased with how  the event turned out. “I think it was great to see the kids’ reactions, and it seemed like the students who volunteered got a lot out of it too,” he commented. “It was fun, it was rewarding, and it was an experience I bet they’d want to have again.”

Want to get involved with upcoming BKM projects? Come to our General Body meetings on Tuesday nights at 9! (Check back here at the blog or in your e-mails for locations of weekly meetings!)

Chelsea O., BKM Hall Council Web Editor