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Media Memo: UW-Eau Claire students create panel
for The AIDS Memorial Quilt

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette, News Bureau director

DATE: Nov. 30, 2011

SUBJECT: UW-Eau Claire students create panel for The AIDS Memorial Quilt

In observance of World AIDS Day Dec. 1, UW-Eau Claire students are creating a panel to be added to The AIDS Memorial Quilt, an international project begun in 1987 as a memorial to those who have lost their lives to AIDS and a tool for use in preventing new HIV infections. The quilt is "the largest ongoing community arts project in the world," according to the project website.

Students will create the quilt panel in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday. Students, faculty and staff are invited to add their signatures and/or names of loved ones affected by AIDS to the panel, which will measure 3 feet by 6 feet. The quilt panel project is a way for the university to show solidarity with those affected by AIDS and with those dedicated to ending the worldwide epidemic, said project coordinator Josh Zmarzly.

Portions of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at UW-Eau Claire Dec. 14-16. The entire quilt measures 1,270,350 square feet (the equivalent of 174 NCAA basketball courts). Nearly every one of the more than 40,000 panels that make up the quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS. The NAMES Project Foundation of Atlanta, Ga., is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt.

For more information about the student quilt panel project, contact project coordinator Josh Zmarzly, head of the student organization OutLoud, at 715-803-3517 or zmarzljs@uwec.edu, or Chris Jorgenson, LGBTQ program coordinator in the UW-Eau Claire Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center, at 612-812-4240 or jorgencj@uwec.edu.

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