On Halloween morning, one corner in the second floor of Grayson College’s Life Center was filled with a colorful crowd including a Disney princess, a cowboy and quite a few nurses, but the workers in scrubs weren’t wearing costumes. The Texoma Regional Blood Center brought its staff to the college for a holiday blood drive organized by the students in Brandy Fair’s business speech class.

On Halloween morning, one corner in the second floor of Grayson College’s Life Center was filled with a colorful crowd including a Disney princess, a cowboy and quite a few nurses, but the workers in scrubs weren’t wearing costumes. The Texoma Regional Blood Center brought its staff to the college for a holiday blood drive organized by the students in Brandy Fair’s business speech class.


"Instead of doing a group project that doesn’t impact anybody outside the school, they did this drive, and they all had to do advertising, create brochures, do a persuasive speech and organize the whole thing," Fair said.


Fair said students from a wide variety of majors, from welding to culinary arts, show interest in communications classes to expand their comfort in interpersonal communication. Bailey Henderson, a freshman nursing major from Whitewright, said the class is a requirement for his desired degree but he got an unexpected boost in his confidence from the speech instruction.


"It was different because it involved something outside of class," Henderson said. "I’ve seen lots of people I haven’t seen before. Walking up to people and speaking with them, that’s not me normally. This taught me to spark up a conversation a lot easier than usual."


Ally Alaniz, a freshman from Bonham who plans to transfer and study dental hygiene after completing some courses at Grayson, said the process of "making advertisements and trying to get the group recognized" taught her the importance of interpersonal communication.


"It was interesting to see the different ways everyone chose to advertise this," sophomore and Sherman resident Sam Knight said. "We did lots of fliers up around campus."


As for a Halloween theme, the blood itself seemed to do enough to draw costumed vampires and witches to the event. "We did some spiders and skulls, that sort of thing," Knight said, "just the basic stuff."