Joan Thompson, health educator, (319) 273-2198
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will observe AIDS Awareness Month with a display of the world-famous AIDS Memorial Quilt Tuesday, Oct. 22, from noon to 10 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Maucker Union Expansion.
Joan Thompson, health educator at UNI, said the eight 12-foot-by-12-foot sections of the quilt feature eight individual panels, each displaying the name of a person who died from an AIDS-related illness. 'The quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic,' she said. 'There has been much complacency about the need for HIV prevention, yet more people are living with AIDS in this country than ever before. That population represents an increasing need for continued HIV education and prevention services.'
In cooperation with the Cedar AIDS Support System, there will be a panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Room 246 of the Schlindler Education Center. Persons living with HIV/AIDS and their significant others will discuss how the disease has impacted their lives.
The events are supported by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services and the UNI Entertainment Committee, with funds allocated by the Northern Iowa Student Government. The events are free and open to the public.