Join CPR 100, Learn How to Save Lives

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2009) – The American Red Cross is presenting CPR 100 a special half-day for Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to train and certify at least 100 University of South Florida students, staff and faculty in this life-saving technique.  Tickets are $15 which represents a reduced cost from the usual $60 charge for CPR certification by the American Red Cross.  To register, contact Ramzy Lofti, USF American Red Cross club president, at (813) 849-8515 or register at   


CPR 100 was initiated by student leaders of the American Red Cross Club at USF and is their first major university-community event.  The club has a membership of over 600 students and has been honored with several awards for its outstanding efforts in leadership and preparedness.   



“We are building a culture of preparedness throughout the university,” said Robin Ersing, associate professor in the School of Social Work and faculty advisor for the event.  “If more people had the skill and self-assurance to act immediately instead of waiting for help, so many lives could be saved.” 


According to the American Red Cross, every year sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of more than 166,000 people in the United States and as many as 94 percent of people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest die before reaching a hospital.  The organization recommends that at least one person in every household and place of business receive training.


“The training being offered will help the USF community but also the community at large as each trained person goes about their daily lives,” Ersing said.


For a century, the Red Cross has been helping people save lives through preparedness and health and safety education and training.  Red Cross training provides the knowledge and confidence to act in an emergency.  The university-level club at USF was founded in 2007, is led by students and faculty and supported by the Tampa Bay chapter’s staff.  In April 2009, USF’s American Red Cross Club was named the USF campus Volunteer Organization of the Year.  Beyond this event, the club offers student training and volunteer opportunities on and close to campus as well as in all areas of American Red Cross service, including disaster relief, services to the armed forces, international, health and safety and youth matters, hospital volunteering and more.


In the two short years since the club's formation, USF Red Cross Club advisor, Ersing and the more than 600 registered club members have received several awards, including being recognized as heroes at the chapter's 2009 Heroes Celebration.  Ersing was awarded the American Red Cross Good Neighbor Award in 2008 for her dedication to the USF Club and the chapter.  Two club officers, Ramzy Lotfi and Michael Parsons, received the chapter's 2009 Collegiate Leadership Award for their significant leadership performance, highest standards of volunteer service and commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at



The University of South Florida System is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The system offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.