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March 3, 2000


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Perhaps the world’s most dramatic symbol of the struggle against AIDS, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is returning to La Crosse as part of AIDS Awareness Week on the Viterbo College Campus March 20-25.

Since it is not possible to display the entire quilt, which would cover 17 football fields, several of its panels will be on display throughout the week in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

And on Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, people can listen to the many voices of those who have lovingly created panels for The AIDS Memorial Quilt by attending "Voices from the Quilt." This multi-media reader’s theatre is based on actual letters of friends, relatives, and victims of AIDS who made panels for the quilt. The presentation is written and directed by Viterbo Theatre Professor Dean Yohnk. Other events include a presentation by a local woman who has AIDS and a discussion led by Sara Johnson, a counselor with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

"Chances are you know someone with AIDS, or you will during your lifetime," said Robert Anderson, Marian Hall Complex Director. "In Wisconsin, 4.9% per 100,000 people are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the world, it’s the second leading cause of death among people ages 25-44. The statistics are staggering and that’s why we wanted to offer AIDS Awareness Week—to continue to educate students and the public about AIDS and what can be done to prevent it."

All AIDS Awareness Week events are free and open to the public. Free will offerings will be accepted and AIDS Awareness Ribbons will be available throughout the week from Residence Life Staff members for 25 cents each. Proceeds from the free will offerings and the sale of ribbons will benefit the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation AIDS Fund.

Events for the week are:

Opening Ceremony. Monday, March 20, 3 p.m., Fine Arts Center Lobby

The AIDS Memorial Quilt. All showings are in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.
Monday, March 20 o 3 p.m. ? 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21 o 11 a.m. ? 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22 o 9 a.m. ? Noon
Thursday, March 23 o 3-7 p.m.
Friday, March 24 o 11 a.m. ? 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 o 9 a.m. ? Noon

"In My Own Words." Join Pam, a local woman, as she shares her personal story of living with HIV, Monday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Student Union

Taize Prayer and Remembrance. A service to remember those who have died of AIDS, those who are suffering with AIDS and HIV, and their families and friends. Tuesday, March 21, 6 p.m., Campus Church

7th Day Discussion: "The State of AIDS in our Community." Sara Johnson, counselor for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Wednesday, March 22, 12-1 p.m., Murphy Center Room 419C

Movie and Discussion: "Philadelphia." Wednesday, March 22 o 6:30 p.m., Student Union

"Voices from the Quilt."  This multi-media reader’s theatre is based on actual letters of friends, relatives, and victims of AIDS who made panels for the quilt. The presentation is written and directed by Viterbo Theatre Professor Dr. Dean Yohnk, Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

 AIDS Awareness Week is sponsored by the Viterbo College Marian Hall Resident Assistants Staff. For more information regarding AIDS Awareness Week at Viterbo, call 796-3114.

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