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Otterbein University Recognizes World AIDS Day

November 22, 2011

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University community will recognize World AIDS Day with a variety of activities in November and December. Ten panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be unfolded and hung in a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Courtright Memorial Library on the northwest corner of Main and Grove streets. The quilt will be on display through Dec. 14. Hours are 7:45 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 12-6 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday. The event and exhibition are free and open to the public.

During the unfolding, students from the Senior Year Experience course, The Face of AIDS, will share stories from the quilt. Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation, the international caretaker of the Quilt, works to preserve, care for and use The AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, advance social justice and inspire action. The Quilt began in San Francisco more than 20 years ago with a single three feet by six feet panel and includes more than 47,000 panels from every state in the nation and nations across the globe, created by friends, lovers and family members in an attempt to transform loss and heartbreak into hope and healing.

Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, places of worship, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings all in the hope of making the stories of HIV and AIDS real, human and immediate. To date, more than 19 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt.

This event is sponsored by the Otterbein University Artist Series.

A candlelight vigil will be held in memory of those lost to HIV/AIDS and in honor of those still fighting this disease at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, outside the Courtright Memorial Library. There will be a moment of silence honoring those people impacted by the virus. Members of the community will briefly speak inside the library including Otterbein alumus, Tyler Termeer, president of the Ohio AIDS Coalition. The event is free and open to the public Light refreshments will be served.

A 3x2 basketball tournament will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Clements Recreation Center, 160 Center St. Proceeds from registration will help support Camp Sunrise, an annual summer camp for kids affected by or infected with HIV. In addition to testing athletic skills, participants will be quizzed on basic HIV/AIDS facts to promote awareness on campus. For more information or to register for the event, please email 3v3tourny11@gmail.com. The event is open to the public.

A Race for AIDS Awareness will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Memorial Stadium on Center Street. The registration fee is $5, and all proceeds go to Camp Sunrise. The two-mile run is open to the public.

Participants can register in advance in the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St., or the day of the race beginning at 11:15 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. All individuals must turn in a registration form and a signed waiver to participate. You can download both documents at http://sites.google.com/site/worldaidsdayatotterbein/2-mile-run.

The top finishers in each division (Women's Middle School, Men's Middle School, Women's High School, Men's High School, and Women's College/Adult, Men's College/Adult) will be awarded with a "Race for Awareness" t-shirt. Runners who complete a quick questionnaire after the race will get 10 seconds per correct answer deducted from their overall time. For more information, go to http://sites.google.com/site/worldaidsdayatotterbein/2-mile-run.

Otterbein University Theatre will present Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, and 8 p.m. on Dec. 2-3 and 7-9 at the Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St. Tickets cost $15. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/artscene for more information. (Please note that this production contains adult themes, mature content and strong language.)

In addition to these upcoming events, students in The Face of AIDS course organized an HIV/AIDS testing day on campus for Otterbein students in November and visited four local high schools—Westerville Central, Teays Valley, Centerburg and Grove City—to give educational presentations about the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the disease's scientific background and to discuss transmission, treatment and prevention methods.

For more information and a complete listing of other World AIDS Day events at Otterbein, please visit http://sites.google.com/site/WorldAIDSDayAtOtterbein or contact Dr. Wendy Johnston at wjohnston@otterbein.edu. For more information on The NAMES Project Foundation and The AIDS Memorial Quilt, please visit www.aidsquilt.org or call the national headquarters at (404) 688-5500.

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