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AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels on Display in Webb Center Through Dec. 3

A portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the South and North malls of Old Dominion University's Webb Center through Saturday, Dec. 3, as the campus observes World AIDS Day.

It's one of a number of events being held on campus this week to mark World AIDS Day, which is officially recognized on Dec. 1 each year.

The centerpiece of the ODU campus observances is the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Started in 1987 in San Francisco, the quilt serves as a visual educator on the devastating impact of the disease. Today, it contains more than 44,000 individual memorial panels, most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS, sewn together by friends, family and loved ones.

Many panels feature mementos of the person they represent, including baby blankets, hats, champagne glasses and uniforms. Famous people memorialized with a panel include tennis star Arthur Ashe, rapper Easy E and actor Rock Hudson. Quilt displays and panel purchases have raised more than $4 million to provide direct support services for those affected by AIDS.

For more information about the quilt, visit http://www.aidsquilt.org/index.htm.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt display is sponsored by ODU's Center for Service and Civic Engagement (CSCE), a component of the Office of Student Activities and Leadership.

Several events are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1, in Webb Center. A "Women & Girls, HIV and AIDS" display, sponsored by the ODU Women's Center, will be erected in the South Mall. From noon to 4 p.m. in the Chesapeake Room, the Urban League will conduct free AIDS testing, under the sponsorship of the NAACP and ODU's Student Government Association (SGA). The student organization T.R.U.S.T. (To Respect, Unite, Support and Teach) and the SGA will sponsor "Speak Up," a panel discussion, from 7-10 p.m. in the Newport News Room.

For more information about World AIDS Day at ODU, contact CSCE at volunteer@odu.edu or 683-6948.

This article was posted on: November 27, 2011

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