WESTERN SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST
WITH EXHIBITION OF NATIONAL AIDS QUILT
CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University is searching for volunteers to assist with a variety of behind-the-scenes tasks associated with bringing the internationally acclaimed Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt to campus in February.
Organizers of the exhibition will hold two information meetings for individuals interested in learning more about volunteer activities. The sessions will be held at noon and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.
The international monument to those who have died of AIDS will be on display Feb. 11-14 in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western. The Quilt has been hailed as “one of the great memorials of our time – and one of history's most powerful works of political art.” The display will feature 128 individual panels, each commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS.
“The nation's largest increase in HIV/AIDS cases among traditional college-age students is within the state of North Carolina,” said Julie Walters-Steele, director of the University Center and part of the campus committee bringing the display to Western. “The Quilt sends a powerful message that AIDS is not a disease prevalent only in third-world countries – it is a preventable disease affecting college students in North Carolina in increasing numbers.”
For more information about the Quilt or volunteer opportunities associated with the February display at Western, call Julie Walters-Steele at (828) 227-3618 or Sara Stoltenburg, director of the Women's Center, at (828) 227-3982.