West Virginia University will remember those who have died from AIDS and HIV -related illnesses during a Names Remembrance Ceremony from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday (Nov. 30,) in the Mountainlairs Shenandoah Room. The event is being held in conjunction with World AIDS Day activities on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Throughout the day, students will read the names of those who have died from the deadly disease, said Margaret”Peggy”Kovac, a WVU health education specialist, and a bell-ringing ceremony also will take place at 12:20 p.m. on Oglebay Plaza. The event is being sponsored by Gamma Beta Phi, a WVU service fraternity.
Additionally, informational booths will be set up in the Mountainlair from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. where students can pick up pamphlets on the disease and receive free condoms.
Melissa Davis, a WVU biochemistry major and member of Gamma Beta Phi, said AIDS is a significant problem that can infect anyone.
“Its important to realize how many people have been impacted by this disease,”she said,”and how we can prevent its continual spread. I hope the WVU and Morgantown communities will join with us in recognizing the tremendous impact this disease has had on the fabric of the world.”
Members of the WVU Council on Sexual Orientation and Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Mountaineers, a student group, also will participate in the days events.
For more information, call Davis at 293-4255, ext. 21174.