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UTSA hosts World AIDS Day events Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Main, Downtown campuses


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(Nov. 22, 2010)--UTSA Student Health Services and the student organization SHADES will host World AIDS Day events Monday, Nov. 29 through Wednesday, Dec. 1. Activities will include a documentary screening, open mike, free HIV testing, awareness expo, and performances by students and groups to show their dedication to stomping out HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day is an international awareness day that unites people from around the world to bring attention to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The theme for this year, Universal Access and Human Rights, presents a charge for us to guarantee access to all for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support -- all critical parts of human rights.

"There are a number of ways the UTSA community can support HIV/AIDS awareness," said Howaida Werfelli, UTSA health education coordinator. "We can raise awareness about sexually transmitted disease infection, increase knowledge and help our fellow Roadrunners become empowered to make safe and responsible decisions. Getting tested is always a good idea. It's better to know your status than not to know."

As part of World AIDS Day, UTSA Student Health Services will offer free HIV testing from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) on the Main Campus and at Student Health Services in Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.308 on the Downtown Campus.

World AIDS Day at UTSA is sponsored by Student Health Services' SHADES peer education program. SHADES (Sexual Health, Alcohol and Drug Education for Students) is sponsored by the Minority Education Initiative (MEI). The MEI program is funded by federal support from SAMHSA Department of Health and Human Services through funding from McFarland and Associates Inc.

For more information, contact Howaida Werfelli at 210-458-6810.


UTSA World AIDS Day activities

Monday, Nov. 29

Main Campus

  • Movie screening: Travie McCoy's "The Unbeaten Track" -- free popcorn, free admission, University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02), 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Main Campus

  • Step Up to the Mike: World AIDS Day Open Mike -- University Center ski lounge, 7-9 p.m., featuring poets, musicians, bands, free food, refreshments, giveaways

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Main Campus

  • Red Aware -- Wear red all day to show your support for the fight against HIV/AIDS, free official SHADES WAD 2010 t-shirts
  • Free HIV Testing -- University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free confidential testing, more info: 210-458-4142
  • World AIDS Day Expo -- University Center first floor adjacent to bookstore, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Step Toward Change -- University Center first floor adjacent to bookstore, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.. students and groups come together to perform for one cause, more info:

Downtown Campus

  • Interfaith Service -- UTSA Buena Vista Street Building, 6:30-9 p.m., 10 faiths and 25+ organizations invite you to an interfaith service of remembrance and hope
  • Free HIV Testing -- Student Health Services, Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.308, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., free confidential testing, for an appointment: 210-458-4142




Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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