FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  November 30, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Lari Young, Director of the Performing Arts Center, (361) 825-2787; or Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336

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WHO:       Dr. Matthew Baysden, University Psychologist, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Organizations; Members of the Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation
 
WHAT:      World AIDS Day Observance and Memorial Service
 
WHEN:      Thursday, Dec 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a noon Memorial Service
                       
WHERE:     Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University Center
 
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Organizations to Observe World AIDS Day with Noon Memorial Service

Student organizations at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and members of the Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation will hold a memorial service to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS as part of the observance of World AIDS Day at noon on Thursday, Dec. 1 on the University Center east lawn.

The memorial service will take place during World AIDS Day activities which will be held at the University Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Stop AIDS. Make the Promise.” The event, which is sponsored by the University Counseling Center and several campus student organizations, is free and open to the public.

The memorial service will include a brief address by University Psychologist Dr. Matthew Baysden who will discuss his experience working with hospice AIDS patients and prisoners of war while he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.
The memorial service will include a musical selection by Charles Vasquez and Tom Callicott and a moment of silence in memory of those people who have died of AIDS. In addition, a quilt decorated with 15” X 15” squares decorated by students and faculty to express the loss or frustration that the disease has caused them will be on display.

Every minute, five people die of AIDS worldwide. In the United States, where AIDS is the fifth leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 25 and 44, approximately 50 percent of new HIV cases are people under the age of 25.
One-in-three Americans who are infected with HIV don’t know they have it.

World AIDS Day events are co-sponsored by the University Counseling Center, Peer Educators, the Psychology Club, the Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation, the African American Cultural Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and the Middle Eastern Dance Club. A coalition of University organizations will distribute HIV/AIDS information and free condoms in the University Center breezeway. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to wear a red ribbon, the international symbol of AIDS awareness.