The University of Hartford will observe World AIDS Day on Wednesday, Dec. 1 with a full day of programs and events that highlight the importance of testing, conveying information, and remembrance. Media coverage is invited for any and all of the following events happening on the University campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.
• AIDS Memorial Quilt: Two blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in Suisman Lounge in the University’s Gengras Student Union from 8:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Each 12-square-foot block commemorates the lives of eight people from Connecticut who have died of AIDS. The entire quilt memorializes 91,000 people from around the world.
• AIDS Memorial Walk: Students, faculty and staff will meet at the front entrance of the Gengras Student Union at 12:20 p.m. The group will then walk around the Gengras Lawn, to show support to those living with AIDS and to draw attention to the need for a cure.
• Information Table: Representatives from the University’s Center for Community Service and AIDS Project Hartford will distribute informational resources and answer questions in Suisman Lounge in the Gengras Student Union from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
• Lyrics for a Cause: Poets, artists, musicians, singers and dancers from the campus community will perform in the Great Room at the Konover Campus Center from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. This free performance event will raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.
• Color it Red: Red ribbons will be tied around trees on campus and the anchor at the campus entrance will be painted red as a symbol of support for those living with HIV and for those who have lost friends, family members or loved ones to AIDS.
The University will also offer free, confidential HIV testing in its Health Services offices. This will be closed to the media.
For more information, please contact Matt Blocker, director of the Center for Community Service, at 860.768.5409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.